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2006 Results and Happenings

Davenport, Jacobs Tie At Fayetteville Swiss

Ten players turned out for the December Swiss in Fayetteville on Dec. 23. Eugene Davenport and Ambrose Jacobs each posted a 2.5/3.0 result in G/90 to share first place. Check out the crosstable.
 

FM Daniel Tapia Earns International Master Title in Colombia

Former North Carolina scholastic champ Daniel Tapia earned his International Master (IM) title recently at a sub-zonal in Colombia. Tapia finished clear first – by a full point - in a 32-player field at 7.5/9.0. Under the rules of the sub-zonal, the highest finishing player without the IM title would gain one with the tournament win. The 20-year-old Tapia will now advance to the Caribbean zonal in the Dominican Republic in March.

 

You may need to brush up on your Spanish, but you can read about the tournament. You may also check out the games from the tournament.

 

FIDE will make the IM title official when it takes action at the next FIDE Congress. Tapia relocated to the South American country in 2005. He graduated from Charlotte's Harding University High School and finished first, or tied for first, in three straight North Carolina K-12 Scholastic Championships. He represented the state at two Denker Tournament of High School Champions.

320 Players In Charlotte; Jacob Parrish Wins Southern Scholastic

Almost 320 players jumped into the action at the 19th Annual Southern Scholastic at Vance High School Dec. 16-17 in Charlotte. In the K-12 Section, Greensboro’s Jacob Parrish reeled off a 5-0 score in G/90 to take first place.

In K-8, Joshua Mu went a perfect 5-0 for first place. In K-5, Jordan Ware and Ethan Hollandsworth both went 5-0 to tie for first place. Ware got the nod on tiebreaks. In K-3, Ken Chu was 5-0 to take first place.

The team winners were Charlotte schools:

K-12 – Vance HS
K-8 – Randolph MS
K-5 – Barringer
K-3 – Barringer, Smith Academy and Metrolina Regional (Barringer got the nod on tiebreaks)
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Gary Newsom Goes 3-0 To Take Bertucci’s 17

Cornelius’ Gary Newsom went a perfect 3-0 in G/75 to capture first place at Bertucci’s 17 in Charlotte Dec. 16. He pocketed $80 for his efforts. Shawn Pealer and Patrick McCartney were second at 2-1. Eight players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson Goes 4-0 To Claim Greenville Open

FM Ron Simpson turned in a perfect 4-0 result to grab first place at the Greenville Open 22 Dec. 9. Maurice Dana and Kenny Jackson tied for second at 3.0/4.0. Twelve players competed in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Marsh, McNeill Capture Sections at Asheboro Open 19

Tennessee’s Matthew Marsh reeled off three wins of G/75 to capture the Championship Section of the Dec. 9 Asheboro Open. Marsh took home $150 for his efforts. Fayetteville’s Larry Williams was clear second at 2.5/3.0. In the Candidates Section, Asheboro’s Jonathan McNeill posted a 3-0 result to win $150. Jeff McAdams and Anish Shah were second at 2.5/3.0. Twenty-four players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Jones, Wheeless Each Go 4-0 To Grab First In Lenoir

Bryson City’s Ellis Jones and Charlotte’s Randy Wheeless each rolled up a 4-0 mark to share first place at the Holiday Foothills Chess Tournament Dec. 9 at West Caldwell High School in Lenoir. Brad Reese and Jayson Miller were among the top class winners elsewhere in the tourney. Twenty-six players participated in the event. The tournament raised several dozen canned items for the food drive being held at the school to benefit the community – and another $150, which will be used to help sponsor a community family. Check out the crosstable.

Williams, Morris Tie At Fayetteville Quad

An impromptu quad broke out Dec. 2 in Fayetteville. Larry Williams and Gary Morris each scored 2.0/3.0 to tie for first place. Check out the crosstable.

Zhang Takes K-12 Section in Winston-Salem

A total of 64 players participated in the Winston-Salem Scholastic Chess Association Fall 5 tournament Dec. 2. In the K-12 section, Benjamin Zhang went a perfect 4-0 in G/45 to take first place. In the K-8 Section, Zak Brown and Joshua Perry tied for first at 4-0. In the K-5 Section, Carolina Folz and Joshua Sailer tied for first at 3.5/4.0. Check out the crosstable.

Crowd Of Almost 100 Plays In Hendersonville

Almost 100 players turned out for the Immaculata Swiss Dec. 2 in Hendersonville. Players were grouped in eight-player sections for three rounds of G/75. Despite many scholastic players, the field also included four players above 2200. Winners in the respective sections were: FM Andrey Chumachenko, Judd Pires, Vladimir Besirovic, Luke Dewitt, Nick Furigay, Joe Corbett, Alvin Zhang, Jordan Mooney, Eddie Wahler, Bruce Norville, Alex Williams, Joey Bullis and Kob Gerdsawat. Check out the crosstable.

Jodrey Claims Championship Section In Durham

Almost 180 players turned out for the Durham Academy Fall Chess Challenge Nov. 18. In the Championship Section, Jamestown’s Joshua Jodrey went a perfect 3-0 for first place. In the K-12 Under 1400 Section, Connor Henry Labean and Drew Clary tied at 3.4/4.0. In the K-12 Under 1100 Section, Tian-Yi Damien Jiang was 4-0 to take the top spot. In the K-6 Section, Kevin Chen and Kevin were both 4-0 to tie for first. In the K-3 Section, Sonio Yanis Kum went 4-0 for first place. In the K-1 Section, Scott Hallyburton went 4-0 for first place. Check out the crosstable.

