Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hales Corners Challenge XIII - April 16, 2011

105 players, including 6 masters!
4-way tie for 1st-2nd place:  
FM Stamnov, NM Menon, Breider, Raghavan.

Winners:

OPEN
1st-2nd+Expert:  Alex Stamnov, Gopal Menon, Jon Breider, Vijay Raghavan
Best A:    Jacob Kohlenberg, Aaron Jing
Best B:    Greg Reese, Jr., Joseph Hernandez, Ben Corcoran

RESERVE
1st:  Jon McKinney
2nd: John Demler
D:     Susanna Ulrich
E:     Chris Lisowski, Andres Saenz, Natanel Monosov


GoddessChess Prizes:
Teja Karimikonda and Susanna Ulrich won free entries to Hales Corners Challenge XIV, in the Open and Reserve sections, respectively.  Other prizes for wins/draws were: Rachel Ulrich, Sandra Pahl, Patrice Connelly, and Teja Karimikonda.

USCF RATING RESULTS


A Wisconsin Chess Association Tour event.



Some event highlights:
1. Life Master Sheldon Gelbart will be on hand throughout the tournament to analyze games for tournament participants.
2. Goddesschess has again generously sponsored prizes for female chess players. 

History:  number of players (open+reserve=total) and the winner(s):
HCC XIII  4/2011 (57+48=105) FM STAMNOV, MENON, BREIDER, RAGHAVAN
HCC XII.. 10/2010 (41+37=78) FM BETANELI, HENDRICKSON
HCC XI…  4/2010 (41+37=78) SANTARIUS
HCC X...  10/2009 (42+34=76) GM AMANOV
HCC IX... 4/2009 (56+51=107) GM AMANOV, IM YOUNG, SANTARIUS, KOHLENBERG
HCC VIII.10/2008 (33+32=65) IM TATE, IM YOUNG, TENNANT, A. BECKER
HCC VII..  4/2008 (22+30=52) BURGESS, TENNANT, PARKER
HCC VI...10/2007 (30+32=62) TENNANT, BREIDER, SANTARIUS
HCC V....  4/2007 (40+22=62) IM TATE, FM STAMNOV
HCC IV...11/2006 (23+26=49) FM STAMNOV
HCC III..   4/2006 (28+17=45) TENNANT
HCC II... 10/2005 (20+18=38) BURGESS, A. BECKER
HCC I....   4/2005 (34+36=70) BETANELI 


Some photos from the event:

                    Concentration on the top boards:
                                      Hard work:


 Awonder Liang became an EXPERT in the event!
 SM Sheldon Gelbart analyzed games:

16 comments:

Jan said...

Hello!

For Challenge XIII, Goddesschess is offering prizes of $40 for every win and $20 for every draw by a female player in the Open Section. In addition, the top female finisher in both Open and Reserve sections will have their entry fee paid for Challenge XIV, if they register.
http://goddesschess.blogspot.com/2011/03/hales-corners-chess-challenge-xiii.html

Jan Newton
Goddesschess

Robin said...

Steve Tennent wants to come to this tournament, however, he needs a ride from the Chicago area to and from the tournament. If you can assist Steve with a ride, please give him a call at 708-403-5153. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Over the river and thru the wood,
To HCC XIII we go;
The car knows the way
To carry the set and board,
Thru the white and black squares, oh!
Over the river and thru the wood,
Oh, how the mate does sting!
It stings the king,
And bites the queen,
As over the board we go.

TomH said...

What is the proper setting for delay clocks for this tournament? I'd like to get my clock programmed in advance. Thanks!

Robin said...

The clock setting will be 60 minutes with a 5 second delay (do not subject any time).

Anonymous said...

Nice crowd so far.

Anonymous said...

Wonder is having a wonderful event.

Updates?

Anonymous said...

What happened with forfeit by Awonder??

Chris said...

Why did Awonder withdraw?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully he was off eating ice cream or doing something to celebrate his achievement

Jan said...

Congratulations to the Southwest Chess Club for once again hosting this fine tournament! I was so happy to see an excellent turn-out, the second highest ever - even despite the crappy weather.

Challenge XIII saw three ladies win Goddesschess cash prizes in the Open for the wins they scored. In addition, the top female player in both the Open and Reserve Sections will have their entry fees paid for by Goddesschess should they choose to play in Challenge XIV.

We were very happy to see three female players in the Open. I believe this is the first time there were three women competing in the Open (please correct me if otherwise).

We would like to see even more female players compete in the Open Section in the future.

Also - just wondering - has there been any thought given to possibly qualifying the Challenge as a FIDE rated event? I am not familiar with all of the requirements, but I understand this would involve a minimum of five games, which could be spread over 2 days. This kind of event might attract a lot more players to come to Milwaukee. A lot more to work logistically and cost wise, but could be worth the gamble...

Congratulations to all the winners in Challenge XIII.

Jan Newton
Goddesschess

Robin said...

There were actually four women playing in the Open Section, and they all won some type of Goddesschess prize.

Robin said...

Congratulations to Awonder Liang for achieving Expert!! I believe he is the youngest ever to achieve this result!!

Robin said...

And, of course, congratulations to our four winners: Stamnov, Menon, Breider, and Raghavan.

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