Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yudasin and Rohde Win St. John's Masters

Grandmasters Leonid Yudasin and Michael Rohde shared 1st/2nd prize at the St. John's Masters on Tuesday November 18. Each scored 3 1/2 out of 4 to outdistance a field of 23 players and win $250.

GM Georgi Kacheishvili finished clear 3rd with 3 points ($100), and Evan Rosenberg, Yaacov Norowitz, Yevgeni Margulis, Dan Lowinger (all NMs), and Nitai Leve each won a $30 share of the Under 2400 + Under 2300 prizes with 2 1/2. Lowinger also won the additional $50 upset prize for his first round victory over IM Justin Sarkar. The full crosstable is available from the USCF website.

Here are Kacheishvili's games. He played on Board 1 in Rounds 1-3 and Board 2 in round 4--due to the quick last-round draw on Board 1 between Rohde and Yudasin, the we're showing his thumping of IM Alex Lenderman, to finish in 3rd, instead.

Thanks again to our sponsor, St. John's University; Dr. Frank Brady, the organizer; Chief Tournament Director Steve Immitt; Ed Frumkin who assisted with the tournament directing; and Michael Karon, who assisted with the scorekeeping and move relaying for ICC, which broadcast the top Board games live each round.

The next monthly edition of the St. John's Masters tournament will again be on the third Tuesday of the month, December 16th, at 7:00 pm, and you'll again be able to follow the top games live on ICC each round if you can't make it to the Club.

(Thanks to Steve Immitt for sending the results and games, and writing most of the report.)

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