From the Pig's Pen


edition 11 * August 14th, 2014

There was chess action all over the place this week as no fewer than five chess tournaments took place within the boundries of North Carolina during the weekend of August 9th and 10th.

The Greensboro Open V took place this past Saturday and drew forty players who divided into four even sections. Experts Aaron Balleisen and Mark Smith-Soto topped the Champions Division after a last round draw. Garret Allen and Daniel Li both registered perfect scores in the Candidates Division. Jens Koeplinger rose to the top of Club Division. Tournament newcomer James Baldwin won all three games as he jumped into the pool in the Booster Division. Scott McInnis organized and directed the event.

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Heading north on I-85 (and by north I mean geographically about 100 miles east) Rudy Abate and the Henderson Chess Club hosted HVCC 13 in downtown Henderson. 26 entrants battled for pride in this low entry fee tournament. The top four players were paired in an Invitational Quad which was won by NM John Smithwick and David Thaxton who scored two wins each. Gordan Ray’s name seems to be appearing alot in the winner’s circle lately as he only ceded one draw en route to another section victory in the Open Division. Jacob Garner and Leowell Bacudio led the youth movement to the top of the under 1400 Division. Curtis Garner won a double quad in the under 1000 Division.

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Had you headed south on I-85 (and yes we do mean south this time) you would have come across the Charlotte Chess Center’s Adult Only Quads event. 19 participant could have considered sharing a beer or two with anyone in the field restricted the those 21 years of age or older. With the odd number of players the sections were divided up by ratings. Division One, won by the Charlotte Chess Center dominant dynamo NM Dominique Myers’ 3+0=0- effort featured six players rated as experts or higher. Terry Maskin won Division Two with two wins and a draw. Joseph Rafferty and Michael Trott shared first in a hotly contested Division three with two points each. Cory Frazier won the five-player Division Four with an unblemished record.

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There were also two scholastic events in the Triangle this weekend. The first was organized by Tom and Amy Hughes on behalf of The New School Montessori’s Chess Club.  22 jousted in the four sections as Jayadeep Boya won Division One with  a perfect score. Jusung Park, Christine Dill, and Samhitha Pudipeddi also capture clear victories in their respective divisions.

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The next day Bill Clausen organized an octo event at Davis Drive Elemenetary. 112 registered for the event which filled 14 Divisions. Jayadeep Boya for the second straight day dominated the division with a perfect score in the Open Division. This likely marks the first time someone has won the open division of two regular-rated events in North Carolina’s chess history so special congratulations are in order for Jayadeep.

Other divisional winners included: II: Steven Crowley III: Leonard Yang and Austin Yao IV: Abhijit Gupta V: Andrew Stepanian VI: Karthik Ramakrishnan VII: Riddhik Basu VIII: Mridula Venkatesan, Vinay Sadhwani, and Glen Gimpl IX: Matthew Credle X:Bhargava Nanduru and Saimanoj Movva XI: Nishani Clarke XII: Varun Venkatapathy XIII: Christopher Kendall XIV: Navneet Suda

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With many tournaments….. many individuals elevated to a new half-class rating levels this week:

Player

Rating Level

Event

Daniel Li

1600

Greensboro Open V

Jens Koeplinger

1500

Greensboro Open V

Jacob Garner

1300

Henderson II (mid July)

Steven Crowley

1300

Chess Achieves August Octos

Nicholas Njugunda

1300

Greensboro Open V

Thomas Burwell

1300

Greensboro Open V

Jusung Park

1100

New School PPFF

Leonard Yang

1100

Chess Achieves August Octos

Austin Yao

1100

Chess Achieves August Octos

Rahul Jakati

1100

Greensboro Open V

Abhijit Gupta

1000

Chess Achieves August Octos

I would first like to apologize for the one day delay in this week’s From the Pig’s Pen. I had a medical procedure yesterday that got my day a bit out of whack. More importanltly I would like to apologize to Jacob Garner for not catching his rating achievement from a few weeks ago and delaying his recognition. His performance at the Henderson Chess Club was one I simply overlooked.

Best Regards,

Jeff “Pig” Jones