14 Events Wrapped Up Play on the Second Day of the St. Louis Open
Champions were crowned and upsets were rampant on the second day of play at the St. Louis Open. In the Open Event, the biggest upset came in the quarterfinal when Micaiah Skolnick (2312) beat Fernando Yamazato (2512), the number 3 seed in the event in a nail biting 11-9 in the 7th match. Mark Hazinski (2530) eventually took home the Open Singles title. The final of the Open Doubles Event was also a nail biter, with Joey Cochran/Alfred Najem barely pulling out an 11-9 in the fifth win over Danny Seemiller/Mark Hazinski.
In the U2450 event upsets abounded. The number one seed Joey Cochran (2399) who had won the “Elite Singles” event a day earlier, lost in his round robin to Ahmed Hendawi (2265) 14-12 in the fifth and final game. Similarly, Micaiah Skolnick (2312) who had just caused a major upset over Fernando Yamazato (2512) lost to Danny Dulkin (2243) 3-0. Ahmed continued on win the U2450 event, beating fellow Lindenwood University player Gabriel Skolnick (2349) in the final.
Parviz Mojaverian (2259) duly won the Over-50 event after a disappointing loss in the Over-40 event a day earlier. In the junior events, Lavanya Maruthapandian (1782) easily took home the U15 title, and Akash Pardeshi (2001) caused a small upset over David Sun (2015) to become the U18 champion.
In total, 24 champions were crowned at the St. Louis Open in stunning fashion. The tournament often ran ahead of schedule and players had ample time and watch the high level matches held throughout the day. A successful weekend for tournament director Danny Seemiller, and also for tournament sponsors Butterfly and Seiler Industries.