April Chess Roundup
- Written by Dan Leroy
April shows us that spring is being sprung. During this time of year, as far as chess is concerned it may be time to plant some new ideas. Resurrect an old opening that perhaps you had pass overed for something else. Whatever you choose to do, this month's tournament results really seperated the lions from the lambs.
March 3 to 4: The ICA K-8 Championships in Rockford, IL drew 540 players. I believe the only higher number of chess players at a single chess tournament in Illinois was the Chicago Open within the past year at 622 players. In the Grades 6-8 Section, Sam Heil had about 8 other players ranked near his 1700 rated but he was the only one to finish with 6.5 out of 7 points. Grades 4/5 had Miranda Liu gaining over a 130 rating points as she won or drew against higher rated players to also finish 6.5 out of 7. In contrast, Jason Daniels was clearly dominate going into the Grades 2/3 tournament and finished first with 6.5 out of 7. In the K/1 section, Stefan Musikic saw his rating pass 1300 as he sailed to victory by winning all 7of his games. Crosstables.
March 3: The ICA K-8 Blitz Tournament drew 39 players to this side event. The expected pecking order of highest to lowest rated in the tournament held for the most part with the exception of 4th highest rated player Jonathan Hrach taking first in the tournament with 9.5 out of ten. Drawing only one game and winning the rest. Crosstable.
March 3: Evanston Tri-Level Tournament had 41 players. In the Gold Section (1700+) there was a tie for first between Jon Burgess and Matthew Wilber. In the Silver Section (1200 - 1699) Daumants Hazners and Seth Jay Kushinsky tied with 3.5 points. And in the Bronze Section (U1200 and Unrated) Anjan Chittajallu finished with 4 points. Crosstables.
March 3: Game 30 tournament had 8 players in Skokie, IL. Rafeh Qazi, the highest rated player in the tournament by far, won all five of the games. Crosstable.
March 9: NYCC March Tournament held in Naperville had 16 players. It had three sections with three clear winners. Q1 (Alexander Hu), Q2 (Allen Shi), and Q3 (Jonathan Li). Crosstables.
March 10: The Mark Oestreich Memorial Tournament in Salem, IL had 15 players. Calvin Terlizzi and Steven Evans tied with 3 points by both winning all their games. Crosstables.
March 10: The Orland Park March Tournament had 22 players participating in two sections. The U700 had Aaron Kim wining all five of his games. The Open Section had Mark Rimmer and Edward Dornbos tying for first with 4.0 out of 5. Crosstables.
March 10: The 8th North American Amateur Open in Skokie, IL drew 30 players, of which two were master strength. But lower rated players can draw masters. So Vincent Hart, the fourth highest rated person at the tournament, came in first with 3 points. Crosstable.
March 10: The Kings and Queens Open in Wheeling had 54 players. This three section event had Vincent Do finishing first with 4.5 points in the Open Section. The ADV section had Eric Gan finish with 4.5/5.0 and the BEG section had Benjamin Pirogovsky winning all five of his games. Crosstables.
March 11 to 15: The 28th North American Masters Tournament in Skokie, IL had 18 players from around the United States and the World. In Group A, Iranian Elshan Moradiabadi finished first with 7 points out of 10. In Group B, Illinois Resident Florin Felecan tied for first with Joshua Friedel (NH), Justin Sarkar (NY), and Darwin Yang (TX). Crosstables.
March 13 to 27: The Quincy Chess Club March Open had 6 players. 5 of which have provisional ratings. Brandon Williams won this month's tournament. Crosstable.
Feb. 16 to March 15: Saint Charles Club Championship had 20 players. Jeff Wiewel didn't have to face off against higher rated Tenzing Shaw and finished first with 4.5 points. Crosstable.
March 17: The Chicago Amateur V tournament in Chicago drew 27 players for this three section event. David Plotkin from MA won Section A. In Section B, Kymantas Alborovas, won all four rounds, and in Section C Michael Ren finished first with 3 points. Crosstables.
March 17 to 18: GPO 2012 Tournament in Greater Peoria had 23 players. Yue Xu was definitely finishing first by drawing instead of losing to higher rated William Naff in the last round. Crosstable.
March 18: The DTS #6 Tournament drew 29 players to this scholastic event in Chicago. There were three sections and each one had a player who won all four rounds. The winners were: Steven Evangelou (K-2 Section), Abdel Raoul (K-8 Open), and Ignace Bielobradek (K-8 U800). Crosstables.
March 18: 75th Knights Quest was held in Northbrook and had 109 players. There were four sections: Open section (Rafeh Qazi and Vincent Do), U1400 (Daniel Ritter), U1000 (Kyle Packard), and U600 (Jessie Valle and Timmy Boush). Crosstables.
March 21: The DGCC Wednesday #3 Tournament had eight people participating. Gregory Bungo took the Quad 1 section and William Whited and Michael Kirksy tied in the Quad 2 section. Crosstables.
March 24: The Joliet Junior College March Quads had 6 sections and 28 players. The winners were: Quad A (Daniel Parmet), Quad B (Daniel Sajkowski and Scott Kolb), Quad C (Hanson Hao), Quad D (Matt Riddle and Kymantas Alborovas), Quad E (Narayan Karra), and Swiss (Joe Riddle, Thomas Denby, Dennis Doyle, and Jeffrey Neville). Crosstables.
March 24: Skokie, IL was the location for the 50th Kumbaya Scholastic Tournament. 93 kids participated in 4 sections. The winners are: U600 (Adrian Wilburn and Adrian Araujo), U1000 (Arartik Marwah), U1400 (Michael Geohas), and +1400 (Maksim Mokshin). Crosstables.
March 24: March G-60 drew 33 players to Skokie. Illinois expert Dusan Tutush drew with Michigan Class A player Duane Croel to tie for first. Crosstables.
March 31: The Gone with the Wind Classic in Dekalb had 28 players. Two of the three sections had provisional players placing first in their sections. Petros Karagianis won the Team Mason section, Sureshkumar Rajamani won the Team Dixon section, and Max Millikan won the Deep South Section. Crosstables.
March 31: Glenwood Chess Club March Open Tournament had 13 players. Matthew Hollaway and Kymantas Alborovas tied for first with 3.5 points. Crosstables.
March 31: The South Suburban Chess Club had its 1st Quarter Ladder Tournament. 11 players participated and Kymantas Alborovas took first. Crosstable.
March 1 to 31: Illowa March Swiss held in Moline, IL had 25 players. Mark Flowers from Iowa was top dog this month. Crosstables.