Showdown Recap: Arizona’s Best!

Posted: February 5th, 2010 by Daniel Rensch

The ACE Showdown held over the weekend of January 30th-31st had a few goals in mind: Bring as many of Arizona’s best chess players together as possible; provide a tournament platform where EVERY participant will be guaranteed at least three games against Master+ competition; and finally, create a comfortable environment where the players can focus on playing their best “fighting chess”!

The players kick off their 1st Round games, as Dan Adelberg, left, looks on...

The players kick off their 1st Round games, as Dan Adelberg, left, looks on...

To ensure that the field of players would be worthy of the challenges GM Yermolinsky and the other titled players would present, the minimum rating bar was set at 1800 USCF. Although this kept the field of participants rather small, what the tournament lacked in size it made up for in strength. The pairings were done in the “Scheveningen” format to prevent the players¬† from competing against those within their own rating class. Four teams, A, B, C, and D were created,¬† and the pairings were then done accordingly. In this way, all the players were given their “guaranteed number of games against 2200+ competition”, without the need of pairing(s) manipulations out of score group.

GM Alex Yermolinsky (far left) plays black against Arizona State High School Champion, John Williams. David Adelberg also squares off against Tom Mayka (not in view).

GM Alex Yermolinsky (far left) plays black against Arizona State High School Champion, John Williams. David Adelberg also squares off against Daniel Pecherski.

The pairings were done on Friday afternoon, and the cross-table was then emailed out to all the participants to allow time for preparation for their opponents. When everyone arrived on Saturday morning, a few opening statements were made by Daniel Rensch, and the games began. We will be posting most (if not all) the games from the tournament in our Featured Games section of the web site. Check em out, and leave your thoughts too!

After making a few opening statements, Danny had to sit down and play chess just like the rest!

After making a few opening statements, Danny had to sit down and play chess just like the rest!

International Master, Mark Ginsburg, was among the titled players set to "take on the challengers"...

International Master, Mark Ginsburg, was among the titled players set to "take on the challengers"...

The final standings turned out almost all decisive results! “Team A” finished in the top three places as expected, but fourth place belonged to Dipro Chakraborty of Group C! Dipro had the upset of the tournament when he took down IM Daniel Rensch in round 4, and he finished strongly with a draw against GM Alex Yermolinsky. Perhaps the tournament of Dipro’s young career, and well deserved was his 1st place prize of $200 for Best Under 2200!

Daniel Rensch presents Dipro Chakraborty with his 1st place, Under 2200, prize of $2 Million Dollars!!! Just joking, $200 bucks...

Daniel Rensch presents Dipro Chakraborty with his 1st place, Under 2200, prize of $2 Million Dollars!!! Just joking, $200 bucks...

Leave your comments and questions if any… Stay tuned for details on how you can participate in one of GM Alejandro Ramirez’s many events taking place from February 26th-March 7th! Thanks to everyone who participated, and we will see many of you on the 13th of February for the Master Trek Grand Prix Cup tournament at ASU.