With the top 2 spots already decided and the 3rd place trophy for this section eliminated in favor of an U1400 runner-up prize, these final weeks may, for the audience & affected players, become chess's answer to basketball's "garbage time".
The only action last night was my interesting though error-filled draw against Tom Polese. I had a rare weak opening, stole a pawn on move 24, blew a win on turn 30 & then dropped a Rook (yet another tragic-comedy) but my foe's exposed King & soon to be vulnerable Rook allowed a split decision :
Black to draw
Black to draw
Ziggy Bliznikas took a bye last night. So, the remaining schedule now is :
- 3/29 : Bliznikas vs. Kernighan
- 4/6 : Moldovan vs. Bliznikas
Greg Tomkovich (9.0/10) extended his lead to 1.5 points with a win over his nearest rival, Joe Demetrick (7.5/9). Justin Roach (7.5/8), who has yet to lose, defeated Jim Cole but previously unbeaten Ed Selling (7.0/8) was upset by Ted Mann (6.0/10) & dropped another notch. Mike Wojcio (6.0/8) stayed in the hunt by besting Bert Shiffman.
The U1400 (Not U1500. Sorry, Bert.) race got a lot tighter with Harry Smith (2.5/10) toppling leader Joe Renna (3.0/8) & Pat Mazzillo (2.5/10) winning against Bill Sokolosky (2.5/10). Gordon Agress (2.0/8), who was idle, has 2 games in hand & is still in the mix.
Here's my game in Java replay & zipped PGN. The 11th round U1800 games will follow in a few days.
Open Section crosstable
U1800 crosstable (in standings order)
U1800 crosstable (with color assignments)
Round by Round results