Sunday, April 13, 2008

Go Vigorito!

USCF Home Chess Life Online 2008 April

Vigorito, Bhat, Robson and Sevillano Move to Semis

By Jennifer Shahade
April 13, 2008

In the 2008 U.S. State champion of champions tournament , held on World Chess Live on April 12 and 18-19 , IM David Vigorito of Massachusettes [and of the Boylston Chess Club ...rjo] and IM Vinay Bhat of Northern California won the Eastern and Western divisions. IM-elect Ray Robson and IM Enrico Sevillano came in second in their respective divisions, so they also advance to the semifinals. Bhat will face Sevillano while Robson takes on Vigorito.

The format for the qualifier was a blitz (five minutes+ one second incremement) double-round robin. Standings Western Conference, 14 games total 12.5 CofC-NorthCalif -- IM Vinay Bhat10.5 CofC-SoCal -- IM Enrico Sevillano 9.0 CofC-Arizona -- IM Levon Altounian 8.5 CofC-SDakota -- IM Sandor Kustar 8.5 CofC-Hawaii - NM Cornelius RubsammenEastern Conference, 18 games17.0 CofC-MA -- IM David Vigorito13.5 CofC-Florida -- IM-elect Ray Robson13.0 CofC-Georgia -- FM Kazim Gulamali11.0 CofC-PA -- IM Bryan Smith10.5 CofC-Virginia -- NM Edward Lu10.0 CofC-NCarolina -- NM Chris Mabe

IM David Vigorito with his books, including the new title Play the Semi-Slav. Photo Elizabeth Vicary.

To watch the semi-finals on April 18, Saturday and finals on April 19, Sunday, download the Dasher interface for World Chess Live. Dasher also has an interface for ICC, and your existing ICC handle will work, but you still have to download Dasher for WCL. Then "observe" the World Chess Live handles of the final four, "Cofc-MA" Vigorito, "Cofc-NorthCalif" for Vinay Bhat, "Cofc-Florida" for Robson and "Cofc-Socal" for Sevillano. Be sure to download the software in advance so you can watch the thrilling showdown for one of two final U.S. Championship spots. Also, look for updates here on CLO.

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