Ari Minkov (4.5) clinched the 2007 Checkmate Championship last night with a victory against Bert Shiffman. I had a nice win over Bob Sherry (My first in 11 tournament games against him!) & finished with a plus score.
Moldovan- Sherry after 25...Bb5
White to win
The event wraps-up next week with Juan Huaman (3.0) playing Ted Mann & looking to take clear 2nd.
Last Thursday's Kenilworth Championship games have been uploaded. You can view them online in Java-replay or download their PGN file. Thanks to TD Geoff McAuliffe for "fritzing" Demetrick-Wojcio & Renna-Roach.
Mike Wojcio (10.0/12) joined Greg Tomkovich at the top of the standings, with a win over Joe Demetrick (9.5/12) but Justin Roach (9.5/11) kept pace by beating Joe Renna & can clinch the U1800 title with a victory over his final opponent, Gordon Agress.
Regardless of Roach's result next week, a playoff will be required to determine the 2nd place winner.
In the consolation races, Renna (6.0/12) secured the U1400 crown when Harry Smith (4.5/12) defeated Agress (4.0/11).
I'm told the event will conclude next Thursday but with Cole having 2 games left & a 3-way playoff possible, a 17th week may be needed.
The 15th round games will follow in a few days. For now, here are the
Leader Juan Huaman (3.0) & Ari Minkov (2.5) won last night; effectively eliminating all other contenders & making their upcoming encounter a probable title-decider. Bob Sherry (1.5) moved into 3rd place with a forfeit win but his hopes are faint.
I killed my chances by blundering a win (vs. Huaman) but had some unexpected company in that department yesterday; as the N.Y. Yankees' Mariano Rivera gave up a 3-run, walk-off homer.
Anyway, here's the tournament crosstable; as well as all the available games (Mann 0-1 Minkov is missing) from rounds 1-3 in Java-Relay & zipped PGN.
Justin Roach & Joe Demetrick didn't play last night but, thanks to Mike Wojcio's win over leader Greg Tomkovich & their forfeit wins over Ed Selling (who officially withdrew), they are now the co-favorites.
Tomkovich, who finished the event with an impressive 10.0, still heads the standings but Demetrick (9.5/11) & Roach (8.5/10) can pass him. Wojcio (9.0/11), who also picked up a forfeit win last night, is in the trophy hunt, too.
In other action, Joe Renna (6.0/11) clinched a tie for the U1400 crown, with a win over Jim Cole, & Gordon Agress (4.0/10) defeated Pat Mazzillo, to move ahead of Harry Smith (3.5/11).
The three 14th round games will follow in a few days. For now, here are the
I am currently missing 10 scores from this year’s Kenilworth Championship & would like to assemble a complete set.
Therefore, I’m requesting :
Cole-Demetrick, Mann-Smith, Tomkovich-Shiffman & Wojcio-Gadgil from round 1
Polese-Massey from round 2
Cole-Shiffman & Roach-Mazzillo from round 4
Wojcio-Mazzillo from round 5
Shiffman-Wojcio from round 11
Wojcio-Mann from round 12
You may e-mail the aforementioned to me or bring them to our next few meetings.
I realize some of you may want to keep your secrets or hide your disappointments but scoresheets are, by rule, property of the Tournament Director and the games are a marketing tool that may draw additional members to our club.
I have annotated 2 more games from the Kenilworth Championship (round 4's Smith-Demetrick + last week's Bliznikas-Kernighan) & corrected the Checkmate Ch.'s Minkov-Sherry (missing move pair) & Huaman-Shiffman (typo in one of the notes).
Here are the respective Java-replay pages & zipped PGN files:
Juan Huaman & I lead after one round of the Checkmate Championship, which is being held at the Springfield Barnes & Noble store on Sunday nights through April 29th. Ari Minkov & Bob Sherry are a half-point back.