By Fun Fong
The Perdomo Class Championship was a GCA event designed to honor IM Carlos Perdomo for approximately 15 years of service and enrichment for the Georgia Chess Community. He has been a game-changer, improving the quality of chess in Georgia.
Herky del Mundo and Shyam Dasari made their debut as Chief TD and Deputy Chief TD at the Perdomo Class Championship. I was the Informatics officer. The team’s laid-back attitude lead to an especially friendly and more social event than usual. Herky gave away copies of his book during a trivia quiz before the start of the fourth round.
Laura Leary made her debut as the first Coordinator of an Open Event. Chacha deJava returned to manage DGT boards in the absence of GCA volunteers. Amrita Kumar, Priya Srinivasan, and Usha Raghavan created a special, social atmosphere that made the participants feel comfortable and welcome. This new team became a game-changer for GCA Open Events.
LM Michael Corallo was upset by Albert Liang in the first round, but kept his cool, defeating Expert Hans Pirolt in the second round, LM David Vest in the third round, Djordje Niedeljkovic in the fourth round, and Expert Tom Kayma in the final round.
Congratulations to Michael Corallo, winner of the Perdomo Class Championship 2015, who took clear first, winning four games. Complete results are at the end of this article.
Albert Liang (2019) v. LM Michael Corallo (2371)
LM Michael Corallo (2371) v Hans Pirolt (2128)
LM David Vest (2200) v. LM Michael Corallo (2371)
Djordje Niedeljkovic (2215P) v. LM Michael Corallo (2371)
Albert Liang upset LM Michael Corallo in the first round. Albert also defeated Expert Sinclair Gray in the second round and drew provisionally master rated Djordje Niedeljkovic in the third round. Albert eeked out a draw against Carter Peatman in the final round to finish tied for 2nd with three points.
Sinclair Gray (2040) v. Albert Liang (2019)
Albert Liang (2019) v. Djordje Niedeljkovic (2215P)
LM David Vest (2200) v. Albert Liang (2019)
Djordje Niedeljkovic (2215P), whose FIDE rating is in the neighborhood of 2170 , drew playing White against Carter Peatman, then defeated Tom Kayma in round 2. He drew against Albert Liang in round 3, lost to LM Michael Corallo in round 4, and won against Hans Pirolt in round 5. He finished tied for 2nd with three points.
Djordje Niedeljkovic (2215P) v. Carter Peatman (2058)
Tom Kayma (2002) v. Djordje Niedeljkovic (2215P)
Hans Pirolt (2128) vs Djordje Niedeljkovic (2215P
Sinclair Gray (2040) had a forced bye in the first round, a loss against Albert Liang, a win against Hans Pirolt in the third round. Sinclair lost to Tom Kayma in round 4, and finished with a win against LM David Vest to tie for 2nd with three points.
Sinclair Gray (2040) v. LM David Vest (2200)
Hans Pirolt (2128) v. Sinclair Gray (2040)
Class A Action
Jeremy Banta shone most brightly in this section, taking clear first place with four points. He defeated Tanish Kothapalle in the first round, drew Randy Wester in round two, took a half point bye in round 3, defeated Uday Kanike in round 4, and won against Arden Markin to finish first.
Jeremy Banta (1893) v. Tanish Kothapalle (1837)
Randy Wester (1890) v. Jeremy Banta (1893
Jeremy Banta (1893) v. Uday Kanike (1861)
David Mbonu finished clear second, drawing Uday Kanike in round 1, defeating Bill Remick in round 2 and losing to Arden Marken in round 3. He defeated Nathan Hayes in round 4, and defeated Randy Wester to finish with 3.5 points.
Uday Kanike (1861) v. David Mbonu (1818)
Arden Marken (1885) v. David Mbonu (1818)
David Mbonu (1818) v. Nathan Hayes (1809
Randy Wester (1890) began by defeating Bill Remick in round 1, drawing Jeremy Banta in round 2, and defeating Kenneth Jiao in round 3. He drew Arden Marken in round 4 and lost to David Mbonu in the final round to be tied with Uday Kanike for third place.
Kenneth Jiao (1839) v. Randy Wester (1890)
Uday Kanike (1861) drew David Mbonu in round 1, defeated Thanu Avirneni in round 2, took a ½ point bye in round 3, lost to Jeremy Banta in round 4, and defeated Tanish Kothapalle to tie for third place with 3 points.
Saithanusri Avirneni (1902) v Uday Kanike (1861)
Class B Action
Class B was well-represented with 12 players. Matt Mayhew (1700) of Knoxville, TN finished clear first with 4 points. Robbie Grattan-Smith (1649) won clear second with 3.5 points. Sujay Jagadeesh (1641) and Stephen Eisenhauer (1631) tied for third with 3 points each.
