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:
|#||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|