Zach Coffman Tops Najdorf Memorial Game/90 in DeKalb


Upsets abounded as nine players rated at least 200-points lower than their opponent managed to defeat (or draw) their foe.

The DeKalb Chess Club tried to offer a little bit of something for everybody April 16 as many of its regular tournament attendees were off in Indianapolis at Junior High Nationals. The Najdorf Memorial marked the 50th regular-rated event in the club's six year history.

Zack Coffman, one of the three Class A players in the field, managed to win all three of his rounds in the "Long Timers" section featuring Game/90 with 5-second delay.

Four players tied for second place with 2.0's including Brian Gong, Marcus Stinson, Kevin Boskey and Kevin Taylor. All but Stinson were also eligible for the top score Under 1800 prize, resulting in a four-way distribution of the combined prize pools. 

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South Suburban Chess Wars XIII

On April 17, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XIII. A total of 29 players were in attendance.
In the Under 1250 division, new scholastic newcomer to the Chess Wars tournaments went undefeated 4-0 for 1st place. Nolan Fletes on a 3-1 tiebreak took 2nd, while James Marchert Sr. with the same scored nabbed 3rd place. Family members Hudson Lutfiyya (son) and Lynn Lutfiyya (mother) secured 4th and 5th place respectively.
In the U1650 division, ambitious competitors, Megan Chen and Zach Warsh decided to play a section up. However, they were met with stiff resistance from the players, in this section who repelled their best efforts and denied them from placing. Still, both Chen and Warsh should be given an “A” for effort(s).

Michigan's Posthuma 4.0/4 at March 26 Chicago Event


58 players faced off in four rounds at the Chicago Chess Club Pre-Opening Plus Score March 26.

Claiming top honors, Joshua Posthuma managed to win all four of his matches against players rated at least 100 points less. The Michigan junior raised his rating to the masterful 2200 mark for the first time in his life.

A trio of Hugo Padilla, Camilo Pangan and Bill Brock all tied for second place with 3.5/4 scores. Padilla and Pangan are US Chess Masters and Brock is an Expert.

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Vincent Do Sweeps 2nd Alekhine Memorial in DeKalb


Rockford phenom Vincent Do swept all four of his opponents to claim top honors at the 2nd Alekhine Memorial Open in DeKalb March 26.

The event honored the 70th anniversary of the passing of World Champion Alexander Alekhine whose time expired 3/24/46 at the age of 53. 

Vincent sealed the tournament with a rapid dispatch of Jonathan Gaenzle.

Do, now rated 2084, joined several of his Thurgood Marshall teammates in preparing for the US Chess Junior High Nationals in Indianapolis in April.

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South Suburban Chess Wars XII

On March 20, 2016, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars XII. A total of 30 players were in attendance.

However, in the experimental Non-Rated Section, nobody entered. But, not wishing to waste pre-bought and labeled medals, Club President Ken Windmon and the article’s writer begged and pleaded for two happily content spectators to join the fracas, dangling free entry as a carrot.

Ralph Bielobradek, who brought his two sons, and Joe Emole, a 1900 rated former Open Chess Wars Winner, who brought his first place U1650 chess student with him, accepted the challenge. Emole blitzed the tournament organizer, and nabbed the 1st Bounty Hunter Prize while Windmon defeated Bielobradek.

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