2013 US Open in WI

The below was posted on the USCF issues forum by one of organizers.

Mike Nietman2 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:08 pm #260324

Hi all,

Let me know if anyone has any questions about the 2013 US Open. The playing site is the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, WI. The Marriott has a carpeted convention center that we’ll be playing in. There is also a large carpeted ballroom where the meetings and Denker/Barber/NGIT Opening Ceremony will be held. All of these are on the first floor of the garden style hotel.

Wisconsin is proud to host the event. The last time it was held in Wisconsin was 1953!

I’ve heard reports that the room block has filled up. If anyone has an issue with getting a reservation at the hotel, please contact Pat Smith at the USCF office and she will arrange to have the room block made larger. She has already done this a couple of times. Once the hotel is full, we have a spillover hotel if necessary that is right across the street.

On the event’s information page there is a link to a PDF that I created with information on the area of the hotel. Note especially the restaurants within a ten minute walk of the hotel.

Be sure to check flight schedules often. We’ve seen prices rise and fall overnight. I use http://www.itasoftware.com to find the cheapest flights then go to the airline’s sites to book. If you’re still worried that a flight to Madison is too expensive, consider flying into Milwaukee (MKE) or Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and taking a bus to Madison. Either http://www.badgerbus.com (Milwaukee) or http://www.vangalderbus.com (O’Hare) will drop you off at Dutch Mill Park and Ride. It’ll still be a $20-$25 cab ride (estimate) to get to the west side hotel.

If you’re driving, find US-12 which we call the Beltline Highway in Madison. The Marriott is right at exit 252.

Looking forward to a great event and save some room in your suitcase for a large block of cheddar!


Mike Nietman

16 Players Take Part in Seattle CC June Quads

Fred Kleist of Seattle directed the 4 quads held on June 8. Michael Lin of California won the top quad with 3-0 and pushed his rating above 2200. Ben Wyde scored 3-0 to top his quad. 2.5-.5 by Rafik Robeal won his quad. Another 3-0 score by Freya Gulamali topped her quad section. Time control for the event was Game/120; d5.

USCF Crosstables click HERE.

2013 Newport Oregon June Open results

Corey Russell of Southern Oregon winner of 2013 Newport June Open.
Corey Russell of Southern Oregon winner of 2013 Newport June Open.

35 players in 4 sections took part.

Open Section of 8 players: Corey Russell won with 4.0, and Becca Lampman of Vancouver WA was second with 3.0.

In Premier Maxwell Sun of Oregon won with 3.5. David Bannon of Oregon and Paul Leblanc of BC followed with 2.5.

Reserve was won by William Hanlan of Oregon with 3.5. Sean Zlatnik of Oregon had 3.0 and Ralph Anthony of Washington 2.5.

Booster won by Jacob Slavik of Oregon with 4.0.

H. G. Pitre of Seattle was the TD with assistance from Jeff Roland of Boise.
Photos from the event by Russell Miller (photo of him by Jeff Roland).


Dubrovnik defeats Vancouver WA e-mail match

Russell Miller arranged an e-mail chess match between players from Dubrovnik Croatia and Vancouver Washington. It has been proposed by a group in Vancouver that the two cities become sister cities. When the newspaper in Vancouver announced this Russell tried to contact some chess players in Dubrovnik and Vancouver about a 6 board e-mail match. Nothing has come so far of the sister city bit but the chess match happened.

Andy May (V) drew with Ivan Bender, Matthew Goshen (V) lost to Ivo Ivankovic, Micah Smith (V) beat Bajro Saric, Sarah May (V) drew with Zdenko Bender, Russell Miller (V) lost to Faruk Losic and Aaron Probst (V) lost to Srecko Tomic.

To see the chess games click here.

Columbia Cup Returns to Tri-Cities July 27-28, 2013

Columbia Cup
July 27-28, 2013
Site: Red Lion Richland Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99352. (509) 946-7611.
HR: $109 until 07/26. 1-800-RED-LION, mention Chess Tournament.
Two Sections: Open and Reserve (under 1800).
Open: 4 Round Swiss. Time Control: 30/90, SD/1, D/5
Reserve: 5 Round Swiss. Time Control: Saturday 40/90, SD/30, D/5; Sunday 30/90, SD/1, D/5.
Foreign ratings used for players with no USCF rating.
Prize Fund: $1,000 (based on 40 paid entries).
Open: 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $110, 1st U1900 $90
Reserve: 1st $125, 2nd $100, 1st U1600 $75, 1st U1400 $75, 1st U1200/Unr $75
Entry Fee: $50 if postmarked or online by 07/24, $60 after 07/24 or at site.
Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs.
Registration: Saturday 8:00 – 9:30 AM.
Rounds: Open: Saturday 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM.
Reserve: Saturday 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM, 7:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM.
Byes: One half-point bye available (Open Section), Two half-point byes available (Reserve Section) Request before end of round 2. USCF and WCF/OCF memberships required, other states accepted.
Northwest Chess Grand Prix event. NS. NC. W.
Entries: Make checks payable to Washington Chess Federation.
Mail To: Dan Mathews, 2700 NW Pine Cone Drive, Unit 402, Issaquah, WA 98027-8677.
Phone: (425) 218-7529. Email: danomathews2@aol.com.
Online Registration: www.nwchess.com/onlineregistration