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 Michigan Chess Association State Title

 
​Michigan Senior Championship
 

 Crosstable: 2012 Michigan Senior

 
Michigan Senior Championships -- Open
  No.    Name                         St Rate 1     2     3     4     Score
   1. Everett, Morgan (2)...........  MI 2004 W3    W8    W7    L2      3.0
   2. Bailey, Gregory (5)...........  MI 1917 L9    W12   W5    W1      3.0
   3. Kitts, Gary (8)...............  MI 1884 L1    W10   D8    W5      2.5
   4. Rutkofske, Lonnie (10)........  MI 1816 L5    D6    W12   W8      2.5
   5. Jarosz Jr, Stanley (4)........  MI 1942 W4    W11   L2    L3      2.0
   6. Vandivier, Don (7)............  MI 1893 L11   D4    D10   W9      2.0
   7. Catlin, Andrew (3)............  MI 1980 W12   W9    L1    -U-     2.0
   8. Grzegorczyk, Ronald (12)......  MI 1616 W10   L1    D3    L4      1.5
   9. Rotberg, Victor (11)..........  MI 1693 W2    L7    -H-   L6      1.5
  10. Smith, Michael (6)............  MI 1910 L8    L3    D6    D12     1.0
  11. Ciaffone, Robert (1)..........  MI 2108 W6    L5    -U-   -U-     1.0
  12. LaForge, Thomas (9)...........  MI 1870 L7    L2    L4    D10     0.5

Michigan Senior Championships -- Reserve
  No.    Name                         St Rate 1     2     3     4     Score
   1. Kaufman, Alan (2).............  MI 1524 W4    W3    L2    W6      3.0
   2. Bedy, Noel (1)................  MI 1537 D5    W6    W1    L3      2.5
   3. Bezrutch, Brian (3)...........  MI 1466 W7    L1    D4    W2      2.5
   4. Kampfert, Thomas (6)..........  MI 1260 L1    W5    D3    W8      2.5
   5. Mandell, Ed (5)...............  MI 1427 D2    L4    W8    W7      2.5
   6. Ramon, Ruben (4)..............  MI 1438 W8    L2    W7    L1      2.0
   7. Williams Jr, Claude (7).......  MI 1242 L3    W8    L6    L5      1.0
   8. Crouch, Harry (8).............  MI  425 L6    L7    L5    L4      0.0

 
 

  Report

 
Morgan Everett wins Michigan Senior on tie-break over Greg Bailey
 
Morgan Everett and Greg Bailey
NM Morgan Everett, 64, won the 2012 Michigan Senior Championship on tie-break over Mesick strongman Greg Bailey, 61.
 
Stan Jarosz beat ultra-solid top seed Bob Ciaffone in an inspired round 2 attacking game, but fell to Bailey then Gary Kitts in the Sunday rounds.
 
The Morgan Everett Interview
 
Morgan Everett agreed to an interview before his round 4 showdown with Bailey:
 
“I started playing in 1957. Fred Reinfeld taught me how to play chess. I read his Chess in a Nutshell, and his Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles. I used to read Reinfeld in bed at night with a flashlight when I was supposed to be asleep. My mother busted me, of course!
 
“I used to read Reinfeld in bed at night with a flashlight… My mother busted me!”

I went to Cass Tech. I wasn’t the best player there! I was third board, after Kreuger and Eddie Headd.
I got my 2200 rating [and National Master title!—wmc] at the 1992 U.S. Open, held at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.
 
My favorite player has changed over the years. It was Bobby Fischer. Now, the player I admire the most is Karpov. Philippine GM Rogelio Antonio once told me that I was really Karpov, and only thought I was Fischer! My favorite Michigan player was Paul Poschel. I also used to admire Dan Boyk and Wesley Burgar. I also admired Tom Mazuchowski—he stopped playing when he became aware that he couldn’t play as well as he used to.
 
In the early 1960s, I played with a Black chess club called the knights. Dr. Howard Gaba would invite people to his house for chess tournaments. A lot of people were not coming because we were there. We told Dr. Gaba that maybe we should stop coming over. He said, “[Forget] them, keep coming!” There were a number of Black Michigan chess players. One went on to become Dean of Wayne State Law School, another became state treasurer.
 
I’m retired with 5 children—four girls and a boy. My girls are all in their 40s. I’ve been married to my wife Naomi for 30 years. She’s very understanding about chess tournaments—Naomi is the reason that I play. I first worked at a mailman. After I graduated from college in 1977, I worked for Detroit Edision for 31 years, first as a technician, then as an engineer. I became plant manager at River Rouge and two other power plants. After retirement, I’ve done some freelance jobs, writing some reliability studies.
 
My favorite books are Seirawan’s endgame book, and Karpov’s Chess is My Life. Karpov has good notes, and makes clear the difference between positional chess and tactical chess.
 
 
 
Chess is good for kids. It teaches them to think logically. And as in life, you suffer reverses, and learn how to take defeat.
 
Playing computers can be bad for you—you’ll think every opening is a draw. I haven’t played Internet chess or correspondence chess. Correspondence chess nowadays seems like one computer against another.
 
“I want to play as long as I can play a representative game. You don’t need to be a Picasso to be an artist, as long as it satisfies you. I hope to play chess into my 80s.”

I still play as well as I used to early in the game. But now I get tired and am more prone to make mistakes. I want to play as long as I can play a representative game. You don’t need to be a Picasso to be an artist, as long as it satisfies you. I hope to play chess into my 80s. 
 
 

 Michigan Senior Championship History

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
2012GamesPGNUSCF
2011GamesPGNUSCF
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 Current Champion

 

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Morgan Everett

 

 Champions

 
  
  
  
2012OpenMorgan Everett
2012ReserveAlan Kaufman
2011OpenEric Fischvogt
2011ReserveThomas Kampfert
2010OpenAlan Gregg
2010ReserveDavid Stockman