Sunday, May 17, 2009

2009 Arpad Elo Open

John Veech wins Arpad Elo 5-0 & will beocome Wisconsins newest expert!

"Arpad Emrick Elo (born Élő Árpád Imre[1][2], August 25, 1903 in Egyházaskesző, Hungary – November 5, 1992 in Brookfield, Wisconsin) is the creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess. Born in Hungary, he moved to the United States with his parents as a child in 1913." Wikipedia

"Elo was a professor of physics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was also a chess master. By the 1930s he was the strongest chess player in Milwaukee, one of the nation's leading chess cities. He won the Wisconsin State Championship eight times." Wikipedia

"In 1970, FIDE, the World Chess Federation, agreed to adopt the Elo Rating System. From then on until the mid-1980s, Elo himself made the rating calculations. At the time, the computational task was relatively easy because fewer than 2000 players were rated by FIDE." Wikipedia

To my knowledge the Elo rating system (what your international rating is called) is used as a ranking system in other games also.


-A total of 60 players showed up to compete for the title and after round 3 it seems like for the 2nd year in a row someone under the age of 16 will win the tournament. In round 3 Milwaukee local upcoming talent rated just below 2000 USCF beat one of Wisconsin's most famous masters William (Bill) Williams. It is not easy to beat the man who has won the Wisconsin State Championship in 5 different decades!


  1. Great little ditty on Elo, Ashish. Awesome coverage on the event...John Veech was on fire this weekend!

  2. Congratulations to John Veech for winning the tournament with an impressive 5-0 score!!!

  3. John you're an amazing chess dude....
    I mean chess master... 5-0 beating Bill
    Williams in the finals.

  4. John is is school when the dude posts