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Dr. Albert Franklin Wins 2010 Louisiana State Championship

posted Oct 8, 2010, 11:51 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Sep 16, 2011, 7:35 AM ]
Franklin bests four-time former champion James Rousselle on tie-breaks to take first title

For the second year in a row, a long time Louisiana Expert and perennial title contender has taken his first state championship.  Over Labor Day Weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Albert Franklin of Covington went undefeated with five wins and two draws to win the 2010 Louisiana State Championship with a 6-1 score, defeating four-time former champion James Rousselle of Metairie on tie-breaks.  The only blemishes on Franklin’s record were a fourth round draw against defending champion Adam Caveney, and a sixth round draw against Rouselle.  Rousselle also went undefeated, ceding only a second round draw to Mississippi A-Player Chris George and the aforementioned sixth round draw to Franklin.  George finished third with a score of 5.5-1.5, accumulating five wins, a draw against Rousselle, and a loss to Franklin.


Carl Beavers of Metairie and Stephen Curry of Luling split the first and second prizes in the Under 2000 category with scores of 5-2.  Beavers went undefeated, starting with four draws in the first five rounds before winning his final two games.  Curry had a very strong tournament, defeating Caveney in round six to finish off Caveney’s dreams of retaining the title, and losing only to Franklin in round two and Rousselle in round seven.


Tournament organizer Jim MacManus and Andrew Redmond, both of Lafayette, tied for first and second in the Under 1800 category with scores of 4-3.  The home field advantage apparently helped in the Under 1600 category as well, with Alvin Dominique, Jr., of Lafayette finishing first Under 1600 with a 4-3 score, and Lestie Sindiong and Martine Cooperson, both also hailing from Lafayette, tying for second Under 1600 with 3.5-3.5 scores.


Ronald Nicholas, Jr., of Opelousas, Dex Webster of New Orleans, and Palan Arunachalam of Texas tied for first and second in the Under 1400 category with scores of 3.5-3.5.  The state championship marked yet another successful tournament for the Webster brothers.  Dex and Don, both just starting fourth grade this fall both finished with even scores of 3.5-3.5, and younger brother David, who is starting second grade, finished with 1.5 points.  Rounding out the prize winners, Edward Signal of Lafayette won the first place Under 1200 prize with a score of 3.5-3.5, Vishnu Pamula won the second place Under 1200 prize with a score of 3-4, and Joseph Cruse won the first place unrated prize.


From an organizational standpoint, the tournament was a rousing success, with 52 players competing, 10 more players than competed the last time the state championship was held in Lafayette in 2006.  At the conclusion of the tournament the Louisiana Chess Association had over 100 active members for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.  The tournament was organized by Jim MacManus and the Lafayette Chess Club, and directed by MacManus and Patrick Ballard.  The 2011 LCA Chess Tournament schedule will be released later in the fall, so please stay tuned for details.