Local FM Dave Sprenkle scored a perfect 3-0 to win first place in the Open section at the TC Challenge #3 held on January 31, 2015 at the Grand Traverse Mall. With this victory, Dave becomes our first repeat champion in the Open section.
Meanwhile in the Reserve Section, the “Prodigy of Petoskey” Alex Bemben also scored a perfect 3-0 to win first place, extending his winning streak to 10 straight games in Traverse City tournaments. For Alex this is a three-peat. And at this rate it won’t be long before Alex “graduates” to the Open section!
Complete list of winners:
1st: David Sprenkle, 3.0 ($70)
2nd: Dennis Bailey, 2.0 ($31.50)
U1900: Robert Bemben, 2.5 ($38.50)
1st: Alexander Bemben, 3.0 ($70)
2nd+U1300: Christian Duran, Brady Cramer, Bruce Hooper 2.0 (each $23.35)
Here is the Round 1 game between Dennis Bailey and Dave Sprenkle. A very tricky tactical game.
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.