The Opening View by Victor Beaman

1-3-2016

Good Morning Chess players and fans!  I hope everyone had a great new year.  Got some nuggets of news to share, so here we go.

The REACT was yesterday and we had quite a decent turnout of 20 players for the event, and Emmanuel Carter swept the day with a perfect 5-0 record to win the tournament and $84 for his performance.  Youth, continued to be served as Alex Chen finished in second with a 3.5 score and took home $42 for his performance.  

Additional prize winners are as followed:
Benjamina Yan
Evan Whittington
Phillip Whittington
Larry Williams
Stanley Fontaine
Aidan Moren-Bates

Thank you to all who participated in the event.

Greenville also held a holiday blitz tournament for their last club meeting and it was quite a logjam at the top with Victor Beaman and Gordan Ray finishing with 7.5/10 scores for the tournament.  Trevin Murray was only a half a point back in 3rd with a 7/10 score.

Thank you to all the Greenville Club members that participated and donated towards the ENCSCC that is scheduled to take place next week.

That's all I've got for today hope to see a strong turnout for the ENCSCC coming up this weekend.  

VB


12-13-15   Good Evening and Happy Holidays Chess Players!  We've got a lot of updating that needs to be done so here we go!


As you can see, the 
affiliate naming has changed from East Carolina Chess to Highway 264 Chess Promotions.  The reason basically is that a good portion of our events don't really occur in Eastern NC anymore, so we wanted to name our group based on some theme that ties in the Raleigh Market and since 264 runs into Raleigh, this made the most sense to me.  So, hopefully all of your old links are still working as the East Carolina Chess scripts should still be working, until we get the domain and e-mails up.  Anyway, onto other news.

The 2016 RACE and REACT schedules are up now, so take a look and make plans on your calendars!

The 2015 Greenville Chess Club Holiday Blitz tournament will take place on December 30th at Barnes and Nobles. (GCC meeting site)
USCF Blitz Tournament:  5-DSS G/5;d0
Reg. 7:00-7:30
Rounds  7:45 pm, 8:10 pm, 8:35 pm, 9 pm, and 9:25pm
Entry Fee:  None, but we are asking for donations towards the ENCSCC that is taking place on January 9th.

Speaking of donations, if you have prize money credits and would like to donate it towards door prizes for the kids, please let me know as soon as possible.  We are finalizing a few things and could still use donations to help offset unforeseen expenses.

Recent Chess Events:
The final event of the 2015 Adult took place before Thanksgiving and it was definitely a RACE to the finish.  In the open section, congratulations to  Robin Cunningham and Kenneth Jackson finishing with a 2.5/3 scores to take first and second place in the Open section of the RACE.  In the Under 1600 section, Gordan Ray took advantage of the having a low supplement rating at the time of the event to sweep the event with a 3.0 score.  18 players in total participated and the crosstable for the event is available here.

Next up was our Winter Scholastics and Adult Event at D.H. Conley.  Section winners were as followed:
Adults (Champs):  Victor Beaman and Richard Barnes with a 3/4 score.
Kings:  Andrew Bounds with a 4/4 score.
Queens:  James Johnson with a 4/4 score.
Knights:  Ethan Parker with a 3.5/4 score.
Overall, 29 players participated and the crosstable is available here.

I think this covers everything for now, thanks for catching up and see you in 2016 if not at the holiday tournament.

VB

11-21-15  I noticed we have a lot of credits up on the prize money owed list.  Here's an opportunity for those who would like to make an impact on the chess movement out east.  As you know, we are running the first annual ENC scholastic Chess Championship this January.  If you would like to put your credits up as a donation towards the event, please send me an e-mail at eastcarolinachess@gmail.com.  All money collected is going towards the kids in forms of door prizes, and scholarships, so it's a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the chess community with the money that is sitting in our Account Payable right now.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

VB

11-16-15  A lot of updates to get to today!  It's been a while since I've lasted updated the site, I think I did a quick update about the prize money owed as of the last REACT.  

Another decent showing for the REACT with 21 participants.  Congratulations to Robin Cunningham who finished with a 3.5 out of 4 score to place 1st in the most recent REACT tournament.  Thank you to all that came, and the cross-table is available here.

Meanwhile in scholastic action, congratulations to goes out to Charity Handley and Graham Watts for winning the most recent ECC Scholastic tournament in Wilson.  Charity finished with a 4.5/5 score in the K-12 section and Graham went undefeated with a 5-0 score in the K-6 section.  Overall, we had 28 players participate.  Cross-table for the event is available here.

Thank you to everyone that has come out to the past few events and hope you can make it out to the RACE this weekend.

VB

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
Name                                         Prize
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
Name                                                  Prize
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.

VB 

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.

VB

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:
RACE 2: Open
Name Cash Prizes
Maurice Dana (3.0/2200)  $  100.00 1st
James C Dill (2.5/1734)  $    48.33 2nd/U2000-1st/U1800-1st
Benjamin Yan (2.5/1726)  $    48.33 2nd/U2000-1st/U1800-1st
Jay Goss (2.5/2039)  $    48.33 2nd/U2000-1st/U1800-1st
John L Wooten Jr (2.0/1853)  $    25.00 U2000 - 2nd
Michael D Tedder (2.0/1636)  $    25.00 U1800 - 2nd
Rohan Iyer (1.0/1406)  $    12.50 U1600 - 1st
Carolynn J Gaug (1.0/1543)  $    12.50 U1600 - 1st
Prizes. RACE 2: Under 1600
Name Cash Prizes
Alfred Rucienski (3.0/1493)  $    80.00 1st
Henry F Hopson (2.5/1172)  $    35.00 2nd / U1300
Bill H Putnam (2.5/1451)  $    35.00 2nd / U1300
Tom Mayes (2.0/937)  $    15.00 U1200
Nicodemus Njuguna (2.0/1182)  $    15.00 U1200

That's it from the RACE, thank you to everyone that came out.  It was a blast.  :)

VB

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.

VB.

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:

Name Cash Prize
Priyav Chandna (4.0/1944)  $  125.00 1st
Robin Cunningham (3.0/2263)  $    47.00 2nd/3rd/A/B
Lev A Zilberter (3.0/1990)  $    47.00 2nd/3rd/A/B
Larry O Williams (3.0/1700)  $    47.00 2nd/3rd/A/B
Victor M Beaman (3.0/1683)  $    47.00 2nd/3rd/A/B
Phillip Whittington (3.0/1623)  $    47.00 2nd/3rd/A/B
Nikolai Astrov (2.0/1352)  $    23.00 C
David L Zilberter (2.0/1295)  $    23.00 C
Ojas Patwardhan (1.5/1111)  $    23.00 U1250
Tom Mayes (1.5/999)  $    23.00 U1250

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.