Harper College Chess Tournament
On April 8, I was honored to host my first-ever USCF tournament at Harper College.
Even with many other events happening around the state, a remarkable 45 players competed; 25 in the open and 20 in the U1700 section. Out of 25 players in the Open section, there were six Experts and a Master in the field.
In the Open section, Nicholas Bartochowski was the clear winner. Winning all three games, Bartochowski raised his rating to 2169.
NM Ken Wallach and Experts Rishi Narayanan and Abhy Venkat tied for second with 2.5's.
Robby Hecht, Adam Bareket, Eric Starkman and Richard Zhang all finished the tournament with 2.0.
Zhang had an excellent tournament, beating a Class A player and an Expert before falling to Bartochowski in the final match. With his performance, Zhang raised his rating from 1797 to 1862.