A whopping 56 players converged on the Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Airport on July 21st and 22nd to compete in the 2012 Paul Morphy Open. Despite having a worse position in the first round, second seeded Ben Bailey was able to wiggle out of the trouble and hold the draw, and Bailey followed that up with three straight wins. That left Bailey on Board 1 in the final round against undefeated, top-seeded Life Master A.J. Goldsby, in a classic battle between a veteran master and a young gun. In an intense battle, Bailey prevailed and took first place with a score of 4.5/5.
Goldsby tied for second with 2010 State Champion Dr. Albert Franklin, both finishing with scores of 4/5. Henry Charry, Stephen Curry, and H.G. Pitre tied for the two Under 2000 prices, finishing with scores of 3.5/5. Pitre also set what must be a record by traveling from Seattle, Washington, to attend the tournament! Daniel Vignes and Qiyu Han, both eligible to play in the reserve section but playing up in the open section, tied for the two Under 1800 prizes with scores of 3/5.
In the reserve section, Richard Thompson won clear first with a score of 4.5/5. Boyd Bayles, III, and Ennis Grundmeyer tied for second in the reserve section with scores of 3.5/5. Also finishing at 3.5/5 and taking the Under 1400 prize were Karl Hoefer, Jifeng Han, and Fred E. Wietfeldt. Two scholastic players, Jack Pontin and Gareth Costanza, took the Under 1200/Unrated prizes with scores of 3/5.
The total participation of 56 players made the tournament the second largest adult tournament held in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. The tournament ran smoothly, and for the first time anyone can remember, there were no forfeits in the entire tournament. Patrick and Bob Ballard directed the tournament, and two-time defending champion Adam Caveney was the organizer. The next LCA event will be the 2012 Louisiana State Championship over Labor Day Weekend in Lafayette.