Jones, Sailer Finish First At Mayberry Quads

Eight players filled out a pair of quads Nov. 18 at the Mayberry Chess event in Mount Airy. In the top quad, Ellis Jones went 2.5/3.0 to claim first place. In the other quad, John Sailer was a perfect 3-0 to claim the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Wheeless, Newton-Conover HS Take Top Scholastic Honors

A total of 32 players from eight schools participated in the Western High School Regional in Newton Nov. 18. As for the individual results, Charlotte homeschooler Amelia Wheeless was a perfect 4-0 to claim the top overall player. Jayson Miller from Hibriten HS and Marshall Faraday from Hunter Huss HS were tied for second at 3.5/4.0.

Newton- Conover HS took the overall team title. Other team winners: Hunter Huss HS, top 3A team; Hibriten HS, top 2AA team; Maiden HS, top 1A team; and Charlotte Home School, top at-large team. Check out the crosstable.

Thomas Paradis Wins Bertucci's 16 In Charlotte

Charlotte scholastic player Thomas Paradis posted two wins and a draw in a tough field to claim $80 and first place at Bertucci's 16 Nov. 18 in Charlotte. Patrick McCartney, Gary Newsom and Virginia's Tracy Callis tied for second. Eight players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Maurice Dana Perfect At 4-0 At Greenville Open 21

NM Maurice Dana went a perfect 4-0 to capture first place at the Greenville Chess Open 21 on Nov. 11. Dana won $150 for his efforts. Joshua Taylor and Micah Tucker tied for second with a 3-1 record.  Thirteen players participated in the tournament. Check out the crosstable.

Chumachenko, Mabe Tie At The Top At Carolinas Challenge

Charlotte players FM Andrey Chumachenko and Chris Mabe tied for first with 4/5 at the Carolinas Challenge Nov. 10-12 in Fort Mill, S.C. South Carolina players took the class titles: James MacDougall in the A Section; Carl Vero in the B Section; Bob Halliday in the C Section and Josh Nissemboim in the D/E Section. A total of 42 participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Junior Open In Charlotte Draws More Than 160 Students

More than 160 players turned out Nov. 11 for the CMSCA Junior Open at Vance High School in Charlotte. In the 19 and Under Section, Joshua Mu took first place with a 2.5/3.0 mark in G/60. In the 16 and Under Section, Chang Sun and Robby Broadbent went 3-0 to tie. Sun took first in a blitz playoff.

In the 12 and Under Section, William Champion, Robin Yopp, Ean James Kitchens and Walter Sypniewski all tied at 3-0. Champion took first in the blitz playoff. In the 10 and Under Section, J.P. Flynn, Jordan Ware, Anders Bright, Zachary Bright, Justin Yang and Micah James Terrell all went 3-0. Flynn took first in the blitz playoff. In the 8 and Under Section, Seth Taylor-Brill, George Hawk, Jay Parth Pakala, Chad Moody, Avery Feagans and Ethan Sevigny all went 3-0. Taylor-Brill took first in the blitz playoff. Check out the crosstable.

Mattison, Vaughn Go 3-0 To Take Respective Sections in Asheboro

Henry Mattison reeled off three wins to capture the Championship Section of the Asheboro Open 18 Nov. 11. In the Candidates Section, Kirk Vaughn went a perfect 3-0 in G/75 to take first place. Seventeen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Four Players Tie For First In Fayetteville

A total of nine players participated in the November Two Knights Swiss in Fayetteville on Nov.4. There was a logjam for first place with four players - Eugene Davenport, Jonathan Lang, Tom Hales and Tanner Hogue – tying for the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Simpson And Cloete Tie For First In Morehead City

FM Ron Simpson and Eugene Cloete both posted 3 wins and a draw to share the top spot at the Blackbeard Open Oct. 28 in Morehead City. Twenty players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Williams And Morris Tie In Fayetteville Tournament

A total of 10 players kicked off a return to tournament chess in Fayetteville Oct. 28 at the Two Knights Swiss. Larry Williams and Gary Morris tied for first place while Daniel Kulic took the Under 1600 class prize. Check out the crosstable.

Quad Squads Invade Lenoir for Fall Foothills

Twenty players filled out five quads at the Fall Foothills event Oct. 28 at Hibriten High School in Lenoir. Players winning their sections with perfect 3-0 scores in G/60 were: Randy Lovelace, Jack Shaver, Kent Wheeless and Robbie Earp. In the remaining section, Bradley Reese and Randy Wheeless tied for first with 2.5/3.0 Check out the crosstable.

