Saint Louis Open, Invitational Standings and Pairings

Young spectators enjoy the festive chess atmosphere at the Chess Club.

 

SAINT LOUIS, March 6, 2011 -- The Saint Louis Invitational is wide open after round four with four players tied for first with scores of 2.5/4. Four others have scores of 2/4.

GM Ray Robson defeated GM Melikset Khachiyan to pull into a tie for first place.

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GM Julio Becerra notched a victory over GM Jesse Kraai.

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FM Darwin Yang and IM Michael Brooks agreed to a draw, which guaranteed them both a tie for first place.

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GM Alejandro Ramirez scored his first victory of the tournament to join the fray at the top of the leaderboard.

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Gm Eugene Perelshteyn and GM Joel Benjamin settled for a round-four-draw.

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Round 4

BoardWhite            
Black
1Robson, Ray1 - 0
Khachiyan, Melikset
2Becerra, Julio1 - 0
Kraai, Jesse
3Perelshteyn, Eugene1/2 - 1/2
Benjamin, Joel
4Ramirez, Alejandro1 - 0
Kaidanov, Gregory
5Yang, Darwin1/2 - 1/2

Brooks, Michael

RankNameFIDE RatingPoints
1.Brooks, Michael
24512.5
2.Kaidanov, Gregory
25802.5
3.Ramirez, Alejandro
25842.5
4.Robson, Ray
2532
2.5
8.Becerra, Julio25492
5.Benjamin, Joel
2564
2
6.Kraai, Jesse25162
7.Yang, Darwin24212
9.Khachiyan, Melikset25181
10.Perelshteyn, Eugene
25331

Round 5

BoardWhite            
Black
1Brooks, Michael Robson, Ray
2Kaidanov, Gregory Yang, Darwin
3Benjamin, Joel Ramirez, Alejandro
4Kraai, Jesse Perelshteyn, Eugene
5Khachiyan, Melikset 

Becerra, Julio

Pairings for Round 5: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - Open

BdResWhiteResBlack
1 MESGEN AMANOV (2537) BENJAMIN FINEGOLD (2565)
2 TIMUR ALIYEV (2346) GORAN* VOJINOVIC (2591)
3 DOUG D ECKERT (2249) ALEXAND VELIKANOV (2113)
4 RONALD G LUTHER (2200) TRES RORING (2054)
5 SEAN VIBBERT (2138) DANIEL BREN GATER (2143)
6 KEVIN Y CAO (2236) WILLIAM M TONG (1966)
7 JIALIN DING (2192) DAVID MELITI (1970)
8 SELDEN TRIMBLE (1945) MARK JOEFF FERBER (2167)
9 MARGARET M HUA (1973) CHRIS A FIEBER (1825)
10 JOHN VEECH (2224) ISAIAH GADSON (1963)
11 ALEXAN* VERGILESOV (1902) BARRY PAUL MANTHE (2085)
12 RODNEY VAUGHN (1829) STEVEN COOKLEV (2064)
13 DANIEL EDW PARMET (2002) JOSEPH AN GARNIER (2011)
14 FRANK WHITSELL (1855) SPENCER FINEGOLD (2029)
15 TAIMOOR NOOR (1879) JAMES A DAVIES (2000)
16 DAVID BENJA ASKIN (1896) JAY ANDRE SHAPIRO (1400)
17 ADRIAN R BARLOW (1675) ROBERT S TARAS (1887)
18 EMILY TALLO (2015) WILLIAM THOMPSON (1789)
19 JEFFREY SCHRAGIN (1864) DERRICK BARTOTTO (1662)
20 RANDY WAY GIMINEZ (1795) KYLE AN SALZGEBER (1579)
 1LEO KAMGAR (1857) BYE
 ½BOB HOLLIMAN (2204) BYE

 

