81st MT Open in Helena - 2016
Submitted by Murray Strong on 04/16/2016
The 81st Montana Open was in Helena
April 16 and 17, attracting 29
individuals from across the region.
Once again, David Duke walked away with
top honors with 4.5 points. Wilton
Strickland and Jacob Nathan finished
tied for second with 4.0 points. Arlene
Bodie took the biggest upset overcoming
a 457 point differential to garner the
biggest upset prize. There were 5
upsets in the first round with the
lowest differential being 298 points.
Twelve year-old Jacob Nathan improved
his rating by 166 points with this
2015 Turkey Open
Submitted by Romie Carpenter on 11/09/2015
2015 TURKEY OPEN
The 2015 Turkey Open enjoyed nice facilities at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn
together with a large turnout of 38 players, thanks to an influx of quite a few new
players along with another large contingent of our friends to the west, with whom we
were able to reciprocate by sending them back with lots of prize money.
John Julian returned to chess after a fairly long hiatus and took 1st. Nikolay Bulakh
and Brad Bodie shared 2nd. Jim Skovron took the “B” prize. Ted Baker and John Henneford
shared the “C” prize, while Braxton Casey got the “D/E” money.
Arlene Hiatt earned the Biggest Upset prize with a 5th rd. triple nickel (555pt) upset.
All in all it was a very good turnout with lots of new faces who we’d like to welcome
back again next year.
The tournament crosstable can be found at the events|tournaments|results tab and was
directed by Romie Carpenter with tons of assistance from Dan McCourt and Gary Solomon.
2015 Lewistown Scholastic
Submitted by Brett Thackeray on 10/17/2015
On Saturday the 17th of October, 22 students from Browning, Billings and Lewistown met in the Lewistown Junior High School Auditorium for the First Annual Lewistown Scholastic Chess Tournament. Mark Poore (15) of Billings took First Place but it was close: not two, or three, or even four players tied for first….FIVE players tied for First Place! After the normal tie breaker was calculated (the cumulative scores of the players’ opponents were added to determine the tie breaker) it was found that Mark Poore was in the lead followed by a tie between Daniel Thackeray (12) of Lewistown and Christian Fink (12) of Billings. In fourth was Hunter Laird (13) of Billings, and fifth place belonged to Elias Morris (11) of Lewistown. Daniel and Christian squared off for a speed match with only 5 minutes allowed for each player. Christian prevailed to take the second place honors. Trophies were awarded based on predetermined age groups: the Under 7 age group had no participants, while Gunnar Thomas (10) of Lewistown was the Champion of the 7 to 10 age division. In the largest age division, 11 to 14 year olds, Christian Fink was Champion followed by Daniel Thackeray and Hunter Laird. The 15 to 18 year olds consisted of Mark Poore in first and Nick Sweeney (17) of Lewistown in second.
Maddie Fink (14) of Billings was the high scoring girl and won an award for her efforts. All the participants took home mementos and door prizes. Pizza was shared by most during the lunch break.
“I was extremely pleased with the turnout and the sportsmanship demonstrated by all the players.” said tournament director Brett Thackeray. “I hope that next year we can grow the event to double what we had this year.” “In addition, Thackeray said the event would not have been so successful without the support of all the parents and coaches that contributed their time and money to make it happen.
The Second Annual Lewistown Scholastic Chess Tournament is slated for October 15th, 2016. Mark your calendar and sharpen your skills on the game board! Good luck to all, and play well!!
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