Saturday, March 14, 2009
The 2009 Louisiana G/30 Championship was held on Saturday, March 14 at the Baton Rouge Bridge Center. 34 players attended to make this the largest G/30 event in recent history.
Rene Phillips sweeped with a perfect 5/5 score and an incredible 2518 performance rating to become the new Louisiana G/30 Champion. In the final round, Phillips unsheathed his feared London Attack with the white pieces and defeated Adam Caveney to clinch the victory. Phillips is a noted player and chess coach in the New Orleans area; his website, The Chess Gym, provides training and lessons for players of all strengths.
Tied for 2nd place were Alex Steger, Keenan Olson, and newcomer Derek Planchet. Planchet, previously rated 1059, showed an astounding performance rating of 1992.
Other prize recipients:
2nd Place: Alex Steger (tied for 2nd overall)
U2000: Keenan Olson (tied for 2nd overall)
U1800: Derek Planchet (tied for 2nd overall)
U1600: Joshua Larcena
U1400: Jordan Pujol
U1200: Matthew Ussery