From the Pig's Pen


edition 14 * September 5th, 2014

It’s official…… The Greensboro International Chess Festival is the preeminent chess event in the southeastern United States. Dare I say it’s truly the “Pearl of Dixie.” 344 players from more than  dozen nations converged on the embassy suites in Greensboro. 82 players dueled for $17,000 in guaranteed prizes in the US Masters championships. Polish GM Bartlomiej Macieja (pictured below) came out in clear first place by scoring 7½ points.

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MASTERS (82 entrants) 1st: GM, Bartek Macieja 7½  $5000.00;  2nd: GM Yarolsav Zherebukh $3000.00; 3rd-7th+ u2400: GM Aleksandr Lenderman, GM Niclas Huschenbeth, GM Holden Hernandez, GM Kayden Troff, FM Razvan Preotu, IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat 6½ $850.00; 8th-10th: GM Sergei Azarov, GM Marin Bosiocic, IM Andrey Gorovets 6 $400.00

2nd U2400: IM Justin Sarkar, IM John Cox, IM Carlos Perdomo, NM David Hua 5 $75.00

1st-2nd U2300: LM Gabriel Petesch, LM Damir Studen FM Kesav Viswanadha, WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor, LM Eugene Yanayt, LM Nicholas Checa, LM Michael Corallo 5 $114.29

1st: U2200: Joshua Colas 4½ $500; 2nd U2200: WIM Sabrina Chevannes, FM Alisa Melekhina, NM Peter Giannatos 4 $100

1st-2nd U2100: NM Dominique Myers, NM Sanjay Ghatti, CM Andrew Zheng 4 $266.67

IM Norms: FM Razvan Preotu, FM Kesav Viswanadha, LM Michael Corallo, NM David Hua

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Of course that was not the only chess going on in Greensboro as the annual North Carolina Open took place with 241 combatants during the middle of the US Masters.

OPEN SECTION (34 entrants):1st-3rd:  IM Jonathan Schroer, NM Nadi Bozkurt, NM Oliver Fernando 4 $600; 4th-5th +1st-2nd U2100: FM Robin Cunningham, Alexander Villafuerte, Emmanuel Carter, Gilbert Holmes 3½ $200; 6th-10th+3rd U2100: NM Rusty Potter, Daniel Cremisi, Aaron Balleisen, Grant Oen, Patrick McCartney, David High, Darcy Linde 3 $92.86

U2000 (66 entrants):1st: Lev Zilberter 4½; 2nd-5th+1st-2nd u1850: Blaine Newcomb, Sara Walsh, Adream Liang, Paul King, Priyav Chandna, Todd Mendenhall 4 $266.67; 6th-10th: Keith Carson, Yan Lyansky, John Risk, Nick Peterson, Claude Haith 3½ $110; 3rd u1850: Benjamin Stewart, Graydon Eggers, Suhas Madiraju, Jay Lalwani 3 $25

U1700 (80 entrants) 1st-3rd: Weimin Feng, Benjamin Snodgrass, Nick Matelli 4½ $600; 4th-8th: Scott McInnis, Glenn Shelton, Garret Allen, Easwar Senthilkumar, Gordan Ray 4 $150; 9th-10th: Eelya Sefat, Arthur Lewis, Jagadeep Boya, Patrick Bounds, Paul Bumblauskas, Solomon Pointer 3½ $33.33; 1st u1550: Mark Chaves 4 $250; 2nd-3rd u 1550: Derek Schneuer, Michael Tedder, Nicholas Schuch 3½ $83.33

U1400 (68 entrants): 1st: Clark Goldentyer 5 $1000; 2nd: Evan Zhang 4½ $500; 3rd-5th: Mark indermaur, Michael Palmer, Sreyas Adiraju 4 $233.33; 6th-10: Jaiden Chuang, Kellie Smith, Grishmeshwar Sinha, Sid Evans, Berk Baykal, Aiden Taylor, Troy Fletcher, Om Patel, Sanjeev Anand 3½ $61.11; ist u1200: Stephen Kurtz 4 $250; 2nd-3rd u1200: Ravitej Guruvelli, Dhruv Rajaganesh, Atmika Gorti, Able Liang 3½ $62.50

U1000 (10 entrants scholastics):  1st-2nd: ROss Guinan, Thomas Shundi 3

U700 (10 entrants scholastics): Tate Aycock, William Martin, Marcus Lee 3

Both the US Masters and North Carolina Open were organized by the Carolinas Chess Initiative and Gary Newsom and Walter High. IA Thad Rogers served as chief tournament director of the Masters and NTD Kevin Hyde was chief pairings director. Alex Relyea of New Hampshire and Bill Broick of Iowa were assistant TDs in the Masters and Keith Hooker and Rudy Abate were assistant TDs in the North Carolina Open.

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Not to be lost in the shuffle….. the Carolina Cobras have an upgraded roster with recently minted IM Kassa Korley taking over board one duties and the addition of Duke grad student Nadi Bozkurt the Cobras have gotten off to a much better start this year in the United States Chess League with an even record through two weeks and a +1 combined individual score. After a heartbreaking loss to the debuting Atlanta Kings, the Cobras bounced back to take a 3-1 decision over the Baltimore Kingfishers.

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IM Korley (pictured above) won his second straight on board one with a brilliant opposite colored endgame win over IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat which finished runner-up in the game of the week standings. Meanwhile Bozkurt, just one rating point away from senior master, claimed his first grandmaster scalp by upending former world senior champion Larry Kaufmann on board two. NM Kevin Mo, called the league’s most dangerous board four by team captain LM Craig Jones, showed his fangs by overwhelming Jared Defibaugh on board four.

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The Cobras next play the USCL’s other  expansion team the Rio Grande Ospreys. Spectators are welcome to come to the Triangle Chess Center to watch the team in action or can watch on either Chess.com or the Internet Chess Club.

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The North Carolina Open helped many people achieve new rating levels this week..

Player

Rating Level

Event

Sara Walsh

1900

NC Open

Priyav Chandna

1900

NC Open

Claude Haith

1800

NC Open

Benjamin Snodgrass

1700

NC Open

Nick Matelli

1700

NC Open

Scott McInnis

1700

NC Open

Solomon Pointer

1600

NC Open

Brian Wu

1600

NC Open

Pradhyumna Kothapalli

1600

NC Open

Carson Cook

1400

CCCSA: Tuesday Night Action V

Michael Palmer

1400

NC Open

Clark Goldentyer

1200-1400

NC Open

Mia Lopez

1200-1300

Columbia Open (Aug. 15-17)

Aditya Shivapooja

1000

CCCSA: Tuesday Night Action V

Ross Guinan

1000

NC Open Scholastic

I apologize to Mia Lopez for missing her rating level a couple a weeks ago. I will start checking tournaments in South Carolina and Virginia a little more to make sure I don’t miss stuff. It does help though when people tip me off to a player with a strong performance out of state. The further away the more likely I am to miss it. Please contact me to let me know if you or a friend reached a new level outside North Carolina.

Best Regards,

Jeff “Pig” Jones