4th Annual Robert L. Froemke Chess Tournament Report


The 4th Annual Robert L. Froemke Memorial chess tournament was a huge success!

This past Memorial Day weekend 3 masters, 2 experts, 5 A-class, plus others lower-rated (but no less dangerous) fought tooth and nail for cash prizes and honor. There was a $500 guaranteed 1st place prize as well as 2nd and 3rd place prizes and 1st-3rd place U1600 prizes.

Nobody left the tournament unscathed. We saw an early 1st round surprise when Tallahassee’s William Ebaugh (rated 1546) drew with master Toby Boas (rated 2255).

The second round had 2 more surprises when Ben Silva (1908) drew his game against top seed master Michael Carallo (2263) and Hariharan Sivaji (1898) drew against master Bryan Tillis (2214).

The masters then won each of their 3rd round games, but not all were easy wins. The game between Hariharan Sivaji (playing the black pieces) and Michael Carallo (playing white) was a complicated Najdorf Sicilian. Harry (as we call him at the club) was up an exchange for one pawn. There was a drawing line late in the game, but Harry said he was still going for a win!

Two of  the masters drew in their 4th round games and the third master, Bryan Tillis, pulled out a win in a drawn position. A chess master has vast knowledge, especially in end games. They are able to maneuver and put difficult decisions to less experienced players, giving them an opportunity to make a mistake. That’s exactly what happened in his 4th round game against Wendall Whitaker. It came down to a Rook+Pawn vs Rook endgame. Atter the game, Bryan told me he knew it was a dead draw and that he spent 25 minutes on one position finding the line(s) that would present Wendall with the most opportunities to make a mistake. Wendall did make a mistake and Bryan seized upon the opportunity to win the game. It’s a hard lesson to learn but it is also a lesson that will not easily be forgotten by the defeated player. All games you play are learning opportunities and those that we lose seem to offer the best lessons.

Going into the final round, Bryan Tillis was leading the tournament by half a point at 3.5/4. Michael Corallo, Toby Boas, Jon Sanford, and Daaim Shabazz were all at 3.0/4.0. Bryan Tillis played Michael Corallo which ended in a draw. Toby Boas was able to win his game against Jon Sanford. Daaim Shabazz won his game against Ben Silva. After the game, Daaim said he felt he was losing at one point, a bad move by Ben Silva allowed him to have a winning advantage.

Final standings overall was a three-way tie for first between Toby Boas, Bryan Tillis, and Daaim Shabazz (4.0/5.0).

Bryan Tillis has now won, either outright or via a tie for first, all four of the Robert L. Froemke memorial tournaments. For those that might be wondering, IF we had used tie-breaks to award a “crown” or trophy then Bryan and Toby were tied at the first tie-break (11.5 each using modified median), and Bryan won the second tie-break (13.5 vs 13.0 using the Solkoff). You can read more about tie-break systems in a Swiss-system tournament and the USCF recommended order on Wikipedia.

In the contest for Under 1600 prize money, Dr. Paul Reynolds won 1st U1600 with 3 points. Alan Smith one 2nd U1600 with 2.5 points. And, there was a 5 way tie for the 3rd U1600 between William Ebaugh, Bill McTigue, Wendall Whitaker, David Liu, and Brendan Savage.

If you weren’t able to come out and play in the tournament or come by and just observe some of the games, then you missed some exciting chess this weekend. I’d like to thank the players that travelled from out of town as well as the local players that came out to support this annual tournament.

I have provided the cross table below, but the tournament has been rated so you can also view it online at USCF’s website.

Also, I have uploaded photo’s to our Facebook page.

