Before I begin the column this week, I would like to make an important announcement. Due to major changes to this section starting next Sunday (see editor Terry Greenberg’s column on Page A12), the management at The Avalanche-Journal and I agreed to move my Sunday chess column to online.
This way, I can have more space to cover chess, which has grown by many folds in West Texas in the past three years.
I would like to thank The Avalanche-Journal and the editors for their enthusiastic support for chess and SPICE.
I would like to also thank all of you for your support. Now that the online chess articles no longer have any space limitation, they will be even better. I very much look forward to this new opportunity.
Now back to the exciting chess scene in Lubbock last week.
Nearly 200 young players, parents, and coaches took part in the 2011 Lubbock Open, Scholastic Championship, UIL Chess Puzzle Solving Invitational, and “Get Smart! Play Chess!” game show at the Science Spectrum last Saturday. It was the largest ever tournament in Lubbock.
Here are the top 5 finishers in each section:
Lubbock Scholastic Open — Novice section
1-3. Jesus Tafoya 4.0 points / 4 games
1-3. Zach Ramos 4.0
1-3. Alex Wixon 4.0
4-7. Leroy Rivera 3.5
4-7. Ty’Je Joy 3.5
4-7. Jordan Park 3.5
4-7. Joel Rodriguez 3.5
Lubbock Scholastic Open — K-2
1. Alexander Viner 2.5 points
2-3. Ezekiel Hernandez 2.0
2-3. Isaac Forres Doty 2.0
4. Bridges Kotarski 1.5
Lubbock Scholastic Open — K-5
1. Brian Mulligan 3.5 points
2-3. Danny McCarty 2.5
2-3. John-Gamble Streit 2.5
4. Max Simmons 2.0
5. Joey McCarty 1.0
Lubbock Scholastic Open 2011 — K-8
1-3. Jose Sanchez 4.0 points
1-3. Felix Perez 4.0
1-3. Isaiah Sedillo 4.0
4-5. Gordon Morris 3.0
4-5. Adam Hunter West 3.0
Lubbock Scholastic Open 2011 — K-12
1. Marcelo Rosales, Jr. 4.0 points
2-3. Bernadette Perez 3.0
2-3. Jonah Lyford 3.0
4-5. Kelvin Cassity 1.5
4-5. Darion Lopez 1.5
Lubbock Open 2011 — Adult
1. Anatoly Bykhovksy 4.0 points
2-5. Istvan Sipos 3.0
2-5. Faik Aleskerov 3.0
2-5. John Flores 3.0
2-5. Brian Cassidy 3.0
Here are the top 3 teams in each section:
Team Standings — Novice
Team Standings — K-2
Team Standings — K-5
1. All Saints
Team Standings — K-8
Team Standinsg — K-12
The top sibling team prize went to Bernadette and Felix Perez.
The top parent/child team prize went to Marcelo Rosales, Sr. and Jr.
The standings for the UIL Chess Puzzle Solving Invitational will be posted next Sunday on my first online column.
Congratulations to everyone! The next event will take place on the campus of Texas Tech in May. Please check our website for more information.
Local chess activities
• SPICE uses chess to teach, research and serve our local, national and international communities. We need your help continuing and expanding this work. Contact Peggy Flores at (806) 742-7742 or SPICE@ttu.edu.
• New meeting place for Chess Club: The Lubbock Chess Club now meets on Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Texas Tech Student Union Building. For more information, go to www.SPICE.ttu.edu; call 742-7742; e-mail SPICE@ttu.edu; or go to www.TexasTechChess.blogspot.com.