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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 New England Open Scholastics
 Bob Messenger
  October 2010
A total of 28 players, some playing in multiple sections, entered the scholastic sections of the 70th New England Open over Labor Day weekend. On Saturday Nicholas Liotta, Aashish Welling and Benjamin Piche each scored three out of four points in the K-12 U1400 section. Nicholas won his first three games, and this gave him enough tiebreak points to win the first place trophy, despite losing in the last round to Aashish, who won the trophy for second place. August Donovan was clear first in the K-12 U800 section, also scoring three points out of four. 
On Sunday Sabrina Zhang and Jason Li tied for first in the K-6 U1350 section, each winning three games and drawing their game when they played each other in round three. Sabrina won the first place trophy on tiebreaks. There was a three-way tie in the K-6 U700 section between Lauren Smorgonsky, Amaan Ashab and Maxwell Zhao. Lauren won the first place trophy on tiebreaks, and Amaan won second.
Since only six players showed up for the K-3 sections on Monday, U1200 and U600 were combined into a single section and everyone who entered got a trophy. Noam Benson-Tilsen won all his games to win the combined section. Ethan Blake, playing in his first tournament, had the second highest score overall with three points out of four, and was awarded the trophy for first U600.
Out of the 28 players in the scholastic sections, 13 were from Massachusetts, 11 were from Connecticut, and there was one player each from Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and Maryland.
Nita Patel directed the scholastic sections of the New England Open, and her husband Alex Relyea was the chief director for the entire tournament.