is proud to announce


The Asheboro Open XIX




 Total Players:         24

 Total Prizes:      $510.00

 Cross table:       USCF Crosstable 


 PHOTOS:           The Asheboro Open XIX

                             The Asheboro Open XVIII

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                             The Asheboro Open XVI



                                                Section Winners:


Championship (Open; 1600-UP):   
1st:            Matthew Marsh (3.0)                                                                 $ 150.00
2nd:           Larry Williams   (2.5)                                                                 $   70.00
Class:        Eugene Tiselsky, Matt Helfst, Tanner Hogue, JJ Lang (1.5)          $    8.75 each

Candidates (UNR-1599):

1st:             Jonathan McNeill (3.0)                                                                    $150.00
2nd:            Jeff McAdams, Anish V. Shah (2.5)                                                $  35.00 each                                
Class:         Jordan Wood, Michael Timmons, Larry Cooper (1.5)                      $  12.00 each

Some Thoughts on The Asheboro Open XIX

from William "Tom" Hales, Organizer & Chief TD


December was a month to remember!  I want to thank everyone for their support this month, and also

throughout the year.  We have averaged 21.63 players, and $441.25 in prizes per month in 2006.  While I

am pleased with these numbers, we still want to see better in 2007.  My dream is to see 30 players per month in

three sections.  This would put the total prizes at over $600.00 per month!  What a tournament that would be!  Let's

work together to make this happen. 


We had some new players to The Asheboro Open this month:  Matthew Marsh, Cory Marsh, Jordan Wood,

Larry Cooper, Gilberto Araya, and Theo Crawford.  We hope you all enjoyed your time in Asheboro, and we

look forward to seeing you again soon!  We welcome players of all ages and strengths.  In Asheboro, you will

compete for the same great prizes, regardless of your rating.        


The Championship Section was QUITE INTERESTING this month, and included former TAO Champions

Adam Holmes, Paul King, Jacob Parrish, and Eugene Tiselsky.  Also appearing Tennessee scholastic

wonder Matthew Marsh, who dominated the field with his quick, confident style.  His perfect 3-0 performance

earned him the Championship, and $150.00.  Second place went to Fayetteville favorite Larry Williams, one of

NC's most active players.  Larry was undefeated at 2.5, and earned a cool $70.00 for his efforts.  Four players

tied for the under 1800 class prize at 1.5 each:  Eugene Tiselsky, Matt Helfst, Tanner Hogue, and Jonathan Lang.

Congratulations winners, and to everyone for a great day of chess!


The Candidate's Section was dominated as well by a relatively unknown dark horse. In only his second slow tournament, Asheboro's own Jonathan McNeill took no prisoners and won clear 1st with his perfect 3-0 finish.  Second place honors went to Jeff McAdams and Anish V. Shah, who tied with 2.5 each.  The under 1350 Class prize was split three ways:  Jordan Wood, Michael Timmons, and Larry Cooper each claimed their share with 1.5 each.  Unbelievable!!     


I'm excited and optimistic about North Carolina Chess in 2007!  We have a superb group of newer players,

scholastic players, and seasoned veterans.  We also have a team of organizers from the mountains to the coast

that help make it all happen.  When you support NC Chess by attending tournaments, you are helping ensure a

bright future for the game we love.  There is a Chess Renaissance sweeping the state, and I am thrilled to be a

part of it.  Together, we can make this "the good old days" that everyone will talk about in years to come.


Be sure to check out our new Tournament Games Section at  We currently have

forty-six games, and I expect to be adding more on a regular basis.  This month:  check out the three exciting

matches of our current champion, Matthew Marsh.  You can help us make this game selection even better by

sending your Asheboro Open games to  Thanks! 


I appreciate everyone who helped make The Asheboro Open XIX a success:  Special Assistant John Davis volunteers his time month after month to help with the tournament.  This month, Jonathan McNeill pitched in to help with setup and cleanup afterward.  Also, Asheboro Chess Club TD Mark Stout dropped in unexpectedly Saturday morning, spreading holiday cheer and lending a hand.  Last but not least I want to thank the chess players of North Carolina for their support of the tournament this year.  We can't do it without you! 


The Asheboro Open XX is January 13th!  Start 2007 right with North Carolina Chess!




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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