IM Dean Ippolito and FM Tommy Bartell shared first place and champion honors yesterday at the New Jersey State Chess Championship in Somerset. (Update: According to Ken Thomas, though his USCF membership still says "NJ" Bartell now officially resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, therefore only Ippolito owns this year's title). Also tied for first was GM Michael Rohde of New York, who entered on the two-day schedule. The tournament was directed by Ken Thomas and Aaron Kiedes. It was a great event with lots of star power, not least because of so many entries from former state champions (who were able to enter the tournament for only $1 this year). Update: Final standings are now available online from the New Jersey State Chess Federation website and crosstable at the USCF.
Kenilworth Chess Club regular and past champion Steve Stoyko shared a nice game with me from Round 5 against former NJ champ Steve Pozarek (whom I first met at his peak in the early 80s when we all played regularly at the Westfield Chess Club). The game offers a nice example of the attacking potential of the Colle-Zukertort and is likely to appeal to fans of the "Zuke 'em" approach.
- Labor Day Round-up Part I: Dean and Alec Annotate at USCF
Coverage of various state championships on Labor Day weekend, with a nice game by Ippolito over Stoyko.
- Ippolito Is 2009 NJ State Champion by Jim West
- 2009 NJ Open, Day 3, 2009 NJ Open, Day 2 and 2009 NJ Open, Day 1 by Jim West
- 2009 New Jersey Open Chess Championship, Final Standings at the NJSCF site
- NJ Open 2009 at the USCF site
- Ken Thomas's website