Chess Club Results at Championship
Saranac Village at Will Rogers Chess Knights took their team on the road to play at the 43rd US Amateur Team East Chess Championship in Parsippany, NJ, February 16-18, 2013. "Saranac Village Under the C" outperformed expectations by scoring 3.5 points in 6 rounds to win the under 1400 section and finish in a tie for 72nd place overall.
Team members are: Swarren Lohr (Onchiota, NY), John Sheatsley (Webster, NY), and father/son combination David and Peter Craig (Keene, NY). Team captain and organizer of the Will Rogers Chess Knights, Swarren Lohr, was ice palace worker rookie of the year 2012, and a continuing IPW101 contributor in 2013 and used that experience to suggest the team name "Saranac Village Under the C" as a play on the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival theme, "Under The Sea 2013". The team's rating of under 1400 put it in rating class D, hence, "Under the [C class]".
Players form their teams of four from mixed doubles, students from elementary through college, seniors, family members, clubs, and states. The US Amateur Team East is the largest team tournament held in the United States. The average rating of the team must be less than 2200, the rating considered by the US Chess Federation to be a chess master. The enticement of bragging rights to the winners brings players back year after year. Play is two intense games per day for three days with each game possibly lasting up to six hours. The overall tournament winner later represents the east for title of the national amateur team champion from among winners of similar tournaments held in the north, south, east and west over President's Day weekend.
The team will be awarded four engraved chess clocks and a plaque.
Swarren Lohr attests that in repeated years of competition, his teams with ratings in class B and class A have never scored more than 3 points and the 3.5 points scored this year beats last year's under 1400 winner by a full point.
Peter Craig, a Keene Central School junior, is primed for the NY State Scholastics Chess Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY on February 23, 2013. David, John, and Swarren are eligible to play in the US Senior Championship at Tarrytown, NY in May.
Another local player was Tim Hanke, owner of the Roakdale estate in Onchiota. Tim commuted from his Newburyport, MA. residence and had a record of 5-0 after the fifth round but his expert rated team was out of contention so they elected to withdraw and get an early start on a long drive home.
The Saranac Village at Will Rogers chess club meets Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, offering lessons, tournaments, and casual games. For more information, call Swarren Lohr at 518-891-8492.