Quasi-Quick Quads Tournament Report

02.22.18 The return of the Quasi-Quick Quads saw eighteen players competing in three quads and a six-player round robin. Winners were Alan Schalk, Nathan Dunn, John Brady, and Shrikrishna Parab. Ohio player Michael Abron participated in this event as part of his quest to play a US Chess rated tournament in each of the fifty states. Here's the illustrated tournament report.

The quirky clocks in the cupboard of the Saco Valley Chess Club (left to right): made in Romania (a USCF mainstay analog clock), Germany (a five-minute blitz clock), and the USSR (a Jantar analog 'four crystal' clock).

US Chess crosstable of this event

Thanks to Mike Dudley and Phil Lowell for contributing to this report.

The Quasi-Quick Quads are the brainchild of tournament organizer, tournament director, and former president of the Maine Chess Association Phil Lowell. Hosted by the Saco Valley Chess Club located at the J. Richard Martin Community Center in Biddeford, Maine, the Quasi-Quick Quads were played on Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. The first QQQ event was held at the same location on August 9, 2016 and attracted sixteen players.

The quads were a double round robin format with each participant playing two games vs three opponents. In Quad 1, Alan Schalk put up a sterling 6.0 points in six games for first. John Brady finished first in Quad 2 with 3.5 points. He was trailed closely by Wyatt Hendrix and Ohio native Michael Abron. In Quad 3, Shrikrishna Parab conceeded only one draw to end with 5.5 points. Denis Nadeau returned to tournament chess with this event and finished second in Quad 3.

Nathan Dunn finished the six-player round robin section with an unbeaten and untied 5.0 points. Equal second was shared between Ben Mock and Andrew Brenneman.

Thanks to all who participated for invigorating the Quasi-Quick Quads!

Quad 2 players about to start their games. John Brady (left) prepares to play Michael Abron from Ohio, who is working to complete a US Chess rated tournament in all fifty states. He checked Maine off the list as his 31st state and will move on from here to another state out west!

Tournament Director Phil Lowell (left) and Shrikrishna Parab looking over some early results.

Phil Lowell congratulating (from left) Nathan Dunn (first), Ben Mock, and Andrew Brenneman (tied second) with their spoils in the six-player round robin.

Phil congratulating quad winner John Brady.

The tournament room

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