CT TTA Players show summer practice pays off - score in multiple NY rating events
A summer of regular local practice at the Fairfield and Bethany clubs payed off as 6 of our players took took honors, or reached the finals or semi-finals in multiple USATT rating based events in the most recent (August 23-24) tournament in NY, while others have new club wins in Fairfield and Bethany.
Rich Dewitt took second in the U-2350 event with a semi-final win over Xing Chen Cui, before losing to event winner Adar Alguetti in the final, and Rich also reached the semi-final of U-2200, losing to Brian Gao .
Anthony Cappasso and Glen Randmer reached the quarterfinals of the U-2000 event in spite of ratings well under the event cutoff.
In the U-1900 event, Samuel Medina defeated Benjamin Zhang to win the event, and bested fellow Fairfielder Jeff Von Kohorn in the Semi-final.
In the U-1750 event, Anthony Capasso reached the semifinals and Austin Greenfield reached the quarter finals.
Sam Donkor of Bridgeport won the U-1300 event in a 5 game final over
Daniel Yan. Sam also reached the semifinals of the rating based handicap event.
In club play, a number of other players are also showing improvement, with club match wins over higher rated clubmates.
Douglas Silva has 4 wins in his last six local matches with 2200 level Rich Dewitt in Fairfield, and Anthony Cappasso had his first upset match win over his coach, 2070 rated Dave Strang recently in Bethany. Rob Withers and Chris Rydzic are also playing 2000 and 2100+ level in recent club play, though Rob isn't a tournament player, and Chris hasn't played a tournament this year.
As the saying goes 'a rising tide lifts all boats' and the quality of practice and match play among our players in Fairfield and Bethany is resulting in most players improving their skills and strategy, with our rivals from larger clubs in New York and New Jersey seeing the results in their own local events.