Seventeen players participated in the last tournament of the year, the three round (G/75 + d/5) Winter Swiss. Among the players were two newcomers to USCF chess, Seamus Gould and Gautam Mekkat. Welcome to tournament chess and Vassar-Chadwick, and I hope we see more of you at the club next year!
Dan Rosa and Brittany Denniston both ended up with 2.5 points, with Dan squeaking by on tiebreaks for first place. Both will be receiving a well-deserved trophy, to be presented at our next tournament (January 6th).
The tournament submission to the USCF is being delayed due to certain membership issues, but here’s the final standings from SwissSys:
It was a small turnout, but just enough to field a quad. Scott, David, George, and Michael Mendez participated. When the dust had settled, there was a 3-way tie for first place (Scott, David, Michael), with 2 point apiece. None of the available tiebreak methods helped, which tends to happen in an event where everyone plays each other. The TD, in consultation with David, decided that the first place trophy should go to Michael; as the lowest rated participant, his result was most impressive.
The trophy will be presented prior to the last round of the Winter Swiss (12/16), which starts tonight. The Winter Swiss is our final tournament of 2013, and is a G/75;d/5 regular-rated event. As a reminder, our club will not meet the final two weeks of December (12/23 and 12/30). The 2014 Winter/Spring schedule will be published in the next couple weeks; input is welcome, so send your requests to email@example.com.
David Antonucci has solidified his standing as Vassar-Chadwick’s blitz player par excellence, easily taking first place (13.5 out of 16!) in the 9 player double round-robin G/5 blitz (no delay) held on Veterans Day this past Monday. It was a surprisingly tough field; 4 out of the 9 players are former or current Dutchess County Chess champions!
Tied for second: Ernie Johnson and Scott Strattner (11/16)
Third: Noah Kulick (10.5)
See the USCF for full crosstable. The tournament was submitted as a 2 section round-robin, as SwissSys is unable to convert a double round-robin with more than 7 rounds, and you cannot manually enter a double round-robin via the USCF web form. There was an interesting discussion recently on this very topic on the USCF forums.
Join us next Monday (11/18) for the Turkey Quick Quads (G/20 + d/3).
The best little (3 round) serious (G/75) Swiss tournament in the Poughkeepsie area, the 2013 Turning Leaves Swiss, finished on Monday. Trophies will be presented to Noah Kulick, first place, and Ken Evans, second place. Both finished with 2.5 points out of 3, but Noah edged Ken on tiebreaks. Sixteen players participated, a welcome turnout.
Unfortunately the TD came down with a cold over the weekend and couldn’t attend the last round (thus missing out on an anticipated match with Noah). Thanks to Michael O’Connor for covering. The book prize drawing, where all players who played all 3 rounds are eligible, will be held at the next event. The winner does not have to be present to collect the prize, but wouldn’t you want to show up next Monday anyway? It’ll be a Blitz (G/5, no delay) round-robin tournament. Remember that the USCF now has separate Blitz ratings, so your precious Regular, and not-quite-as-precious Quick ratings will not be affected, even if you lose all games.
See the USCF for full crosstable results for the Turning Leaves Swiss 2013.
On Saturday, October 26th, 21 players from both sides of the Hudson River met to determine which chess club could claim to be the best of the Mid-Hudson Valley – or at least keep the traveling trophy until next year.
In the blue corner we have the Middletown club, featuring two Masters (Lonnie Kwartler and Sergio Almeida). And in the red corner, our very own Vassar-Chadwick contingent, headed by two Experts (Chris Brooks and Alan Lasser). While Middletown was the favorite on the top boards, we had an advantage on the lower boards – a tough struggle in any case.
When the dust had settled, Vassar-Chadwick took the trophy with an 11-9 score; the result was close, reflecting the difficult contest that could have gone either way.
All participants seemed to enjoy the match, and we look forward to doing this again next year. Will you join us?
The results are in, and Dr. Craig Fisher takes first place (with 3 points) on tiebreaks, by virtue of having played all four rounds. The trophy will be presented at the 2nd or 3rd round of the Turning Leaves Swiss. Also finishing with 3 points were the 2 new participants in the 2nd half of the tournament, Ernie Johnson and Ken Carpenter.
See the USCF for the full crosstable results.
Happy Columbus Day! Right now the last two rounds of the Columbus Quick are being played (as tournament director and house player I can use the computer if I am not playing). The winner, who will be presented a gold (colored) trophy, will be decided tonight. While we wait, here’s the results so far (first name listed is White in all games):
George Oliveras drew with Scott Strattner, a result that Scott was very grateful to receive after being down the exchange for most of the game. Noah Kulick defeated Michael O’Connor, Michael Mendez lost to Dr. Craig Fisher, and Ken Evans got the best of newcomer, Chris Orcutt.
Craig continued his winning ways, capturing Noah’s unprotected rook and the game. Scott won too many pawns from Ken, O’Connor fell to George, and Chris, winless but not discouraged, tipped over his king against Mendez.
Craig – 2
Scott – 1.5
George – 1.5
Noah – 1
Mendez – 1
Ken – 1
O’Connor – 0
Orcutt – 0
Joining us for the second half of the tournament is Ernie Johnson, on a welcome reprieve from shuttling his daughter to class on Monday nights, and Ken Carpenter. Noah, on school holiday, had better plans.
Round 3 Pairings
George – Craig
Mendez – Ernie
Evans – Carpenter
Chris – O’Connor
Scott – Unpaired (house player)
Among the Vassar-Chadwick personalities participating in the NY State Championship, the most successful through 4 rounds has to be Brandon Wang, with a share of the lead in the Under 1800 section (3.5 points). As I type this, he may be facing his toughest opponent, and fellow Vassar-Chadwickian, Darius Jafary.
And here is Brandon’s first round win:
The last tournament held at Marist this year, the Marist Farewell, ended on Monday. The six round Swiss (G/25;d5) was won by Chris Brooks (5 points), followed by Ernie Johnson (4.5) and Ken Evans (4). Among the 9 players were two newcomers, Hernan and Adam – welcome to Vassar-Chadwick and USCF-rated chess! The event was directed by Dr. Craig Fisher.
See the USCF for full crosstable results.
The fall/winter schedule will be posted shortly, and sent out to the email list. Stay tuned!
The tournament title became a misnomer, as the anemic Jumbo Swiss ended with a whimper, the last (5th) round canceled due to only three players (who had already played each other) showing up last Monday. Sparsely attended, but yet games were played – and winners were crowned. Congrats to David Antonucci (3/4) and Naor Isak (2.5) for taking first and second respectively.
David, Naor, and Krishnan Ram also won chess books; look for more such giveaways this fall, as the TD looks to pare down his chess library.
Trophies will be presented after Labor Day, when the club returns to Vassar for the Fall session. The schedule will be updated shortly.