At the Kenilworth Chess Club tonight, John Hagerty will be stopping by to draw lots & make the Garden State Chess League schedule. After that, I will assign players to the 2 Kenilworth entries & club members will have a chance to vote on the best game from our recently concluded Championship.
As I noted in a recent post, the Awards Ceremony has been postponed to March 5th or 12th.
The Checkmate Championship concluded on Sunday with the following results :
Mann 0-1 Kernighan
Sherry 1/2-1/2 Minkov
Wu +- Shiffman
Azzarello 0-1 Renna
Bob Sherry reports on his game : "Against Ari, I was up a pawn early but he had a strong king side attack. I think he had a winning combination in the late middle game but missed it. We were both starting to feel the pressure of the clock at that point. In any case, I had to give up the exchange for a pawn & reached an endgame where I thought I was at least even. However, I failed to find the win and the game was drawn."
Final standings :
1. Kernighan 5.0
2. Minkov 3.5
3. Carrelli 3.0
= 4-6. Sherry, Moldovan, Wu 2.5
= 7-8. Mann, Renna 2.0
9. Shiffman 1.5
10. Azzarello 1.0
A wrap-up with a crosstable & ChessBase file of all games will follow at some point.
Final Standings, in tiebreak order (see here for details)
Yaacov Norowitz 4.5
John Moldovan 4.0
Steve Stoyko 3.5
Mark Kernighan 3.5
Ari Minkov 3.5
Dr. Richard Lewis 3.5
Ziggy Bliznikas 3.0
Mark Schwarcz 3.0
Max Sherer 3.0
Mike Wojcio 3.0
Pat Mazzillo 3.0
Richard Buschgans 2.5
Don Carrelli 2.5
Dr. Ian Mangion 2.5
Ted Mann 2.5
Greg Tomkovich 2.5
Lou Sturniolo 2.0
Joe Renna 2.0
Bert Shiffman 2.0
Glen Hart 1.5
Aaron Kiedes 1.5
Jim Cole 1.0
Gordon Agress 1.0
Daniel Zhu 1.0
Joe Azzarello 0.5
Jack Mc Corkell 0.5
Trophy Winners :
1st place... Yaacov Norowitz 4.5
2nd place... John Moldovan 4.0
3rd place... Steve Stoyko 3.5
U2000... Ari Minkov 3.5
U1800... Richard Lewis 3.5
U1600... Pat Mazzillo 3.0
U1400... Lou Sturniolo 2.0*
* This is a correction. Initial calculations mistakenly had Renna as the winner in this category. Biggest Upset... Moldovan (-416) 1-0 Kernighan in round 3 Best Game... Hart (-625) 1/2-1/2 Stoyko in round 1
A wrap-up will follow once all the 4th & 5th round games are annotated.
The replays, zips, images & tables that were deleted some 10 days ago have been re-upped. If you find a dead link, please leave a comment to this post & indicate which post number you found it in. Thanks.
Black was winning but, with the match already lost (0.5-2.5), I agreed to a draw to return a favor. Just after the match started, one of my teammates had a family emergency & his opponent waited for 30 minutes, instead of starting the clock.
Yesterday, in rounds 5 & 6, I had bad openings against weaker opponents but won both games to end up +1 & stay >1800 :
Adam Urato 1354 - John Moldovan 1811 A80 Dutch Defense 3 Knights Variation
U1400... Lou Sturniolo, Bert Shiffman & Joe Renna 2.0
The 4-way deadlock for 3rd could be resolved with a G/30 playoff but I think the easiest solution would be to have the titled players face-off for 3rd place & make Minkov the U2000 winner. That would leave Lewis as the best U1800 or in a playoff vs. Sherer, if a 5-way knot occurs.
Sturniolo can avoid an U1400 playoff by drawing or winning his last game.
Games from round 5 will not be posted until the middle of next week (Tuesday at the earliest).
P.S. - The java-replays & PGN for the previous weeks are up again & working. Refer to post #446 for the 4th round links. It will, however, be some time before everything is replaced.
Defending champion Mark Kernighan clinched a tie for 1st place by beating Bob Sherry... Ari Minkov took sole possession of 2nd by handing me my 3rd straight defeat... Don Carrelli moved into 3rd place with a quick, model Bird's Opening win vs. Leon Wu... Ted Mann & Bert Shiffman also won.
NM Yaacov Norowitz clinched a 1st place tie by beating me in a rather one-sided game. I was equal after 14 moves but made errors on the next 2 turns, lost a pawn & couldn't hold.
Steve Stoyko, Mark Schwarcz & Ziggy Bliznikas stayed in the hunt with victories over Ian Mangion, Lou Sturniolo & Pat Mazzillo.
However, defending champion Mark Kernighan's chance for a 2nd-straight crown ended when he dropped a piece in a time-scramble against Don Carrelli & had to settle for a draw. Ari Minkov also missed a shot at the top-prize by yielding a half-point to Richard Lewis.
In the other games : Rich Buschgans, Max Sherer, Mike Wojcio, Joe Renna & Gordon Agress won. Greg Tomkovich & Ted Mann drew.
Jack Mc Corkell took another bye due to illness but he has not been given a half-point bye for round 4; as yet.
With 1 round remaining, the overall standings look this way :