|ICA FALL CHAMPIONSHIP ’09: Tournament Goers Devour Twenty Pizza Pies to Set Guinness World Record!
I took the twenty pies in myself. I counted to make sure that there were in fact that many, and that none of the boxes were filled with carrots, or any of that other health food junk (as opposed to actual junk).
As I carried the pies in, somebody, perhaps ICA open winner GM Alexander Stripunsky, standing outside, mentioned a line forming up in front of Grandpa’s Goodies concession stand, all for the sake of getting at the calorie filled Italian legacy. It seemed like a mild exaggeration.
One hundred and sixty slices…GONE! GONE!
Like each of the roughly same amount of games that both the Yankees, and Phillies indulged in before reaching the cusp of Baseball’s finale. I hope the kids enjoyed ‘em as much as the games they played, and the trophies, or medals they won in the following sections.
In section one, Rebecca Goldberg, was as good as “Gold,” winning all four games, against the 18th, 13th, 9th, and 4th place finishers, to claim first place, and what must have been the biggest trophy in her section. In 2nd place, was ICA camp attendee, Joshua Lerman, who scored three and a half points out of four, beating the 12th, 19th, and 7th place finishers, while drawing in the second round against 8th finishing Aaron Ayzerov. Rounding out the podium was Spencer Min, who won three out of four, taking down the 6th, 5th, and 11th place finishers, while losing in the 3rd round against 4th placer, Zachary Mankowitz. Zachary had a chance for first going into the last round, but going up against Rebecca, a queen blunder early, on a miscalculated Scholar’s mate attempt, sealed the standings shut.
Twenty-two kids participated in this the, 1st, and smallest of sections, and on a final note, if there was a prize for best hairdo it rightly should have gone to Nava Forman.
In section two, Idan Glickman, a long time veteran of the ICA, and another attendee of the ICA summer camp, got out a chess broom and swept to victory with four out of four wins. The 20th, 4th, 11th, and 3rd place finishers were the victims of his Mr. Clean effort, and Idan’s biggest fan (i.e. his mom) was quite pleased with the sparkling shine of another in what must, by now, be a good collection of trophies. Jacob Shomstein’s early first round draw, against 18th placing Michael Gleyzer, didn’t stop him from winning against the 24th, 9th, and 7th placers, but did stop him from equaling Idan’s four for four score and challenging for first place. Regardless, the Shomstein clan should still be enthused about Jacob’s 2nd place finish, as well as a pretty hefty trophy. Shane Fedorov grabbed third, by beating the 15th, 6th, and 5th place finishers, and could have grabbed first had he not faced Idan in the last round of the day.
Twenty-six kids participated in the 2nd section.
In section three, Varun Venkatesh, an ICA attendee, beat out the competition to gain 1st place with a four for four score against the 12th, 6th, and impressively 3rd, and 2nd place finishers. Matilda Zhang, and AJ Dennis, who got 2nd and 3rd, respectively did good against the rest of the field, but just could not solve the positional problem of Varun’s voracious, and vexing attacks.
Fourteen kids participated in section three, thereby making it the smallest of the bunch.
Moving on, if section three was the smallest, section four was the tallest so to speak, with forty-two kids in total. Of those, William Chen, and Clement Shao, both scored perfectly, with William’s win against the 17th, 21st, 5th, and 6th place finishers, earning 1st on tie-breaks, over Clement’s 2nd place wins against the 11th, 22nd, 23rd, and 4th place finishers. Kaida Tong grabbed 3rd place winning against the 12th, 14th and 20th place finishers, while drawing in the second round against 29th finishing Darren Knaub. Kaida’s day wasn’t completely without drama, as 20th finishing Eric Kong took Kaida to the edge in a tense pawn ending with the clock winding down. Falling asleep twice, or perhaps four times during the game, I woke up just in time to see Eric drop his King against Kaida’s newly promoted queen with a mere nine seconds left on the clock. It was a game worthy of World Series drama, though my grandpa, an accidental spectator waiting to clean up the pieces, wasn’t pleased that Eric and Kaida were battling it out to the last and keeping him from going home.
In section five, Ari “Vladimir Kozlov” Shusterman, pulled off a WWE-like ‘Moscow Mauling,’ of the competition beating the 19th, 14th, 11th, and 4th place finishers to claim first. Mathew Wang, who also won all four games, got second only because of those pesky tie-breaks which meant his 12th, 26th, 8th, and 7th place finisher wins weren’t quite as good as Ari’s. Anshul Doshi rounded out the medals with the bronze, beating 13, 23, and 12, while drawing seventh in the third round.
Twenty-seven young adults competed in section five.