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August 13, 2010 > Emory Tate Jr. wins Fremont Open chess tourney

Emory Tate Jr. wins Fremont Open chess tourney

Submitted By Ken Zowal, Director of New Fremont Chess Club

Photo courtesy of Richard Shorman

Sixty-five determined chess enthusiasts faced off the weekend of July 31 to Aug. 1 in the third Fremont Open Chess Tournament. The four-round event was held at Club Sport in Fremont; the chief tournament director was United States Chess Federation Master Richard Koepcke.

International Master Emory Tate Jr. was the odds-on favorite with a USCF rating of 2391. He finished in clear first place with three and a half points. Hayk Manvelyan was the next highest-rated player at 2175, and he finished third overall. Expert players Phillip and Edward Perepelitsky tied for second with scholastic player Paul Richter.

The hotly-contested Open Section had a number of upsets, starting in round one, with B player David Trestor besting Expert Kevin Kane. Round two found B-rated Pranav Nagarajan winning against another Expert, Hovik Manvelyan, while Phillip Perepelitsky, an Expert-level player (2099), squeezed out a draw against IM Emory Tate -- quite an accomplishment with 300 rating points separating them.

Also, Greg Sarafian (1719) overcame the efforts of Hovik Manvelyan (2009) in the final round. See the Open Section results in the adjacent table.

The final result tables for the A/B and Reserve sections can be found at the USCF website, under the "Clubs and Tourney" tab.

Select games can be found at the Chess Club's web site:

Nearly all the participants found the tournament and venue an ideal combination, and are looking forward to the next tournament at Club Sport.

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