2007 La. State Champion Mariano Sana sends the following report from the 2009 Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia:
Over MLK weekend I was able to play the 41st edition of the Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia (crosstable here). It was nice to be back in Philly, where I lived for seven years while in graduate school. I love that place, even if I get to be there during freezing weather! The tournament was won by 20-year-old GM Timur Gareev, solo, with 6 in 7. See Jennifer Shahadeh’s article on the USCF website for a full report on the tournament, including the spectacular victory of Gareev over GM Sergey Kudrin, featuring a conceptual exchange sacrifice followed by an elegant attack.
I played in the open section and, because of a prior commitment further north, had to take two byes in the first two rounds. I believe I was the only Louisiana player in the tournament. My last tournament as a Louisiana player, actually. I will be leaving LSU in May to join Vanderbilt University, so I’m moving to Nashville. I scored +2=1-2. In round 3 I beat FM Thomas Bartell. My opponent was visibly tired and was not having a good tournament (he had already lost a game.) I had taken byes and was probably in better shape, even though I had driven five hours from Rhode Island to Philly that afternoon.
FM Bartell(2405)-Sana(2176), 2009 Liberty Bell Open
NM Rosenberg(2229)-Sana(2176), 2009 Liberty Bell Open
Congratulations to Dr. Sana on his fine victory, as well his as new position at Vanderbilt University. We wish him the best.