Larry Eldridge of Massachusetts shared First in the Under 1800 Section with Sheel Dandekar of Nashua, New Hampshire. Both won $244 for finishing 4-1. Niru Dandekar (of the Sheel-Niru father-son duo) outdid the old man, capturing Clear First in the Under 1500 Section, along with $325. Andrew Palmer of Bennington, Vermont and Shaun M. Smith of Monticello, NY tied for 2nd-3rd with 4 points a piece, each netting $136.
The 63 entries (and 2 re-entries) actually exceeded the expected turnout, and, in a scenario now familiar to the Continental Chess Association's Vermont events, all the prizes were consequently raised over the advertised amounts-- as everyone remembered happening in the November 1996 Stratton Mountain event as well.
Steve Immitt directed for the CCA, setting a dubious personal record as well-- directing the Stratton Mountain Open and a concurrent 57-player elementary tournament on Sunday-- with a case of pneumonia.
TO: Mike Franett, Editor, "Inside Chess"
(206-448-1066, FAX: 206-441-4736)
FROM: Steve Immitt, Marshall Chess Club, New York City
(212-477-3716, FAX: 212-995-9281)
DATE: May 8, 1997
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