The July Tornado was a BIG success. Thanks to all that participated. It was our largest tournament to date, with 83 players experiencing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat while battling it out for our largest prize fund ever of over $1300. The Friendship UMC in Wyoming is a great site with plenty of parking, a large well-lit playing hall, and a skittles room. Shout out to Cincinnati Chess Club member Mark Miller for helping us secure this site. Tournament director Alan Hodge did a fantastic job directing and keeping things running smoothly. Fred Mastin was assistant TD and organizer. CCC members Duane Larkin, Fred Mastin, Lyle Horvath, Bryan Fleischman, and Dinesh Kumar Palaniswamy and sons get a big shout out for setting up and cleaning up after the tournament.
Now to the winners. In the open section, Will Sedlar scored a perfect 4/4 to take 1st place. Abhinav Pullabhotla took clear 2nd with 3.5 points. George Elgin, Robert Drury, and Ashwin Kumar all tied with 3 points to split up the U2001 and U1801 class prizes. Chris Liu and Sathvik Mukherjee each scored 2.5 to split the U1601 prize.
In the U1400 section, we had 2 perfect 4/4 scores. Eric Nielson and Pranav Varier split the 1st and 2nd place prizes. Ashish Kothapalli was clear 3rd with 3.5 points. Todd Bowerman took the top Unrated prize with 3.5 points. Magnolia Zhu, Aditya Uriti, Randy Stroud, Ethan Donley, and Prathamesh Joshi each scored 3 points to divide the U1201 class prize. The U1000 prize was won by Nicolantonio Prentosito with 3 points. The under 800 prizes were divided up 4 ways with Thomas Houser, Aiden Justis, Alex Guo & Cameron Talyor each scoring 2 points.
Overall, it was great tournament!! We had our largest number of entrants and largest prize fund ever. Congratulations to all the prize winners. Thanks again to all that participated to help make this the biggest and best tornado we have had. The next tornado will be in October.