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CCC NEWS & VIEWS 1-27-05

Tapia Leads Top; Katz "B"; Hofer, Gatlin "C"; Nichols Lower Section of Wendy's LXIII
Charlotte, NC 1-26-05:  A slightly stronger turnout of 31 of the Metrolina area's most ambitious competitors, (and one welcome visitor in the person of NC's officially highest rated player, SM Karthik "Rajah" Rangarajan (2465) who promises to return to competition soon), congregated at this arena of mental jousters more commonly known as Wendy's in order to participate in Rd:2 of Wendy's LXIII. In the Top Section, the CCC's #3 player, threepeat NC Scholastic Champion, 2004 CCC, Scholastic Player of the Year NM Daniel "Johnny" Tapia  (2362fide) was the recipient of an early 11th move blunder by NM Leland "El-Moron" Fuerstman (2035) to lead with 2-0.  Meanwhile, 2004 CCC Expert of the Year, Chris "the  Babe" Mabe (2102) split the point with 2004 CCC "A" Player of the Year, Expert Shawn "Arlo" Pealer (2048) while the CCC's #2 player, 2004 NC Invitational Champion, 2004 CCC Player of the Year NM Frankie "Neutron" Newton (2292) did likewise with Expert Todd "Squirrel" Trower (2054). In addition, the good Reverend Bernard "King" Baker (1801) survived a lively melee versus Tarokh "the Oak" Taefi (1829). In the "B" Section, 2004 "D" Player of the  Year, Marty "Fritz" Katz (1615) beat down "Sponge" Bob Moore (1713) to lead with 2-0. In addition, Michael "the Savage" Savage (1785) savagely beat Ken "the Terrible" Ivens (1807), Chris "Dirty Harry" Callahan (1715) made his day against Jonathan "Henry" Hudson (1607), Paul "Survivalist"  Lucas (1627) expatriated Viktor "the Mad Russian" Ozherelyev (1621) and Laura "Karate Kid" Lee (1662) fought Ankit "Butch" Jivan (1606) to a Draw. In the "C" Section, Donald "Trump" Hofer (1522) relied on his  rating edge to outlast Jim "Sticks" Ulaky (1521) while Winfred "Guns" Gatlin (1483) welcomed newcomer Michael Baker (Unr) each with 2-0. In the Lower Section, Ervon "Wooden" Nichols (1206) leads with 2-0. Other Lower Section winners were: Octavius Obey and Joseph Alexander. All results may be observed on the "Current Crosstable" -Good luck at LOTS this usual, bring home the gold! Caribou II, February 19. ("Upcoming Events") Editor Needs Games; Please E-mail to:
Tapia, Mabe, Trower Share Top Honors;  Holmes, Keller Lower Section of Caribou I
Charlotte NC 1-15-05: 
A happy group  of 21 of the Metrolina
area's most avid competitors downed their cappucino and expresso coffee, wiped the whipped cream off their mustaches and participated in Caribou I.Though the playing area was limited and the tables were a bit small, the atmosphere was pleasant and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event. (Regardless, this was only a temporary venue; next month our new location will be ready!) In the Top Section, the CCC's #3 player, 2004 NC Scholastic Champion, 2004 CCC Scholastic Player of the Year NM Daniel "Johnny" Tapia (2201) who just unvailed his new website at:, yielded a Draw to Soviet Grandmaster Gennady Brazhnikov (1856) in Rd:1 and then reeled off successive wins against Tarokh "the Oak" Taefi (1829) and Patrick "Fabio" McCartney (1941) to share =1st-3rd Place with 2004 CCC Expert of the Year Expert Chris "the Babe" Mabe (2102) who defeated Matthew "Hoekstra" Green (1856), Kenneth "the Terrible" Ivens (1807) and agreed to a Grandmaster Draw with Expert Todd "Squirrel" Trower (2058) who chopped down Taefi and Slobodan "the Mad Serb" Sinanovic (1759). (Slobodan scored 2-1...Good luck next week in surgery at Mercy Hospital...get well soon!!) Each scored 2.5-5 and took home $50 cash. In the Lower Section, =1st-2nd Place was shared by Laurin "Killer" Keller (1638) and Dr. Gilbert "Sherlock" Holmes (1746) each with 2.5-.5 winning $75. See (Crosstable) for complete results. Next Saturday 3 rounder February 19. The new location will soon be announced!(Fuerstman directed)
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