The 2018 NJ Senior Open was held December 29-30 at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill Hotel, home of the upcoming 2021 U.S. Open.  For the first time in many years, the NJSCF held an official tournament to determine the state representative to the U.S. Senior championship. The field consisted of 15 players, including four Masters in two sections, Open and Reserve.

As expected, the veteran players showed fantastic fighting spirit and creativity and many of the matches featured tense, hard-fought battles that went down to the wire making this tournament fun to watch.  The winner was decided in the last game where the top two finishers played one another.

FIDE Master Boris Privman, a strong master with excellent technical skills, prevailed with 4 points followed by Todd Lunna with 3.5 points.  Lunna, a creative player, brought to the tournament a long streak of undefeated games, which hopefully for him, will continue for a long time.

The reserve section winner was Sunny Sharad with 4 points followed by Cliff Batezel with 3 points.

We expected an exciting tournament and it delivered!  Congratulations to the winners.  We are looking forward to continuing this event in 2019 and beyond.

Tournament winner FM Boris Privman with TD Dov Gorman


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