Only about 30 players attended the state championship this weekend in Frazer. Peter Minear won the open section (again) ahead of Igor Khmelnitsky, who drew Minear and NM Stanislav Busygin in the final round. Kiran Rebholz won the U1800 section.
Boyd Reed, Josh Anderson, and myself attended the business meeting today, July 21.
The 2014 state championship will be in Carlisle. The Carlisle Open will double as the state championship. The 2015 state championship will be in western Pennsylvania. After that, due to low turnout, central PA will be removed from the rotation, and the rotation will simply become east-west. Naturally, this decision can be reversed if events change.
Beginning in 2015, for at least two years, the state scholastic championship will move to Lancaster (the Lancaster Host, across the street from Dutch Wonderland). Next month, Josh will get a contract signed. The Lancaster site is much bigger than Carlisle, so we have room to grow, which we could not do at Carlisle.
Boyd went into great detail about the kind of things that should be put into the contract.
The meeting lasted about 40 minutes.
By Joseph J. Mucerino, Jr.