Jeff Harden

Jeff Hardin

Jeff Hardin, Prescott, won the 2nd Annual Prescott Open chess tournament. The tournament attracted 17 chess players and was played in two sections at Yavapai College on July 18th. Hardin, initially the second highest rated player in the section, won $100 for his two wins and one draw. His draw was against the highest rated player, Prateek Pinisetti, a tenth grader in Chandler and former National 7th grade champion. He and Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, split the $50 second place prize money for their records of one win and two draws.

Jess Montour

Jess Montour

In Section B, Jess Montour, Flagstaff, was undefeated. He won $100 for his 3-0 record. David Steeves, Prescott, and William Cheney, Flagstaff, split $50 for their two wins and one loss. Each of them only lost to Montour.

As a longtime chess tournament director, I finally selected the SwissSys software. It was very easy to set up and print pairings and wall charts. When doing pairings by hand I would have used a cross round pairing for the odd number of entries in Section B eliminating two of the byes. After the tourney, I contacted the software designer and he let me know how to do a cross round pairing using the SwissSys.