Wall Chart: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - Open

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1GORAN VOJINOVICW 21----------------
 2591 141197840.5U0.5U0.5U0.5 
2GORAN* VOJINOVICB 24W 23B 7W 4B 5
 2591 141197841.02.03.03.5 
3BENJAMIN FINEGOLDB 28W 13B 10W 5B 4
 2565 112644171.02.03.04.0 
4MESGEN AMANOVW 30B 12W 14B 2W 3
 2537 138229471.02.03.03.5 
5TIMUR ALIYEVW 25B 29W 17B 3W 2
 2346 129733171.02.03.03.0 
6DOUG D ECKERTB 27W 46W 20B 18W 16
 2249 121079200.51.52.03.0 
7KEVIN Y CAOB 32W 18W 2B 20W 28
 2236 129053491.02.02.02.5 
8JOHN VEECHW 34B 15W 16B 42W 29
 2224 136661041.01.51.52.0 
9BOB HOLLIMANW 29W 27B 36B 28bye
 2204 103648330.01.02.02.5 
10RONALD G LUTHERB 36W 48W 3B 29W 20
 2200 103650071.02.02.03.0 
11JIALIN DINGW 37B 17W 33B 30W 27
 2192 137171651.01.02.02.5 
12MARK JOEFF FERBERB 38W 4B 35W 34B 30
 2167 144264061.01.01.52.5 
13JAMES R VOELKERW 41B 3W 30B 37----
 2151 102666961.01.01.02.0 
14DANIEL BREN GATERB 33W 35B 4W 41B 15
 2143 132735761.02.02.03.0 
15SEAN VIBBERTB 43W 8B 26B 16W 14
 2138 210043591.01.52.53.0 
16ALEXAND VELIKANOVW 44B 21B 8W 15B 6
 2113 128798820.51.52.53.0 
17JOSHUA FRANKB 45W 11B 5--------
 2095 125411551.02.02.0U2.0 
18BARRY PAUL MANTHEW 47B 7B 40W 6B 31
 2085 120827601.01.02.02.0 
19STEVEN COOKLEVW 35B 25W 42B 44B 41
 2064 133028560.01.01.02.0 
20TRES RORINGB 39W 40B 6W 7B 10
 2054 126266081.02.02.53.0 
21SPENCER FINEGOLDB 1W 16B 48W 36B 39
 2029 126657600.50.51.01.5 
22EMILY TALLOW 40B 33W 37B 38W 44
 2015 135265400.00.00.01.0 
23JOSEPH AN GARNIERB 42B 2W 41W 33B 24
 2011 128525441.01.01.02.0 
24DANIEL EDW PARMETW 2B 39W 44B 46W 23
 2002 127728680.00.51.02.0 
25JAMES A DAVIESB 5W 19B 38W 45B 36
 2000 103632090.00.01.01.5 
26MARGARET M HUAbyeB 44W 15B 35W 42
 1973 132894000.51.51.52.5 
27DAVID MELITIW 6B 9W 43B 48B 11
 1970 126006510.50.51.52.5 
28WILLIAM M TONGW 3B 37B 46W 9B 7
 1966 128797550.01.02.02.5 
29ISAIAH GADSONB 9W 5B 47W 10B 8
 1963 129291151.01.02.02.0 
30SELDEN TRIMBLEB 4W 38B 13W 11W 12
 1945 103677430.01.02.02.5 
31ALEXAN* VERGILESOVbyebyeW 45B 47W 18
 1902 128828130.51.01.02.0 
32ALEXAN VERGILESOVW 7B 41------------
 1902 128828130.00.0U0.0U0.0 
33THOMAS SCHNEIDERW 14W 22B 11B 23----
 1899 134882870.01.01.01.0 
34DAVID BENJA ASKINB 8W 43W 39B 12W 48
 1896 137769670.00.51.51.5 
35ROBERT S TARASB 19B 14W 12W 26B 45
 1887 124166781.01.01.51.5 
36TAIMOOR NOORW 10B 45W 9B 21W 25
 1879 126274230.01.01.01.5 
37JEFFREY SCHRAGINB 11W 28B 22W 13W 46
 1864 126642890.00.01.01.0 
38LEO KAMGARW 12B 30W 25W 22bye
 1857 132782430.00.00.00.0 
39FRANK WHITSELLW 20W 24B 34B 43W 21
 1855 128118960.00.50.51.5 
40WILLIAM NESHAMB 22B 20W 18--------
 1846 131353701.01.01.0U1.0 
41RODNEY VAUGHNB 13W 32B 23B 14W 19
 1829 112467700.01.02.02.0 
42CHRIS A FIEBERW 23byeB 19W 8B 26
 1825 126495900.01.02.02.5 
43RANDY WAY GIMINEZW 15B 34B 27W 39W 47
 1795 110410190.00.50.50.5 
44WILLIAM THOMPSONB 16W 26B 24W 19B 22
 1789 125832870.50.51.01.0 
45ADRIAN R BARLOWW 17W 36B 31B 25W 35
 1675 127869830.00.01.01.5 
46DERRICK BARTOTTObyeB 6W 28W 24B 37
 1662 125058421.01.01.01.0 
47KYLE AN SALZGEBERB 18byeW 29W 31B 43
 1579 135652070.01.01.01.0 
48JAY ANDRE SHAPIRObyeB 10W 21W 27B 34
 1400 135543861.01.01.51.5 

 

Pairings for Round 5: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - U1800

