Upcoming Events 2018 BIG NEWS: year long, statewide, Grand Prix for Arkansas players throughtout 2018! The last time AR had a state-wide Grand Prix (GP) was more than a decade ago. The basics: you earn points for wins and draws in each Grand Prix designated event you participate in, with points tallied all year long and there will be CASH prizes awarded for overall 1st and 2nd, plus cash for Class prizes after the year concludes! Our GP winners may not be the strongest players in AR or the strongest in a given class; rather, Grand Prix will reward those who participate in multiple tournaments. A PDF of the complete RULES can be accessed here: http://westarkchess.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Grand-Prix-Rules-12.18.17.pdf
~ GRAND PRIX EVENT!§Saturday January 27th Snowflakes in Little Rock Quarterly Saturday Series of Southwest Little Rock CC Prizes: 80% returned. With 8-player sections. $40 to first, $24 for the bottom half class prize. Format: 3 Round Swiss, G/60; d5. Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: 9:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:45 PM. Lunch (11:00 AM-12:15 PM) Entry: $10 Registration: On-site from 8:15-8:45 AM or online at www.swlrchessclub.com Location: 10701 West Baseline Road. Little Rock, AR 72209 Contact: Ryland Brown. firstname.lastname@example.org To play must be a member of the United States Chess Federation. Check out www.uschess.org for membership info.
~ NEW EVENT! April 7th - State Scholastic GIRLS Championship The first, open to all FEMALE players in Arkansas in grades K through grade 12. Girls will compete to determine our overall female champion to AR representative for the National Girls’ Invitational. This event is exclusively for girls!
~ NEW EVENT! April 21st – State Scholastic Championship Open to all Arkansas students, male and female, grades K-12. Players will be split into two sections by grade: K-8, and 9-12th The best player in the 9th-12th graders will be Arkansas’ representative at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions. The best player in the K-8th will be the Arkansas representative at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions. Runners-up will be selected, and team trophies will also be awarded as well as our individual champions. TD for both Scholastic Championships this year: Les Kline, email@example.com Venue for both events: School of Innovation, Springdale, AR Watch for more details later, but for now coaches, parents, students, please reserve the date(s) above and plan your trip. See you in Springdale!
~ NEW EVENT! May 5: Southwest Little Rock Quarterly Quarterly Saturday Series of Southwest Little Rock CC See spring quarter printable flyer here: https://swlrchessclub.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/spring-qss-2018-flyer.pdf Prizes: 80% returned. With 8-player sections. $40 to first, $24 for the bottom half class prize. Format: 3 Round Swiss, G/60; d5. Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: 9:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:45 PM. Lunch (11:00 AM-12:15 PM) Entry: $10 Registration: On-site from 8:15-8:45 AM or online at www.swlrchessclub.com Location: 10701 West Baseline Road. Little Rock, AR 72209 Contact: Ryland Brown. firstname.lastname@example.org To play must be a member of the United States Chess Federation. Check out www.uschess.org for membership info.
Thank you again to Westark Chess Club and Propak Corporation for the generosity that made our 3-section event one that was extra special and extra generous for a one day tournament!
We must all thank our military service men, past and present, whose service provides for us the freedom to enjoy a life of blessing and the opportunity to gather and play a game together. These service men, who spent their Veteran’s Day holiday with us, were: James Long (OK) – Navy; For the Air Force: Tony Davis (AR) & Charles Davis (TX); Pat Bellisario (AR) Marine Corp; & for the Army - Johnny Tarrant, CJ Whitworth, Jonathan Carlson,Ethan Payne, Brandon Hilliard (all AR). Team ARMY (using top 3 scores) won the Golden Eagle, perpetual trophy. We look forward to another branch competition perhaps near Veteran’s Day 2018.
Individual results are as follows: OPEN Section – IM Advait Patel (OK) clear 1st place, with perfect 4pts. earning $400; Tony Davis (AR) clear 2nd with 3 pts. earning $200; Oscar She (AR) and Blake Tanner (AR) split the $100 3rd place prize money for their 2.5. An enhancement to the Open awards, was added, for Top B Class which went to Krish Kumar.
