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!
Don’t forget to join us on Monday, June 10th, for the presentation of the trophies from the Dutchess County Championship. This year’s winner was NM Matan Prilleltensky, with Mark Courtney taking 2nd place. But there are also class winners – plenty of trophies to hand out, and a good turnout would be welcome to give hearty congratulations to all the winners.
This upcoming Monday is also the 2nd round of the June Swiss. Still time to join and play 2 more rounds.
The Faces Across the Board section of Chess Life is authored by Al Lawrence and features profiles of “regular” US Chess members from across the country.
The subject for this month is Mildred Starin, a 96 year old resident of Newburgh. While she learned to play some time ago, she decided to get more serious last year and enlisted the help of Eric Horsboll, who got her in touch with our very own Dr. Craig Fisher!
Nice recognition for Craig and the club. Members who do not have a physical copy of Chess Life can view it by CLICKING HERE.
By scoring a draw in the 3rd round against NM Prilleltensky, and then defeating the hard to beat Trevor Brooks in the final round, Ernie Johnson outright won the Poughkeepsie Quick event with 3.5 out of 4.
Eight players participated in the two day (4/1, 4/8) event. Trevor, still greatly under-rated, took the Booster prize for best result in the bottom half of the rating section (which should also tell you how tough of a field this event was).