Rene' Phillips Wins 2nd StraightBy Adam Caveney
tournament organizers in Louisiana better make sure that they have a
fire extinguisher on hand just in case Rene Phillips shows up, because
Phillips is hot! After cruising to victory with a perfect 5-0 score at
the 2009 Louisiana G/30 Championship in March, Phillips repeated the
feat at the 2009 Louisiana G/60 Championship on May 9th by taking clear
first and the title with a perfect 4-0 score. After winning his first
three games in solid fashion, Phillips won the tourney in the final
round with a sacrificial flurry that led to victory over second seeded
Third seed Ben Bailey had a hiccup in the first
round, drawing Jordan Pujol, but rebounded with three straight
victories to finish 3-5-0.5 and take second place. Jace Etienne
dispatched top seed Adam Caveney in a time scramble in round two and
finished with a score of 3-1. That was good enough to tie Henry Charry,
who also finished with a 3-1 score, for first place under 2000.
Cohn Doan, playing in his second tournament, and Bijan Khaleghi both
finished with a 2.5-1.5 score and shared first place under 1800. Pujol
followed up his draw with Bailey with two more wins and won first place
under 1600 with a score of 2.5-1.5. Eli Karp and Randy Matherne both
finished with 1.5-2.5 scores to split the prizes for first under 1400
and first under 1200/unrated.
A strong and deep field of 27
players, including four experts and five A players participated in the
tournament. Stephen D’Aquin played and finished with a very respectable
score of 2.5-1.5, losing only to Caveney; a performance that was very
impressive because it was D’Aquin’s first rated tournament since 1992.
organized and directed, making his 3-1 score all the more impressive.
The next tournament in Louisiana will be the Louisiana Open in
Lafayette over Memorial Day Weekend. Details for the 2009 State
Championship, which will be held over Labor Day Weekend in Baton Rouge
will be available shortly.