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I would love to post timely recaps for all events listed on the Michigan Tournament Calendar. Unfortunately, I can only post results when I have the information.

Plea to all Organizers, Directors, Players, Observers, Parents, Everyone. If you would like your event listed here, send your tournament reports to my attention at

At minimum, please include Event Name, Where, When, How Many Participants, and Who Won. Extras such as General Commentary, Photos, Game Scores, and USCF MSA Crosstable link, are welcome but not necessary. Note that Game scores must be in PGN or chessbase format to be compatible with the online replayable game feature.

Thank you. Bill Calton 4/21/08

Update 11/27/08: This page has been discontinued due to lack of support. Bill


Ashley Carter at Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, July 27 - August 1, Lubbock, TX

Mike Carter reports via the Michigan Chess forum in his post dated 8/1...

"Ashley just called... she won her last round, and wound up 5.0/6 (tied for 2nd place - Courtney Jamison came in first with 5.5/6). Though she didn't win, this was her best finish (she tied for 3rd place last year). Ashley also tied for first place in both the blitz and the bughouse tournaments.

She was recognized at the opening ceremony as being the only five-time Polgar participant.

She received a scholarship offer to play chess for Texas Tech. They gave her a tour of the campus this week, and she met with the head of the Math department (she plans to major in Statistics). She also talked to Susan Polgar (the Texas Tech chess coach) about the university, the chess program, and living in Texas."

It sounds like she had a great week in Texas. The latest rumor is that President Bush is going to stop by and say hello to the girls! Ashley promised to take lots of pictures!

Ashley pictured below (right) with GM Susan Polgar. Photo from

See Susan's site for multiple reports on the event. Look for entries that correspond to dates of the tounament.

Main event crosstable


Tim Moroney ties for first at US Junior, July 25-27, Lindsborg, KS (BC, 8/10)

Congratulations to Tim Moroney, who finished tied for first at the US Junior, with a score of 5.5 / 6.0. He took second on tiebreaks. Tim is pictured below (foreground) alog with first place finisher Maxx Coleman - photo Irwin "Wes" Fisk via

See coverage on

USCF Rated crosstable.

Tim's blog (see entry dated 7/28)


6th Friday Knight Quad, August 1, Ann Arbor (J Skidmore)

The 6th Friday Knight Quad attracted 18 players who competed in 4 sections.
Ray Garrison's advanced chess camp finished on 8/1 and we had a boost in attendance from the players at the camp.  In all, we had 6 participants who were competing in their first Friday Knight Quad event. This was especially great because a great many of our regular participants were on vacation. Thanks to our players for arriving early so that we could start on time!  I expect this trend to continue. Will Rhee scored 2.5 points to win the top K quad.  You find a couple of
games from this section posted on Ben's blog.
Ken Long scored 2.5 points to win the second N quad against stiff competition from Julian Wellman won the 3rd I quad with a perfect score.  This was an all-camp quad with many skilled junior players. The 6-player G(HT) quad was won by David Cui with Shangbo Liao and Erik Liubakka splitting second place. The event has been rated and results are posted here:

posted 8/10 BC


Garden Market Invitational, June 29, Ann Arbor (J Skidmore)

On Sunday, June 29, Paul Maginley's Toledo invitational was moved to the Garden Market Cafe in Ann Arbor. Usually closed on Sundays, Rey Santiago's restaurant was the perfect setting for the 8-player event. 4 experts and 4 A-players completed the field. Rey's son sold coffee, soup, and sandwiches to the participants for breakfast and lunch. Paul Maginley and Prashantha Amarasinghe tied for first place, drawing with each other in round 2. The event has been rated.

If you would like to be considered for future events, please contact Jennifer at

Games from the event.

posted 6/30 BC


Carrel Chess Club Pride and Points, June 28, Canton (J Skidmore & M Carrel)

28 players attended the Carrel Chess Club's inaugural event. Mike sent the following email to participants. In addition, Jennifer Skidmore shares two of her games.

"Hi Everyone,

Here is the link to the results page and updated USCF ratings:

Here are some pictures from the event:

I'd like to thank you all for making it a fun event. I look forward to many more like it. A special thanks to Clint Prong for volunteering his day to help us out! Also, thanks to Jen Skidmore and Will Rhee for participating and their show of support for our local chess community. Tomorrow I'll be going through some of the games so look for a few of them on the web site with analysis.

