When Clubs Clash
This last Saturday (January 22th, 2011), 7 members of the Joplin Chess club traveled to Springfield to play a club versus club quick tournament (G/29). Turnout was better than expected as 8 players from the Springfield club attended, leaving one player that had to sit out, due to the format. Parings were in a Scheveningen format (each player on one team plays each player on the other).
Games started out fast and furious, many of the first round games being completed well under an hour. Overall, the event went smoothly, with only a couple of minor hiccups, quickly resolved. 47 games later (2 games won by forfeit as one Springfield player had to leave after his 5th game), the score was Joplin with 28 points, Springfield 21.
Joel Stebbins continued his recent good performances, finishing with a perfect 7.0 score, pulling in 1st place overall. Springfield members, James Long and Edil Karabiev, tied for 2nd with 6.0 points each. The full cross table is available at the USCF site (link).
I want to thank Joe Brozovich and the Springfield Park Board Chess Club (link) for inviting us up to play. I hope there will be many more in the future.
Pictures courtesy of Ron Hoover of Springfield ( link to originals)