Alex Richter defeated GM Timur Gareyev in Round 4 of the Carl Dunn Memorial AKA the 6th annual Port of Burlington Open. Alex went on to win. It seemed as if GM Gareyev came to Burlington on his way from Kansas visiting his mother, en route to Chicago and then France and then who knows where else, to pick up the $1000 first prize along the way. But he was stopped dead in his track on round 4 by Alex Richter. Alex playing white was able to develop a crushing king side attack and work into a checkmate. No stalk of celery could save GM Gareyev from a determined Alex Richter. (note Anish Lodh Pictured with Stalk of Celery waiting for GM Gareyev to appear in round 2)
In the Reserve Section Local (well sort of, Josiah's dad Matt grew up next door to Carl Dunn) Josiah Power went 3-0 with a 1st round bye (the man likes to sleep in) to win the Section with a score of 3.5 Nipping at his heals were Arnie Gatton and Jacob Vigil who shared the 2nd and 3rd place with scores of 3.0
The Rated Beginners Open was a mixed bag of players with many collegiate, youth and adults wanting to try rated over the board chess. Vamsi Siddanth Challa went 5.0 to sweep the section, in second place was the King of the North, John Snow with a 4.0, and in third Saifan Hashmi with a 3.5
Back to the Open Second place was a tie between GM Gerayev and FM Alexander Velikanov In the U2000 section a three way tie with 3.5 Luis Peralta, Ben Boaz and Troy Curfman. The U1800 section was a tie between Ft. Madison's own Robert Beelman and Mohit Sreejan Bayyarapu.
And of course a special thank you and remembrance to Carl Dunn. He was a great chess player and director and president of the IASCA. I was pleased and honored to have his widow Marlene attend and share his memory with us.