BdResWhiteResBlack
101 BEHROOZ ME VAKIL (1759) MICHAEL CHR ASKIN (1725)
102 TIMOTHY C NESHAM (1799) DENNIS E HOURCADE (1552)
103 MICHAEL SALZGEBER (1492) BOB HOWE (1691)
104 RONALD WASHINGTON (unr.) STEPHEN ZHANG (1695)
105 VISHAL BHARADWAJ (1507) DON HARPER (1476)
106 MAREK ZIOLKOWSKI (1476) SAL R FRANCIS (1311)
107 JAMES WANG (1170) ANDREW* GEISELHART (1372)
108 KEN CRUMPLER (1559) SUHAS BOBBA (1346)
109 MATTHEW W LARSON (1410) WENDELL A BETTON (1135)
110 AADIT PALANIAPPAN (1217) NATHAN TU PHAN (1356)
111 CLARK ZHANG BERRY (1064) DOUGLAS PICHEN (1381)
112 KEN WEST (1276) ANTHONY MCGRATH (unr.)
 1SAMUEL BRU LEVINE (959) BYE
 ½JASON ZHOU (1632) BYE

 

Wall Chart: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - U1800

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1TIMOTHY C NESHAMW 15B 9W 13B 3W 10
 1799 102591931.02.03.03.0 
2BEHROOZ ME VAKILB 17byeW 4B 5W 3
 1759 125413551.01.52.53.5 
3MICHAEL CHR ASKINW 19B 12W 29W 1B 2
 1725 125309741.02.03.04.0 
4STEPHEN ZHANGB 21byeB 2W 15B 29
 1695 129343731.01.51.52.5 
5BOB HOWEB 16W 10B 14W 2B 12
 1691 128706831.02.03.03.0 
6JASON ZHOUW 22B 13W 15B 19bye
 1632 140851621.01.01.52.5 
7NAMIT GAURB 23W 14B 18--------
 1616 130719031.01.01.0U1.0 
8STEVE KORENBLATW 20B 29bye--------
 1615 114536511.01.01.5U1.5 
9KEN CRUMPLERB 24W 1B 21W 23W 20
 1559 126990831.01.01.01.5 
10DENNIS E HOURCADEW 28B 5W 23B 14B 1
 1552 143135061.01.02.03.0 
11VISHAL BHARADWAJB 29W 18W 24B 21W 13
 1507 129343990.01.02.02.5 
12MICHAEL SALZGEBERW 25W 3B 28B 18W 5
 1492 137211831.01.02.03.0 
13DON HARPERB 26W 6B 1W 29B 11
 1476 129330551.02.02.02.5 
14MAREK ZIOLKOWSKIW 27B 7W 5W 10W 21
 1476 127370021.02.02.02.0 
15MATTHEW W LARSONB 1W 20B 6B 4W 25
 1410 142785110.01.01.51.5 
16DOUGLAS PICHENW 5B 28W 22B 24B 26
 1381 125107890.00.01.01.0 
17ANDREW GEISELHARTW 2B 22------------
 1372 128744660.01.0U1.0U1.0 
18ANDREW* GEISELHARTbyeB 11W 7W 12B 24
 1372 128744661.01.02.02.0 
19NATHAN TU PHANB 3byeW 25W 6B 23
 1356 132784150.00.51.51.5 
20SUHAS BOBBAB 8B 15W 27W 28B 9
 1346 138098580.00.01.02.0 
21SAL R FRANCISW 4B 27W 9W 11B 14
 1311 145900180.01.02.02.5 
22KEN WESTB 6W 17B 16byeW 28
 1276 125443200.00.00.01.0 
23AADIT PALANIAPPANW 7byeB 10B 9W 19
 1217 129209480.01.01.01.5 
24JAMES WANGW 9byeB 11W 16W 18
 1170 144546830.01.01.02.0 
25WENDELL A BETTONB 12byeB 19W 26B 15
 1135 127199860.00.50.51.5 
26CLARK ZHANG BERRYW 13byebyeB 25W 16
 1064 144395340.00.51.01.0 
27SAMUEL BRU LEVINEB 14W 21B 20byebye
 959 135227930.00.00.00.5 
28ANTHONY MCGRATHB 10W 16W 12B 20B 22
 unr.0.01.01.01.0 
29RONALD WASHINGTONW 11W 8B 3B 13W 4
 unr. 146192481.02.02.02.5 

 

 

SAINT LOUIS, March 6, 2011--The Saint Louis Invitational has one clear leader after three rounds. GM Gregory Kaidanov (2.5/3) scored a victory against GM Eugene Perelshteyn last night to secure the lead. He also defeated GM Melikset Khachiyan and drew GM Julio Becerra in rounds one and two.

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IM Michael Brooks (2/3) continued his solid play in round three with a draw against GM Alejandro Ramirez. Ramirez (1.5/3) has three draws in the first three rounds.

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Brooks shares a tie for second place with GM Jesse Kraai (2/3), who scored two victories yesterday with wins over Khachiyan an GM Ray Robson.  

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Ray scored a much-needed victory over FM Darwin Yang in round three.

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Becera and GM Joel Benjamin dueled late into the night before finally agreeing to a draw after 72 moves.

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Round four action is underway now! Watch the live video feed or the live games now!