No Defeat For GM Maurice Ashley At Greensboro Simul

GM Maurice Ashley held a 40-board simul on Oct. 27 at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Ashley went 39-0-1, with Greensboro’s Stephen Maynard grabbing the lone draw.
White – Ashley
Black – Maynard
1. d4 Nf6  2. c4 g6  3. Nc3 d5  4. cxd5 Nxd5  5. e4 Nxc3  6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Be3 c5  8. Bb5+ Bd7  9. Bxd7+ Nxd7  10. Ne2 cxd4  11. cxd5 0-0  12. 0-0 Nb6  13. Rc1 Rc8  14. Qb3 e6  15. a4 Qd7  16. a5 Qa4  17. Qxa4 Nxa4  18. Rb1 Rc2  19.  Ng3 b6  20. Rb4 Ra2  21. axb6 Nxb6  22. d5 exd5  23.  Bxb6 axb6  24. exd5 Rd2  25. Rxb6 Rxd5 draw agreed 1/2-1/2

Jay Goss Claims Top Spot At Wildcat Scholastic

More than 150 players competed in the Wildcat Scholastic 4 in Chapel Hill Oct. 21. In the K-12 Open Section, Jay Goss went 4-0 to capture first place. In the K-12 Under 1000 Section, Robert Dallara, Alan Lindsey and Jordan Baker all tied at 4-0 to share the top spot. In the K-5 Section, Tian-Shun Jiang went a perfect 5-0 to claim first place. In the K-3 Section, Kevin Wu and Sarah Kirchner-Barney were knotted at 4.5/5.0 to share the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Charlie Hall Wins Quad in Mt. Airy

Charlie Hall beat back the competition at 3-0 to claim the G/30 quad at the Mayberry Quad 2 in Mt. Airy on Oct. 21. Check out the results.

Good Turnout Highlights Spirited Play At N.C. Open in Greensboro

More than 160 players joined the action at the N.C. Open Oct. 13-15 in Greensboro. In the Open Section, Asheville FM Miles Ardaman posted a 4.5/5.0 score to claim sole first and become state champion. Charlotte FM Andrey Chumachenko was clear second. Ardaman has now become the state champion in five states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Florida.

In the Under 2000 Section, Troutman’s Gary Branton went 4.5/5.0 to take first. In the Under 1800 Section, Bobby Waddell, Joshua Taylor and John Brooks all scored 4.0/5.0 to tie for the top spot. In the Under 1600 Section, Luis Guzman went 4.5/5.0 to take first. In the Under 1400 Section, Stephen Maynard posted a 4.5/5.0 result to claim first place.

In the Under 1200 Section, Connor Labean was a perfect 5-0 to grab first place. Hiroki Wakiya was victorious in the K-12 Section of the scholastic side event. Eric Noden claimed the K-8 event. Check out the crosstable.

New officers were elected at the N.C. business meeting:

President – Randy Wheeless
1st VP – Victor Beaman
2nd VP – Bernard Baker
Sec./Treas. – Gerben Hoekstra
 

FM Simpson Goes 3-0 To Take Asheboro Open 17

FM Ron Simpson reeled off a perfect 3-0 mark to claim the top spot in the Championship Section of the Asheboro Open 17 Oct. 7. In the Candidates Section, there was a logjam with Stephen Pizzo, Connor Labean, Rodney Folz and Andrew DeJong all finishing with a 2.5/3.0 mark to tie for first place. Check out the crosstable.

Lang Goes 3-0 To Take Durham Academy Master Trek

Jonathan Lang reeled off three straight wins to take the Champion Section of the Durham Academy Master Trek event Sept. 30. In the Premier Section, Nishanth Shah went a perfect 3-0 to take first place. In the Booster Section, Tian-Shun Allan Jiang and Connor Labean both posted 3-0 scores to share the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson Sweeps To Win In Greenville

FM Ron Simpson turned in a perfect 3-0 score to capture first place in the Open Section of the Greenville Chess Open 20 Sept. 30. In the Under 1600 Section, Victor Beaman reeled off three wins for sole first place. Twelve players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Gmeiner, Poppante Tie For First In Winston-Salem

Michael Gmeiner and Leo Poppante both scored 3-1 in G/45 to tie for first in the K-12 Section at the 64 Squares Scholastic Sept. 30 in Winston-Salem. In the K-8 Section, Praveen Suthaharan and Yimo Chen posted a 3.5/.5 score to share first place. In the combined K-3/K-5 Section, Joshua Sailer posted a perfect 4-0 score to take first place. Matthew Moore went 3-0 to take the unrated K-3/K-5 Section. Check out the crosstable.

Scholastic Chess Seasons Kicks Off In Charlotte

Charlotte-Mecklenburg kicked off the scholastic chess season with its annual unrated tournament Sept. 23 at Charlotte’s Vance High School. Amelia Wheeless won the K-12 section; Robin Yopp claimed the K-8 section and Adam Watkins took the K-3 section. In the K-5 section, Arren Sevigny and Benedict Liu tied for first place. Liu got the nod on tiebreaks. About 70 players participated. Check out the crosstable.

NM Alyiev Goes 3-0 To Win At Bertucci's 15

South Carolina NM Timur Alyiev fired off three straight wins to capture the Top Section of Bertucci's 15 on Sept. 16 in Charlotte. Alyiev took home $100 for his effforts. In the Lower Section, Charlotte's Kevin Huang and Ellis Jones both went 2.5/3.0 to share the top spot. A total of 15 players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.
 

Baldwin, Sailer Win Quads In Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy hosted eight players for two full quads at the Mayberry Chess Quad 1 on Sept. 16. In the top quad, Scott Baldwin posted a 2.5/3.0 result to take clear first. In the second quad, John Sailer reeled off three wins to take first place. Check out the crosstable.

Maurice Dana Grabs Top Spot In Greenville

NM Maurice Dana from Newport reeled off four straight wins to grab first place in the Open Section of the Greenville Chess Open on Sept. 9. Dana won $120 for his efforts. Gordan Ray took the Under 1400 Section with a 3.5/4.0 result. Check out the crosstable.

