World Chess Championship Special – Six players share first place in Sarasota November Open

After jointly watching and analyzing the second game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana for 2 hours, 16 players competed in the 5 round Sarasota Chess Academy November Open. National Master Ronald Holt from Holiday (FL) played his first tournament in 14 years. Just like Jeffrey Ward he showed the courage to return to tournament play and enjoy a good chess battle without worrying about his rating.

The audience analyzed Steven Leverich’s bold suggestion Nxf7 followed by Bh5+ in the game between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. In the press conference after the game Magnus Carlsen said that he looked at the move but could not get it to work. In the game Magnus chose for the safer Bf3 and the game ended in a draw.

 

After 5 rounds, Ronald Holt, Anatoly Offengenden, Hleb Zharkov, Jeffrey Ward, Steven Leverich and Yandri Morales all shared first place with 3.5 points out of 5 rounds. Youngster Benjamin Jiang played well and won the U1600 first prize win 3 out of 4. In addition to his monetary prize he also received the book Caruana Fabiano Caruana: His Amazing Story and His Most Instructive Chess Games written by GM Alexander Kalinin. Definitely a very interesting read with the current World Chess Championship Match going on.

 

The last round battles for first place: Steven Leverich – Anatoly Offengenden and Hleb Zharkov – Yandri Morales. Both games ended in a draw. On Board 3 Ronald Holt beat Christopher Korda and joined the leaders.

 

The USCF rating report of the tournament can be found at: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201811109382

Benjamin Jiang improved his rating today from 1264 to 1377, an impressive 113 points.

Jei Hersey continues to do well. Today he gained another 90 points. Since July, Jei has gained in total more than 250 rating points. 

 

#

Place

Name

Rtng

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Rd 5

Tot

1

1-6

ANATOLY OFFENGENDEN

2246

W11

W7

D4

D3

D6

 3.5

2

 

RONALD C HOLT

2208

W8

L6

W13

D4

W9

 3.5

3

 

HLEB ZHARKOV

2204

H---

W11

W9

D1

D4

 3.5

4

 

YANDRI MORALES

2144

W12

W10

D1

D2

D3

 3.5

5

 

JEFFREY WILL WARD

2055

W13

D9

W6

H---

H---

 3.5

6

 

STEVEN LEVERICH

1900

W16

W2

L5

W10

D1

 3.5

7

7-8

MIODRAG STOJANOVIC

1798

W15

L1

L8

W12

W13

 3.0

8

 

BENJAMIN JIANG

1260

L2

W16

W7

L9

W10

 3.0

9

9

CHRISTOPHER KORDA

1600

W17

D5

L3

W8

L2

 2.5

10

10-14

DANIEL HERSEY

1478

W14

L4

W15

L6

L8

 2.0

11

 

RICK KNOWLTON

1437

L1

L3

W16

L13

W15

 2.0

12

 

JACK ZHOU

1255

L4

L15

W17

L7

B---

 2.0

13

 

ROHAN DASH

1230

L5

W17

L2

W11

L7

 2.0

14

 

CHARLES TONER

unr.

L10

H---

H---

H---

H---

 2.0

15

15

JEI HERSEY

733

L7

W12

L10

D16

L11

 1.5

16

16-17

VITOLD JOHN SORON

927

L6

L8

L11

D15

H---

 1.0

17

 

JONAH HAE CANNON

603

L9

L13

L12

H---

H---

 1.0

 

An interesting moment from the game Ronald Holt – Rohan Dash. White is to Move.

White continued strongly with 1.fxe5. Black tried to lure away the c4 bishop with 1… b5 but White continued his attack with 2.Bxf7 Qxf7 3.Qxf7  Kxf7 4.Rxd7 and White won the game.

Ronald Holt and Rohan Dash in deep concentration.

Next tournament is scheduled for January.