Blindfold Championship and Chess Bazaar
A blindfold tournament was held on December 4th and 11th, with the final on December 18th during the annual Christmas party and chess bazaar.
Participants included Robert Chenault, Keevin Lee, Hans Multhopp and John Randolph. In a knockout format, Hans and John survived to the final round on December 18th. The night included food for everyone, an auction of chess books and equipment, and the blindfold final. Hans Multhopp donated a chocolate chess set for the final! So pieces were not only captured, but eaten! Here is the blindfold final game:
White: FM Hans Multhopp Black: John Randolph
Notes by Randolph
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2015 City Championship - Russ Wilson Wins
Russ Wilson is the new Cincinnati city champion! In Round 6 the final round, Russ was paired with 14-time champion Sergey Berchenko. Late in this game Sergey was up an outside passed pawn, while Russ had initiative towards Sergey's king and a time advantage. As spectators gathered, Sergey took his king to the center of the board where he had pawns and active pieces to defend it. A draw became possible as the players repeated moves - Russ angling for a path to Sergey's king and Sergey parrying the threats. Sergey broke the repetition and played for the win. Russ maintained the initiative, and broke through to a decisive advantage after Sergey ran very short on time.
Russ defeated three masters on his way to clear first.
Five-time champion FM Hans Multhopp took second, while William Morriss and Jeff Davis tied for third. David Rief, Anthony Bayless and Robert Chenault each took home class prizes.
Here are the final standings, along with some of the games:
|#||Name||Rtng||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Tot|
|3||William S Morriss||2055||W12||L2||W10||W13||D1||D5||4.0|
|4||Jeffrey Stu Davis||1761||L7||W14||W9||H---||H---||W13||4.0|
|5||John B Randolph||2216||D6||W9||D8||L1||W15||D3||3.5|
|7||John M Miller||2058||W4||L1||W15||L6||W8||L2||3.0|
|8||Anthony W Bayless||2001||W13||D6||D5||L2||L7||W14||3.0|
|10||David B Rief||1590||D9||H---||L3||L12||W17||X16||3.0|
|12||James T Lake||1719||L3||L15||D11||W10||L9||W18||2.5|
|13||Andrew L Ehrman||1706||L8||D11||W14||L3||W16||L4||2.5|
|15||Justin Thom Storn||1810||L2||W12||L7||W17||L5||L9||2.0|
|18||Jeff H Benjamin(House Player)||1734||U---||U---||U---||U---||U---||L12||0.0|
Cincinnati Women's Championship
Angela Crump is the 2015 Cincinnati Women's Champion! Angela finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 score. The Top Youth prize was won by Riya Koul with a 2-1 score. The Top Youth prize was an original copy of Life's Bobby Fischer issue from 1972, which was donated to the event by Casey Pugh. Robert Chenault directed the event. Congratulations to Angela, Riya and all who participated in this year's tournament!
|1||Angela Crump||W6||W3||W2||3.0||1st||Trophy + $50|
|3||Riya Koul||W8||L1||W5||2.0||Top Youth, 2nd-4th||Magazine + $20|