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USCF Tournament Report: 2017 IL Senior Open
George David

USCF Tournament Report: 2017 IL Senior Open

PlayChessWithASmile
Nov 5, 2017, 10:19 PM 0

11/04/2017 - 11/05/2017 IL Senior Open 2017 in Schaumburg, IL

Headlined by IM Angelo Young, there were 3 masters, and 3 experts in the Open (FIDE Rated) section. 

In the reserve (U1700) section, there was a 4-way tie for second place in a very intense finish. 

Both sections were 4 SS, G/120; d5.  

Here are some pictures from the tournament, taken from my wonderful cell phone:

 

2017 IL Senior Open co-champion IM Angelo Young:

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Young beat a Class A and an expert in rounds 1 and 2 before playing to a draw against Szpisjak in the third round.  Young would then finish the tournament beating a National Master to finish 3.5/4.0 points.  2365 -> 2370

 

2017 IL Senior Open Co-Champion, NM Steven Szpisjak.

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Szpisjak started the tournament with a win against a class B and a National Master in rounds 1 and 2 before playing to a draw against IM Young in the third round.  He'd then finish the tournament beating a Class A player in the final round to join Young for a tie for first place.  2200 -> 2219

 

Class A player, Tim Ailes:

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Ailes, playing in his first tournament since February 2016, had a great tournament.  After requesting for a half-point bye in the first round, Ailes would then beat a Class B player and an expert in the second and third round!  Ailes would unfortunately lose to Szpisjak in the final round and finished the tournament with 2.5 points out of 4.  Not bad for someone who hasn't played chess close to two years.

1907 -> 1931

 

Class B player, S E Henderson Jr.

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Henderson started the tournament with a win over an expert before losing to Ailes in the second round.  In the third round, Henderson had a fine position in the middlegame, being up a full piece against a class A player before an unfortunate blunder led him getting mated by a pawn.  Luckily, Henderson didn't let that get to him, as he would beat his fourth round opponent and finished the tournament with a 2 points out of 4.  1703 -> 1729

 

One of three experts in the tournament, Larry Cohen:

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Known as the die-easy (not a die-hard) Cubs fan, Cohen had a fine tournament.  After starting the tournament with a win against a class B player, Cohen would play IM Young to an interesting but lost endgame.  Cohen would recover to beat an expert in the third round and agreeing to a draw to another expert in the final round.  Overall, Cohen would finish the tournament with 2.5 points out of 4. 2021 -> 2034

 

One of three experts, Steffen Klug:

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Klug did not have a tournament to his standards, but still played some very exciting chess.  After being better for majority of the game in round 1, Klug unfortunately gave his opponent a chance to draw the game, to which his opponent did not miss.  Klug would then play his second round against a class B player to a quick win.  After a very long and heartbreaking loss in round 3, Klug would draw against Cohen in the final round to finish the tournament 2 points out of 4.  2105 -> 2081

 

Here are some notable games from the Open section I found:

Unfortunately, I was too focused in the open section, I was not able to take any pictures from the Reserve section, but here is a quick recap:

Kenneth Marshall started the tournament with a round 1 loss against Craig Boskey, one of four players tied for second place, before getting a full point bye in the second round.  Marshall would recover and beat his respective round 3 and 4 opponents (His fourth round opponent was actually the #1 seed in the Reserve section), and finished the tournament with 3.0 points out of 4, good for first place!  1529 -> 1544

Joseph Zemgulys, Slawomir Borkowski, Craig Boskey and Derrick Red would all finish the tournament with 2.5 points out of 4 each, and would tie for second place, splitting the second place and third place rewards.  

Boskey and Red were also elligible for the U1500 prize, meaning they'll both take home an additional extra money.

 

Joseph Zemgulys 1600 -> 1600

Slawomir Borkowski 1505 -> 1511

Craig Boskey 1378 -> 1462

Derrick Red 1327 -> 1406

 

Here are some more photos:

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Here is the tournament results link:

http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201711055702.0

 

Prize distribution:

http://www.kingregistration.com/pastevents/ilsenior2017

 

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