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EventReport2021

Page history last edited by roger patterson 1 week ago

 

2021 Jack Taylor Memorial Event Report

 

Well, chess tournaments have finally returned after a nearly two year hiatus.   The 36th annual Jack Taylor Memorial was one of several tournaments held across Canada the weekend of Nov. 14th  and the first in BC since the 2020 BC Open.   Notwithstanding the ongoing pandemic, it seems people are ready to play and the event drew  95 players, smashing the previous in person event records.

 

As you might imagine, planning for this year's event was not without drama.    Normally, we would book the hotel roughly a year before as opposed to only 4 months out.  Our usual venue had been sold to the city to use as a residence for homeless people.   Finding a new place proved difficult and expensive - hence the change to a two day event instead of having a round on Friday evening.   Mixed reactions on that decision - it's convenient for out of town players who have difficulty making a Friday round but hard for players of a certain age to play 3 long games on Saturday.

 

And then there is the question of how many people would show up.   Would people have just quit chess?   Be gun shy about playing with COVID still around? Or would health regulation even permit the event to happen?   Well, as it turned out people were more than ready to play after so long, the Netflix series Queen's Gambit inspired many new players to play in a tournament, and the health regulations tightened up, then loosened, and finally allowed the event to play under (almost) normal conditions.

 

The turnout of 95 players was a surprise.    At this point, we are used to large numbers of juniors showing up but in fact the turn out was boosted mostly by new adult players, many of whom were fans of the Queen's Gambit series.   A Beth Harmon boom for the 2020s.....   Although new to the CFC and tournament chess, they were not newbies.   Typically they were online regulars with online ratings from 1200 to 1800 so hardly beginners.

 

Nothing quite like the sight of a tournament hall ready for action.....

 

..... and during the event.

 

In the end, NM Jason Kenney had a fairly uneventful road to clear first with a perfect score of 5-0.    His post tournament trip home was not nearly so uneventful as he made the decision to wait until Monday to drive the Malahat and take the Nanaimo ferry.   With Monday's record breaking rainfall and extensive flooding, it's a decision he ... er ... regrets.

 

Tied for 2nd a full point back were Eduardo Moura and Aiden Leong.     Aiden was the big surprise here - he entered the tournament with the lowest possible rating to qualify for the Premier (1400) and came 2nd!. 

 

Eduardo Moura and Jason Kenney in the last round...

 

The U1600 section was larger than normal for a 5 round event so a perfect score was necessary to win.    Fred Giroux took top honors with 5 points while newly resident to BC Azher Hossain took clear 2nd half a point back.   

 

The organizer (R. Patterson)  and 2nd place U1600 Azher Hossain.

 

Once again, this event was sponsored by the Jack Taylor Family, for which we are grateful.

 

Game File (pgn):  Top 5 boards.

 

Prize Winners:

 

Premier:

1st: Jason Kenney:    $500

2nd & Top U2000: Eduardo Moura, Aiden Leong:   $250 each

3rd-4th:  Patrick Huang, Sloan Setiadikurnia:  $75 each

U1800:  Isaac Trenton:   $200

 

U 1600:

1st: Fred Giroux  $250

2nd:  Azher Hossain:  $150

U1300:  Peter Mingrone, Sebastien Coste, $125 each.

 

Final Standings

 

Premier Section

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Place:
1 NM Jason Kenney 2264 +17 +28 +20 +4 +6 5 1st $500
2 Eduardo Moura 2187 +18 +13 =4 =7 +9 4 2nd $250
3 Aiden Leong 1400 +10 +27 -6 +15 +7 4 U2000 $250
4 Patrick Huang 2247 +22 +12 =2 -1 +14 3rd-4th $75
5 Sloan Christopher Setiadikurnia 2141 +23 =6 H--- =12 +13 3rd-4th $75
6 Isaac Trenton 1540 +16 =5 +3 +20 -1 U1800 $200
7 NM Roger Patterson 2104 +11 +25 H--- =2 -3 3  
8 Kate Jiang 1929 -13 +18 =15 +26 =12 3  
9 Paul Leblanc 1739 -26 +31 +11 +22 -2 3  
10 Gillian Mok 1727 -3 +29 +16 -13 +23 3  
11 Andrew Xu 1592 -7 +21 -9 +28 +22 3  
12 Henry Yang 1584 +14 -4 +24 =5 =8 3  
13 Jonathan Moore 1572 +8 -2 +27 +10 -5 3  
14 Paul Du Buf 2039 -12 +19 H--- +25 -4  
15 H G Pitre 1905 +29 H--- =8 -3 =18  
16 Yu Han [veronica] Guo 1828 -6 +23 -10 =17 +27  
17 Frank O'Brien 1711 -1 =24 H--- =16 +26  
18 Ken Forman 1640 -2 -8 +29 +27 =15  
19 Raemur Bedward 1425 H--- -14 H--- H--- +25  
20 Jason Williamson 1922 +31 +26 -1 -6 U--- 2  
21 Houshyar Ghandi 1800 -25 -11 +31 -23 +30 2  
22 Euan Reid 1700 -4 +30 +28 -9 -11 2  
23 Zachary Liu 1626 -5 -16 +30 +21 -10 2  
24 Tyler Cruz 1537 -27 =17 -12 +31 U---  
25 Mau-Seng Lee 1524 +21 -7 H--- -14 -19  
26 Elroy Deimert 1441 +9 -20 H--- -8 -17  
27 Stephen Brock 1819 +24 -3 -13 -18 -16 1  
28 Nicolau Machado De Oliveira 1796 +30 -1 -22 -11 U--- 1  
29 Cliff Jones 1548 -15 -10 -18 -30 +31 1  
30 Raymond Tangning Zhang 1477 -28 -22 -23 +29 -21 1  
31 Brian Sullivan 1551 -20 -9 -21 -24 -29 0  

