Plenty of strong players came out for the Gold Section of our November 5 Tri-Level G/45. Four rounds later, Illinois had two new experts: Christopher Girardo and Thomas Kaczynski. The clear winner of the event with 3.5/4 was Abe Sun, a youth player who gained over 100 rating points and is closing in on the 2000 mark himself. Girardo, Kaczynski and NM Jon Burgess tied for second place with 3.0/4.0 each. Special thanks go to our guest master FM Kevin Bachler, who came out to play his first regular rated games in six years. It’s great to have the Caveman back at the board.

Five players led the Silver Section with 3.0/4.0 performances. Julien Bendelac and David Sye each had two wins and two draws, and picked up almost 100 rating points for their day’s work. Adem Music and Frank Lasch also scored 3.0/4.0 and played up a section for one round. Rahul Dhiman was our other 3.0 scorer.

Clear winner with 3.5/4.0 in the Bronze Section was Aidan Kolar. Both Kolar and second-place winner Michael Liberman grew their regular ratings by over 100 points.


by Maret

Vito Vytkauskas and FM Kevin Bachler

Round two (Rick Lang photo)

Silver section players (Rick Lang photo)

Christopher Girardo and Isaac Braswell