Tucson Open: “Team Yermo”!

Posted: January 30th, 2010 by Daniel Rensch

Yermo, Rensch, and Jonathan Booher analyze Booher's only loss of the tournament.

Over the next couple of days I am going to be posting some pictures, each with a quick description, from the Tucson Open last weekend. In Tucson, GM Yermolinsky and I helped a small team of 6 players during the tournament. Game Review as well as Game Preparation for the upcoming rounds is where Alex and I focused with the students.

Most of the participants of “Team Yermo” finished with great tournaments. Their results were as follows:

  • John Gurczak had a great tournament in the Open Section (gaining over 30 rating points) and finished with 4 out of 5.
  • Fitch (Tiger) Rensch, also playing the Open Section, finished with 2.5 points out of 5. Only Tiger’s 5th tournament in 5 years!
  • Bill Pace had a rough go, but enjoyed the analysis and “prep” as he was trying out new openings. Finished with half a point.
  • Jonathan Booher finished with 3.5 out of 5 in the Reserve, and gained over 40 rating points! Great tournament for him…
  • Soren Alethia-Zomlefer also faired well in the Reserve Section, finishing with 3 points out of 5, despite a tough start.
  • Finally, Thayer-Alethia-Zomlefer also finished with 3 points in the Booster Section and gained a coupe points along the way.

Despite the small group of participants, I believe the “event” was a real success. For those involved, receiving several hours of analysis and preparation, certainly made the trip worth it. Yermo and I were able to give valuable insight and advice to each student immediately following their games. I believe this was very effective, because their ideas and plans were “still fresh in their heads”. We hope those involved enjoyed the experience. Comments, critiques, and ideas are always appreciated… For a full list of the Tucson Open Results, click here.