 

U1600 Section

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Place
1 Frederic Giroux 1420 +56 +24 +23 +7 +3 5 1st $250
2 Azher Hossain 1355 =34 +43 +52 +8 +4 2nd $150
3 Adam Chevor 1545 +32 +21 +20 +5 -1 4  
4 Scott Gray 1493 +55 +39 +22 +6 -2 4  
5 Trevor Yonkman 1373 +45 +25 +41 -3 +22 4  
6 Rhyland Barker 1350 +46 +50 +26 -4 +24 4  
7 Peter Mingrone 1167 +15 +17 +37 -1 +20 4 U1300 $125
8 Sebastien Coste 989 +38 +11 +10 -2 +21 4 U1300 $125
9 Jordan Campbell 1500 +33 -22 +34 +23 =12  
10 Tony Dong 1289 +48 +16 -8 +41 =14  
11 Alexander Jin 1255 +63 -8 +51 =32 +35  
12 Don Hack 1210 -52 +46 +61 +35 =9  
13 Emilian Holmgren 1184 +64 -37 +17 =31 +33  
14 Nico Huang 1173 -24 +27 +18 +37 =10  
15 Andy Jiang 1100 -7 =53 +58 +52 +31  
16 Zoe Francis 1000 +18 -10 H--- +49 +32  
17 Viktor Zakharchuk 1400 +57 -7 -13 +43 +44 3  
18 Tyler Sanderson 1366 -16 +47 -14 +57 +45 3  
19 Alex Zou 1307 +47 -41 -44 +51 +46 3  
20 Wesley Russell 1259 +60 +28 -3 +26 -7 3  
21 Kai McGrady 1250 +61 -3 +50 +28 -8 3  
22 Yusuf Said Kargi 1232 +51 +9 -4 +44 -5 3  
23 Erwin Jun-Han Mok 1205 +53 +49 -1 -9 +47 3  
24 Dursim Hoxha 1200 +14 -1 +54 +36 -6 3  
25 Ruihan [hannah] Xu 1115 +54 -5 =49 =29 +36 3  
26 Kyle Argue 1092 +35 +31 -6 -20 +37 3  
27 Brian Thompson 900 -41 -14 +64 +55 +49 3  
28 Peter Gordon 805 +40 -20 +29 -21 +41 3  
29 Gabriel Uy 1400 -50 +45 -28 =25 +52  
30 Matthew Andrews 1301 =58 -34 -31 +61 B---  
31 Stephen Drake 1301 +59 -26 +30 =13 -15  
32 Alexander Webb 1130 -3 +60 +38 =11 -16  
33 Matthew Thibodeau 1105 -9 +63 H--- +53 -13  
34 Joseph Grafe 1000 =2 +30 -9 +50 U---  
35 Alexander Canning-Choi 1400 -26 +57 +39 -12 -11 2  
36 Cypress Kouri 1400 =43 =52 +56 -24 -25 2  
37 Mats Philipzig 1400 +44 +13 -7 -14 -26 2  
38 Paul Clarkson 1350 -8 +59 -32 -46 +57 2  
39 Grayden Hormes 1200 +62 -4 -35 -45 +59 2  
40 Primo Mergal 1158 -28 +48 H--- H--- U--- 2  
41 Aiden Lu 1141 +27 +19 -5 -10 -28 2  
42 Jordan Phillips 1100 -49 -51 -53 +63 +60 2  
43 Finn Barker 1069 =36 -2 H--- -17 +61 2  
44 Zihao William Jiang 1020 -37 +62 +19 -22 -17 2  
45 Tanner Davis 1000 -5 -29 +59 +39 -18 2  
46 Ryan Bole Yu 962 -6 -12 +63 +38 -19 2  
47 Jacky Wang Luan 956 -19 -18 +62 +56 -23 2  
48 Malcolm Blanchard 800 -10 -40 -55 +62 +56 2  
49 Edward Taylor 1500 +42 -23 =25 -16 -27  
50 Alexander Brown 1000 +29 -6 -21 -34 =51  
51 Dorie Jane Palacio 800 -22 +42 -11 -19 =50  
52 Zachary Holden 800 +12 =36 -2 -15 -29  
53 Andrew Johnston 745 -23 =15 +42 -33 U---  
54 Justin Gelinas 1500 -25 +58 -24 U--- U--- 1  
55 Brody Harry Hormes 1100 -4 -61 +48 -27 U--- 1  
56 Vikram Venkataramanan 1095 -1 +64 -36 -47 -48 1  
57 Adam Coady 1000 -17 -35 +60 -18 -38 1  
58 Finn Nakayama 900 =30 -54 -15 -59 =63 1  
59 Zachary Chua 886 -31 -38 -45 +58 -39 1  
60 Stephan Pepper 800 -20 -32 -57 +64 -42 1  
61 Colm Ivers 800 -21 +55 -12 -30 -43 1  
62 Laura Zaviziena 678 -39 -44 -47 -48 +64 1  
63 Tate Mowbray 800 -11 -33 -46 -42 =58 ½  
64 Anu Guraya 400 -13 -56 -27 -60 -62 0  

 

 

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