2016 Colorado Ironman Standings

Rather than try to put the entire table into a blog post on the site, I created a google sheet with the full standings. In the spreadsheet, you will notice there is a row called “Avg. Rating”. This is the deciding factor on what players qualified for what prizes. It is based on the average pre-event rating in all ironman events played by that person. The same ratings were used by the pairing engine as the average rating calculation. Feel free to ask any questions regarding this process.

The purpose of the ironman points and subsequent prizes was to award devoted players. Players that help support the events with their attendance as well as award them for their ability to struggle through the arduous tournaments and erratic time controls. For that reason, the people who won prizes are the people who attended the most events and had the best results for their division.

Ten percent of each tournament’s entry fee was set aside to award ironman prizes. A total of $632.47 was collected and $630 is being awarded. I wanted to have the prizes structured similarly to the Colorado Tour in that there is an even award for everyone except the top prize which is a little richer.

A total of 712 points was possible. Earning all 712 points would have been an amazing feat but it is still amazing that Brian Wall managed a whopping 630 points, nearly 100 points above 2nd place at 531. Playing in every single event really helped propel Brian to the front of the pack. Other players like Tim Brennan and Kevin Seidler also played in every event but just did not have the consistent winning record of Brian so they fell behind.

Tim was the first person to sign up for every event. He was a loyal supporter of the series and just about every kooky idea. For his support and diligence, he won 1st in the U2000. The McConnell boys also attended every event. They are a welcome addition to every tournament menagerie and for their efforts, they won both of the U1800 prizes. Dean Brown was another early supporter of the events and attended all but one of the tournaments. He earned 1st in the U1600 division.

Here is a full breakdown of the prizes won in the 2016 Ironman Series.
Prize Amount Winners
Overall
1st $120.00 Brian Wall*
2nd $60.00 Christofer Peterson
U2000
1st $90.00 Tim Brennan*
2nd $60.00 Mark Krowczyk*
U1800
1st $90.00 Sullivan McConnell*
2nd $60.00 Griffin McConnell*
U1600
1st $90.00 Dean Brown*
2nd $60.00 Jason Liang
*10/5/2016 — prizes marked with an asterisk still need to be paid.

Make sure to contact me to get your prizes. I do not have mailing information for everyone that won prizes.

Thank you to everyone who supported the idea from its conception. I will be doing a retrospective post and maybe a survey to see how I can improve upon the idea. If there is a good response I can incorporate the ideas, improve the events, and perhaps run it again next year.

2016 Colorado Ironman Standings

Colorado Ironman Festival

September 24th and 25th was the weekend of the 2016 Colorado Ironman Festival. The festival was an attempt to solve the scheduling confusion that happened with the previous classical event. There were three events held: a slow, quick, and blitz. It was the last chance for players to collect ironman points and move up in the rankings. While not a stellar turnout it was the best weekend for the ironman.

Colorado Ironman Quick #3 (4 round G/12;+3)

The quick as held Saturday night after round 2 of the classical finished. We got a bit of a late start because of a hard fought draw running long. We had 16 people for the quick, many of whom played in the two slow rounds earlier in the day. It was only four rounds but that did not slow down the excitement.

Personally it was a disaster tournament for me. I blundered checkmate in two against Mark Krowczyk in the second round and blundered an exchange in round three against Joshua Romero. Josh would continue his tear getting crushing positions against both Brian Wall and Gunnar Andersen. Sadly for Josh time pressure got the better of him and he was only able to score a win against me and his round one victim.

In the end Brian Wall and Gunnar Andersen were able to secure first place with 3.5 points. Mark Krowczyk had a great tournament getting the U2100 prize. Sullivan McConnell was able to earn the U1800 after a solid 2.5/4 performance.

Full cross table results.

