FM Steve Stoyko (6.5/7) clinched 1st place & his 3rd straight Kenilworth title with a 9th round draw against NM Mark Kernighan (5.0/7). Ziggy Bliznikas (1.0/5) put himself in contention for the 3rd by beating Tom Polese (2.0/7).
Jevon O'Neal & Laukik Gadgil withdrew & had their results purged.
Ed Selling (7.0/7) kept a share of 1st & was joined by Greg Tomkovich (7.0/8). Joe Demetrick (6.5/7) was held to a draw by Joe Renna & fell to 3rd. Justin Roach (5.5/6) moved into 4th place with a win over Ted Mann (5.0/8).
In the U1500 race, Renna now leads with 3.0/6 & must be considered a strong favorite. Bill Sokolosky (2.5/8), Bert Shiffman (2.0/8) & Gordon Agress (2.0/7) are still in the hunt but they will need good runs to offset their -3 & -4 scores.
Here's the 9th round Java replay page & zipped PGN file. The U1800 games are annotated. Notes to the open section contests will appear at some future point.
Open Section crosstable
U1800 crosstable (in standings order)
U1800 crosstable (with color assignments)
Round by Round results