MetroWest Chess Club - Forward March Swiss
March 7, 14, 21, 28 2000

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Tournament Commentary
Sunday, July 31, 2011    08:21 PM
written by Larry Eldridge

Commentary will usually be posted to this page late Wednesday or Thursday night.

Round 4 - March 28, 2000

In a flurry of last-round action, Igor Foygel defeated John Curdo to wrap up the Open Section, Mike de la Maza upset Mark Fins to pull into a first-place tie in the U1900 Section, and Al Schaefer defeated leader Sanjayan Manivannan to leapfrog past him and into a share of top honors in the U1400 section. 

Curdo, down a full point due to an upset loss to John Chamberlain earlier, had to try to win his showdown with Foygel rather than take the “automatic” draw these two usually play, but Igor carried the day to finish with a perfect 4-0 score. George Mullen and John Valentine (1690) shared runner-up honors at 3-1 each, the latter thanks to a last-round upset of Chamberlain (1978). It was quite an up-and-down tournament for Chamberlain, who stunned Curdo in Round 2 to earn a shot at Foygel, lost that game, then found himself on the other side of "Upset City" in the finale.  

Fins (1773) and de la Maza (1461) entered the final round in exactly the same situation as Foygel and Curdo, but here the latter prevailed in the night's biggest upset to grab a share of the top spot. Mike Barry, Neil Cousin, and Mark McMahon tied for third through fifth places with 2.5 points each. 

Manivannan was the U1400 leader entering the final night’s play, also at 3-0, but Schaefer¸ trailing by only a half-point, won their showdown battle to climb to the top at 3.5. Young Travis Chui, also starting the night at 2.5, was paired against  John McLaughlin, and when the latter failed to show up, Chui got the point and a tie for first place by default. 

The only other noteworthy upset (in addition to Valentine-Chamberlain and de la Maza-Fins) was by Nathan La Combe (1503) over Jeff Penta (1785). 

There were 15 entries in the Open Section, 13 in the U1900, and 19 in the U1400, for a total of 47 overall.

MCC Forward March Swiss -- Open                                   Upsets, Page 1

Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   4  288 VALENTINE, John-RE (3.0)         1690 1978 CHAMBERLAIN, John
  2   4  282 LA COMBE, Nathan (1.0)           1503 1785 PENTA, Jeff George
  3   4   44 MULLEN, George (3.0)             1942 1986 SHERMAN,Brian R
  4   4   13 MICHAEL, William G (2.0)         1702 1715 ABBOT, Ames
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1900                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   4  312 DE LA MAZA, Michael (3.0)        1461 1773 FINS, Mark
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1500                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
 					None

Round 3 - March 21, 2000

Igor Foygel defeated John Chamberlain on Board One, leaving him a full point ahead of the field at 3-0. He thus has already clinched at least a share of top honors, and needs only a draw in the last round to take clear first place. 

John Curdo, rebounding from his second-round upset by Chamberlain with a third-round victory over Ames Abbot, heads a group of six players tied for second place with 2 points each -- and as the highest-rated one he gets the shot at Foygel. Curdo has the white pieces in this last-round, Board One match up, and of course must win to pull into a tie for first place.

Also in the second-place tie are expert Derek Slater, A players Chamberlain, Brian Sherman, and George Mullen, and 1690-rated John Valentine, the latter via an upset win over Tim Suzman (1903). This quintet will battle it out in the last round for high placings, with the pairings being Chamberlain-Slater, Sherman-Mullen, and Valentine vs. expert Ed Epp, who took a third-round bye and has 1.5 points.

In the U1900 section, Mark Fins is in the same situation as Foygel (3-0 and a full point ahead of the field). Mark Kaprielian and Michael De La Maza share the runner-up spot at 2.0, with De La Maza getting the white pieces on Board One in his attempt to overhaul Fins. Meanwhile, Kappy, also still with a chance to tie for first place, has black vs. Mike Barry (1.5) on Board 2.

Sanjayan Manivannan leads the U1400 section, also at 3-0, but here there are two players right on his heels at 2.5 -- Al Schaefer and 10-year-old Travis Chui. Schaefer has white against the leader on Board One in the final round, while Chui has black against John McLaughlin (2.0). 

The only noteworthy third-round upset in addition to Valentine over Suzman occurred in the U1400 section, where 9th-grader Sam Atwood (970) defeated Warren Deshon (1271). 

MCC Forward March Swiss -- Open                                   Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   3  213 VALENTINE, John-RE (2.0)         1690 1903 SUZMAN, Timmy
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1900                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
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MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1500                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   3  301 ATWOOD, Samuel (2.0)              970 1271 DESHON, Warren R
  2   3   12 MANIVANNAN, Sanjayan (3.0)       1333 1345 MCLAUGHLIN, John
 
Round 2 - March 14, 2000
It's still the "Igor & John" show at the halfway point this month but with a little twist: Same Igor, Different John! 
Expert John Chamberlain upset  perennial co-winner John Curdo in Round 2, while Igor Foygel won his game as usual. So in the small Open Section, it's
already just two players with perfect scores -- the old Igor and the new John.

They meet in Round 3, and Chamberlain, who defeated Curdo with the black pieces, gets them again against Foygel since both co-leaders are due for
white and the higher-rated player gets his due color. 

Derek Slater and Brian Sherman, the only players with 1.5, meet on Board 2, while Curdo leads the one-point group on Board 3.

The only other upset of note in Round 2 was in the U1500 section, where Ethan Thompson (1089) knocked off Clark Ewer (1367).

MCC Forward March Swiss -- Open                                   Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   2  353 CHAMBERLAIN, John (2.0)          1978 2331 CURDO, John A
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1900                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent

					None
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1500                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   2  278 THOMPSON, Ethan (1.5)            1089 1367 EWER, Clark
 
Round 1 - March 7, 2000
Bill Michael (1702) knocked off No. 3 seed Ed Epp (2143) in the big upset of the opening round.  Most of the other games in the Open Section ran pretty
much according to form, particularly on the top boards, where No. 1 Igor Foygel, No. 2 John Curdo,  and No. 4 Derek Slater all prevailed. 

The only other form reversals involving rating differences of more than 100 points were Mike De La Maza (1461) over Brian Lewis (1647) in the U1900
section, and Sam Atwood (970) over Guenther Briem (1383) in the U1500. 

A total of 43 players entered the three sections.
MCC Forward March Swiss -- Open                                   Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   1  441 MICHAEL, William G (1.0)         1702 2143 EPP, Edward
  2   1   39 SUZMAN, Timmy (1.0)              1903 1942 MULLEN, George
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1900                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   1  186 DE LA MAZA, Michael (1.0)        1461 1647 LEWIS, Brian A
MCC Forward March Swiss -- U1500                                  Upsets, Page 1
Pl  Rd  Diff              Winner              Rate Rate       Opponent
  1   1  413 ATWOOD, Samuel (1.0)              970 1383 BRIEM, Guenther
  2   1   60 POWERS, Tom (1.0)                1211 1271 DESHON, Warren R