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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 Vigorito wins 21st Mass Game/60
 George Mirijanian
  April 2011
International master David Vigorito proved once again why he is one of the most successful tournament players in New England, winning the 21st Massachusetts Game/60 Championship on Sunday, April 17, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Leominster. The 40-year-old Somerville resident tallied 3.5-0.5 in an Open section field of 18 players to capture first place. Tying for the 2nd- and 3rd-place prizes with 3-1 scores were FIDE master William Kelleher, 61, of Watertown (who lost to Vigorito in round 3), FIDE master John Curdo, 79, of Auburn, and national master Miro Reverby, 41, of Providence, Rhode Island (who drew Vigorito in the final round). Tying for the top Under 2150 prizes with scores of 2.5-1.5 were Yogesh Raghunathan of West Hartford, Connecticut and Andrew Liu, 12, of Westborough. The tournament drew 87 players, including two no-shows, in five sections, There was an expanded prize fund of more than $2000 - more than $400 in addition to the projected prize fund and more than $800 added to the minimum guaranteed prize fund. MACA clerk Brian Mottershead of Carlisle was the chief TD and was assisted by MACA treasurer and tournament committee chairman Robert Messenger of Nashua, New Hampshire. MACA president George Mirijanian of Fitchburg provided logistical support and assisted both TDs in their duties. Nearly 30 percent of the tournament entrants won prizes. Sectional prize winners were as follows:
Under 2000 section (13 players, including one no-show)
  • 1st-2nd: Max Valau of Hyannis and Armen Martirosyan of Lynn, 3.5-0.5
  • 3rd: Neil Cousin of Franklin, 3-1
Under 1800 section (22 players)
  • 1st-3rd: Martin Laine of Lunenburg, George Duval of Sudbury, Varun Palnati of Westford, 3.5-0.5
  • 4th: Robert Holmgren of Wayland, 3-1
  • Top Under 1650: Chirantan Neogy and Allen Wang, both of Acton, 3-1
Under 1500 section (18 players, including one no-show)
  • 1st: Aashish Welling of Nashua, New Hampshire, 3.5-0.5
  • 2nd: Sean Barkowsky of Hanson, 3-1
  • 2nd/Under 1350: Siddhesh Kudtarkar of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, Brandon Wu of Littleton, Tal Puhov of Shrewsbury, 3-1
  • 3rd/2nd Under 1350: Conway Xu of Lexington, 2.5-1.5
Under 1200 section (16 players)
  • 1st: Aram Martirosyan of Lynn, 4-0
  • 2nd-3rd: Carissa Yip of Chelmsford and Matthew Manzo of Beverly, 3-1
  • 1st Under 1000: Henry Liu of Northborough, 3-1