July Chess Roundup
- Written by Dan Leroy
Oh July. Must you be so hot? Making us scurry to our homes or some well air-conditioned Applebee's to escape your heat. It makes me lethargic. And I'm not the only one. Even Illinois Chess slows done during this time. I blame the sun, but some may blame schools being out and not as many scholastic tournaments. Who can say for sure? One thing that can be said is there was a lot of heat being generated over the board. Here's the highlights.
June 2: The Warriors Open and Reserve Tournament had 16 people in New Lenox, IL. A tough competition for the first spot with four people tying for it (Mikhail Korenman, Steven Miller, James Ronco, and Leroy Sims). Crosstable.
April 23 to June 2: The 2012 Peoria City Championship was a long time in the making for this two section event that had 12 participants. In Section A, it was a lot of back and forth, but in the end Drew Streitmatter split the difference and lost to a higher rated oppenent while beating another and then winning the rest of his games to come in first. In Section B, Andrew Fei had a different outcome by drawing both of the higher rated opponents to come out on top in the section. Crosstables.
June 3: The TMCC tournament had 7 people playing in this Chicago tournament. Three of the top rated players tied for first place (Fredric Cohen, Jeff Brit, and Adam Chambers). Crosstable.
June 2 to 3: The 11th NA Amateur Tournament had 18 players coming out to Skokie, IL. Some strong competition but only one person was able to win all their games - Maximillian Zinski. Crosstable.
June 4: The ACC King and Queens Scholastic Tournament had 49 players in this three section event. In the JH Section, Alec Feygin won all his game to increase his rating over 100 points to 1574. In the EL section three players (Marc Blekhman, Benjamin Pirogovsky, and Sam Mitchell) tied with 4 out of 5 points. In the PR Section, two players tied with 4 points: David Bodansky and James Zhang. Crosstables.
June 7: The St. Ethelreda Scholastic A tournament drew 10 kids to their Chicago event. The sole player to win all 3 rounds was Taifa Mugadili. Crosstable.
June 9: The Isaac Braswell Memorial Tourament drew 19 players to Evanston for this blitz tournament. Some stiff comepetition for who would come out on top with three experts (two being near masters). With 8.5 out of 10 points Michael Auger was the clear winner of the day. Crosstable.
June 9: The Lakeview Sweet Summer Scholastic Tournament had 20 players. A lot of scholastic tournaments don't have a lot of players over 1000 but this one had 1/4 of them or 5 who were over that threshold. Gaining close to 100 points by winning all four games was Yiliag Li. Crosstable.
June 9: The June Game 30 Tournament had 16 players in this five round event. There were four experts within the event, but the sole one from South Carolina, Stoil Jotev, finished first with 4.5 points. Crosstables.
June 9: Barbara Rose Tournament was the largest of June's tournament with 78 rated players going head to head in this scholastic, three section event. For the behind the scenes story you can check out the ICA website. In the Primary Section, Ethan Gagliano, won all five of his games and in the Elementary Section, Tej Rai, was the sole person to win five games. The Middle School, HS, and Adult section was tougher with three people tying for first place: Vincent Hart, Robert Moskwa, and Jongmin Choi. Crosstables.
June 10: The 78th Quest in Northbrook, IL had 72 players and four sections. Each Section had one player who ended up in first place by winning all their games. The winners were: Aung Zin (Open section), Kevin Li (U1400), Kevin Ho (U1000), and Alexander Presman (U600). Crosstables.
June 16: The June Game 24 Tournament had 17 players in Skokie, IL. Miomir Stevanovic was the winner with 5/5 points. Crosstable.
June 17: The DTS #8 tournament from Dynamic Chess drew 25 kids in this scholastic event. The K-8 U800 Section had Benjamin Garza and Luca Zefran tying for first, and in the K-8 Open Section, Adam Pastor took first with 3.5 points. Crosstables.
June 17: The June Game 45 had 29 players in Skokie, IL. Two people finished with perfect scores: Steven Szpisjak and Dusan Tutush. Crosstable.
June 21: The STCCC Quads 2012 Tournament had three sections and 14 players. The toughest of the three was Section A where two Class A players Jeff Wiewel and Mariano Acosta tied for first. Section B had Eric Swanson taking first and in the Swiss Section it was Edmund Powers. Crosstables.
June 18 to 22: The 2012 Summer Camp Tournament in Orland Park had two sections and 14 players. George Polski was tough to beat in the A section. So much so that nobody did. (O.k. one person drew him.) In Section B, Donavan Heggs finished with 5 out of 5. Crosstables.
June 23: The Renasissance Knights put on their 1st Chicago All-Stars tournament which drew 65 players. The large number of players and short number of rounds had a lot of people finishing with perfect records. In the Open Section it was: Aung Zin, Howard Cohen, Jimi Akintonde, Roshan Shankar, Oliver Natarajan, and Jeremy Margolin. In the K-6 section there was one more round but still a lot of players finished with perfect records including: Adithaya Chandramouli, Nicholas Edels, Aaron Kaufman-Levine, and Merrick Ohata. Crosstables.
June 27: The Illowa June 2012 Club Tournament once again had the Iowans finishing up on top. Maybe it's something in their water. Whatever the reason, Isaac Newton defied gravity and rose to the top. He finished first with 3.5 out of 4 points. Crosstable.
June 30: The 2nd Orwell Memorial Open had two sections and 24 players participating in this Dekalb, IL event. Kyle Matthews ran away with it in the 1984'ers Section, but Clifford Adams and Zacary Kauffman finished with 3.5 points a piece in the Animal Farm Section. Crosstables.
June 30: The June Game 60 Tournament had 30 players and four rounds. Which was enough people to have two finish with perfect scores: Kent Cen and Akshay Indusekar. Crosstable.