Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CONNECTICUT CHESS MAGAZINE

 
 
Nigel Short is past his prime, but he continues to play at a high level, thanks in part to his continued ability to innovate, as in the following game.
 
 
 
The roller-coaster ride that sports has taken recently seems to best capture the dilapidated condition of the Philippines’ athletic program.
 
 
 
 
In the last round of the GRENKE Chess Classic, the players once again showed a round full of spectacular games. Although the winner of the…
 
 
 
 
 
I attended a product proposal a few weeks ago where the presenter solemnly told me that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” (Charles Darwin), together with pictures showing a monkey evolving into a tab-carrying busin...
 
 
 
 
 
The US Chess Ratings committee annual review has determined that there is some uncontrolled inflation in the system, and to combat the…
 
 
 
 
 
In March there was an international furore over a chess position, published by famous mathematics professor Sir Roger Penrose. It purported to show a key difference between human and computer thinking, and have general…
  
 
 
 
Korobov has long been considered an enigma in the chess world due to his great talent and his self-professed indifference to the game, not to mention his very mixed results. He in fact retired for a while. In today’s game, Korobov, as black, proceeds
 

 

David Herscovici won first place of the "Venus de Milo" tournament held April 8 in Coventry with a perfect 3-0 score.

A 3-way tie for 2nd: Nelson Castaneda, Joe Bihlmeyer, and Roger Bessette each finished with 2-1 scores.

We wish to thank Mark Denihan, who volunteered work all day long. Rob Roy was TD.

Several drenching rainstorms in the prior week, together with the spring thaw, caused the basement to get an inch of water.

Luckily, the tournament room was on high ground and thus not affected. The garage got emptied out and became the skittles room. Click for Photos

We usually provide a complimentary lunch, but with all the work to remove 12 wet rugs and cleaning out the garage, we had no time to prepare.

We all chipped in and got pizza from the new "Wicked Slice" in Coventry. The pizza won high approval so we may do this at future events.

 

USCF MSA - Cross Table for VENUS DE MILO OPEN (Event 201704083922)

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 Pair | Player Name                     |Total|Round|Round|Round| 
 Num  | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post)       | Pts |  1  |  2  |  3  | 
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    1 | DAVID S HERSCOVICI              |3.0  |W  10|W   4|W   2|
   CT | 12486399 / R: 2128   ->2147     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2045   ->2066     |     |     |     |     |
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    2 | NELSON CASTANEDA                |2.0  |W   7|W   3|L   1|
   CT | 12564228 / R: 2371   ->2366     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2280   ->2269     |     |     |     |     |
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    3 | JOSEPH E BIHLMEYER              |2.0  |W   8|L   2|W   5|
   CT | 12686352 / R: 2071   ->2073     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1902   ->1905     |     |     |     |     |
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    4 | ROGER P BESSETTE                |2.0  |W   9|L   1|W   6|
   CT | 12822966 / R: 1734   ->1734     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1674P14->1673P17  |     |     |     |     |
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    5 | GARY L COTE                     |1.5  |D   6|W  10|L   3|
   CT | 10034841 / R: 1842   ->1825     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1665   ->1645     |     |     |     |     |
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    6 | EDWARD FABER                    |1.5  |D   5|W   7|L   4|
   CT | 12903172 / R: 1145   ->1262     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1063P24->1185     |     |     |     |     |
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    7 | REV J HUGH A JAMES              |1.0  |L   2|L   6|W   8|
   CT | 16089235 / R: 1627P19->1602P22  |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1550P15->1518P18  |     |     |     |     |
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    8 | DANIEL ZHOU                     |1.0  |L   3|W   9|L   7|
   CT | 14927462 / R: 1420   ->1412     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1288   ->1284     |     |     |     |     |
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    9 | JOSHUA BERKUN                   |1.0  |L   4|L   8|W  10|
   CT | 16080502 / R:  942P16->1017P19  |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  932P12-> 993P15  |     |     |     |     |
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   10 | KEVIN ZIMMERMAN                 |0.0  |L   1|L   5|L   9|
   CT | 12799878 / R: 1500   ->1500     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1318   ->1300     |     |     |     |     |
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Report on the East Conn Chess Open held March 11 in Coventry.

