Chess Vineyard Fall Open 2002
November 2-3, 2002
The first Chess Vineyard Fall Open was held over the weekend of November 2-3 at the Chess Vineyard. A field of 20 players participated, including two International Masters, Enrico Sevillano and Mladen Vucic and one FIDE Master, Emory Tate. The time control for all games was game in 60.
The first round went by with all the higher rated players winning their relevant games. Here is the game from board one.
Sevillano,E (2568) - Amici,A (1832) [A52]
Round two once again saw the three titled players beat their respective opponents. The game of the round was probably this miniature between Chad Badgett and Sergio Marcelo III (analysis by Fritz 6).
Badgett,C (1790) - Marcelo III,S (1390) [B53]
Round three saw the first clash of two of the titled players as Enrico Sevillano and Mladen Vucic played each other. Enrico won a pawn in the middle game but when faced with what should probably have been a won rook and pawn ending, he could not convert it and eventually lost the game on time. Emory Tate overcame Roman Fernandez Jr. on board two, while one other notable result was Alan Amici's upset win against Jorge Barrios.
Sevillano,E (2568) - Vucic,M (2458) [C45]
Round four's game between the titled players saw Mladen Vucic and Emory Tate, both on 3/3, play each other on board one. The game quickly went into a heavy piece ending with both players have their queens, rooks and seven pawns. Mladen probably held a slight edge with his pawn formation but could not break through some stubborn defense from Emory. When eventually the breakthrough came, both players where short of time and after a few exchanges a draw was agreed.
Vucic,M (2458) - Tate Jr,E (2409) [A53]
With both Mladen Vucic and Emory Tate on 3½/4, round five meant that Emory drew the short straw of having to play Enrico Sevillano as Mladen had already played him in round three. The game between Emory and Enrico was extremely entertaining and Emory missed a chance in the early middle game to win a piece with 17.b4! Enrico then went pawn snatching and fell into a wonderful attack that involved the sacrifice of a rook. Just as the dust was about to settle, Emory played 35.Rc5!! This forced Enrico to give up his queen for a rook and Emory went on to consolidate his material advantage and take the full point. Meanwhile, Mladen went on to beat Roman Fernandez Jr. to also ensure that he finished in joint first with Emory on 4½/5.
Tate Jr,E (2409) - Sevillano,E (2568) [C17]
Mladen and Emory both shared the money but played off in two 5-minute games for a bottle of wine donated by Ron Gross. Everyone stayed to enjoy this spectacle as Mladen won both games to take home the wine.
Many thanks to the Chess Vineyard for their kind hospitality during the tournament and for allowing me to direct the tournament!
# Name Rtng Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 IM Mladen Vucic 2458 2472 W11 W4 W3 D2 W10 4.5 2 FM Emory A Tate Jr 2409 2427 W12 W13 W10 D1 W3 4.5 3 IM Enrico M Sevillano 2568 2542 W8 W18 L1 W7 L2 3.0 4 Sergio Marcelo Jr 2010 2010 W9 L1 W12 H--- D7 3.0 5 Jose M Reyes III 2005 1991 H--- D7 W15 D8 D9 3.0 6 John Brown 1908 1914 W14 D10 L7 W13 D8 3.0 7 Michael G Patraw 1836 1861 W15 D5 W6 L3 D4 3.0 8 Alan R Amici 1832 1858 L3 W17 W18 D5 D6 3.0 9 Timothy Kyle Connolly 1345 1411 L4 D11 W17 X--- D5 3.0 10 Roman T Fernandez 2116 2111 W20 D6 L2 W11 L1 2.5 11 Carmelo Navarro Fabia 1806 1799 L1 D9 W20 L10 W14 2.5 12 Chad Badgett 1790 1789 L2 W16 L4 H--- W17 2.5 13 Arturo B Ynigo 2029 2017 W16 L2 H--- L6 H--- 2.0 14 Darryl R Buckless 1235 1261 L6 L20 B--- W15 L11 2.0 15 Bela P Hutoczky unr. 1516 L7 W19 L5 L14 W16 2.0 16 Sergio C Marcelo III 1390 1399 L13 L12 W19 H--- L15 1.5 17 Richard W Smock 1369 1374 H--- L8 L9 W19 L12 1.5 18 Jorge Barrios 2168 2154 W19 L3 L8 U--- U--- 1.0 19 Marvin N McQuitty 1606 1544 L18 L15 L16 L17 B--- 1.0 20 Algie P Arante 1597 1592 L10 W14 L11 F--- U--- 1.0
Key: L = Loss, W = Win, D = Draw, X = Forfeit win, Z = Forfeit draw, F = Forfeit loss, B = 1 point bye, H = 1/2 point bye, U = Unplayed
(Report & Games provided by Chris Bird)