Here is a full breakdown of the prizes won in the Ironman Quick #3.
Prize Amount Winners
1st $75.00 Gunnar Andersen ($60)

Brian Wall ($60)

2nd $45.00
U2100 $45.00 Mark Krowczyk
U1800 $45.00 Sullivan McConnell
All prizes have been paid.

Colorado Ironman Blitz #3 (6 double round G/3;+2)

The blitz tournament was held after the conclusion of the Colorado Ironman Open Sunday evening. We managed to get 20 players for the blitz. We were originally at an odd number of players. Dean Clow who was directing stepped up to play. Shirley Herman stepped up to help support the directing of the tournament which is greatly appreciated.

The tournament got off to a rough start for me. I blundered checkmate twice in a row against DuWayne Langseth.  I was having a horrible weekend!  Fortunately I was able to win the rest of my games despite some close calls. Brian was able to slow down Gunnar Andersen in round 5. Brian split with Earl Wikle and Daniel Herman though so going into the last round first place was heavily contested. Brian and I were in the lead by a single point and were paired. Gunnar Andersen and Kevin Seidler just behind us with 7 each.

Gunnar managed to win both of his games. Brian kindly gave me a draw in a winning position in our first game and I returned the favor in the second game. This resulted in a three way tie for first.

There was a three way tie for the U2100 prize due to solid performances by Daniel Herman, Earl Wikle, and Mark Krowczyk. I was surprised that DuWayne Langseth withdrew after round 4. I was certain after getting to a good start he would win a prize. Tim Brennan had a good performance going 6/12 and securing the U1900 prize. The McConnell boys tied for the U1800 prize after getting some nice upsets against A players.

Blitz tournaments are always so much fun because it is furious, competitive, and anyone can beat anyone.

Full cross table results.

Here is a full breakdown of the prizes won in the Ironman Blitz #3.
Prize Amount Winners
1st $75.00 Gunnar Andersen ($44)

Brian Wall ($44)

Christofer Peterson ($44)

2nd $55.00
U2100 $40.00 Daniel Herman ($14)

Mark Krowczyk ($14)

Earle Wikle ($14)

U1900 $40.00 Tim Brennan
U1800 $40.00 Griffin McConnell ($20)

Sullivan McConnell ($20)

All prizes have been paid.

Colorado Ironman Open (4 round G/90;+30)

The open section had a relatively good turnout. I believe the longer time control attracts a wider player audience. Such long time controls means it costs more to rent the space. I was hoping to help cover some of the expense by having additional tournaments to be more efficient with the time.While it did not work as well as I had hoped, it was a better success than the previous Ironman events.

Gunnar Andersen and Josh Romero dominated the event getting 3.5/4 each and earning first place in the open section. There was a three way tie for third place and a big tie for the U2000 prize. Griffin McConnell got a couple nice upset draws to secure his piece.

With the good turnout we were finally able to have two sections. Bill Chandler trounced the competition giving up only a draw in the last round to secure 1st place. Ann Davies and Vibi tied for 2nd while Dean Brown picked up the U1500 prize. Father-son duo Chunlei and Jason Liang managed to share the U1200 prize.

Full cross table results

Here is a full breakdown of the prizes won in the Ironman Open.
Prize Amount Winners
Open Section
1st $240.00 Gunnar Andersen ($183)

Joshua Romero ($183)

2nd $120.00
3rd $100.00 Rhett Langseth ($34)

Brian Wall ($34)

Earle Wikle ($34)

U2000 $125.00 5 way tie:

Barry Hepsley ($50)

Mark Krowczyk ($50)

Griffin McConnell ($50)

Eamon Montgomery ($50)

Brian Rountree ($50)

U1800 $125.00
U1800 Section
1st $175.00 William Chandler
2nd $100.00 Ann Davies ($50)
Vibi Varghese ($50)
U1500 $100.00 Dean Brown
U1200 $100.00 Chunlei Liang ($50)
Jason Liang ($50)
All prizes have been paid.

Final Ironman standings and prizes will be announced shortly.

