CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FALL 2018

I# Name/Rtng/1D Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4
1 Ernest Tr Johnson

1989 10089115 (1922)

W16 bye B   8 B 11
1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0
2 Mark G Courtney

1984 11403387 (1888)

B17 9 B    7 8
1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5
3 Ayman Haoula

1984 14624013 (1849)

W18 B10 W11 bye
1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5
4 Eric Horsboll

1943 10661935 (1990)

bye B12 w   5 B16
0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5
5 Alqi Dore

1876 15713707 (1964)

bve W14 B    4 w   7
0.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
6 Robert A Simmons

1833 10104424 (1705)

B19 W11 B15 W12
1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
7 Trevor Wil Brooks

1819 15363983 (1664)

W20 B26 w   2 B    5
1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
8 Craig W Fisher

1805 10124743 (1810)

B21 bye 1 B    2
1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5
9 Rasit Topaloglu

1792 14724540 (1639)

W22 B    2 W16
1.0 1.0 1.0 U1.0
10 Jurij Josep Oracz

1.765 16069823 (1506)

B23 3 bye W13
1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5
11 John Maxw Weigand

1753 15330742 (982)

W24 B    6 B    3 1
1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
12 Her Salazar-Chala

1738 15210316

B25 4 B26 B    6
1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
13 Harold Stenger

1702 12458408

W26 B20 W23 B10
0.0 1.0 1.5 1.5
14 Ahmed Karameldin

1700 16778946

bye B    5 W19 W25
0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5
15 Michael O’Connor

1697 12592786 (1579)

bye bye w   6 bye
0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5
16 Darius Jafary

1655 14321073 (1578)

B    1 W21 B    9 4
0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
17 Seamus Gould

1599 15321555 (1541)

2 B22 bye
0.0 1.0 1.5 U1.5
18 Michael Mendez

1520  12495089  (1554)

B   3 W23 B21 W26
0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5

 

19 Richard Whearty

1469  13468991  (1405)

6 B25 B14 W22
0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5
20 Ori Raz

1358 15447060 (1123)

B    7 W13 B22 W21
0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5
21 David A Wright

1268 16431640

8 B16 W18 B20
0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
22 Michael Guse

1116 12619322 (1111)

B    9 W17 W20 B19
0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
23 Barbara Ray

483 16438815

W10 B18 B13 bye
0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0
24 Benjamin Ferrier

unr. 16743206

B 11 bye bye bye
0.0 0.5 1.0 2.0
25 Hance Huston

unr.

W12 W19 bye B14
0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0
26 Bertrand Topczylko

unr. 16778355

B13 7 W12 818
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Chris Brooks featured in Empire Chess

Published four times a year, Empire Chess is the official magazine for the New York State Chess Association. The current issue, Fall 2018 (click here), has a story on recently held NY State Championship. As our very own Chris Brooks shared first place honors in the Under 2100 section, it was nice to see his last round game against Harold Scott featured in the story. I encourage everyone to check out the magazine, but see below for the game itself.

Keith Delia Memorial

The Keith Delia Memorial tournament has been added.  It will run on (Saturday) October 20 starting at 9:30 AM.  It will not be played at Vassar College, Rockefeller Hall.  Instead, it will run at Secretary Ernie’s church at 469 Coldenham Rd, Walden, NY 12586.  Thanks to Ernie Johnson for the space to run the event.  Details have been added to our events tab.

Vassar Chadwick Club Championship 2018

  1. E. Johnson      1989 W13  1.0
  2. M. Courtney    1984 W14 1.0
  3. A. Haoula       1984 W15 1.0
  4. R.Simmons    1833 W16 1.0
  5. T. Brooks        1819 W17 1.0
  6. C. Fisher        1805 W18 1.0
  7. R. Topaloglu   1792 W19 1.0
  8. J. Oracz         1765 W20 1.0
  9. J. Weigand     1753 W21 1.0
  10. H. Salazar      1738 W22 1.0
  11. B. Topczylko   unr   W12 1.0
  12. H. Stenger     1702 L11 0.0
  13. D. Jafary       1655  L1 0.0
  14. S. Gould       1599  L2 0.0
  15. M. Mendez    1520  L3 0.0
  16. R. Whearty   1469  L4 0.0
  17. O. Raz          1358  L5 0.0
  18. D. Wright      1268  L6 0.0
  19. M. Guse        1116  L7 0.0
  20. B. Ray           483   L8 0.0
  21. B. Ferrier      unr    L9 0.0
  22. H. Huston     unr   L10 0.0

A Note on Parking

I would like to put a quick blurb on our parking situation near Rockefeller Hall (especially for the club championship/DCC weeks).  Our directions page is here to get to the area.  Once on that side road on campus, across from Rockefeller is a rectangular parking lot with about a half dozen spots (driving south its on the left, north on the right).  These fill quickly on our busier weeks.  On the same side of the road, you will see a street (one-way against) feeding into the intersection.  Loop around the main building to net five more spots after those designated for admissions.

Alternatively, making an immediate right from the north gate is the main visitor parking lot, even though the walk is a bit long from there.  Follow the street behind the lot, it turns south and leads to more parking, although these spaces also fill quickly, although not as quickly as the set mentioned above.

There is parking on the main gate driveway right after the guard shack, but I have almost never seen parking there, although I have observed some members walking in that direction when leaving.  Maybe I’m just unlucky.