Saint Louis Invitational Crosstable

PairingNameFIDE Rating12345678910Total
1Ramirez, Alejandro2584x1/21/2      1/21.5
2Yang, Darwin24211/2x      10
1.5
3Brooks, Michael24511/2 x    11/2 2
4Kaidanov, Gregory2580   x  11/21 2.5
5Benjamin, Joel2564    x101/2  1.5
6Kraai, Jesse2516    0x11  2
7Khachiyan, Melikset2518   010x   1
8Becerra, Julio2549  01/21/2  x  1
9Perelshteyn, Eugene2533 01/20    x 0.5
10Robson, Ray25321/2
   0   x1.5

Round 3

BoardWhite            
Black
1Yang, Darwin0 - 1
Robson, Ray
2Brooks, Michael1/2 - 1/2
Ramirez, Alejandro
3Kaidanov, Gregory1 - 0
Perelshteyn, Eugene
4Benjamin, Joel1/2 - 1/2Becerra, Julio
5Kraai, Jesse1 - 0
Khachiyan, Melikset

 

THE BILL WRIGHT SAINT LOUIS OPEN

The top four by rating all lead the Saint Louis Open after the fields merged in round three.

IM Goran Vojinovic (3/3) got off to a hot start after re-entering the tourney. He won his first two games easily, then had a tough opponent in NM Kevin Cao for round three. Kevin managed to keep the game tense but fell apart towards the end due to time pressure.

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Ron Luther is known for his offbeat opening play. In this encounter he played the Two Knight's variation against GM Ben Finegold's (3/3) Caro Kann defense. Luther sought early action on the F-file by doubling his rooks, but Finegold was quick to stifle this play with 21..f6. The game soon transitioned into a complicated ending where the GM's superior calculating ability proved too great for the national master.  

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Josh Frank was clearly outplaying, and even winning, against Timur Aliyev (3/3). The position was soon teeming with tactics, which made conditions ripe for a blunder. Frank slipped first and couldn't recover. 

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David Askin successfully closed the position, which put a stop to Frank Whitsell's counterplay before it began. Askin then launched a queenside assault, leading to destruction on the A file.

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GM Mesgen Amanov also has a score of 3/3.

The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open: Pairings for Round 4

BdResWhiteResBlack
1 GORAN* VOJINOVIC (2591) MESGEN AMANOV (2537)
2 BENJAMIN FINEGOLD (2565) TIMUR ALIYEV (2346)
3 ALEXAND VELIKANOV (2113) SEAN VIBBERT (2138)
4 TRES RORING (2054) KEVIN Y CAO (2236)
5 BARRY PAUL MANTHE (2085) DOUG D ECKERT (2249)
6 WILLIAM M TONG (1966) BOB HOLLIMAN (2204)
7 ISAIAH GADSON (1963) RONALD G LUTHER (2200)
8 SELDEN TRIMBLE (1945) JIALIN DING (2192)
9 DANIEL BREN GATER (2143) RODNEY VAUGHN (1829)
10 CHRIS A FIEBER (1825) JOHN VEECH (2224)
11 MARK JOEFF FERBER (2167) DAVID BENJA ASKIN (1896)
12 ROBERT S TARAS (1887) MARGARET M HUA (1973)
13 JAY ANDRE SHAPIRO (1400) DAVID MELITI (1970)
14 JEFFREY SCHRAGIN (1864) JAMES R VOELKER (2151)
15 WILLIAM THOMPSON (1789) STEVEN COOKLEV (2064)
16 SPENCER FINEGOLD (2029) TAIMOOR NOOR (1879)
17 JOSEPH AN GARNIER (2011) THOMAS SCHNEIDER (1899)
18 DERRICK BARTOTTO (1662) DANIEL EDW PARMET (2002)
19 JAMES A DAVIES (2000) ADRIAN R BARLOW (1675)
20 KYLE AN SALZGEBER (1579) ALEXAN* VERGILESOV (1902)
21 RANDY WAY GIMINEZ (1795) FRANK WHITSELL (1855)
22 LEO KAMGAR (1857) 

EMILY TALLO (2015)

 

Wall Chart (after three rounds)