Colorado Ironman Festival

Colorado Ironman Day 4 (Quick & Blitz)

Saturday, August 20th was day 4 of the Ironman tournament series. A quick and blitz tournament were held with increment time controls G/12;+3 and G/3;+2 respectively.

Quick #2

The quick tournament had a disappointing turnout: only 14 players participated. The tournament got off to an exciting start in round 1. There were two notable upsets. Arkansas tourist Brent Looper defeated his first master when Brian Wall tried his favorite maneuver: the Fishing Hook. The next board over Rhett Langseth lost a heart-breaker to JC MacNeil. Brian was able to regain his composure and due to some upsets in the later rounds went on to win the tournament by a half point. Click here to see the full standings.

Due to the low attendance the prizes were substandard. I consider it a failure if first place in any section of a tournament is less than five times the entry fee. In this case, I had a total of $360 for prizes (70% of entries). Here is the prize breakdown and the respective winners:

Place Prize Winner(s)
1st $100 Brian Wall
2nd $85 $29 – Christofer Peterson
$29 – Justin Alter
$29 – Rhett Langseth
U2000 $85 Eamon Montgomery
U1700 $85 Miles Brown

All but one prize was paid with cash. The last prize was mailed to the recipient.

Blitz #2

Another disappointing turnout for the blitz. Again, only 16 people showed up. The tournament got off to a rough start. Because we only had 16 people and there was a natural break  between two rating groups we wanted to simplify the tournament by splitting it into two sections and run a 7-double round robin instead. This would simplify everything and speed the tournament up. The only hiccup was that Sara Herman was rated 1801 so it would not conform with the U1800 section as advertised. Both Dean and I were willing to make an exception so there would be the greatest amount of competition in every round.

Not everyone saw it this way, of course. In particular, Shirley was adamant the tournament should run as advertised. The changes were to have an 1801 player into the U1800 section and reduce the rounds by one due to low attendance. Pretty minor changes, in my opinion. After some heated debate in front of everyone I was just going to keep going with what we intended. If Shirley convinced Sara to withdraw so be it. Fortunately, Carlos Santillan came to the rescue and said he would withdraw if it was split into two sections. With two dissenters I decided to just go back to eight rounds, one section.

Of course that outcome was not enough to make Shirley happy as she went on social media, as usual, and posted disparaging remarks about my tournaments. If you get on her bad side for one thing, she will rant and rave about every minor little thing. It seems to be a shotgun approach to complaining. If you complain about enough things someone will sympathize with one of them. I suppose negative press is still press. I do not mind the debate but I do not enjoy being yelled at in the middle of trying to give announcements. It was a long, stressful day and that did not help my state of mind in the slightest. I am a pretty easy going guy so everything is forgiven. I am just glad it is over.

The tournament itself ran really smoothly. The biggest story was Griffin McConnell. He won some very nice upsets against Tim Brennan and JC MacNeil. He secured the U2000 prize which was a big upset considering some of the others contending for the same prize. This allowed up and comer Jason Friedemann to win the U1700/Unrated prize in his tournament debut.

The battle for the top spot was hotly contested right until the end. Colorado Springs expert Rhett Langseth got off to an early lead winning his first four games. It was not to last however as The three masters surpassed him in the next round with Brian taking the top spot with a half point lead over Josh Bloomer and me.

In round 4, the masters finally got paired. Brian and I split our games (I should definitely have lost both, thank you 2 second increment!) which let Josh propel to a full point lead. The very next round I played Josh. Both games were very interesting and could have gone either way. The first game was a contentious middle game that went into a theoretically drawn ending. Game two was a bit embarrassing for both Josh and me. Josh had a nice hook-and-ladder tactic to win my queen. My world renowned poker face broke and everyone saw the frustration on my face. I regained my composure and realized I am about to queen a pawn! Then I realized Josh can force a perpetual check. He was in time pressure and had to make a move and missed the one drawing line. Suddenly it was neck and neck with Josh and me ahead a full two points. Josh kept up his pace and finished winning his last four games. I stumbled in the very last game against Rhett and ended up finishing a point behind Josh.

