Copper State Recap — Day 1

Posted: June 5th, 2010 by Daniel Rensch

It has begun! The 2010 Copper State International, presented by Abstrax Inc is officially underway. It has been a whirlwind 48 hours — between player arrivals, the opening ceremony on Thursday night, and the first two rounds — there is a lot to report on…

The opening ceremony was a wonderful experience for all who attended. As players from the A-Group “drew kings” to decide their pairing # destinies, spectators from the B-Group waited eagerly for their own first round pairings to post.

IM Jacek Stopa does the same...

IM Jacek Stopa leads the way...

IM Irina Krush draws her king and her pairing #!

IM Irina Krush draws her king and her pairing # for the A-Group...

IM Dean Ippolito Draws his King, and with it his pairing # and A-Group fate...

Dean Ippolito Draws his King, and with it his pairing # and A-Group fate...

John Lalonde Flips Coin

Owner of our presenting sponsor company, John Lalonde, flips a coin to determine the "color fates" of our top seeds in round 1...

Notable from the first round of play was a huge upset between two local Arizona chess stars, when young David Adelberg beat IM and reigning Arizona State Champion, Levon Altounian. NM Kayden Troff also managed a draw against Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky.

In round 2, the A-Group was treated to a dose of the “Killer Opening” when local favorite IM Nikolay Andrianov smashed IM Jacek Stopa in 23 moves of a Reti Attack. Upon reviewing the game with IM Daniel Rensch for Chess.com/TV’s live broadcast, Nikolay dedicated the game to the late — former world chess champion — Vassily Smyslov, who was a good friend and former colleague of Andrianov.  Nikolay is off to a great start with 1.5 points out of 2.

So much more to come, and we encourage everyone to come down to Abstrax tomorrow (Saturday) for GM Alejandro Ramirez’s lecture and/or Timur Gareev’s Simultaneous Exhibition — both starting at 1pm!