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4
1GORAN VOJINOVICW 21------------
 2591 141197840.5U0.5U0.5 
2GORAN* VOJINOVICB 24W 23B 7W 4
 2591 141197841.02.03.0 
3BENJAMIN FINEGOLDB 28W 13B 10W 5
 2565 112644171.02.03.0 
4MESGEN AMANOVW 30B 12W 14B 2
 2537 138229471.02.03.0 
5TIMUR ALIYEVW 25B 29W 17B 3
 2346 129733171.02.03.0 
6DOUG D ECKERTB 27W 46W 20B 18
 2249 121079200.51.52.0 
7KEVIN Y CAOB 32W 18W 2B 20
 2236 129053491.02.02.0 
8JOHN VEECHW 34B 15W 16B 42
 2224 136661041.01.51.5 
9BOB HOLLIMANW 29W 27B 36B 28
 2204 103648330.01.02.0 
10RONALD G LUTHERB 36W 48W 3B 29
 2200 103650071.02.02.0 
11JIALIN DINGW 37B 17W 33B 30
 2192 137171651.01.02.0 
12MARK JOEFF FERBERB 38W 4B 35W 34
 2167 144264061.01.01.5 
13JAMES R VOELKERW 41B 3W 30B 37
 2151 102666961.01.01.0 
14DANIEL BREN GATERB 33W 35B 4W 41
 2143 132735761.02.02.0 
15SEAN VIBBERTB 43W 8B 26B 16
 2138 210043591.01.52.5 
16ALEXAND VELIKANOVW 44B 21B 8W 15
 2113 128798820.51.52.5 
17JOSHUA FRANKB 45W 11B 5----
 2095 125411551.02.02.0 
18BARRY PAUL MANTHEW 47B 7B 40W 6
 2085 120827601.01.02.0 
19STEVEN COOKLEVW 35B 25W 42B 44
 2064 133028560.01.01.0 
20TRES RORINGB 39W 40B 6W 7
 2054 126266081.02.02.5 
21SPENCER FINEGOLDB 1W 16B 48W 36
 2029 126657600.50.51.0 
22EMILY TALLOW 40B 33W 37B 38
 2015 135265400.00.00.0 
23JOSEPH AN GARNIERB 42B 2W 41W 33
 2011 128525441.01.01.0 
24DANIEL EDW PARMETW 2B 39W 44B 46
 2002 127728680.00.51.0 
25JAMES A DAVIESB 5W 19B 38W 45
 2000 103632090.00.01.0 
26MARGARET M HUAbyeB 44W 15B 35
 1973 132894000.51.51.5 
27DAVID MELITIW 6B 9W 43B 48
 1970 126006510.50.51.5 
28WILLIAM M TONGW 3B 37B 46W 9
 1966 128797550.01.02.0 
29ISAIAH GADSONB 9W 5B 47W 10
 1963 129291151.01.02.0 
30SELDEN TRIMBLEB 4W 38B 13W 11
 1945 103677430.01.02.0 
31ALEXAN* VERGILESOVbyebyeW 45B 47
 1902 128828130.51.01.0 
32ALEXAN VERGILESOVW 7B 41--------
 1902 128828130.00.0U0.0 
33THOMAS SCHNEIDERW 14W 22B 11B 23
 1899 134882870.01.01.0 
34DAVID BENJA ASKINB 8W 43W 39B 12
 1896 137769670.00.51.5 
35ROBERT S TARASB 19B 14W 12W 26
 1887 124166781.01.01.5 
36TAIMOOR NOORW 10B 45W 9B 21
 1879 126274230.01.01.0 
37JEFFREY SCHRAGINB 11W 28B 22W 13
 1864 126642890.00.01.0 
38LEO KAMGARW 12B 30W 25W 22
 1857 132782430.00.00.0 
39FRANK WHITSELLW 20W 24B 34B 43
 1855 128118960.00.50.5 
40WILLIAM NESHAMB 22B 20W 18----
 1846 131353701.01.01.0 
41RODNEY VAUGHNB 13W 32B 23B 14
 1829 112467700.01.02.0 
42CHRIS A FIEBERW 23byeB 19W 8
 1825 126495900.01.02.0 
43RANDY WAY GIMINEZW 15B 34B 27W 39
 1795 110410190.00.50.5 
44WILLIAM THOMPSONB 16W 26B 24W 19
 1789 125832870.50.51.0 
45ADRIAN R BARLOWW 17W 36B 31B 25
 1675 127869830.00.01.0 
46DERRICK BARTOTTObyeB 6W 28W 24
 1662 125058421.01.01.0 
47KYLE AN SALZGEBERB 18byeW 29W 31
 1579 135652070.01.01.0 
48JAY ANDRE SHAPIRObyeB 10W 21W 27
 1400 135543861.01.01.5 

 

SAINT LOUIS, March 5, 2011 -- After two rounds, two unlikely names appear in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard of the Saint Louis Invitational. IM Michael Brooks followed up yesterday's impressive victory against GM Julio Becerra by holding a draw with black against GM Eugene Perelshteyn.

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FM Darwin Yang, who also pulled off a surprise victory yesterday, managed to hold a draw against GM Alejandro Ramirez, the highest-rated player in the field.

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Both Brooks and Darwin have scores of 1.5/2, which is good enough to share a tie with GM Gregory Kaidanov, who drew Becerra in round two.

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GM Jesse Kraai managed to grind down GM Ray Robson, who got into time trouble after he played an opening that Kraai said he had seen him play in the past.

"It’s not like I won the game out of the opening, but as black, I got a position where I felt I was comfortable and he was down on the clock. So already I have a big practical advantage," Kraai said. "We got into some kind of a fighting position, but then we get into a position where I have more time, and he's got less and the French is my thing. it’s the only thing I can do well, and it was a very French position."
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GM Melikset Khachiyan scored a nice victory against GM Joel Benjamin in round two to pull within striking distance of the leaders.
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Round three action is underway. Follow the games live here.

