The Greater Peoria Open was held at Lakeview Museum for the second time this year.  Traditionally, if you can have a tradition after two years, the tournament was held in Lakeview’s basement auditorium room.  Due to a scheduling conflict it was moved upstairs to two different rooms.  With only 28 players, counting the houseman, there was plenty of room.  And even with 28 players, 2 who were Masters with free entry the GPO

still updated the guaranteed  prize fund of 500 dollars to 707 dollars and 20 cents.  The GPO organizers were determined to give back 80 percent of the entries.

                        So how about the fun and excitement level?  Justin Brown, unrated never played in an USCF tournament before,  “I just play my Radio Shack computer.” wins his round one against a 1707 rated player.  Then in round 2 he takes on Howard Cohen, 1922 sacks his queen and forces a win.

  [White "Howard Cohen"] [Black "Justin Brown"] [Result "0-1"]

1.  e4 e5 2.  f4 Bc5 3.  Nf3 d6 4.  Nc3 Nf6 5.  Bc4 Nc6 6.  Ng5 0-0 7.  f5 Ne7 8.  Na4 Bb6 9.  Nxb6 axb6 10.  d3 d5 11.  Bb3 h6 12.  Nf3 dxe4 13.  Nxe5 Bxf5 14.  g4 Bh7 15.  d4 Nc6 16.  Nxc6 bxc6 17.  g5 Nd5 18.  Qg4 f5 19.  Qg1 Kh8 20.  c4 Nb4 21.  h4 Nd3+ 22.  Ke2 f4 23.  Bd2 e3 24.  g6 Qxd4 25.  Bc3 f3+ 26.  Kd1 Nf2+ 27.  Kc1 Qxc3+ 28.  bxc3 Nxh1 29.  Qxe3 Rae8 30.  Qd3 Re1+ 31.  Kb2 Rxa1 32.  Kxa1 f2 33. White resigns.

 So now he is paired with Steven Szpisjak, 2252 for round 3 and as everyone is leaving for the night with them still playing no one expects Steven to survive.  But Steven does and manages to get a draw to everyone’s surprise the next morning.   Round 4 sees Justin in a touch and go game with Peoria local Bill Naff with Bill coming out on top.  But Justin as an unrated player is still playing on board 4 in his round 5 which again he loses in the endgame.  (Of course when is a game ever really lost in the endgame?)

                        Steven due to his draw in the third round runs into Al Chow, 2294, in round 4 and having just miraculously drawn figures he is golden and plays for the win, which he gets. Then he goes on to win his fifth round game and the GPO championship with 4 ½ points.

                        Other notable items were Jeremy Milligans 647 point upset win and Anthony Gasunas 847.5 accumulative upset points.

 Prize Winners

 

First 15% = 132.60                  Steven Szpisjak

Second 10% = 88.40           Al Chow

First Expert 7% = 61.88         MioMir Stevanovic & Bill Naff

Second Expert 3% = 26.52

 

First A 7% = 61.88                Lawrence Cohen

Second A  3% = 26.52           Mike Leali & Phil Anderson

 

First B 7% = 61.88                 Andrew Groeger

Second B 3%  = 26.52            Peter McConaghie & Kyle Miles

 

First C 7% = 61.88                Matt Leali

Second C  3% = 26.52            Chris Kempner

 

First D & Under 7% = 61.88        Jordon McDonald

Second D & Under  3% = 26.52   Andy Voss & Anthony Gasunas & Josh Kim

 

Unrated 2% = 17.68                Justin Brown

 

Individual Upset  1.5% = 13.26    Jeremy Milligan

Cummulative Upset 1.5% = 13.26 Anthony Gasunas

 

Compete Greater Peoria Open -- Standings:

#

Name

Rtng

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Rd 5

Total

1

STEVEN J SZPISJAK

2252

W22

W13

D15

W2

W4

4.5

2

Albert C Chow

2294

W11

W8

W3

L1

W7

4.0

3

Miomir Stevanovic

2025

W27

W10

L2

D5

W15

3.5

4

William A Naff

2000

W12

W17

H---

W15

L1

3.5

5

Lawrence S Cohen

1969

H---

W25

W7

D3

D6

3.5

6

Andrew T Groeger

1707

L15

W26

W24

W12

D5

3.5

7

Michael E Leali

1901

W23

W24

L5

W17

L2

3.0

8

Phil Anderson

1800

W19

L2

H---

W14

D13

3.0

9

Kyle J Miles

1777

L24

L23

W27

W20

W19

3.0

10

Peter Mc Conaghie

1754

W20

L3

D23

D19

W18

3.0

11

Matthew Leali

1450

L2

L19

W26

W24

W16

3.0

12

Jordan Mc Donald

1379

L4

X---

W13

L6

W17

3.0

13

Michael Holmes

1855

W18

L1

L12

W22

D8

2.5

14

R Wayne Zimmerle

1522

W21

U---

H---

L8

W23

2.5

15

Justin Brown

unr.

W6

W16

D1

L4

L3

2.5

16

Howard Cohen

1922

H---

L15

D18

W23

L11

2.0

17

Joseph M Stevens

1600

W28

L4

W20

L7

L12

2.0

18

ANTHONY C GASUNAS

1219

L13

D22

D16

W21

L10

2.0

19

Andy S Voss

1193

L8

W11

H---

D10

L9

2.0

20

Josh Kim

910

L10

W27

L17

L9

W26

2.0

21

Joshua Montgomery

1610

L14

H---

U---

L18

W27

1.5

22

Chips Kempner

1429

L1

D18

H---

L13

D24

1.5

23

Kurzawa Tomasz

1321

L7

W9

D10

L16

L14

1.5

24

Jeremy L Milligan

1130

W9

L7

L6

L11

D22

1.5

25

Hector Hernandez

1900

W26

L5

U---

U---

U---

1.0

26

Don Foster

1231

L25

L6

L11

W27

L20

1.0

27

James R Kelly

1403

L3

L20

L9

L26

L21

0.0

28

Michael David Bobb

unr.

L17

F---

U---

U---

U---

0.0