Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Raven Sturt Wins Fide Thursdays in Dramatic Finish

The Marshall Chess Club Fide Thursdays tournament came down to the wire when event leader Zahar Hilkevich lost his queen in extreme mutual time pressure against Marshall member George Berg. Both players had less than one minute remaining in a position that, according to George, was "probably drawn."

Zahar's misfortune gave the tournament victory to Raven Sturt, the highest rated player of the event, after a win against Paulo Santanna.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

MCC-U2000: Leotaud Alone On Top After Round 4!

Glenn Leotaud upset top-rated Zach Cohn in round 4 of the Marshall CC U2000 tournament. He is now 4-0, one full point ahead of Boris Berkun, David Kantey, Kyle Moon, and Ron Anderson, who all still have a chance to catch Glenn in the final round next Wednesday.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

FIDE Thursdays--Hilkevich Continues to Dominate

In round 5 of the Marshall Chess Club Fide-rated Thursday night tournament Zahir Hilkevich defeated Fritz Gaspard and improved to an impressive 4.5/5. The only player who can still overtake Zahir is MCC member and rising star Raven Sturt with 4/5 after a win with black against Sarathi Ray. The top player rated under 2000 is William Fisher with 2 points, despite having played only one game. Will commutes from Philadelphia just to play at the Marshall Fide Thursdays!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wednesday-U2000: Leotaud Alone on Top!

Glenn Leotaud defeated Wednesday night regular Sabrij Mehmedovic with black to capture the clear lead in the Marshall U2000 tournament with a score of 3-0. Half a point behind are Zach Cohn, Boris Berkun, David Kantey, and Kyle Moon, who upset the rapidly improving Casey Jacobs with the black pieces.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday-U1600: Santos Clear Leader Before Final Round

Alberto Santos maintained a perfect score of 4-0 by defeating top-ranked Ean Fonseca in Round 4 of the MCC U1600 tournament. Half a point behind the leader after a win against William Ho is new Marshall member Greg Keener who is competing in his first USCF rated tournament. The stage is set for a showdown in the final round which will decide the winner of the tournament and of the $174 first price.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Hilkevich Clear Leader After Round 4 of the MCC Fide Thursdays Tournament

Zahar Hilkevich defended his lead in the Marshall Chess Club Fide Thursdays tournament by winning with black against Oscar Maldonado. Half a point behind is Raven Sturt after defeating George Berg with white.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

WEDNESDAY U2000: Only 2 Players With Perfect Score After Round 2

After round 2 of the MCC U2000 tournament only Sabrij Mehmedovic and Glenn Leotaud maintain a perfect score. Sabrij won with black against Aigboje Aregbeyen and Glenn defeated Gabriel Rigono with white. Wednesday, March 17th will be the last chance to enter the 5-round event with two half point byes.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

54 Players at Bobby Fischer Memorial Blitz!

On March 9th, 2010 Bobby Fischer would have celebrated his 67th birthday. To commemorate this date, the historic Marshall Chess Club in New York’s Greenwich Village hosted a speed chess tournament in Fischer’s honor.

Among the 54 players (including seven grandmasters) and many guests were a number of close personal friends of the legendary American World Champion, most notably GM William Lombardy, Fischer’s second at the 1972 match in Reykjavik, Marshall Chess Club President Dr. Frank Brady, Fide Master Asa Hoffmann, and WIM Shernaz Kennedy.

The tournament was played in the Marshall’s Great Hall, the scene of countless Bobby Fischer triumphs. The 9-round Swiss ended in a 3-way tie between GM’s Giorgi Kacheishvili and Mikheil Kekelidze of Georgia and New York’s Super IM and GM-elect Aleksandr Lenderman.

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