MetroWest Chess Club - Late Summer Swiss
August 7, 14, 21, 28   2001

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Tournament Commentary
Sunday, July 31, 2011    08:15 PM
written by Larry Eldridge

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Round 4, August 28, 2001

Exciting finishes climaxed the August tournament as John Curdo stormed from behind to win the Open section, middle-schooler Greg Siciliano did likewise to capture the U1300 section, and Mark Kaprielian won his fourth straight game to complete a sweep in the U1600 section.

Curdo, after taking a bye in Round One, trailed newcomer Peter Leeflang by that half-point all the way until the final round. But the veteran master, despite playing the black pieces, won their decisive head-to-head clash to leapfrog past the leader into the top spot. Jason Spector, also entering the last round a half-point off the pace, had a chance to tie for first place but lost to fellow schoolboy Max Enkin. So the final standings showed Curdo alone at the top with 3.5 points, and Enkin, Leeflang, and Bob Harvey sharing runner-up honors at 3.0 each.

Young Siciliano went 2-0 but then fell a half point off the pace when he went on vacation in Week 3 while unrated newcomer John Bottini won his third straight game to take the lead. Siciliano, getting white in their head-to-head match up, emerged victorious after a see-saw battle to take clear first place with 3.5 points. Ethan Thompson and James Klinkenberg also won their last-round games to join Bottini in a three-way tie for second place at 3.0.

Kaprielian was thus the only leader who survived his final round test. He had the black pieces against Severine Wamala, who of course had a chance to spoil the fun and move into first place himself, but instead it was Kaprielian who won to complete his dominating 4-0 result -- a full 1.5 points ahead of the field. Wamala, Robert J Oresick, John Stengrevics, and Tim Vaughan shared runner-up honors at 2.5 each.

There were no big upsets in the final round, just a few of the mild variety, all involving draws instead of wins. they were Thomas Kane (1307) splitting the point with Matthew Phelps (1616); Justin Grimes (1053) doing likewise with Jim Krycka (1265); and Elie Litvin (988) ditto with Christopher Smith (1204).

MCC Late Summer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
Thomas A Kane (1307)     154.5    Matthew W Phelps (1616)
Donna M Alarie (1683)       76.5    Jeff Georg Penta (1836)
Robert L Harvey (1749)     58.0    Alfred G Ward (1807)
William Michael (1774)      22.5    Neil Cousin (1819)

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1600 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
Justin P Grimes (1053)     106.0    James A Krycka (1265)
John Stengrevics (1507)     75.0    WILLI MC ALLISTER (1582)
Travis Chui (1290)             67.0    Mar Leeuwenburgh (1357)

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1300 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
Elie Litvin (988)               108.0    Christopher Smith (1204)

Round 3, August 21, 2001

In a rare occurrence, all three sections go into the fourth and final round with one clear leader boasting a perfect 3-0 score.

Newcomer Peter Leeflang defeated Al Ward to take sole possession of the top spot in the 24-player Open section. Meanwhile, veteran master John Curdo and youngster Jason Spector kept pace a half point behind by winning their third-round games, Curdo beating Robert Powell and Spector upsetting John Chamberlain.  Curdo gets the last-round showdown shot on Board One, of course, via his higher rating.  He'll have his work cut out for him, too, as Leeflang gets the white pieces along with what amounts to draw odds.

Spector holds down Board 2 and also has a chance to tie for first place if he can win his final test and the Board One game breaks right for him.  He’ll have white against the even younger phenom Max Enkin, who jumped into the tournament with two byes and proceeded to knock off Jeff Penta to move into a four-way tie for fourth place with 2 points.

Mark Kaprielian defeated Tim Vaughan in the battle of unbeatens in the 12-player U1600 section.  Severine Wamala beat Robert Oresick on Board 2 to hang in there a half-point back and earn a shot at the leader in the last round.  He’ll have the white pieces but needs a win to leapfrog past Kaprielian, while the latter can clinch clear first place with either a win or a draw.