Matt Mayhew showed his dominance. He received a forced bye in the first round, and defeated Robbie Grattan-Smith (1649) in the second round. He drew Eswar Manapuram (1645) in round three but defeated the two other contenders who would eventually tie for third place, Sujay Jagadeesh (1641) and Stephen Eisenhauer (1631) in rounds four and five.
Class C Action
Class C was the second largest section with 18 players. Anthony Morse (1447) finished in clear first with 4.5 points, Karuna Atmakuru (1564), Anshul Gokul (1414), Charles Troutman III (1585), and Joel Washington (1560) all tied for 2nd and 3rd place prize money with a score of 3.5.
Anthony Morse of Georgia Tech began, defeating Maxwell Guo (1552) in the first round, Jason Wright (1522) in the second round, and Adrian Gellert (1446) in the third round. He defeated Karuna Atmakunru (1564) in round four and drew Anshul Gokul (1414) in round five to secure clear first.
Class D Action
Class D was the smallest section with 7 players. Sanjeev Anand (1348) finished clear first with 4 points. Samarth Bellayaru (1307) finished clear second with 3.5 points. Patrick Leary (1289) finished clear third with 3 points.
In order to finish first, Sanjeev Anand (1348) defeated North Carolinian RJ Raynoe (1299) in the first round. He defeated Smarth Bellayaru (1307) in the second round and Patrick Leary in the third round (1289). He had a draw against Sanjjithsaai Dineshkumar (1320) in the fourth round and a draw against Jinkinson Smith (1396) in the final round.
U1200/Unr was the largest section with 19 players. Harold Blackmarr (1180) stole the show with clear first with 4.5 points. Jackson Cloud (758) and LT Andy Ceelen (1152) of Florida finished tied for second and third place with 4 points each. Karen Boyd won the Unrated prize with a respectable score of 3 points, outstanding for her first tournament!
Harold Blackmarr (1180) began by defeating Arav Saksena (845) in the first round. He drew Hudson Markin (1001) in the second round and defeated Sergio Fiorillo (1182) in the third. He defeated brother Andres Fiorillo (1141) in round four and drew against Surya Anand (998) in the final round.
IM Carlos Perdomo made his appearance with extended family in tow on Sunday afternoon. He took on approximately 22 players in a simul, finishing with approximately 4 draws. He was only given about 2 hours to finish and we’ll have to allot him more time to finish next time!
Despite a somewhat light turnout, competition was keen at this tournament. The TD combination of del Mundo / Dasari was laid back, with the atmosphere noticeably more relaxed as a result. Laura Leary did well in her first time at the Coordinator spot and I felt that the organizational ground team hit its stride in making this tournament pleasant for all.
Herky del Mundo, Shyam Dasari and Ricardo Fiorillo have committed to the Senior TD training program, where they will receive top priority to officiate in events of 50-100 players in order to garner Senior TD training credits. They, and other aspiring TDs, will have opportunities to receive training on a quarterly basis. We plan for the prime candidates, del Mundo and Dasari to be prepared to take the Senior TD exam in approximately 12 – 18 months. We are thankful for their commitment to the Senior TD program.
We plan to continue to grow the Open Events ground team, cross-training as many as possible and then splitting into two ground teams for Open Events next year. Our organizational efforts are finally showing tangible results!
IM Carlos Perdomo, the tournament’s namesake, performed
a simul between rounds 4 and 5, which consisted of 22 players.
IM Carlos Perdomo and GCA President Fun Fong.
For more pictures, please visit the GCA Facebook page.
|5||Vest, David M||2200||2.5||-H-||W7||L1||W4||L3|
|1||Banta, Jeremy E||1893||4||W7||D3||-H-||W4||W5|
|2||Mbonu, David C||1818||3.5||D4||W8||L5||W9||W3|
|5||Jayavel Kumaresan, Kavin||1650||2.5||L2||D12||W10||D7||D3|
|9||Manapuram, Eswar Prasad||1645||2||D7||W10||D1||-F-||-U-|
|2||Troutman III, Charles||1585||3.5||D18||W13||D6||W10||D3|
|13||Mehta, Raj Chirag||1536||2||L7||L2||W16||L12||W15|
|15||McTigue, William J||1508||1.5||W4||L7||L8||-H-||L13|
|2||Bellayaru, Samarth Rao||1307||3.5||W4||L1||D5||W3||W7|
|4||Smith, Jinkinson P||1396||2.5||L2||D6||D7||-B-||D1|
Under 1200 / Unrated
|7||Juarez Jr., Cesar||1063||3||W15||W12||L2||L9||W14|