John Bapst New Year's Tournament Report

01.10.09 Starting the new year off right, 34 players competed in the 2009 John Bapst New Year's Tournament on January 4, 2009 at John Bapst High School in Bangor. Two players well know in Maine chess circles found themselves at the top of the crosstable after the final round. Former State Champion Roger Morin and 2008 Chess Player of the Year Barry Magda both scored 3.5 points to share 1st place. George Spahn was perfect in the U1000 section with 4.0 points.

Roger Morin, Barry Magda and George Spahn win their first outing of 2009 at the John Bapst New Year's Tournament

John Bapst New Year's Tournament Crosstable

This tournament was directed by Steve Wong and organized by Andy Bryan, Mary Eyerer and Friends of John Bapst Chess.

It all came down to this final round game between Roger Peterson (left) and Barry Magda. At this point Magda had 2.5 points and Peterson had 3.0. A win for Peterson would have clinched the tournament but that was not to be. In an ending in which Magda had a 5 pawn to 2 pawn advantage with a rook and bishop each, he managed to get Peterson's king to h8 where it was promptly mated.

A good fight and congratulations to the winner.

Here's the final position (minus those 2 black pawns on h4 and h5 that found there way onto the board during the post mortem) in the Magda-Peterson game.

Curt Brock joins in the extensive post-mortem that ensued.

Roger Morin (right) plays Tom Sandford in the final round. Morin went on to win this game to tie for first.

Action in the Open section

Under 1000 section winner George Spahn (left) on board 1 handing Dan Honeycutt his only loss of the tournament. Honeycutt finished tied with David Ngo for 2nd place scoring 3.0 points.

Jaiwei Zou (left) and Ryan Vienneau finished as the top 2 Under 1400 players in the Open section.

Bethany Humphrey (right), here playing Ken Ginn.

John Kenneway

The tournament's youngest competitor, Eli Spahn, scored 1.5 points in the Under 1000 section.

Jim Du Bois (left) and Rob Shore in a photo op just before the last round.

Tournament Organizer Andy Bryan (left) confers with Tournament Director Steve Wong.

Preparation for the last round?

Back in Maine from Swarthmore College for the holiday break, Fritz Eyerer.

Nathaniel Bryans finished with 2.5 points.

Winners all: (back row left to right) George Spahn, John Kenneway, Eli Spahn, Bethany Humphrey, David Ngo, Charles Parham; (front row left to right) Daniel Honeycutt and Ken Ginn

Thanks to all who made the tournament a great sucess. Happy New Year and good chess in 2009!


A wonderful location, good lighting, plenty of elbow room, effrciently run, good friends and special thanks to the tournament directors for their work and to Mary Eyerer for taking time to get me coffee and sandwich.

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