Thank You,

Michael Carrel"

Rd 4 Action: Skidmore-Das background; Rhee-Dison foreground. photo, M. Carrel

posted 6/30 BC


Michigan at the National Elementary Championships

About 100 players from Michigan competed in the National Elementary, held in Pittsburgh, PA, May 9-11. Jennifer Skidmore was in attendance and snapped lots of photos. She compiled best of these into a collage picture, which she is kindly sharing with us.

Top 15 finishers highlighted below. Full standings available here. (BC 6/1)

Atulya Shetty, K-6, 4th, 6.0 pts

Jalen Jackson, K-6 Unrated, 5th, 6.0 pts

Noah Harris, K-6 Unrated, 8th, 5.5 pts

De'Vontaz Wilson, K-6 Unrated, 12th, 5.5 pts

Charles Bailey, K-6 Unrated, 14th, 5.0 pts

Eric Jenkins, K-6 Unrated, 15th, 5.0 pts

Ruifeng Li, K-1, 7th, 6.0 pts

Michael L Chen, K-3, 15th, 5.5 pts

Epiphany M Peters, K-5, 15th, 5.5 pts


3rd Friday Knight Quads, May 16, Ann A rbor (J. Skidmore)

The 3rd Friday Knight Quads took place at the Garden Market Cafe in Ann Arbor on 5/16. This was the largest event yet with 4 sections and 19 participants (thank-you to the house players) and lots of enthusiastic visitors.

Jason Morris won the top section (Q); Jenny Skidmore won the (U) section, with Oleg Tsodikov securing second place (this particular quad grew to include 6 players), Justin Chen won the (A) section, and Jeffrey Zhang and Jerry Chen tied for first in the (D) section.

This event has been rated. Please join us for future events on 6/6; 7/11; and 8/1. - J . Skidmore

posted 5/25


Universal Spring Swiss, May 9-10, Sterling Heights (D. Obukhov)

All the Kings Men hosted a 5 Round Swiss at the Hampton Inn this weekend. Dimitriy Obukhov reports on the Open section.

Tom Hartwig won the tourney with 4.5/5 (draw against D. Obukhov in the 1st round, win against John Brooks in 4th, and win against A. Levi in 5th). A. Levi got the second place with 4/5 (wins against Brooks in 3rd round and Obukhov in 4th round). Obukhov 3.5/5 3rd place. There were about 30 participants in two sections.

No details available on the U1700 section.

Posted 5/12, BC


Great Lakes Open, May 2-4, Battle Creek (report by Mike Schulte)

Thirty-nine players attended this year's Great Lakes Open in Battle Creek. Unfortunately, a pair of major events in Indiana and Illinois stole away several of the likely attendees (some nonsense about a chance to earn a FIDE norm or play for a state team title!? Sheesh!), but those of us who did come made a great weekend of it! The event was held as always at the McCamly Plaza Hotel downtown.

Kevin Czuhai won the event outright with a perfect 5-0 score, defeating Tom Manion, Stan Jarosz, Andy Catlin, Matt Pullin, and Atulya Shetty on the way to victory. Kevin had worked both Friday afternoon and Friday night, but that didn't seem to slow him down one bit! Andy Catlin finished second with three and a half points, while five players tied for third with three points each.

Despite his addiction to early g-pawn play, "the Rev" DeWayne Van Horn won the under 1700 section with four and a half points, including a narrow victory over up-and-coming junior star Epiphany Peters in the last round. Epiphany and also Ron Gore were tied with DeWayne for dirst going into the final round, but Ron Gore also lost his last game. They finished tied with three others for third place. Oleg Tsodikov won his last game to finish in second place with four points.

Although there were not enough players to hold a separate Under 1300 section, there were prizes for those places. Larry Hodge and Kalamazoo's own Anirudh Ghantasala finished tied for first Under 1300 with three points each.

