9-3-15 Lots of new news this time from me... what are we looking at:
First, Let's rewind the clock a couple of weeks ago to the RACE 3. A slightly lighter turnout, probably due to the NC Open being the following weekend. However, the show went on. We had 18 total players for the event with over 50% of the field bring home money.
Congrats goes out to the following for cashing in the event.
Prizes. RACE 3: Open
Alexa Villafuerte (2.5/2171) 45.00 (1st/2nd)
Joshua D Taylor (2.5/1873) 45.00 (1st/2nd)
Ziyang Qiu (2.0/1355) 15.00 (U2000/U1800)
Santosh Dasari (2.0/1260) 15.00 (U2000/U1800)
Benjamin Yan (2.0/1729) 15.00 (U2000/U1800)
Prizes. RACE 3: U1600
Nicodemus Njuguna (2.5/1324) 45.00 (1st/2nd)
Jeff Mc Adams (2.5/1505) 45.00 (1st/2nd)
Tom Mayes (2.0/963) 25.00 (U1300)
Aditya Mukherjee (1.0/376) 10.00 (U1100)
Sanjana Dasari (1.0/652) 10.00 (U1100)
An overall good showing at the NC Open from our Eastern Carolina Extended family, congrats to Paul King from Fayetteville who finshed with a 4.5/5 score and Tied for 1st in the U2000 section and Evan Zhang from Wilmington, who finished 2nd and pocket $500 with a 4.5/5 score. Other cash-in players that are associated with our ECC family include Mike Tedder, Ray Hight, and Jeff Walsh.
Finally, we turn to the scholastic side of the family. In addition to our scholastic tournaments we are launching up live this year. We are excited to announce the Inaugural Eastern NC Scholastic Championships. As a partnership between ECC, Wilson Chess Academy, and NCCA we want to provide the opportunity for the East to shine when it comes to chess. Details are available on the site page above.
Thanks for checking in, and I hope I get to see you at a tournament soon.
8-15-15 It's a late night update from me on the view. Just got back from Jacksonville, and their club hosting a chess tournament. Sara always does a good job with organizing, so if you are ever down that way and a chess tournament is going on, you should check it out. Anyway, flashing back to our last event, the REACT 12 (yes, I know I screwed up on the numbering of it, but no big problem... all the results were at least right.) The creator of the TACO, Jeff Jones steamrolled his way into first place with a 4-0 performance and won $94 for his performance. Overall, we had 24 players participate with the following prize winners:
Prizes. REACT 12: Open
Name Prize credited to pool
Jeffrey Jones (4.0/1905) 94.00 1st
Benjamin Yan (3.0/1743) 42.00 2nd/3rd/B/C
Victor M Beaman (3.0/1764) 42.00 2nd/3rd/B/C
Priyav Chandna (3.0/2028) 42.00 2nd/3rd/B/C
Maurice Dana (3.0/2216) 42.00 2nd/3rd/B/C
Keith R Carson (2.5/1940) 34.00 A
Ziyang Qiu (2.5/1367) 34.00 Under 1400
Rohan Iyer (2.0/1410) 17.00 D
Naveen Prabhu (2.0/1462) 17.00 D
Thank you to everyone that came and I hope to see you at the RACE this coming up Saturday.
7-11-15 Good Morning Chess Players! Live here in Durham today, helping out with some TDing. Anyway, I figured it might be time for another update.... they really need to fire the guy that does these... oh wait, that me. ;) Anyway, the RACE 2 was a huge success with a beyond expected turnout of 33 Players! This means we were able to payout more than 100% of expectations! I really do enjoy giving more back to the chess community when it's possible. Congratulations goes to LM Maurice Dana who bested the field taking clear first with a 3-0 score in the open section. Also, congrats to Gary Rucienski for finishing with a 3-0 score in the Under 1600 section. It's nice to see our players out East coming up to Raleigh and win. :)
Here are the prize winners from the event:
That's it from the RACE, thank you to everyone that came out. It was a blast. :)
6-5-2015 Good Evening Chess Players! So I've kinda been out of commission on the chess scene for a while with a nice long break between the REACT and tomorrow's RACE which means I been slacking off a little on the job. So first, I want to recognize our prize winners from the REACT back in April.
Prizes. REACT 11: Open
Name Prize Place
Lev A Zilberter (3.5/2002) 85.00 1st
Joshua D Taylor (3.0/1783) 39.00 2nd/3rd/Group A/Group C
David L Zilberter (3.0/1478) 39.00 2nd/3rd/Group A/Group C
James A Watson (3.0/1928) 39.00 2nd/3rd/Group A/Group C
Paul L King (3.0/1871) 39.00 2nd/3rd/Group A/Group C
John H Wehrenberg (2.5/1658) 15.00 Group B
Jahi Abdulaziz (2.5/1664) 15.00 Group B
Bill H Putnam (2.0/1338) 30.00 Group D
Turnout looks promising for tomorrow. Hope you all can make it.