Round 2

BoardWhite           Black
1Robson, Ray0 - 1
Kraai, Jesse
2Khachiyan, Melikset1 - 0
Benjamin, Joel
3Becerra, Julio1/2 - 1/2
Kaidanov, Gregory
4Perelshteyn, Eugene1/2 - 1/2
Brooks, Michael
5Ramirez, Alejandro1/2 - 1/2
Yang, Darwin

 

THE BILL WRIGHT SAINT LOUIS OPEN: DAY TWO

 After suffering an upset draw against Spencer Finegold last night, IM Goran Vojinovic withdrew and re-entered into the two-day option, which kicked off this morning. Vojinovic employed the King's Indian defense against Dan Parmet and won with a crushing attack against Parmet's king.

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His follow-up game in the two-day section came against Joe Garnier, and Vojinovic represented his IM title once more with an easy victory.

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In his second game, GM Ben Finegold squared off against CCSCSL Board Member and local Expert Jim Voelker. Voelker put up a spirited fight against the resident GM, but Finegold proved to be too much and cruised to his second victory of the tourney.

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Sean Vibbert, 14, of Indiana took on Wisconsin Master John Veech, 15, in round two. White played the Yugoslav Attack against the Sicilian Dragon. Black deviated on move 16 with e6. White usually plays 14. Na4 instead of 14. Nxd5.

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David Meliti managed to score a nice draw against local Master Doug Eckert. The opening was a London System by white. The middle game stalled due to a mass exchange of minor pieces, which resulted in a technical rook-and-pawn ending. The lower-rated Meliti successfully defended against his master-level opponent.

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Standings: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - Open Section

#NameRtngRd 1Rd 2TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1BENJAMIN FINEGOLD2565W23W152.01233
2MESGEN AMANOV2537W24W212.01233
3DANIEL BREN GATER2143W25W172.01233
4GORAN* VOJINOVIC2591W37W192.011.532.5
5TRES RORING2054W38W222.011.532.5
6RONALD G LUTHER2200W26W272.011.532
7TIMUR ALIYEV2346W42W162.01132
8KEVIN Y CAO2236W43W182.01132
9JOSHUA FRANK2095W44W202.01132
10JOHN VEECH2224W39D111.51.522.53
11SEAN VIBBERT2138W40D101.51.522.53
12DOUG D ECKERT2249D36W291.50.5122
13ALEXAND VELIKANOV2113D34W351.50.5122
14MARGARET M HUA1973H---W341.50.50.51.51
15JAMES R VOELKER2151W31L11.00324
16ISAIAH GADSON1963W28L71.00324
17ROBERT S TARAS1887W30L31.00324
18BARRY PAUL MANTHE2085W33L81.002.523
19JOSEPH AN GARNIER2011W32L41.002.523
20JIALIN DING2192W46L91.00223
21MARK JOEFF FERBER2167W47L21.00223
22WILLIAM NESHAM1846W45L51.00223
23WILLIAM M TONG1966L1W461.00213
24SELDEN TRIMBLE1945L2W471.00213
25THOMAS SCHNEIDER1899L3W451.00213
26TAIMOOR NOOR1879L6W441.00213
27JAY ANDRE SHAPIRO1400B---L61.00213
28BOB HOLLIMAN2204L16W361.001.513
29DERRICK BARTOTTO1662B---L121.001.512
30STEVEN COOKLEV2064L17W421.00112
31RODNEY VAUGHN1829L15W431.00112
32CHRIS A FIEBER1825L19B---1.00102
33KYLE AN SALZGEBER1579L18B---1.00102
34WILLIAM THOMPSON1789D13L140.51.5314
35SPENCER FINEGOLD2029D41L130.512.513
36DAVID MELITI1970D12L280.512.513
37DANIEL EDW PARMET2002L4D380.50.52.50.53.5
38FRANK WHITSELL1855L5D370.50.52.50.53.5
39DAVID BENJA ASKIN1896L10D400.50.520.53
40RANDY WAY GIMINEZ1795L11D390.50.520.53
41GORAN VOJINOVIC2591D35U---0.500.511
42JAMES A DAVIES2000L7L300.01304
43ALEXAN VERGILESOV1902L8L310.01304
44ADRIAN R BARLOW1675L9L260.01304
45EMILY TALLO2015L22L250.01203
46JEFFREY SCHRAGIN1864L20L230.01203
47LEO KAMGAR1857L21L240.01203

 

