• On October 16th, the Tri-Bridges Chess Club again at the buildings of 660 and 666 Exton Commons for a tournament, the not so originally named – Exton Commons #2.   This event had an Open section and an Under 750 section.  There was also an Unrated section attended by two students.  The Open section was also very lightly attended, 2 adults and 3 scholastic players (it was to be 4, but one no showed).  In the Open Section, Colin Reiland had the best performance of his young career, upsetting Expert Kevin Chen.  With the other games playing out as expected, there was a logjam of 3 players with 3 points at the top of the standings.  Joe Mucerino joined these two players.  Paul Ke Ma and Albert Wang, much younger scholastic players finished 4th and 5th respectively, and won trophies.

    The two unrated players, Ganesan Kumaravelu (sp?) and Jayaprakash Jumarasamy (sp?) played a four-game match.  Though this section didn’t go as plan, there was enough of a response/interest to warrant trying again, during the National Chess Congress (NCC) as they would be the ones who would not go to the NCC.

    The main section the Under 750, had 12 players.  The five highest rated players were the top five finishers, but it was 5th ranked Jingyi Lu who took the day with the only perfect score.  The two 3 – 1 scores were Vahini Sadhu Venkata and Srija Vemuri.  Rithik Rao, took 4th with 2.5 points.

    The players in the bottom half of the score group were less experienced and made a fine showing for themselves.  No doubt they will have stronger results with a bit more practice.

    The next event will be the Reach for the Sky tournament that will be November 6 at the West Whiteland Township building.  We will then have the next Friday night event on the 12th.

    US Chess MSA – Cross Table for EXTON COMMONS #2- UNDER 750 (Event 202110162262) (good link)

    The first Exton Commons event (technically the second, the first, the first being the Test the Waters tournament on September 11) drew a total of 16 players.  There were twelve in the Under 750 and just four in the Open.  I had not realized that Saturday morning was a date to take the SATs and so I lost out on several players.  The quad in the Open may have only had four players, but it had by far the biggest upset of the night as young Paul Ma (a 916) drew Expert Joe Mucerino (2085).  Joe recovered to win the event, Yajat, the floor TD was second, and Paul, who also bested Colin Reiland (a 1101/ P4 (provisional after 4 games)) was third.

    The Under 750 section had 12 students (along with a few no shows and last-minute adjustments, causing some tweaked pairings) who played in the event.  Remember: If you cannot play after telling me you would, please e courteous and let me know, this is especially helpful as we don’t want little kids sitting for 25 minutes and not getting games.  In any case, the section, while an Under 750, only had one player above 600 and only one other players, a provisionally rated one in the 500s, but four rated between 339 and 305.  So not surprisingly, there were plenty of upsets and close games.

    Ethan Wang and Albert Wang both had perfect scores and tied for 1st.  Amazingly, this is a different Ethan Wang, than Albert Wang’s brother Ethan Wang, who had a tougher event, but still went 1 and 2.  To make matter more confusing, the Ethan Wang who went 3 – 0 also has a brother whose name begins with Al, but it is Alan, and he is just a little too young too play.  Everyone handled the possible name confusion well, but next time you sit down to play Ethan Wang, please make sure you have the right one!

    With 2 players tying at 3-0 and another 3 players going 2-1 (Avaneesh Ramamurthy, Felix Feng, and Darren Liang) tiebreaks were an unfortunate side effect.  Tiebreaks can be very confusing and rather frustrating in small events, but essentially can be broken down into 1 theme: The tougher the opponents the better the tie breaks.  In the case of the 3-0’s, Ethan played 2 players who won 2 games, while Ethan played 2 players who won 1 game.  Avaneesh and Felix were especially close in tie breaks, having to go to a tie break based on average rating of opponent, where Avaneesh was greatly helped by having to play Albert, the 618, while Felix did not play him.

    This report will be updated once USChess fixes their website/tournament reporting issues

    Everyone will get another chance to play on October 16th when we have a Saturday event in the afternoon, very much like the one on the 11th.  Like that one, we will have at least 2, maybe 3 sections, if we can get enough kids signed up (more details to come in a few days.)  October 23rd, Main Line Chess and Games will run an event, I think Under 750, and then a Under 1300 the following week, when Leteef Street in running an event Hershey.  The following week will be the special Reach for the Sky event held at the West Whiteland Township building (much more on that too come.)

    • This September 11th, Tri-Bridges chess club held it’s first tournament in about a year and a half.  Thanks to the generosity of the two sites, we were able to spread out over 660 and 666 Exton Commons.  In 660, with everyone masked we were able to have a K-6 Under 750 and a 7 to 12 Under 750.  There was also an Open section that had both scholastic and adult players and was open to masked/unmasked (but vaccinated) people .

