New Chess Champions in Indiana
Over the April 12th-14th weekend, the 78th annual Indiana State Chess Championship brought us some new champions. Each section winner not only took home a considerable monetary prize, but a plaque as well for their respective efforts. Aydin Turgut won the Championship section with a clear first score of 4.5 out of 5. James Cates and Aidan Kaczanowski tie for 2nd with 4 out of 5. Cates manages the only draw mark against Turgut in the final round, while Kaczanowski took his only loss in the tournament from Turgut in round two. James Mills and Joshua Bousum finish with 3.5 out of 5 to tie for 4th, but these players also tied for the top senior performance of the Championship division. While Mills won the right to represent Indiana in the National Senior tournament on tiebreaks, he declined the position in favor of Bousum.
Aydin came in as top seed and never moved away from board one as he took on his opponents. While he may be a newcomer to chess in Indiana as a freshman at Culver Academy, that didn’t stop him from winning the Scholastic Individual title early this year. He is also a member of this 2019’s winning team at the USAT North tournament in February, and will compete in the national playoff against other teams from the East, West, and South team events. Turgut also won the Indiana Blitz Championship on Saturday night, giving two of four tournament wins necessary to become a Grand Slam Champion in the Indiana Hall of Fame.
Akarsu Celik won the Reserve section also with a 4.5 out of 5. Nathen Bush, Dallas Loven, Thomas Burden, and Terry Meeks II tied for 2nd with 4 out of 5. Celik won against Bush in round three, won against Burden in round four, and took a draw with Meeks in the last round to claim the top spot.
A month before this tournament, Celik went to Saint Louis for the Mid-America event posting a very respectable score of 4 out of 5 in the U1700 section. This set her up as seventh on the paring chart in this State Championships. By the close of round three, she led the Reserve section by a half point. That is where Akarsu remained after delivering a beautiful mating attack in the final minutes of round four, and drawing her final game. She is also the top female performer of the tournament.
Southern Indiana Open
The flooding around Bloomington subsided Saturday morning enough that 62 players could make there way to the tnmt hall at the Holiday Inn for this years tnmt. Talking with Expert Mike Herron before registration, he said “WE need an Indiana player to step up and draw Burnett so we can catch him!” Well…it didn’t happen! Burnett went 4-0 to win 1st prize. Herron, James Cates, Josh Bousum , Mark Blackstad, Kieth Belton and Mohamed Elshalzly went 3-1 for 2nd and split the the 2nd place and “A” prizes.
In the reserve section all of the “B” players were shut out of prize money as 4 “C” and “D” players went 3.5-.5 to tie for 1st. Eric Henry, Carl Bauer III, Daniel Larsen and Al Nelms split the 1st,,2nd,”C” and “D” money and get $ 162.50 apiece.
Next year we will use both rooms of the tnmt hall for play if we need to. I am looking at adding a couple of prizes also to the Prize Fund. Thanks to everyone who played this year. I was ably assisted this year by Club Director Krista Li of Bloomington who is looking to run tnmts herself. I hope this tnmt continues to be successful as past years.
See you at the State Championship April 12-14 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West!
Craig Hines ,Chief TD and ISCA Secretary.
2018 ISCA Memorial Report
The 48 players who came to the 2018 ISCA Memorial were a little soggy when they stepped into the tnmt hall because it was pouring and blowing outside. Lots of Board member help at registration saw the tnmt start just a few minutes late. Maybe this caused some folks to lose focus as there were several upsets in the first Rd.. Parham beat VanMeter, Roush beat Datar and in a small upset Braydon Povinelli drew with ISCA President. Matt Leach in the Open. In the U1800 top rated Jeff Jackson went down to Gael Medina. Upsets continued into Rd.2 where Roush beat Jim Mills.
Things settled down in the 3rd and4th round though, and in the end Parham and young Bill Qian drew and tied for first in the Open with 3.5 and a $200 a piece pay day. Dennis Geiselman got the U2000 $100 with 3 points and VanMeter won the Senior prize. Scholastic money,$50 each went to Nikhil Datar and Grant Mu.
The U1800 section was won by the 5th and 6th seeds, Terry Winchester and Thomas Burden while the top 4 seeds were stumbling. They got $200 a piece. U1600 money was split by Dennis Hurst and Eric Henry, $50 each. U1400 went to Gael Medina and Andrew Grismer, $50 each also. Senior prize, $50, in U1800 went to John Wortinger and the Scholastic winner was Christopher Cheng who left before getting his prize, IF ANYONE HAS CONTACT INFO FOR CHRISTOPHER OR HIS FAMILY PLEASE CONTACT BEN PITCHKITES AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see everyone at the Southern Indiana Open, Feb. 9, 2019 in Bloomington!