Saturday, January 8, 2011

Eight Teams Battling in Ashland XIX - Team Challenge II

Eight Teams took the boards to battle in Ashland XIX, Team Challenge II.

Knight Riders took down top seed We Three Kings as Ben Caiello (1487) won over Erik Murrah (1677), Ralph Buske (1468) evened the score by beating Dan Caiello (1436) which meant the match would be decided on Board 3 where a fierce battle raged between Shiva Balasubramanian (1267) and Cody Kyzer (1202). Shiva's pawns were just fast enough to secure the win and the match for Team One 2-1.

David Vetterlein (1817) was able to defeat Adam Shaw (1605) to get the Barnwell Board Busters started with a win but they were unable to hold off the Patriots as Russell Thurmond (1600) took the point over Mark Woodman (1045) and Christian Dunlap (797) squeezed out the win over Roger Allen (UNR) to claim the match 2-1.

In a dominating performance The Good Guys defeated King & Two Pawns 3-0. Paul Farb (1935) defeated Paul King (1946), Birney Blind (1225) outlasted David Gongre (978) and Richard Watts (1126) secured the point over Mark Acklie (952).

The Gambiting Gamblers won 2-1 over The Eighth Rank as Keith Eubanks (2012) agreed to a draw with James MacDougall (1947), Daniel Smith (1364) held a draw with Paul Lowry (1032) and Mike Meekins (925) secured the point for the Gamblers with a win over Jonathan Bundy (104).

Pairings for Round 2 will be posted at Noon Sunday.

This tournament has players competing from Clinton, Sumter, Barnwell and Grovetown, GA! If you live in those areas and are looking to play Contact Us!

Next week, Jan 13, will be Round 2.

New and Beginning Players Welcome!! Casual play is available, sets and clocks provided. A non rated 3 round tournament can be formed if there's enough players. No membership required for casual or non rated play!!

Steve Boshears is putting together a team to travel to Orlando and compete in the U.S. Amateur Team South Feb 18-20. If you would like to be on the team contact Steve.

The Database has been brought up to date thanks to the efforts of Richard. Feel free to email him your games in PGN format if you have some you would like added.

The only change to the Rules for the Year End Awards is that your Dec 2010 Rating will be used to calculate the Most Improved. The full Rules can be found on the Awards Page.

This year looks to be even busier than last year with the number of events scheduled. Be sure to check the SCCA Calendar and NCCA Calendar to see what's coming up. There are both weekend and Saturday tournaments being scheduled. Get out and play!!

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