And by blurry I am just poking fun at Ernie’s cell phone pictures.
I hope Craig sees the smothered mate threat!
Round 1 Report: Team A drew and Team B (paired up), lost a close match
Better luck to both teams in round 2!
After two rounds, Colin Denniston has the only perfect score, and sits alone in first place (2/2). A logjam follows at 1.5, with Chris Brooks, Scott Strattner, Courtney Denniston, Ernie Johnson, and David Antonucci. It was a very nice turnout on Monday, considering the weather.
Unfortunately a work commitment means that I will not be able to TD the final round, but thankfully Dr. Fisher will be taking over.
The fourth annual generational battle, Young vs Old, was played on Monday (Jan 20th). Twelve players, split up based on birth date into 6 player teams, competed in a one G/75 match to determine whether the decrepit elders could hold off the vigorous striplings for one more year.
The result should bring joy to the hearts of the grey, as Old took the match by a dominating 5.5/6. The only blemish to this near perfect feat was due to Dr. Fisher taking a draw against Antonucci. I would not normally take time to mention this in a bad light, but since Craig thought I was 10 years older than I am, I felt the urge to point out his disappointing result.
Pairings (White listed first, asterisk indicates Old), rating difference (+ sign indicates advantage to Old), and result:
Board 1: *Strattner (1980) vs Kulick (1939) +41 1-0 (see below for the game)
Board 2: Antonucci (1883) vs *Fisher (1818) -65 1/2-1/2
Board 3: *Jafary (1754) vs Rosa (1734) +20 1-0
Board 4: Woeckener (933P) vs *Oliveras (1704) +771 0-1
Board 5: * O’Connor (1681) vs Gould (1473P) +208 1-0
Board 6: Weigand (Unr) vs *Orcutt (1257P) +N/A 0-1
Before I forget, I’d like to welcome John Weigand to the club! He will be playing on the Young team for a long long time, but I’m sure his rating will quickly climb him to the upper boards.
The board 1 match-up promised to be intense, and I certainly went through a range of emotions when playing. I am not including this to show off a sparkling win (it was not), but rather to demonstrate multiple gotchas that can affect us all.
1. When you have worked hard to achieve an advantage, do not fall asleep. There are dangers hiding around every corner, especially when the opponent still has his queen.
2. When disaster strikes, take a deep breath and try your best to fight through. Tartakower said that the winner makes the next to last mistake, so work hard to make sure that isn’t your opponent.
3. When victory is at hand, sit on your hands. Unless the clock is ticking down the final seconds, you have time to double-check your variation and make sure you play it in the right order.
4. Don’t be ashamed to enforce the rules of tournament chess – sometimes it can help to rectify what feels like a karmic implosion.
Summary of the game: White does well to get an advantage, then Black finds a nice resource to turn the tables in an instant. Resignation is in White’s future, until Black touches the wrong piece.
Fourteen players competed in the first tournament of 2014. A welcome harbinger of a fruitful year? Or did people just want to get out of the cold and warm up by the radiators in room 104 of Rockefeller Hall? In either case, it led to a good group of players competing in the Deep Freeze Swiss.
Four rounds, two games a night, at G/25 + 3 second delay (to ensure that it would be Quick rated only). I feel like I’m missing something…what is it..oh yes! Who won!?
Running through the field like Eddie Lacy (I was going to give a Giants or Jets running back, but neither team has a very good one), Ernie Johnson took first place with a perfect 4/4. He will be presented with a trophy for his efforts. Second place (3/4) goes to Scott Strattner, and Michael Mendez edged out Antonucci and Evans on tiebreaks for third place (2.5/4).
Join us on Jan 20th for the generational grudge match, Young vs Old.
Not much to say, except that the 2014 schedule (covering January through March, including the Dutchess County Championship) is now posted. You know where to find it, right?
Copies of the schedule will be available at the club, for those who don’t have internet access and can’t see this. Of course if you can’t see this, you won’t know the schedule will be there. Just show up and don’t worry about these chess paradoxes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.