My Games from the 2018 World Open in Philadelphia

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Aug 7, 2018, 12:56:57 AM8/7/18
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I arrived at the tournament last so I took half-point byes in the first two rounds.
This turned out to be my best result in years as in rounds 4-6 I got 2 1/2 points in three games against players rated 300 points higher than me. I gained 49 FIDE rating points in this event, which was a big deal for me.

Here are the 7 games I actually played.


[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA USA"]
[Date "2018.07.05"]
[Round "03"]
[White "Sloan, Sam"]
[Black "Zhou, Liran"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C40"]
[BlackElo "2256"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.h3 e5 4.d3 Bd6 5.Nc3 Ne7 6.e4 O-O 7.exd5 cxd5 8.Bxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 b6 10.Ne3 Bb7 11.f3 Nc6 12.Qe2 Nd4 13.Qf2 Bc5 14.h4 Rc8 15.c3 Ne6 16.Qc2 Nf4 17.Kd2 e4 18.b4 Bxb4 19.Bb2 Nxd3 20.Ke2 Nxb2 21.Qxb2 Qd3+ 22.Kf2 Bxc3 23.Qb1 Bxa1 24.Qxa1 Qd2+
25.Ne2 exf3 26.Re1 fxe2 27.Rxe2 Qb4 28.Nf5 Qf4+ 29.Kg1 Rc1+ 0-1

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia"]
[Date "2018.07.06"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Miladinovic, Lena"]
[Black "Sloan, Sam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A20"]
[WhiteElo "2120"]

1.c4 e5 2.a3 f5 3.d4 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd1 Nf6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Bg2 d6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.b4 Bb6 10.O-O a6 11.Bb2 Be6 12.Qc2 Qe7 13.Ng5 Bd7 14.Nc3 h6 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5+ Kh8 17.Nf3 Rae8 18.Qc3 f4 19.Nh4 Bf5 20.Nxf5 Rxf5 21.Qd3 Ref8 22.g4 Ne5 23.Bxe5 Rxe5 24.Bf3 Re8
25.Kg2 Qh4 26.Qd2 Rf8 27.h3 h5 28.c5 dxc5 29.bxc5 Bxc5 30.Qd7 Bd6 31.gxh5 Rg5+ 32.Bg4 Qxh5 33.Kf3 Qe8 34.Qxe8 Rxe8 35.a4 Rc5 36.Rab1 Rc3+ 37.Kg2 b6 38.Rfd1 Re4 39.a5 b5 40.Rd5 Re5 41.Rxe5 Bxe5 42.Bc8 Rc6 43.Kf3 Kg8 44.Ke4 Bd6 45.Kd5 Rc5+ 46.Kd4 b4 47.Rxb4
Rxa5 48.Be6+ Kf8 49.Rb8+ Ke7 50.Rg8 Kxe6 0-1

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA USA"]
[Date "2018.07.06"]
[Round "05"]
[White "Sloan, Sam"]
[Black "Flaquer, Luis"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[BlackElo "2283"]

1.g4 d6 2.Bg2 Nc6 3.h3 h5 4.g5 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.e4 e5 7.f4 exf4 8.Bxf4 Bxb2 9.Nd2 Bxa1 10.Qxa1 f6 11.Ngf3 Be6 12.O-O Qe7 13.Qb2 b6 14.Nh4 Bf7 15.e5 d5 16.exf6 Qc5+ 17.Kh2 O-O-O 18.Nb3 Qb4 19.a3 Qa4 20.Bg3 Rh7 21.Nf3 h4 22.Bf2 Rh5 23.d4 Re8 24.Bxh4 Re2 25.Bg3
Be6 26.Ng1 Rxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Nd8 28.Qc3 Qd7 29.h4 Nf7 30.Qe3 Bf5 31.c3 Be4+ 32.Kh2 Nxg5 33.Qxg5 Rxg5 34.f7 Nh6 35.f8=Q+ Kb7 36.Qxh6 Rh5 37.Qf4 g5 38.Qf7 Qg4 39.Qxc7+ Ka6 40.Nc5+ Kb5 41.Qd7+ Qxd7 42.Nxd7 gxh4 43.Bf4 Ka4 44.Nf6 Bd3 45.Nxh5 Bxf1 46.Nf6 Bc4
47.Nf3 Kxa3 48.Nd2 Ba2 49.Bb8 a6 50.Bc7 Kb2 51.Bxb6 Kxc3 52.Nf3 Bb3 53.Kh3 Bd1 54.Nxd5+ Kc4 55.Ne3+ Kb5 56.Nxd1 Kxb6 57.Kxh4 1-0

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia"]
[Date "2018.07.07"]
[Round "06"]
[White "Torres, Luis Carlos"]
[Black "Sloan, Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "2287"]