3-20-2015 Good Morning Chess Players! Kind of a late update this time. Been kinda busy with some other stuff going on. Anyway, here is the report from the RACE tournament back on 3/7. A modest turnout of 23 players participated in the first ever RACE tournament, and Congrats goes to Robin Cunningham, who went 3-0 and won $80 for his performance. In the Under 1600 section, there was a 3 way tie with Chris Chaves, Mark Chaves, and Ethan Wang all tying for first with a 2.5/3 score and pocketing $40 each. All prize winners are listed below.
Prizes. RACE: Open
# Name Prize Place
1 Robin Cunningham (3.0/2263) $80.00 1st
5 Lev A Zilberter (2.0/2030) $10.00 T-2nd
2 Jay Goss (2.0/2051) $10.00 T-2nd
4 John Smithwick (2.0/2033) $10.00 T-2nd
6 Priyav Chandna (2.0/2006) $10.00 T-2nd
9 Gordan Ray (1.5/1673) $27.50 T-1st/2nd U1800
8 Victor M Beaman (1.5/1742) $27.50 T-1st/2nd U1800
Prizes. RACE: Under 1600
# Name Prize Place
5 Ethan Wang (2.5/1478) $40.00 T-1st/2nd
1 Christopher Chaves (2.5/1565) $40.00 T-1st/2nd
4 Mark A Chaves (2.5/1513) $40.00 T-1st/2nd
8 James Earl Sneeden (1.5/1284) $15.00 T-U1400
9 Nicodemus Njuguna (1.5/1276) $15.00 T-U1400
11 Nicholas Place (1.0/996) $25.00 U1100/Unr.
Thanks to everyone that came out and I hope to see you at the REACT on April 11th.
1-4-2015 Good Morning Chess Players! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their family. Anyway, I have some news to report on the REACT tournament from yesterday. It was quite the turnout for chess as we had 30 players participate. Congratulations to Priyav Chandna who went 4-0 in the event and took home First place honors winning $125. Second Place ended in a 5-way tie with each player receiving $47. The Crosstable should hopefully be available shortly... waiting for that to get rated on USCF's website. Prize winners are listed below:
Thank you to all that participated and I hope to see you next time at inaugural RACE Tournament.
Finally, one last Congratulations goes out to Dan Thomas, who won the annual ECC Blitzen's Christmas Tournament with a 6.5/9 score back on December 20th.
12-8-2014: Good Evening Chess Players. Hope everyone is doing well.
It's that time of the year again! It's time for our annual Christmas Tournament! This year, it is scheduled for December 20, which is the Saturday before Christmas. John Wehrenberg has been gracious enough to host the event at his residence in Washington. We will have Christmas Presents for all that participate.
I will be visiting both clubs to take sign ups for the meal and tournament. If you are not at one of the clubs on the meeting nights, please e-mail me so I can add you in. Thanks!
Here is the planned schedule for the day:
Arrival / Social Time: Any time after 11 pm.
Lunch will be provided around 12:30 pm. I will be providing lunch, but please feel free to contribute if you would like.
Tournament starts at 1:30 pm. Round Robin, G/10. Non-Rated
Site: 108 Gambit Ct. Washington, NC 27889. Party will be in the clubhouse at the end of the driveway, not in his actual house.
Please contact me if you have any questions. Victor Beaman, 252-367-0808
Thanks and I hope to see you there!
I am also ready to announce our 2015 tournaments! We will be continue the REACT series and will be launching a brand new tournament series known as RACE (Raleigh's Adventurous Chess Experiment). Please click on the links above to check them out!
Finally, I just wanted to share the results from the last REACT, since I've been preoccupied with other things going on for a while. Another smaller field of 21 players showed up with Alexanader Villafuerte and Markus Petters taking top honors with scores of 3.5/4. Here are the list of winners from the last REACT:
Prizes from REACT 9
# Name Cash
2 Alexa Villafuerte (3.5/2160) 72.50
4 Markus D Petters (3.5/2046) 72.50
3 Alan J Crist (3.0/2060) 15.00
1 Robin Cunningham (3.0/2269) 15.00
9 Gordan Ray (2.5/1713) 15.00
7 Paul L King (2.5/1877) 15.00
5 James A Watson (2.5/1933) 15.00
12 Cahyono Nugroho (2.5/1650) 15.00
19 Tim Gorski (2.0/1402) 15.00
16 Evan Wu Zhang (2.0/1505) 15.00
20 Nicodemus Njuguna (1.5/1164) 25.00
21 Tom Mayes (0.5/986) 25.00
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you everyone for participating in the tournament.
