2014 NY State Championship

The recently completed 2014 NY State Chess Championship featured some members of the Vassar-Chadwick club (as well as others from neighboring clubs).

GM Gata Kamsky won the Open section (not really a surprise) with 5.5 out of 6 – his only draw was against GM Maxim Dlugy, who shared 2nd place (4.5) with IM Jay Bonin. Recent NY transplant, IM Timothy Taylor, took a share of 4th place, and pocketed only $100 for his efforts. I don’t know if there’s a solution to this problem (lack of financial reward for top players in tournament play), but the current state of affairs is pretty bleak when a weekend of minimum wage is more lucrative than high-end chess in one of the top states in the country.

Enough about that. On to more results…

In the Under 2100 section, Middletown club member Mike Semel finished with 2.5, our own Ken Evans ended with 2.0, and Dr. Fisher, after “castling queenside” (0-0-0) in rounds 3-5, went home with 1.0….it’s a tough tournament, no doubt about it.

In the Under 1800 section, Darius Jafary ended with 3.0 and Middletown’s Howard Jacobus finished with 2.0.

If I missed any member or other known personality, let me know in the comments.

See the official site for full results. (Thanks to Ernie for the link)

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