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2009 U.S. Amateur Team (East, North, South, West) Chess Championships Conclude.... Print E-mail
By Joan DuBois   
February 27, 2009

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........Let the Playoff Begin!

(Crossville, TN)  The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) National Amateur Team Chess Championships concluded Feb. 16, 2009 with each division (East, North, South, West) offering their winning team to have a playoff on Saturday, March 21 at 1PM (1300) Eastern DST. The playoff will be under the direction of Chief Tournament Director Carol Jareck and the venue is cyberspace! The WorldChessLive.com located at www.worldchesslive.com will host the match.

The four teams competing are:

East: Palin Gambit: I Can See Checkmate From My House

Paul Mac Intyre, 2320
Brian Hulse, 2210
Libardo Rueda, 2189
Alan Price (Captain), 2052.

North: Jimmy Runs Deep

Jim Dean (Captain), 2209
Garrett Smith, 2149
Drew Holinberger, 2072
Danny Gater, 1883.

South: My Girl is Pissed

Bruci Lopez, 2485
Ernesto Alvarez, 2210
Gilberto Luna (Captain), 2069
Makaio W. Krienke, 2009.

West: ACA Beasts

John Daniel Bryant, 2407
Michael Yee, 2142
Vincent Huang, 2095
Santy Wong, 2051
Jerry Yee (Captain).

These four teams will not only compete for the title of 2009 U.S. Amateur Team Champion but each player on the winning team will receive a traditional wrist watch which carries the US Chess Logo and the title of 2009 US Amateur Team Champion!

The 2009 US Amateur Team East was held in Parsippany, New Jersey under the direction of Steve Doyle and the New Jersey State Chess Federation. The attendance was their second biggest in history with 283 teams and 1201 players. Additional details can be found on the NJSCF website located at http://www.njscf.org/.

The 2009 US Amateur Team North was held in Waukesha, Wisconsin under the direction of Alex Betaneli, NTD Glenn Panner and Chief TD Mike Nietman. The tournament was co-sponsored by Vaja International Chess Academy (www.vajachess.com) along with the Wisconsin Chess Academy (www.wichessacademy.com) and Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Association (www.wscachess.org).
Additional details can be found at www.wichessacademy.com.

The 2009 US Amateur Team South took place in Orlando, Florida under the direction of Harvey Lerman and the Central Florida Chess Club. Additional details can be found at www.centralflchess.org.

The 2009 US Amateur Team West took place in Woodland Hills, California under the direction of John Hillery and the Southern California Chess Federation. Additional details can be found at

All four championships were rated by the US Chess Federation. For a look at their final crosstables please go to http://www.uschess.org/msa/.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF),
founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: http://www.uschess.org.