Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich of Chicago won the 2nd Jane Addams Memorial, held at the University of Illinois Chicago on January 18-20, with an undefeated score of 4½-½. IM Erik Santarius of Brookfield, Wisconsin, was also undefeated, and took clear second with 4-1. Wisconsin master Zane Eisen and future Wisconsin master Susannah Ulrich shared both third place and the top Under 2300 honors.
Alan Wei of Naperville won the Under 2100 section with the Swiss Gambit, losing to second-place finisher Amarjargal Ganbaatar in round 1, then sweeping his final four games.
Manmit Pantle of Naperville, with a FIDE rating of only 1720, won the Under 1900 section comfortably with four wins and a last-round draw to clinch.
Kevin Oliver and Chicago Chess Center board member Jingwei Lou, both of Chicago, shared top honors in the Under 1700 section with 4-1 scores.
Andrew Granato of Chicago had the only perfect score of the weekend: his 6-0 in the Under 1500 section lapped the field by two full points.
Louisa Zhang of Lisle split her second-round game with Aaron Deets and won her other games to finish ½-point ahead of Deets in the Under 1300 section.
Benjamin Buchwald of Lincolnshire and Matthew Sweet of Chicago shared top honors in the U1000 section with 4-2 scores.
Follow this link to see the full crosstable for the Hull House Open:.
And here are the crosstables for the other sections of the Jane Addams:
Friday night’s storm created a logistical challenge, as seventeen players withdrew, many of them (understandably) at the last minute. The snow accumulation in the city was never that bad. But driving was treacherous both Friday night and Saturday morning, and many suburbs got hit hard. Thanks to National Tournament Directors Glenn Panner and Betsy Zacate, we were able to start Round 1 with minimal delay. Special thanks to them for running a smooth event under difficult conditions, and to the 87 players who braved the snow and the cold!
We paid out $6,513.34 in prizes. A full list of prizewinners follows.
I will post games from the tournament later this week. Here’s a funny appetizer that demonstrates how strong some of our young players are. Jind Kaur (956) almost upset yours truly, Bill Brock (2052), in a side game. Jind was conducting the attack automatically, and I was going deep in the tank trying to defend.
When a horrified Betsy Zacate asked me whether I was ever lost, I said I was never clearly busted. Stockfish seems to disagree: