The first three rounds are played in hopes of being in position on Sunday morning to have a meaningful game. The fourth round is played in hopes of being in position to have a money game in the last round.
In the Open section Klaus Pohl drew with his main rival, The Stud on the top board, while Longshot Larry continued his amazing tournament by hitting the Pipe! That left Longshot with 3 1/2 and a shot at first place! Paul Taylor beat Wayne Christensen to move to 3-1, while Daniel Gurevich took out Hartley Chiang, who then withdrew, to move to 2 1/2, and Michael Easterwood beat Luke Hellwig to also have 2 1/2 points.
In the U1800 section Carter Peatman moved to 4-0 with his win over Brennan Bukovics. Calvin Grier beat John Lewis and Chris Roberts beat Lewis Byrne, both moving to 3-1.
In the U1400 section, the zombie, Thomas Gilbreath beat Alexander Foster, giving him 3 1/2 points. Gary Loveless beat Rishi Bagga to move to 3-1.
In the aftermath of the tournament I found a dearth of games from rounds 3 and 4. Either scoresheets were not turned in or they sprouted legs and walked outta the House! It will be curious to see if any games from those rounds appear in the long overdue state magazine...How overdue is it? The High Plains Drifter came into the House last week with a copy of the last issue of the award winning GEORGIA CHESS, saying, "I've got a copy of the last issue of GEORGIA CHESS ever published!" Thinking he had some info to which I was not privy, possible having heard that the GCA was planning on publishing the magazine exclusively on the internet, like many other states, I took the bait, asking him what he had heard. He grinned, saying he had heard nothing, but the magazine is so late that it sure looked like this would be the last issue! Come back, Woolf, come back!
This is the only game the House has for the fourth round:
Klaus Pohl (2202) - Damir Studen (2171) [B01]
1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Bf5 4.Ng3 Bg6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.d4 Bd6 9.Qe2 0–0 10.Ne5 c5 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Be3 Qc7 14.Bxc5 Bxc5 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Rad8 17.Rad1 Qb6 18.Rxd8 Rxd8 19.b3 Rd2 20.Be2 Rd4 21.Qf3 Qc7 22.Rd1 Qd7 23.Rd3 Rxd3 24.Qxd3 Qc7 ½–½