January 18, 2009
GM Alexander Ivanov wins 18th Mid-Winter Classic

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov, 52, of Newton, MA, scored a perfect 3-0 to capture first place in the 18th Mid-Winter Classic tournament, held Saturday, January 17, at the Florence Congregational Church in Florence, MA. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 2.5-0.5 results were FIDE master John Curdo, 77 of Auburn, MA, and expert Leonid Tkach, 69, of Amherst, MA. Richard Gold of Amherst finished first in the Under 1800 section with a 3-0 tally, while Richard Zyra of Westfeield, MA and David Hall of Springfield, MA tied for 2nd-3d place with 2.5-0.5 scores. Gary Zyra of Holyoke, MA posted a perfect 3-0 to come in first in the Under 1400 section, where Frank Kolasinski of Springfield and Pierre Plante of Indian Orchard, MA finished tied for 2nd-3rd place with 2-1 results. The three-section tournament drew 40 players – a dozen more than last year’s event – and was directed by Frank Kolasinski for the sponsoring Western Massachusetts Chess Association (WMCA)

George Mirijanian
MACA Publications Coordinator

OPEN
1 Ivanov, Alexander (1) 2595 3.0
2 Curdo, John (4) 2251 2.5
&3 Tkach, Leonid (7) 2065 2.5
4 Castaneda, Nelson (2) 2292 2.0
&5 Petithory, Louis (5) 2118 2.0
&6 Meredith, Derek (6) 2088 2.0
&7 Raghunathan, Yogesh (8) 2023 2.0
&8 Fikiet, Alex (9) 2021 2.0
9 Vidanovic, Dragan (3) 2255 1.5
&10 Allen, Vaughn (11) 1956 1.5
11 Razee, Josiah (10) 1988 1.0
&12 Hartmeyer, Tom (12) 1899 1.0
&13 Pascetta, Michael (14) 1840 1.0
&14 Anderson, Jesse (15) 1824 1.0
&15 Reed, Doug (16) 1817 1.0
&16 Thau, Peter (17) 1816 1.0
17 Moss, Marvin (13) 1852 0.0

U/1800
1 Gold, Richard (15) 1454 3.0
2 Zyra, Richard (4) 1669 2.5
&3 Hall, Dave (10) 1516 2.5
&4 Ingellis, Jonathan (17) 1409 2.0
5 Arnold, Bruce (3) 1686 2.0
&6 Strickland, Eric (6) 1631 2.0
&7 Pascetta, Daniel (14) 1459 2.0
8 Zyra, Michael (1) 1731 1.5
&9 Laudati, Antonio (8) 1556 1.5
&10 Doran, Chadrick (9) 1518 1.5
11 Boyce, Scott (2) 1718 1.0
&12 Chariyev, Atadjan (5) 1640 1.0
&13 Smith, Brian (7) 1604 1.0
&14 Kostreba, Ed (13) 1483 1.0
15 Panciera, Arnold 1500 0.5
&16 Vigue, Joseph (16) 1440 0.5
17 McDonald, Enrique (11) 1512 0.0

U/1400
1 Zyra, Gary (3) 1355 3.0
2 Kolasinski, Frank (1) 1389 2.0
&3 Plante, Pete (2) 1359 2.0
4 Strickland, Philip (4) 847 1.0
&5 Gresko-Cooper, Scot UNR 1.0
6 Reino, John (5) 632 0.0

EXTRA RATED GAMES
0.5 Thau, Peter 0.5 Kostreba, Ed
1.0 Anderson, Jesse 0.0 Ingellis, Jonathan

Past MidWinter Classic Champions

1st Mid-Winter Classic (1991): Brian Bugbee
2nd (1992): Louis Petithory, David Sillars
3rd (1993): Tony Sillars, Dallas Hull, Kenneth Sarner
4th (1994): Augusto Consing, Aleksandar Brancic
5th (1995): Mauricio Ruiz
6th (1996) Mauricio Ruiz, Timothy Newman
7th (1997): Aleksandar Brancic, William BuSteed, Jeff Brassard
8th (1998): Charles Laamanen
9th (1999): Charles Hertan
10th (2000): Katharine Gasser
11th (2001): John Curdo, Stanley Targonski
12th (2002): Grant Spraggett (Canada)
13th (2003): John Curdo
14th (2004): John Curdo, Robert Campbell
NO TOURNAMENT IN 2005
15th (2006): John Curdo, Matthew Meredith
16th (2007): Mikhail Shur
17th (2008): John Curdo, Douglas Fiske
18th (2009): Alexander Ivanov

Statistics provided by George Mirijanian

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