4th Annual Robert L. Froemke Memorial Chess Tournament

Name/ID                Rtg.   Rd 1   Rd 2   Rd 3   Rd 4   Rd 5
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1. Corallo, Michael P |2263 | W 11 |  B 6 |  W 7 |  B 4 |  B 3 |
             12737323 |     |  1.0 |  1.5 |  2.5 |  3.0 |  3.5 |
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2. Boas, Toby         |2255 | B 13 | W 19 |  W 6 |  B 5 |  W 4 |
             12813311 |     |  0.5 |  1.5 |  2.5 |  3.0 |  4.0 |
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3. Tillis, Bryan      |2214 | W 14 |  B 7 |  W 8 | B 15 |  W 1 |
             12893033 |     |  1.0 |  1.5 |  2.5 |  3.5 |  4.0 |
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4. Sanford, Jonathan  |2143 | B 17 | W 10 | HALF |  W 1 |  B 2 |
             12444668 |     | 1.0  | 2.0  |  2.5 |  3.0 |  3.0 |
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5. Shabazz, Daaim     |2093 | W 12 |  B 9 | HALF |  W 2 |  B 6 |
             11487408 |     |  1.0 |  2.0 |  2.5 |  3.0 |  4.0 |
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6. Silva, Ben         |1908 | W 18 |  W 1 |  B 2 | B 11 |  W 5 |
             13765417 |     |  1.0 |  1.5 |  1.5 |  2.5 |  2.5 |
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7. hariharan, Sivaji  |1898 | B 16 |  W 3 |  B 1 | W 18 | W 10 |
             14749712 |     |  1.0 |  1.5 |  1.5 |  2.0 |  2.5 |
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8. Bond, Tim          |1887 | HALF | W 13 |  B 3 | W 20 | B 18 |
             10239974 |     |  0.5 |  1.5 |  1.5 |  2.5 |  3.5 |
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9. Leeper, Robert A   |1875 | B 21 |  W 5 | B 15 | W 12 | W 16 |
             12529699 |     |  1.0 |  1.0 |  1.0 |  1.0 |  1.0 |
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10. Cline, Hugh       |1873 | W 20 |  B 4 | HALF | W 19 |  B 7 |
             11201474 |     |  1.0 |  1.0 |  1.5 |  2.5 |  3.0 |
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11. Ali, Yusef        |1779 |  B 1 | W 15 | B 13 |  W 6 | B 19 |
             12563609 |     |  0.0 |  0.5 |  1.5 |  1.5 |  2.0 |
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12. Liu, Jackie       |1635 |  B 5 | W 17 | B 18 |  B 9 | W 15 |
             14268185 |     |  0.0 |  1.0 |  1.0 |  2.0 |  3.0 |
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13. Ebaugh, William P |1546 |  W 2 |  B 8 | W 11 | B 21 | B 20 |
             12522941 |     |  0.5 |  0.5 |  0.5 |  1.5 |  2.0 |
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14. McTigue, William  |1511 |  B 3 | W 21 | B 19 | HALF | W 17 |
             12574039 |     |  0.0 |  1.0 |  1.5 |  2.0 |  2.0 |
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15. Whitaker, Wendell |1398 | HALF | B 11 |  W 9 |  W 3 | B 12 |
             13729200 |     |  0.5 |  1.0 |  2.0 |  2.0 |  2.0 |
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16. Froemke, Bruce D  |1379 |  W 7 | B 20 | HALF | W 17 |  B 9 |
             10015553 |     |  0.0 |  0.0 |  0.5 |  0.5 |  1.5 |
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17. Reynolds, Paul    |1368 |  W 4 | B 12 | W 21 | B 16 | B 14 |
             12822082 |     |  0.0 |  0.0 |  1.0 |  2.0 |  3.0 |
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18. Smith, Alan D     |1368 |  B 6 |  BYE | W 12 |  B 7 |  W 8 |
             12804413 |     |  0.0 |  1.0 |  2.0 |  2.5 |  2.5 |
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19. Liu, David        |1319 |  BYE |  B 2 | W 14 | B 10 | W 11 |
             14268191 |     |  1.0 |  1.0 |  1.5 |  1.5 |  2.0 |
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20. Savage, Brendan   |1304 | B 10 | W 16 | HALF |  B 8 | W 13 |
             15039816 |     |  0.0 |  1.0 |  1.5 |  1.5 |  2.0 |
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21. Baggett, Jimmy    |nnnn |  W 9 | B 14 | B 17 | W 13 |  BYE |
             15456868 |     |  0.0 |  0.0 |  0.0 |  0.0 |  1.0 |
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