Friday, October 19, 2012

Hales Corners Challenge XVI (Oct. 20)

Hales Corners Challenge History:  number of players (open+reserve=total) and the winner(s):
HCC XVI 10/20/2012 (48+35+1=84)  GM FRIEDEL, BOOR, WILLIAMS, A. BECKER
HCC XV.. 4/2012 (56+49=105)  SANTARIUS, BURGESS
HCC XIV. 10/2011 (46+37=83)  SANTARIUS, SAWALANI
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  


10 USCF Grand Prix Points
4SS, G/60.

Goddesschess Prizes for Females in Addition to Above Prizes, Open: $40 per win/$20 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw (and highest-scoring female in each section wins free entry into HCC XVII).

Life Master Sheldon Gelbart was on hand throughout the tournament analyzing games for tournament participants.

Goddesschess-sponsored Best Game prize in Reserve Section, won by Matt Oscarson for his Rd 4 draw vs. Brian MacLeish.

84 Players in two sections;  13 female players (a new HCC record!).

Here are USCF results.

Final Prizewinners:

OPEN SECTION (10 USCF Grand Prix Points):

1st Overall (tie):

GM Josh Friedel
NM Carl Boor
NM Bill Williams
NM Allen Becker

A Class (tie):
Rohan Mhaskar, Rachel Ulrich

B Class (tie):
Jeff Pokorski, David Sagunsky, Natanel Monosov

Rachel Ulrich wins Goddesschess Prize of free entry into Open Section of  Hales Corners Challenge XVII (April 13, 2013)


RESERVE SECTION:

1st Place

Dean Sydlewski

2nd Place/"D" (tie):
Brian MacLeish, Gary Wright, Vanisa Sycocie, Anne Ulrich, Chris Schultz, Sarfarez Mohammed

E and below (tie):

Roman Bakalinsky, Matt Oscarson, Limin An

Anne Ulrich wins Goddesschess Prize of free entry into Reserve Section of  Hales Corners Challenge XVII (April 13, 2013)


Some photos:







Record-breaking attendance by female chessplayers (4 in Open, 9 in Reserve):

Round 4, Boards 1-4:





39 comments:

Troy said...

I'm hoping to be there! This is always a great tournament.

Anonymous said...

GM Josh Friedel will be playing.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"GM Josh Friedel will be playing."

Yes but what everyone wants to know is:

Is Sagunsky going to play?

Anonymous said...

I have heard from the Knights of the Square Table that Mr. Sagunsky is definitely participating in this fine tournament.

Jan said...

You're kidding about Josh Friedel - right. Right? Who the heck is Sagunsky????

dave S said...

Gee,im more populer then the referees in the Packers game.I hopenot as hated.

Alex Betaneli said...

To the best of my knowledge Josh plans to play. Should be a strong event!

Jan said...

Thanks, Alex. All I really want to know is who was that tall dark well dressed and very suave man who sometimes mysterious seems to appear during the last couple of events - and is he married or otherwise attached????

Jan said...

P.S. Do you think GM Friedel will give me his autograph???

Southwest Chess Club said...

Jan,

I think you're thinking of Michael Shefsky.

PS, GM Josh Friedel has confirmed he will be playing!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe my eyes when someone said "who is Sagunsky?" above. You gotta be kidding me! As if the name of David L. Sagunsky isn't known from the magnolia forests of Sheboygan to the pelican-encrusted mountains of Death Valley...from the cerulean oceans of landlocked Kalmykia to the tundra-clad slopes of snowy Guam! Honestly, you must be living in some Afghanistan cave not to know that David Sagunsky--with the *possible* exceptions of Fischer and Kasparov--is quite likely the greatest and most ingenious chessplayer of our time. ("Who's Sagunsky"! LOL that's rich....)

Jan said...

Dear Anonymous,

No, not living in a cave in Afghanistan but I hope to go treasure hunting there one day, maybe for my 80th birthday...

Robin said...

Please register early if possible -- it not only saves you a few dollars, but it helps us organize better. Remember that you can also register via e-mail, and then you can pay the entry fee at the playing site prior to 9:30 a.m. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yay, we will have a GRANDMASTER in WI tournament! When was the last a GM played in our state?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps at the Pan-Am Collegiate Championships in 2010?

Anonymous said...


Will Dave be using his new chess clock:

http://c2.diapers.com/images/products/p/lea/lea-006_1z.jpg

Anonymous said...

Mesgen Amanov played at a HCC a couple years ago.

Anonymous said...

As far as real GMs go, Pan American Open had two (Yermolinsky, Gonzalez).

Anonymous said...

Oh that's right Amanov is an imaginary GM...my mistake.

Anonymous said...

not imaginary, just bought his last GM norm in the infamous Aluzhta (Ukraine) events

Anonymous said...

You don't really think he would still be without the GM title today without that tournament though...

Anonymous said...

Since that event he has not had a tournament that would have qualified for a GM norm. It's not easy to get that performance.

Anonymous said...

I'll take your word on that, but that's not the point. It's safe to say he probably would have not went to the same tournaments/ had the same results as if he were still searching for a final GM norm.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. He is definitely not the weakest GM out there, so all is well.

Chris said...

Is anyone willing to give a simul in Kenosha this Saturday from 12-2 at the library.

They are having some festivities for National Chess Day and they need someone who can help out.

I have no idea how many participants. They are looking for anyone who will do it.

If you are willing please email me at cwainscott@wi.rr.com

Chris said...

I now have a volunteer for the simul!

Chris said...

Comgrats to Tommy Uhlrich who held Mesgan Amanov to a draw in the Midwest Class Championships.

Chris said...

I meant to say Mesgen

Anonymous said...

Good for Tommy! I heard rumors other masters are also going to be showing up for this tournament, but I think some of them are not talking so other players cannot prepare for them.

Alex Betaneli said...

Also congrats to Alexander Velikanov who finished with 3.5/5 and earned $600+ for u2300 prize.

Robin said...

Master Steve Tennent would like to play in this tournament. However, he needs a ride to and from. He lives in Orland Park (Southwest Suburbs of Chicago). His number is 703-403-5153. If anyone can help him out, he would appreciate it. Thanks.

Troy said...

Will it be accelerated pairings?

Anonymous said...

If it was regular pairings as of right now we would have a clash of the titans in the first round between Josh Friedel and David Sagunsky.

Anonymous said...

I heard Karklins is coming!

Tom said...

Accelerated pairings are very likely given the early entry numbers.

Anonymous said...

It's great that Karklins is coming, the more masters the better!

peter said...

Great event as usual!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for organizing a GREAT event! Everything was fantastic!

Jan said...

Hi to all!

I am so pleased by the record-breaking turnout of female players, and also the record-breaking payout of cash prizes to the chess femmes! Woo woo! Let's keep it up. I hope to see ALL of you at Challenge XVII in April, 2013. Of course, one never knows what the future has in store for any of us, but Goddess willing, I will be there.