The last of the three Fall 2019 chess quads ended yesterday, December 7. The Weibel Fall Chess Quads began in 1999. I created them to provide our Weibel chess students an opportunity to compete against players from other schools.
A few years back I created a Grand Prix which gave points to the players based on their success in each tournament. Those players who attended all three could compete for a much larger trophies than those provided to the winner(s) of each four person round-robin competition.
In Saturday’s competition, of the 90 who registered, 84 played in 21 tables of four. Over half of those entered had been in the October 5 and November 2 tournaments. When the Grand Prix points were totaled a tie occurred for the Championship and Devesh Mamidi from Shoreview Chess who was in Quad #1 tied with Jocelyn Cheung from Weibel, who was in Quad #13, with 145 points. Om Vatsyayan was first runner-up with 120 points and Alex Chai took home the second runner-up trophy. Interestingly, both Alex and Om were in Quad #12 this time around with Alex taking a first and Om a second. However, Om had gathered more points from the first two tournaments.
I would like to thank Success Chess School for their sponsorship. Thanks to the experience and amazing organizational abilities of former Weibel students with Club TD licenses, Krish Gangal, Yesun Lee, Amy Chan and Louis Law, their secondary school mates, Charlene Kwok and Chau-Ha Nghiem, the Weibel coach extraordinaire, Jason Cruz, and Prakash Narayan who has helped at the Quads for nearly 20 years, everything went off without a hitch. The Law family braved the weather and set-up to sell food. Lisa Chan, as always brought the bagels etc for the helpers, while Rob Chan set up the Wi Fi and a Tarp for the food sales in case of rain. The force was with us for it did not rain until the Quads ended. Lastly, my sincerest thanks goes to the parents, siblings and relatives of the players. Most were inside the playing hall due to the chilly overcast weather and the decibel level was near zero. Unreal!