RESERVE Section – First place in our 4 round U1600 Reserve section was shared by two student players – Arkansas’ 2017 Barber Tournament of Champions representative Ricardo Rivera, and Oklahoma’s young Oscar Wang at 3.5 each. The drawn game was against one another. These boys shared the $300 first place money + $150 second place money = $450 divided in half resulted in $225 for each of these young men. In clear second, was Clarence CJ Whitworth with 3pts, who took home $75. And the brain-fried TD give out an additional $75, divided among the 4 players in 4th place with 2.5 pts each, putting $18.75 in the pocket of these four players: Jonathan Carlson, Kenneth Eddy, David Shawn Morgan, Rajasekhar Adderi. We also had an enhancement adding $25 for the Top U1200, which resulted in a 4-way tie between: Kyle Bellisario, Luke Bjork, Travis Zhou, Brandon Hilliard for $6.25 per player. Some left early and will be sent their money. US Chess rating report for Open and Reserve is here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201711118112.0-15932291
NOVICE Section– The novice section enjoyed an additional round of play. Clear winner, with a perfect 5pts, was Clay VanVacter who took home the first place trophy. Tied at 4 pts each were Maxx Kane and Maxim Liachenko. Computer tie breaks determined which of these players took home the 2nd place trophy and which took home 3rd place overall. Second went to Maxx Kane in his first event as an unrated player. Maxim also received the gold medallion recognizing the top scoring player rated under 500. PLAYERS – the final WALL CHART and your rating can be viewed here: www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1077.html Click on your name within the wall chart to take you to access your various personal report pages. The more rated games CXR has to work with the more robust and helpful their tools become, as they can provide you with much more than a rating with their various metrics and helpful analysis as more games are entered in the analysis. Also, as a reminder, if you see a P by your rating, that indicates it is “provisional”; this means there are too few games input. At the beginning your rating will be more unpredictable as it needs are reasonable number of games to find the right level, and is considered provisional until 26 games when it becomes established. After that there will be less dramatic shifts.
UPSET Award: We had several upsets during the day, include several with a 400+ point differential, but the largest margin upset was 482 pts, when Luke Bjork (980) defeated Oklahoma’s Aaron Peters (1462) during the Round 1 Reserve Section win for Luke. Luke received a large transparent U award.
SPEED Tournament, a fast and furious side event to end the day: 5 Round, Game in 5 with a 2 second delay SPEEDTournament. This event was superfast & fun as it brought 16 players together, including players from all three of our main event sections, so they enjoyed the opportunity to face competitors they may not have seen earlier in the day. 1st place $40cash went toIM Advait Patel (OK) with a perfect 5 (making for an undefeated day!), and in clear 2nd place, with 4 points, was Westark Chess Club’s ownBlake Tanner who took home $20. Full results can be found on the wall chart here, showing your speed rating with CXR. By clicking on your name within the wall chart you can access their reports evaluating your play which become more robust the greater number of games they have for analysis: www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1078.html
§ Saturday October 21st Acorns in Little Rock Quarterly Saturday Series sponsored by Southwest Little Rock Chess Club Tony Davis and J. Frank Homes shared first place To play in a section with prizes must be USCF member. Check out www.uschess.org for membership info.
