Matthew Fishbein Wins Saco Quick Chess Tournament

09.18.18 Chess comes in many forms: standard, 960, bughouse, and blindfold to name a few and many time controls: correspondence, standard, quick, blitz, and lightning. On Saturday, September 15, 2018, nineteen players gathered in Saco, Maine to try their hand at a six-round quick chess tournament with a time control of G/25 and a 3-second delay. When the dust cleared, Matthew Fishbein stood at the top of the crosstable with 5.5 points.

Tournament winner Matthew Fishbein (right) receives congratulations
from tournament director Alex Relyea.

Thanks to Alex Relyea and Nita Patel for contributing to this report.

US Chess crosstable of this event

Nineteen players competed in the Saco Quick Chess tournament on September 15, 2018. Matthew Fishbein took clear first with 5.5/6. FM Jarod Bryan was second with 5. Alan Schalk, Philip Lowell, and Mike Baker visiting from West Virginia, shared the U2000 prize with 4. Tristin Cousineau won the U1600 prize with 3.5, and Tobias Coffey rounded out the prize winners with 3 points and the U1100/Unrated prize. Special thanks to Nita Patel and newcomer Chris Lyons (from Philadelphia) for agreeing to serve as house players.

The tournament room at the Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford in Saco, Maine.

Jarod Bryan who took clear second place with 5.0 points (left) battles George Deyman

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley (left) plays Chris Lyons in round 1.

Dan Fishbein (aka Matthew's dad) (left) puts a Ruy Lopez on the board against his opponent Remy Sennema.

Experience vs youth plays itself out in this game between John Phythyon (left) and Tristan Cousineau.

Former Maine Chess Player of the Year Lee Doucette (left) does his best to hold off Matthew Fishbein during round 1.

Second place finisher Jarod Bryan receives his prize from tournament director Alex Relyea.

Alan Schalk, Mike Baker, and Philip Lowell receive their U2000 section prize.

Tristan Cousineau receives the U1600 prize from Alex Relyea.

U1100/unrated section winner Tobias Coffey strikes a similar pose.

Mike Baker (left) and Rob Shore do battle in the final round.

Phil Lowell (left) plays DJ Pelletier.

Thanks to all who made this tournament a great success!

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