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MLK Extravaganza Tournament Report

01.15.07 Forty-four players turned out over the MLK weekend for three tournaments at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. The James R. F. Quirk Memorial, the Gertrude Lowell Rated Beginners Open and the Portland Quick Chess Double Round Robin were all part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Chess Extravaganza, Maine's first tournaments of the new year.

Clash of Titans: Ruben Babayan (left) plays co-winner of the Quirk Memorial Max Enkin

Before we get into the details of the tournament results here is a rememberance of James R. F. Quirk by Robert A. Leach that appeared in the Winter 1997 edition of Maine Chess Communique, The Maine Chess Association Newsletter.

Downeast Chess founder dies in Louisiana at 50

One of the major forces in Maine Chess, who has been missed since leaving the state in the '80s, died February 23, 1997, in Alexandria, Louisiana at the age of 50.

James Quirk, founder of Downeast Chess, died of a heart-attack while exercising on a stationary bicycle, according to a colleague at Louisiana State University.

Although Jim was a strong player of expert caliber, his greatest contribution to the local chess culture was his organizational skills. He directed a slew of tournaments each year under an organization he created and named Downeast Chess. Most of these events were held in the southern half of the state. And, pioneering the concept of "Maine Chess Player of the Year," Quirk built additional interest in the series of tournaments throughout the year.

Between George Cunningham and Jim, they directed almost every chess tournament held in the State of Maine in the '70s and '80s. Active chessplayers knew Jim and George as the predominate directors.

Only 50 years old at his passing, Jim's accomplishments far exceed his brief time on this planet. In 1964, he became the youngest graduate ever of Colby College at the age of 18. He went on to earn masters degrees from the University of Southern Maine and Middlebury College.

In Maine, he was a computer science professor at the University of Southern Maine. Later, he served as a professor of computer science at Louisiana State University in Alexandria.

He also enjoyed coaching college soccer and hockey. Jim was by no means a one-dimensional person.

Bruce Johnson, a friend an fellow professor at LSUA, said in an email to Jim Dubois, "I knew Jim about as well as anyone at LSUA did. I had the office across from his. We even shared the same phone line. I liked Jim and I miss him. We did a lot of 'punning' together."

I remember Jim's cutting quips. After losing two games in my first USCF tournament at Bowdoin College in 1983, I got an involuntary bye in the third round and wondered if I'd ever win a game. But my first real point came with a win in Round 4. When I reported the result to Jim, his eyes narrowed, then he grinned and said "Miricles do happen!"

Most Maine chess players will remember Jim for his well-run tournaments. They were well organized, his word was law, and he was not afraid to make a decision and stick to it. Sometimes those firm decisions were controversial, but no one questioned his overall capabilities or integrity. Others had more mundane memories. After a long pause, Stuart Laughlin said that Quirk was prone to requiring all clocks to face the same way.

Knowing James R. F. Quirk, I wouldn't be suprised if he organized a tournament in heaven and if he talked God into pushing the first pawn on board one!

Farewell Jim.

James R. F. Quirk Memorial Tournament

A three-way tie for first ensued between master-rated player Max Enkin (2249), state champion Joseph St. Pierre (2018) and co-champion of the 2006 Maine Rating Floor Open, Derrick Crocker (1154). Each player finished with three points albeit in different configurations. Enkin took two wins and a two draws, St. Pierre, two wins a draw and a bye and Crocker, three wins and a single loss. Enkin was nicked for two draws by St. Pierre in round two and Lucas McCain (1518) in round 4. Following the leaders were Ruben Babayan (2044) and Lucas McCain with two and a half points.

In the Under 1600 section it was Joel Penley (1580) scoring a perfect four points to top the twelve player field. Tied for second were Curt Brock (1344) and Matthew Colson (1250) with three points followed by a pack of six players with two points.

The Gertrude Lowell Rated Beginners Open attracted a record number of participants for a RBO, fueled in part by the new Coastal Maine Scholastic Club in Cape Elizabeth. Twelve of the sixteen players, including the winner of the tournament, are club regulars. Max Berube (945) blanked the field with four points. Robert Nixon (1091), Kris Fecteau (824) and Robert Freccero (Unr) tied for second with three points apiece.

Action was the watchword at the Portland Quick Chess (Game in 15) Double Round Robin. Ruben Babayan scored a daunting eight out of ten to take first in sextet one. He was followed by Lucas McCain with six points and tournament director-cum-player Phil Lowell (1803) with five and a half. In the second grouping, Joel Penley continued his winning ways with a blazing eight and a half out of nine well ahead of Robert Nixon and David Rice (1517) who scored five and a half to share second place. Scott Overlock (894) took the top score of the bottom half of the field with five points.


