|Wood River takes home 1st - 3rd place|
My first game was a dismal failure and I played as if I was training one of my elementary students. I was paired with Jared Arp, a ninth grader?, that was trying to show me a new opening that he even named. I listened and nodded with teacherly instinct. The match was about to begin and I was still yawning from the drive and my lesson. I was black and responded to e4 with the Karo-Cann (c6) and quickly got into a comfortable position. Maybe too comfortable because on move 15 I gave up a knight. . . en prise! A couple of moves later, another knight from my forces and desire to play vaporized immediately.
|Desmond plays David in Round 1|
|Barry plays Gary Dugger in Round 2|
|Riley played two very good games in this tournament|
|Nick had a mission in round 3 . . .beat me!|
At lunch, we began the requisite pre-calculation of the possible outcomes of the tournament. I was paired with David Dalesandro, a strong tournament newcomer. If I win, and Nick and Desi play to a draw, or Desmond wins, our Wood River group wins 1st-3rd place. If Desmond loses, or I lose, then our group only will take home one trophy. I decided that it is better for our club if we win all three positions.
|Desmond and Nick battle|
|Dan Looney, MVCC Champion|
|Glen Buckendorf plays Aleksandr Vereshchagin|