Southern Nevada Open, January 15-16, 2000(Sponsored by the Southern Nevada Chess Club; directed by Norm Harvey & Allen Magruder)
Patrick Hummel finishes 1 1/2 points ahead of the field, winning 10 Grand Prix points with a perfect 5-0 score!
Eighteen players entered the first local tournament of the new year, competing for 15 Grand Prix points and a guaranteed prize fund of $1,250. When the dust had settled, 13 players took home prize money!
Round 1 was a good indicator for two players, Francisco Vela (1563) and Alan Amici (1477), of the kind of tournament they were going to have. Francisco drew a long French Defence with Black against Alex Herrera (2017), and Alan took the full point against the Nimzowitsch Defense of Grover Gray (1933). All of the other higher rated players won, with the exception of Rick Holden (1699) losing to newcomer Cheo Oliver (Unr).
Round 2 produced two more upsets, Francisco over Chris Peterson (1780), and Chad Badgett (1616) over Grover. There were only three players with perfect scores going into Round 3, and one of them, Richard Wade (1907), was taking a 1/2 point bye. That left Patrick (2384) and Tom Thrush (2127) to battle it out on Board 1, with Patrick prevailing in the endgame. Francisco continued his strong play, defeating Michael Newton (1734), and Alan upset Rick.
As rewards for their solid performance, Francisco and Alan were paired against Tom and Alex in Round 4, with the expected results. Patrick defeated Richard Wade to enter the last round with a full point cushion.
The final round saw Patrick stay perfect with a win over Alex. Tom took a 1/2 point bye, and finished tied for second with 3 1/2. Chris captured a share of second with his third win in a row, over Ranen Lardent (1667). The third claimant to second was Francisco, completing a 2073 performance (510 points above his rating!) with a win over Richard Wade. Not to be outdone, Alan finished with a draw against Jose Ramirez (1813), for a 1918 performance (441 points above his rating!).
Report by Norm Harvey.
Final Standings Name Rating Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Rd5 TOT 1 Hummel, Patrick 2384 W6 W9 W2 W8 W5 5 2 Thrush, Tom 2127 W11 W12 L1 W4 H-- 3.5 3 Peterson, Christopher 1780 H-- L4 W15 W13 W6 3.5 4 Vela, Francisco 1563 D5 W3 W9 L2 W8 3.5 5 Herrera, Alex 2017 D4 W15 H-- W12 L1 3 6 Lardent, Ranen 1667 L1 W16 W17 W18 L3 3 7 Gray, Grover Frank 1933 L12 L11 H-- W15 W16 2.5 8 Wade, Richard 1907 W18 W14 H-- L1 L4 2.5 9 Newton, Michael 1734 W17 L1 L4 W16 D10 2.5 10 Holden, Rick 1699 L14 W18 L12 W17 D9 2.5 11 Badgett, Chad 1616 L2 W7 L14 H-- W17 2.5 12 Amici, Alan 1477 W7 L2 W10 L5 D13 2.5 13 Ramirez, Jose 1813 W16 H-- U-- L5 D12 2 14 Oliver, Cheo Unr. W10 L8 W7 U-- U-- 2 15 Hatherill, Charles 1568 H-- L5 L3 L7 W18 1.5 16 Solomon, Shane 1179 L13 L6 B-- L9 L7 1 17 Totaro, Lawrence 1166 L9 B-- L6 L10 L11 1 18 Risley, Richard 1456 L8 L10 H-- L6 L15 0.5
Information provided by Norm Harvey.