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).
Eleven players attended the 2019 Memorial Tournament, which took place in Coldenham (aka, Ernie’s satellite chess office).
The three round G/60+d5 event was won by National Master Dore Sheppard with 3/3, followed by Trevor Brooks (2/3) who edged out Howard Jacobus for 2nd place. Howard, by virtue of his impressive result and pre-tournament rating of 1438, received the booster prize (awarded to best score in the 2nd half of the field).
With a last round victory over previously undefeated Mark Courtney, NM Matan Prilleltensky has won the 2019 Dutchess County Chess Championship with 4.5 out of 5. Mark takes 2nd on tiebreaks (4/5), followed by Trevor Brooks (who defeated Ernie) and JJ Oracz (1737 pre-tournament rating) with an impressive last round win over Rudy. See below for full standings, and check back later for the USCF crosstable results once they are complete.
Also check our Facebook page for pictures of the start of the last round, including the celebration for Dr. Craig Fisher.
A few current and past club members ventured up to Rochester this St. Patty’s weekend to participate in this year’s Marchand Open. FM Bobby Sulman finished up with 4.0/5, which was good enough to tie for 3rd with five others, including GM Shabalov and current DCC top rated NM Matan Prilleltensky. Mat also played to a tidy middlegame draw with former DCC champ Chris Brooks in round 3, who tied for the 1st u2200 prize with two others with 3.5/5. Congrats to all who played, and good chess!
With one round to go, Mark Courtney leads the DCC with a perfect score. On his tail, with 3.5, is NM Matan Prilleltensky. Mark and Matan are destined to meet next week. A four way tie for third place, with 3/4, are Rudolf Van Dommele, Ernie Johnson, Trevor Brooks and JJ Oracz. See below for full standings.
Sharing info on our neighbor scholastic chess organization to the South…
Haldane Spring Chess Tournament Saturday, March 30th, 2019 15 Craigside Drive, Cold Spring, NY (Haldane High School)
Haldane’s parking lot available! Come support Haldane Chess!
Haldane’s Chess Team is going to Dallas this year for the Junior High School Nationals in April. The purpose of this tournament is to reduce team room and entry costs for participants. We will be offering Two USCF Rated Sections and One Unrated Section. Food, drinks and merchandise will be sold
Rated Sections: Championship: K-12, Rated >700 with a time control of G/40, d5. 4 Rounds. Reserve: K-12 Rated <700 with a time control of G40, d5. 4 rounds. Unrated Sections: Rookie: 1st – 4th grade. 4 rounds of chess with notation encouraged. Trophies for all. Prizes: Each section will have trophies awarded to the top 5 participants
Start Time: Check in is from 9:15-9:45. All games to start by 10:00 AM Please register using this link: https://akatz87.wufoo.com/forms/haldane-chess-tournament-march-30-2019/
Entry fee: $29 by 11:00 PM 3/25. $35 afterwards until 3/29 Questions? Please e-mail email@example.com