A third round victory over Wisconsin junior Ritika Pandey gave James Marshall clear first place at the M*A*S*H Memorial Open. A fourth-round draw against fellow-Illini alum Glen Gratz secured top honors for Marshall with 3.5/4.0.
Ritika, appearing in her first DeKalb tournament, took clear second place with 3.0.
Glen and Leslie Bale tied for third place with 2.5 scores.
The February 28th event attracted 50 players primarily competing in three sections. USCF Crosstables are available here.
In the 20-player Reserve section, Zachary Kauffman, now a Freeport High School senior, compiled a 3.5/4 score to claim first, His only blemish was a second round draw versus Indian Creek chess coach Dane Bell.
Rockford Guilford coach Erik Czerwin and Jonathan Gaenzle tied for second place in the Reserve, both with 3.0 scores. Erik surrounded three victories with a third-round loss against Zach while Jonathan finished out his day with a pair of draws after two victories.
In the Booster, William Cahill compiled the tournament's lone perfect score, going 4.0/4. William was a half-point better than James Marchert who posted a 3.5.
Zhu Zhu Cai, Ben Rodriguez and Jim Stack all tied for third place with 3.0/4, all three playing in DeKalb events for the first time.
For Ben and Jim, it was their first USCF-rated event ever, posting provisional ratings in the mid 800's out of the box. Keep it up, guys!
The M*A*S*H event observed the anniversary of the airing of the last episode of the long-running Korean Conflict-set television series.
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