Thanks to Mike Schulte for the above report. Expect a more comprehensive report for soon. Posted 5/5/08 BC

Organizer Stan Beckwith and Open winner Kevin Czuhai shake hands (photo, M. Schulte)


Wardcliff Scholastic, April 19, Okemos

The Wardcliff Scholastic Tournament was held at Chippewa Middle School in Okemos on April 19. 180 students participated, which was actually down form the normal 200+ players. In 2007, 254 players played in this tournament. There were 8 sections, one for each grade. Here are the section winners


First Grade—tie among Daniel Gorelik, Okemos Bennett Woods, Jason Knox, Okemos Cornell, and Marcos Johnson, Okemos Hiawatha

Second Grade—Andrew Alson, Ann Arbor Martin Luther King

Third Grade—Justin James, Lansing Fiarview

Fourth Grade—Will Miklavcic, Haslett Ralya

Fifth Grade—Leart Hasani, Mason Alaiedon

Sixth Grade—Samuel Kidd, Ann Arbor Emerson

7th-8th Grade—Nishant Jain, Okemos Chippewa MS

Report from Bruce Roth. Posted 4/25.


Vandenburg Cup, April 20, Lansing

Report compiled from director Bruce Roth via email and Andy Catlin from his forum posting.

The Vandenburg Cup was held April 20 in Lansing. 36 Players participated, 10 in the Open Section, and 26 in the U1800 section. This was a big increase from 22 players in 2007. The Open Section was won by Seth Homa with a perfect 4.0/4.0. In second place were Kevin Czuhai and Andy Catlin with 3.0/4.0. The Reserve Section saw Marshall Quander and Rick Wilson tie for first at 3.5/4.0, with David Sundeen, Scott Faust, Andrew Elenbogen, and Larry Hodge close behind at 3.0. The Vandenburg Cup honors Virgil “Van” Vandenburg, who started the Lansing Chess Club in 1944, and celebrated his 104th birthday on April 19. His wife Virginia, who is a Class A player, told the group that Van still plays chess. [Roth]

Seth Homa repeated in impressive style, beating Jim Marfia and Kevin Czuhai (the other two masters playing on Sunday) along the way to a 4-0 sweep.

Mel Griffin's chili was wonderful as always. Mr. V.E. Vandenburg--who celebrated his 104th birthday on Saturday--sent some baklava for the players to enjoy. [Catlin]

West Michigan Chess has its own report, which includes more photos and interactive games. The games include Marfia-Fortuna (1/2), Czuhai-Fortuna (1-0), and Catlin-Homa (0-1, King's Gambit Declined). Homa has also annotated his game with Czuhai, Homa-Czuhai (1-0, Sicilian 2.Na3)

Below is tournament winner Seth Homa, pictured by Rose Homa. See the forum thread for additional photos courtesy Heather Swan. (BC 4/25/08)


Michigan at the National High School, April 18-20, Atlanta, Georgia

Combing the standings from the USCF website, Michigan was well represented at the National High School Championships.

James Canty III was our top finisher, earning 6th place on tiebreaks with a 5.5 score in the Main section. I found a few of his games via the chessdrum blog and reproduce them here.

Below are notable Michigan individual and team performances. I believe the Top 35 earn trophies. I also highlighted anyone I found with a plus score (apologies if I missed anyone). BC 4/21/08

Place / Name / Grade/ School / State / Rating / Score

Open Section (338 players)

6 Canty III, James 8 MID003 MI 2130 5.5

70 Anderson, Neal 11 MICRAN MI 1715 4.5

U 1600 Section (277 players)

18 Rathburn, Jordan 12 MIKEAR MI 1597 5.5

32 Coleman, Kareem 10 MID003 MI 1503 5.0

45 Kemp, Kayeen 8 MIKINH MI 1573 4.5

48 Mc Comb, Zachary 11 MIKEAR MI 1451 4.5

56 Sweatland, Chris 12 MIKEAR MI 1484 4.5

79 Hughes, Robert V 10 MIDR01 MI 1298 4.0

88 Sherman, Michael 12 MIKEAR MI 1570 4.0

U 1200 Section (320 players)

25 Taliaferro, Robert 10 MIKINH MI 1113 5.0

33 Wilson, D'Metria 10 MID003 MI 1070 5.0 27.0

36 Bartz, Kevin 11 MIKEAR MI 878 5.0

45 Wilson, D'Metrius 10 MID003 MI 1144 5.0

50 Coleman, Keyanna 10 MID003 MI 1075 5.0

67 Thomas, Leonard 10 MIDR01 MI 935 4.5

70 Howard, Edward 10 MIKEAR MI 1133 4.5

126 Marshall, Jaron 10 MIKINH MI 1123 4.0

138 Bass, Shirley 9 MID003 MI 805 4.0

U 800 Section (194 players)


Below are Michigan Teams which placed at Nationals.

