Zaremba and Winer win Denker Tournament of High School Champions

by Sam Sloan

Andrei Zaremba and Steven Winer have won the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, by defeating Marcel Martinez and Vinay Bhat in the last round.

Zaremba and Winer scored 4.5 - 0.5. Following them were Patrick Hummel in clear third with 4-1. Patrick had entered the tournament as the highest rated player but was upset by Pascal Openshaw in the second round.

There was a five way tie for fourth between Martinez, Vinay Bhat, David C. John, Joan Santana and Riley Yates-Doerr.

The high school champion of every state gets to send a representative to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions. This year for the first time there were three girls in the tournament.

The event was held at the Sands Regency Hotel in Reno at the same time as the US Open Chess Championship.

Results of the event are available at

Here is the most important upset of the event:

[Event "Denker Tournament of High School Champions"]
[Site "Reno USA"]
[Date "1999.08.12"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Openshaw,Pascal"]
[Black "Hummel,Patrick"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B99"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3
Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. Be2 b5 11. e5 Bb7 12. exf6 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Nxf6 14. Bxa8 d5
15. f5 O-O 16. fxe6 Rxa8 17. exf7+ Kxf7 18. Bxf6 Bxf6 19. Nxd5 Bg5+ 20. Kb1 Qb7
21. Rhf1+ Kg8 22. Ne6 Bh6 23. Rf2 Kh8 24. Ndc7 1-0

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