21st Midwest Class Championships
October 12-14, 2012
The 21st Annual Midwest Class Championships was held from October 12-14, 2012 at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, Illinois.
GMs Yury Shulman and Nikola Mitkov each won $1,248 when they tied for first with 4 points but Shulman edged out Mitkov on tiebreaks for the title of 2012 Midwest Class Champion, along with the additional $83 First Place Bonus Prize.
GMs Dmitry Gurevich and Mesgen Amanov were held to a 3-way split of the 3rd and 4th place prizes, along with FM Carl Boor. They each won $222. The fourth player to tally 3½ points, NM Alexander Velikanov, brought home the $666 Under 2300 prize instead. Five GMs in the 25-player Master Section spotlighted the field of 228 entries, including 3 re-entries.
But the highlight of the weekend once again belongs to Erik Karklins, who is looking forwarding to celebrating his 98th birthday this coming March. Erik turned a lot of heads by winning the Expert Section of the 2008 Midwest Class Championship at the tender age of 93. Four years later he outdoes himself again with his third-place finish in the same section, becoming what must be one of the oldest players ever to win a prize in a Continental Chess tournament!
Most of the seasoned veterans of the Expert Section are already wary of playing someone half their age. But now they also have to worry about losing to someone twice their age as well!
The final standings, with prizes, are now posted for all sections.
Please use the following links to obtain more information regarding the 2012 Midwest Class Championships:
- Tournament Information: Sections, schedules, entry fees, prize funds, hotel info, etc.