§ Saturday October 14th National Chess Day OK/AR Friendly Feud Friedman Mincer Bldg. 1100 Garrison Ave. (at Towson/11th), Ft. Smith, AR Fun Facts: 6 sections, 18 players and 147 rated games!!!! Our event was one of 47 Nat’l Chess Day events around the country promoted by US Chess. The PHOTO ALBUM, for yesterday’s event with over 70 photos can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/WestarkChessClub/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1476143979089626 This should be viewable to all, even if you do not have a Facebook account. Congratulations tothese champions of the day: G/20 Quick Draw(4 Rounds): Section 1:Josh Pruett (AR) with 3 and James Long (OK) with a perfect 4. State Friendly Feud: After G/20 (using 3 boards only per state) Oklahoma leads 8.5 to Arkansas’ 7pts. Novice section:William Weng with a perfect 4. G/10 Blitz-at-the-Border: Sect 1 (5 Rounds): Steven Bellisario (AR) with a perfect 5 and James Long (OK) with 3.5. State Feud: Arkansas came back strong scoring 11.5 against the 8.5 again posted by Oklahoma. Novice (7 rd. RR): Travis Zhou with 6 pts for clear 1st. G/5 Six Shooter Blitz: Sect 1 (6 Rounds): Three way tie at 4.5, with the top OK being Edward Dihrberg (OK) and Steven Bellisario edging out Josh Pruett on tie breaks for #1 (AR). State Feud: Oklahoma scored 10.5 in this round, and Arkansas maintained their dominance at the fast time controls scoring 12. Novice (7 Rd. RR): Two players tied at 6 pts: Travis Zhou and Jiya Shah. Travis edged out Jiya using computer tie breaks. Feud Totals: Arkansas won, with 30.5 total, to Oklahoma’s 27.5. It was a great competition, and the travelling trophy box comes back to Arkansas. Overall State Leaders: Steven Bellisario for Arkansas with 12 pts James Long for Oklahoma with 11 pts. Novice Leaders: 1st Place:Travis Zhou, 2nd place: with a tied score was William Weng and Jiya Shah, the prize bag, after a G/10 playoff, went to William Weng. We hoped everyone enjoyed the addition of the Novice section to divide the player field and the added Novice section prizes. YOUR new US Chess Quick and Blitz ratings are available here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201710144212-15932305 Thanks to US Chess for the fast job on turning it around and for the promotion of National Chess Day. Thanks again to Joel Gargus, a Local TD from OK. I appreciate his support and assistance. Thanks also to ProPak Corporation for the donated use of their venue space. It allows us to keep entry fees affordable. And thanks to US Chess for their sponsorship of the National Chess Day promotional efforts. § August 18-20, 2017, Arkansas State Championship, Sponsored by the Urban Knights Chess Club and Tony Davis Knights of Columbus Hall 514 East 6th St. Conway, AR 72032 6-SS, Open - one section Full Prize Fund Paid 1st place Bill Orton Trophies finished in a three way tie, 1st and 2nd place money ($400+$200) split three ways with Joachim Van Leeuwen and Devon Puckett 5.0 pts. 2nd place trophy, Tony Davis 4.5 pts. A class Blake Tanner trophy and $200 B class, with 4.0. Travis Deere trophy and 1/3 money ($200) split with Rex Rhodes and Sydney Kong for $100/each C class Ryan Billingsley trophy and $200 with 4.0 pts. D class and under Kolton McAllister trophy and $200 with 4.0. Unrated Daniel Hunt trophy and $100 with 3.5 pts. Upset Hunter Weaver $50 § 1-day Championship Sampler – Sat. August 19th For Novice players (unrated or rated U1100) who are not ready to play in the 2-3 day championship. Also, ideal for friends & family. CXR rated: wall chart here: http://www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1065.html Format: 5 round, Swiss, G/30 d5. Prizes: 1st Gold Medal + chess clock - Nicholas Jaeger (4.5); 2nd Silver medal - William Donham, 3rd Bronze medal - Ethan Shewmake, & certificates for all players with a “plus” score: Nicholas Jaeger, William Donham, Ethan Shewmake, Jonathan Jaeger, Richard Williams Jr., Travis Zhou, Alexandra Rivera, Anant Borad, Jeremy Wang, Lawson Wilkins, Luke Bjork, Mitchell James, and Yash Mahajan. § July 8th Red, White and Blue All-American Chess Festival Event organized by Westark Chess Club and sponsored by Propak Corporation Saturday July 8th, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Arkansas cities represented: 13! Barling, Beebe, Benton, Bentonville, Danville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Springdale, Rogers and Royal plus two Oklahomans from Tulsa and one from Arkhoma. Additionally, we had people stop in and explore who didn’t compete, but received information about chess from the “Coach’s Corner”, various displays, and who engaged with our many free festival activities. Simul Challenge-a-Champion:19 challengers (divided with 11 playing Ricardo/Symphony; 8 playing James/Steven. Kudos to James/Steven being undefeated!) Special thanks to champions: James, Steven, Ricardo and Symphony! Morning G25d4 Quick Quad:16 players (at the same time as the Simul event above) Afternoon G25d4 Quick Quad:12 players QUAD cross tables with US Chess quick ratings are available here:http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201707083372.0 Tornado G8 Tourney:10 players (Same time as afternoon quad above.) TORNADO wall chart, with personalized reports (click on your name), available for you here:http://www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1059.html People with new USCF membership ID#: 7 (5 annual; 2 New Member program) Players with CXR reports: 10, 4 unrated players competing for the first time. The large garden set was out with both adults and students enjoying the chance to play someone on the oversized set. The puzzle table had adult and kid tactics puzzles, a chess themed logic problem, board jigsaw puzzle, and vision challenge to keep people occupied between rounds. There was a point where all the chairs were filled and people of all ages were busy on the various puzzles. Thanks to Charles Holmoka and Becky Shewmake for helping with that table.
