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Friday, March 16, 2007

Did Capablanca Ever Win A Capablanca Memorial Tournament?

The March 16, 2007 edition of the Leominster Champion online newspaper, of Leominster, Massachusetts, reports what one would think is an unusual occurrence. The article states:

"Gary Brassard of Leominster celebrated his 50th birthday recently by winning a chess tournament in his honor at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State College.

The nationally rated Class B player took part in the Gary R. Brassard Quinquagenarian Open at FSC and came from behind to finish first with a score of 4-1 in a field of 14 players."


Although this is the Scholastic Chess Gateway, nevertheless we're not incapable of recognizing the "elders" of the chess world as well. Congratulations to Mr. Brassard on winning the Brassard Quinquagenarian Open (is "quinquagenarian" really a word?).

Maybe they're on to something in Leominster, Massachusetts. This may be a great way to increase sponsorship of tournaments. After all, if you can buy your way into the U.S. Championship tournament, why can't you just buy an entire tournament and name it after yourself, a loved one, a friend or perhaps a pet? We could have the Barbara Bush Blitz or maybe the Sparky Scholastic Championship.

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