This scholastic tournament draws many of the best players in the region. This year there were six masters, including 2 FIDE masters. Part of the reason that the higher rated players show up is a significant prize: free entry for an entire year into all Continental Chess Association Tournaments that have a guaranteed prize fund!
“On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields, will bear the fruits of victory.”
Erenburg took the more traditional GM route as he got off to a 4-0 start and then drew his final three rounds. Shabalov lost to NM Erick Garcia in round two and had to catch up.
Losing in round one must be viewed as the ultimate “Swiss gambit.” Baryshpolets certainly doesn’t recommend this approach!
By the halfway point of the tournament, all three GMs had suffered a loss!
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GM Alexander Shabalov scored 4 ½ out of 5 and took clear first at the 20th Eastern Chess Congress held at the Dolce Hotel in…
Our coverage of Labor Day’s intense schedule of tourneys includes GM Stripunsky winning the NJ Open,with annotations from GMs Benjamin and Fishbein. Also: NY State Champs, won by Ostrovskiy and the SoCal Champs, won by GM Gareev and IM Bryant.
From August 19th – 21st, CCA held two tournaments – one in the West and one in the East. Both had relatively small but strong…
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