Saturday, June 25, 2011

Johnson & Shaw lead with one to go! Hunt still Perfect!

Fourteen players battled in the Penultimate Round of Ashland XXI. Klaus Johnson (1840) bounced back from a round 3 set back with a win over Ralph Buske (1492) and grabbed a share of the lead when Paul Farb (1901) and Adam Shaw (1780) drew. David Boyd (1319) scored an upset win by defeating Russell Thurmond (1600).

In the Amateur Section, Darell Hunt (1112) stayed perfect taking the point from Jaime Sanyer (1161) and wins the section with a round to go! Mike Mayfield (1308) took the point from Daniel Smith (1343). Paul Lowry (1177) emerged with the point from a very tough battle with Megh Testerman (UNR) and Richard Watts (1141) won over Stephen Barker (UNR).

The Final Round will be Thursday, June 30. Daniel Smith will be the Chief for this round.

The SC Class Championship is coming up July 9-10 here in Columbia. You can register with Klaus at the club on Thurs evening. Entry fee is only $15 for Unrated players in the D & E Classes! If you're a new player or looking to play in your first weekend tournament this is the one!

South Carolina's Premier event, The Columbia Open, is August 19-21. This year's edition has a $5000 guaranteed prize fund and 40 Grand Prix points up for grabs! Be sure to take advantage of the early entry fee of $59 by Aug 12. You can register with Erik at the club or online.

Also mark your calendar for the NC Open in Charlotte on Labor Day weekend. This is the largest event in Southeast drawing over 200 players last year. This year's event has a $12,500 guaranteed prize fund that pays 10 places deep in all sections! There's also 100 Grand Prix points available and the Open Section will be FIDE rated.

These are three great events over the next 3 months with a lot of money guaranteed to be paid out and you only have to leave town for one!

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