Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gambito #592 12/22/12

Gambito #592  12/22/12

24 players today, here they are in pre-event rating order:

2 Masters: Cyrus Lakdawala and Bruce Baker
4 Experts: Leonard Sussman, Daniel Grazaian, Jeff Turner and Elkaei Rivera
6 Class A: Buddy Morris, Sridhar Ramanujam, Edgar Lopez, Zechariah Zhu, Chuck Ensey and Jerry Qu
5 Class B: Daniel Zhu, Jason Arbeiter, Eliza Eggert, Gary Weeks and Gurveer Singh
4 Class C: Jesse Wang, Alex Costello, Stephen Zhu and Fred Cleveland
3 Class D: Ganesh Dekate, Matthew Wang and Andrew Sung

We used our usual 3 point McMahon pairing system where M/Exp=3, A=2, B=1 and C/D=0
Cyrus pointed out it was the first time in quite a while he has gone 4-0. His rating finally got back over 2500. He beat the #2, #4, #5 and #6 rated players (Baker, Grazian, Turner and Rivera, but not in that order)... But he wasn't the only one to go 4-0. Daniel Zhu also accomplished the feat, beating the #7, #8, #11 and #12 rated players (Morris, Ramanujam, Ensey and Qu). His rating was boosted by 88 points, putting him well over 1800 (1886 approx) for the first time. Gurveer Singh lost only to Eliza and Alex Costello lost only to Jason Arbeiter. One of the nice points of the MacMahon is it lets you play mostly against your peers and as a consequence more players can go 3-1 or even 4-0, that wouldn't happen in a regular Swiss, you would get paired up too much.  

Here were the prize winners:

First Place: Cyrus Lakdawala (7), $100
Second Place: Bruce Baker (5 1/2), $60
BU2400: Elkaei Rivera (5), $50
BU2200/BU2000: Edgar Lopez (5) and Daniel Zhu (5), $60 each
BU1800: Gurveer Singh (4), $50
BU1600: Alex Costello (3), $50
Total Prizes: $430 

Please note there IS a Gambito next week, as Jeff Turner has offered to direct while Bruce and Chuck are in Las Vegas. Thanks Jeff!

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