Unrated newcomer John Bottini made it three in a row in the 16-player U1300 section with a win over Elie Litvin. Greg Siciliano, who was tied for the lead with 2-0 at the halfway point, had to take a vacation bye in round 3, but he’s still in second place at 2.5 and thus plays the leader for all the marbles in Round 4.

The only upset in any section technically meeting our 100-point criterion was Mike Barry (1716) over Brad Ryan (1850), but Spector (1850) over Chamberlain (1944) seems close enough to mention considering its significance in the standings.

MCC Late Summer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

Michael Barry (1716)         134.0    W Bradley Ryan (1850)
Jason St Spector (1850)      94.0    John Chamberlain (1944)
Larry Eldridge (1734)         23.0    John W Martin (1780)

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1600 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
                None

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1300 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
                None

Round 2, August 14, 2001

Newcomer Peter Leeflang and longtime club veteran Al Ward won their Round 2 games to share the lead with the only perfect scores after two rounds. But lurking a half-point behind are five players who took half-point byes in Round One (most of them because of the U.S. Open). The result is a wild scramble, with Leeflang and Ward squaring off on Board One in the third round, while the others -- John Curdo, John Chamberlain, Robert Powell, Jason Spector, and Jeff Penta -- battle to stay in contention.

Mark Kaprielian and Tim Vaughan are the U1600 leaders at the halfway point, also with perfect 2.0 scores, followed by Severine Wamala and Robert Oresick with 1.5 each.

Greg Siciliano and John Bottini share the U1300 lead at 2.0, followed by Peter Lee, Elie Litvin, and Alfred Harvey at 1.5 apiece.

The top upset in Round 2 was Jacob Perkowski (1455) holding Joe Kelly (1829) to a draw.  The only other upset meeting our 100-point criterion was Vaughan (1419) over William McAllister (1582).

MCC Late Summer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
Jacob Perkowski (1455)     187.0    Joseph F Kelly (1829)
Robert L Harvey (1749)       50.5    W Bradley Ryan (1850)

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1600 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

Timothy Vaughan (1419)     163.0    WILLI MC ALLISTER (1582)

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1300 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

Elie Litvin (988)                 92.0    Calvin F Bohn (1080)


Round 1, August 7, 2001

“While the cat’s away, the mice will play!”

With Igor Foygel, John Curdo, and other top other top players at the U.S. Open, an unusual group is breathing the rarified air of first place -- at least for now! Only 26 players showed up for Round One of the August tournament -- just 10 in the Open Section, which had four decisive games and one draw. The victorious “mice” were expert Peter Leeflang, a newcomer to the club, plus regulars Al Ward, Mike Barry, and Menno Koning, the latter via a 1522-1683 upset of Donna Alarie. The draw, while not quite making our 100-point criterion, was also a bit of a form reversal as Bill Stein (1624) split the point with Neil Cousin (1819), who was the No. 2 seed among those present.

At least one “cat” will be coming in to try to spoil the party, since Curdo entered the tournament ahead of time, declaring a bye for the first round. No one has to do this, though, so the “big cat” (Foygel) can also still jump in for Round 2 with a half-point if he wants to, as can other top competitors like Ed Epp and John Chamberlain, who both also skipped Round One because of the U.S. Open.

Only six players showed up for the middle section, which is pegged at U1600 this month. The results all went according to form here, with 1-2-3 seeds Mark Kaprielian, John Stengrevics, and Tim Vaughan posting wins to share the early lead.

Ten competitors turned out for the U1300 section, and again things went mostly as expected. Seeds 1-4 -- Carl Phillips, Greg Siciliano, Chris Smith, and John McLaughlin -- all won. No. 5 Douglas Thompson lost to unrated John Bottini in a bit of a surprise, but of course unrated players can’t really be assessed until they get a rating, so such a result isn’t officially called an upset.

MCC Late Summer Swiss: Open -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim

Menno G Koning (1522)     161.0    Donna M Alarie (1683)
William Stein (1624)          97.5    Neil Cousin (1819)

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1600 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
            None

MCC Late Summer Swiss: U1300 -- Upsets
Name                             Pnts     Victim
            None