Donaldson & Koons win 15th Collyer Memorial

    Tops seeds John Donaldson and Nat Koons shared the title at the 15th Dave Collyer Memorial with 4.5 scores. Third place was shared by Experts Paul Bartron and Josh Sinanan and Class A players John Julian and David Rowles.  Each scored 4.0.

There were a total of 53 players competing in this year's event.

        Three players shared the Class B prizes with 3.0 scores: Alex Chow, Bert Dennison, and Dan Mathews.  Dennison, from Tyler, Texas, played in the tourney as part of his effort to play a rated tournament in each of the 50 states.  Washington became the 49th state in his collection!  He needs only to add the Wyoming Open to complete his cross country chess tour.  Showing what a small world this is, Dennison had a surprise reunion with the Blue family when Alton and his sons, Ben and David, entered the tourney.  The Blues had previously lived and played in Tyler and knew Dennison from their time down there.

        The Class C category was won by Bill McBroom of Missoula, whose 3.0 score headed the class by one-half point.  Professor Bill generously donated his $100 prize back to the club!  Kenny Erickson took second and won $75 for his efforts.

        The Class D prize was another win for the Chow family when Dr. Ward Chow topped the section with a 2.0 score.  Ryan Ackerman, newcomer Khai Le, and oldtimer Jim Waugh finished second with 1.5 scores.  The top upsets in the tournament came from this category as well.  David Blue had the biggest upset ($100) by downing a player 719 points above his rating!  The second biggest upset went Pat Kirlin who claimed a scalp 456 points above his rating.  Good job to both of you!!

        The weekend began when International Master John Donaldson gave another entertaining lecture and simul at Aunties Bookstore Friday night, February 23. There were 16 players in the simul and John put us all away, sweeping to a 16-0 record in less than two hours!!  Better luck next year, gang! 

Chess veterans John Downes and B. G. Dennison of Texas strike similar poses in their second round matches.  (Photos courtesy of Jerry Morton).

Below: John Donaldson and Phil Weyland (round two)


More round two action:


Chris Copeland and Geoff Gale ponder their position:



The 2007 USCF cross table: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200702251711-10328357