Standings: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - U1800 Section

#NameRtngRd 1Rd 2TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1TIMOTHY C NESHAM1799W16W132.01233
2RONALD WASHINGTONunr.W14W92.01233
3MICHAEL CHR ASKIN1725W23W112.011.532.5
4DON HARPER1476W24W152.011.532.5
5BOB HOWE1691W26W102.01132
6MAREK ZIOLKOWSKI1476W27W122.01132
7BEHROOZ ME VAKIL1759W17H---1.51121
8STEPHEN ZHANG1695W18H---1.51121
9STEVE KORENBLAT1615W28L21.02223
10DENNIS E HOURCADE1552W19L51.00324
11MICHAEL SALZGEBER1492W25L31.002.523.5
12NAMIT GAUR1616W21L61.002.523
13KEN CRUMPLER1559W22L11.002.523
14VISHAL BHARADWAJ1507L2W201.002.514
15JASON ZHOU1632W29L41.00223
16MATTHEW W LARSON1410L1W281.00213
17ANDREW GEISELHART1372L7W291.001.512.5
18SAL R FRANCIS1311L8W271.001.512.5
19ANTHONY MCGRATHunr.L10W261.00112
20ANDREW* GEISELHART1372B---L141.00111
21AADIT PALANIAPPAN1217L12B---1.00102
22JAMES WANG1170L13B---1.00102
23NATHAN TU PHAN1356L3H---0.50203
24CLARK ZHANG BERRY1064L4H---0.50203
25WENDELL A BETTON1135L11H---0.50102
26DOUGLAS PICHEN1381L5L190.01304
27SAMUEL BRU LEVINE959L6L180.01304
28SUHAS BOBBA1346L9L160.01203
29KEN WEST1276L15L170.01203

 

 


 

 

THE SAINT LOUIS INVITATIONAL: DAY ONE 

IM Michael Brooks, left, scored an upset victory over GM Julio Becerra in round one of the Saint Louis Invitational.

SAINT LOUIS, March 4, 2011 -- On Friday, 10 hopefuls gathered at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for the Saint Louis Invitational, but only two will leave with a ticket to the 2011 U.S. Championship. The round-robin tournament kicked off at 6 p.m. CDT with eight grandmasters, one international master, and one FIDE master all vying for two final invitations to compete for the title in Saint Louis next month.

The field consists of:

  • GM Alejandro Ramirez
  • GM Gregory Kaidanov
  • GM Joel Benjamin
  • GM Julio Becerra
  • GM Eugene Perelshteyn
  • GM Ray Robson
  • GM Melikset Khachiyan
  • GM Jesse Kraai
  • FM Darwin Yang
  • IM Michael Brooks

IM Michael Brooks, the lowest rated player in the field, scored the first victory of the tourney with a huge first-round upset of GM Julio Becerra. Becerra played the Najdorf, an opening that Brooks has played for years, and was unable to fend off the lower-rated Brooks.

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FM Darwin Yang also scored a big upset win over GM Eugene Perelshteyn.

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GM Joel Benjamin won a wild game against GM Jesse Kraai.

“I played an opening that is a little bit risky, because I’m going to try to win my games,” Benjamin said. “The nature of this tournament, you’ve got to come here to finish at least second. You’ve got to win a lot of games. There’s nothing to be gained by being in the middle somewhere.”

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GM Gregory Kaidanov defeated GM Melikset Khachiyan. While low on time, Khachiyan overlooked a queen sacrifice that would have ultimately won him a piece.

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The game between GM Ray Robson and GM Alejandro Ramirez boiled down to a queen-and-pawn endgame, and after Robson captured a pawn (33...Qxa2), Ramirez was able to fore perpetual check to secure the draw.

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Round 1

BoardWhite           
Black
1Ramirez, Alejandro 1/2-1/2Robson, Ray
2Yang, Darwin 1-0Perelshteyn, Eugene
3Brooks, Michael 1-0Becerra, Julio
4Kaidanov, Gregory 1-0Khachiyan, Melikset
5Benjamin, Joel 1-0Kraai, Jesse

THE BILL WRIGHT SAINT LOUIS OPEN: DAY ONE

The first three days of the invitational are being held concurrently with the Bill Wright Saint Louis Open. More than 40 participants took part in round one off the three-day option. Another 20+ have signed up for the 2-day option, which begins tomorrow, and organizers expect 10-15 more walk-ins tomorrow morning. The fields will merge for round three.

In the open section, IM Goran Vojinovic, the highest rated player in the field, suffered an upset after drawing Expert Spencer Finegold. Vojinovic played the Reti with white. Spencer defended with the uncommon Polish defense. the game quickly leveled out and a draw was inevitable. Vojinovic withdrew and re-entered to play in the two-day schedule.

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Selden Trimble mishandled the Chigorin Defense against GM Mesgen Amanov, and the grandmaster took advantage of the miscalculation to cruise to an easy victory.

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Resident GM Ben Finegold outplayed young up-and-comer William Tong in the black side of an English opening. Finegold won two pawns in the opening after some suspicious moves by William, as six of his first 12 moves were with the king's knight.

