Junebug Swiss – third round

After three rounds Noah Kulick sits on top with 3 points, followed by fellow Vassar student David Gonzalez with 2.5. Mark Webb and Scott Strattner have 2 points, and four players (Naor Isak, Michael O’Connor, Michael Mendez, Ken Evans) sit on 1.5 points.

Last round is on June 24th, and remember that before the start of the round a book prize drawing will take place. Those who will have played all 4 rounds will be placed in the drawing, with the winner getting their choice of one gently used chess book.

Full Standings:

Junebug Swiss Round 3 standings

Brandon Wang at the US Junior Open

This past weekend Tarrytown, NY hosted the 2013 US Junior Open. Vassar-Chadwick tournament veteran Brandon Wang participated in the Under 11 section, and finished with an impressive 4 out of 6. One of his losses was to the section winner, Daniel Levkov. Daniel had a 400 point rating advantage, but Brandon held his own and did not give up the fight until move 50. Here’s the game.

Justus Williams won the top section (Under 21), while the Under 1600 prize in that section went to Brittany Denniston, who participated in the 2011 Dutchess County Championship. Update: I can’t believe I didn’t notice Colin Denniston (another 2011 DCC player), who played in the Under 15 section, scored 4.5 out of 6, and is now sporting a very impressive 1844 rating. Strong juniors in our area. Could be an interesting 2014 Dutchess County Championship!

May Swiss results

Seventeen players participated in our 6 round, 3 night Swiss tournament of G/30 chess, the last tournament of the Vassar campus cycle. Ayman Haoula captured first place, with 5 points, only dropping one game (to Chester Bean), and raising his rating to 2035. Congratulations to our newest Expert! Ernie Johnson took 2nd place on tiebreaks (3.5/6), earning better tiebreaks through not taking any byes. Trophies will be presented at the start of the June 3rd tournament in Marist.

See the USCF for the full crosstable.

Shower Blitz results

On Monday April 29th the club hosted a blitz event using a new (and approved) time control of 5 minutes per game with 3 second delay. Turnout was low, but that allowed for a double round-robin format – everyone played everyone else twice, once with each color. Vassar student Noah Kulick went undefeated, easily besting the field. Scott Strattner took 2nd, and Dr. Craig Fisher held 3rd. Richard Dobbins rounded out the field, and given that he had to face three other class A players, he made the best of a difficult situation. He also showed off an iPad chess clock, which was pretty interesting and held up well during the games.

The delay was a welcome addition to the blitz format. While all the games were decisive, it helped ensure that the player with the better position could grind out the win, rather than have to worry about the clock too much. I believe if we host more blitz events, at least those that are rated, we should keep the delay.

Those who participated in this event are now proud owners of provisional blitz ratings, newly minted by the USCF. See their site for the full crosstable.


April Swiss results

Twelve players (plus the house player, but he doesn’t count) participated in the April Swiss this year, a 3 round, game 70 event. The time control appears to work for many people, allowing for a good amount of time to think while still finishing at a reasonable hour. Look for more of these long time control events (with even more rounds) in the near future, as people’s opinions expressed to me (and the current result of the poll on our website) indicate that longer is better when it comes to a chess game.

But I digress, back to the April Swiss. The tournament was won by Ernie Johnson, who finished with 2.5 points (taking a draw against Dr. Fisher in round 2). Vassar student Noah Kulick also had 2.5 points, but as he took a draw in the 2nd round (to study for school, boo!), he took 2nd place on tiebreaks.

See the USCF for the full crosstable.

The trophies for Ernie and Noah will be presented on Monday, prior to our rated Blitz event.

Memorial Tournament results

Twenty five players competed in the rated section, with 16 more in the unrated section, a very nice turnout. Thanks to Brother John McManus (USCF Senior TD and Executive Director of the Make the Right Move chess organization) for running the rated section, and to Ken Evans for organizing this year’s tournament and acting as TD for the unrated section.

In the rated section three players ended up with 3.5 points; Alan Lasser (2004), Rudolph Van Dommele (1899) and Noah Kulick (1869). Noah took a bye in the last round, and so missed out on the tiebreaks, which went to Rudy and Alan, who were declared co-champions. Fourth place went to Craig Fisher (3 points), with Michael O’Connor (3) winning best Class B, Brandon Wang (3) winning best Class C, and Cory Boris taking best Unrated.

See USCF for full crosstable.

In the unrated section there was a clear winner, undefeated Heitor Luz, followed by Ron Calixto (4 points), Vaughn Seninde (3.5), and Luca Van Dommele (3.5).

Special thanks to Vassar college for letting us have our normal club rooms for a Saturday event.

