GAMBITO OPEN #504 Special Super Gambito 2/05/2011
$2,000 PRIZE FUND 100% GUARANTEED
5 Round Swiss, 2 Sections, G/40, with 5 second delay
37 Total Players, wow, what a great turnout. This was the strongest Gambito Open ever, especially with the 9 Masters. We could have used a few more Experts and certainly some more Class A, but I can't complain. The Reserve Section was also robust and the low $25 entry fee for U1400 attracted 8 Class D players. We also attracted a few out of town players, notably IM Enrico Sevillano and John Bryant. Also Matt Helfst of Chess.com visited our club and I hope he was impressed. He had a tough day, as did new player Womens FIDE Master Shirin Navabi. I hope they aren't discouraged and come back soon. They both seem to be enjoying themselves despite the tough luck they were having. You can see lots of pictures of this event (and others) by clicking on the link in the comment section at the bottom of this page. (Thanks, Irina!)
Enrico and Cyrus drew the last game rather quickly to split the top prize. Cyrus explained that the 5 rounds are very tiring and I can't argue that point, it is a brutal schedule. Only the toughest players can keep their minds focused for so long with constant time pressure. I put my Queen "en prise" in the last game when I was just about to run out of time.
OPEN SECTION (19 players):
9 Masters: IM Enrico Sevillano, IM Cyrus Lakdawala, John Bryant, Ali Morshedi, Bruce Baker, Giovanni Carreto, Kyron Griffith, Varun Krishnan and WFM Shirin Navabi
6 Experts: Rick Aeria, Peter Hodges, Paul Agron, Madhavan Vajapeyam, Chris Wonnell and Jamieson Pryor; plus house players Antonio Gonzalez and Ben Barquin, each played one game and won both of those games.
4 Class A: Matt Helfst, Chuck Ensey, Reneray Valdez, Srihar Ramanujam
RESERVE SECTION (U1800, 18 players):
5 Class B: Jason Arbeiter, Tom Kuhn, Jim Krooskos, David Narevsky and Anthony Harbone
5 Class C: Andrew Negus, Isaac Vega, Jerry Beck, Eliza Eggert and Claire Negus. Chris Kuttruff filled in for a couple of house games, he won one and lost one.
8 U1400: Stanford Talcott, Fred Cleveland, Irina Nizmutdinova, Darryl Woodson, Keric Rivas, Patrick Edwards, Andres Villanueva and David Xu. Plus Mark Negus played two house games, and won one of them.
First/Second Place: Enrico Sevillano (4) and Cyrus Lakdawala (4), $275 each
BU2400: Bruce Baker (3 1/2) and Kyron Griffith (3 1/2), $112 each
BU2200: Chris Wonnell (2 1/2), Rick Aeria (2 1/2) and Peter Hodges (2 1/2), $75 each
BU2000: Reneray Valdez (2 1/2), $150
2nd U2000: Sridhar Ramanujam (2), $75
Biggest Upset Prize, Reneray Valdez, $15, for win over WFM Shirin Navabi
Best Game Prize, $15, goes to Enrico Sevillano for win over Bruce Baker
First Place: Jason Arbeiter (4 1/2), $200
Second/Third Place: Jim Krooskos (3 1/2), Tom Kuhn (3 1/2) and Anthony Harbone (3 1/2), $65 each
BU1600: Andres Villanueva (3 1/2), $150
2nd U1600: Andrew Negus (3), Jerry Beck (3) and Claire Negus (3), $23
BU1400: Fred Cleveland (2), Stanford Talcott (2) and Keric Rivas (2), $33 each
Biggest Upset Prize, Andres Villanueva, $15, for win over Isaac Vega. Honorable mention to Mark Negus for a win over Jerry Beck, but as a house player he wasn't eligible for the upset prize.
Best Game Prize, $15, goes to Tom Kuhn for win over David Narevsky
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