Place / School / City / State / Team Points

Team U 1600

3 Kearsley HS, Flint,MI 18.5
             RATHBURN, Jordan (5.5,1597)      
             MC COMB, Zachary (4.5,1451)      
             SWEATLAND, Chris (4.5,1484)      
             SHERMAN, Michael (4.0,1570)      
             JOHNSON, Jacob (4.0,1216)    

28 Cass Hs, Detroit,MI 12.0
             COLEMAN, Kareem (5.0,1503)        
             CUNNINGHAM, C (3.5,1263)          
             BARKSDALE, Dalton (3.5,1371)

Team U 1200

3  Cass Hs, Detroit,MI 21.0
             TOLLIVER, Kameron (6.0,978)      
             WILSON, D'Metria (5.0,1070)      
             WILSON, D'Metrius (5.0,1144)      
             COLEMAN, Keyanna (5.0,1075)  

14 Kearsley HS, Flint,MI 15.5
             BARTZ, Kevin (5.0,878)            
             HOWARD, Edward (4.5,1133)        
             KAUTZ, William (3.0,938)          
             GLYNN, Zach (3.0,607)            
             VARNER, Curtis D (3.0,818)  

18 King HS, Detroit,MI 14.5
             TALIAFERRO, Robert (5.0,1113)    
             MARSHALL, Jaron (4.0,1123)        
             TALIAFERRO, Nataiya (3.5,1139)    
             SIMMONS, Samantha (2.0,747)



Universal Winter Swiss, March 1-2, 2008

37 players showed up to play at All The Kings Men in Warren on March 1 – 2. Leading the way was 3 Masters in Seth Homa (2254), Silvio Pereira (2222) and Dmitriy Obukhov (2200). Following them were 4 strong Experts in David Allen (2171), John Brooks (2165), Ariel Levi (2151) and Thomas Hartwig (2099). Any of these players had a realistic chance of winning.
In the end, it was Obukhov who defeated Pereira in round 4 and then Homa in round 5 to go 5-0 and win 1st place. Second place went to Levi with a score of 4.5/5, who drew with Homa in round 3. Third place had surprise winners in Benjamin Brandt (1842) and Ian Edgerle (1703), both with a 4-1 score.
Tournament has already been rated!

Above report courtesy Tony West.

Be sure to follow Tony's chess and softball blog about his progress towards 2000. I'd also like to pass along congratulations to Dmitriy Obukhov, whose rating now sits at a persional best 2220.

BC 3/4


Michigan High School Team Championship, Febraury 23, 2008

The 2008 HS Team Tournament was held at the Kettering University Student Center in Flint. Thirty-two teams representing 23 schools comprised the smallest high school team tournament in 6 years.

The championship section was won by Detroit Cass Tech who wiped out all competition with a 4 - 0 match score and 15.5 out of 16 game points. This is the 8th win for Cass Tech. En route to first place, Cass Tech defeated Battle Creek Math and Science (9th), Detroit MLK (5th), Okemos HS, and Birmingham Groves (6th).

The reserve section was won by Flint Kearsley C. This is the 11th win for Kearsley in the Reserve section, and their third consecutive title. They scored 3.5 match points, drawing with Ann Arbor Huron Green in round 2 and defeating Kearsley B in round 4.

Report and Team Photos courtesy Jennifer Skidmore.

Collage picture - J Skidmore

Historical High School Team Open and Reserve Champions - M Skidmore

BC 2/25

Update 2/26: Team Crosstables and Individual Medal Winners now available


Michigan Junior High Team Championship, February 16, 2008

The 2008 JH Team tournament was held in the Student Center on the campus of EMU in Ypsilanti.

Forty-five teams representing 26 schools from across the state competed in this event.

The 25 team reserve section was won by first time participants, Redford Cornerstone B.

The 20 team championship section was won by Ann Arbor Greenhills with 4.5 match points. The top 3 teams in this section, Ann Arbor Greenhills (4.5, 1st), Detroit Duffield (4.0 2nd), and Ann Arbor King (3.5 3rd) each scored 14 game points.

Report and pictures courtesy Jennifer Skidmore. BC 2/25

Update 2/26: Team Crosstables and Individual Medal Winners now available


Great Wraps Action Swiss, Febraury 10, 2008

Jennifer Skidmore organized, directed, and won(!) this month's five round action swiss. The event, named "Barbeque" this month, was held in the basement of the Great Wraps restaurant on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. Rated crosstable. Jennifer reports that there were 11 entrants, plus two house players for 13 total players this month. Of these, seven were first-timers.