Adam Holmes Takes Clear First in Asheboro

Chapel Hill's Adam Holmes reeled off three straight wins in G/75 to capture the Championship Section of the Asheboro Open 16 Sept. 9. Jonathan Lang took clear second at 2.5/3.0. In the Candidates Section, Jeff McAdams, Mark Stout and Zachary High all tied for first at 2.5/3.0. A total of 29 players participated. Check out the crosstable.

 

 

 

 

Trower, Holmes Share Top Spot at Fake Copper Blanket

Charlotte’s Todd Trower and Chapel Hill’s Adam Holmes posted two wins and a draw in G/90 to tie for first place in the Open Section of the Fake Copper Blanket Aug. 26 in Charlotte. In the Under 1800 Section, Amelia Wheeless took sole first with a 2.5/3.0 result. In the Under 1400 Section, Peter Giannatos and J.P. Flynn shared first place with 2.5/3.0. In the Under 1200 Section, Ashraf Azihan went a perfect 3-0 to grab the top spot. In the Under 1000 Section, Ryan Lee and Elinos Alton Whitlock reeled off a 4-0 mark in G/45 to share the top spot. A total of 77 players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Neal Harris Ties For First In Virginia

North Carolina NM Neal Harris tied for first place at the SouthWest Virginia Open Aug. 18-20 in Salem, Va. Almost 50 players participated in the event. Check out the crosstable.

Pealer, McCartney Share Bertucci’s 14 Title

Charlotte’s Shawn Pealer and Patrick McCartney each posted two wins and a draw to share the top spot in the Top Section at Bertucci’s 14 on Aug. 19 in Charlotte . Both players took home $75 for their efforts. In the Lower Section, Michael Brown went a perfect 3-0 to claim the top spot and $40. Fourteen players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Patrick, Tiselsky Go 3-0 In Asheboro Open 15

Vann Alan Patrick and Eugene Tiselsky each went a perfect 3-0 to tie for first place in the Championship Section at the Asheboro Open 15 on Aug. 12. In the Candidates Section, Jonathan Lang and Yuki Wakiya each went 2.5/3.0 to tie for first. In the Club Section, Hiroki Wakiya went a clean 3-0 to take first place. A total of 33 players joined in on the action. Check out the crosstable.                      

Taylor, Jackson Tie For First At Greenville Open

A total of 10 players participated in the action at the Greenville Open Aug. 12 in Greenville. Joshua Taylor and Kenneth Jackson tied for first with a 3.0/4.0. Each won $113 for their efforts. Check out the crosstable.

N.C.'s Nelson Lopez Wins Denker High School Championship

Youngsville's Nelson Lopez took on the best high school players in the country and came out a winner – going 5.5/6.0 to win the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions, Aug. 6-11, in Oak Brook, Ill.

Nelson, a two-time winner of the N.C. Scholastic Championship, was seeded 10th in ratings at the beginning of the tournament. But he fired off two important wins in the last two rounds to take the title. Check out coverage at U.S. Chess. Also, check out the crosstable for the event.

In the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, Charlotte’s Laura Lee went 3.0/6.0 – playing among the top boards the entire tournament. Check out the crosstable.

Craig Jones Goes 4-0 At TALMA 2 in Raleigh

A total of 39 players took part in the TALMA 2 in Raleigh Aug. 5. In the Open Section, NM Craig Jones of Cary went a perfect 4-0 to grab the top spot. In the Under 1500 Section, Dion Cassio went 3.5/4.0 to take first place. Benjamin Jones took the Under 1500 scholastic trophy with a flawless 4-0 score. Nishanth Shah took the Under 1300 scholastic trophy with a 3-1 score, and Tian-Shun Jiang also went 3-1 to grab the Under 1100 scholastic trophy. Check out the crosstable.

LPO Attracts Almost 200 Players To Greensboro

Almost 200 players attended the 2006 LPO in Greensboro July 28-30. In the Open Section, Virginia NM Rusty Potter claimed first place with 4.0/5.0. In the Under 2200 Section, Virginia’s Adithya Balasubramanian took sole first at 4.0/5.0. In the Under 2000 Section, Georgia’s William Stewart went a perfect 5-0 for first place.

In the Under 1800, North Carolina players Mark Gragg and Larry Williams, plus Tennessee’s Andrew Crigger, tied for first at 4.0/5.0. In the Under 1600 Section, Virginia’s Leonard Holloway took the top spot at 4.5/5.0. In the Under 1400 Section, North Carolina’s Ralph Ray went a perfect 5-0 for first place. Check out the crosstable.

Scholastic Players Go Quick In Winston-Salem

A total of 24 players competed in the WSSCA Summer Quick-Rated tournament July 29 in Winston-Salem. In the combined K-12/K-8 Section, Michael Gmeiner of Yadkinville was the top high schooler at 4.5/5.0. Yimo Chen of Jamestown was top middle schooler. In the combined K-3/K-5 Section, Ryan Folz of Durham and Sarah Kirchner-Barney of Fuquay-Varina were the top K-5 players. Anish Kottu was the top K-3 player. Check out the crosstable.

Sailer Goes 4-0 At Summit School Camp

John Sailer reeled off a perfect 4-0 mark in rated games during the chess camp at the Summit School in Winston-Salem July 24-28. Jake Einstein took sole second place at 3.5/4.0. Check out the crosstable.

