|Cummings Wins the U.S. Blind|
|By Brennan Price|
|June 15, 2009|
Expert Dennis Cummings of Arkansas won the 26th United States Blind Championship (Weirton, West Virginia, June 12-13) with 4/4, taking a bye in the last round.|
Here is one of Cummings' victories, a creative win over the Alekhine:
Unfortunately, Cummings' closest competitor, Expert Stephen DeJoseph of New York withdrew after two rounds at 2/2. Stephen felt he had an unfair advantage over the other players as he was only barely legally blind and the others were close to or actually totally blind.
Read more about the 2009 U.S. Blind Championship, and the tournament rules in the pre-tournament press release.
Also see the MSA for the tournament, with new ratings. You can download a zipped pgn file with all the games from the event here.
U.S. Blind Standings
1st Dennis Cummings, AR, 4/4. $400
2nd Patrick Walsh, NY, 2/4, $250
3rd Henry Olynik, NY, 2/4, $250
U1400/U1200 Joe Wassermann, PA, and Virginia Alverson, MA, $125 each
Clayton Walker Memorial Trophy (Upset Prize) Virginia Alverson, MA, $50
NM Bruce Leverett was on hand to analyze games for the players. Rick Varchetto organized the tournament in Northern West Virginia for the fifth year in a row. NTD Tim Just directed with the assistance of Brennan Price.