The Traverse City Summer Challenge was held on June 14, 2014 in Traverse City, attracting 16 players from as far away as Petoskey and the Saginaw/Flint area. This tourney marked the triumphant return of USCF-rated chess to the Traverse City area. It’s been a long time — over 3 years — since an officially rated chess tournament was held here.
In the Open section, Greg Bailey of Mesick went 4-0 to win clear first place. Key to Greg’s victory was his win over local FM Dave Sprenkle in Round 3. Greg pocketed $80 for his efforts. Meanwhile in the Amateur section, Alexander Bemben of Petoskey also scored a perfect 4-0 and won clear first place. Alexander took home $67.
First place champions, from left: Alexander Bemben and Greg Bailey.
Top U1900: Robert Bemben and Chris Remsperger, 2.0 ($23.50 each)
AMATEUR SECTION – Under 1600
1st: Alexander Bemben, 4.0 ($67)
2nd: Blake Beyer, 2.5 ($33)
Top U1300: Sam Vorhauer and David Tinker, 2.0 ($16.50 each)
Top U1100/Unrated: Christian Duran and Josh Haselton, 2.0 ($16.50 each)
The event was held at the American Legion Post #35 on Hastings Street in Traverse City. Tournament was organized and directed by Senior TD Mike Williams. My personal thanks go out to the American Legion staff for allowing us to rent their meeting hall, which was an excellent venue with good lighting and plenty of space.
Our next rated tournament will be the Traverse City Fall Challenge, possibly in October or early November. Exact date still TBD.
Here is Greg Bailey’s win over FM Dave Sprenkle in Round 3.
I recently moved to Traverse City from North Carolina, where I had been active as a chessplayer and a USCF tournament director. A longtime tournament veteran, I've been chasing the Expert title which I finally achieved in mid-2014.