Timmel, Cloete Tie For First At East Carolina Chess Open

John Timmel and Eugene Cloete both posted 6.0/7.0 in quick chess to tie for first at the 4th East Carolina Chess Open July 22 in Washington. Timmel took first in a blitz playoff. Kenneth Jackson, Burnice Bullock and Maurice Dana knotted for third, fourth and fifth at 5.0/7.0 Check out the crosstable.

Pealer Slices The Competition At Bertucci’s 13

Shawn Pealer shook off a first-round draw and reeled off a pair of wins to capture top prize at Bertucci’s 13 in Charlotte July 15. He took home $80 for his efforts. Ken Baxter, Gary Newsom and Patrick McCartney all shared second place with 2.0/3.0. Check out the crosstable.

Patrick Has Perfect Day To Grab Asheboro Title

Vann Alan Patrick reeled off a 3-0 mark in G/75 to turn back a tough field and claim first place in the Top Section of the Asheboro Open on July 15. Patrick netted $140 for his efforts. In the Middle Section, Burnice Bullock went 3-0 to grab $140 for first place. In the Lower Section, Eric Noden and Andrew Dejong posted a 2.5/.5 mark to tie for first place and share top prize money. A total of 33 players joined in the action. Check out the crosstable.

56 Players Go For Immaculate Moves in Hendersonville

A total of 56 players squared off for three rounds of G/75 July 15 at the Imacculata Swiss in Hendersonville. Players going 3-0 to win their eight-player sections outright were: Reid Motter, Angelia Campbell, Dylan Roswech, Ian Roswech and Richard Thomas. The top two sections had ties with two players at 2.5/.5: Brad McDanel and Mark Bogart in one section; Dan Horwitz and Amelia Wheeless in the other. Check out the crosstable.

Simpson Scores Another First In Greenville

FM Ron Simpson continued his winning ways as he posted a 3.5/4.0 score to capture first place in the Open Section of the Greenville Chess Open 17 on July 8. Simpson pocketed $140 for his efforts. In The Under 1550 Section, John Wehrenberg, Victory Beaman and Justin Conran all finished with 3.0/4.0 scores to tie for first. Check out the crosstable.

Cohen Cruises To TALMA 1 Title

Bob Cohen reeled off a perfect 5-0 to capture first place at the TALMA 1 on June 24 in Raleigh. The event was structured to allow players to play as few, or as many, games as they wished. Twenty-six players joined in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Wakiya Ties For First In Atlanta Tournament

Chapel Hill's Hiroki Wakiya was the top N.C. finisher at the Emory Grand Prix June 16-17 in Atlanta. Wakiya finished with four wins and a draw to tie for first place in the Under 1200 Section. Check out the crosstable.

McCartney, Paradis Share Bertucci's 12 Crown

Patrick McCartney and Thomas Paradis each scored two wins and a draw to share the top spot at Bertucci's 12 June 17 in Charlotte. In the Lower Section, South Carolina's Robert Halliday went a perfect 3-0 to take the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Chumachenko Goes 3-0 To Grab Asheboro Open 13

FM Andrey Chumachenko reeled off a perfect 3-0 mark to capture first place in the Championship Section of the Asheboro Open 13 June 10. In the Candidates Section, both Robin Johnston and Milton Kicklighter each posted 3-0 results to share the top spot. Twenty-four players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Simpson Tames Field To Take First In Greenville

FM Ron Simpson posted three wins and a draw to secure first place in the Open Section at the Greenville Open 16 on June 10. In the Under 1600 Section, John Wehrenberg went 3.0/4.0 to take sole first. Sixteen players joined in on the action. Check out the crosstable.

Cloete Grabs The Loot At Blackbeard Open 3

Eugene Herman Cloete fired off three wins and a draw to capture first place at the Blackbeard Open 3 on  June 3 in Morehead City. Noteworthy, was the return of NM Mathias Moersch, who took a bye in the first round and drew Cloete in the final round to finish with 3.0/4.0. This was his first tournament in 10 years. Twenty players joined in on the action. Check out the crosstable

NM Klaus Pohl Camps Out In First At Saluda

Thirty players invaded the Orchard Lake Campground in Saluda on June 3 for some tournament chess action. In the Open Section, South Carolina NM Klaus Pohl scored three wins a draw to capture first place. James Hyde managed to scratch out a draw against Pohl.

In the Under 1300 Section, Shelby’s Curtis Morrison and South Carolina’s Kenzie Moore posted three wins and a draw to share the top spot. In the Under 800 Section, Bruce Norville went a perfect 3-0 to claim first. Check out the crosstable.

Pealer Takes Top Spot At Bertucci's 11

Charlotte's Sean Pealer dispatched of the competition and reeled off three straight wins to take the Top Section of Bertucci's 11 May 20 in Charlotte. Pealer pocketed $100 for his efforts. In the Lower Section, Jiri Janko went 2.5/.5 to capture the top spot. Fourteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Young Players Grab Top Prizes In Denver

North Carolina's youngest chess players turned in stellar performances at the 2006 Burt Lerner National Elementary (K-6) School Championship in Denver May 12-14.