To see the full cross tables from the event click here.

We ended up with $360 for the prizes again for this tournament so I kept the same prize structure as the quick. Here is a list of what prizes were won and by whom:

Place Prize Winner(s)
1st $100 Josh Bloomer
2nd $85 Christofer Peterson
U2000 $85 Griffin McConnell
U1700/Unrated $85 Jason Friedemann

All prize checks have been mailed.

And finally, below is a list of the updated Ironman standings. Brian maintains a good lead but there are a couple people that are really close to overtaking him. Day 5 of the Ironman tournament a player has the potential to earn 172 points which puts a lot of people within range to win prizes. Currently there is $415 in the overall Ironman prize fund. The last three tournaments will add an additional 10% of all entry fees collected meaning the prize fund will jump quite a bit at the last weekend. The next post I make will provide a breakdown of the Ironman prizes. Finally, here are the current standings:

USCF Player Quick Blitz Total
10923344 Brian Wall 72 69 448
12859076 Christofer Peterson 64 75 385
12696800 Kevin Seidler 56 63 368
12718954 Tim Brennan 48 36 265
14696346 Sullivan McConnell 40 39 260
13392987 Rhett Langseth 64 48 235
14011512 Gunnar Andersen 0 0 233
12496393 Mark Krowczyk 0 0 220
14692997 Griffin McConnell 32 54 217
11032095 Carlos Santillan 48 45 208
14345456 Daniel Herman 0 57 201
12532599 JC MacNeil 40 42 154
14345441 Sara Herman 0 51 138
16057877 Prabhakar Pavan 0 0 118
12928613 Cory Foster 0 0 112
10224098 Dean Brown 0 0 110
15755701 Eamon Montgomery 56 42 98
16032657 Michael Crill 0 0 96
14819401 Dean Clow 0 0 86
14919064 Neil Bhavikatti 0 0 84
12626102 Josh Bloomer 0 81 81
12746815 Dwight Sehler 16 0 72
12626575 Ron Rossi 0 0 72
11350330 Jack Woehr 0 0 64
14316670 Justin Alter 64 0 64
12720455 Mitesh Shridhar 0 0 64
15456000 Zhiji Li 0 0 60
14201087 Alexander Freeman 0 0 56
15244435 Curtis Chun 0 0 56
12405387 Dan Avery 0 0 56
12614322 Anthea Carson 0 0 52
15463342 Alex Barraza 0 0 48
12283310 Charles Minskey 0 0 48
11342612 Ron Farrar 0 0 48
12919769 Vibi Varghese 0 0 48
10382742 Brent Looper 48 0 48
16091785 Jason Friedemann 0 42 42
14678120 Robert Carlson 0 0 42
15429482 Scott Howe 0 0 42
12870487 John Brezina 0 0 40
14711412 Miles Brown 40 0 40
14470112 Daniel Ruvins 0 0 39
15952858 Jared Perlic 0 0 36
16041488 Jason Liang 0 24 24
10495857 Barry Hepsley 0 0 24
15812518 Greg Millington 0 0 24
12911979 Isaac Martinez 0 0 24
12682461 Michael McGuire 0 0 24
14853571 Richard Teller 0 0 24
12708563 Ann Davies 0 0 16
15339433 David Gao 0 0 16
12778293 Greg Bain 0 0 16
14812654 Shirley Herman 0 0 6
15771482 Brandon Dye 0 0 0
12360670 John Turner 0 0 0
13436004 Tara Martinez 0 0 0
Colorado Ironman Day 4 (Quick & Blitz)

Schedule Updates

There have been some updates to the Ironman schedule for the August and September events. The second classical tournament has been moved to a single weekend, September 24 & 25. The second blitz tournament was moved to be on the same day as Quick #2 on August 20th. Finally, two new events on the evenings of September 24 & 25 have been added. The rearrangement of the schedule is designed to address issues that occurred during the first classical tournament.

