Wednesday, July 30, 2008

NY International Pictures

The Marshall's photo page for the New York International has some new pictures. Here are a few of them:

GMs Alejandro Ramirez and Sergey Erenberg post-mortem their last-round game as tournament winner GM Mark Paragua looks on.

GMs Ramirez and Paragua before their blitz tiebreaker for first place

Tournament sponsor Fedor Khrapatin awards the first-place trophy to GM Mark Paragua

OK, listen up! (Standing, L-R: Iryna Zenyuk, Nick Conticello, Tournament Director Steve Immit, Fedor Khrapatin, Dr, Frank Brady, FM Jon Jacobs. Seated: IM Yuri Lapshun)

(all these pictures are by by Larry Price)

Check out the rest on the Marshall's website. There are also blog posts and web pages with photos from the event by Chris Bird, Ed Gaillard, and Liz Vicary.

Monday, July 28, 2008


The last weekend of July was a profitable one for Jay Bonin. The veteran IM tied for first in both the Saturday G/60 and the Sunday Action tournaments at the Marshall Chess Club, taking home a total of $157.67 for his efforts.

On Saturday, Bonin and FM Ilye Figler took a short draw to tie for first with GM Michael Rohde, who won his last three games after starting with a bye. The Sunday G/30 was a very strong event, with 9 masters (five rated over 2200 and four other NMs) in the lists. GM Rohde made it to the first round this time, but was knocked off by Vladimir Polyakin in the first round and by Bonin in the third. Bonin was nicked for a draw by Kassa Korley at the start, but yielded only a draw to co-winner Yefim Treger in the fourth round and beat Sam Barsky at the end to seal the deal.

FM Figler had the misfortune to play his former student, newly minted FM Alec Getz in the last round on Sunday; they tied for third by drawing. Barsky's 3.5/5 was good for the Under 2200 prize, while visiting Marylander John Sprague was the only player under 2000 to make 3 points.

26 entered on Saturday, 18 on Sunday.

(tournament report by Nick Conticello, Chief TD)

Click to show the crosstable of the Saturday G/60

Click to show the crosstable of the Sunday G/30

Friday, July 25, 2008

Marshall Thursday Night Members Only: Round 4 Results

The Marshall's Thusday Night Member-Only Open is a one game per week tournament open to all Marshall members. In the current event, a tide of draws in round 4 left a four-way tie for first. The final round is next Thursday, and the next tournament starts on August 7th.

Click to show the current standings

Maltese Sweeps July 24th "Four Rated Games"

Adam Maltese scored a perfect 4-0 to top a field of 34 in the July 24th installment of the Chess Center of New York's "Four Rated Games Tonight" series. Senior Master Grigoriy Braylovskiy and IM Jay Bonin tied for second with 3 1/2.

The crosstable is available on the USCF website.

Four-way Tie in Marshall July Grand Prix

Gabriel Battaglini, Marc Tyler Arnold, Jay Bonin, Yefim Treger tied for first in the Marshall's July Grand Prix on July 19-20, scoring 3 1/2
out of 4 to lead a field of 33 players.

The crosstable is available on the USCF website.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Arnold, Hoffman, and Privman Win July 17 "Four Rated Games Tonight"

Senior Master Marc Tyler Arnold and FMs Asa Hoffman and Boris Privman tied for first in last Thursday's installment of the long-running Original Four Rated Games Tonight tournament series, with 3 1/2 out of (you guessed it) 4. They topped a field of 33 players. Andre Harding directed for the Chess Center of New York. The crosstable is available on the USCF website.

Friday, July 18, 2008


A child didn't lead them, but he certainly outearned them.

Young David Hua was the big money winner at the Marshall CC July Open, winning the $133 prize for best result by a player rated 1700-1999. He did better than the four players who tied for the top three prizes; those hapless souls only took home $122.75 each with their 3.5 scores.

The winners were veterans Ilye Figler, Yefim Treger, Yevgeni Margulis, and junior Kassa Korley. Newcomer Molson Hart scored 2.5, a half point worse than Hua, and made "only" $112 as best Under 1700.

Astonishingly, 49 entries played the weekend after the World Open. A similar event, but with guaranteed prizes, will be held the weekend of July 19-20.

(Nick Conticello, Chief TD)

Click to show the crosstable

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Yudasin, Braylovskiy Take July St. John's Masters

This time, Greg Braylovskiy got it right. The young American Senior Master tied for first in his second attempt at the St. John's Masters, after losing to Jaan Ehlvest in the last round a year ago. This time, he won 3 games and made a short draw with Israeli GM Leonid Yudasin to earn a tie for the first and second prizes with the former Candidate and walk off with $275.

GM Zviad Izoria arrived too late for the first round, and made a quick draw with his friend GM Jaan Ehlvest in the second round. Izoria won his last two games to tie for third and top Under 2400 with Expert Gregory Kimmel. Kimmel knocked off Israeli master Dov Gorman in the last round to win $100.

Five players tied for Under 2300 honors and won $9 each, but among these Kassa Korley's result stands out. The junior talent faced the toughest field of anyone, one IM and 3 GM's, and still managed 50%! Korley beat Jay Bonin at the start, drew with Michael Rohde and Jaan Ehlvest, and lost only to Izoria in the third round. Rohde and Ehlvest also made 2 points each, the latter drawing all four of his games. Bonin was less fortunate, losing to Dan Lowinger in the second round and withdrawing. Lowinger joined FM Boris Privman, WIM Shernaz Kennedy, and Yevgeniy Margulis at the two point plateau to tie Korley for the Under 2300 prize.

None of Korley's upsets could quite match Margulis' conquest of Israeli IM Eli Vovsha in sheer numerical magnitude, so Margulis picked up an additional $45.

Twenty-two players and one filler competed. Thanks to Assistant TD Ed Frumkin for his usual fine support, and to MCC Vice President Thomas Malloy, pinch-hitting in the role of refreshment supervisor for Dr. Frank Brady. The next event in the series will take place on Tuesday, August 19, 2008.

(tournament report by Nick Conticello, Chief TD)

Click to show the crosstable

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July Open final results

Ilye Figler and Yevgeni Margulis drew their last-round game and were joined by master Yefim Treger and expert Kassa Korley in a four-way tie for first place with 3 1/2 points.

The full crosstable is available from the USCF web site.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Marshall July Open after three rounds

After three rounds of the July Open 7/12-13/2008, FM Ilye Figler and expert Yevgeni Margulis are the only remaining perfect scores. The tournament drew an amazing 49 players!

Click to show the crosstable

Saturday, July 12, 2008


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