Cliff Adams ran a perfect 4-0 record to first place in the Reserve Section at this weekend's Route 20 Chess Club's tournament.
Cliff prevailed over a dozen other competitors, including our own Rick Andersen, who did very well himself.
The tournament was officially called the Pecatonic Octads, held at Highland Community College in Freeport.
Of course, no tournament would be complete without Cliff playing Route 20's Gary Sargent. Both were undefeated going into the fourth round before Cliff's victory.
For his efforts, Cliff's USCF rating jumped above 1300 again... and he nabbed a nifty $20 check suitable for framing. It'll just about pay for the gas if he cashes it!
Andersen went 3-1 on the day participating in a three-way tie for second. He bumpied his ranking 23 points in his quest for 1000. A few more tournaments and he's likely to hit that milestone.
DeKalb Club member Phil Jarrette tied for second in the Octad section losing a tough but fascinating second round match to Expert Glen Gratz. Good to see Phil in action again... and good seeing Mr.Gratz playing another tournament!
The Jarrette-Gratz match is profiled at the Route 20 website: Route 20 CC .
Here are the first few moves with white threatening a nasty knight fork at c7 if he can distract the queen away... but black has his own threats!