Jordan Berson Wins NL Open 2019
The Newfoundland and Labrador Open 2019 was held on the weekend of October 19-21 at the Guv’nor Inn and MUN Science Building. Jordan Berson won the event in clear first with an undefeated 4.5/5 score. Considering the long time control of 120 minutes + 30 seconds increment per game, playing five games in three days made for a gruelling event, but Jordan was up to the task. Two key games against second place Xingbo Huang and third place Steve Martin are included in the Games Corner link. This is Jordan’s 3rd NL Open win. Congratulations!
Congratulations also go out to Xingbo Huang, who finished in second place, just a half point behind Jordan with 4/5. Xingbo was also the only junior participating. Daniel Efford, Gary Mahon, and Steve Martin finished in a tie for third place, while Daniel won best performance prize with 3/5 and the biggest rating jump.
Ten players in total participated including three players – Martin Whelan, Amit Neghandi, and Jonathan Gosse – who were playing their first classical tournament. Blair Ozon and Gary Mahon were playing their first event in two years. Notable absences included the NL Open 2017 and 2018 champion Roger Langen, Ray MacIsaac, Morley Payne, and Nihad Dervisevic. We hope to see you playing again soon. Big thank you to Blair Ozon who donated a puzzle book and a Budapest Gambit book which were won by Xingbo Huang and Jonathan Gosse as door prizes.
The next event will be the weekend of November 29-December 1. It will be similar structure, but 60 minutes + 30 second increment per game. I hope to see some of you back for that event. Below is the complete crosstable with updated ratings. Thanks to everyone for participating! 🙂
|1||Berson, Jordan S.||2053||2037||2063||2201||+5 +2 +4 +6 =3||4.5|
|2||Huang, Xingbo||1827||1855||1832||24||+8 -1 =3 +0 +4||3.5|
|3||Efford, Daniel||1583||1846||1676||1676||+6 -4 =2 +8 =1||3.0|
|4||Martin, Steve||2003||1774||1972||2107||+7 +3 -1 +5 -2||3.0|
|5||Mahon, Gary||1582||1761||1629||19||-1 +8 +9 -4 +6||3.0|
|6||Gosse, Jonathan||0||1540||1540||5||-3 +7 +10 -1 -5||2.0|
|7||Wong, Danny||1336||1445||1372||12||-4 -6 -8 +10 +0||2.0|
|8||Negandhi, Amit||0||1404||1404||4||-2 -5 +7 -3 -0||1.0|
|9||Whelan, Martin||0||1345||1345||2||=10 =0 -5 -0 -0||1.0|
|10||Ozon, Blair R.||1636||1168||1461||8||=9 =0 -6 -7 -0||1.0|