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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.

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. 
Prize Winners:
Name                                      Prize
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!

VB

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!
VB

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.
VB

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.