First of all I want to thank the players, parents and spectators that came to our tournament. My count for players this weekend was 83 (Bobby G please confirm this!). With parents and spectators we regularly had over 100 people in the building for things chess related.
The top finishers in the event were as follows:
1st Victor Plotkin with 4.5 points
Tied 2nd Roman Sapozhnikov, Hans Jung, Mike Ivanov with 3.5 points
1st Rob Gashgarian with an amazing 5 points
2nd Mario Moran-Venegas with 4 points
Tied 3rd Richard Chen, Wenyang Ming, Mario Piccinin with 3.5 points
1st Gary Hua with 4.5 points
Tied 2nd Nameer Issani, Nicholas Vettese, Adrian Calugaru, Alex Shlega with 4 points
The U1600 section received trophy prizes. Due to a shortage of trophies one of the second place finishers received a wind up radio that was graciously donated to the Hamilton Junior Chess Club. We would like to thank PK Hummingbird once again for their donation of wind up radios several years ago.
This tournament was filled with drama and excitement. McMaster University student Adam Cormier told me that during this event he played his best ever game. There were at least a few local Hamiltonians who were playing their first chess tournament. And it was great to see this tournament had one of our largest turnouts of women.
The stories are too numerous to tell so I hope some of you will help me out with that. In the meantime take a look at some of the pictures from this event in this chess talk thread. (And please feel free to add more!)
(Visit the following link to see pictures and discussion of our event)Chess Talk Discussion On Hamilton Winter Open 2013
I want to thank Walter De Jong for giving me the wooden board and pieces that were used on board 1. (You can also check this Chess Talk thread for examples of his fine photography!) And thanks to Mikhail Egorov for the donation of his wooden board, pieces and DGT clock for use on board 2. Mikhail also gave us the coffee maker that served the free coffee.
I want to give a special thanks to Michel Vasquez and Rene Preotu for helping me in critical situations during the tournament.
And a final big thanks to Bob Gillanders who worked his something off to make this event successful (not to mention rides and stuff...).
Alright, enough of this wussy stuff. Go play some chess!