Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, a chess master and two time Arizona State Champion, won the 3rd Annual Prescott Open chess tournament. He received $100 for his perfect 3-0 record. In the second round he defeated last year’s Open winner, Jeff Hardin. In the third round he beat the 2014 Open winner and fellow master, Luke Calhoun. Prateek Pinisetti, an eleventh grader at BASIS in Chandler and former National 7th grade champion, and Neil Wadsworth, Prescott Valley, split the $50 second place prize money for their 2-1 performances.While Pinisetti started as the 3rd highest rated player in the section, Wadsworth was at the bottom of the eight player section. He gained an impressive 71 rating points for his outstanding performance.

The tournament, divided into four sections, attracted 28 chess players for a full day of chess at the Pine Cone. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event. Three sections were composed of eight players based on rating.

Cyrus Kirby

Cyrus Kirby

In Section B, Cyrus Kirby, Flagstaff, won $100 for his undefeated 3-0 performance. Kirby started in the number seven spot by rating. He gained an impressive 242 rating points. Swaro Sayyaparaju, Phoenix, Lucas Crane, Flagstaff, and Thomas Keenan, Prescott, shared the $50 2nd place prize money.

In Section C, Joshua Beck, Prescott, was undefeated and won the $100 prize money for his 3-0 record. Beck was also initially ranked seventh in this section. He improved his provisional rating with a gain of 203 points. Phillip Ebarb, Prescott, Claire Cirelli, who attends Flagstaff BASIS, and Carissa Cirelli, who will attend Stanford University this fall, split the $50 2nd place prize money for their scores of 2-1.

In Section D, Nathaniel Henry, Prescott Valley, received $50 for winning his first U. S. Chess rated game in a four player quad.

Chess at the Pine Cone

Chess at the Pine Cone

Advertisements