Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ashland XVIII - Round 4

Eighteen players compete in the Penultimate Round of Ashland XVIII. Keith Eubanks (2012) found the win over Paul King (1946) as James MacDougall (1947) defeated Paul Farb (1935) to stay tied at the top. Erik Murrah (1677) outlasted Robert Folts (1761) and Ralph Buske (1468) battled to a draw with Daniel Smith (1364).

In the Amateur Section, Ben Caiello (1497) escaped with a draw against Cody Kyzer (1202) to stay in clear first by a half point heading into the final round. Dan Caiello (1411) took the point from Birney Blind (1282) as Shiva Balasubramanian (1242) settled peacefully with Jaime Sanyer (1008). Mike Mayfield (1355) defeated Christian Dunlap (754) and Richard Watts (1141) claimed the point from Drew Plyler (1248).

The Final Round will be Thurs, Dec 9.

Next weekend, Dec 10-12, is the Greater Charlotte Championship . This is being held at the same hotel the 200 player NC Open was at so this should be another good one!

If you can't take a weekend for chess head over to Florence for the Florence Chess Club Championship on Sat, Dec 11. This is a one day, five round, G30 Swiss with trophies to the top two finishers and the entry fee is only $10! Reg is from 9-9:15 with Round 1 starting at 9:45. Inquiries: John Zeimetz (843) 229-7468 or check with Drew Plyler at our club on Thursday evening. A few club members are heading over so check on Thurs evening if you'd like to car pool. This club is starting to get rolling and we may be able to set up a Club Match with them soon.

The first weekly tournament next year starting on Jan 6, Ashland XIX, will be a Team Tournament. Full Details will be posted Monday, Dec 6.

Steve Boshears is forming a team to compete in the 2011 US Amateur Team - South in Orlando, Fl Feb 18-20. This will be a 4-player team (plus optional alternate), Team Avg rating below 2200 using Jan ratings. There are six players interested right now so we may have enough for the club to field two teams. If you would like to be on this team contact Steve by Email or at the club on Thursday evenings.

In case you missed it, Garry Kasparov sat down with Google for this Q&A. It's an hour long and worth watching if you have the time.

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