Next month's event, Sunday, March 9, will be a three round mini-swiss. See the calendar for details. BC, 2/12/08


Expert Factory Invitational, Febraury 9, 2008

IM Ben Finegold organized the second edition of this unique event, which was held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. The event format is limited to ten players, rated in range of about 1700-2000. Ben analyzes all games for the players between rounds, and emails the games later with annotations and thoughts to the participants. Ben has agreed to share these with us. I will post when available.

Andy Schilleman rolled to a perfect 3-0 score (rated crosstable), earning a two hour private lesson with IM Finegold for his efforts. Congratulations to the rapidly improving junior player. Andy has gained 300 points in the last year, and now stands at 1937. I have played Andy twice, and was fortunate to win both games - but from much worse positions. I can personally attest to his strength.

Another Expert Factory Invitational is scheduled for April 26 at the same location. If you qualify and are interested, sign up early as the field is limited to ten players. See tournament calendar for details. BC, 2/12/08

Update 2/18: the annotated games are now available. Also see Ben's general comments below.

1) Improvement is needed in SIMPLE calculation (1-2 move variations).
2) Concrete analysis is lacking, positional play is all right
3) Some players play WAY to slowly.  It was g/90, and some of you had less than 5 min on move 20.  Also, some of you had less than 10 seconds on move 30!
4) You all need to improve your endgame play and technique.  When you are +5, +8, +11 according to engines (Fritz, Hiarcs, Shredder, Rybka), some of the games are not won or look real close.
5) Do not try to keep score when you or opponent has less than 5 min (It is not required).  You need ALL of your concentration on your moves, as too many blunders are made when you all have less than 5 minutes left.
6) You should all learn the basic endings well: K and B and N vs K, K and R vs K, K and Pawn vs King, etc time trouble, you need to KNOW these endings, as you have no time to figure them out.

[Editor's note. There are several interesting free web resources regarding the Bishop and Knight mate. Wikipedia has a short and instructive piece on the subject. Former Michigander and Life Master Sonny Kamberi also covers the standard technique (scroll down) on his old site. Blogger Louis Lima has a very extensive tutorial on the mate, including alternate techniques to the standard method! When you are ready to practice the method, try this interactive site from]


Michigan Elementary / Primary Team Championship, February 2, 2008

The kick-off to the scholastic championship season was held on campus at the Michigan State Union in Lansing. Organizer Jennifer Skidmore reports that 148 teams from 68 schools attended the Team event.

All indicators are that this tournament was a success. Attendance continues to grow, with more than 600 young participants this year. The event also attracted media attention - see these articles from the State News and Lansing Journal.

Winners circle highlights below. Full crosstables and medal winner lists available via Jennifer's Knight Relocation blog.

K3 - Team: AA Thurston Rooks, 5.0

K6 - Team: Novi Meadows, 5.0

K5 - Team: AA King Kasparov, 5.0

K5 - Reserve Team: Utica Roberts Rooks D and GB Mason Powerchess Silver, 4.5

BC, 2/9/08

Update 2/26: Team Crosstables and Individual Medal Winners now available on the MCA site.


Michigan Masters / Experts and Class Championships, January 19-20, 2008

136 players came to Lansing seeking one of the eight State Championship Titles that were at stake. Jeff Aldrich and Andy Dolgner ran the event on behalf of the MCA. Below are the prize winners, courtesy Jeff Aldrich post to the MCA forum. Rated crosstable is also available. BC, 1/24/08

Champion: Aaron Kahn
2nd Place: Seth Homa
Expert Champ: Leyun Wang
U2100: Alejandro Fernandez
Tied for X/U2100: James Canty III

Champion: Andrew Schilleman
2nd Place: Will Rhee
Tied with Champ/2nd: Ashley Carter
U1900: Prashantha Amarasinghe (Trophy only)

Champion: Shawn Bale
2nd Place: Rudy Enriquez
U1700: Neal Anderson
Tied U1700: Joseph Meyer

Champion: Randal Nicolli
2nd Place: Jack Wood
Tied 2nd: Richard Wilson
Tied 2nd: Loren Schwiebert
U1500: Andrew Elenbogen

Champion: Terry Combs
2nd Place: Robert Hall
Tied 2nd: Nathan Metcalf
U1300: Scott Russell (Trohpy only)

