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2010 TACOMA CHESS TIMES by Gary Dorfner

December 23, 2010

TOURNAMENT REPORTS:

  • The TCC Quick tournament was held on Friday night 9/10. There were 8 players in all. The winners were: 1st-2nd Paul Bartron and Tony McCarthy, 3.5 each.

  • The TCC Mini Swiss was held on 9/11. There were 4 players in all. The winners were: 1st Stephen Buck $30.00, 2nd Paul Bartron.

  • The TCC Championship was held the last two Friday nights of September and all five Friday nights of October. There were 17 players in all. The winners were: 1st Paul Bartron - plaque, 2nd Nhon Do - $15.00, 3rd Mike MacGregor - $10.00; 1st A, B, and C Drayton Harrison - $10.00; 1st D, E, Unrated - Don Thomas, Mike Mellot and Gus Kelley $3.33 each; TCC Jr. Champ Brandon Morris - plaque; and TCC Senior Adult Champ Steve Buck - plaque.

  • The Puget Sound Open was held at the club on 10/30. There were 8 players in all. The winners were: 1st Viktors Pupols $40.00, 2nd-1st U2000 Marcell Szabo and Matthew Nill $32.50 each, 1st U1700 Dan Kramlich $25.00.

  • The TCC Blitz Championship was held on Nov. 12 at the club. There were 6 players in all. The winners were: 1st Peter Marriott $7.00, 2nd Paul Bartron $5.00.

  • The Washington G/60 Championship was held at the club on 12/4. There were 12 players in all. The winners were: 1st Marcell Szabo $40.00, 1st U1800 Jack Anderson $30.00, 1st U1500 Jerrold Richards and Arjun Thomas $15.00 each.

  • The Tacoma Pierce County Open was held at the club on 12/18. This was to have been a two- day event but I had to change it to a one-day event as only seven players showed up, and two of them said they could only play one day. The winners were: 1st Paul Bartron and Ethan Gottlieb 3.0 each, 2nd Peter OíGorman 2.5, and 3rd Stephen Buck 2.0.

  • TD for all of these events: Gary Dorfner.

ON THE PLANNING BOARD

  • Starting Jan. 11th the club will be open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. I am including a short survey. Please email your replies to me at ggarychess@aol.com. This information will let us know if we should have the club open more often.

    • Would you come down to the club if it were: 1.Open on Tue. nights 7:00-11:00? 2.Open on Sat. afternoons 1:30-6:00? 3.Open on Sun. afternoons 1:30-5:00?

    • Please send me your replies A.S.A.P.

  • On behalf of the rest of the board of directors of the TCC, I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

September 1, 2010

ON THE PLANNING BOARD

  • The club will have a booth at the Puyallup Fair on Sept. 19-20. It will be manned 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Shifts are 10:00-2:00, 2:00-6:00, 6:00-10:00.

  • The club will also have a booth at the Tacoma Mall for Senior Citizen Awareness Day on Sat. Oct. 16 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Volunteers are needed to help out at these events. You can sign up at the club or call Gary at 535-2536 or email him at ggarychess@aol.com.

  • These events will help to promote the club & itís events as well as Washington Chess Federation and Northwest Chess magazine.

  • We have chess books for sale, $2.00 & $5.00. Members may also check out books & DVDís & CDís.

TOURNAMENT REPORTS:

  • The TCC Tornado #5 was held on 7/10. There were 10 players in all. The winners were, 1st top half; Alex Guo, Dennis Ambler & Daniel Hua $10.00 each, bottom half Marcell Szabo & Ricardo Garcia $15.00 each.
  • The Firecracker Swiss was held on the 4 Friday nights in July. There were 14 players in all. The winners were, 1st Top half Paul Bartron & Tony McCarthy $7.50 each, Bottom half Mike Mellott & Geo Criddell $7.50 each.
  • The Wash. State Sr. Adult Championship was held at the club on 8/7. There were 12 players in all. The winners were, 1st Mark Smith $55.00 + plaque, 2nd  Paul Bartron & Mike Rompogren $40.00 each. Rompogren also won The U2000 prize. 1st U1700 Darby Monahan $35.00, 1st U1400 Dennis McGuire $35.00.
  • The Robert Karch Memorial was held on Aug. 21-22. There were 9 players In all. The winners were, 1st Daniel Hua $30.00, 1st U2000 Darren Wu & Ronald Kirsch $12.50 each, 1st U1700 Noah Fields $25.00, 1st U1400 Arjun Thomas $20.00.
  • The Summer Championship was held on 4 Friday nights in August. There were 11 players in all. The winners were 1st Tony McCarthy 4 points, 2nd Paul Bartron 3, 3rd Drayton Harrison & Larry Anderson 2.5, 1st U1400 Geo Criddell. Each winner received a book.
  • TD for all of these events; Gary Dorfner.
  • TCC members on the NW Grand Prix List:
    Master Viktors Pupols
    Experts Paul Bartron, Mike MacGregor
    Class A Steve Buck, Peter Marriott, Marvin Hayami, Ron Kirsch
    Class B Mike Rompogren
    Class C Noah Fields, Dan Reisinger
    Class D
    Class E Gary Dorfner

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Tacoma Chess Club Championship Starts Friday night Sept. 17.
  • Starting on Sept. 29th the club will be running a Wed. night Quad event. This event will be held on the last Wed. night of each month.
  • The club will also start doing a Sunday Tornado each month starting On Oct. 17th. There will also be casual chess play as well for anyone not wishing to play in the tournament.
  • Volunteers are needed to help out with various tasks at the club & to fill elected & appointed offices. If you are interested please see Gary or Steve at the club or call (253) 535-2536 or email ggarychess@aol.com.

CLUB RATINGS:

  • Top players on TCC rating list.
    Master Loal Davis & Viktors Pupols 2224
    Expert Mike MacGregor 2160
    Class A Drayton Harrison 1973
    Class B Pat Hessen 1756
    Class C Noah Fields 1597
    Class D Arjun Thomas 1399
    Class E Gary Dorfner 1223