Chess Event in Vancouver WA March 23

Prairie High NHS hosts Wizards’ Chess tourney

“Prairie High School National Honor Society is hosting a Wizards’ Chess tournament with Harry-Potter-themed activities and a costume contest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at the school, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave. Cost is $5 or five cans of food to be a chess piece and $4 or four cans of food to be a player.

Just like in the Harry Potter books and movies, pieces will represent a chess piece on the life-size chess board. Players will compete in a sudden death tournament playing chess on the life-size board or small boards. All proceeds benefit the North Clark County Food Bank.”

April 2013 issue of Northwest Chess

April 2013 Mock-up (page 1)

The April issue of Northwest Chess is in the final proofing stages and should be ready to be sent to the printers on Monday, March 18, 2013. So you should receive your copies in the mail on time or early. The above link is the Formal Mock-up for the issue.

We have great coverage of the 21st Dave Collyer Memorial tournament held in Spokane, including three pages by IM John Donaldson.

Due to space considerations, I decided to put all the remaining games from the Oregon Championship (R5-R9) and seven games from the Idaho Championship in the April issue as the second installment of the series of State Championship Games (notes by FM Ralph Dubisch). Then in the May 2013 issue we will present all the Washington Championship games (R5-R9) to conclude our 3-issue feature!

The 32-page issue is packed full of really great material from all three states. It has been a pleasure working on this issue.

Jeff Roland


Scholastic Chess in Spokane

Spokane Chess Club (reports on Facebook)
Excitement at March Madness Tournament

The March Madness scholastic chess tournament finished with an exciting battle on the top board in K-7. Alex Popescu had won all four previous games, and was playing Shawn Lewis who had lost one game in an early round. A crowd gathered as Shawn nursed his initiative in a position with equal material, including opposite colored bishops, and had a bit over two minutes to just over one for Alex. The players maneuvered quickly, looking for tactics, and a few pawns were exchanged. Alex tried to trade queens, while Shawn kept up checks and threats against the remaining pawns. Shawn had five seconds left when Alex reached zero and Shawn claimed victory. That left third-grader Alex in a tie for first with Shawn and Shohom Bandyopadhyay (4.0 each). Alex, by playing up, was not eligible for first place in his grade, but placed second overall in his section. Shawn took home the Grand Champion trophy and Shohom was first place in fifth grade. One-half point behind the leaders were the top seventh grader, Trevor Murphy, and another third-grader, Tariq Ravasia. Ray Johnson, Reo Reyes, Ethan Wu, Merrick Bonar, and top fourth-grader, A.J. Stenbeck finished with 3.0.

In the K-3 section, James Gunn won all five games and took home his third Grand Champion trophy for the 2012-2013 school year. Second place went to the top second-grader, Seth Arthurs, with 4.0, losing only to James. Andre Vivier was third with 3.5 and won the trophy for top third-grader. They were followed by Jack Morris, Isabella Rigutto, Ryan Eaton, Gabe Gustafson, and top first-grader, Sam Morris. Isabella won biggest upset, due to her win over a player rated 127 points above her.

In K-12, four played shared first and split the prizes for first through third, taking home $40 each. They were David Blue, Jacob Gray, Kevin Eaton, and Levi Goris. Tristan Udby won a book for his position in fifth place (3.5). At 3.0, Matt Mackinney and Steven Walton each won $30 for biggest upset and best unrated, respectively.

Saint George’s School won the team trophy in K-6 with 17 points for the top five players. Medals were awarded to Northwest Christian and Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy for each scoring a 9.5 with teams of three in K-12. This was the first event in several years with three viable mini-teams in the HS/MS section.

Josh Reports on WA High School Individual

Hi Everyone, Congratulations to Xiaoman Chu, a freshman from St. George School in Spokane, for winning the 2013 Washington State High School Individual Championship! He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Megan Lee and David Inglis. For his victory, Xiaoman is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open in Madison, WI in August.

The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 2. Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment.

