Monday, February 18, 2008

U.S. Amateur Team West, Day 3

LATE NEWS: The Arizona team "We Have Cox," with Robby Adamson, Landon Brownell, Jonathan Cox and Benjamin Marmont scored 6-0 to take first place in the U.S. Amateur Team West. They defeated teams 1, 3, 6 and 4 on the road to the championship, and will now face the winners of the East, North, and West in an on-line playoff in April. Final standings may be found at

The Winners:

1st: We Have Cox (Robby Adamson, Landon Brownell, Jonathan Cox, Benjamin Marmont), 6-0

2nd: Sunil! Where’s Hikaru? (Jouaquin Banawa, Joel Banawa, Takashi Kurosaki, Sunil Deolalikar), 5.5-1.5

3rd: The Dream Team (Enrico Sevillano, John Daniel Bryant, Michael Yee, Santy Wong), 4.5-1.5

U2100: Beyond Chess A (Kong Liang Deng, Tianyi He, Kelly Zhang, Robert Xue, Henry Wang), 4-2
U2000: Wut Up Narcissists!?!! (Kofi Tatum, Lonnie Neal, Carl Bolm, Alicia Narducci, Stewart Yanez), 4-2
U1800: Short and Tal (Don Cotten, Ryan Yeung, Ray Sollars, Wenbo Du), 3-3
U1600: Crap! We Thought This Was Scholastics … (Alexander Kaliannan, Anna Karapetyan, Caleb Molitoris, Gavin Greiwe), 3-3
U1400: Vera Menchik Brigade (Michael White, Colette McGruder, Constance McClendon, Debra Rothman), 2-4

College: The troJACKs (Jack Peters, Etan Ilfeld, Simon Nielsen, Colin Field-Eaton, Leland Farrar), 4.5-1.5
Industrial: Northrop Grumman Advantage in Space (Philip Jacobsen, Robert Potts, David Anthopoulos, Michael Lowe, Michael Hemmat), 3-3
Junior: Beyond Chess B (Richard Yang, Hubert Jung, Jeffrey Ding, Zheng Zhu), 3-3
Senior: The Cardinal Sinners (Precioso Saguisag, Romeo Rodriguez, Jose Romero, Ed Baluran), 3.5-2.5

Board 1: GM Sergey Kudrin, 5-1
Board 2: IM Andranik Matikozyan, 5.5-.5
Board 3: Jonathan Cox, 5.5-.5
Board 4: Ben Marmont, 5.5-.5
Alternate: Stewart Yanez, 4-1

Team names (Don’t blame us, the players voted for them):
1st: Hillery Says Scratch My Barack
2nd: My Pimp Hand Is Strong Chess Bitch

Ron Hermansen – Daniel Gertmanian [D41]
USATW, Los Angeles 2008

1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxd5 6.Nf3 e6 7.d4 Be7 8.Bc4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0–0 10.0–0 a6 11.Re1 b5 12.Bd3 Bb7 13.Ne5 Nd7 14.Qc2 h6 15.Ng4 Nf6 16.Qe2 Re8 17.Ne5 Rc8 18.Bd2 Bf8 19.Qe3 Rc7 20.Qg3 Kh8 21.Re2 Qa8 22.f3 Rec8 23.Qh4 Ng8 24.Qh5 Nf6 25.Nxf7+ Kg8 26.Nxh6+ gxh6 27.Qg6+ Bg7 28.Bxh6 Ne8 29.Rxe6 Bd5 30.Rxa6 Qb7 31.Re1 Bf7 32.Qh7+ Kf8 33.Qh8+ Bg8 34.Bh7 1–0

Graham Free – Elliott Liu [B24]
USATW, Los Angeles 2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 Rb8 6.Be3 b5 7.Bxc5 b4 8.Na4 Qa5 9.b3 d6 10.Be3 Bxa1 11.Qxa1 Nf6 12.d4 Bd7 13.d5 Ne5 14.Nb2 Rc8 15.Kd1 Bg4+ 16.f3 Rc3 17.Bd2 Nxe4 18.fxg4 Qxd5 19.Nd3 Rxd3 20.Bxe4 Rxd2+ 21.Kc1 Rd1+ 0–1


Bill Conrad said...

Another exceedingly well-run tournament by John and Elie! These guys are DA BOMB! :)

It is always nice to see people I don't see often enough; in particular: Tatev Abrahamyan, Dan Gertmenian and his team, the "Three Veras" (Collette McGruder, Constance McClendon, and Debbie Rothman), and my perennial teammate Jeff Yee.

I had to drop out after five rounds with a really bad migraine, but I had lots of fun, and I hope the Amateur Team tournament continues for many more years! (And no, we're NOT trading John Hillary for Shaquile O'Neal. Maybe Shaq can dunk easier than John, but he probably doesn't know what rule covers insufficient losing chances, nor how to determine if said rule applies ...) :)

prosephina said...

Awesome tournament!!
One correction tho:
:(( Alicia, not Alicaia