Adam, Anthony reach new career tournament ratings
Fairfield TTC's Adam Sahar and Anthony Cappasso each had a great weekend with impressive upset wins to reach career peak ratings at the NYISC October Open.
Adam had a 7-3 match record in multiple events, capped by an impressive upset win over 2417 rated Cedric Oba contributing 50 rating points towards his new 2200 rating. Adam is a freshman this year at Fairfield University.
Anthony had a 10-4 record earning his new 2165 rating with his upset win over 2356 rated Yuxiang Li accounting for 45 added rating points. While Anthony is a freshman at UCONN this fall, he has made regular weekend trips south for club matches and practice at the Fairfield TTC with Adam and his other clubmates.
In addition to multiple matches against NY and NJ players, Adam's NYSIC Open wins also included a tough 'duece in the 5th' win over veteran tournament player and local clubmate Rich Dewitt (2160) and a competitive but straight games match win over Anthony giving him the chance to reach the 2200 rating milestone ahead of Anthony.
Adam and Anthony have both developed together with about 5 or 6 years of club play and coaching since finding the Fairfield club. Anthony was previously a high school baseball player, while Adam has had years of recitals and lessons as a classical pianist.
Their new ratings place them 2nd and third rated in Fairfield behind 2250 rated Emani McPherson with former State Champion Dewitt now 4th locally edgeing out 5th rated Adis Medunjanin by just 3 rating points.
Fairfield TTC players hold the #1,3 & 5 spots in current Statewide USATT ratings. With Emani's 2250 leading in Statewide ratings and #3 Adam (2200) and #5 Anthony (2165) rounding out Fairfield club players in the Statewide top 5. Non FFTTC players in the state's Top 5 are #2 E.Virgo (2211) of Hartford #4 Adnan Medunjanin (2194)- who lives in CT but trains in New York.
Rich Dewitt, consistantly 1st or 2nd in club ratings, and also usually in the top 3 in the state, falls from those usual spots to 4th at Fairfield TTC and 7th in Connecticut for the first time in decades.