USCF Home Press 2009 Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships
|2009 Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships|
|By Richard Krueger|
|February 12, 2009|
Greater New York Scholastic Championship Draw
NEW YORK, NY —The 43rd consecutive edition of the Greater NY Scholastic Championships, the USCF’s longest-running scholastic tournament, was held on the weekend of January 31st and February 1st this year, drawing over 840 entries. The extravaganza is a combined “individual-team” event, so players compete for themselves and the results of the best four (or less) scorers from a school are pooled to determine the team champions.The tournament was hosted and sponsored by Kasparov Chess Foundation in association with the Chess Center of New York. The event was held at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown
The Greater NY Scholastics uses a format unique to scholastic events: the Primary (K-3) Championship and the Junior High (K-9) Championship are always held on the Saturday of the event, while the Elementary (K-6) Championship and High School (K-12) Championship are held the next day. This means that any player in grades K-9 is able to participate on consecutive days if they wish, and a lot of players do so. The Primary, Elementary, Junior High, and High School Championships are actually four separate one-day, five-round tournaments. Within each of these four tournaments are three sections: Varsity (no upper or lower limit on the rating of participants), Junior Varsity (open to players rated less than 1600 in the High School, rated less than 1000 in the Elementary and Junior High, and replaced by a K-1 section in the Primary tournament), and Novice (open to players rated less than 1000 in the High School, and rated less than 700 in the other events).
The following is a brief rundown of the results in the Varsity (Championship) sections:
Takayuki Ishikawa (1110) of the Browning School emerged as the surprise winner of the Primary Championship with a perfect 5-0 score, as the two other players with four points heading into the last round, Rishi Rajendran (1248) and top-seed Amir Moazami (1556) drew their last-round encounter. The team results were much less surprising as two traditional powerhouses in this tournament, PS 124 and the
Aaron Landesman (2030) of Manhattan’s Hunter High School created a stir as well, winning the Junior High Championship with a perfect 5-0 score and finishing ahead of three masters, including the top seed NM Parker Zhao (2327) whom he defeated in the final round. FM Alec Getz (2267) and NM Andrew Ng (2200) were nicked for draws earlier in the event and finished with 4.5 out of 5. Hunter won the Team Championship with 16 points, besting another powerhouse, IS 318 of
The Elementary Championship didn’t produce many surprises, as the top two seeds met in the final round. Kevin Rosenberg (1897) of
The High School Championship was awaited with much interest, and it was the only Championship section where no one achieved a perfect score. IM-elect Marc Arnold (2418, Columbia Grammar), FM Alec Getz (2267, Hunter), and NM Kassa Korley (2228,
The complete individual and team standings for all twelve sections are posted at www.chesscenter.cc <http://www.chesscenter.cc/> as well.
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