Maxim L. won the autographed Garry Kasparov book! Josh P won free entry fee for advanced entry in the Veteran's Day Memorial; Jacob S. won the demo board. Charles H won the ChessKid gift basket and a free one hour lesson with Steven. Jerry W won the indoor/outdoor set. Steicy L won the change to play Steven while he was not looking at the board; it made for a fun finish for the day. While Steven won, we feel we will be seeing more of Steicy in the future.
§ June 9-11 or 10-11, Scarlet CC 10th Anniversary Open, Jonesboro $5,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND Sponsored by Scarlet CC and Andy's Frozen Custard. Tournament Location: 2906 A St., Jonesboro, AR 72401 Entry fee $85 on sight ($75 advanced by June 1) 5ss G90 10d Crosstable is posted here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201706114102 but does not accurately reflect the event or prize distribution. 6 sections, final places/prizes as rec'd from Tournament Organizer in an Excel: Open $750-$500-$250; 1st - RON BURNETTE, 2nd- TOM POLGAR-SHUTZMAN, 3rd- GRAHAM HOROBETZ U 2000: $500-$250-$150; 1st - STEVEN BELLISARIO, Tie for 2nd (combined 2nd and 3rd monies): BLAKE TANNER and J. FRANK HOLMES U 1800: $500-$250-$150 1st - CHANDLER HARRIS, 2nd-CALEB TAYLOR, 3rd-LES KLINE U 1600: $350-$150-$125; 1st - TYLER MADSEN, 2nd-JEFF PITTMAN, 3rd-CHUCK NIGGLE U 1400: $350-$150-$125; 1st - ZACHARIAH CARLSON, 2nd-KOLTON McALLISTAR, 3rd (tie)RYAN BILLINGSLEY and CHARLES HOLMOKA U 1200: $225-$125-$100; 1st - RICARDO RIVERA, 2nd-CHARLES STANTON, 3rd (tie) KYLE BELLISARIO and GABE BISSLAND Thirty attended this tournament. TD Stephen Paulson; Tournament Organizer Famous Taylor
§ May 5-7, 2017 - 4th Annual LR Spring Open The tournament had a total of 38 players with adults and student players in each of the three sections. 52% of the players were considered local (within 25 miles). In addition to Arkansas, there were players from AL, MI, NY, TN, and TX. The cross tables are up on USCF: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201705077222.0 Congratulations to ALL players, but we want to make special mention of our prize earners: OPEN – 1st place: tie at 4.5 of 5 defending champ for this event, Graham Horobetz (TN) and Justin Sarkar (NY) who shared the combined 1st ($500) and 2nd place ($300) money taking home $400 each. Justin won the 1st place trophy cup on tie breaks. Both have been guaranteed free entry in next year’s 5th Annual LR Spring Open so plan to come to challenge these guys defending their title. U2000: 1st: Steven Bellisario and Blake Tanner, one student and one adult, both from Westark CC in Fort Smith, split the $150. Blake has also crossed over to A class for the first time after this event U1800: 1st: Paul Hill and Kolton McAllister, another AR adult and student sharing 1st place honors, split the $50. This was Kolton’s 3rd USCF rated tournament, and first with adult competition as he had previously only competed in the last two state scholastic championships. RESERVE – 1st: Tyler Madsen, of Westark CC Fort Smith, took clear first with 4 points and received $200 2nd: Stephen Paulson (AR) and Jason Shen (TN) shared the $100 prize with 3.5 pts. This too is an adult and student player sharing prize honors. 