is proud to announce


The Asheboro Open XIII




 Total Players:         24

 Total Prizes:      $490.00

 Cross table:       USCF Crosstable 


 PHOTOS:           The Asheboro Open I

                             The Asheboro Open II

                             The Asheboro Open III

                             The Asheboro Open IV

                             The Asheboro Open V

                             The Asheboro Open VI

                             The Asheboro Open VII

                             The Asheboro Open VIII

                             The Asheboro Open IX

                             The Asheboro Open X

                             The Asheboro Open XI

                             The Asheboro Open XII

                             The Asheboro Open XIII


Section Winners:



Championship (Open; 1700-Up):        



1st Prize       ($145.00)       FM Andrey Chumachenko             (3.0)


2nd Prize      ($65.00)         Matthew Greene                            (2.5)


Class Prize:    ($35.00)        Joe Helton                                     (2.0)



Candidates (1699 & Under; Unrated):        



1st Prize       ($210.00)       Robin C. Johnston                         (3.0)

                                          Milton Kicklighter                          (3.0)


2nd Prize                            Combined with 1st                       


Class Prize:    ($35.00)       Dane Simon                                   (1.0)

                                          Dr. Walter High                             (1.0)

                                          Bobby Lee                                    (1.0)




Some Thoughts on The Asheboro Open XIII

from William "Tom" Hales, Organizer & Chief TD


I was thrilled to see such a strong turnout this month!  We work hard each month to bring you the best tournament

we can, and it is very encouraging to see this level of support.


Twenty four players from every part of North Carolina converged for a day of CHESS, FRIENDS, and FUN.

I would like to extend a special welcome to the many "first timers" at The Asheboro Open:  Alexei Gorbounov, Joe Helton, David Moose, Kevin Huang, Mason S. White, Jim Eller, Richard Ward, Dane Simon,

Dr. Walter High, Bobby Lee, and Eli Helton.


In the Championship Section, Fide Master Andrey Chumachenko dominated the field with his perfect 3-0 score.  It is rare to see a player of his caliber supporting a weekend Swiss tournament--and we certainly appreciate it!  Matthew "Chess Machine" Greene evaded the Russians and earned clear 2nd with a 2.5 score.  TAO newcomer

Joe Helton picked up some rating points and earned the class prize for under 1800 with his 2-0 performance.  Congratulations winners!


The Candidate's Section was unfortunately devoid of Russians, but the competition was intense.  Asheboro's own

Robin Johnston and Milton Kicklighter tied for 1st place with perfect 3-0 scores.  Three players tied for the class prize:  Dane Simon, Dr. Walter High, and Bobby Lee.  Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, I considered Dr. Walter High unrated--and ineligible for the class prize.  However, his provisional rating entitled him to his share of the prize.  My sincere apologies for the mix-up.  Dr. High, you are entitled to a prize equal to what the other two players received.  You may email me your address, or see me next month to claim your prize.


As organizer and Chief TD, I must say this was an encouraging month!  Still, we are planning for consistently larger

turnouts.  We have the facilities to easily accommodate 30-40 players, and by utilizing our skittles room we could handle significantly more.  I realize this is an ambitious idea, but I am an optimist who believes in North Carolina Chess!  There are more than enough players just in the triad area to make this a reality.  We need your help

to recruit some of these inactive players.


I do not subscribe to the "zero sum game" philosophy of some.  I believe that every tournament in North Carolina can be successful.  We can all increase attendance.  I have a vested interest in the success of other tournaments, because I regularly attend them.  I am dismayed to see a low turnout at any NC tournament.  That is why I encourage chess players to support their local tournaments.  When North Carolina Chess thrives, we all win with better tournament experiences.


I want to thank everyone who helped make The Asheboro Open XIII a success:  John Davis, who always helps out

with setup, and Assistant TD Robin Johnston, who comes in early to help with final preparations.  Most of all, I want

to thank YOU, the chess players of North Carolina, for your continued patronage.  We will keep working hard to earn

your business.


The Asheboro Open XIV is July 15th!  What better way to practice for the LPO?  We hope to see you next month!




William "Tom" Hales, Chief TD

The Asheboro Open


Asheboro Chess Club subscribes to the "Activity Means Members" philosophy of the

US Chess Federation.  Rated chess attracts new members, and helps regain those who have

lapsed.  We want to thank everyone who participated, and we encourage you to support other

tournaments and clubs in the area:   




Asheboro Chess Club meets Tuesdays from 6:00pm until 10:00pm

at the W.H. Moring Arts Center, 125 Sunset St, Asheboro, NC 27203

Enter parking lot at Bicentennial Park, turn left, and we are right next

to First National Bank.  Look for sign 125 Meeting Room.


We are USCF affiliates, and sponsor a variety of rated events.

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