MetroWest Chess Club - Winter Warmer Swiss
January   2, 9 ,16, 23, 30   2001

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Tournament Commentary
Sunday, July 31, 2011    08:16 PM
written by Larry Eldridge

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Round 5 - January 30, 2001

Igor Foygel overcame the necessity of taking a first-round by by winning all four games he played to capture clear first place with 4.5 points, finishing off his run with a clinching last-round victory over Bob Armes. John Curdo and sixth-grader Noah Pang shared runner-up honors with 4.0 each. Curdo had his usual solid tournament, losing only to Foygel in their decisive head-to-head game in Round 4. Pang lost to Curdo in Round One, reeled off three straight wins including an upset of expert John Chamberlain, then defeated eighth-grader Jason Spector in a last-round “money game” between two of the state’s top schoolboy phenoms.

Neil Cousin took clear first place in the U1800 section, and he did it in classic fashion: winning three straight games, drawing top-seeded Jeff Penta in Round 4, then defeating No. 2 seed Larry Eldridge in the finale to finish with 4.5 points. Mike Barry took runner-up honors at 4.0, while Penta, Nathan La Combe, and Paul Felker shared third place with 3.5 each. The tournament appeared to be a three-way battle for most of the way, with Penta defeating Eldridge in Round 3, then drawing Cousin in Round 4, leaving those two tied for the lead with 3.5 points, and setting up an exciting finish. Since the co-leaders had already played each other, the showdown pairings were Cousin (3.5) vs. Eldridge (3.0); and Penta (3.5) vs. La Combe, with Barry (3.0) and also still mathematically in the running, facing Karl Hahn (2.5). Cousin won his game to clinch at least a share of first place, and he got it all when La Combe upset Penta on the top board, while Barry also won to leapfrog into second place in the final standings.

Meanwhile, Warren Deshon completed his sweep of the U1400 section, defeating Douglas Thompson in the final round to post the only perfect score in the entire tournament. Fifth-grader Tim Abbot, rebounding from a first-round loss, won his other four games to take clear second with 4.0, while Sanjay Manivannan , Ethan Thompson, Douglas Thompson, and Marc Moss shared third place at 3.0 apiece.

Tim Vaughn (1288), playing up a section, scored the biggest upset of the final round with a victory over Gatumba Abu (1520) in the U1800 section. Both top board games in this section also made the upset list: La Combe (1585) over Penta (1752) and Cousin (1627) over Eldridge (1738). The only other form reversals meeting our 100-point difference criterion were Mark Fins (1808) over Chamberlain (2021) in the Open section and Andrzej Weyman (848) over Stevie Wagner (1021) in a schoolboy battle.

There were 19 players in the Open section, 21 in the U1800, and 26 in U1400 for a total of 66 entries.

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                                   Pnts     Victim
Mark L Fins (1808)                 213.0    John Chamberlain (2021)
Noah Pang (1874)                   97.0    Jason St Spector (1971)
Michal De La Maza (1834)         91.0    Robert W Powell (1925)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1800 -- Upsets
Name                                   Pnts     Victim
Timothy Vaughan (1288)         232.0    Gatumba Abu (1520)
Nathan La Combe (1585)         167.0    Jeff Georg Penta (1752)
Neil Cousin (1627)                  111.0    Larry Eldridge (1738)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1400 -- Upsets
Name                                     Pnts     Victim
Andrzej Weyman (848)             173.0    Steve Wagner (1021)
Travis Chui (1165)                     19.5    John Mc Laughlin (1204)

Round 4 - January 23, 2001

Igor Foygel, playing “catch-up” ever since taking a first-round bye, defeated John Curdo with the black pieces to leapfrog past him and into clear first place with 3.5 points heading into the fifth and final round. Bob Armes ground out an end-game victory over Bill Michael, while sixth grader Noah Pang upset John Chamberlain, the winners joining Curdo in a three-way tie for second place at 3.0.

Foygel gets the white pieces against Armes in the Board One matchup, needing only a draw to clinch a tie for top honors and a win to nail down clear first place. Since Curdo and Pang have already played, the former meets George Mullen (2.5) on Board 2, while Pang winds up playing eighth-grader Jason Spector (2.5) in a battle of schoolboy whizzes.

Jeff Penta and Neil Cousin drew their Board One matchup in the U1800 section, leaving them tied for first place with 3.5 points each, while Larry Eldridge and Mike Barry won their games to climb within a half point of the lead at 3.0. Cousin takes on Eldridge in one top last-round matchup, while Penta, who has already played all three other leaders, faces Nathan Lacombe, the highest-rated 2.5.

The only perfect score in the entire tournament belongs to Warren Deshon, with four straight victories in the U1400 section and a full-point lead heading into the final round. Douglas Thompson, Marc Moss, and fifth-grader Tim Abbot share the runnerup spot at 3.0. Deshon, already assured of at least a tie for first place and needing only a draw to clinch clear top honors, has the black pieces against Thompson in Round 5, while Moss and Abbot square off on Board 2.

As for upsets, the win by Pang (1874) over Chamberlain (2021) was the only one in any section that met our 100-point difference criterion.

The entries, including all jump-ins, now stand at 19 in the Open Section, 21 in the U1800, and 26 in U1400 for a total of 66.

