Saturday, January 15, 2011

Round 2 - Team Challenge

Eight teams battled the cold and each other in Round 2 of Ashland XIX, Team Challenge II.

The Gambiting Gamblers moved to 2-0 as they took down the Patriots. James MacDougall (1947) held down Board 1 defeating Adam Shaw (1605) but when Russell Thurmond (1600) found the win over Daniel Smith (1364) the match would be decided by a tense battle on Board 3. Mike Meekins (925) outlasted Christian Dunlap (797) to claim the point for the Gamblers.

Knight Riders kept pace defeating The Good Guys as Paul Farb (1935) with experience and wisdom defeated youth and enthusiasm in the person of Ben Caiello (1487) on Board 1. The Riders bounced back on Boards 2 & 3 as Dan Caiello (1436) took the point from Birney Blind (1225) and Shiva Balasubramanian (1267) scored the win over Richard Watts (1126).

We Three Kings recovered from a first round loss to crush King & Two Pawns 3-0. Erik Murrah (1677) took care of business on Board 1 winning over substitute David Boyd (1155). Ralph Buske (1468) grabbed the point from David Gongre (978) and substitute Jaime Sanyer (1040) completed the sweep with a win over Mark Acklie (952).

The Barnwell Board Busters scored a second round win over Eighth Rank. David Vetterlein (1817) got the easy point when Keith Eubanks (2012) couldn't make it. Paul Lowry (1032) held the draw with Mark Woodman (1045) and Roger Allen (UNR) secured the point over Jonathan Bundy (104).

Pairings for Round 3 will be posted noon Sunday.

The Board Standings are:

Board 1 - Paul Farb, David Vetterlein (2.0), James MacDougall (1.5)

Board 2 - Russell Thurmond, Ralph Buske (2.0), 3 way tie for third.

Board 3 - Shiva Balasubramanian, Mike Meekins (2.0), 3 way tie for third.

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Next week, Jan 20 is Round 3.

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