Geoff McKenna is the 2010 Virginia Senior Champion, on tiebreaks over
Walter Morris and Keith Carson who was Top age 60-69. Harry Cohen was also
tied for 1st - 3rd and Top U with 3.5. |
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The Virginia Senior Championship was
hatched as an idea in August 2009. I was working with a client who was
receiving day services at the center and noticed a really nice and
large ballroom area being used for dance classes. Being a county employee
myself, I tracked down the right person to contact and eventually we
worked out an agreement for use of the space. It seemed natural and
appropriate - a Senior tournament in a Senior center.
Ten months later it came to fruition when 44 players spent a hot June
weekend finding out who would be the first Virginia Senior Champion.
Four-time State Champ Geoff McKenna squeaked out a title on tiebreaks over
IM Walter Morris, Keith Carson and Harry Cohen (who was ineligible for the
title as a Marylander). They all finished with 3.5/4. The last round
found board one the way it is supposed to be, the two highest rated
players battling it out.McKenna and Morris played to a tough draw but the
tnesion was not over.
Keith Carson was also 4-0 after defeating FM Allan Savage the previous
round. He was playing Neal Goldberg, up an exchange or positional
advantage most of the time and looking like he could be the new Senior
champ if he won. It finally played out to be a draw and Harry Cohen was
scoring a win against Wilbert Brown to also join the 3.5 tie at the top.
We had to move into a different room on Sunday because a pipe was
leaking in the main room on Saturday. With a repairman scheduled to be
there at 8AM on Saturday, the new room would eliminate noise and with
better chairs and an atmospehere just as nice it worked out fine. As
Murphy's law would predict, there was no leak in the AM as it was due to
the AC and excessive humdity that weekend.
The winners of the Age Brackets were Keith Karson for top 60-69,
Bill Carroll for top 70-79 and John Campbell for 80+. Originally there was
going to be 70+ but John donated an 80+ plaque and turned out to be the
only 80+ participant. His two wins and a bye would have been enough to
actually earn the 70+ title at 83.
Top Under 1700 was split four ways among Michael Hirsch (playing in his
first open-type tournament since he was 12!), Glenn Floostrom, Vernon Hall
and Rene Stolbach. Under 1400 was split 5 ways by Lewis Kellert, Robert
LeBlanc, Lloyd McLaughlin, and Hewitt Rose.
We will probably have the same venue on the same weekend next year, but
since it is dealing with the county, one never knows!
Most players seemed to enjoy the event, commenting on how much more quiet
is was than normal. Wonder why that was? :)
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