3rd Kenneth Lee and Jack Ruple (both AR) shared the $50 3rd place with their 3 pts. Yet another junior player and adult player sharing prize winnings. NOVICE – 1st: Rishik Kanchanapally with a perfect 5pts 2nd: Fletcher Greggs with 4pts 3rd: Manu Guribelli with 3.5 pts This section was all players from across Arkansas, with 5 of the 14 Novice section players in their first USCF event! Photos: 120 photos from the tournament, are viewable here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArkansasChess/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1218023068323246 You should find photos from all sections and every player. This album should be viewable to anyone, even those who do not have a Facebook page. Those with Facebook are welcome to share the photos, like or comment as desired.
§ April 8th 2017, Scholastic Championship Lincoln, AR USCF Crosstable is available here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201704084112 High School Section: 1st Oscar She Little Rock, AR 2nd Steven Bellisario, Fort Smith, AR 1st Female: Kathryn Pearson, Russellville, AR 2nd female: Averee Gumm TEAM- 1st: Kyle Bellisario and Steven Bellisario Heritage Christian Homeschool, Fort Smith, AR 2nd: Hunter Weaver and Michael Jeager Searcy Cty School, Marshall, AR
K-8th Grade Section: 1st Ricardo Rivera, Barling, AR 2nd Jack Chen, Fayetteville, AR 1st Female: Symphony Richards 2nd Female: MayLee Maynard TEAM- 1st Lincoln Middle School, Lincoln, AR 2nd Barling Elementary, Barling, AR
§ Feb. 4 - 2017 Little Rock Winter Open Event generated a NEW Arkansas EXPERT - OSCAR SHE! 18 players which included the two TDs. The advertised prizes were based on 30 players. Thus, the prizes were awarded based on 60% of the participant goal. The Open section had 10 players. In 1st place was Chengyue (Oscar) She with 4.0 points ($81 prize) and NM Tony Davis captured 2nd place outright with 3.0 points ($60 prize). The Reserve section (1600) had 8 players. There was a 3 way tie for 1st place. Andre Duvall, Tyler Madsen and Stephen Paulson all finished with 3.0 points (each received 1/3 of the combined 1st and 2nd place prizes: $60 +$45 = $105). Crosstable may be viewed here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201702042562 Photo from this event of AR new Expert defeating Rd 4 opponent Joseph Holmes may be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasChess/photos/a.958135917645297.1073741828.955995417859347/1121416371317250/?&theater One game from this event that has been shared: (Tyler Madsen vs Stephen Paulson, Rd 2): 1. e4, e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. d3 BxN 6. dxB O-O 7. BxN dxB 8. Nxe5 Re8 9. f4 Nd7 10. NxN BxN 11. O-O Qh4 12. f5 f6 13. Rf4 Qh6 14. Rg4 Qh5 15. Rxg7 black resigns
Arkansas Chess RECORD BREAKER! January 2017 - The largest attended tournament in AR in more than a decade (based on US Chess online data!) 85 players participated in the 2nd Annual Westark Winter Warm-up during one, or both, of their back-to-back events January 20/21, 2017! Scroll down to "Previous Tournaments" section for full details, and award achievers, but first check out these inspiring stats: 85 different players:40 Friday; 64 Saturday (with 37 pre-registered, the room prepped for 45, 64 meant fast scrambling) 5 states in attendance with 3 Masters and several Experts. 8 first-time and 10 renewed USCF memberships 36 players experienced their first over-the-board rated tournament, learning that face-to-face is different than online. 19 played in both events, earning the non-existent “stamina award”. § January 21st, 2017, 2nd Annual Westark Winter Warm-up. PHOTOSof both Friday and Saturday and some awards can be found here https://www.facebook.com/WestarkChessClub/ Ratings: Saturday’s 2nd annual Winter Warm-up for the 3 USCF sections: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201701216532 Saturday’s U900 Wall Chart can be seen here; click on your name to access the three reports: http://www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1026.html