In the K-3 Championship, Charlotte's Ken Chu tied for first place with 6/7 -- placing 8th in a 9-way logjam at the top. In the K-5 Championship, Joshua Mu took 11th spot, while Robin Yopp nabbed 21st spot among 281 players. Yopp helped Charlotte's McAlpine Elementary grab 9th place in the team competition.

In the K-6 Under 1000, Sneha Chikkala finished fourth. In the K-5 Under 900, Seth Taylor-Brill nabbed seventh place. In the K-3 Under 800, Srika Chikkala took 6th place.

Another strong team was Charlotte's Community House MS, which took 9th in the K-6 Championship. Check out all of the results.

Sample Claims Top Spot In Greenville

Roger Sample posted three wins and a draw to capture the Top Section of the Greenville Open 15 on May 13. In the Under 1500 Section, John Wehrenberg reeled off a perfect 4-0 to claim the top spot. Sixteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Michael Carroll A Perfect 3-0 In Asheboro

Michael Carroll went a perfect 3-0 in G/75 to claim first place at the Asheboro Open 12 on May 13. Fifteen players joined in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Craig Jones Captures N.C. Invitational With 5-0 Mark

Cary's NM Craig Jones defended his N.C. Invitational title in style as he reeled off a perfect 5-0 result against a rugged field to capture the title April 22-23 at Duke University in Durham. FM Ron Simpson and NM John Kirby tied for second with 2.5/2.5 marks. The rest of the field included: NM Neal Harris, Nelson Lopez II and John Timmel. Check out the crosstable.

Lang Grabs K-12 Top Spot In Winston-Salem

Jonathan Lang posted a 3.5/4.0 result in G/45 to capture the K-12 section at the Winston-Salem Spring 4 scholastic tournament April 22. In the K-8 section, Tian-Yi Damien Jiang went a perfect 4-0 to claim the top spot. In the K-5 section, Seth Taylor-Brill posted a 4-0 mark for first place. In the K-3 section, Ian Gatland went 3-0 in three rounds to take first. Sixty players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Trower, McCartney Share Bertucci's 10 Title

Charlotte players Todd Trower and Patrick McCartney posted two wins and a draw each to claim first place at Bertucci's 10 in Charlotte on April 22. Twelve players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Play Rated Games At UNC Charlotte Starting April 27

The UNC Charlotte Chess Club has formed and will begin playing rated games on Thursday beginning April 27. Players outside of the university are invited. The club will meet at the Cone Center on campus and play a 30/60 G/30 format. Rated games are $3 per week and start at 7:30 p.m. There is no club membership fee, but USCF and NCCA membership is required. For more information, contact Gary Branton at 704-500-9736.

Johnston Goes Undefeated At Asheboro Open 11

Robin Johnston posted a perfect 3-0 mark in G/75 to grab sole first at the Asheboro Open 11, April 8, in Asheboro. Jacob Parrish claimed clear second with a 2.5/3.0 mark. Sixteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Three Go Undefeated At N.C. Class Scholastic In Newton

Forty-two players showed up at Newton-Conover HS in Newton for the N.C. Class Scholastic on April 1. Three players went 4-0 for the day: Craig Hamilton of Porter Ridge HS, Zak Gootman of Hibriten HS and Clinton Benton of Maiden HS posted perfect results. In the team competition, Hibriten HS and Newton-Conover HS tied for top overall spot with 12 points each. Check out the crosstable soon.

Nelson Lopez Grabs Open Section At Wolfpack Open 6

Nelson Lopez II posted a 2.5/3.0 result in G/90 to take sole first in the Open Section of the Wolfpack Open 6, April 1, at N.C. State University in Raleigh. In the Under 1800 Section, Amir Hosseini went 3-0 to take first place.

In the Under 1400 Section, Sid Evans had two wins and a draw to capture sole first. Twenty-five players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Three Tie At Morehead City's Blackbeard Open 2

John Timmel, Eugene Herman Cloete and Roger Sample all posted three wins and a draw to share the top spot at the Blackbeard Open 2, April 1, in Morehead City. Twenty-two players participated in the action. The tournament also attracted some new players - eight were making their debut in tournament chess action. Check out the crosstable.

McCartney Takes Top Spot At Bertucci's 9

Charlotte's Patrick McCartney posted two wins and a draw to claim sole first in the Top Section at Bertucci's 9, March 25, in Charlotte. McCartney won $100 for his efforts. In the Lower Section, Viktor Ozherelyev went a perfect 3-0 to claim the top spot and $100. Check out the crosstable.

Scholastic Action Hot And Heavy In Henderson County

About 100 scholastic players joined the action at the Henderson County Scholastic Championship, March 25, at Apple Valley Middle School. In the Championship Section, brothers Matthew and Dan Horwitz from Hendersonville posted a score of 2.5/3.0 in G/75 to tie for first. Dan was awarded the $500 Henderson County chess scholarship for his efforts.

In the K-12 Section, Amelia Wheeless and Michael Lauria went 4-0 in G/45 to share first place. Wheeless got the nod on tiebreaks. In the K-5 Section, Robin Yopp went 4-0 to nab the top spot. In the K-3 Section, Reid Motter and Harvey Black went 4-0 to share first. Motter got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

Five Players Tie At U.S. Masters In Hendersonville

Five players finished with identical 6.5/9.0 results to share top prize at the 2006 U.S. Masters Chess Championship held March 11-19 in Hendersonville.