I tried to update the schedule everywhere it was published but I may have missed some locations. So as it stands right now the official schedule is as follows:

August 20th

  • Quick tournament (G/12 + 3i) starting at 10:00 am
  • Blitz tournament (G/3 + 2i) starting at 4:30pm

September 24th

  • Colorado Ironman Open Rounds 1 & 2 at 10:00am and 3:00pm
  • Quick tournament starting when all classical rounds complete

September 25th

  • Colorado Ironman Open Rounds 3 & 40 at 10:00am and 3:00pm
  • Blitz tournament starting when all classical rounds complete

Any players that preregistered for all Ironman events will get grandfathered into the new schedule. If you preregistered but are unable to attend any of the events, refunds are available.

 

Schedule Updates

Colorado Ironman Dual (Day 3)

I was unable to attend the Colorado Ironman Dual tournament on July 16th. I was in Minnesota acting as a groomsman for my brother’s wedding. I entrusted Dean Clow to run the event in my absence and everything seems to have gone smoothly. A total of 22 players participated in the event. You can see the crosstable here.

70% of gross entries were used for the prize fund. A total of $590.00 was awarded. Here is a breakdown of the prizes and their winners.

Place Prize Winner
1st $200 Brian Wall
2nd $120 Kevin Seidler
U2000 $90 Mark Krowczyk
U1700 $90 Cory Foster
U1500 $90 Curtis Chun

Prize winners should expect payment in the mail. If I see them regularly, I will provide it to them in person.

Games at the dual event were worth 16 Ironman points for a win, 8 for a draw. Here are the updated Ironman standings. Brian has leapfrogged into the lead with 307 points. Kevin sidled into 2nd place. After this tournament, there is $228 in the Ironman prize pool. I hope to bring it up toward $700 by the end of the season.

USCF Player Dual Total
10923344 Brian Wall 88 307
12696800 Kevin Seidler 72 249
12859076 Christofer Peterson 0 246
14011512 Gunnar Andersen 0 233
12496393 Mark Krowczyk 64 220
12718954 Tim Brennan 40 181
14696346 Sullivan McConnell 56 181
14345456 Daniel Herman 0 144
14692997 Griffin McConnell 48 131
13392987 Rhett Langseth 0 123
16057877 Prabhakar Pavan 64 118
11032095 Carlos Santillan 0 115
12928613 Cory Foster 56 112
10224098 Dean Brown 32 110
16032657 Michael Crill 48 96
14345441 Sara Herman 0 87
14819401 Dean Clow 32 86
14919064 Neil Bhavikatti 48 84
12626575 Ron Rossi 0 72
12532599 JC MacNeil 48 72
12720455 Mitesh Shridhar 0 64
11350330 Jack Woehr 0 64
15456000 Zhiji Li 0 60
12405387 Dan Avery 0 56
12746815 Dwight Sehler 56 56
14201087 Alexander Freeman 56 56
15244435 Curtis Chun 56 56
12614322 Anthea Carson 0 52
11342612 Ron Farrar 0 48
15463342 Alex Barraza 0 48
12283310 Charles Minskey 0 48
12919769 Vibi Varghese 0 48
14678120 Robert Carlson 0 42
15429482 Scott Howe 0 42
12870487 John Brezina 0 40
14470112 Daniel Ruvins 0 39
15952858 Jared Perlic 0 36
14853571 Richard Teller 0 24
12682461 Michael McGuire 0 24
12911979 Isaac Martinez 0 24
10495857 Barry Hepsley 0 24
15812518 Greg Millington 24 24
12708563 Ann Davies 16 16
15339433 David Gao 16 16
12778293 Greg Bain 16 16
14812654 Shirley Herman 0 6
12360670 John Turner 0 0
13436004 Tara Martinez 0 0
15771482 Brandon Dye 0 0
Colorado Ironman Dual (Day 3)

Day Two Complete

This report is a little over due. Day two was quite a bit rockier than day one. First we had several forfeitures in round three of the classical. Long games delayed the start of the blitz and Finally there were issues getting the day 2 events rated.

