Patrick Hummel Takes Third Place in 1999 Denker Tournament

Congratulations to Patrick Hummel of Las Vegas, Nevada on taking third place in the 1999 Denker Tournament of High School Champions!The complete text of the U.S. Chess Federation press release follows:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sharon Brunetti
August 26, 1999 (914) 562-8350
Press Release #19 of 1999


Andrei Zaremba and Steven Winer tied for first place honors at the 1999 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held Aug. 15-19 in Reno, Nevada. Zaremba, 17, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan and Steven Winer, 18, of Burlington, Vermont each finished with 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 points. Each player qualified for a $375 scholarship.

Patrick Hummel, 15, of Las Vegas, Nevada scored 4 points to finish in third place and also qualified for a $150 scholarship.

The remaining prize winners were Marcel Martinez, 19, of Hialeah, Florida, Vinay Bhat, 15, of San Jose, California, David C. John, 16, of Houston, Texas, Joan Santana, 17, of Teaneck, New Jersey and Riley Yates-Doerr, 18, of Seattle, Washington each with 3 1/2 points. A total of 34 players competed in the event.

The four-year scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) was awarded to Zaremba as the highest finishing 11th grader or below. This year UTD added a scholarship for the girl in 11th grade or below with the highest score. Karen Birkendalh of Salt Lake City, Utah won that honor with 2 points.

The Denker Tournament of High School Champions is open each year to the reigning high school chess champion of each state. Players must meet age and grade requirements, and be certified by their local state federation.

The event was co-sponsored by Grandmaster Arnold Denker (through the Chess-in-the-Schools program based in New York City), the U.S. Chess Trust and the U.S. Chess Federation.