2008 Champion NM Mark Kernighan, expert Arthur Macaspac and 2009 KST winner Ian Mangion are the top-seeds.
Last year's victor, SM Yaacov Norowitz, is not defending his crown. Past champs FM Steve Stoyko & NM Scott Massey are among others sitting-out.
1st round pairings & results:
All the higher-rated players won but boards 1 & 2 had major scares.
Mike Wojcio missed a win in the opening against Kernighan and Dan Komunicky time-forfeited in a winning, pawn-up ending versus Mangion.
- Kernighan 1-0 Wojcio
- Komunicky 0-1 Mangion
- Mark Schwarcz 1-0 Ted Mann
- Lou Sturniolo 0-1 Don Carrelli
- John Moldovan 1-0 Mikhail Kruglyak
- Bert Shiffman 0-1 Richard Lewis
- David Pawlowski 1-0 Joe Renna
- Jim Cole 0-1 Glen Hart
Late-joins are being accepted & one additional player would make an even number. Please see post #611 & contact TD Geoff McAuliffe before next Thursday, if you'd like to enter.