Co-winner Max Enkin


Co-winner Joseph St. Pierre (right) analyzing with Andrey Savov


Co-winner Derrick Crocker


Under 1600 section winner Joel Penley


Rated Beginners Open winner Max Berube with the spoils of victory


Lucas McCain (left) and Andrey Savov look at a position


Scott Overlock (left) plays chess dad, Mark Parker


Tournament Director, Phil Lowell over the board at quick chess


RBO top finishers left to right (other than Max Berube): Bob Nixon, John Soong (South Portland High School and Costal Maine Scholastic Chess Club), Kurt Fecteau (University of Southern Maine), Brett Parker (Cape Elizabeth and CMSCC), Danny Brett (Cape Elizabeth and CMSCC), Jack Demeter (Cape Elizabeth and CMSCC), Peter Campbell (Cape Elizabeth and CMSCC) and Anthony Freccero (Scarborough and CMSCC)


Intergenerational Match: Peter Campbell hits the clock during his game with David Rice


Lee Doucette (right) facing a tough challenge from Sanders Wommack


Back over the board after a three-year hiatus: James Haller

Results Quirk Memorial Tournament Open Section

#

Player

Rtg

Rd1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Total

1

Max Enkin

2249

W9

D2

W4

D5

3.0

2

Joseph St. Pierre

2018

W5

D1

W6

Bye

3.0

3

Derrick Crocker

1154

W7

L4

W9

W8

3.0

4

Ruben Babayan

2044

W8

W3

L1

D6

2.5

5

Lucas McCain

1518

L2

W9

W8

D1

2.5

6

Andrey Savov

1713

Bye

W7

L2

D4

2.0

7

Jon Malev

1600

L3

L6

Bye

D9

1.0

8

S. Kaluzynski

1478

L4

Bye

L5

L3

1.0

9

Daniel DeLuca

1599

L1

L5

L3

D7

0.5


Results Quirk Memorial Tournament Under 1600 Section

#

Player

Rtg

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Total

1

Joel Penley

1580

W3

W7

W4

W6

4.0

2

Curt Brock

1344

W8

W11

L6

W4

3.0

3

Matt Colson

1250

L1

W12

W5

W9

3.0

4

Nathan Bryans

1552

W10

W9

L1

L2

2.0

5

David Rice

1517

L7

W8

L3

W11

2.0

6

Lee Doucette

1429

L9

W10

W2

L1

2.0

7

Mark Seedner

1258

W5

L1

L9

W12

2.0

8

G. Teodorescu

Unr

L2

L5

W12

W10

2.0

9

Aaron Spencer

813

W6

L4

W7

L3

2.0

10

Matt Fishbein

1088

L4

L6

W11

L8

1.0

11

Charles Rotmil

Unr

W12

L2

L10

L5

1.0

12

Alan Kinney

Unr

L11

L3

L8

L7

0.0


Results Gertrude Lowell Rated Beginners Open

#

Player

Rtg

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Total

1

Max Berube

945

W15

W3

W2

W6

4.0

2

Robert Nixon

1091

W14

W13

L1

W5

3.0

3

Kris Fecteau

824

W12

L1

W13

W9

3.0

4

Rob Freccero

Unr

L13

W14

W11

W7

3.0

5

John Soong

770

W16

W8

D7

L2

2.5

6

Peter Campbell

994

D7

W10

W8

L1

2.0

7

Brett Parker

725

D6

W11

D5

L4

2.0

8

Eric Turgeon

976

W9

L5

L6

W13

2.0

9

Daniel Brett

723

L8

W16

W15

L3

2.0

10

Scott Overlock

894

L11

L6

W12

W14

2.0

11

Jack Demeter

325

W10

L13

L4

D15

1.5

12

Mark Parker

Unr

L3

D15

L10

W16

1.5

13

James Haller

875

W4

L2

L3

L8

1.0

14

Dan Fishbein

752

L2

L4

W16

L10

1.0

15

Jordan Gattine

402

L1

D12

L9

D11

1.0

16

Nicholas Shedd

Unr

L5

L9

L14

L12

0.0


Results Portland Quick Chess Tournament Group 1

#

Player

Rtg

Total

1

Ruben Babayan

2042

8.0

2

Lucas McCain

1416

6.0

3

Phil Lowell

1901

5.5

4

Derrick Crocker

1167

4.5

5

Andrey Savov

1514

4.0

6

Daniel DeLuca

1567

2.0


Results Portland Quick Chess Tournament Group 2

#

Player

Rtg

Total

1

Joel Penley

1289

8.5

2

David Rice

1351

5.5

3

Bob Nixon

1240

5.5

4

Scott Overlock

887

5.0

5

Sanders Wommack

1093

4.5

6

Lee Doucette

1313

4.0

7

Peter Campbell

921

4.0

8

John Soong

Unr

4.0

9

Reed Wommack

376

3.0

10

James Haller

762

1.0

Comments

Hi Justin,
I don't have Max's games, sorry. At each tournament it is always a challenge to get game scores, some players are unwilling to share them others have so many errors in notation that they are not distinguishable.
I would like to have an electronic system of notation made available to players for this reason.

I would like to see the games Max Enkin played... Do you have them?

Thanks,
Justin imachessplayer@yahoo.com

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