The 2013 Arizona Senior Open chess tournament was held this past weekend at the Holiday Inn Palo Verde in Tucson, Arizona. This year’s event attracted 19 players including 3 from Texas and 1 from South Dakota. In chess, anyone age 50 or older is considered a senior. There were 9 players in their 50s, 5 in their 60s, and 4 over 70 (plus one who didn’t identify age). I was initially ranked fourth by rating but finished in a tie for 9th. An even result of 2.5-2.5, but a disappointing performance. I played four opponents in their 50s and one over 70. John Irwin and Morry Holland tied for first place with 4-1 records. These two players also finished 1-2 last year. One of my losses was to the tournament winner. The winner of this year’s plaque for best 60+ resides in Texas?! Special thanks to Enrique Huerta for holding this state championship event each year.

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