IM Young Wins CCC's Haymarket Memorial; $4400 Awarded
- Written by Bill Brock Bill Brock
International Master Angelo Young (2377) won the Chicago Chess Center's 1st Haymarket Memorial with a score of 3.5-0.5, taking home $829.55.
Senior Master Robert Perez (2447), who lost to Young, tied for second with Under 2300 prizewinners Aakaash Meduri (2122) and Robby Hecht (2112), all with 3-1 scores.
Hecht won a marvelous upset against Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich (2523) in Round Two.
Aamir Ansari (1847) and Si Li (1594) each took home $290.35 for winning the Under 2000 section: Li's great performance added the Under 1800 prize to the pot.
Adam Kent Cheknis (1548) and Monish Bhasin (1501) won the Under 1600 section with undefeated 3.5-0.5 scores, pocketing $248.87 each.
In addition to splitting second place in the Under 2000 section with her 3-1 score, Amarjargal Ganbaatar (1961) won the $150 Cindy Berry Memorial prize as top woman finisher in all sections, ahead of Megan Chen (1530) and Natalie Wisniowski (1471).
The general prize fund was $5,000 based on 88 players. We actually paid out $4,147.81 based on 73 players. In addition, the $300 Cindy Berry Memorial prizes, donated by the Vince and Cindy Berry Family Fund, were unconditionally guaranteed.
Special thanks to Ani Emrikian for delicious baked goods that were exchanged for a different kind of dough, to Ron Logan and Vince Berry for wise counsel, and to the players themselves for bearing with a thirty-minute delay on Saturday morning (totally attributable to the CCC organizer, who shall remain nameless to protect Bill Brock's safety). Tournament director Bill Buklis directed in his typical smooth fashion.