Forfeitures

Several people paid for the entire classical #1 tournament on day one. Despite verifying with  them at the time that the second half would be on June 11th, a few people still forfeit their round 3 game. Issues like this were anticipated with a split schedule. Proper measures to address the problem were not taken. While it is too late now for classical #1 steps are going to be taken to ensure classical #2 will not have the same problem. The first solution would be to have the classical happen on a single day. Another option is to collect contact information in the form of emails for everyone who signs. Lastly I can look into extending the room rental to encompass the entire weekend. There are pros and cons to each approach.

Putting an entire classical tournament on a single day is the simplest solution but probably not ideal. A reduction in the time control would be necessary. To fit four rounds in a single day the time control would likely have to be G/60 + 30i. Round times would be 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm. In addition, the quick and blitz tournaments schedule in August and September would need to be combined into a single day as well.

Gathering contact information for players who indicate an interest in playing all four rounds of a split tournament seems logical. Collecting this information adds an additional record keeping burden. Sending out these types of emails also has regulatory issues around them in the form of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. I would have to follow all of those rules or limit my communications. I simply do not have the infrastructure or time to build it out. Sending out a reminder email also does not guarantee the players will show up, either.

Perhaps the best option would be to have the classical tournament over two contiguous days. Having a G/90+30i tournament with rounds at 10am and 3:30pm. It would allow some time after the rounds to hold additional events such as quick or blitz. The increased time control will also attract some of the more stubborn players. The main issue with running two day events is cost. The tournament hall is not free and it would likely double the cost running the event. Doubling the entry fee is out of the question and I do not want to back down from my 70% prize fund guarantee.

The path is not clear. In order to figure out the best approach, I am going to reach out to the Marriott DTC and see if I can extend my booking in September to include Sunday. If the price is not exorbitant then I believe it will be possible. I will definitely have to run a quick and blitz tournament Saturday and Sunday night as well to help keep the entry fee relatively low.

Rating Delays

There were two issues getting the events rated. A player in the classical let their USCF membership expire. While he only played in the tournament with a valid membership, USCF has no nuance of when the rounds were played only when the tournament finished. Although I gave the player a couple days to renew their membership, I did not want the rating report to be delayed. I ended up paying a fee to get the classical rated despite the expired membership.

The blitz tournament was delayed for another reason. I do not understand the details but there is a discrepancy (or a bug) in the USCF and/or SwissSys when rating events with too many rounds. The blitz tournament was an 8 double round Swiss which equates to 16 rounds. The USCF did not like that and it took several days to get it rated.

Results

Mostly these reports are for letting people know who won what, how much prize money was given out, and the status of the ironman points. Without further adieu, here are the results from the tournaments:

Classical #1

See the USCF rating report here.

Prizes

70% of gross entries were allocated to prizes. This put the total prize fund just shy of $540. I rounded it up to the nearest number that gave me easy numbers to work with which put the total prize fund at $545.00. Here is the breakdown of the prizes:

1st $150
2nd $110
U2000 $95
U1800 $95
U1600 $95

Here is a list of prize winners, ties are alphabetically ordered by last name:

Place Prize Amount Winner
1st $130 Christofer Peterson
Brian Wall
U2000 $95 Mark Krowczyk
U1800 $47.50 Sullivan McConnell
Vibi Varghese
U1600 $24.75 Dean Brown
Cory Foster
Michael McQuire
Jared Perlic

The following players have not yet claimed their prize: Vibi Varghese, Cory Foster, Michael McQuire, Jared Perlic. If you know these players please let them know I have prizes for them, or if you have their contact information, please let me know so I can reach out to them.