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts      Victim
Noah Pang (1874)             147.0    John Chamberlain (2021)
Jason St Spector (1971)      33.0    Edward R Epp (2037)
Micha De La Maza (1834)    29.0    W Bradley Ryan (1863)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1800 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

Neil Cousin (1627)             62.5    Jeff Georg Penta (1752)
Robert J Oresick (1501)     55.0    Walter Champion (1611)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1400 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
James A Krycka (1167)       51.5    Clark R Ewer (1270)
Timothy Abbot (1170)        34.0    John Mc Laughlin (1204)
Douglas Thompson (1181)   22.0    Harvey G Reed (1203)

Round 3 - January 16, 2001

John Curdo defeated Bob Armes on the top board to take the clear lead in the Open section at 3-0, with Igor Foygel lurking right behind at 2.5 after missing Round One with a half-point bye.  These two will thus meet in Round 4 in what has become their monthly head-to-head encounter, but unlike some of the quick draws they play, this one figures to be a battle.  Foygel has black, but because of that half-point deficit he needs a win to leapfrog past Curdo for the lead, while either a win or a draw would leave Curdo in command heading into the fifth and final round. Should be interesting.

Bunched at 2 .0, meanwhile, and still in contention for prize money, is a group of five players headed by Armes and including Ed Epp, Bill Michael, and schoolboy stars Jason Spector and Noah Pang.

In the U1800 section, Jeff Penta knocked off Larry Eldridge in a battle of the top two seeds, while Neil Cousin defeated Nathan LaCombe on Board 2, leaving the two winners tied for first place at 3.0. They’ll meet on Board One, with Cousin getting the white pieces.

There are also only two players left at 3.0 in the U1400 section, Warren Deshon and Marc Moss, so they will meet on Board One with Deshon playing white.

Tim Vaughn (1288), playing up in the U1800 section, scored the top upset of the week by defeating Lou Jacques (1503).  The only other result meeting our 100-point difference requirement came in the Open section, where Bill Michael (1788) followed up his “upset draw” against John Chamberlain the previous week by achieving the same result against Ed Epp (2037).

Four more players jumped in for Round 3, raising the total entries to 64.

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                                 Pnts     Victim
William Michael (1788)         124.5    Edward R Epp (2037)
W Bradley Ryan (1863)           31.0    Robert W Powell (1925)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1800 -- Upsets
Name                                 Pnts     Victim
Timothy Vaughan (1288)       215.0    Louis P Jacques (1503)
Gatumba Abu (1520)              91.0    Walter Champion (1611)
Menno G Koning (1500)          64.0    Mark Kaprielian (1564)
Robert J Oresick (1501)         16.0    John Stengrevics (1533)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1400 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

                                    None

Round 2 - January 9, 2001

A dozen players jumped in for Round 2, boosting the entry list to an even 60 for the first tournament of the New Year.

John Curdo and Bob Armes have the only perfect scores in the Open section, and will thus meet on Board One in the third round.  Regular top finisher Igor Foygel had to skip Round One, but came in with a half-point bye, won his Round 2 game, and heads a group of five players bunched up just a half-point off the lead.

Jeff Penta, Larry Eldridge, and Neil Cousin are all 2.0 in the U1800 section, with the first two meeting on Board One and Cousin playing Nathan La Combe (1.5) on Board 2.

Warren Deshon, John Mc Laughlin, Douglas Thompson, and Marc H Moss are all 2.0 in the U1400 section, and will pair up on the top two boards (Moss-Deshon and McLaughlin-Thompson) in Round 3.

Top upsets in the Open section were Severine Wamala (1624) over Jim Todhunter (1861) and Bill Michael (1788) drawing John Chamberlain (2021).  There were no upsets in the U1800 section, while in U1400 we had Moss (985) over Ethan Thompson (1239) and McLaughlin (1204) over Sanjay Manivannan (1386).

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name Pnts Victim

Severine Wamala (1624)        237.0    James W Todhunter (1861)
William Michael (1788)          116.5    John Chamberlain (2021)
Micha De La Maza (1834)         13.5    George Mullen (1861)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1800 -- Upsets
Name Pnts Victim
                                None

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1400 -- Upsets
Name Pnts Victim
Marc H Moss (985)                 254.0    Ethan Thompson (1239)
John Mc Laughlin (1204)        182.0    Sanja Manivannan (1386)
Douglas Thompson (1181)        89.0    Clark R Ewer (1270)
Travis Chui (1165)                  14.0    Thomas E Powers (1179)

Round 1 - January 2, 2001

The first tournament of the New Year got underway with 48 entries in three sections. No big surprises in first-round play, and no upsets at all in the Open section, but elsewhere we had Menno Koning (1500) over Walter Champion (1611); Marc Moss (985) over Harvey Reed (1203); and Justin Grimes (956) over John Niarhos (1183).

John Curdo defeated sixth-grade whiz Noah Pang on Board One of the 12-player Open section, and the way the pairings work out he’ll play another young prodigy, eighth grader Jason Spector, in Round 2. Other first-round winners along with Curdo and Spector were Bob Armes, John Chamberlain, and Bob Powell, while Bill Michael was paired out for a full-point bye, making it six 1.0 scores going into the second round. Conspicuous by his absence was regular top finisher Igor Foygel, but he is expected to be among the several people jumping in with half-point byes in Round 2.

Jeff Penta heads a group of seven players winning their opening tests in the 15-player U1800 section, while Sanjay Manivannan is top-ranked among the nine competitors with one point heading into Round 2 of the U1400 section.

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

                None

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1800 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

Menno G Koning (1500)     111.0    Walter Champion (1611)

MCC Winter Warmer Swiss: U1400 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
Marc H Moss (985)             218.0    Harvey G Reed (1203)
Justin Grimes (956)           113.5    John G Niarhos (1183)