From the Pig's Pen

edition 7 * 16 July, 2014

With summer kicking into gear the tournament scene in North Carolina took a bit of a lull this past weekend.

In the middle of the state, Tom Hales hosted the 92nd running of the Asheboro Open at the Asheboro Mall. 23 players occupied two sections in this event. NM Patrick Sciacca or Charlotte and expert Joshua Lawson of Greensboro each won all three of their games to finish tied for first in the Championship Division. In the Candidates Division Two more Greensboroans, John Retarides and Derek Chen drew in the last round to finish in a first place tie with 2.5 points.


The only other event in North Carolina this past weekend was the Henderson Chess Club’s “HIH” event held in downtown Henderson. The regularly scheduled tournament is for Henderson-Vance Chess Club members only. Wilson’s Gordan Ray won all three of his games to win the Open Division. Henderson’s Curtis Garner and Anthony Swaringen, both members of the Northern Vance High School chess team split first in the double Swiss U1000 section with 5+0=1- scores.


The tournament schedule ramps up in a big way next week with the LPO returning to a summer slot for the first time in a few years and scholastic events in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Best Regards, Jeff “Pig” Jones