Schedule for the playoff (first person listed gets white):

9:30 David – Megan. Result: 0-1
2:00 Xiaoman – David Result: .5-.5
6:30 Megan – Xiaoman. Result: 0-1

Here is the final round game:
[Event “WHSCA Individual Playoff”]
[Site “Seattle Chess Club”]
[Date “2013.03.02”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Lee, Megan”]
[Black “Chu, Xiaoman”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C68”]
[WhiteElo “2163”]
[BlackElo “1907”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Nbd2 Bd6 9. Re1 Be6 10. Nf1 c5 11. c3 Qe7 12. Ng3 f6 13. Nh4 Qf7 14. Ngf5 O-O-O 15. Be3 g6 16. Nxd6+ cxd6 17. b4 g5 18. Nf5 Qc7 19. Ng3 g4 20. h4 Ne7 21. Nf1 d5 22. exd5 Bxd5 23. Bxc5 Nf5 24. Ne3 Nxh4 25. c4 Bf3 26. gxf3 gxf3 27. Nf5 Rhg8+ 28. Ng3 f5 29. Kh2 f4 30. Rg1 fxg3+ 31. fxg3 e4 32. Qf1 Rxd3 33. Qh3+ Rg4 34. Rgd1 Nf5 35. Rxd3 exd3 36. Rd1 Nxg3 37. Kg1 Nf5+ 38. Kf1 Qe5 39. Re1 Re4 40. Re3 Rxe3 41. Bxe3 Kc7 42. Bf2 Ne3+ 43. Bxe3 Qxe3 44. Qg3+ Kb6 45. c5+ Ka7 46. c6 Qe2+ 47. Kg1 Qd1+ 48. Kh2 Qc2+ 49. Kh3 Qg2+ 50. Qxg2 fxg2 51. Kxg2 bxc6 0-1

Above from a Facebook report by WCF President Josh Sinanan.

FIDE Ratings of Players in WA and OR 2013 Championships

Recent FIDE Ratings
Recent FIDE Ratings

Info from FIDE website March 2013 ratings: (Changed March 4 as Rusty did not understand the FIDE info. when first posted)

2013 Washington Championship – Championship Section Players –
ID Name Fed
1200810 Cozianu, Costin ROU (not given on FIDE website)
2055198 Sang, Tian USA 2295
2060051 Golub, David USA 2204
2028409 Perez, Ignacio USA 2270
2045478 Ummel, Igor USA 2186
2030560 Lee, Nathan Y USA 2127
2027593 Sinanan, Joshua C USA 2209
2060060 Sen, Samir USA 2168
2020440 Collyer, Curt D USA 2282
2060086 Feng, Roland USA 2093

2013 Washington Championship – Premier Section – Players
ID Name Fed
2084570 He, Daniel Ming USA 2094
2055201 Omori, Michael USA 2191
2029618 Lee, Megan USA 2114
2016095 Bartron, Paul R USA 2109
2016923 Macgregor, Michael USA 2179
2020564 Airapetian, Chouchanik USA 2077
2072033 Szabo, Marcell USA 1787
2012570 Rupel, David USA 2075
2008009 Pupols, Viktors USA 2097
2078643 Haining, Kyle USA 1922

2013 Oregon Invitational Championship -Players
ID Name Fed
2016850 Raptis, Nick USA 2289
2004178 Gay, Daniel Z USA 2161
2003341 Haessler, Carl A USA 2174
2063999 Herrera, Robert USA 2135
2067706 Deeth, Steven B USA 2117
2060680 Tobin, Sean USA 2170
2074940 Wen, David USA 1994
2006618 Russell, Corey J USA 2134
2024314 Gutman, Richard G USA 2067
2045486 Esler, Brian John USA 2057

2013 North Olympic Peninsula Chess Tournament

Miller wins chess event
Miller wins chess event

Dennis McGuire, tournament director give the following report. The event ran several weeks.

Thanks to all for a great tournament the many great battles on the 64 squares and a special congratulations to Our Champion and all the winners!….Dennis

1st 6.0 Aric Miller $150.00
2nd 5.0 Steve Churchley $100.00
3rd 4.5 Mike Murray $75.00
4th thru 5th 4.0 Tom Blazey $37.50 and Dennis McGuire $37.50
6th thru 7th 3.5 Ben Seran $25.00 and David Rodriguez $25.00
7th thru 11th 3.0 Ernst Rasmussen $10.00, Roger Risley $10.00, Steven Chase $10.00, Golts $10.00 and Paul Richmond $10.00
total $500.00