2018 Scholastic Chess Tourney Saturday, Feb 17 2018 

Riley Nollet

Riley Nollet

Twenty-one scholastic chess players signed up for a day of chess at Yavapai College on Saturday, February 17. The 2018 Yavapai County Scholastic Chess Tournament, divided in three sections based on grade, was played in Building 3, Room 119.

Riley Nollet, a 4th grader at Franklin Phonetic in Prescott Valley, repeated as the top finisher in the grammar school section. He defeated the second-place finisher Jackson Wells and the third-place finisher Kameron Bush, who are both 5th graders at BASIS Prescott. Skyview School won the grammar school team trophy with four participants – Caleb and Jared Sanders, and Maxton and Maya Brock.

Dallin Cannon

Dallin Cannon

Dallin Cannon, an 8th grader at Mile High Middle School, won the 1st place trophy in the middle school section. He defeated both the second-place finisher, Nolen Lofgren, a 6th grader who is home schooled, and the third-place finisher, Robbie Manning, a 6th grader at BASIS Prescott. Last year Manning was the 2nd place finisher in the grammar section. Mile High Middle School won the middle school team trophy with the top scores from these players: Dallin Cannon, Angus Macdonald, Quinton Flores, and Manti Farnswirth.

Julian Kimball

Julian Kimball

Julian Kimball, a 9th grader at BASIS Prescott, won the 1st place trophy in the high school section. He defeated the 2nd place finisher Minjun Ko, a 10th grader at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy. BASIS Prescott won the high school team trophy.

Each trophy prize winner also received a $20 gift certificate donated by Augie’s Restaurant.

The Prescott Chess Club co-sponsored this unrated chess tournament with the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group. Tom Green, president of the Prescott Chess Club, directed the event with help from Henry Ebarb, Kathy Eskra, Tommy Keenan, and David Steeves.

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Prescott Blitz #6 Saturday, Jan 27 2018 

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Eight Prescott area chess players competed in 56 chess games at Yavapai College on Saturday, January 27th. 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, Chino Valley, was the top finisher with a 12-2 record which netted him $60.

Tom Green, Prescott, won $35 for his second-place finish with 11.5 points. Green is currently ranked the 62nd best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and over. He will move up on this list as he gained 13 points in this event. Green directed this U. S. Chess rated chess tournament.

Dr. Thomas Keenan, Prescott, was the best Class C/E player. He scored 8.5 points and earned $30. He gained 12 rating points.

Ivan Marriott, a 7th grader at Prescott BASIS, won two games in his first rated chess tournament. He earned $25 as the top Unrated player.

The next Prescott Chess Club event will be the Yavapai County Scholastic Chess Tournament at Yavapai College, Building 3, Room 119 on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in the following sections: grammar (k-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12). A team trophy for each section will be determined by adding together the top four scores from a school.

Prescott Quads #12 Saturday, Dec 16 2017 

Henry Ebarb

Henry Ebarb

 

Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, won the $50 prize money for 1st place in the Prescott Chess Club’s Quad #12. He won all three of his games and raised both his Over-the-Board and Quick chess ratings. Ebarb’s Blitz rating ranks him among seniors as the 80th best in the United States.

 

This U. S. Chess rated event was held at Yavapai College. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, organized and directed this chess tournament.Since 1991, Green has directed 68 chess tournaments.

Tommy Keenan

Tommy Keenan

 

Dr. Tommy Keenan, Prescott, finished in second-place with a 2-1 record and won $25.

Prescott Blitz #5 Saturday, Nov 18 2017 

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

On Saturday seven Prescott area chess players competed in 42 chess games, each game with only five minutes for each player using special timers. Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, was the top finisher with a 10-2 record which netted him $65.

Henry Ebarb

Henry Ebarb

Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, was the top Class B rated player. He finished with 8.5 points and won $40. Dr. Ebarb is currently ranked the 80th best U. S. Blitz chess player of those aged 65 and over. He will move up on this list as he gained 60 points in this event.

Tommy Keenan

Tommy Keenan

Dr. Thomas Keenan, Prescott, was the best Class C player. He scored 5 points and earned $30. He gained 17 rating points

Prescott Quads #11 Sunday, Oct 29 2017 

Lower Vs. Briggs, Ebarb Vs. Keenan

Lower Vs. Briggs, Ebarb Vs. Keenan

Chess Master Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, topped the Prescott Chess Club’s Quads #11. This former two-time Arizona State Champion received $50 for his undefeated record of three wins. Lower is currently ranked 22nd out of 1419 Arizona chess players. He is also ranked 42nd for his Quick chess rating among those aged 50 and over in the U. S.

Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, and Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, split the $25 prize money for 2nd place. They each won one game and drew each other in a last round matchup. Ebarb’s Blitz rating ranks him as the 76th best among seniors in the U. S. Briggs is currently ranked 76th out of 1419 Arizona chess players.

Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green directed this U. S. Chess rated event held on the Yavapai College campus Saturday, October 28th.

 

4th Prescott Open Sunday, Jul 16 2017 

Shan Rengasamy

Shan Rengasamy

Shan Rengasamy, Scottsdale, and Neil Wadsworth, Prescott Valley, split $150 in prize money at the 4th Annual Prescott Open held Saturday, July 15th. Rengasamy, a student at BASIS in Scottsdale, is one of the top eleven-year-olds in U. S. Chess. Wadsworth, who tied for second in last year’s Open, defeated the highest rated chess player in this event in the second round. Rengasamy, initially ranked third by rating, and Wadsworth, initially fourth, won their first two games before agreeing to a hard-fought draw in their last round encounter.

 

Neil Wadsworth

Neil Wadsworth

The tournament attracted 16 chess players for a full day of chess at the Pine Cone. The format of the event was to divide players into two sections, each composed of eight players based on rating. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event.

 

Robin Green

Robin Green

In Section B, playing in his first chess tournament, Robin Green, Prescott, accumulated three wins to collect the section’s first place prize money of  $100. Roger Gibson and Phillip Ebarb, both of Prescott, and William Cheney, Flagstaff, shared the $50 2nd place prize money for their 2-1 records.

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