Thirteen players entered the TNF, with eight rated 1600 or better, led by The Stud, who,at 2220 was 149 points higher rated than The Pipe. When Alan went down to Gautam Narula (1764) in the second round, The Stud, gesticulating wildly, could not have been happier. Alexander Foster, a student of Mr Studen was puzzled, saying he did not think The Stud feared any opponent. Damir explained that The Pipe was always a tough opponent because he played "weird stuff" and he would prefer to play the High Plains Drifter rather than The Pipe! Damir won his last round game versus Narula to win the $28 forst prize.
Dr Cano, held to a draw by Zimmy in round two and Michael Matthias (1669) in the last round, tied with Narula and Mr Zimmerman, won took a half point bye in the last round, each winning $4.67, which the House rounded off to an even five bucks.
James Stack (1600) beat Mr Foster in the lst round to finish with two points, as did Robert Steen (1386), with each winning $11. Mr Steen beat House man Nick Nikley in the first round, lost to Matthias in the second round, and beat the rapidly improving youngster, Richard Lin (1384) in the last round. It is good to see Mr Steen have a good night at the fights, as it was only a short time ago he did the goose egg shuffle and was awarded a "Woody" prize for his effort!
Robert Steen was the big rating winner, advancing 29 points. Mr Narula picked up 20.