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Tom Brownscombe, Director of the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess, won the coveted title of Kansas State Chess Champion at the Kansas Open Chess Championship held July 11-12 at Lindquist Hall on the Bethany College campus. This is the second championship for Brownscombe; in 2007, he won the championship shortly after arriving in Lindsborg. The two-day event drew players from Kansas and surrounding states. Players from as far away as Iowa and New York played in the tournament.
“I’m greatly pleased that our chess school director has won the Kansas State Championship,” said Marck Cobb, president of the International Chess Institute of the Midwest. “We believe we offer some of the best chess instruction available at our camps, and we are pleased to have Tom as our director.”
Browncombe narrowly edged out Tim Steiner, Kansas City, and Christopher Purdy, Oxford, Kansas, who tied for second place with four out of a possible five points. Brownscombe scored four wins, giving up only one draw (tie) with Kansas City area chess teacher Tim Steiner in the final round.
Browncombe defeated 2008-2009 Kansas Chess Association President Ron Pasik, eastern Kansas chess teacher David Blair, Wichita area chess teacher Jason Wawrzaszek, and 2008 US Cadet Champion Conrad Holt. “I’m thrilled,” said Brownscombe. “Conrad is becoming very strong, and it’s getting more difficult to beat him.”
The Kansas Chess Association and the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess jointly sponsored the tournament. Tony Dutiel directed the tournament.
The Kansas Chess Association held their annual business meeting during the tournament between rounds three and four. The membership elected Tom Brownscombe KCA president.
Ron Pasik was elected vice-president and newsletter editor. Laurence Coker was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Each year, the membership elects a state delegate to represent Kansas at the annual U.S. Chess Federation’s delegates meeting. Brownscome will represent Kansas at the 2009 annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Immediately after the tournament, Brownscombe returned to the Karpov Chess School for the start of the 9th Annual Karpov Chess Camp that is currently underway in Lindsborg through July 24.