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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
# 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.
I do not have the full tournament results; I will pass along that information as soon as it is available, along with pictures and submitted games. But with a last round victory and 4.5 total points, Ernie Johnson has reclaimed his crown. Congrats!
Going into the last round, Ernie Johnson leads with 3.5 points (he has won all his games, taking a draw in the 3rd round in order to play in the USATE). Ayman and Darius have 3 points each, followed by a large number of players with 2.5 points.
Monday March 4th is the last round of the 2013 DCC tournament. Hope to see you there.
# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot
1 Ernie Johnson 10089115 1995 W8 W7 H— W2 3.5
2 Ayman Haoula 14624013 1936 W18 W11 W14 L1 3.0
3 Darius Jafary 14321073 1756 W25 W12 H— D4 3.0
4 Scott Strattner 12524932 1951 W15 D6 H— D3 2.5
5 Craig Fisher 10124743 1820 W9 D14 H— D6 2.5
6 Bob Simmons 10104424 1800 W16 D4 H— D5 2.5
7 Ken Evans 10122627 1814 W19 L1 H— W15 2.5
8 Michael O’Connor 12592786 1688 L1 W19 H— W14 2.5
9 Al Musumeci 12355500 1500 L5 H— W25 W18 2.5
10 David Antonucci 12902559 1845 H— H— H— W11 2.5
11 George Oliveras 12520533 1771 W20 L2 W17 L10 2.0
12 Noah Kulick 12854987 1900 W27 L3 W18 U— 2.0
13 Jay Mayur 12799903 1766 W26 H— H— U— 2.0
14 Naor Isak 13984194 1757 W28 D5 L2 L8 1.5
15 Daniel Rosa 12799045 1673 L4 W16 H — L7 1.5
16 Andrew Schmidt 12432863 1477 L6 L15 D20 W21 1.5
17 Bill McGreevy 12321140 1504 H— H— L11 H— 1.5
18 Michael Mendez 12495089 1638 L2 W20 L12 L9 1.0
19 Richard Whearty 13468991 1489 L7 L8 H— D20 1.0
20 Mark Webb 12840342 1444 L11 L18 D16 D19 1.0
21 Muhil Arumugam 14630661 807 H— H— U— L16 1.0
22 Angelo Limardo 12547105 1500 H— H— U— U— 1.0
23 Dharshan Ram 13657630 1358 H— H— U— U— 1.0
24 Krishnan Ram 14242030 754 H— H— U— U— 1.0
25 Sanjay Natesan 15060528 unr. L3 H— L9 U— 0.5
26 Jeff Messerich 13821971 295 L13 H— U— U— 0.5
27 James Lynch 12088510 1506 L12 H— U— U— 0.5
28 Garrett Deutermann 12719411 unr. L14 H— U— U— 0.5
The USCF is planning to roll out another rating system, for Blitz events, starting March 1st. The rule update document (link to PDF) outlines the new rating:
Blitz rating system:
Blitz has its own rating system. To be rated, the time controls require from 5 to 10 minutes total playing time. See also 5C. Ratable time controls, and have a minimum primary time control of 3 minutes. All rounds must use the same time control. Hence G/3 inc/2 is rated under the Blitz system. Currently Lightning and Bullet are not included in any rating system.
The following (also found in the rules update) is a useful overview of the various time controls and which rating system they fall under.
5C. Ratable time controls. There are three rating systems. Regular (slow), Quick (fast) and Blitz. For the purposes of rating G/minutes and inc/seconds (or d/seconds), add minutes (mm) and seconds (ss) for total playing time for each player. (i.e. total time equals minutes plus (seconds times 60)) or mm+ss; e.g.: G/60 d/5 = 60+5 = 65 minutes total playing time for each player. Multiple time controls add all mm for each control: mm = mm(1) + mm(2) + …
Regular only: total playing time for each player is greater than 65 minutes. mm+ss > 65
Dual (both regular and quick): total playing time for each player is from 30 to 65 minutes. 30 < mm + ss < 65
Quick only: total playing time for each player is more than 10 and less than 30 minutes. 10 < mm+ss < 30
For Regular, Dual and Quick the primary time (mm in minutes) must be at least 5 minutes.
Blitz: total playing time for each player is from 5 to 10 minutes inclusive and the primary time control must be at least 3 minutes. 5 < mm+ss < 10 All rounds must use the same time control.