Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower

A dozen area chess players participated in the Prescott Quads #5 held at Yavapai College on Saturday, December 12th. This U. S. Chess Federation (USCF) rated event, directed by Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green, was divided into three sections based on rating.

Chess ratings are a method of estimating playing strength. Unlike athletics whose results can be measured against standards such as time or distance, chess players can be measured only against each other. The USCF rating system is a combination of the average rating of a player’s opponents and the percentage score one makes against them.

Tom Keenan & Toby Ebarb

Tom Keenan & Toby Ebarb

Spencer Lower, a chess master and two time Arizona State Champion, won the top section composed of the four highest rated chess players with two wins and a draw. He received $50 in prize money. Candidate Master Jeff Hardin, Prescott, received $25 for his 2nd place finish with a 2-1 record. Dr. Henry Ebarb, the 70-plus Arizona State Chess Champion, nicked Master Lower for a draw.

Becca Flesh

Becca Flesh

Dr. Thomas Keenan, Prescott, and Toby Ebarb, Glendale, topped Section B with 2-1 records. They split the $75 prize money for this section.

Rebecca Flesh, a Forestry Major at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin who completed her fall semester through an exchange program with Prescott College, won the $50 1st place prize money in Section C for her undefeated 3-0 score. Joshua Beck, Prescott, collected the $25 2nd place prize money for his 2-1 record.

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