Saturday, May 7, 2011

Eubanks takes the lead!

Twenty players do battle in the Penultimate Round of Ashland XX. Keith Eubanks (2036) grabbed the lead by .5 point with a win over former leader Paul Farb (1900). Adam Shaw (1810) took the point from Ben Caiello (1608) as David Vetterlein (1800) outlasted Steve Boshears (1638). Russell Thurmond (1600) found the win over Dan Caiello (1420) and George Morton (1728) settled peacefully with David Boyd (1317).

Craig Patton (1283) marched to the top of the Amateur Section with a victory over Mike Mayfield (1275). Mark Woodman (1177) posted his second straight win defeating Christian Dunlap (916) and moving into joint second. Mike Meekins (954) has regained his form with his second straight win, this time defeating Birney Blind (1194). Richard Watts (1151) also made it two straight with a win over James Price (1098). In a battle of Rookies, Megh Testerman (UNR) took the point from Jason LeFebvre (UNR) scoring her first tournament win.

The final round of Ashland XX will be Thursday, May 12.

If you're looking for a game on Saturdays head over to Augusta. The Chess Players of Augusta meet at Arsenal Games & Hobbies starting at 10:00 am. Around a dozen players made it out this past Saturday and fun time was had by all!

Be sure to take advantage of the early entry discount for the Lee Hyder Memorial May 20-22 here in Columbia. Entry fee is $65 until May 12 and $80 after. This week is your last chance to early enter at the club on Thurs night.

**Be sure to check out the Candidates Matches on your favorite site. US Champ Gata Kamsky holds a 2-1 lead over Veselin Topalov with the fourth game taking place Sunday at 7:00am.

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