Due to the inclement weather, the club will not be meeting and the first round of the December Swiss will not take place tonight. Please do not come to Vassar, stay off the roads unless you need to travel for other reasons – but not for the chess club.
As to whether the tournament will remain 3 rounds or be compacted to 2 (and/or the time control changed), will be determined later – the decision will be posted here when it is.
One of the premier club tournaments was held over October and early November, 5 rounds of G/90 + 5d to determine the Vassar-Chadwick club champion.
Twenty-one players battled it out over the course of 5 weeks, and when the dust had settled two players found themselves at the top of the hill with 4 points – Mark Courtney and Trevor Brooks.
But tournament chess is a harsh mistress and friendly ties is not part of her domain. Although Trevor defeated Mark in their head-to-head matchup, Mark played all 5 rounds (while Trevor took a bye in round 3) and due to the tiebreak factors ended up on top.
Congratulations to the 2019 Vassar-Chadwick Club Champion, Mark Courtney!
Eight players competed in this year’s Memorial tournament, held in Coldenham on October 19th.
While there were less than 10 participants, the field was very strong, with 3 players over 2000 and 3 others rated at least 1800.
After three rounds, Dore Sheppard and Mark Courtney topped the field with 2.5 points apiece. They both had their perfect tournament spoiled by Ernie Johnson, who was able to get a draw from both winners, and ended with 2 points.
The third annual Peter Henner memorial was held this past weekend, featuring 43 players and 3 sections. Dr. Craig Fisher went undefeated and took clear 2nd (3.5 out of 5) in the under 1850 section. Very nice!
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Eight players decided to leave air conditioning behind and venture into the stifling heat, for three Mondays in a row, to compete in the Poughkeepsie Dog Days Swiss (G/75, d5).
The heat outside was nothing compared to the fire generated by the play of Bob Simmons, who took first place with an undefeated score – 3 wins, including over tournament favorite, Trevor Brooks, in the final round.
Dr. Craig Fisher (who was also the TD) captured second place with 2 wins and a bye.
Eight players set aside their summer plans and braved the oppressive heat to participate in the 3 round, G/60 Poughkeepsie Swiss that was held in the month of July.
Trevor, Ernie Johnson, and newcomer Keith Colleluori all ended up with 2 points, but Trevor takes first on tiebreaks – which only seems fair, as of the three he was the only one to play in all of the rounds.
The tournament was directed by Ernie, and you can CLICK HERE for the crosstable results.
Join us this upcoming Monday for some free unrated Blitz (or whatever you want to do).
Our local minor league baseball team, the Hudson Valley Renegades, have graciously offered a special deal for Vassar-Chadwick members to their July 25th match-up with the vicious and evil Vermont Lake Monsters. Every ticket purchased through the link (CLICK HERE) will not only provide you with hours of entertainment and professional level baseball, but it will also help support our club!
There are 3 special events also occurring during the July 25th game – Thirsty Thursday (beer sales), Trivia Night, and “Christmas in July” where the first 1000 fans to the stadium receive a Renegades snow globe.
It is nice to see local groups support each other, so if you are looking for something to do on July 25th, please consider this event!