John Bapst New Year's Tournament Report

01.17.12 Thirty-three players turned out for the five-section John Bapst New Year's Tournament played at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor on January 8th, 2012. This year's tournament was held in honor of former John Bapst Chess Coach Bob Solinger who passed away last year after a long battle with cancer.

Tournament Director Steve Wong surveys action in the U1200 and U600 sections of the John Bapst New Year's Tournament.

After a touching rememberance of Mr. Solinger given by Maine Chess Association President Andy Bryan and a moment of silence, players channeled their energies to the chess board and the games at hand.

Former Bapst student Fritz Eyerer topped Quad 1 with 2.5 points in three games. He drew with * who scored 1.5 points and took third. Barry Magda scored 2.0 points for clear second place in the quad and Mark Woida was kind enough to donate (unwillingly) a few rating points for the good of his opponents.

Isaac Marnick came first in Quad 2 also scoring 2.5 points on a draw with fourth place finisher and former Bapst student Murray Bridges. Curt Brock scored 2.0 and Yuri Riabkov beat Bridges for 1.0 point and third place.

Dan DeLuca scored 2.0 points which was enough to take first in Quad 3 thanks in part to the early withdrawal of the quad's highest-rated player Margaret Bryan after the first round. The coach-student team of Dick Powell and Andy Turner each scored 1.5 points for shared second and Margaret Bryan and Kurt Eyerer (both former Bapst students) shared fourth with 1.0 point. Ed Rudnicki went scoreless after withdrawing before round 2.

In the U1000 section, Erskine Academy student George Spahn tied for first with current John Bapst freshman Anna Bryan both players scoring 3.0 points. Bethany Humphrey and newcomer to tournament chess Trevor Backus finished equal third with 2.5 points.

Duncan Bradshaw was the only player in the tournament to go unbeaten and untied with 4.0 points. He was trailed by Zach Grindal who took sole second with 3.0 points and Max DeLuca Lowell and Ross Stewart who shared equal third place.

Thank to all who participated in this funraiser to help the John Bapst chess team with a possible trip to the National High School Championships later this year.

USCF crosstable of this event

Quad 1: * (front left) plays Mark Woida while Barry Magda (back left) takes on the eventual winner Fritz Eyerer.

Quad 2: Curt Brock (front left) plays Quad 2 winner Isaac Marnick and Murray Bridges (back left) plays Yuri Riabkov.

Margaret Bryan on the move in her game vs Kurt Eyerer in Quad 3 while Andy Turner waits for his opponent who was behind the camera at the time.

This year's tournament took place in the library (as opposed to the auditorium in past years) with excellect conditions.

Laddy DeLuca Lowell staffs the concession stand.

The U600 section players.

U600 sections winners (left to right): Duncan Bradshaw (first), Zach Grindal (second), Max DeLuca Lowell and Ross Stewart (equal third).

Winners in the U1000 section (left to right): Patrick Coyne (seventh), George Spahn (equal first), Anna Bryan (equal first), Bethany Humphrey (equal third), Trevor Backus (equal third) and Josh Burleigh (eighth).

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