Class E:
Champion: Zachary Johnson
2nd Place: Waleed Yassine
Tied 2nd: Mervin Draper
Tied 2nd: Paul Horton
Tied 2nd: Daniel Hillaker
U1100: Matthew Trujillo

Champion: Jack Spitzer
2nd Place: Seth Hillaker
3rd Place: Nicholas George
4th Place: Subhodh Kotekal
5th Place: William Miklavcic
U900: Joy Chen
U800: Surya Krishnan
U700: Nathan Berman
1st Unrated: Anirudha Hadagali
2nd Unrated: Jeffery Zhang


Great Wraps Mini-Swiss, January 13, 2008

Jennifer Skidmore hosted another G67 mini-swiss in Ann Arbor. The monthly tournament attracted 13 players competing in two sections. Nick King won the main section ("Avacado"), scoring a perfect three wins. Congratulations to Nick, who has broken the 1800 barrier with this performance. There wasn't much separation in the consolation section ("Sprouts"), where four of the five players tied for first at two points.

According to Jennifer, nine of the participants were first timers. The event Febraury 10 will be an Action Swiss.

Rated crosstable

BC 1/15/08


Michigan Quick and Speed Championships, December 9, 2007

All the Kings Men hosted the Quick and Speed. IM Ben Finegold scored 6-0 in the Quick, topping the 23 player event. Master Silvio Periera took clear second at 5-1. The 17 player Speed Championship was run as a six round double swiss. Ben completed the trifecta, scoring 12-0 and capturing first prize. (Ben was 22-0 for the weekend). Speed demons John Brooks and Irv Thompkins tied for second place, at 9-3 each.

BC, 12/9/07

Update 12/24: rated Quick crosstable now available.


Michigan Action, December 8, 2007

33 Players were attracted to the Michigan Action Championship, help December 8 at All The Kings Men in Warren. IM Ben Finegold swept the field, tallying a perfect 6-0 score. Jimmy Canty continued his recent success, capturing clear second at 5-1.

Ben has kindly agreed to share his games from the event. Enjoy!

BC, 12/9/07

Update 12/24: rated crosstable now available.


Expert Factory Invitational, December 2, 2007

Will Rhee and Jennifer Skidmore organized an invational teaching tournament. 10 players of approximately Class A strength competed in a three round mini-swiss. IM Ben Finegold analyzed all games between rounds. Will Rhee won the event, scoring a perfect 3-0.

Planning for future events is underway. Hopefully the "factory" will succeed in creating Michigan's next batch of experts and masters.

The games, along with IM Finegold's annotations are available. See also his general comments below. These are apt observations at any rating level.

1) Many games were lost due to extremely unsafe kings.
2) In time trouble, most players made VERY bad tactical blunders.  Practice simple tactics, and AVOID HORRIBLE time trouble
3) Will played VERY solid with white, and won nice games.  He played interesting with black, and seized the initiative.  This is a good style.
4) When the games got TACTICAL, I did not see very much accurate calculation.  Spend less time thinking about positional ideas, and more time with CONCRETE variations.

BC 12/8/07



Motor City Open, November 23-25, 2007

All the Kings Men revived the traditional Thanksgiving tournament a few years back. This year's edition brought upgrades. The tournament featured a larger prize fund, and accomodations at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Auburn Hills. 80 players competed across three sections in the six round event.

Ben Finegold was a triple threat. Besides taking clear first in the Open section with 5.0 points, he also served as tournament director and found time to conduct a lecture on the side. The man knows how to cash! See Ben's last round win over Dimitriy Obukhov below.

The Open field boasted six players master or better, including visiting IM Emory Tate. Unfortunately for Emory, his last round loss to Silvio Periera let a potential first place tie slip away. Silvio's big win vaulted him to equal second alongside Seth Homa and James Canty III. All had 4.5 points. Seth has put together a string of solid master performances now. And he was one tantalizing move away from toppling big Ben. Homa missed a mate in one at one stage of his game with Finegold (see below) before going on to lose in tense time pressure. Meanwhile, Jimmy's impressive performance may push him back over the 2100 mark. He ground down both John Brooks and Vester Wilson in long hard fought games.

Honors in the U1800 section were split by Mahir Elias and Mike Bowersock. Each managed 5.0 points. The U1300 section saw a three way tie at the top. Safal Bora, Joseph Paris, and Jack Glantz all tied with 5.0 points.