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Missouri's newest Master, Kevin Cao, defeated CCSCSL Scholastic Coordinator Alex Vergilesov. The game started with an offbeat variation of the Ruy-Lopez. Vergilesov overextended his center and Kevin quickly blew it up winning a pawn in the process. Kevin finished the game with a nice tactic.

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Wisconsin Master John Veech used a slow positional crush to grind down CCSCSL member David Askin.

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Saint Louis Invitational round two pairings:

 

Round 2

BoardWhite           Black
1Robson, Ray Kraai, Jesse
2Khachiyan, Melikset Benjamin, Joel
3Becerra, Julio Kaidanov, Gregory
4Perelshteyn, Eugene Brooks, Michael
5Ramirez, Alejandro Yang, Darwin

 

 

Pairings for Round 2: The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open - Open Section

BdResWhiteResBlack
1 BENJAMIN FINEGOLD (2565) JAMES R VOELKER (2151)
2 MARK JOEFF FERBER (2167) MESGEN AMANOV (2537)
3 KEVIN Y CAO (2236) BARRY PAUL MANTHE (2085)
4 SEAN VIBBERT (2138) JOHN VEECH (2224)
5 RONALD G LUTHER (2200) JAY ANDRE SHAPIRO (1400)
6 JOSHUA FRANK (2095) JIALIN DING (2192)
7 SPENCER FINEGOLD (2029) ALEXAND VELIKANOV (2113)
8 WILLIAM THOMPSON (1789) MARGARET M HUA (1973)
9 JEFFREY SCHRAGIN (1864) WILLIAM M TONG (1966)
10 SELDEN TRIMBLE (1945) LEO KAMGAR (1857)
11 RODNEY VAUGHN (1829) ALEXAN VERGILESOV (1902)
12 DAVID BENJA ASKIN (1896) RANDY WAY GIMINEZ (1795)
13 ADRIAN R BARLOW (1675) TAIMOOR NOOR (1879)
 1KYLE AN SALZGEBER (1579) BYE

 

Wall Chart - The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open: Open Section

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2
1GORAN VOJINOVICW 14----
 2591 141197840.5 
2BENJAMIN FINEGOLDB 16W 9
 2565 112644171.0 
3MESGEN AMANOVW 17B 8
 2537 138229471.0 
4KEVIN Y CAOB 18W 13
 2236 129053491.0 
5JOHN VEECHW 19B 10
 2224 136661041.0 
6RONALD G LUTHERB 20W 28
 2200 103650071.0 
7JIALIN DINGW 21B 12
 2192 137171651.0 
8MARK JOEFF FERBERB 22W 3
 2167 144264061.0 
9JAMES R VOELKERW 23B 2
 2151 102666961.0 
10SEAN VIBBERTB 24W 5
 2138 210043591.0 
11ALEXAND VELIKANOVW 25B 14
 2113 128798820.5 
12JOSHUA FRANKB 26W 7
 2095 125411551.0 
13BARRY PAUL MANTHEW 27B 4
 2085 120827601.0 
14SPENCER FINEGOLDB 1W 11
 2029 126657600.5 
15MARGARET M HUAbyeB 25
 1973 132894000.5 
16WILLIAM M TONGW 2B 21
 1966 128797550.0 
17SELDEN TRIMBLEB 3W 22
 1945 103677430.0 
18ALEXAN VERGILESOVW 4B 23
 1902 128828130.0 
19DAVID BENJA ASKINB 5W 24
 1896 137769670.0 
20TAIMOOR NOORW 6B 26
 1879 126274230.0 
21JEFFREY SCHRAGINB 7W 16
 1864 126642890.0 
22LEO KAMGARW 8B 17
 1857 132782430.0 
23RODNEY VAUGHNB 9W 18
 1829 112467700.0 
24RANDY WAY GIMINEZW 10B 19
 1795 110410190.0 
25WILLIAM THOMPSONB 11W 15
 1789 125832870.5 
26ADRIAN R BARLOWW 12W 20
 1675 127869830.0 
27KYLE AN SALZGEBERB 13bye
 1579 135652070.0 
28JAY ANDRE SHAPIRObyeB 6
 1400 135543861.0

Pairings for Round 2. The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open: 3 Day U1800

 

BdResWhiteResBlack
101 MICHAEL SALZGEBER (1492) MICHAEL CHR ASKIN (1725)
102 DON HARPER (1476) JASON ZHOU (1632)
103 NAMIT GAUR (1616) MAREK ZIOLKOWSKI (1476)
104 KEN WEST (1276) ANDREW GEISELHART (1372)
105 SAMUEL BRU LEVINE (959) SAL R FRANCIS (1311)
 1 AADIT PALANIAPPAN (1217) BYE
 ½ STEPHEN ZHANG (1695) BYE
 ½ NATHAN TU PHAN (1356) BYE
 ½ BEHROOZ ME VAKIL (1759) BYE
 ½ WENDELL A BETTON (1135) BYE
 ½ CLARK ZHANG BERRY (1064) BYE