NM Daniel Ludwig of Florida, IM Giorgi Margvelashvili of the Republic of Georgia, IM Ron Burnett of Tennessee, FM Bryan Smith of Pennsylvania and FM Andrey Chumachenko of Charlotte all shared top prize money.

Ludwig was declared the winner by tiebreaks. But by paying their $75 qualifying fee, Burnett and Smith grabbed the qualifying spots to the 2007 U.S. Championships. Thirty-nine players from 15 states and 5 countries competed in the event. Check out the crosstable.

In the Sub-Masters event (held at the same time), Hendersonville’s Matthew Horwitz took clear first with an 8.0/9.0 finish. Charlotte’s Joshua Mu was clear second at 7.0/8.0. Check out the crosstable.

FM Chumachenko Goes Undefeated In Asheboro

FM Andrey Chumachenko reeled off three wins of G/75 to claim the Top Section of the Asheboro Open 10 on March 4. Kudos to Eugene Tiselsky – adding 94 points to his rating with his Top Section performance In the Lower Section, Robin Johnston posted a 3-0 result to claim the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Laura Lee Wins Polgar Qualifier With 4-0 Result

Laura Lee reeled off four straight wins to capture the 2nd All Girls Open at Vance High in Charlotte on March 4. She will represent North Carolina at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls this August in Oak Brook, Ill. In the age categories, Bernadette Lee captured the Under 13 crown, while Madelyn Mattucci claimed the Under 10 title. Sixteen girls participated in the action. Check out the crosstable soon.

Nelson Lopez II Repeats As K-12 Champ In State Scholastics

About 500 players invaded the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 25-26 for the 2006 North Carolina Scholastic Championships.

In The K-12 Open Section, Wake Forest’s Nelson Lopez II went a perfect 5-0 in G/90 to capture his second straight title. He will represent the state at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Oak Brook, Ill. in August.

In the K-12 Under 1300 Section, Chapel Hill Zili Shi, Charlotte’s Peter Giannatos, and Chapel Hill’s David Zhuo were all declared co-champions after going 4.5/.5.

In the K-8 Section, Charlotte’s Kevin Huang, Concord’s Samuel Xin and Fayetteville’s Carter Benge all posted 4.5/.5 scores to become co-champs. In the K-8 Under 1000, Charlotte’s William Champion and Durham’s Robert Jackson both went 5-0 to become co-champs. In the K-5 Section, Charlotte’s Robin Yopp IV posted a 6.5/.5 score in G/60 to claim sole first and the championship. In the K-3 Section, Charlotte’s Ken Chu went a perfect 7-0 to claim the championship crown.

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Team winners were:

K-12 Open – East Chapel Hill HS

K-12 Under 1300 – East Chapel Hill HS

K-8 Open – J.M. Robinson Middle (Charlotte)

K-8 Under 1000 – Durham Academy

K-5 – McAlpine Elementary (Charlotte)

K-3 – Durham Academy

The scholastic action kicked off Feb. 24 with a competitive blitz tournament on a Friday night. Nelson Lopez II posted a 9/10 score to claim the crown. Jamestown's Joshua Jodrey and Hendersonville’s Matthew Horwitz were close behind at 8/10.

Reid Wins K-12 Section In Winston-Salem

Greensboro’s Brandon Reid reeled off four straight wins to capture the K-12 Section of the Winston-Salem Scholastic Chess Association’s Winter Chess 4 on Feb. 18. More than 60 players participated in the action.

In the K-8 Section, Elliott Cartee went 4-0 to take first place. In the K-5 Section, Ethan Hollandsworth posted a 4-0 mark to claim first place. In the K-3 Section, Joshua Sailer was 4-0 to take the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Chumachenko Goes Undefeated To Capture Bertucci’s 7

New Charlotte resident FM Andrey Chumachenko turned in three straight wins of G/75 to walk away with the Top Section at Bertucci’s 7 on Feb. 18. In The Lower Section, Asheboro’s Tom Hales went 2.5/.5 to capture first place. Fourteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Alex Cibotarica Takes Top Quad In Lenoir

Seventeen players joined the quad squads at the Foothills Holiday 2 tournament Feb. 18 in Lenoir. Players were divided into four-players quads for three rounds of G/60. Alex Cibotarica of Hickory was the only player to win his quad outright.

Other winners: Randy Wheeless, Andrew Vu and Bradley Reese shared first in their quad and Jayson Miller and Peter Slivka tied for first in another quad. In a five-player round robin, Stephen Haas. Kevin Chuang and Bobby Stroud finished tied for first. Check out the crosstable.

Lopez Wins Champion Section at Durham Academy Scholastic

About 200 students turned out Feb. 11 for the Durham Academy Winter Scholastic. In the Champion Section, Nelson Lopez II went a perfect 3-0 to claim sole first.

In the K-12 Under 1300 Section, David High reeled off five straight wins to take first place. In the K-5 Under 1000 Section, John Austin turned in a 5-0 mark to claim first. In the K-3 Under 700 Section, Max Finkelstein went 5-0 for first. In the K-1 Section, Colin Zhu finished at 4-0 to take the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Junior Open Draws 150 Players In Charlotte

About 150 players showed up at Vance High School for the CMSCA’s Junior Open, Feb. 4, in Charlotte. In the Under 18 Section, Jay Desai posted a 3-0 mark in G/60 to claim first place. In the Under 16 Section, Amelia Wheeless, Chang Sun and Kevin Valakuzhy reeled off three wins to share the top spot.