Joe Bihlmeyer won with a perfect 3-0 score. Gary Cote from Norwich won 2nd place with 2 wins and a draw. Nine players came to play in the 3 round Swiss.

Rob Roy served as houseman for rounds 2 and 3, winning both games. Thanks to Elizabeth who allowed us into her home and cooked us ziti and meatballs.

Thanks to assistant host Mark Denihan, who did many various tasks all day long. Thanks to those who made voluntary contributions towards the lunch food. The rounds progress better when players don't need to leave to fetch lunch.

We had 3 players from the New Britain Chess Club, 2 players from the Norwich Chess Club, and 4 new players. Thanks to each of the players for driving in to play in my tournament. 

 

Nelson Castaneda of New Britain won the Norwich Chess Open with a perfect 3-0 score. Matthew Faille of Waterbury and Alan Winslow of Groton shared 2nd place, each with two wins and a draw.

The event was sponsored by the Friends of Otis Library to popularize the library's weekly chess program held on Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm. We wish to thank Julie Menders of Otis Library for all her work on this event.

Click here for article by Norwich Bulletin newspaper.

Click here for video documentary by New London Day

We wish to thank Angelo Vargas and Chris Scarborough, volunteers from the Otis Library Chess Club for teaching newcomers on how to play. The TD was Rob Roy of Coventry.

USCF Rating Report

 

STORRS CENTER FREE USCF CHESS #2

Matthew Shirvell and Daniel Zhou tied for first place, each with perfect 3-0 scores. A 2-way tie for 3rd place resulted when Dmitri Efimov and James Grindley each finished 2-0.  A total of ten players competed in the 3 round swiss. 

 

 

USCF CROSSTABLE FOR APRIL 22, 2017 - STORRS CENTER FREE CHESS # 2

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 Pair | Player Name                     |Total|Round|Round|Round| 
 Num  | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post)       | Pts |  1  |  2  |  3  | 
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    1 | MATTHEW MARK SHIRVELL           |3.0  |W   5|W   6|W   3|
   CT | 15470470 / R: 1462   ->1522     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1397   ->1458     |     |     |     |     |
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    2 | DANIEL ZHOU                     |3.0  |W  10|W   9|W   7|
   CT | 14927462 / R: 1412   ->1458     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1284   ->1333     |     |     |     |     |
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    3 | DMITRI EFIMOV                   |2.0  |W   8|W   4|L   1|
   CT | 13855754 / R: 1846   ->1828     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1750   ->1731     |     |     |     |     |
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    4 | LT JAMES PATRICK GRINDLEY II    |2.0  |W   7|L   3|W   9|
   CT | 16055060 / R: Unrated->1619P3   |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: Unrated->1505P3   |     |     |     |     |
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    5 | LAWRENCE LEGROS                 |1.5  |L   1|W   8|D   6|
   MA | 14840704 / R: 1025   ->1049     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  889   -> 936     |     |     |     |     |
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    6 | LEVI SCHNITZLER                 |1.5  |W   9|L   1|D   5|
   CT | 15705226 / R:  700   -> 845     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  692   -> 823     |     |     |     |     |
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    7 | LONNIE J DIXON                  |1.0  |L   4|W  10|L   2|
   VA | 13563614 / R: 1321P9 ->1300P12  |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1292P4 ->1217P7   |     |     |     |     |
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    8 | RICK SCHNITZLER JR              |1.0  |L   3|L   5|W  10|
   CT | 14896892 / R: 1216   ->1188     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1113P14->1075P17  |     |     |     |     |
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    9 | ROB ROY                         |0.0  |L   6|L   2|L   4|
   CT | 10574790 / R: 1423   ->1400     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1283   ->1213     |     |     |     |     |
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   10 | TOM WHISTLER                    |0.0  |L   2|L   7|L   8|
   MA | 14731065 / R:  991   -> 966     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  622   -> 615     |     |     |     |     |
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