Prescott Quads #15 Saturday, Nov 17 2018 

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, was the top finisher in the Prescott Quads #15 held Saturday, November 17th. He received $50 by defeating three opponents. Briggs, co-champion in this year’s Prescott Open and a Candidate Master, gained 12 rating points. Kyle Christie, Flagstaff, was the second-place finisher in the top-rated quad. He won $25 for his 2-1 record.

The tournament, divided into three sections, attracted 13 chess players for a full day of chess at Yavapai College. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event which was co-sponsored by the Prescott Chess Club and the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group.

Cortney Reagle

Cortney Reagle

Cortney Reagle, Flagstaff, won $50 for his 3-0 undefeated record in Section B. He gained 121 rating points. Duncan Reay, Paulden, took home $25 for his 1.5-1.5 score which was good enough for second place.

David Steeves, Prescott, Don Stone, Prescott, and Niancen Cai, Flagstaff, shared first place honors in Section C. Steeves defeated Stone, but lost to Cai while Stone beat Cai. They split $75 for their 3-1 records.

 

Don Stone

Don Stone

Niancen Cai

Niancen Cai

Dave Steeves

Dave Steeves

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Prescott Blitz #8 Saturday, Oct 20 2018 

Seven Prescott area chess players competed in 42 chess games at Yavapai College on Saturday, October 20th. Each game used special timers giving only five minutes for each player. This type of chess competition is known as blitz or speed chess.

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, was the top finisher with an impressive 11-1 record. He won $60 and gained 11 rating points.

Tom Green, Prescott, won $40 for his second-place finish with 9 points. Green is currently ranked the 59th best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and older. He gained 8 rating points.

Dr. Tommy Keenan, Prescott, collected $30 for finishing atop those rated Class C or below.

Green directed this U. S. Chess rated chess tournament which was co-sponsored by the Prescott Chess Club and the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group.

Prescott Quads #14 Saturday, Sep 22 2018 

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, was the top finisher in the Prescott Quads #14 held Saturday, September 22nd. He received $50 by defeating three opponents. Lower, a chess master, is a two-time Arizona State Champion and was co-champion in the recent 5th Annual Prescott Open.

Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, won $25 for his second-place finish in the top quad. Briggs, a Candidate Master, won two games, only losing his game with Lower. Briggs was a co-champion in this year’s Prescott Open.

The tournament, divided into two sections, attracted 10 chess players for a full day of chess at Yavapai College. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event which was co-sponsored by the Prescott Chess Club and the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group.

Cortney Reagle

Cortney Reagle

Section B used Swiss System pairing for a three-round tournament with six players. Cortney Reagle and Showen Chen, both from Flagstaff split $90 in prize money for their two wins and one draw. Reagle won his first two games but was held to a draw in the third round against Luis Castenada, Flagstaff. Chen and Castaneda drew each other in the first round. Then, Chen, a first-year student at Northern Arizona University from China playing in his first rated chess tournament, won his next two games.

5th Prescott Open Sunday, Aug 19 2018 

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, and Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, tied for first in the 5th Annual Prescott Open held Saturday, August 18th and split $150 in prize money. Although both players’ ratings topped the eight-person section, they were nicked for draws by lower rated players

In a very long battle, Lower, a chess master and two-time Arizona State Champion, drew with Neil Wadsworth, Prescott Valley, in round one. Wadsworth was co-champion in this event last year and tied for second in the previous year when Lower won it with an unblemished record.

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Briggs, a Candidate Master, drew his second-round game against Doug Vaughan, who recently moved to Prescott from Indiana. Although Vaughan was the lowest rated player in the section, he finished with a respectable 1.5-1.5 record, only losing to Lower in the final round.

Bill Archer

Bill Archer

The tournament, divided into two sections, attracted 13 chess players for a full day of chess at Yavapai College. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event which was co-sponsored by the Prescott Chess Club and the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group.

Duncan Reah

Section B was a five-person round robin where each player faced each of the other players. Bill Archer, Flagstaff, and Duncan Reah, Paulden, tied for first place with 3-1 records and split $75. Reah, playing in his first rated chess tournament, defeated Archer in his first rated game.

Prescott Blitz $7 Saturday, May 5 2018 

Dr. Henry Ebarb

Dr. Henry Ebarb

Eight Prescott area chess players competed in 56 chess games at Yavapai College on Saturday, May 5th. Each game used special timers giving only five minutes for each player. This type of chess competition is known as blitz or speed chess.

Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, was the top finisher with a 12-2 record which netted him $60. Ebarb is currently ranked the 72nd best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and older. He will move up as he gained 47 rating points.

Tom Green, Prescott, won $40 for his second-place finish with 10 points. Green is currently ranked the 60th best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and older. Green directed this U. S. Chess rated chess tournament.

Dan Tyler, Prescott, was the best Class C player. He scored 8 points and earned $25.

Randee Dermer, Prescott, won $25 as the top Class E player. He won four games.

Prescott Quads #13 Saturday, Apr 7 2018 

Spencer Lower

Spencer Lower

Chess Master Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, tied for first with Candidate Master Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, in the Prescott Chess Club’s Quads #13. They split the $75 prize money for the top-rated quad with their 2-1 records. Lower is a two-time Arizona State Champion and is currently ranked 23rd out of 1655 Arizona chess players. He is also ranked 37th for his Quick chess rating among those aged 50 and over in the U. S.

W. H. Archer

W. H. Archer

W. H. Archer, Flagstaff, earned $50 for his undefeated performance in Section B. Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, won $25 for his 2nd place finish in this quad. Each quad is treated as a round robin; each player plays one game against each of the other three players in the section. The composition of each quad was determined by each player’s rating from highest to lowest. Thus, players with similar ratings were matched against one another.

Luis Castaneda

Luis Castaneda

Luis Castaneda, Flagstaff, received $50 for his perfect 3-0 score in Section C. This was his first over-the-board rated chess tournament. Phillip Ebarb, Prescott, finished 2nd in this quad and won $25.

 

 

 

Randee Dermer

Randee Dermer

Randee Dermer, Prescott, was the top finisher in Section D and received $60. This section had six players and was run as a three round swiss. Sam Ebarb, Prescott, and Shane Lofgren, Chino Valley, split $40 for their second place tie. This was Shane Lofgren’s first rated chess tournament. The swiss system paired players with a similar score in each round. With six players, this system yielded only one player with a perfect score after three rounds.

There were 18 chess players in this U. S. Chess rated tournament. Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green directed this event held Saturday, April 7th on the Yavapai College campus.

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