In the Under 12 Section, Gage Hibner, Marc Tafari and John Sailer posted three wins to share first place. In the Under 10 section, Ethan Hollandsworth, Charles Yopp IV, Anders Bright and Jordan Ware all went 3-0. In the Under 10 Section, Justin Yang and Christopher Hinson posted 3-0 results to share first. Check out the crosstable.

Wildcat Scholastic Attracts Crowd In Chapel Hill

 
Almost 150 players turned out at East Chapel Hill HS for the Wildcat Scholastic 3 on Feb. 4. In the K-12 Open Section, Chapel Hill’s Ben Blach went a perfect 4-0 to grab the top spot. In the K-12 Under 1000 Section, David Michael Padilla of Chapel Hill went 4-0 to take first place.
 
In the K-5 Section, Raleigh’s Tian-Shun-Allan Jiang posted a clean 5-0 mark  to take clear first. In the K-3 Section, Chapel Hill’s Dane Simon reeled off five wins to claim first place. Check out the crosstable.

Parrish Claims Top Spot at Asheboro Open 9
 
Greensboro’s Jacob Parrish reeled off three wins to claim sole first at the
Asheboro Open 9 on Feb. 4. Twelve players competed in the action. Check out the crosstable.

GM Wojtkiewicz Claims Top Spot At Land Of The Sky

About 200 players fought it out at the competitive Land of the Sky tournament Jan. 27-29 in Asheville. In the Open Section, Maryland GM Aleks Wojtkiewicz posted four wins and a draw to take crown. In The Under 2200 Section, Iron Station's NM Justin Daniel and Pennsylvania’s Brian Polka went 4.5/.5 to share the top spot.

In the Under 1700 Section, Virginia’s Ryan Clinton Fitzgerald went a perfect 5-0 to take sole first. In the Under 1200 Section, Sylva’s Luis Frommer went a perfect 5-0 to claim the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Greene, Horwitz High School Winners In Charlotte

More than 200 players jammed Vance High School in Charlotte for the CMSCA Grade School Championship Jan. 21. In the high school section, Charlotte’s Matt Green and Hendersonville’s Matthew Horwitz both went 4-0 to share the high school crown. Check out the crosstable.

NM Daniel And Eubanks Share Crown At Bertucci’s 7

Iron Station’s NM Justin Daniel and Columbia, S.C.’s Keith Eubanks both posted two wins and a draw in G/75 to share first place at Bertucci’s 7 in Charlotte on Jan. 21. Both players pocketed $75 each. Eleven players competed. Check out the crosstable.

Carter Benge Wins K-12 Open Section In Cary

Fayetteville’s Carter Benge went 4-0 to capture first place in the K-12 Open Section of the Triangle Area Scholastic Chess Association I Tournament Jan. 21 in Cary.

In The K-12 Under 1000 Section, Durham’s Theodore Arapoglou went 4-0 to secure first place. In the K-5 Section, Raleigh’s Eric Noden posted a 4.5/.5 result to take first place. In the K-3 Section, Raleigh’s Kevin Wu went 5-0 to take first place. A total of 86 players competed. Check out the crosstable.

FM Simpson, Stephenson Come Out On Top In Greenville

FM Ron Simpson went a perfect 4-0 to capture the Open Section of the Greenville Chess Open 11 Jan. 14. Alan Stephenson went a strong 3.5/.5 to take the Under 1800 Section. Both players earned $120 for their efforts. Check out the crosstable.

Timmel And Jodrey Share Top Spot In Asheboro

Chapel Hill’s John Timmel and Winston-Salem’s Joshua Jodrey each posted two wins and a draw to share first place in the Top Section of the Asheboro Open 8 Jan. 14 in Asheboro. In the Lower Section, Chapel Hill’s Tanner Hogue also posted two wins and a draw in G/75 to take sole first place. Twenty players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Record Crowd Turns Out For 17th Pawndemonium

A record crowd of 110 players raised the roof at the 17th Annual Pawndemonium scholastic tournament Jan. 7 in Asheville, sponsored by the Asheville Kiwanis Club.

In the K-12 section, Jeremy Williams posted a 4.5/5.0 result in G/40 to take first place. In the K-8 section, Sneha Chikkala went a perfect 5-0 to take the top spot. In the K-5 section, Andrew Simonsen, Bryan Head, Srikar Chikkala, Robert Patrick Mangone all went 5.0/6.0 in G/20 to share the top spot. Head got the nod on tiebreaks. In the K-3 section, Bryan Vogel, Cameron Crosby and Alvin Zhang tied at 5.0/6.0 for first place. Vogel got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

Quad Squad Invades South Caldwell HS

Twelve players filled out three four-man quads at the Foothills Holiday Tournament Dec. 17 at South Cadwell HS in Hudson. Section winners were: Tennessee’s John Simonsen at 3-0 and his son Andrew Simonsen at 2-1. In the last section, Casey Isenhour, Robbie Earp and David Simonsen all tied with 2-1. Check out the crosstable.

Trio Of Players Tie At Asheboro Open 7

 

Three players tied for first place at the Asheboro Open 7 Dec. 17. FM Ron Simpson, David Pecora and Vann Alan Patrick all scored 2.5/3.0 in three rounds of G/75 in the Top Section. In the Lower Section, N.C. State TD Charles Yu went a perfect 3-0 to grab the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

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