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Sklenka, Steve

Schleinich Memorial

All told a near record of 34 players joined the tournament, including 18 juniors, 11 adults and 5 seniors. The average rating of all 32 rated players was 1692, with the top Section A average at 2207. Reviewing the results in several sections of the event, it appears as though volunteering your time at the Alberta Chess Association and Calgary Chess Club ends up improving your playing strength as well. Bonus!

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In Section A the winner was ACA President Rafael Arruebarrena, scoring 4.5/5 and living up to pre-tournament expectations. Rafael conceded a single draw, against quickly improving junior player Paul Wang. Edmonton's David Miller, the second highest rated player in the top section, came second. Calgary juniors Anand Rishi Chandra and Paul Wang had good tournaments, scoring 2.5/5 and 2/5 respectively.

In Section B Maxim Vasic proved to be the class of the field by scoring a perfect 6/6. Rex Yumen came next with an excellent 3.5/5. In section C, ACA Vice President Jim Daniluk won the group with 4/5, followed by junior Victor Han of Brooks.

Section D witnessed a sensational performance from Calgary Chess Club board member Josh Culp, who was the lowest rated player in the group by about 300 Elo. Yet Josh scored an amazing 4/5 points to take top spot and post a huge rating increase. Congratulations! Second place went to young Jonathan Wu, who is also improving impressively.

Nicolas Garcia, visiting from Kingston, Ontario, won Section E, followed in second by Allan Cao. It was a pleasure seeing the Sorgard family of Graham, William and Abigail visit Calgary once again. Abigail in particular had a good tournament, scoring two impressive wins.

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