Originally Published: November 19, 2018 5:01 p.m.
Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, and Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, tied for first in the 5th Annual Prescott Open held Saturday, August 18th and split $150 in prize money. Although both players’ ratings topped the eight-person section, they were nicked for draws by lower rated players.
In a very long battle, Lower, a chess master and two-time Arizona State Champion, drew with Neil Wadsworth, Prescott Valley, in round one.
Wadsworth was co-champion in this event last year and tied for second in the previous year when Lower won it with an unblemished record.
Briggs, a Candidate Master, drew his second-round game against Doug Vaughan, who recently moved to Prescott from Indiana. Although Vaughan was the lowest rated player in the section, he finished with a respectable 1.5-1.5 record, only losing to Lower in the final round.
The tournament, divided into two sections, attracted 13 chess players for a full day of chess at Yavapai College. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event which was co-sponsored by the Prescott Chess Club and the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group.
Section B was a five-person round robin where each player faced each of the other players. Bill Archer, Flagstaff, and Duncan Reah, Paulden, tied for first place with 3-1 records and split $75. Reah, playing in his first rated chess tournament, defeated Archer in his first rated game.
The next Prescott Chess Club rated U.S. Chess tournament will be held at Yavapai College on Saturday, Sept. 22.