Vote for your favorite time control

Is there a time control you prefer to play under during club tournaments? Want to see more Blitz, Quick, Dual, or Regular rated events? On the right sidebar to the club website you now have a chance to cast your vote for the time controls you’d like to see. If there are any time options you do not see listed but want to vote for, send me a note and I’ll add it to the poll. I will keep the poll open indefinitely.

For more information on the different time controls and how games played under them affect your rating, see the updated rules on the USCF site.

Games from USATE 2013

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In a festive mood, I am posting 17 games from last month’s team tournament, the US Amateur Team East. You will be able to replay games from Darius Jafary, Dr. Craig Fisher, and Scott Strattner. The latter inexplicably lost the scoresheet for his 4th round game; it was a loss, which means it is quite possible I tore up the sheet in rage and threw it out the hotel window…but it is still a shame to not have a record for it anymore. In any case, there are some interesting games to be found, and as always the computer found some fascinating variations (either to save a game, or win it earlier).

Full results for 2013 Dutchess County Championship

From the TD, Michael O’Connor:

Thank you to all of you who participated in the 2013 Dutchess County Championship.  A special congratulations to the trophy winners:

Ernie Johnson    First Place

Ayman Haoula   Second Place

Bob Simmons    Class A

Mike O’Connor    Class B

Al Musumeci      Class C

[Editor’s note and interesting statistic: Class winners Bob Simmons (A), Michael O’Connor (B), and Al Musumeci (C) all ended up with 3.5 points, showing the strong parity among club members, regardless of USCF rating]

Here are the final standings:
Standings. DCC_2013
# Name                      Rd 1   Rd 2   Rd 3   Rd 4   Rd 5   Tot   TBrk[M]   TBrk[S]   TBrk[C]   TBrk[O]
1 Ernie Johnson          W3    W11    H—    W2     W7     4.5     13           13          13         41.5
2 Ayman Haoula         W14   W6      W17   L1      W9     4.0     12           13.5       13         44
3 Michael O’Connor     L1      W19    H—     W17   W10   3.5    10           10          8           33
4 Bob Simmons          W18   D9       H—    D10     W13   3.5    9             9         10         30.5
5 Al Musumeci           L10     H—      W26   W14   W11    3.5    8             8         7.5          25
6 George Oliveras       W16    L2       W21    L13    W15     3.0  11            13       9            38
7 Darius Jafary           W26    W15     H—    D9       L1      3.0    10.5        10.5     11         33
8 Jay Mayur               W27    H—      H—    U—     W18    3.0    3.5          3.5       8.5       5.5
9 Scott Strattner         W12   D4        H—    D7       L2       2.5     9           13         9         41.5
10 Craig Fisher           W5     D17       H—   D4        L3      2.5     8.5        12        9           34
11 Ken Evans             W19    L1        H—    W12     L5      2.5     7.5        12        8            31
12 Daniel Rosa           L9       W18      H—   L11      W17    2.5     5.5       8          6          28.5
13 David Antonucci      H—     H—       H—   W6       L4       2.5     3         6.5        6.5       19.5
14 Michael Mendez     L2       W16      L15    L5        W22   2.0     10       14         5           37
15 Noah Kulick           W28    L7         W14  U—       L6      2.0       7        10        8           27.5
16 Mark Webb           L6        L14        D18   D19     W26   2.0      6          9         3.5        22.5
17 Naor Isak              W29     D10       L2      L3       L12      1.5     10.5    14.5      7          39.5
18 Andrew Schmidt     L4       L12        D16   W20    L8       1.5     10         13.5    3.5         35
19 Richard Whearty    L11     L3          H—     D16    D20    1.5      6.5        10       2.5        25.5
20 Muhil Arumugam    H—     H—        U—     L18     D19    1.5     1.5          3        4           6.5
21 Bill McGreevy         H—     H—       L6       H—      U—     1.5      0           3        4            9
22 Alex Xin                 H—      H—       U—      U—     L14      1.0     0          2        3.5          5
23 Angelo Limardo      H—       H—      U—       U—       U—   1.0      0          0      3.5            0 
24 Dharshan Ram       H—       H—      U—       U—       U—   1.0      0          0      3.5            0 
25 Krishnan Ram        H—       H—       U—       U—       U—  1.0       0          0     3.5            0 
26 Sanjay Natesan     L7          H—      L5        U—        L16  0.5       5         8.5    1.5          23
27 Jeff Messerich       L8          H—       U—      U—        U—  0.5       0        3.5      1.5         9.5
28 James Lynch          L15         H—       U—      U—       U—  0.5       0         2.5      1.5         8
29 Garrett Deutermann L17        H—       U—       U—       U—  0.5       0        1.5      1.5          7
(names in italics did not actually show up to play, but were assigned byes in case they did)
See the USCF for full crosstable.
Also check out our Gallery for pictures from the tournament.