Sunday, January 19, 2014

One Playoff Spot Claimed; Seven Teams Battle for Three Spots

After nine matches (including three make-up matches), were played January 11 at The Mount Academy. Rondout Valley HS Team One clinched first-place in the Kasparov Division with a 4-0 record and better tiebreaks than Cornwall Central HS Team One (which lost to Rondout Valley HS Team One in round two).

The first tiebreak is head-to-head competition. The second-tiebreak is number of game points.
Cornwall Central Team One clinches second-place if it defeats The Mount Academy in the last round.
The Mount Academy Team Two can clinch second-place if it defeats Cornwall Team One and Monroe-Woodbury draws or loses vs Highland Falls Middle School.

There is a possibility of a three-way tie for second-place if Cornwall Central HS Team One loses and both Monroe-Woodbury and The Mount Academy win. If this is a case, Cornwall Central HS Team One has an advantage since it has an eight-game point advantage over Monroe-Woodbury and nine-and-a-half game point advantage over The Mount Academy Team Two.

In the Fischer Conference, Cornwall Central HS Team Two clinches first if it defeats The Mount Academy Team One. The other playoff scenarios are unclear because two postponed matches have to be played in addition to round five matches.

Kostya Shetekuri of Monroe-Woodbury leads individual players with 12 wins in 12 games. Kyle Pacia of Middletown has 11.5 points out of 12 games. Two other players with double-digit points are Thomas Roddy of Rondout Valley Team One with 11 wins in 12 games and Ian Fade of Rondout Valley Team One with 10.5; points in 12 games.

The date of the fifth-round match is February 22, 2014.
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MHSCL Kickoffs 2013-14 Season With Swiss Tournament

The Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League started it's 12th season by holding a five-round Kick-Off tournament, which was held October 26 at Cornwall Central HS, in Cornwall, NY. Thirty-One high school, middle, and elementary school students participated in the event.

When the fifth round ended, six players had four points, and tiebreaks had to be used to determine the order of finish. Chase Huestis of Cornwall won the tournament. Second through six places, in tie-breaking order, were Titus Decker of The Mount Academy, Ian Fade of Rondout Valley, Michael Liu of Kingston, Ella Collins of Cornwall, and Ryan Lamastro of Rondout Valley HS.

The event was a combination of individual and team tournament. The top four scores of individuals from the same school counted as a team’s points. Rondout Valley HS, returning to the league after a three-year absence, won the team championship on tiebreaks over Cornwall Central (four-time Kick-off and defending champs). Both Rondout Valley and Cornwall HS finished with 14 points. The Mount Academy finished third and Kingston HS finished in fourth. Kingston and The Mount Academy each had 13 points.