victory in the pacific       

Updated 4/20/2014

VIP    Rising Sun Pre-Con
  9     14    19
     9     14    19      9    14


John Sharp, FL

2013 Champion

2nd: Ed Paule, NJ

3rd: Andy Gardner, VA

4th: Ray Freeman, CA

5th:  Jim Eliason, IA

6th: Mike Kaye, MD
Event History
1991    Dave Targonski      36
1992    Wes Erni      39
1993    Alan Applebaum      36
1994    Dave Targonski      36
1995    Dan Henry      45
1996    Robert Kondracki      46
1997    Ed O’Connor      42
1998    Joe Dragan      48
1999    Alan Applebaum     48
2000    Andy Gardner     50
2001    Dan Henry     48
2002    Dan Henry     50
2003    Ed Menzel     39
2004    Michael Kaye     44
2005     Andy Gardner     32
2006     Ed Menzel     41
2007     Darren Kilfara     39
2008     Charlie Drozd     36
2009    Mike Kaye     37
2010    Andy Gardner     33
2011    Ed Paule     36
2012    Andy Gardner     28
2013    John Sharp     35

Charles Drozd, IL
2014 GM



  Rising Sun Pre-Con

The Rising Sun Pre-Con is seperate from WBC and requires its own registration fee. Click the Pre-Con icon for pricing information. Tribune level members may attend any and all Pre-Cons AND WBC free of charge.

Format Change

After 18 years of being a 7-round swiss event, VIP abandoned that marathon format for an even longer one in 2009! The swiss portion is now limited to five rounds with only the top eight players proceeding through three more rounds of Single Elimination. The grueling road to the top is a round longer, but for the also-rans, the road gets shorter. This year VIP will again use Chess Clocks courtesy of Alan Applebaum and John Sharp—one of the few events at WBC so furnished.

The event remains a Pre-Con slot as we trade one weekend for another with five swiss rounds starting on the Sunday before WBC and ending Tuesday afternoon. It is hoped that the Pre-Con status will enable not only new players to take part but also allow more of the field to stay for all five preliminary rounds so as to enjoy the full ramifications of a true swiss format.

Tribune level members may again freely partake in any and all of BPA’s Pre-Cons during the two days preceding WBC. For details see

 GM      Charles Drozd  [5th Year]   NA   847-845-1136

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