Emani, Liam score tournament trophies
Congratulations to Fairfield TTC players who medaled in events at the May WTTC Open in NY.
Scoring his first USATT tournament trophy, Fairfield youngster Liam Atkins placed second in the U-1150 rated event. Liam defeated previous U-1000 event winner Daria Fahimi (6,10,-10,8) in the U-1150 semi-final before being bested in the final by top seeded Arik Motskin (1025) in 4 games (9,3,-8,6) boosting Liam's rating from 855 to 1035.
The other local rating event Finalist was Emani McPherson who won the U-2350 event.
Emani bested Chase Bockoven in 5 game final (9,-9,9,-9,4) after Chase had beaten Fairfield University's Adam Sahar in a nail biteing 12-10 in the fifth game semi-final (-3,8,7,-6,10). In the process, Emani's rating improved by over 100 rating pts. to 2275, regaining him the #1 position in local, and Connecticut standings from previous #!, from now #2 Adam Sahar(2244).
Rich Dewitt lost (10,7,7) in the semi-finals, to the event winner, Benjamin Chang, in the U-2200 division, which Rich has often won.