Tuesday, August 4, 2009

St. John's Masters Update - 21 July 09

Our very own Steve Immit writes:

"There were 26 players in this past Tuesday's July St. John's Masters tournament, including three GMs and two IMs. But at the end, there was only one Jay Bonin, who won the tournament, along with the $360 first prize, with a perfect 4-0 score. GM Jaan Ehlvest finished in clear second and $240 with 3½ points. Three players finished with 3 points: GM Mike Rohde, Ildar Salakhutdinov and 15-year-old Parker Zhao, taking home $95 a piece. Parker has been on a phenomenal white-hot streak lately, winning the last two Thursday Night "4 Rated Games Tonight!" tournaments with perfect scores, and ceding a lone draw to top-seed GM Leonid Yudasin, to win this past Sunday's Grandmaster Challenge. In his last four tournaments, Parker has scored a walloping 16½ out of a possible 18 points!!

FM Teddy Coleman locked up the $55 Biggest Upset prize for his second-round pasting of GM-elect Alex Lenderman.

The games on Board One in all four rounds, plus the last-round Board 2 game which gave second prize to GM Ehlvest, are attached.

The St. John's Masters tournaments are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The next edition will be at 7 pm on Tuesday August 18th. They are open to all players rated over 2100. Players rated under 2100 may also qualify to participate by scoring at least 2½ points in one of the four preceding "4 Rated Games Tonight!" Thursday Night Action tournaments since last month's St. John's Masters.

Thanks again to our sponsor, St. John's University, for making these monthly master tournaments possible!"

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