GM Gareev goes 14-0, blindfolded!
Super GM Timur Gareev performed a phenomenal feat on April
20th playing a simul exhibition against 14 players while blindfolded.
The lowest rating strength started at 1200 and peaked at expert. There
were 4 other Class A players. The group of challengers comprise of all
age and strength. Three of the four Class A players were juniors! 04.20.13
Full report and photos coming soon!
Phillips sweeps, Sam, Chandler, Azarshahri score!
NM Jeff Phillips scored a perfect 4/4 claiming the 4-point prize. Junior
Gabriel Sam took the 3.5-point prize, as Zach Chandler and Pouyan Azarshahi
take the 3-point prize. The Super 2x event, held every second Saturday
of the month, hands out guaranteed cash prizes based on points instead
of place finish. 04.13.13
Aaron Chang sweeps, Chu wins too!
The day saw numerous Rook and Pawn(s) endgame. At least two games in
each of the three rounds ending in that endgame. Chang won his first game
with one. He scored 3/3 to pick up 42 rating points! Chris Keefe finished
2nd/U1900 and David Portwood finished 3rd. Alan Chu swept the second group
with 3/3 and picked up ten more points than Chang. Yale Warsaw and Richard
Martin finished 2nd/3rd with 2.0/3. Rating report HERE.
Young Junior Expert Tameez Latib sweeps the Amateur Open
Latib picked up 51 rating points. The event was renamed, Not-so-Amateur
Open as the shortage of players requested for the participation of a national
master. Normally, Amateur Open is U2200 with a second section of U1500
if enough players can constitute a group with four rounds. Second place
went to David Portwood with 3.0/4, his second 2nd-place finish in two
days picking up 35 rating points for a weekend's work.
NM Phillips, Karadayi, and Adams top their Sections
With a first round bye NM Jeff Phillips won his other two games to top
the first group with 2.5/3 including a last round win again junior expert
Craig Hilby who tied for second with Class A, David Portwood with 2.0/3.
Eren Karadayi also finished with 2.5/3 in the second group with a second
round draw against eventual second place winner Timothy Chou, 2.0/3. In
the third group, Mark Adams swept his section with a perfect score while
second place went to Michael Lane who broke through 1500 for the first
NM Wright, Gandhi, and Ong tie in Blitz Championship
Top-seed NM John Wright was nicked half of the match points in the last
three rounds to finish with 7.0/10. Shyam Gandhi and Aaron Ong also finished
Noah Daniels takes ChessPalace Junior Crown
Daniels finished with 3.5/4 collecting 61 rating points to be the Junior
Champion. In addition to regular participants, all 2012 ChessPalace scholastic
section winners where given free entries to the prestigious event. Daniels
qualified with his younger brother, Keith from the Scholastic Team event
held last year in April. Keith had another stellar performace to peak
at 1223 after picking up 108 rating points. He entered the Championship
section as one of the lowest seed to share second place with Gabriel Sam
and Jean Azcunaga who all finished with 2.5/4. Sepehr Khosravi topped
another Booster section with a perfect 4/4, followed by Roshan Mandayam
and Jared Hsu with 3.0/4 and 2.5/4, respectively. Rohan Nair topped the
Primary section with 4/4 to cross the 700 mark. He was followed by Denny
Lee and Leo Vu with 3.0/4.
Shuben crosses 1900, Chu and Henri tie in Group B
Matthew Spencer Shuben picked up 53 rating points as he swept the top
group of Class A to peak at 1912. In Group B, Alan Chu and Richard Henri
tied for first with 2.0/3. The Saturday Open is a regular ChessPalace
tournament held weekly and breaks sections based on ratings. It's held
every Saturday except the second of each month when it's replaced with
the Saturday Super Double Saturday.
Junior squad top the first Action Swiss of the year
Expert Nicky Korba topped a strong section with 2.5/3 edging out a master
and Class A before giving away half a point in the last round against
a Class A. Tied for second and U1950 are juniors Matthew Shuben and Aaron
Chang. There was also a tie with in the next group with juniors Ethan
Pau and Caleb Huang with 2.0/3. The scholastic groups consisted of eight