 

Blitz #1

See the USCF rating report here.

Prizes

70% of gross entries went to prizes. This gave me a prize fun of just under $400. I rounded it up to make the numbers even. Fortunately the rating breakdown of the players fell into fairly even groups which made setting up the under prizes easy. Here is a break down of the available prizes:

1st $100
2nd $75
U2100 $75
U1800 $75
U1600 $75

Here is a list of prize winners. Surprisingly there were no ties.

1st $100 Christofer Peterson
2nd $75 Gunnar Andersen
U2100 $75 Prabhakar Pavan
U1800 $75 Michael Crill
U1600 $95 Scott Howe

Everyone has collected their prize with the exception of Scott Howe. If you have contact information please let me know or have Scott get in touch with me.

Current Ironman Standings

USCF Player Slow #1 pt 1 Quick #1 Slow #1 pt 2 Blitz #1 Total
12859076 Christofer Peterson 48 72 36 90 246
14011512 Gunnar Andersen 36 80 36 81 233
10923344 Brian Wall 48 72 36 63 219
12696800 Kevin Seidler 48 48 24 57 177
12496393 Mark Krowczyk 24 48 36 48 156
14345456 Daniel Herman 24 48 24 48 144
12718954 Tim Brennan 24 48 24 45 141
14696346 Sullivan McConnell 0 32 48 45 125
13392987 Rhett Langseth 24 48 0 51 123
11032095 Carlos Santillan 0 64 0 51 115
14345441 Sara Herman 24 0 24 39 87
14692997 Griffin McConnell 0 32 24 27 83
10224098 Dean Brown 24 24 0 30 78
12626575 Ron Rossi 24 48 0 0 72
12720455 Mitesh Shridhar 0 64 0 0 64
11350330 Jack Woehr 0 64 0 0 64
15456000 Zhiji Li 48 0 12 0 60
12405387 Dan Avery 0 56 0 0 56
12928613 Cory Foster 0 32 24 0 56
14819401 Dean Clow 0 0 0 54 54
16057877 Prabhakar Pavan 0 0 0 54 54
12614322 Anthea Carson 24 16 12 0 52
11342612 Ron Farrar 0 48 0 0 48
15463342 Alex Barraza 0 48 0 0 48
12283310 Charles Minskey 0 0 48 0 48
12919769 Vibi Varghese 0 0 48 0 48
16032657 Michael Crill 0 0 0 48 48
14678120 Robert Carlson 0 0 0 42 42
15429482 Scott Howe 0 0 0 42 42
12870487 John Brezina 0 40 0 0 40
14470112 Daniel Ruvins 0 0 0 39 39
15952858 Jared Perlic 36 0 0 0 36
14919064 Neil Bhavikatti 36 0 0 0 36
12532599 JC MacNeil 0 24 0 0 24
14853571 Richard Teller 24 0 0 0 24
12682461 Michael McGuire 24 0 0 0 24
12911979 Isaac Martinez 0 0 24 0 24
10495857 Barry Hepsley 0 0 24 0 24
14812654 Shirley Herman 0 0 0 6 6
12360670 John Turner 0 0 0 0 0
13436004 Tara Martinez 0 0 0 0 0

 

Dual Rated Event Coming July 16th!

On July 16h, the dual rated event will be held at the Marriott DTC. Online registration is available here: http://caissachess.net/online-registration/index/42. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this event. I will be in Minnesota attending my elder brother’s wedding. Dean Clow will be running the event. Wins in dual rated games are worth 16 ironman points, draws 8.

Day Two Complete

Day One Complete

Thank you everyone who came out to support the first day of the Colorado Chess Ironman. We had two events, the first part of Classical #1 and Quick #1.While the turnout was a bit lower than I wanted everyone seemed happy with the way the day unfolded.

