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GM Mark Paragua Leads Winners, LM Daniel Gurevich is Georgia’s State Champion

By Herky Del Mundo

GM Mark Paragua led the list of winners in the 2015 Georgia State Championship by scoring 4.5 points in five rounds.  This was followed in second place by Senior Life Master Ruifeng Li (rated 2535) from Texas, and high school player Life Master Daniel Gurevich (rated 2441) from Georgia, both with 4.0 points.  Seventeen-year-old Gurevich, as the top Georgia resident, emerged as the 2015 Georgia State Champion. Gurevich got even positions from the two grandmasters in the tournament.  He drew with two-time state champion GM Alonso Zapata in the fourth round and GM Paragua in the last round.

GM Alonso Zapata

GM Alonso Zapata

Paragua and Zapata squared off in the third round.  Paragua, playing white, was able to outplay Zapata in 27 moves of a Trompovsky opening. “GM Zapata missed tactical lines when his King got caught in the middle of the board,” said Paragua, who has used the opening effectively against other strong GMs.

Paragua considered his game against Ruifeng Li as his best game in the tournament.  He sacrificed his rook, knight and pawn to launch a strong attack.

Gurevich, with a perfect score going to the fourth round had to play Zapata who was a point behind with his loss to Paragua.  “I was just hoping to play an equal position,” said Gurevich, who was handling the black pieces against the grandmaster. He said he knew that Zapata’s game against the Sicilian is tough to play.  In the middle game, Gurevich said that he had a very good advantage, but it was too complicated to maintain. He was able to exchange a knight for the GM’s rook, but he gave back his rook for a bishop later in the game.  With an equal position, the two agreed on a draw.

Against Paragua in the last round, both the GM and Gurevich were due for black.  In their pairing, the higher-rated player got the white pieces.  Gurevich said, “I knew exactly what he was going to play,” so he opted for solid lines noting Paragua was well-prepared with the Trompovsky opening.  After solid moves with equal position, the two agreed to a draw.

The field offered staunch competition, and the plays made against the grandmasters were exciting and nail-biting.  Michael Patrick Corallo launched a strong attack against the king side of GM Paragua’s black pieces.  But Paragua led a counter-attack on the queenside.  With his time running down, Corallo sacrificed his queen, hoping to catch it on a mating net or at least repetition for a draw. Paragua held his position with pure calculation which allowed him to escape the attack. With pieces down, Corallo, with no mate or draw in sight, resigned.

Daniel Vest’s game against GM Zapata was also a cliffhanger.  Vest held a possible end-game advantage with a passed e-pawn on the sixth rank, but Zapata was able to penetrate queenside.  Vest blundered at time pressure by placing his king on h3, with an attack from Zapata’s queen.

 

2015 Georgia State Championship

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Championship

No. Name St Rate Pts
1 Paragua, Mark C NY 2647 4.5
2 Gurevich, Daniel GA 2441 4.0
3 Li, Ruifeng TX 2537 4.0
4 Zapata, Alonso GA 2532 3.5
5 Corallo, Michael GA 2371 3.0
6 Studen, Damir GA 2354 3.0
7 Vest, David M GA 2200 3.0
8 Burnett, Ronald W TN 2435 2.5
9 Cherepanov, Andrew GA 2432 2.5
10 Ghatti, Sanjay GA 2213 2.5
11 Scott, Joseph J GA 2044 2.5
12 Hoshor, Mark GA 2233 2.0
13 Liang, Albert GA 2044 2.0
14 Mundy, Jim GA 2055 2.0
15 Potula, Kapish GA 1983 2.0
16 Guo, Arthur GA 2038 1.5
17 Kayma, Tom GA 2006 1.5
18 Meruga, Shanmukha GA 2037 1.5
19 Roszkowiak, Robert GA 2000 1.5
20 White, Lawrence GA 2191 0.0

 

