The return of the Cincinnati one-day tornado tourneys has been a huge success! In the first one in March, we had 15 players in the U 1600 and 17 players in the open for 32 total entries. We made all expenses and even added two more $40 prizes!
The open section came down to the last round. Will Sedlar drew with Justin Storn to reach 3.5 points taking home the $150 prize. Justin won $25 for the master bounty. There was a 3 way tie for 2nd. Justin Storn, John Randolph & Brian Suganraj each scored 3 points. Brian took home $40 for the under 2000 and Justin & John each took home $37.50 for their efforts.
The under 1600 section was even more hotly contested. 7 players were in contention for 1st place money. Andrew Saffle drew with Stan Jackson to lock up 1st and the $150 prize with 3.5 points. There was a 4 way tie for 2nd between Stan Jackson, Sanjeev Ganga, Siddarth Kunapuli & Sparsh Ghodake. Sparsh won $40 for the under 1000 prize. Stan, Sanjeev & Siddarth each got $25 for their efforts. The two $10 drawing winners were John R & Devin R.
The tournament went off without a hitch. Mostly due to the fantastic tournament directing of Jeffery Davis. The players were professional and sportsmanlike. The Playing hall was spacious and well-lit. There was a huge skittles and analysis room. A large variety of beverages and snacks sold on site. Free parking right in front. A variety of food close by. Keep your eyes out for the next Tornado date. You won't want to miss it.
A special thanks goes out to Game Swap for the facilities. Jeff Davis for an outstanding job directing and Fred Mastin did an outstanding job organizing the event. Special thanks to the Cincinnati Chess Club for equipment, and CCC officers Duane, Carl, Brian, John & Hans who helped spread the word, set up, etc. Most of all a special thanks to all the players who showed up and made it a great tournament!