Classical #1 … part 1

22 people showed up for the slow games in the morning and afternoon. The time control was G/75 + 30 second increment. The first round started a little late due to my unfamiliarity with a new rating system and a couple straggling entries. Because of the increment and the late start a few games finished well into the lunch break which subsequently caused round two to start about 20 minutes late. The schedule was really tight so I believe I am going to adjust it for the next one. Reducing it down to G/60 + 30 second increment will make the schedule a little easier. Hopefully a slight reduction in the time control will not dissuade some people from attending.

Round 1:

classical#1Round1

The pairings for round one were straight forward as they usually are. The results were quite extraordinary, however. With an odd number of players, Jared Perlic was due a full point bye. Shirley Herman was gracious enough to be a house player and gave Jared a game.

First a big upset on board seven where Daniel Herman fell into a vicious opening trap in the Catalan. Congrats to Richard Teller on the biggest upset of the day. Gunnar Andersen played a dubious sacrifice in a Ruy Lopez against Neil Bhavikatti. Neil defending tenaciously and ended up with a winning position. A lack of confidence or master intimidation allowed Gunnar to escape with a draw.

Round 2:

classical1Round2

Edit: Neil Bhavikatti won his game against Jared Perlic.

A bug in the pairing software caused a pairing error on boards five, six, and seven. In the rush to get back on schedule, the games all started before the error was caught. The players did not seem to mind and the bug should be fixed for the future. There were not any major upsets in this round.

Part 2

Part two of the classical will be held on June 11th, 2016 at the Marriott DTC. Round 3 will start at 9:30am. I hope to see everyone there who attending yesterdays event as well as some new faces.

Quick #1:

The quick tournament started on time. I switched to a different pairing system with which I am more familiar with so I could crank out the pairings quickly. The quick event brought some players who do not play very often or have been gone for a while. Mitesh Shridhar, on break from the Wharton School of Business, surprised everyone by coming. Dan Avery, another rare bird, came up from Colorado Springs to participate as well.

Standings

Here are the final standings of the Quick. I do not have a round by round report. It was such a long day for me I was pretty frazzled by the end of it all. See the USCF rating report here.

quick#1standings

In the standings you can see who won what prizes. The full prize breakdown is here:

Prizes

1st $200
2nd $130
U2100 $116
U1800 1st $110
U1800 2nd $100

Current Ironman Standings

USCF Player Slow #1 pt 1 Quick #1 Total
12859076 Christofer Peterson 48 72 120
10923344 Brian Wall 48 72 120
14011512 Gunnar Andersen 36 80 116
12696800 Kevin Seidler 48 48 96
13392987 Rhett Langseth 24 48 72
14345456 Daniel Herman 24 48 72
12626575 Ron Rossi 24 48 72
12496393 Mark Krowczyk 24 48 72
12718954 Tim Brennan 24 48 72
12720455 Mitesh Shridhar 0 64 64
11032095 Carlos Santillan 0 64 64
11350330 Jack Woehr 0 64 64
12405387 Dan Avery 0 56 56
11342612 Ron Farrar 0 48 48
15463342 Alex Barraza 0 48 48
10224098 Dean Brown 24 24 48
15456000 Zhiji Li 48 0 48
12870487 John Brezina 0 40 40
12614322 Anthea Carson 24 16 40
15952858 Jared Perlic 36 0 36
12928613 Cory Foster 0 32 32
14692997 Griffin McConnell 0 32 32
14696346 Sullivan McConnell 0 32 32
12532599 JC MacNeil 0 24 24
14345441 Sara Herman 24 0 24
14919064 Neil Bhavikatti 24 0 24
14853571 Richard Teller 24 0 24
12682461 Michael McGuire 24 0 24
12360670 John Turner 0 0 0
13436004 Tara Martinez 0 0 0
Day One Complete