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Fall 2012 Lake Effect Chess

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Ken Schell wins 2013 U.P. Championship
 
Congratulations to 2013 U.P. champion Ken Schell.  Details can be found at both the Lake Superior Chess Association web site and at the Lake Superior Chess Association Facebook page.
 
Several juniors had outstanding results, including David Meyer (tied for 2nd overall), and Mario Arnson, who scored 50% despite being seeded 22nd out of 22 players.
 
The tournament was ably directed by overall points winner Tigre Nichols and James Sawaski.  Their USCF rating report can be found here:
 
 
 
Ratko is 2013 West Michigan Champion; Bill Adams wins Reserve
 
Ratko Bojanovic won the 2013 West Michigan Chess Championship.  He now has reeled off 17 straight games without a loss!
 
Bill Adams, who usually graces tournaments only as a "house player," showed that he could go the distance, easily winning the Reserve section with 9.5 out of 12 points.
 
Outstanding performances were put in by Daniel Sajkowski, who saw his rating leap from 1840 to 2010, and by Alexander Bemben, whose rating jumped from 658 to 1050.
 
Hopefully Ratko will consider defending his title next summer!
 
The tournament was ably directed by Tigre Nichols, who also managed to tie for second overall with Sajkowski.  The USCF rating report can be found here:
 
 
FM Dave Sprenkle Repeats as 2013 Bottom Half Champ
 

Details to follow.  FM Sprenkle writes that:

"Tigre" Nichols played well throughout the tournament (including a draw against me), and he did me a huge favor by holding Arpuva Virkud to a draw by the skin of his teeth in the final round, enabling me to take first by myself. Virkud, Michael Chen and Tony tied for second.

 
 
 
 

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Black to Play
Solution:
Near the end of a game full of squirming by White, Black overlooked the stunning defense of his kingside 37... Re7!  White must lose his rook or be mated on h1.  Eugene Brumley – Ratko Bojanovic, Bitter End Match, March 2009.   [Contributed by Eugene Brumley]