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 The third in the series of invitational tournaments hosted by John Rowell at his Century City law offices saw New Mexico IM Jesse Kraai top the field with an undefeated 7-2. Next at 6-3 were Levon Altounian, Armen Ambartsoumian and IM Andranik Matikozyan. The players displayed great fighting spirit, as nearly 60% of the games were decisive. (By comparison, another recent invitational tournament elsewhere in California -- which we won't name -- produced only 28% wins.) John Hillery directed the event.


Casella, M (2287) - Hanley, J (2139)

3rd John Rowell Invitational, Los Angeles 2002

B42 SICILIAN DEFENSE, Paulsen Variation

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Qb6 6. c3 Nc6 7. 0-0 Nxd4 8. cxd4 Qxd4 9. Nc3 Qb6 10. Qe2 d6 11. Be3 Qa5 12. Rfc1 Bd7 13. b4 Qd8 14. b5 axb5 15. Nxb5 Bc6 16. Rab1 Qd7 17. Bb6 Rb8 18. Nc7+ Ke7 19. Nd5+ Ke8 20. Ba5 Qc8 21. Bb5 Ne7 22. Bc7 exd5 23. Bxb8 Qxb8 24. Bxc6+ 1-0



Altounian, L (2448) - Ambartsoumian, A (2422)

3rd John Rowell Invitational, Los Angeles 2002

A54 ENGLISH OPENING

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d6 3. Bg2 e5 4. c4 Nbd7 5. Nc3 c6 6. 0-0 Be7 7. d4 0-0 8. Qc2 Re8 9. Rd1 Bf8 10. b3 a6 11. a4 e4 12. Nd2 d5 13. Nf1 h6 14. Ne3 Nb8 15. Qa2 a5 16. Ba3 Bxa3 17. Qxa3 Na6 18. cxd5 cxd5 19. Rac1 Re6 20. Nb5 Rc6 21. f3 exf3 22. exf3 Nb4 23. Qb2 Be6 24. Nc2 Na6 25. Ne1 Bf5 26. Rc3 Nb4 27. Qd2 Qd7 28. Re3 Re8 29. Re5 Rce6 30. Qf4 g5 31. Qe3 Nc6 32. Rxe6 Rxe6 33. Qd2 Qe7 34. Kf2 Ne8 35. Nd3 Bxd3 36. Qxd3 Nd6 37. Bh3 Nb4 38. Qd2 Qf6 39. Kg2 Nf5 40. Bxf5 Qxf5 41. Rc1 Rc6 42. Rc3 Qb1 43. h4 gxh4 44. g4 Qg6 45. Kh3 Qf6 46. Re3 Rc2 47. Re8+ Kg7 48. Qe3 Nd3 0-1


Matikozyan, A (2421) - Casella, M (2265)

3rd John Rowell Invitational, Los Angeles 2002

B07 PIR-ROBATCH DEFENSE

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 0-0 6. Nge2 e5 7. h3 c6 8. a4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Na6 10. 0-0 Nb4 11. a5 Re8 12. f4 d5 13. e5 Nd7 14. Kh2 Nf8 15. Nce2 f6 16. exf6 Qxf6 17. Bd2 Na6 18. Bc3 Qf7 19. f5 gxf5 20. Nxf5 Bxf5 21. Bxg7 Qxg7 22. Rxf5 Re3 23. Ra4 Ng6 24. Rg4 Nc5 25. Nf4 Rae8 26. Nh5 Qxb2 27. Nf6+ Kh8 28. Nxe8 Rxe8 29. Qd2 Ne6 30. Rxg6 hxg6 31. Qh6+ Kg8 32. Qxg6+ Ng7 33. Qf7+ Kh8 1-0


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