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CHESS TOURNEY RECAP : ECA Memorial Day Dual 2023

On May 28th the Endgame Chess Academy hosted the Memorial Day Dual event. 28 players competed across two sections in five rounds of Swiss System play that featured one first-time champion, one repeat champion, and several first-time visitors to the academy.

The Under 1200 section featured 7 players. James McDonald took clear first in the advanced section with an undefeated score of 4.5/5. This continues James’ dominance at ECA events as he has not lost a game in three events! Ryder Davenport finished in clear second place with a score of 3.5/5 and passed the 900 rating mark. Abhiram Madire and Pradosh Swain and Wyatt Justice rounded out the top five.

In the Under 600 section, 20 players competed resulting in a 3-way tie for 1st place! On tiebreaks Queen of Peace’s David Greene won his first event despite losing his last-round game to co-champion James Du. Olivia McLellan won her first trophy at an ECA event and gained an impressive +206 points bringing her to 533. There was a 3-way tie for 2nd place, with Adan Qiu, Jason Bian, and Xinbo Xang rounding out the top 5. In addition to Olivia, Ximbo Xang gained +305 rating points and Julieta Salazar-Gomez gained +174 points.

In addition to the leaders,Marcelo Salazar-Gomez won his first USCF-rated game by delivering a checkmate in the last round of the event!

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