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)

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1 comment:

Anatoly said...

Congratulations, Kassa!
You passed 2200!!