From the Pig's Pen

edition 12 * August 20th, 2014

It was a very light week in the North Carolina chess scene. While light, it was a rare week in that all of the weekend tournaments in North Carolina were pure open tournaments. Pure open meaning that each tournament only had one section.

The Triangle’s entry into this week’s forum was brought to you by Victor Beaman and East Carolina Chess. REACT VII took place Saturday August 16th. 32 mental jousters competed for the section’s lone top prize. Aaron Balleisen stood atop the mountain of a field that included two masters and three experts with a perfect score. Aaron distanced himself by a full point from a peloton that included FM Robin Cunningham, LM Maurice Dana, Geoffrey Polizoti, Alan Crist, and Keith Carson.

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Eventual REACT VII tournament winner Aaron Balleisen above right in the midst of a first round duel with Joshua Taylor. Note the camera stand overlooking the two competitors.

This tournament was a bit historic as it was the first in North Carolina in which games were recorded for an online broadcast by position capturing cameras. Chacha Nugroho has been working with a team from Burlington in an effort to further advance the broadcasting of chess games online.

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The Chess Stream tech team on the job. Chacha Nugroho on the left. Elon University professor and co-founder Jochen Fischer on the right nearest the wall beside his son Tobias Fischer. Their partner Taylor Hearn who is also working on the project could not attend.


NM Peter Giannatos and the Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy hosted the third running of it’s G/60 action on Saturday as well. 24 scrappers tried to dodge the gauntlet of competition in this four-rounder. Keeping his hto streak going from the US Open Patrick McCartney inched closer to his national master title as he won all four games to take clear first. NM Patrick Sciacca was joined by Eelya Sefat and Marnzell Hand in a three way tie for second.


This week only one player topped a new rating level.


Rating Level


Jack Iles


CCCSA: G/60 Action III

Best Regards,

Jeff “Pig” Jones