USCF Tournament Report: January Evanston Tri-level
Maret Thorpe, the Evanston Chess Club organizer, held her bi-monthly tournaments and I was there to help run the tournament. In the Gold (1600+) section, there were one master and 3 experts.
Time controls are 4 ss, G/40; d5
With a 3.0/4 performance, 5 players tied for first.
NM Mariano Acosta:
After starting out with a win against a class B player, Acosta unfortunately flagged in round 2. However, he recovered and would beat his round 3 and 4 opponents (a pair of class B players) to tie for first place.
2200 -> 2200
Winick, who recently got back to the 1900-rating plateau and ended 2017 with a 6 game win streak, started where he left off by winning all three matches today against three class B players. He did not play in the final round, but with a 9 game win streak, with no draws in between, Winick's rating went from 1819 to 1933 in just three tournaments.
1905 -> 1933.
After starting the tournament with a win against a class B player, Cohen posted a beautiful upset with a win over a high rated expert in the second round. In the third round, Cohen played to an intense endgame victory over a class A player before falling to NM Acosta in the final round.
1797 -> 1867
Another solid tournament for Adrian, who just keeps on getting his rating up. In the first round, he beat a class B player before having to play the Master in the second round. Calinescu in the end prevailed by winning on time, before falling to Winick in the third round. In the final round, Calinescu would beat a class B player and would cross the 1800 mark for the first time in his young career. Welcome to the class A club!
1785 -> 1843
Playing in his first ever Evanston tournament, Kaplan will most likely come back due to this recent success in the tournament. After starting the tournament with a loss against a 2100 rated expert, Kaplan caught fire by beating his final three opponents. By beating two class B player and an expert, Kaplan became the second player from the tournament to join the class A club.
1741 -> 1819
A solid performance for Igor, who beat a class B player in the first round, before playing to a draw against another class B player. Melnikov would then suffer a loss against Cohen before beating an expert in the final round to accumulate a plus-score.
1802 -> 1828
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