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Qd5 f6 5.exf6 Nxf6 6.Qb3 b6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.Bg5 Na5 9.Qa4 O-O-O 10.e3 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.Bg3 Bg7 13.O-O-O Kb8 14.Nd4 Nh5 15.Nf5 Qf7 16.Nxg7 Nxg3 17.hxg3 Qxg7 18.Qd4 Qf7 19.e4 Nc6 20.Qe3 d6 21.Be2 Rdf8 22.f3 Ne5 23.Kb1 Rh7 24.a3
Rhh8 25.Rdf1 Qd7 26.Qd4 Ng6 27.f4 Kc8 28.Bh5 Ba6 29.Bxg6 Bxf1 30.Rxf1 Kb8 31.Bf5 Qe7 32.Nd5 Qd8 33.Nb4 c5 34.Nc6+ Kc7 35.Nxd8 cxd4 36.Ne6+ Kc6 37.Nxf8 Rxf8 38.Kc1 d5 39.Kd2 Kc5 40.Kd3 1-0

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA"]
[Date "2018.07.07"]
[Round "07"]
[White "Sloan, Sam"]
[Black "Khodzhamkuliev, Bahadur"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.h3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 Be7 7.Nc3 d4 8.Nb5 O-O 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Nxd4 Qd5 11.Ngf3 Rd8 12.Bg5 Ba6 13.c3 c5 14.Nb3 Qe6 15.Qc2 Bd3 16.Qd2 Be4 17.Qe3 Nd5 18.Nxc5 Bxc5 19.Qxc5 Bxf3 20.O-O Bxe2 21.Rfe1 Re8 22.c4 Nf6 23.Qxc7 Qxc4 24.Qa5
Nxg4 25.hxg4 Qxg4+ 26.Kh2 h6 27.Bxh6 Qh4+ 28.Kg2 Qxh6 29.f3 Qf4 30.Qd5 Rad8 31.Qc6 Bxf3+ 32.Qxf3 Rd2+ 33.Kg1 Rxe1+ 34.Rxe1 Qxf3 0-1

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA"]
[Date "2018.07.08"]
[Round "08"]
[White "Puckett, Matthew"]
[Black "Sloan, Sam"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A40"]

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Nc3 Nxe5 5.Nxe5 Qxe5 6.Qd5 Qxd5 7.Nxd5 Bd6 8.c4 c6 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.e3 O-O 11.Be2 Bc7 12.Bf3 d6 13.Ke2 Re8 14.b3 Bf5 15.Rd1 Rad8 16.h3 Bg6 17.Bb2 a6 18.Rd4 Re7 19.Rad1 Red7 20.g4 h6 21.Bg2 Ne8 22.Na4 Rb8 23.R4d2 Rdd8 24.Nc3 f5
25.f4 Nf6 26.Bf3 Kf8 27.Rg1 Kf7 28.Kf1 Bb6 29.Nd1 d5 30.cxd5 cxd5 31.Bd4 Bxd4 32.Rxd4 Rbc8 33.Rg2 fxg4 34.hxg4 Be4 35.Kf2 Rc2+ 36.Kg3 Rxg2+ 37.Kxg2 Rc8 38.Nf2 Rc2 39.Kg3 Rxa2 40.Nxe4 dxe4 41.Bxe4 Nxe4+ 42.Rxe4 Ra3 43.b4 b6 44.Kf3 Ra4 45.Rc4 b5 46.Rc7+ Kf6
47.Rc6+ Kf7 48.Rc7+ Kf6 49.Rc6+ Kf7 1/2-1/2

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA"]
[Date "2018.07.08"]
[Round "09"]
[White "Sloan, Sam"]
[Black "Wang, Jason"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[BlackElo "2283"]

1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 c6 3.g5 e5 4.d4 e4 5.c4 Be7 6.h4 h6 7.Nh3 hxg5 8.Nxg5 Nh6 9.Nc3 Nf5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Bxe4 Qxd4 13.Qb3 Qb4+ 14.Qxb4 Bxb4+ 15.Kf1 Rxh4 16.Rg1 f6 17.Ne6 Rxe4 18.Nc7+ Kd7 19.Nxa8 b6 20.a3 Bd6 21.Bd2 Bb7 22.f3 Re7 23.e4 Nd4 24.Nxb6+
axb6 25.Kg2 Nbc6 26.Rad1 Ne5 27.Be3 Ndxf3 28.Rgf1 Bxe4 29.Bxb6 Nd2+ 30.Kf2 Nd3+ 31.Kg1 Nxf1 32.Kxf1 Nxb2 33.Rd4 Kc6 34.Ba5 Bxa3 35.Bc3 Bc5 36.Rd8 Nc4 37.Rc8+ Kd5 38.Rd8+ Nd6 39.Rf8 Bd4 40.Bb4 Rd7 41.Re8 Nxe8 0-1
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