Arizona Senior Open Chess Championship Monday, Nov 4 2019 

Arizona Senior Chess Players

Arizona Senior Chess Players

Tom Green, Prescott, played in the 2019 Arizona Senior Open Chess Championship on November 2nd-3rd. The tournament, held in Tucson, attracted 31 chess players aged 50 and older.

Green won his first three games and was paired against the only other undefeated player on board one in round four. Although Green, a Class A chess player, lost to his Candidate Master opponent in round four and a FIDE Master with a rating over 2300 in round five, there was some consolation in that both players tied with two others for first with 4-1 records.

The Tucson Woman’s Club hosted this event along with the 2019 Southwest Regional Women’s Chess Championship and Fall Festival Quads.

Prescott Chess Club Quads #16 Sunday, Oct 27 2019 

Prescott Quad#16

Prescott Quad#16

Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, and Kyle Christie, Flagstaff, tied for top honors in the Prescott Quads #16 held Saturday, October 26th. They shared $75 for their 2.5-0.5 records. In Quads #15 these two ended up 1st and 2nd. Their quad was composed of the four top rated players and where each player played one game against the others.

The tournament, divided into two sections, attracted 9 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. Because of Green’s travel and recent health issues, this was the first rated chess event held in Prescott this year.

Henry Ebarb, Prescott, Duncan Reay, Paulden, Randall Gremlich, Kingman, and Dane Beveridge, Prescott Valley, shared the $100 prize money in the section for their 2-1 records. This six-player section used the Swiss System for pairing.

 

Prescott Blitz #9 Saturday, Dec 8 2018 

Duncan Reay

Duncan Reay

Nine Prescott area chess players competed in 72 chess games at Yavapai College on Saturday, December 8th. Each game used special timers giving only five minutes for each player. This type of chess competition is known as blitz or speed chess.

Tom Green, Prescott, won $60 for topping the field with 14.5 points. Green is currently ranked the 59th best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and older. He gained 23 rating points.

Dave Steeves

Dave Steeves

Duncan Reay, Paulden, garnered 11 points for 2nd place and $40. He gained 20 rating points.

David Steeves and Kent Keegan, both from Prescott, split $35 for accumulating 8 points among the Class C and Unrated players. Steeves lost 3 rating points. Keegan gained a Class C rating.

Randee Dermer, a Class D player from Prescott, had an outstanding tournament. He received $35 for his 10-6 record. Dermer celebrated his birthday by gaining a whopping 193 rating points and is only 6 points shy of Class C.

Kent Keegan

Kent Keegan

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.

Randy Dermer

Randy Dermer

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

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.

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