The 2012 Chesapeake Open that was held January 6-8 set a new attendance record with 185 players, breaking last year's record by 50! Youth dominated the Championship section with Jared Defibaugh coming in first and Kevin Wang alone in second place.

An interesting game of Jared's is his round three win over fellow 2300 player, Ian Schoch. You don't get to see many Smith-Mora Gambits played at that level. Jared's 14. Nd5 is the classic knight sac in the Smith-Mora.

[pgn initialHalfmove=0 autoplayMode=none][Event "2012 Chesapeake Open"][Site "Rockville, MD USA"][Date "2012.01.07"][Round "3"][White "Jared Defibaugh (2325)"][Black "Ian Schoch (2313)"][Result "1-0"][ECO "B21"][WhiteElo "2325"][BlackElo "2313"][EventDate "2012.01.06"]1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 e6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bf4 Ng6 10. Bg3 b5 11. Bb3 Bb7 12. Qe2 Be7 13. Rfd1 Qa5 14. Nd5 exd5 15. exd5 Nce5 16. d6 Bf8 17. Bxe5 fxe5 18. Nxe5 O-O-O 19. Rac1+ Kb8 20. Nf7 Bxd6 21. Nxh8 Nf4 22. Qe3 Nxg2 23. Qd4 Bf4 24. Nf7 Bxc1 25. Nxd8 Qxd8 26. Rxc1 Qg5 27. Qd6+ Ka8 28. Qf8+ Ka7 29. Qc5+ Qxc5 30. Rxc5 Kb6 31. Rg5 Nh4 32. Rxg7 Nf3+ 33. Kg2 Be4 34. Kg3 d5 35. Bc2 Bxc2 36. Kxf3 Bb1 37. a3 Kc5 38. Rc7+ Kd4 39. Ke2 a5 40. Kd2 Bd3 41. f4 a4 42. Rb7 Kc4 43. Rc7+ Kd4 44. Rf7 Bg6 45. Rf8 Ke4 46. Rb8 Kxf4 47. Rxb5 Ke5 48. Ra5 Be8 49. Ra7 1-0[/pgn]


We tried out a few new things at the tournament. We broadcast the top board live on which generated a large number of viewers. At the Baltimore Open we plan to broadcast the top two boards throughout the tournament. We also provided wood boards on the top 11 boards and upgraded boards and pieces for many other boards.

We've got several interesting changes that we're planning for next year. So stay tuned

Chesapeake Open Final Standings ranked by tiebreaks with Prizes
Gallery of pictures from the Championship Section