Thursday, May 28, 2009

FMs MacIntyre, Riordan share top honors in Galleria Florentia tournament

MACA Chess News: 05/22/2009:

FMs MacIntyre and Riordan share top honors in Galleria Florentia tournament

George Mirijanian
MACA Publications Coordinator

FIDE masters Paul MacIntyre, 47, of Malden, Massachusetts, and Charles Riordan, 29, of Somerville, Mass. shared top honors in a four-player, double round-robin Game/25 tournament held Friday, May 22, at the Galleria Florentia at 79 Newbury St. in Boston.

The dynamic duo tallied 4-2 (three wins, two draws and one loss apiece) in finishing a full two points ahead of their arch rivals, international master David Vigorito, 38, of Somerville, and senior master Denys Shmelov, 22, of Pepperell, Mass.

Shmelov, the 2008 Massachusetts state champion, notched one win (vs. MacIntyre), two draws (both vs. Vigorito), and three losses (one against MacIntyre and two against Riordan), while Vigorito, the 2007 Mass. state champion, tallied zero wins, four draws (one vs. Riordan, one vs. MacIntyre, and two vs. Shmelov), and two losses (one vs. Riordan and one vs. MacIntyre).

In their head-to-head confrontation, MacIntyre scored a win and a draw against Riordan. Each received $875 apiece, while Vigorito and Shmelov took home $375 each.

All four players are set to play this weekend in the 78th Massachusetts Open at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, where a new state champion will be crowned and a top prize of $500 is being offered. Among those who will join them in the competition are four other former Mass. state champions:GM Alexander Ivanov, 53, of Newton, an eight-time state champion; IM Igor Foygel, 61, of Brookline, a five-time state champion; FM William Kelleher, 59, of Watertown, the 1992 state co-champion; and FM John Curdo, 77, of Auburn, a 17-time state champion.

George Mirijanian
Publications Coordinator

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