Tuesday, February 16, 2010

USATE 2010 Wrap-up

Round Five at Board 1
Well, it was fun while it lasted and definitely feels better than 2008 when we lost only to the infamous GGGgs to finish 5-1 or 2007 when we made it to Board 1 in Round 5 only to lose to Beavis-and-Buttvinnik.  We played on Board #1 the last two rounds, entering Round 6 with the only 5-0 record, but we lost to the excellent Cambridge Springers, a perennial top team with the deadly Joe Fang going 6-0 5.5 on Board 2 (alone winning the second board prize after winning a nice ending against our Scott Massey). Bob Rose won on Board 4, so we definitely had a shot at it.  But Ed Allen drew his lower-rated opponent on Board 3 and Steve Stoyko lost a difficult but drawable ending against Bill Kelleher on Board 1 (getting distracted by his cell phone buzzing in his pocket, which resulted in a critical 10-minute penalty -- though, of course, at any other tournament he probably would have been forfeited....)  With a host of 4.5 teams behind us -- several of whom won their matches to go to 5.5 -- we got knocked out of the prizes entirelyUpdated: For complete team results, see the NJSCF website with final standings and complete results.

I'll update as more news or links roll in.  Meanwhile, here are some good blogs with USATE coverage (if I've left one out, let me know via comments):

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joe Fang went 5.5-.5; he drew with Tod Chasin.

Michael Goeller said...

I was just repeating the information in the USCF report.

Brian said...

I don't see where it said he went 6-0 there; it only said that he won the prize for best 2nd board. The 6.0 tie was on 1st.

I hope the USCF isn't under the impression that Mr. Fang won all of his games, as I saw the draw happen.

Michael Goeller said...

"Results are in at the 2010 US Amateur Team East. The Cambridge Springers, led by Bill Kelleher on board one, and Joseph Fang (who scored 6-0 on board two) topped on tiebreak."

That's the first paragraph.

Michael Goeller said...

They are probably mistaken.