The tournament was as quaint as the Eastern Idaho Open two weeks ago with 12 competitors vying for the big bucks. The small tournament was not without competition as five of the twelve were rated 1700 or higher, including chess legend Dan Mayers (1841). Also, Frank Niro (1700), Caleb Kircher (1816), Jeff Roland (1716), and David Sawyer (1925). The low numbers caused TD Jeff Roland and consensus among players to have the Reserve Section (U1400) play with the Open Section. Reservists included Adam Porth, Matt Reidy, Jay Simonson, and Paul Sawyer.
I like the tournament format with games getting "progressively" longer. We started with G/30 and worked up to G/90 within four rounds. I would like to start at G/5 and work up to G/90, but rating a tournament like this is too difficult as the templates that the USCF have are not amenable to such.
|Dan Mayers has discovered the "fountain of youth" . . .Chess!|
|My hero . . .Frank Niro!|
|I hope to be playing (and enjoying) chess at age ninety.|
|A budding chess player, Round 4|
|Junior prizes: Jacob Nathan (1st), Matt Reidy (2nd), and Paul Sawyer (3rd)|
|Caleb Kircher (3.5 pts.), 1st place tie Open Section, $70|
|Dan Sawyer (3.5 pts.), 1st place tie Open Section, $70|
|Cody Gorman (3.0 pts.), 3rd place Open Section, $40|
|Jay Simonson and I tied (2.0) 1st place Reserve Section, $50|
|Matt Reidy, right (1.0 pt.), 3rd place Reserve Section, $20 (Shane Taylor on left).|
|Caleb Kircher, left, plays Jeff Roland, right, while David Sawyer helps analyze|
Interesting TD moments:
1. Can a player who is under 5 minutes stop recording, but have a spectator continue to record?
2. When players choose to play in an Open Section, they are not eligible for the Reserve section prizes. Does this hold for Reserve Section players? What if a Reserve Section player actually wins the Open Section? Do they still only win the Reserve Prize?
Special Thanks to: Jay Simonson and Jeff Roland for their help in organizing the tournament.
Next Tournament: 24 Hour Chess Celebration