[Event "Motor City Open"]
[Site "Auburn Hills, MI"]
[Date "2007.11.25"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Finegold, B."]
[Black "Obukhov, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E32"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 b6 6. e4 d5 7. e5 Ne4 8. Bd3
Bb7 9. O-O Bxc3 10. bxc3 c5 11. Ba3 Nd7 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Nd2 Nxd2 14. Qxd2 Re8
15. f4 f6 16. Rae1 fxe5 17. dxe5 c4 18. Bc2 Nc5 19. Bxc5 bxc5 20. f5 d4 21. f6
gxf6 22. exf6 Kh8 23. Qh6 1-0

[Event "Motor City Open"]
[Site "Auburn Hills, MI"]
[Date "2007.11.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Finegold, B."]
[Black "Homa, S."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E97"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5
Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 12. Bf3 c6 13. b5 c5 14. Bb2 Ne8 15. Ne6
Bxe6 16. dxe6 f4 17. Qd3 h5 18. Bd1 Qc8 19. b6 Qxe6 20. bxa7 Rxa7 21. Nb5 Ra6
22. Bf3 Nc6 23. Red1 Kh8 24. a3 Na5 25. Rac1 Bf6 26. Qc2 Be7 27. Rd5 Kh7 28.
Rcd1 Rf6 29. R1d3 Qf7 30. h3 Ng7 31. Bc1 Qf8 32. Nc7 Rc6 33. Nb5 Ra6 34. Bd2
Nc6 35. Rb3 Ne6 36. Qb1 Kh6 37. Rdd3 Ra8 38. Be1 Ra4 39. Nc3 Rxc4 40. Rxb7 Rd4
41. Nd5 Rf7 42. Rdb3 c4 43. R3b6 Ned8 44. Rc7 Rd3 45. Rcxc6 Nxc6 46. Rxc6 Rxa3
47. Rxc4 Qa8 48. Rc7 Ra7 49. Qb3 Rg7 50. Nb6 Qb8 51. Rc8 Qb7 52. Bxh5 d5 53.
exd5 gxh5 54. d6 Bf6 55. Rh8+ Rh7 56. Rxh7+ Kxh7 57. d7 Kg7 58. Qe6 Qc7 59. Nd5
Qxd7 60. Qxf6+ Kh7 61. Qxe5 Qg7 62. Qxg7+ Kxg7 63. Nxf4 Ra1 64. Kf1 Kh6 65. h4
Ra2 66. g3 {And about 10 moves later, 1-0.} 1-0

BC, 11/26/07

Update 12/9: Above games now available via online replayable board. Jimmy's official rating is now 2118. Congratulations also to Dimitriy Obukhov, who at 2200, is rated once again as a master. See rated crosstable] BC.



Michigan Scolastic Club Championship, November 10, 2007

The 2nd Annual Club championships were held November 10 at Kearsley High School in Flint. Our newest championship event boasted 289 eager young participants in four sections.

The K-3 section was won by co-champions Shangbo Liao from the Ann Arbor Monsters and Shivransh Tomar from Troy Barnard. The top club was Troy Barnard with 15.5 points.

The K-5 section was won by co-champions Justin Chen, Arda Sahiner, and Curtis Lee all of the Ann Arbor Monsters. The top club was the Ann Arbor Monsters with 19 points.

The K-8 section was won by Wayne Shu of Novi A-Team.
The top club was Novi A-Team with 17.5 points.

The K-12 section was won by co-champions Jimmy Canty and Ashley Carter.
The top club was Detroit City Chess Club with 16 points.

Thank you to Jennifer Skidmore for running the event. She submitted this report and the photos below. BC 11/12/07

Joy Chen vs. Ryan Li, K3 - Rd 3

Ashley Carter vs. Chris Sweatland, K12 - Rd 4

(James Canty vs. Jordan Rathburn in background)


Michigan Amateur Championship, November 3-4, 2007

83 players were attracted to Kalamazoo for the Amateur Championship, which took place November 3-4 at Western Michigan University.  

Andy Catlin repeats as champ.  This time he takes clear first, acheiving 5 wins in 5 games in the 58 player main section.  In the concurrent Scholastic Event, Ruifeng Li also ran the gauntlet to a perfect score.  He managed six wins in six games in the 25 player event, which was open to those Under age 18 and Under Rating 700.

