The 53rd New Britain Chess Club Summer Open attracted 64 players to Wickham Park in Manchester Connecticut.
Highlights by Bob Cyr, Connecticut's Chess Historian:
64 players (how cool is that) = 3rd highest turnout for this event.
35 players 18 or younger = 35 (broke the record set back two years ago)
FM Rick Bauer won the event on tie-breaks (only one more win or tie at the Summer Open to tie Arkadijs Strazdin's record).
Food was great = Mario is the MASTER OF THE GRILL.
Gert = We love you. Best planned and organized Summer Open ever.
Jan - We love you. You are a surperb TD. Everything went smooooooooooooooooth.
On a glorious and pleasant late summer day at Wickham Park in Manchester, sixty-four players from the area (the third highest turnout for any event in NBCC history) gathered for spirited play and social interaction at the 53rd Summer Open. This year, the club broke a record for the most youths ages eighteen or younger competing in one of our events - 35!
Many hours of work were performed on-site and behind the scenes to ensure the success of Connecticut's huge summer outing of the year. The following people did a fantastic job as volunteers: Manager Gert Hilhorst, TD Jan van de Mortel, and Chef Mario Guevara- Rodriguez. The club also thanks Rob Roy, our club’s loyal advocate for many decades, for bringing in coolers of beverages and for being available to assist wherever possible.
Incidentally, the open section winner on tie-breaks was FM Richard Bauer, who is now only one win or tie for first place away in this event to reach Arkadijs Strazdins all-time record of ten. It was a very successful and efficiently run tournament, and we hope to see you all next year for another exciting open-air event.
Next event is New England Open Sept 1-3 Newton Mass.
Next event is 9th Hartford Open Sept 21-23 at Bradley Airport.
2018 Charter Oak Open is Sept 29 in Coventry Connecticut.
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