Amateur

No. Name St Rate Pts
1 Gosdin, Kaleb GA 1815 4.5
2 Mbonu, David GA 1867 4.5
3 Williams, Nicholas GA 1971 4.5
4 Cox, Douglas GA 1830 4.0
5 Hayes, Nathan Alex GA 1801 4.0
6 Manapuram, Eswar Prasad GA 1714 4.0
7 Sekar, Vignesh GA 1724 4.0
8 Wu, Sijing AL 1835 4.0
9 Gratskaya, Elena GA 1819 3.5
10 Johnson, Roger AL 1963 3.5
11 Kelly, Skyler GA 1602 3.5
12 Lorentzson, David GA 1911 3.5
13 Maurer, Andrei E PA 1826 3.5
14 Panda, Vedic GA 1818 3.5
15 Vandivier, Van GA 1978 3.5
16 Ye, George GA 1855 3.5
17 Anand, Sanjeev GA 1505 3.0
18 Brown, Clark GA 1651 3.0
19 Downes, Austin GA 1359 3.0
20 Jayavel Kumaresan, Kavin GA 1634 3.0
21 Kanike, Uday GA 1876 3.0
22 Page, Jordan GA 1865 3.0
23 Sekar, Jayashree GA 1678 3.0
24 Sekharan, Advaith GA 1595 3.0
25 Srinivasan, Anand GA 1683 3.0
26 Watkins, Parnell GA 1350 3.0
27 Wu, Rochelle AL 1618 3.0
28 Creighton, Sasha GA 1523 2.5
29 Cuellar, Pablo GA 1761 2.5
30 Deshpande, Neil NC 1661 2.5
31 Guo, Ingrid GA 1641 2.5
32 Jiao, Kenneth AL 1822 2.5
33 Jones, Richard GA 1631 2.5
34 Joransen, Jonathan GA 773 2.5
35 Leary, Patrick GA 1289 2.5
36 Petty, Kirk AL 1900 2.5
37 Remick, William GA 1838 2.5
38 Rezaei, Nima GA 1343 2.5
39 Schlatterer, William GA 1361 2.5
40 Shi, Ahan CA 1195 2.5
41 Stack, James GA 1558 2.5
42 Thomas, Ashley GA 1264 2.5
43 Wise, Kara GA 1521 2.5
44 Bellayaru, Samarth Rao GA 1379 2.0
45 Blair Jr, Thomas A GA 1299 2.0
46 Mayhew, Matt TN 1740 2.0
47 Nwokedi, Nnamdi GA 1375 2.0
48 Raynoe, Rj NC 1343 2.0
49 Sitaraman, Karthik GA 1477 2.0
50 Staples Jr, Richard GA 1526 2.0
51 Taylor, Phillip GA 1500 2.0
52 Zhou, Justin GA 1604 2.0
53 Blackmarr, Harold GA 1279 1.5
54 Ceelen, Andy FL 1238 1.5
55 Cloud, Jackson GA 954 1.5
56 Friese, Claus A GA 1243 1.5
57 Jampala, Monish GA 1247 1.5
58 Mctigue, William J GA 1445 1.5
59 Naren, Nithin GA 1518 1.5
60 Ogunyemi, Samuel O GA 1765 1.5
61 Stadter, Matthew GA 1662 1.5
62 Tong, Zachary GA 1101 1.5
63 Vuyyuru, Vaishnavi GA 1114 1.5
64 Wright, Jason GA 1572 1.5
65 Zhu, Stephen GA 1237 1.5
66 Baumstark, Anna GA 1066 1.0
67 Floyd, Russell GA 1047 1.0
68 Mitchell, Jay GA 1711 1.0
69 Read, Jacob GA 655 1.0
70 Sparks, Eric GA 1115 1.0
71 Parashar, Sandeep GA 1207 0.5
72 Winter, Henry GA 1155 0.0

 

Scholastic

No. Name St Rate Pts
1 Fiorillo, Andres GA 1129 4.5
2 Swafford, Elias GA 601 4.0
3 Watson, Archer GA 1031 4.0
4 Wisniewski, Andrew GA 739 4.0
5 Stadter, Daniel GA 891 3.5
6 Fiorillo, Sergio GA 1126 3.0
7 Kapasi, Sara GA 832 3.0
8 Lee, Brian GA 918 3.0
9 Lombardo, Matthew GA 1123 3.0
10 Ashley, Rohan GA 837 2.5
11 Baumstark, Zachary GA 963 2.5
12 Gadi, Varun GA 836 2.5
13 Hanley, Miles GA 340 2.5
14 Manne, Rohan GA 1008 2.5
15 Markwalter, Everett GA 657 2.5
16 Zhou, Gavin GA 962 2.5
17 Creighton, Reece GA 783 2.0
18 Laney, Owen GA 599 2.0
19 Mukkamala, Milind GA 781 2.0
20 Murray, Paul GA 1041 2.0
21 Parashar, Dheemant GA 366 2.0
22 Simpson, Rehan GA 473 2.0
23 Meyer, Jared GA 492 1.5
24 Mydukur, Amit GA 529 1.0
25 Yu, Eric GA 486 1.0
26 Will, Heather GA 304 0.5

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