Aaron Spencer Represents Maine at Denker Tournament

08.12.10 John Bapst Memorial High School student Aaron Spencer represented Maine at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions played in Irvine, California from July 31 - August 4, 2010. We bring you the tournament report, images and all six games deeply annotated by Aaron himself.



High school champions from across the country participated in the 2010 Denker Tournament of High School Champions. Maine's representative, Aaron Spencer can be seen ninth from the left wearing a light green shirt.

Thanks to Steve Spencer for contributing to this report.

Day 1 was an exciting day of chess. Aaron, along with six other Denker participants, volunteered to play 42 local beginning chess players in a simul before the tournament opening ceremonies. This was the first in what will become an annual event.
Chairman Dewayne Barber announced his retirement over the next couple of years at the opening ceremony. He will co-chair with his replacement Matt Lodge for the next two years, then take a seat on the board.

The US Open is also being held here, so there are many dignitaries around - an exciting time to be in Irvine.

Aaron played strong in all his games. He said the only one he was disappointed in was the first one, in which he had stronger position but made a tactical error.

He played Ryan Clayton of Ohio (2097)(L); Tony Chen of Utah (1961)(W); Prashantha Amarasinghe of Minnesota (2137)(L); Jeffrey Byrd of Alabama (1889)(L); Benjamin Swiszcz of Rhode Island (1552)(W); and Richard Lee of Nevada (1863)(W).

USCF Crosstable of the 2010 Denker Tournament of High School Champions


Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Irvine, California
July 31, 2010
Round 1
Aaron Spencer (1718) - Ryan Clayton (2097) 0-1

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Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Irvine, California
August 1, 2010
Round 2
Tony Chen (1961) - Aaron Spencer (1718) 0-1

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Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Irvine, California
August 1, 2010
Round 3
Aaron Spencer (1718) - Prashantha Amarassinghe (2137) 0-1

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Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Irvine, California
August 2, 2010
Round 4
Jeffery Byrd (1889) - Aaron Spencer (1718) 1-0

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Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Irvine, California
August 2, 2010
Round 5
Aaron Spencer (1718) - Benjamin Swisczc (1552) 1-0

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Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Irvine, California
August 4, 2010
Round 6
Richard Lee (1863) - Aaron Spencer (1718) 0-1

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Chairman Dewain Barber speaks at the opening ceremony.


Maine (Aaron Spencer) vs Ohio (Ryan Clayton) in Round 1.


Aaron looking like a GM during his simul with local school children.



Comments

Congratulations Aaron! You represented Maine fantastically.

congrtulations Aaron,and than you for all the fine games.I really liked the personal annotations.roger

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