10-8-2014 Good Afternoon Chess Fans! Hope all is well today. Another good turnout for the REACT 8, considering that we were competing with some football in Raleigh during the last REACT. We saw a 4 way tie for first between: Alexander Villafuerte, Alan Crist, Lev Zilberter, and Keith Carson. Each player finished with a 3.5/4 result and pocketed $53 for the performance.
Lev A Zilberter (3.5/1932) 53.00
Alexa Villafuerte (3.5/2102) 53.00
Keith R Carson (3.5/1967) 53.00
Alan J Crist (3.5/2051) 53.00
Eric Bradford Jr (3.0/1685) 30.00
Evan Wu Zhang (2.0/1399) 30.00
Steven Hahn Kohl (2.0/1178) 30.00
Ethan He (1.5/991) 30.00
Alex Chen (1.5/1574) 15.00
Mark A Chaves (1.5/1498) 15.00
The crosstable is available here.
I hope to have news regarding next years events hopefully, by the next REACT, just having to look over some ideas. That's it for me today. Have a great day playing chess. VB.
8-21-2014 Good Evening Chess Players! I hope everyone is doing well today. We had a great turnout at REACT 7 with us finally be able to make a full payout for an event. The action was quite exciting as we had 32 of the best players in the area come out and toss some pieces around making it a great tournament. Congratulations to Aaron Balleisen, who was the ultimate survivor on the day finishing with the only perfect score. There was a 6 way tie for second place with 3.0 scores. The crosstable is up here. The next REACT is scheduled for September 27th. Hope to see you there! In other news, I am looking at expanding the amount of adult tournaments next year, possibly going to quarterly schedule for the REACT and a yet to be named tournament. My goal for this other tournament is to model it closely towards Gary Maltzman's spontaneous tournaments that he offers, 2 Rounds, 1v2 pairings, but offer longer time controls, maybe G/120 or G/90 inc/30? Please share feedback with me, I really want to make this good for all of you. Well, that's all I have for today, talk with you all later. VB
7-2-2014 Good Afternoon chess fans! I apologize for not getting the website updated sooner. Been kinda busy in life lately. Anyway, here is the report from REACT 6: Congratulations to Ilker Bozkurt on winning REACT 6 with a perfect 4-0 score. We had 24 participants in the event. The crosstable is available to view here. That's it for me, not a lot to report on for now. Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!
6-11-2014 Good Afternoon chess players! Hope everyone has been doing well. It's been kind of slow on the front now since the Girls tournament has past, but we do have a tournament this Saturday in Raleigh! With REACT 6, we did add one additional class prize for players under 1000 or unrated, so now everyone kind of has a clear shot at something. I hope all of you can make it, as this is really the only tournament on our calendar for June/July now since the schools are nearly out. Our schedule will probably pick up again once as the school year starts back up. Anyway, hope to see all of you there and if not, have a great summer! VB
4-13-2014 Good Afternoon Chess Fans! I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. Well, it has come and past, the 2014 Girls State Championship, and I must say, I was impressed with the turnout we had. So without further ado, here are the winners. In the Parents, Brothers, and Others section the Carters (Emmanuel and Lorenzo) came and dominated winning the first 2 games before having to play off against each other for first. Emmanuel came out ahead in the end winning the section with a 3-0 score. In the main room, the first section to recognize is the Under 600 section, playing 4 double games. Co-champions of this section finishing with a score of 7.0/8.0 were Samhitha Pudipeddi and Natya Nalamothu with Samhitha taking the first place trophy on tiebreaks. The only loss each of these ladies had in the event was to Sanya Raynoe, who finished in 3rd Place with a 6.0 / 8.0 score. The Under 900 section also had a tie for first with Charity Handley and Malika Rawal, finishing with a 3.5/4.0 score. Charity won the first place on tiebreaks, and I must say I was impressed with Malika performance as she played up a section and did a very great job holding her own in the section. Finishing in 3rd was Anglea Chen with a score of 2.5/4.0. Finally, we turn to the Open section, the best of the best were there was plenty of action. If you got a chance to watch the 3rd round match between Bethany Ray and Kydriana Carter, it was quite exciting. Personally, I do not recall in my history of directing tournaments having a game go 147 moves. I suggest check it out on www.chessstream.com along with the other top games from the open and under 900 sections. This game turn out to be the deciding factor as to who won the tournament, and finishing with a 3.5/4.0 score, your 2014 NC Girls State Chess Championship Champion is Bethany Ray. In addition to winning the first place trophy, Bethany will receive a $500 scholarship provided by the NCCA. Finishing in second was Kydriana Carter with a 3.0/4.0 score, and in third was Jiyoung Park also with a 3.0/4.0 score. Finally, I would like to say THANK YOU, to everyone that came out to this event. I know when Gordan Ray mentioned the idea of bring it out East, I wasn't sure if everyone was going to be willing to travel this far. I guess I was wrong that part, and it's good thing that I was. We had 59 participants overall with 48 in the girls tournament.Good Afternoon Chess Fans,
I hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. Well, it has come and past, the 2014 NC Girls State Chess Championship, and I must say, I was impressed with the turnout we had. So without further ado, here are the winners.
