On Saturday October 4 the NCCA held its annual business meeting. The meeting elected officers for the period of 2014-2016. Congratulations to:
|Kevin Hyde|| :||President|
|Jeff Jones|| :||Vice President|
|Venkataraja (Venkat) Shanmugavadivel|| :||Scholastic Vice President|
|Tom Kabasakalian|| :||Secretary/Treasurer|
Thanks to all those who participated and to NM Pat Sciacca and Sara Walsh for their candidacy and interest in being involved. Minutes will be posted on the Admin page for those who could not attend.
North Carolina Closed Championship
The North Carolina Closed Championship was also held October 3rd-5th. Congratulations to State Co-Champions NM Chris Mabe and NM Dominique Myers as well as all of the other Class winners and participants for making this a great event. For a full rundown of the tournament, games and video see the following recap.
NC Chess News
NC Chess News edition 20 * October 28th, 2014
Mike Eberhardinger’s report on the North Carolina Senior Open
The 2nd annual North Carolina Senior Open, which was held October 17-19, in Dobson, NC. This was a state Championship Event. The prize fund was doubled from last year's inaugural event.
The tournament was hosted in the prestigious wine vineyards area of Yadkin Valley, at the award-winning Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyards.
30 Players attended. 14 in Open Section, 16 in Amateur Section.
Open Section winners: (4 points each) Keith Carson and Ken Baxter (NC
Senior Co-Champions), Ken won the wine bottle trophies on tiebreak.
Amateur Section winner: (4.5 points) William Wolfe (UNR!)
The tournament was superbly organized and directed by Bob Mahan.
The Shelton Family has embraced chess favorably in recent years (i.e.
several Seniors Chess events have already taken place in Dobson, with
Shelton Family support), and there are more events now being planned,
stay tuned for upcoming news and announcements.
NM Patrick Sciacca reports on the East Charlotte Octads
Held on Saturday Oct.18, due to a large disparity in ratings, it was decided that there would be two sections of four and five players respectively. The top section was won by Expert Keith Eubanks of Columbia, SC with a 3-0 score. The lower section was won by seven year old Andrew Chen, also scoring 3-0. For complete results see http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201410185092
Gary Maltzman reports on the Triangle Area Chess Club 21 event held October 11.
Congrats to Tom Masotti and Linster Simmons for going 2-0 in TACC 21 tournament!
MSA Results at: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201410112412
Also as promised in last edition Josh Lawson provided us the last two games of his successful trek to Las Vegas for the Millionaire Chess Festival.
TMSA Halloween Chess Challenge, Oct. 25, 2014 (44 players)
Reverse Angle XLII, Oct. 25, 2014 (35 players)
Master Trek LXXXVI, OCt. 18, 2014 (57 players)
IM Kassa Korley
Perhaps the hottest team in the US Chess at present are the Carolina Cobras. The Cobras scored their second win in three weeks to cap off a 2.5 point run as a team. This week’s invenomated victim was the early season darling of the league the Philadelphia Inventors.
Leading the way on top board was IM Kassa Korley who claimed his second Grandmaster scalp of the season defeating GM Bryan Smith with the black pieces.
NM Nadi Bozkurt held a draw on board three for the Cobras against IM Richard Costigan which left NM Kevin Mo the responsibility of securing the point for the Cobras. And secure the point he did with a win over NM Todd Bryant.
Sadly other results around the league eliminated the Cobras from playoff contention, but the improvement shown this year coupled with added momentum bodes well for the Cobes next season. The CObras season finale takes place Tuesday October 28th when the Cobras duel with world top ten player GM Wesley So and the St. Louis ArchBishops. Games start at 7:50PM and can be viewed on the Internet Chess Club of live in person at the Triangle Chess Center.
Our new achievers this issue include:
Reverse Angle XLII
Reverse Angle XLII
NC Seniors Champinoship
The following are the tournaments the NCCA will accept bids for the 2013-2015 years. Please look at the bidding process on the ADMIN Tab of the NCCA web page :
2016 NC K-12 SCHOLASTIC STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BD 8/1/2015
(Approx. Tournament Dates)
BD = Bidding Deadline