Denker, Barber, Haring, and Senior Winners are in!

Today’s update focuses on the four Invitationals at the U.S. Open – the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, the Ruth Haring National Girls’ Tournament of Champions, and the National Senior Tournament of Champions.

The 120th U.S. Open is ongoing, with Round 4 of the Traditional Schedule to be played tonight, and Round 1 of the Six-Day starting as well. We’ll pick back up with the Open tomorrow, but today, it’s all about our Invitational winners. – John Hartmann

After four days and six rounds of exciting chess, we have winners in each of our four Invitational events here at the 120th U.S. Open.

Three players tied for first place in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions: Ben Li, Emily Nguyen, and Bryce Tiglon. All three scored 5/6 to share first place honors, but due to superior tiebreaks, it appears that Tiglon takes the $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of his choice. The scholarship is provided by the US Chess Trust.

Li and Tiglon drew in the last round to reach 5 points, while Nguyen had to defeat Aydin Turgut with the Black pieces to join them in shared first place.

There was a two-way tie at the top of the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, with Robert Shlyakhtenko and Jason Wang both at 5/6. Shlyakhtenko has the better tiebreaks, and so he also takes home a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of his choice. This scholarship is provided by the Dewain Barber Foundation.

Both Shlyakhtenko and Wang were at 4/5 entering the round, and had to defeat the two players at 4.5, leapfrogging them into the top spots.

Fresh off her solid performance in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, Martha Samadashvili is our 2019 Haring National Girls’ Tournament of Champions victor. She too earns a $5,000 scholarship to the school of higher learning of her choice, and this scholarship is funded by Robert and Barbara Schiffrin.

Samadashvili drew with Alice Lee, who finished third in the Haring, to clinch her title in the final round of play.

Last but not least, Shelby Getz is this year’s winner of the Senior Tournament of Champions. Getz scored 5.5/6 to win by a full point over John Fedorowicz, Enrico Sevillano, and Ronald Burnett, all of whom finished with 4.5 points.

Getz entered the round with a half-point lead over the field, but he left nothing to chance with this win over William Schill. Perhaps 1. a3 will become a new opening fad?

The Senior Championship also featured “age-class” prizes. Winners were Shelby Getz for the +50 category, John Fedorowicz for +60, Constantine Xanthos on tiebreaks for +70, and Klaus Pohl for +80.

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  1. I would like to thank John Hartmann for his reports on the four invitationals. We also will want to include the state team competition of the combined Denker, Barber and Haring participants: 1st Place-Florida, 2nd Place-California South, 3rd Place-New York, U2100-Texas, U1900-Utah and U1600-New Hampshire. Next year we will add the Seniors to this result.

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