Saturday had three USCF sections each playing 4 rounds G/70d5. OPEN (included 3 Masters): Bob Holliman (MO) and Chengyue “Oscar” She (AR) were co-winners with 3.5pts. They split the 1st and 2nd place prizes ($180 total). Thus, each won $90. The computer tie-break (MMed) put Oscar on top for the glass star award. Tony Davis (AR) 3rd for $45 with 3 pts.; Steven Bellisario (AR) also with 3pts took 1st U1800 earning $60 Hon Chung (AR) and Caleb Taylor (AR) shared the $40 2nd prize for $20 each Paul Hill (AR) and Russell Robbins (TN) each with 1.5 pts split the 3rd place U1800 $20 prize money
RESERVE (U1600): Danial Smith (OK) was a clear first with a perfect 4pts. Earning $100 and the glass star dish. Ryan Billingsley, Jonathan Carlson and Tyler Madsen (all AR) had a three way tie, which combines 2nd and 3rd money, the $80 is then split 3-ways. Randy Adkins (AR) took home the 1st place U1400 $50
KNIGHTS (U1200): Morgan O’Neal (AR) clear 1st winning $80 and the glass star dish for a perfect 4 pts. Oscar Wang (OK) clear 2nd winning $40 for his 3.5 pt finish. Louis Pratt (AR) and Kathryn Pearson (first tournament) split the 3rd place $20 Kathryn has also been sent the prize for the top performing unrated player among the large field of new first time tournament players.
NEWCOMERS (U900) 5 rounds, G45d5: Aaron Peters (OK) again with a perfect 5 points takes home $50 and the 1st place trophy. Braden Lewis (AR) and Joshua Chung tied with 4 pts each. The 2nd and 3rd prize monies were combined and split, so $12.50 each. Braden came out on top with the tie breaks and took home 2nd place trophy and Joshua the 3rd place trophy. Khalil Anderson, Ishita Kanitkar and Jerry Watson joined Aaron, Braden and Joshua as the players with at least 3 out of possible 5 points, thus earning a “plus” certificate.
Special Kudos to our top finishers from Friday night Quick Championship, 4 rounds of G/29 for both sections OPEN USCF Award Winners from field of 18: Bob Holliman (MO) took a clear first with a perfect 4 pts earning him a crisp Benjamin and displayable quote hanging. Steven Bellisario (AR) and Blake Tanner (AR) shared second overall, splitting the $50. Joel Gargus (OK) won the U1600 prize of $50 with 3 points. Caleb Thomas (AR) and 6th grader Ricardo Rivera (AR) shared the second U1600 prize of $40 U900 Newcomer’s CXR Award Winners from field of 22: Aaron Peters (OK) enjoyed clear first and received $30 and a gold medal for his perfect 4.0 points James Bradshaw (AR), Mason Quinally (AR), Ricardo Rivera Sr. (AR), Dillon Tanner (AR) and Katlyn Wisniewski (OK) were the 5, two adults and three students, tied with 3 pts. Silver Ribbon for Dillon Tanner and bronze ribbon for Mason Quinally based on computer tie breaks Jade Love, joined Aaron, James, Mason, Ricardo, Dillon and Katlyn in receiving a “plus” certificate for scoring more than half the possible points.
