Originally Published: May 5, 2016 5:59 a.m.
Fourteen area chess players participated in the Prescott Chess Club Quads No. 7 held at the Pine Cone Inn on Saturday, April 30. This U.S. Chess rated event, directed by Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green, was divided into three sections based on rating.
Chess ratings are a method of estimating playing strength. Unlike athletics whose results can be measured against standards such as time or distance, chess players can be measured only against each other. The U.S. Chess rating system is a combination of the average rating of a player’s opponents and the percentage score one makes against them.
Candidate Master Luke Calhoun, Flagstaff, won the top section with two wins and a draw. He received $50 in prize money. Candidate Master Jeff Hardin, Prescott, finished in second place and received $25 for his record of one win and two draws.
Dr. Henry Ebarb, Prescott, won Section B and $50 with a perfect 3-0 record. David Steeves, Prescott; Bill Archer, Flagstaff; and Dr. Thomas Keenan, Prescott, shared the $25 second-place prize money in this section.
William Cheney, Flagstaff, was undefeated in Section C. He won $50 for his perfect 3-0 finish. Phillip Ebarb and Randee Dermer, both of Prescott, tied for second place and split $35 with their 2-1 score.
The third annual Prescott Open, a Mini-Swiss event, is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, at the Pine Cone Inn.
The Prescott Chess Club meets at the Pine Cone Inn on Mondays at 2 p.m. and at the Wild Iris Coffee Shop on Thursdays at 2 p.m. and at the Prescott Public Library on Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in chess is welcome to participate.