Equalized Match Pairings & Final Grand Prix Results

The final results for the Equalized Match Pairings last night are as follows:

Rasit vs George 1-1

JJ vs Darius 1-1

Steven v Ori 1-1

Our winners for the 2016-2017 Chadwick Grand Prix:

1st – Leo Freyvert

2nd – Trevor Brooks

3rd – Craig Fisher

Top Class A – George Oliveras

Top Class B – JJ Oracz

Top Class C – Ori Raz

Top Class E – Steven Strocchia-Rivera

2017 Vassar-Chadwick (at Coldenham) Memorial Tournament

NM Dore Sheppard (3.5/4) went through the field, capturing first by winning all games except a final round draw against runner up Albert Lawrence (3/4).  Peter Barkman (2.5/4) and Howard Jacobus (1/4) also won prizes.  Turnout did disappoint this year due to other schedule commitments and conflicts on Saturday, but those things will be ironed out by time this event is run again – probably in October.

Joel Benjamin Simul

GM Joel Benjamin gave an interesting endgame lecture than played nearly 30 players simultaneously.  Players all played with the black pieces, but were allowed to “play” Mr. Benjamin’s first move (1.e4, 1.d4, or 1.c4).  Colin Denniston (2081) secured the only win in a Caro-Kann, while GM Benjamin’s Amateur Team East teammate Ernie Johnson (2011) managed to draw.  Thanks to all of this year’s participants for showing up in the tight quarters, we will have another simultaneous exhibition next year!

Status of Growing Leaves Swiss after 2 Rounds

Standings. Chadwick Growing Leaves: Growing Leaves SWISS

Name                   ID               Rtng       Rd 1      Rd 2       Tot 

1.      Rasit Topaloglu  14724540            1834      W10       W7         2.0

2.      Leonid Freyvert  15388062            2065      W15       W6         2.0

3.      Trevor Brooks    15363983            1636      W12       D8        1.5

4.      Bob Simmons     10104424            1800      W9         H—        1.5

5.      Bill McGreevy Jr 12321140            1527      H—        W11       1.5

6.      George Oliveras 12520533            1716      W13       L2           1.0

7.      JJ Oracz             16069823            1663      W14       L1           1.0

8.      Colin Denniston 14196285            2053      H—        D3          1.0

9.      Mike Mendez      12495089            1550      L4           W15       1.0

10.   Tom Marvullo     12505825            1567      L1           H—        0.5

11.   Ernest Johnson   10089115            2011      H—        L5           0.5

12.   Craig W Fisher    10124743            1860      L3           H—        0.5

13.   Ori Raz                 15447060            1321      L6           H—        0.5

14.   Rich Dobbins       14777790            667        L7           H—        0.5

15.   Darius Jafary       14321073            1640      L2           L9           0.0

Congratulations to Colin Denniston, Dutchess County Chess Champion!

Colin is most likely the youngest champion in club history, and he earned his victory by beating 2014 champion (and club president) Chris Brooks in the final round to take the crown. An impressive performance from the young man.

Trophy winners (final score):

First Place                  Colin Denniston (4.5)
Second Place             Chris Brooks (4.0)
Under 1900                Michael Mendez (3.5)
Under 1600                 Tom Marvullo (2.0)

DCC is always tough, but this year featured 5 players with a pre-tournament rating of 2000 or higher – making Colin’s achievement (and those of the other trophy winners) even more impressive.

Trophies will be presented some time in April. See below for final standings, and Click Here for the USCF crosstable.

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Grand Prix as of March 6

Updated Vassar Chadwick Grand Prix
Current Standings of March 6:
Leo Freyvert – 67
Craig Fisher – 60
Trevor Brooks – 59
George Oliveras – 48
JJ Oracz – 41
Michael Mendez – 32
Chris Brooks – 30
Ernie Johnson – 28
Colin Denniston – 23
Rasit Topaloglu – 22
Ori Raz – 21
Seamus Gould – 21
Bob Simmons – 21
Thomas Marvullo – 18
Courtney Denniston – 14
Keith D’Elia – 12
Richard Whearty – 12
Ayman Haoula – 10
Mitch Barden – 9
Alqi Dore – 9
John Dermgrdichian – 8
Wil Karafelis – 7
Ian Remsen – 7
Mark Courtney – 6
Tyler Landsman – 5
Eric Horsboll – 5
Steven Strocchia-Rivera – 4
Scott Strattner – 3
Jack Barnum – 2
Gavin Briggs – 2
Ken Evans – 2
Darius Jafary – 2
Monroe Steindorf – 1
Harold Stenger – 1
John Williams – 1

The prize structure for this year’s Grand Prix is as follows:

  • 1st – Trophy and name on plaque
  • 2nd – Trophy
  • Class A, B, C – Trophy

Class prizes will be based upon the maximum live rating from Labor Day through the final Equalized Match Pairings on May 15.  We will have a ceremony on May 22, and perhaps a small party (before or after the blitz tournament).

2017 Annual Club Meeting Results

Annual Meeting Results:

Chris Brooks retained his role as President for 2017. Craig Fisher did the same for Vice President. Ditto for Ernie Johnson as Secretary and Michael O’Connor for Treasurer. Ernie Johnson and Bob Simmons were added as tournament directors.

Some cost saving measures introduced last fall allowed us to roughly break even even while subsidizing last year’s Michael Rohde lecture and simul. From the Growing Leaves Swiss forward, all “significant” tournaments will appear in the TLA.