by Bruce H. Liu
MSCTT'ers strike again!
We won all the doubles we entered in the tournament. Here is the partial
writeup. Darn! Hope Mark Johnson was there.
U4800: only 3 teams entered
Team A: Misha Kazantsev(2404)/Avishy Schmidt(2378)
Team B: Shashin Shodhan(2381)/Auria Malek(2388) =>
Team C: Ming Zhang(2241)/Bruce Liu(1973) => 4214
On the book, all 3 teams look pretty even!:-) It
turned out dead even - A lost to B 0:3, B lost to C 0:3, and C lost
to A 0:3. Who would have thought of a 3-way tie like that? By counting
points, Ming and Bruce ended up on top. Ming and Bruce each took their
$100 check and stayed cool. After all, this was neither their first
nor biggest upset. In 2004 Golden State Open, Ming and Bruce upset
Freddie Gabriel and Peter Zajac in Open Doubles - an 898 combined
rating point difference.
U4000: Bo Ding(1774) and Bruce Liu(1973) upset
Matthias Eriksson(2023)/John Springer(1905) Bo kept serving aces which
made the match kind of boring.:-)
U1650: Joey Lin(1373) was awesome. Not only he made
the final in U1650, he also upset Scott Gordon(1941) in his
U2300 round robin. We will see a huge rating jump.
Unfortunately, Patrick Wu had a stomach cramp after
he advanced from the U2150 round robin. He had to withdraw from the
tournament after that. Otherwise, he could have been a contender for the