In the Parents, Brothers, and Others section the Carters (Emmanuel and Lorenzo) came and dominated winning the first 2 games before having to play off against each other for first. Emmanuel came out ahead in the end winning the section with a 3-0 score.
In the main room, the first section to recognize is the Under 600 section, playing 4 double games. Co-champions of this section finishing with a score of 7.0/8.0 were Samhitha Pudipeddi and Natya Nalamothu with Samhitha taking the first place trophy on tiebreaks. The only loss each of these ladies had in the event was to Sanya Raynoe, who finished in third place with a 6.0 / 8.0 score.
The Under 900 section also had a tie for first with Charity Handley and Malika Rawal, finishing with a 3.5/4.0 score. Charity won the first place on tiebreaks, and I must say I was impressed with Malika performance as she played up a section and did a very great job holding her own in the section. Finishing in third was Anglea Chen with a score of 2.5/4.0.
The Open section featured the best girls in the state and there was plenty of action. If you got a chance to watch the third round match between Bethany Ray and Kydriana Carter, it was quite exciting. Personally, I do not recall in my history of directing tournaments having a game go 147 moves. I suggest check it out on www.chessstream.com along with the other top games from the open and under 900 sections. This game turn out to be the deciding factor as to who won the tournament, and finishing with a 3.5/4.0 score, and your 2014 NC Girls State Chess Championship Champion is Bethany Ray. In addition to winning the first place trophy, Bethany will receive a $500 scholarship provided by the NCCA. Finishing in second was Kydriana Carter with a 3.0/4.0 score and in third was Jiyoung Park also with a 3.0/4.0 score.
Finally, I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that came out to this event. I know when Gordan Ray mentioned the idea of bring it out East, I wasn't sure if everyone was going to be willing to travel this far. I guess I was wrong that part, and it's good thing that I was. We had 59 participants overall with 48 in the girls tournament. Thank you again everyone and I hope to see you all again at a tournament soon.USCF crosstable is available here.
That's all from me for a while, I'm going on vacation from doing chess stuff for a few weeks. See you in May!
4-10-2014 Good Evening Chess Players, Parents, and Fans! I hope everyone is having a great day and enjoying the face lift the website. Got some chess news from last weekend to share. Congratulations to LM Robin Cunningham and Paul King who tied for First Place in REACT 5 over the weekend. Both finished with a score of 3.5/4, winning $89 each. 25 players participated. Speaking of the REACT, I have decided to add an additional class prize to the list. We will now pay classes A-E and Under 1000/Unrated starting at the next REACT tournament on June 14th. Finally, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one, we along with Wilson Chess Academy are hosting the 2014 NC Girls State Chess Championships, and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone that is coming and going to make it happen. That's it for me. Hope you all have a great weekend!
2-26-2014 Good Afternoon Chess Fans! Hope everyone is doing well today. Got another update for us, REACT 4 was over the weekend and congratulations to Jim Watson who went 4-0 and won $80 for his performance. We had 18 players participate and half the field was award with at least their entry fee back. The crosstable is available here.
Finally, I would like to wish good luck to all of our scholastic players competing this weekend in the NC Scholastics, I will be up there working as a pairing TD for the K-8 and K-12 sections, and probably popping my head in to check with Gordan Ray and our other coach who will be handling analysis for the event.
That's it for me, have a great week everyone.
2-1-2014 Good Evening Chess Players! Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the winter weather over the week. Every once in a while we get dealt some sour cards, and unfortunately that happen to us with our tournament we were planning on February 8th at D.H. Conley, with the students having exams, a set of teacher workdays and then 4 snow days we did not get the chance to meet with administration to book the tournament site for this event. After discussing with the host coordinator, we decided it would be best to cancel the event instead of proceeding forward with the tournament and having to scramble to make changes. I do encourage everyone to consider attending the event in Henderson, NC scheduled on the same day or attending our event in Raleigh, NC on February 22nd. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to have some news on our March event shortly. Have a great weekend everyone and hope to see you at an event soon. Sincerely, VB.
1-15-2014 Good Evening Chess Players! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and happy new year! Got a bit of news today, not a lot... but some, from the SNOWBALL Open over the weekend. Congrats to the following winners: John Wehrenberg, Lyrica Handley, and Alexander Judd, who each won their sections. Crosstable for the event is available here.