The Traverse City Challenge VII was held on Saturday, November 21 at the Grand Traverse Mall. The attendance of only 10 players was unusually low; hopefully we will see many of our regulars back again soon! Congratulations to our winners:
1st-3rd: Dan Sajkowski, Greg Bailey, Robert Bemben (2.0, $33 each)
1st: Alexander Bemben (3.0, $50)
2nd: John Olinik (2.0, $30)
Top U1300: Kendall Chapple (1.5, $20)
Tournament co-champion Greg Bailey.
Here is the Round 1 game between Dan Sajkowski and Robert Bemben. This interesting miniature shows two knights triumphing over a queen.
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.