This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Scholastic Championship, and, as befits such a milestone, this year’s attendance shattered previous records.
The 62-player Open section was quite strong, which should be no surprise given the St Louis location. Many Webster students played as well as students from some of the other top college programs around the country.
Andretta now was leading the tournament with a 2700+ GM and an FM all with 2 ½ out of 3! On Sunday morning, Andretta was on board one against Perez – an over 500 point rating difference that you hardly ever see in a class tournament.
GM Li had white against Gorovets and needed the win in order to tie for 1st. He brought home the full point.
Having directed tournaments for over 35 years, there is a tendency to believe I’ve seen just about everything that could occur at a tournament. Every once in a while I am proved wrong!
The Southwest Class Championship ended in a 5 way tie for 1st and produced one GM and three IM norms where the average age was 22 years old!
Smith and Petesch met in round 4 with Smith in clear 1st at 3-0, leading the field by half point.
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.
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