Coming Up This Week - Casual Play

New Member Night Draws Big Crowd

On July 25th, the Cincinnati Chess Club held its annual New Member Night where we welcome in anyone who's interested for a night of chess and food, all free of charge. This year we had a packed house, with many of our regular members showing up along with a whole bunch of new players. Duane and his team out on the grill kept the hot dogs and hamburgers coming in as fast as they could, but each round was gone as quick as it came off the grill. Several of our friends came down from Columbus for the evening to share in the festivities (and they even brought chess piece shaped cookies to share!). By the end of the night we had 5 new members join us and several members come back to renew their memberships for another year, along with strong support through donations and profits from our book auction. The evening was a lot of fun, and a great success.

The CCC was honored to have guest visitors who drove in from Columbus: Evan Shelton and Eric Gittrich. Evan is the President of the Ohio Chess Association (OCA). Eric, is a trustee along with our own club President, Duane Larkin. They were here to support our event and promote the OCA, and both were impressed with how much our club has grown compared to last year. Evan and Eric are pictured below holding up a copy of the OHIO CHESS BULLETIN on which they are featured on the front cover.

New Club Quick Champion: Jeremy Scheidt

Congratulations to Jeremy Scheidt on his compelling victory in this year's Quick Championship. Jeremy has always been among the club's elite players and really struck out here with a 5.5/6.0 victory atop the 16-man tournament. This year's Quick Championship featured a diverse group of ages and skill levels, and many players managed to boost their quick rating with some strong performances. Thanks to everyone for making the tournament a big success, and a special thanks to Jon Applebee for his work as tournament director.


# Name Score
1 Jeremy Scheidt 5.5
2 Leo Zamansky 4.5
3 John Miller 4.0
4 Joseph Pehoushek 4.0
5 Andrew Mackowiak 4.0
6 Hans Multhopp 3.5
7 Duane Larkin 3.5
8 Oleg Fabrikant 3.0
9 William Morriss 3.0
10 Jeff Davis 3.0
11 George Brown 3.0
12 Daniel Cunningham 2.0
13 Tim Lake 2.0
14 Chris Alge 2.0
15 Daniel Zimmer 1.0
16 George Perry 0.0

JB Franklin is 2014 Women's Champion

Congratulations to JB Franklin on her 3-0 performance and earning the title of 2014 Cincinnati Women's Champion, and to all the women who played a great tournament. Duane Larkin has provided a summary of the title game in his story below, along with the results table and some photos of the event

A crowd of over 34 people watched, as a total of 8 women and girls competed in the tournament. It all came down to the final game, with Michelle Chen and JB Franklin battling for the 1st Place trophy.

JB, who perennially finishes around second place, finally got over the hump to win with a 3-0 undefeated performance.

When I started watching in the middle of the game I felt that the position was unclear, with both sides pushing king side attacks. I was completely unaware until later, that JB was a queen up. Perhaps she had won Michelle’s Queen very early in the opening. But Michelle still had chances with possible pawn advances to directly assault JB’s king position. After Chen made a passive knight retreat, JB placed her Queen aggressively on the rook file attacking a piece. Chen protected the piece and attacked the queen at the same time. This crucial point of the game was to me the determining factor.

JB needed to decide whether to...

  1. Risk her queen's safety by being in a corner surrounded by enemy pieces.
  2. Retreat all the way back to her side of the board and be completely safe.
  3. Fight her demons of wanting to move fast and being too overly aggressive and make the proper move.

She decided on option #3, and for the rest of the game, to use more patience. She moved the queen up a square to keep a constant queen presence and attack on the pieces. JB was eventually able to bring in another piece. Then a trade, a capture, and win of a free piece, led to the destruction of Michelle's king defenders and an eventual well-deserved championship win for JB.

-Duane Larkin

# Name Rtng Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Total
1 J.B. Franklin UNR W6 W7 W2 3.0
2 Michelle Chen 1132 W8 W3 L1 2.0
3 Rithu Rajgopala 650 W4 L2 W5 2.0
4 Kavya Chintakaya UNR L3 W6 W7 2.0
5 Joanna Hu UNR D7 W8 L3 1.5
6 Esther Chenault UNR L1 L4 W8 1.0
7 Courtney May UNR D5 L1 L4 0.5
8 Deanna Hu UNR L2 L5 L6 0.0