                    Each of the two Under 750 sections had 5 players and 4 rounds.  Good for getting trophies, bad for normal pairings.  In any case, both sections had a mix of new players and players who had played in various tournaments before.  The full results can be found at – US Chess MSA – Cross Table for TBCC – TEST THE WATERS – OPEN (Event 202109119702) .  I will briefly add that the K-6 U750 was amazingly tight with Azim and Kawin taking 1st and 2nd respectively while Avaneesh, Paul, and Srinitha all tied for 3rd with 2 points.  Avaneesh won the 3rd place trophy on tiebreaks.

                    In the 7-12 Under 750 section, we had a club first with a section that had more girls than boys.  Everyone did well, scoring at least a point.  Rithik who came back from a lost position in round 1 and then escaped in round 2 drawing when down a rook.  Clare finished half a point back with 3 wins and Srija another half point back with two and a half.

                    The Open section was much larger with 12 players, for Yajat Gupta to direct in his first role as club TD.  (He and Vasishta/Kasyap were all quite helpful with the running of the tournament.)  Rahul won with the only perfect score of the day, besting, among others, Abhi, who came in second, Mana, one of two adults playing, and Collin, one of two unrated who played.  Sid came in third to round out the trophy winners.  Sid, being the only other person to not lose a game in the section as he drew his first two games.

                    We would like to thank everyone who came to the event.  We would also like to thank Mrs. Dhulipala and Mr. Suresh for arranging pizza

                    We will be having a three round Friday night event on October 1 at 7 PM (likely with cake somehow as my birthday is the 2nd), and October 16th, a four round event, likely with a planned pizza break.  Both events will be G/25, d5, have two sections (Open and scholastic Under 750).  Hope to see you all there.

  • Over $350 was raised in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tournament this afternoon.  Twenty-four players participated in this event spread out over an Open, Under 1100 and Under 600 section.

           In the Open Section we had our only perfect score as Aaron Lutz upset Eugene Seibert and Frank Jackson to win the event 4-0 and a performance rating of 1978.  Eugene came in second at 3-1.  Frank and Qianshuo finished in a tie with 2.5-1.5.  THough the 5 players rated between 1100 – 1200 did finish in the last 5 spots, Joe Zou finished with a 2 – 2 score, Darshan Gokulraj had a performance rating of 1437, and everyone scored at least 1 point.
            In the Under 1100 section Warrin John survived a last round draw to win the section 3.5 – 0.5.   Albert Wang came in second, 3 – 1, losing only to Warrin.  Like in the Open section, everyone scored at least a point.
           In the Under 600 section, Braxton Hughey and Bhadani entered the last round with 3 points.  A draw gave them both 3.5 – 0.5 scores and a tie for 1st and 2nd place.  Again, everyone scored at least 1 point.
          Thanks again to everyone who came out.  Hope everyone had a fun time!
  •  A “friendly” is a match between two groups not part of a league or larger playoff system.  They are popular in soccer and I believe back in the pre-internet days, chess clubs, especially in Europe would regularly have these events.

                In this case, Dov Gorman, who runs the Innovation Center asked us if we wanted to have such a match.  We were able to get 11 kids to participate, and Dov was able to get similar members to represent his New Jersey Club.

                  In the match, we were higher rated on 4 of the top 5 (based on chess.com ratings), and lower rated on the bottom 6.  Our top 5 boards did a great job of winning their games.  The bottom 6 boards fought hard, especially Warrin (Iamreallybad4), who continued his fine form from the LLS tournament (he won the U1100 section) by winning both his games.  Ratan Konda who also played in the LLS, split his games and Aaron, another LLS participant, nicked a much higher rated opponent for a draw.

                  Dov informed me that there were several teams that might be interested in more friendlies over the next few weekends.  Leteef Street in central PA, also mentioned possibly doing a few similar type of events, so please be on the lookout for more emails about similar events as this one.

    Board

    SJIC Score

    PA Score

    1

    Noah

    dragonz007

    1631

    0

    2

    Vasishta

    Pikachu50190

    1748

    2

    Shyla

    Advanced_Pawns

    1620

    0

    2

    Yajat

    TheFinalEndgame

    1495

    3

    Liam

    millefiori

    1387

    0

    2

    Sid Senthivel

    Sidharthsenthilvel

    1333

    4

    Jason

    You_LosTeR

    1153

    0

    2

    Even Carr

    Memezoood

    1300

    5

    Shane

    SWit6

    1128

    0

    2

    Darshan

    GM_Dolphin

    1244

    6

    Dakshin

    Dakshinbarath

    1106

    2

    0

    Braxton

    AwesomeDude2001

    1040

    7

    Jeffrey

    shark_sam12345

    1065

    0

    2

    Warrin

    Iamreallybad4

    957

    8

    Anay

    Flaming_avocado

    1013

    2

    0

    Rithik

    Anonymous927

    750

    9

    Noah

    trremu

    958

    2

    0

    Thanish

    Thanishm

    746

    10

    Ansh

    Al70203

    939

    1

    1

    Ratan Konda

    Ratankonda

    730

    11

    Matthew

    bebira07

    872

    1.5

    0.5

    Aaron

    Chesplayer5082

    512

    8.5

    13.5