2000 Nevada State Championships, September 30, 2000
Denis Marrero Wins 2000 Nevada State Championship
Nevada North Vs South Team Match(Directed by Allen Magruder)
We now have a new Nevada State Champion, Denis Marrero. As runner-up in the Nevada Open, Denis agreed to play for the title when the winner, David Vigorito, was unable to compete. Denis (2343), representing Southern Nevada, met the Northern Nevada champion, Arkia Bayati (2046), in a two game match in Tonopah while the North-South Team Match was being played.
The rating difference might lead one to think this would be a mismatch, but ratings don't play. Having won the first game, it looked like Denis was winning the queen and pawn ending in the second, when he gave one check too many. After a pawn interposition with discovered check cost him his queen, the match was all even. After the prize money was divided evenly, two quick chess games were played for the title and trophy. Denis then prevailed 2-0 to claim the title. Congratulations!
Report by Norm Harvey
The 12th annual No. Vs So. Team match was held again this year at the Station House Hotel at the south end of Tonopah, Nevada. Norm Harvey managed to gather together 7 players from the south to meet 8 players from the north, captained by Jerry Weikel, to contest the team trophy (won by the Southern Team last year) and bragging rights until well into next year. The format was the standard 2 game match, each board with alternate colors, 40/100, SD/60 as advertised in the Nevada Chess Bulletin. The playing room was again provided gratis by management of the Station House Hotel and Casino. Board by board results follow.
Brd North South N-S Cum 1 J. Weikel(2089) T. Thrush(2134) 1-1 1-1 2 W. Case(1990) N. Harvey(1928) 1-1 2-2 3 D. Sheryka(1903) A. Amici(1650) 1-1 3-3 4 G. Fischer(1863) A. Magruder(1627) 2-0 5-3 5a R. Gentil(1699) C. Fabia(1579) 1-0 6-3 5b M. Filipas(1458) C. Fabia(1579) 1-0 7-3 6 S. Kesti(1463) C. Hatherill(1561) 1-1 8-4 7 R. Arteaga(1288) L. Totaro(1298) 1-1 9-5The top two boards were so evenly matched that they could only find draws in all 4 games. But despite the rating mismatch on board 3, 5th grader Alan Amici played even with veteran David Sheryka to win the second game with black (!) after losing the first with white. Such was not the case on boards 4 and 5, however, where the So. NV players couldn't even find a draw in any game with any color. Boards 6 and 7 split with wins all around for the player with the white pieces. And once again, the team trophy travels from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada to await the next competition between these teams. Congratulations to the Northern Team on their success and to all for their participation in this annual event.
Report by Allen Magruder