Christmas Quads, December 3rd, 2016 PHOTOSof the action during the event can be viewed here:https://www.facebook.com/WestarkChessClub/posts/1161906560513371 Kudos to Steven Bellisario, Oscar She, and Blake Tanner. There were a lot of draws in the top A1 quad resulting in a three-way tie for first! All those draws reminded me of the recent World Championship in New York. Kudos to Les Kline for his clean first place in the A2 group! Congratulations to Jack Chen, B1 champion, and to Louis Pratt, with the only undefeated record of the day with a perfect 5 of 5 in B2 group! Both these boys will be moving up in the January Warm-Up Tournament! PHOTOS of all these top finishers can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/WestarkChessClub/posts/1161915933845767 Crosstables and Wall Charts: Group A Cross Table here:http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201612036232Please note: the Top Quad is listed as Section 2, and the 6 player Swiss as section 1; the data is all valid except that the section sequence was flipped. Thank you to Ryan Billingsley for the suggestion on converting the six players to a 3 round SS.
Group B WallChart here:http://www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1018.html Clicking on a name will then allow you to select links for any of the THREE different reports available. Remember please that when CXR (or any rating service) has only a few games to work with, the information provided will be limited. The more games, the greater their analytics become true indicators of how you play under various circumstances (varied time controls, white vs black, uphill, downhill, etc).
One game from the Christmas Quads: Charles Homolka (1200) - white v. Oscar Torrijos (144) - black Round 2 of the Christmas Quads tournament December 3, 2016 at Big Jake's I will make no comment on whether my notation is accurate or not!I have not gone over this game yet. I have been going over my draw with Bill. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. nd5 b5 4. b3 Ne5 5. f3 Qd5+ 6. Bd2 Nxd2 7. Qxd2 b4 *, e4 g6 9. Qe3 Bg7 10. e5 O-O 11.Bd3 d6 12. f4 e6 13. dxe6 Bxe6 14. Be4 d5 15. cxd5 Bd7 16. Ne2 Na6 17. d6 Rae8 18.O-O Kh8 19. Nd2 f5 20. Ne4 Qb5 21. Bd3 Bc8 22. Na3 Qb6 23. Nc4 Qc6 24. Na5 Qxd6 25. exd6 Rxe326. Rad1 Nb8 27. Ne1 Bd4 28. Kh1 R8e8 29. Nc4 R3e6 30. Ne5 Kg7 31.Bb5 Rd8 32. Bc4 Rf6 33. Ne2 R8xd6 34. Nxd4 cxd4 35. h3 Be6 36.Rd3 Bxc4 37. Nxc4 Ra6 38. Rf2 Nc6 39. Ne5 Nxe5 40. fxe5 Re5 Re2 Ra5 42. Rxd4 Kf7 Rxb4 R5xe5 Rxe5 Rxe5 Rb7+ Re7 46. Rxe7 Kxe7 47. Kg1 Kd6 48. Kf2 Kc5 49.Ke2 Kd4 50. Kd2 f4 51. a3 a5 52. a4 g5 53. Kc2 h5 54. Kd2 g4 55. hxg4 hxg4 56. b4 axb4 57. a5 f3 58. gxf3 g3 a6 g2 60. a7 g1=Q 61. a8=Q Qf2+ 63. Kd1 Qf1+ Kd2 Qd3+ 64. Kc1 Kc3 65. Qh8+ Kb3 66. Qb2+ Ka4 67. Qc2+ Qxb2+ 68. Kxc2 b3+ 69. Kb2 Kb4 70. f4 Kc4 71. f5 Kd5 72. f6 Ke6 73. Kxb3 Kxf6 DRAW
AR Memorial Nov. 5, 2016 Results: Twenty-three players attended the 2016 Memorial. Congratulations to Blake Tanner, of Van Buren, on taking a clear first with 3.5 out of 4. Blake was rewarded with $150 cash and a red bishop trophy. His draw came against Expert Chris Niggel. Congratulations to Little Rock's Oscar She and Fort Smith's Steven Bellisario,who shared 2nd at 3pts, splitting 2nd place prize money and C class prize money for a bit more than $100 each. (a photo of these two young competitors is on our Champions page) The computer tie-break put Oscar on top to take home the black Bishop trophy. Steven was able to best Chris Niggel, while Oscar took the win when Steven and Oscar squared off. It was a day of a lot of great chess for young and veteran players alike. Congratulations also to Morgan O'Neal of Fort Smith who took first prize of $100 in the D/EU Class. You can find the complete results for the top section here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201611054102 Photos from the Open Section can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/WestarkChessClub/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1133816049989089 Kudos to Mark Towery of Springdale for taking 1st with 4.5 out of 5 in the CXR rated section and to first timer David Ambriz of Greenwood taking second with 4 pts. The CXR Wall charts for both sections can be found here: http://www.cxrchess.com/tournaments/WC1010.html Photos of this section's activities can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/WestarkChessClub/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1133810663322961 Click on player's names to access additional reports.
