Gambito Open #491 10/30/10
25 players today, including 2 Masters (Baker, Lakdawala); 5 Experts (Krishnan, Tsang, Arutyunov, Orlowski and Sussman); 7 Class A (Pryor, Defore, A. Householder, Souza, Migoni, Morris and Ensey); 5 Class B (S. Householder, E. Lopez, Arbeiter, Harbone and Klass), 1 Class C (Choi), 5 Class D/E: (Cleveland, A. Negus, C. Negus, Nizmutdinova, Rich).
Open Section (14 players)
First/Second Place: Bruce Baker (3 1/2) and Cyrus Lakdawala (3 1/2), $80 each
U2400: Buddy Morris (3), $60 U2200: Jesse Orlowski (2 1/2), $60
U2000: Ivan Salazar Migoni (2), Bob Defore (2) and Matt Souza (2), $20 each
Reserve Section (11 players)
First Place: Edgar Lopez (3 1/2), $60
U1600: Irina Nizmutdinova (2 1/2), $50
U1400: Fred Cleveland (2), $20
Total Prizes: $470
Entry Fee is only $20. Registration from 10 AM to 10:25 AM. 4 rounds of G/45 (or G/40 with 5 second delay), rounds are at 10:30, 12:15, 2:45 and 4:30 (approximately). You can also take a bye if you can't make the first round and want to play just 3 games, just show up around noon to sign up for round 2. You must be a USCF member ($42 a year), but we can sign you up on the spot if you are expired or unrated. Unrated players can only win book prizes, but you will get a rating once you play one event. No other memberships are required. Cash prizes are based on the number of entrants and almost all the entry fees are returned in prizes, minus a small fee for the club, $30 to $50 depending on the number of players. Usually we have well over 20 players, so that means $400 and up in prizes.
But it is not about the money, it's about the fun of playing chess. Chess is an art, a science and a competition all rolled into one glorious package. Each game YOU decide where the pieces move, so it's all about making the right decisions based on an ever changing landscape of material, force, position and time. You create your own style of play and learn technique as you go along from better players and from reading books and studying the games and history of chess. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, it is all here in heart pounding brain teasers. And now with the advent of strong computer programs, you can study your game afterwards and find out where you went wrong in the myriad of possible moves you had to choose from. You learn more from losses than from wins, but oh those wins can be so exciting and satisfying...
Gambito Open #490 10/23/10
21 players in two sections, 11 in Open, 10 in Reserve. Bruce Baker directed.
First Place: Bruce Baker (3 1/2), $100
U2400/2200: Varun Krishnan (3) and Nikolay Arutyunov (3), $50 each
2nd Place: Carey Milton (2 1/2) and Leonard Sussman (2 1/2), $15 each
U2000: Madhavan Vajapeyam (2) and Matt Souza (2), $25 each
U1800: Tom Kuhn (3 1/2), $50
U1600: Alexander Blank (3) and Jay Choi (3), $20 each
Total Prizes: $370
Note: Coming up on Nov 6 & 7 is the once a year Super Double Gambito, a two day event with 8 rounds total and tons of prizes. $50 entry fee, $2,000 in prizes...
And here we have the sentiments of a one Mr. Tom Petty:
It's good to be King, if just for a while. To be there in velvet, yeah, to give 'em a smile.
It's good to get high and never come down. It's good to be King of your own little town.
Yeah the world would swing if I were King. Can I help it if I still dream from time to time...
It's good to be King and have your own way. Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day
And when your bulldog barks and your canary sings, You're out there with winners
It's good to be King. Yeah I'll be King when dogs get wings
Can I help it if I still dream from time to time...
It's good to be King and have your own world. It helps to make friends, it's good to meet girls.
A sweet little Queen who can't run away. It's good to be King, whatever it pays...
Excuse me if I have some place in my mind where I go from time to time...
Gambito Open #289 10/16/10
22 players, including 2 Masters (Lakdawala & Baker), 4 Experts (Tsang, Hodges, Sussman, and John Wright), 5 Class A (Defore, Wonnell, Aaron Householder, Migoni and Rivera), 6 Class B (Arbeiter, Edgar Lopez, Scott Householder, Kuhn, Harbone and Jerry Qu), 2 Class C (Sturtevant and Siddiqi), 3 Class D (Cleveland, Rivas and Rich). Bruce Baker directed and used a 2 point McMahon pairing system (M/E/A=2, B=1, C/D=0).
Prize winners: First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (6), $100 BU2400: Bruce Baker (5), $50
BU2200/2nd Place: Peter Hodges (4 1/2), Hin Tsang (4 1/2) and Leonard Sussman (4 1/2), $30 each
BU2000: Chris Wonnell (4) and Ivan Salazar Migoni (4), $25 each
BU1800: Scott Householder (4), $50 BU1600: Haziq Siddiqi (2 1/2), $50
Total Prizes: $390