Open Game Play

Open Chess Game Play: All ages and skill-levels welcome!

When: Every Tuesday evening 7:15 pm - 11pm (or so) * * * * * Where: Aurora Turners Club, 1335 Mitchell Rd., in the Banquet Hall, downstairs.

This is just north of Indian Trail, in Aurora, east of Lake Street, west of Farnsworth.

ANCC is affiliated with the US Chess Federation and the Illinois Chess Association.

Monday, November 18, 2013

ANCC's Kevin Ho Ties for 2nd at 2013 All Grade; Vrishank Ramnath Ties for 7th

Despite a long day and an early loss, Fifth Grader Kevin Ho managed to rise to the occasion Saturday, November 16 at the 2013 All Grade sponsored by the Illinois Chess Association.

Kevin won his final three rounds, posting a 4.0/5 score to earn a portion of second place in the Fifth Grade section. Kevin's only blemish was a second-round loss to eventual Champion Edward Zhang. 41 competed in the section.

The All Grade attracted over 300 competitors to the Bone Center on the campus of Illinois State University. Bloomington Normal Area Scholastic Chess (BNASC) organized the event.

The USCF crosstables can viewed here. Competitors were paired in 10 sections.

Kevin has had quite a year, also bringing home hardware in the Labor Day Scholastic held in September. In that event, Kevin tied for sixth among Under 1200 competitors.

New ANCC-member Vrishank Ramnath finished in a 10-way tie for 7th place in the First Grade Section. Vrishank started out 3-0 before losing to the eventual champion, Arthur Xu, and one of his runners up. Vrishank had the highest tiebreaks of the ten 3.0/5 finishers, and therefore claimed the 7th-place trophy. 34 competed in his section.

Earlier in November, Vrishank had finished in a three-way tie for ninth in the K-3 section at the 2013 Polgar World Open. His 3.5/6 score placed him a half point ahead of two 2013 All Grade Champions: Jai Mahajan was the undefeated 3rd Grade Champion; Sam Fayn also went undefeated as the 2nd Grade Champion. Not bad, Vrishank!

At the Polgar event, ANCC-member Brian Gong tied for 4th in the Grades 4-5 section with a 4.0/6 score. Kevin competed in that same section, tying for 11th with a 3.0/6 tally.

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