National Chess Congress 2011

42nd Annual National Chess Congress
November 25-27, 2011

The 42nd Annual National Chess Congress was held from November 25-27, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia City Center, 17th & Race Streets, Philadelphia.

GM Alex Ivanov captured the title of 2011 National Chess Congress Champion after finishing with 5/6, tied with GM Giorgi Kacheishvili and IM Leonid Gerzhoy, but having the better tie-break score.

Ivanov was the only GM in the 2-day schedule although he didn’t come through that unscathed as he drew Expert Alexander Katz in round 3. However, after merging with the main schedule, Ivanov won in rounds 4 and 5 meaning a last round draw with Gerzhoy, who himself had won all his previous games apart from a draw in round 2, was enough for them both to ensure they would finish on top while they waited to see if they would be caught by Kacheishvili. Eventually they were as Kacheishvili managed to win in the last round against GM Victor Mikhalevski, meaning all three players earned $1,733.34 for their efforts with Ivanov taking the additional $100 bonus and the title.

In the team event, perennial powerhouse Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincoft, NJ, took clear first aided by a number of “money” winners, including Joshua McEnroe’s tie for first in the Under 1200 Section and Christian Bischoff’s sweep of the Under 600 Section. Teams consisted of the top-four-scoring students or alumni from the same college, high school or elementary school, in all the sections combined. They finished with a total of 21 points from their four top-scoring players, Christian Bischoff (6: Under 600), Joshua McEnroe (5½: Under 1200), T J Prince (5: Under 1000) and Michael Shanosky (4½: Under 600), out of a maximum possible total of 24 points. Fielding a large contingent of 22 players, this was the third year in a row that CBA has won the team competition.

The final standings for all sections, including prizes, have now been posted. Please join us for the 43rd Annual National Chess Congress to be held November 23-25, 2012!

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