From the Pig's Pen
edition 15 * September 11th, 2014
It was a big weekend in the Triangle as the Triangle Chess Center held its Grand Opening on Friday September 5th. Approximately 130 people entered the new facility which is wedged nicely between I-40 and I-540 on Miami Blvd. (Hwy. 54) just north of the Durham/Wake County line. The Center has a main tournament hall that seats 72 and a small classroom on the side for private lessons and skittles.
Among the guests on opening night were nine highly rated players who participated in a round robin rated blitz tournament. It was an eight-man section with one player substituted midway through. Aaron Balleisen (below) won the first tournament in Center history with a perfect 7+0=0- performance.
The night ended with an exhibition as IM Jonathan Schroer did battle with a………. “gorilla?” The gorilla got black so it couldn’t play it’s pet opening 1.b4.
The Triangle Chess Center is located at 5920 S. Miami Blvd. Suite 203 in Durham and will offer lessons on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays along with the Triangle Chess League on Thursdays, and scholastic leagues on Saturdays. Starting in January the Center will offer FIDE-rated Swisses on Friday evenings as well.
The focus of chess shifted to Charlotte on Saturday as the state’s dean of North Carolina chess centers, the six-month old Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy, held it’s second G/30 Action tournament. Twenty-six gladiators “drew their swords” with IM Alexander Matros claiming top honors in the Open Section with 4.5 points. Daniel Cremisi finished second with 4 points.
Leonid Matros drew his first game but swept the last four to win the U1300 division. Sean Huynh finished half of a point off the pace to claim clear second.
The action moved back to Raleigh as the Hindu Society of North Carolina sponsored the RTPGF Chess Championship in Morrisville. Venkat Shanmugavadivel raised a scholarship fund of $1,750 for his event which brought out 80 participants and served as director with assistance from Amy Hughes.
K-12 1st-3rd: (4.0 out of 5 Points each): ERIC BRADFORD JR, PRIYAV CHANDNA, and, NEO ZHU - $292
K-8 1st: JAYADEEP BOYA (4.5 out of 5 Points) - $200 2nd-5th:(4.0 out of 5 Points) BERK EGE BAYKAL, KAYLAN KAI WANG, KAYCEE DEARMEY, ABHIJIT GUPTA - $40
K-5 1st: SAMUEL INDERMAUR (5.0 out of 5 Points) - $200 2nd-8th:(4.0 out of 5 Points) MICHAEL ZHENG DAI, JUSTIN SU, LEO DEJONG,BENJAMIN YAN, SOHAM JAYES PATEL, DUSTIN MIC HUGHES, RIDDHIK BASU - $25
Unrated 1st: ABHISHEK MANHASS(5.0/5)$100 2nd: JAY YADAV(4.0/5) $50, 3rd-4th: AADITYA MANHASS and PATIL SACHET(3.0/5) $15
Photos by Amy Hughes
The Carolina Cobras suffered a tough loss this week to the Rio Grande Ospreys by a 2.5-1.5 margin. LM Craig Jones scored a spectacular win on board four against WIM Daniela de la Parra which is in the running for Game of the Week honors. NM Kevin Mo drew on board three for the Cobras’ other score.
The Cobras are now 1.0-2.0 on the season and will play former Charlotte resident GM Julio Becerra and the Miami Sharks on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:20pm. Games may be viewed live on both Chess.com and the Internet Chess Club or in person at the Triangle Chess Center.
A few more players left lower ratings in the dust this week as they achieved new levels of performance:
CCCSA: G/30 Action II
100th tournament win
I apologize to NA Rudy Abate for identifying his as an assistant TD as he was the chief TD of the North Carolina Open last week.
I’d like to thank Venkat Shanmugavadivel, Amy Hughes, and Mark Indermaur for their contributions to this week’s article. Venkat provided the prize list for the RTPGF Chess Championships while my provided pictures. Mark tipped me off that his son scored his 100th tournament win. Those landmark wins are not easily found and certainly I will miss those if not prompted, so please e-mail me if you hit a milestone of any type. I’d also like to thank NM Neal Harris for information he provided for last week’s article regarding Mia Lopez’s milestone in South Carolina.