NM Elvin Wilson triumphs at 2001 Philadelphia Chess Championship!

The 2001 Philadelphia Chess Championship was expected to draw stiff competition from hungry GMs feasting on weekend Swiss tournaments. For this reason, some players were said to have caught "GM fear" and decided to pass this one up. However, this tournament would belong to local standout, NM Elvin Wilson who edged out a solid field of Masters and Experts. Elvin, who has his sights set on the U.S. Senior Master title, defeated both FM Peter Fleischer, and long time friend, NM Norman "Pete" Rogers enroute to clear 1st. This tournament, held at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, had not been held since 1977 was hoping to draw a heavy card. While the big name players were absent, the tournament play was spirited and competitive. Grandmaster draws would not find a place at THIS tournament! Tournament organizer Dan Heisman calls Elvin, "a worthy champion." Congratulations Elvin!!!

See Wilson-Fleischer, 1-0.
See Rogers-Wilson, 0-1.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 3 April 2001