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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 Marlboro Action Swiss
 Bob Messenger
  July 2011

GM Alexander Ivanov coasted home with three wins and a last round draw against second seeded NM Robert Perez to win the Marlboro Action Swiss, which was held on September 18th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro, Mass. IM Jim Rizzitano finished second with 3-1, losing to Ivanov in round three but beating Perez and two lower rated players.  He finished in fine style with a last round win against Massachusetts Age 14 & Under champion Grant Xu. Agustin Garcia and Alan Strelzoff split the Under 2000 prize, each scoring one point.  In the Under 1800 Section David Martin and Jesse Gechtman, who was playing in his first rated tournament, tied for first with 3-1, with Tal Puhov and Eric Feng tying for the Under 1600 and Under 1400 prizes with 2.5-1.5. Stefan Grosser won the Under 1200 prize with 1.5-2.5, including a 770 point upset in round three.  The games were played at a time control of game in 30 minutes. Although the turnout of 15 players plus a house player was disappointingly small the Open section was strong, with four masters and two experts.  Bob Messenger organized and directed the tournament for Granite State Chess.  

Grant Xu (2171)
IM James Rizzitano (2356) 
[E67] King’s Indian Defense
Marlboro Action Swiss Marlboro,
Mass (4), 18.09.2011
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.e4 c6 11.h3 Nc5 12.Be3 Nfd7 13.Rfd1 f5 14.Bg5 Qf7 15.b4 Ne6 16.Be3 f4 17.Bd2 Nd4 18.Qd3 fxg3 19.Ng5 gxf2+ 20.Kh1 Qe7 21.c5 Nf6 22.Qc4+ Kh8 23.Ne2 h6 24.Nxd4 exd4 25.Nf3 Nxe4 26.Nxd4
Ng3+ 27.Kh2 Qe5 28.Nf3 Nf1+ 29.Kh1 Qh2+ 30.Nxh2 Ng3# 0-1