I expect TD Mike Schulte to file a larger report soon on this site, and also for Andy "the champ" Catlin may publish some of his games there soon as well.  So keep your eye out for that, and for a growing archive of chess material from Michigan players on the west side of our state.

The rated final crosstables are available here

BC 11/6/07

7TH Annual Universal Swiss, November 2-4, 2007

All The Kings Men continued its trend of holding the large events at hotel venue.  The six round swiss was held November 2-4 Hampton Inn in Sterling Heights.  Ben Finegold topped the 19  player Open section with 5.5 -- only the half point bye could slow him down.  Ben has kindly agreed to share some of his gamescores here. See below and enjoy.

Mohamed Aoufa rolled through the 27 player U1700 section, amassing a perfect 6.0  His first established rating puts him well over 1700.  Click here for crosstables for the rated event.

[Event "Universal Fall Swiss"]
[Site "Sterling Heights, MI"]
[Date "2007.11.03"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Finegold, B."]
[Black "Canty, J."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E92"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bh4 exd4 10. Nxd4 Ne5 11. O-O a6 12. f4 Nec6 13. Nc2 Nd7 14. Qd2 Nb6 15. Rad1 Qe8 16. Rfe1 Qf7 17. Nd5 f5 18. exf5 Bxf5 19. Nce3 Nxd5 20. Nxd5 Rae8 21. Bf2 Be4 22. Bf1 Nd8 23. b3 c6 24. Nc3 Qxf4 25. Qxf4 Rxf4 26. Nxe4 Rfxe4 27. Rxe4 Rxe4 28. Rxd6 Re8 29. c5 a5 30. Bc4+ Kf8 31. Rd7 h6 32. Bg3 Ne6 33. Bd6+ Kg8 34. Rxb7 Kh8 35. Kf1 Nd4 36. Bf7 Rd8 37. Bxg6 Nb5 38. Be7 Rd1+ 39. Kf2 Bd4+ 40. Kg3 Kg7 41. Be4 Re1 42. Bxc6 Nc3 43. Kh3 Re3+ 44. g3 Kg6 45. Bf8 Ne2 46. Kg2 Nc3 47. Bf3 Rd3 48. c6 Rd2+ 49. Kh3 Bg1 50. Bg2 Nd1 51. Be4+ Kg5 52. Be7+ 1-0

[Event "Universal Swiss"]
[Site "Sterling Heights, MI"]
[Date "2007.11.03"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Brooks, J."]
[Black "Finegold, B."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A10"]

1. c4 b6 2. g3 Bb7 3. Nf3 Bxf3 4. exf3 c5 5. d4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qd1 g6 8. h4 Nf6 9. Nc3 Bg7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Be2 Rc8 12. Rc1 Ne8 13. f4 Nd6 14. g4 Nb7 15. h5 Nc5 16. hxg6 fxg6 17. Bf3 e6 18. a3 a5 19. g5 a4 20. Nxa4 Nxa4 21. Qxa4 Bxb2 22. Rb1 Bd4 23. Bxc6 dxc6 24. Rd1 c5 25. Qb3 Qd6 26. Rh3 Rf7 27. Ke2 Rcf8 28. Rd2 e5 29. fxe5 Qxe5 30. Kd1 Bxe3 31. Qxe3 Qa1+ 32. Ke2 Qg1 33. f4 Qg2+ 34. Ke1 Qa8 35. Kd1 Re8 36. Qd3 Rxf4 37. Rxh7 Qa4+ 38. Rc2 Rd4 39. Rd7 Qxd7 0-1

BC 11/6/07

[Update 12/9: Ben's two games above can now be replayed online. BC]


Michigan Women's Championship, October 28, 2007

Ashley Carter is the 2007 Michigan Women's Champion. She topped the field of 14 players with a perfect 4-0 score. Her path to glory included wins over the veteran Connie Anderson Munson and the promising talent Magdalena Matyszewska in the last round. Congratulations to Ashley, who has now gained over 100 points since March. Kari Seitz won the Reserve section, scoring a perfect 4-0 in the 11 players section. Watch for Kari to compete with the big girls next year.

Representing the boys, Brendon Lee captured the Action Side Event, racking up a perfect 3-0 score in the 10 player section.

All three events were held October 28 at the All the Kings Men in Warren. Thanks to the Mandell's for hosting the event, once again, and for the quick turnaround. The tournament has been rated, results available here.

Bill Calton, 10/30/07