Monday, March 28, 2016

Vincent Do Wins March 26 Alekhine Memorial

Rockford phenom Vincent Do swept all four of his opponents to claim top honors at the 2nd Alekhine Memorial Open March 26.

The event honored the 70th anniversary of the passing of World Champion Alexander Alekhine whose time expired 3/24/46 at the age of 53.

Vincent sealed the tournament with a rapid dispatch of Jonathan Gaenzle.

Do, now rated 2084, joined several of his Thurgood Marshall teammates in preparing for the US Chess Junior High Nationals in Indianapolis in April.

Finishing tied for second with 3.0/4 were Sureshkumar Rajamani and Ashwin Raje.

DeKalb's Chris Sheehan-Jago raised his rating 132 points while his teammate Paul Cappaert added 39 points to the rating, now at the cusp of 1000. Chris and Paul tied for top score among players rated Under 1000.

Sycamore's Don Reyes enhanced his rating 42 points, earning the top score among players rated Under 1400 with 2.5/4.

Alexander Alekhine was World Champion from 1927 until his death in 1946, with the exception of a relinquishment to Max Euwe from 1935-1937.

In July of 1933 he conducted a blindfold simultaneous exhibition in Chicago with 32 people, at the time, a new world record. He won 19, lost four and drew nine games.

The next DeKalb Chess Club event will be the April 2 Grunfeld Memorial with four rounds of Game/60 play.

The club will also host a three-pack of events on April 16 with Game/90, Game/40 and a scholastic event with Game/30 time controls. Please address questions to info@dekalbchess.com.

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