Finally, there’s parking on Raymond Av itself.  There’s a break in the stone wall with an iron arch gate and (I believe) a sorority/frat across the street.  A pedestrian path leads into the campus.  Parking there and taking that path will lead pass the library, and Rockefeller Hall is the next building.  This is the most surefire way to get a spot if you notice its 715 and everywhere else is full.  In almost every case I have been able to pull right up next to the arch itself.

Happy parking and we’ll see you next week at our club championship.

Poughkeepsie Fall Blitz

John Weigand won the Poughkeepsie Fall Blitz with 12/13, only losing to Ernie Johnson, who managed 11/13.  Welcome to all our newcomers, we’re here almost every Monday (except holiday Mondays) from 7-11, with players arriving starting around 6:30 for skittles.  A complete rundown of the event is below (out of a max score of 13):

  • John Weigand – 12
  • Ernie Johnson – 11
  • Bob Wehrli – 10
  • Mark Courtney – 9.5
  • Eric Horsboll – 8.5
  • Cameron Flores – 8.5
  • Ahmed – 7
  • Bob Fanshel – 7
  • Craig Fisher – 6.5
  • Darius Jafary – 4
  • Ben Ferrier – 3
  • Bert Topczylkw – 3
  • Ligebi – 1
  • Hance Huston – 0

The club championship will begin next Monday (September 17).  It is highly recommended to arrive at the playing site between 6:30 and 7 (as supposed to the normal 7 – 715), as parking is limited at our high turnout events.

Vassar CC at the NYS Championship

Several current and former members at our club (and neighboring Middletown) participated in this year’s NYS Championship up in Albany.  Here’s a rundown of the results (with prizes if any):

  • U1500: Howard Jacobus, 4.0/6
  • U1500: Monroe Steindorf, 3.0/6
  • U1800: John Weigand, 4.0/6
  • U1800: Darius Jafary, 2.5/6
  • U2100: Chris Brooks, 5.0/6, T-1st
  • U2100: Ernie Johnson, 4.0/6
  • U2100: Mike Semel, 3.0/6
  • U2100: Ken Evans, 2.0/6
  • U2100: Craig Fisher, 1.5/4
  • Open: NM Lonnie Kwartler, 2.0/6
  • Open: FM Bobby Sulman, 2.0/6
  • Open: NM Dore Sheppard, 2.0/6

The club reopens for business on Monday, September 10 with an unrated blitz.

Our club championship commences on Monday, September 17, and runs for five rounds.

 

Bradley Open, etc

John Weigand finished with a disappointing 3/4 in the u1800 section at the recently completed Bradley Open in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.  The upcoming NYS Championship over Labor Day weekend should feature quite a few regulars.  A reminder that the club will have a three week hiatus, with no meetings on Aug 20, 27 and Sept 3.  Normal business will resume with the Club Championship on the 10th.

Action Swiss and a tale of four tiebreaks

Ten players competed in the dual-rated (G/30 + 10 sec delay) Action Swiss. While the playing area at Vassar was hotter than a Native American sweat lodge, the action at the boards was even hotter. Well, at least that’s what I imagine a professional journalist writing. I’ll keep the hyperbole to a minimum from here on out.

When the dust and humidity had settled, two players shared the top spot with 3 out of 4 points: Mark Courtney and Scott Strattner.

Shared? What do you mean? This is chess, there is no sharing, there must be a winner!

When I created the event in the tournament software (vegachess.com), I configured it to use three tiebreaks, the type and order specified by USCF. Specifically:

  • Modified Median (also known as Bulchholz Median)
  • Solkoff (also known as Bulcholz)
  • Cumulative

Unfortunately, the application of these tiebreaks did not determine a winner:

There is a fourth tiebreak – Cumulative of the opponents scores. This tiebreak is not listed in Vega (hey, it is free, what can you expect). And calculating it is a pain in the neck. You have to take each person’s opponent, and calculate their round-by-round score, then adding them all together. With 1/2 point subtracted from the sum for each 1/2 point bye taken by the player. So let’s do the math together:

Mark’s opponents:

  1. Mendez: 0 + 0 + 0 + 1 = 1
  2. Strattner: 1 + 1.5 + 2.5 + 3 = 8
  3. Leo: .5 + 1.5 + 1.5 + 2.5 = 6
  4. Johnson: .5 + 1 + 2 + 2.5 = 6 – 1  = 5

Total: 1 + 8 + 6 + 5 = 20

Scott’s opponents:

  1. Ferrier: 0 + 0 + 1 + 1 = 2
  2. Courtney: 1 + 1.5 + 2.5 + 3 = 8
  3. Evans: .5 + 1.5 + 1.5 + 2.5 = 6
  4. Fisher: .5 + 1 + 2 + 2.5 = 6 – 1 = 5

Total: 2 + 8 + 6 + 5 = 21

So, there we have it. Scott edges out Mark in the 4th tiebreak, 21 – 20. Writing this post was more grueling than facing Craig’s French defense (and that was grueling!).

As listed in the event schedule, a trophy is also given to the top Booster (best score in bottom half of participants by rating).

So who is the top player in the bottom half? Although it is close, the answer is Ken Evans!

Craig Fisher (2.5): Regular = 1810, Quick = 1805

Ken Evans (2.5): Regular = 1800, Quick = 1731

Finally, while appreciative, the winner and TD will not accept a trophy, thus providing more money to the club (and getting us that much closer to hosting another GM simul, hopefully).

References (for those who wish to learn more about tiebreaks and do not have access to the USCF rulebook):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchholz_system

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tie-breaking_in_Swiss-system_tournaments