UPDATE 2: USchess.org has a writeup of the grand finale – the last game going, among all 1300 players, was Hess v Goletiani on board 1, table 1, winner-take-all.
And Hess won. Great drama!
UPDATE 1: The New Jersey chess federation has posted a prize list (as a download). One team – one of the Tebow ones, the 17th seed at 2185 – finished alone on 5.5.
Three teams are listed on 5 points: Master Maters, Go Ahead Mate My Day, Three-and-a-half Masters, and our friends Caro-Cain Defense.
We (Shmelov Sox) lost Best Massachusetts Team on tiebreaks to Won for All and All for One.
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That’s the top table – Goletiani’s team (the ones who beat us in round 4) versus GM Robert Hess’s team, with (I think) his brother on board 4. Sorry it’s a crappy picture.
On table 3, Martirosov’s Massachusetts team squared off against IM Fluffybunny (David Vigorito)’s Massachusetts squad.
I’ll have the results posted here as soon as they’re available, along with some additional observations. (Like the answer to the burning question “who is Ted McHugh?” and much more.) But for the moment:
My team finished at 5-1, with top boards Denys (6-0!!!) and Anya (5-1) killing their last-round victims quickly. I had my fourth draw in a row – bleh. Matt, um, I couldn’t watch Matt’s final game <grin>. Huge congratulations to Denys.
Were you there? Hope so. It remains the best tournament on the calendar, whether you play well or poorly. If my updates sound a little grumpy, it’s all said with the utmost affection. Great time, great people.
While we wait for updates, let me take one more chance to point you to my wife’s IndieGoGo project video: http://www.indiegogo.com/myfreshlocal
It’s about accelerating the growth of healthy local food systems. Thanks.