New York State Champions Play Simuls
By Zachary Calderon   
May 4, 2010
Deepak Aaron and Patrick Chi face off in blitz prior to the simul, Photo Han Chi

On April 30, 2010, the two local New York state champions, Candidate Master (CM) Deepak Aaron, High School State Champion, and Patrick Chi, Elementary State Champion, held simuls at Proctors Theatre in downtown Schenectady.  The event was sponsored by Proctors, City Mission and Third Way. Canned good donations were received onsite for the City Mission - Homeless Shelter.

The only GM in the area, Ronen Har-Zvi, moved to Texas. And so the two rising stars, both students of Ronen, followed in his footsteps, with Aaron playing twenty boards and sweeping the boards clean going 20-0.  To give a comparison, Ronen played twenty-five boards simultaneously. Almost there, Deepak! Patrick Chi played ten boards with 9.5-0.5. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all participants. I know I enjoyed it.  Well, I was the only to score a draw against either player!

Deepak Aaron in simul, Photo Herman Calderon
Patrick played against eight scholastic players and two adults. Deepak’s opponents were equally divided between adults and children. Both Aaron and Chi played the simul very professionally, walking around in a circle to the boards, silently making their move, then moving on to the next game. In fact, Chi was the only one who spoke to show people that their king was in check or to offer a draw. 

The two significant games for the champions, my draw with Chi and the last man standing with Aaron, are included: 



Patrick Chi in simul, Photo Herman Calderon

See a US Chess Scoop video with Deepak Aaron here.