There are also 81 photos from the event on the Westark Chess Club Facebook page, click on PHOTOS and look for the ALBUM: 2016 State Championship on the Westark Chess Club Facebook page: and later shared with the NEW Arkansas Chess Association – ACA page on Facebook. Feel free to browse. We invite you to tag yourself in the photos, like and share to your own pages. Also, you are welcome to look for the raffle on the gorgeous board, check out the 12 photos in the Album Sampler Side Event held on Saturday with both adults and students playing, some parents and children together or the parent or child of a player who was participating in the longer Championship partaking of the side-event. How special to find a game to bond generations!
With 39 players, and 7 states represented, the Championship provided some excellent competition! (As stated in the tournament promotions, those from out of state could win prize money but not the AR Champion Titles)
2016 final winners were as follows: 1st – Advait Patal, OK with 5.5 ($); Bill Orton, AR Champion with 4.5 2nd – Bob Chamieh, OK with 5. ($); Lance Umbarger, AR with 4. Class A – James Long, OK with 4.5; Oscar She, AR based on tiebreak with 3.5 Class B – Hon Chung and Miles Bowlin both of AR finished with 3.5 to split the prize $; Hon Chung won the title and plaque on tiebreaks Class C – Jonathan Carlson, AR with 3.5 was the clear winner and took home both the prize money and the plaque Class D and Under – Morgan O’Neal at 2.5 was clear winner of both money and plaque Unrated - Brandon Crabtree and Joseph Buck shared the Unrated money and tie breaks put Joseph Buck just ahead of Brandon. Upset – Steven Bellisario (1465), AR victory in Round 1 over (1900) Alexander Wolf earned Steven the prize money.
Find access to the last 200 AR USCF tournaments here: http://www.uschess.org/datapage/event-search.php?name=&state=AR&city=&date_from=&date_to=&order=D&minsize=&affil=&timectl=&mode=FindFind access to past or upcoming Arkansas CXR events here:http://www.cxrchess.com/ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ While the ACA no longer uses the Bidding System based on the membership mtg August 21, 2016 in order to help with advanced planning, Pres. Stephen Paulson has asked that those interested in hosting the AR State Championship, or any state Championship type event, please submit the following information to indicate their interest, and planned details. Per the August vote, (see Business Mtg tab at the top of the page), the ACA was to prepare and publicize a budget and calendar by the Memorial. Affiliates wanting to host should submit their details no later than the November Memorial to host one of the 6 major events listed in the By-laws (see By-laws and Business Meeting page) ACA TOURNAMENT INTEREST FORM - Use the following as a guide Send to Secretary, Karis Bellisario: Kariscm@cox.net and President, Stephen Paulson email@example.com
Date and Name of Event:
Name of bidding affiliate: Chief TD and ID Number:
Explain how the profit will be divided between affiliate and ACA:
Tournament Details: (see examples below).
List any special rates for motels, restaurants, etc:
Chief TD’s Name:
ACA Board President’s Signature: __________________________________________________________________ Tournament Organizers don't have to follow the examples of the past, but may look to former TLAs, event fliers, wall charts, and other TD's for example formats. Also, please keep in mind the August 2016 vote by the ACA membership to encourage TD's to offer lower rated and lower priced sections rather than only one large section. See Minutesunder the Business Meeting tab.