Sunday, April 18, 2010

Open House - Funderburg Lecture & Blitz on 4/21

Open House on 4/21/10 starts at 7 PM

There wa free food and a festive atmosphere as we applauded John Funderburg for attaining master level. He is the first player to win consecutive Championships since Cyrus Lakdawala- plus he also won in 2007, so he now has 2 out of the last 3 titles. John gave about a one hour lecture reviewing 3 of his games from the Championship. The games were versus Fawsi Murra Jr, Ben Barquin and Bruce Baker. There were about 20 people in attendance as John explained the key points of each game. Cyrus Lakdawala was also there and added his insights at various points. It was instructive and well received and there is some hope we can get John back for one more lecture that would be maybe 1/2 hour to 45 minutes on a Wednesday night before a tournament round.

Mario Amodeo then took on about 15 players or so in a simultaneous exhibition. Mark Lawless was able to get a win and added to his great record of simul wins. He has a win over John Funderburg and Adam Corper and maybe a few other too. Amazing for a player rated about 1600, I guess there is something about simuls that really inspires him. Ed Baluran also got a win and so did Bill Murray. Buddy Morris and Jim Krooskos both got a draws. 

Next: The Todd Smith Open, 5 rounds, details to follow soon. Round 1 on 4/28/10 at 7 PM. It will be in at least 3 sections.      


This is also our Open House so there will be some free food for all club members...

Some people may still really want a simul, so we can probably recruit Bruce Baker or maybe Mario Amodeo...  



  1. I am not kidding, you almost won the Club Championship, so why not have you replace John in the simul?

  2. Bill Murray was the other win I believe.


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