Ferndale High School in Ferndale Washington on Feb 22, 2014 was the site of the 17th International Chess Jam under the direction of Randy Kaech.
The K-1 section of 11 players was won by Matthew Sanders of Wade King Elementary in Bellingham.
The 2nd-3rd Grade Section of 31 players was won by Noah Chen of Assumption School in Bellingham.
The 4th-5th Grade Section of 20 players was won by Nathan Chen of Assumption School in Bellingham.
The 6th-12th Grade Section of 34 players had three players tie for 1st place: Dawson Bowhay of Sehome High School in Bellingham, Jude Hoogendyk of Whatcom Middle School in Bellingham and Lucy Sun of Fairhaven Middle School in Bellingham.
104 players played in this event in 2013 while 96 turned out for the 2014 event.
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2 Sections. Open & Reserve (U1800): 5SS, 30/90, SD/60 d5, (2-Day Option, Rd. 1, G/60 d5). Seattle Chess Club, 2150 North 107th St., Seattle, WA 98133. 206-417-5405. $$1,000/b40. Open: $200-125, U2100 $100, U1900 $100. Reserve (U1800): $150-100, U1600 $75, U1400 $75, U1200 $75. Foreign ratings used for players with no USCF rating. EF: $50 if postmarked or online by 04/30, $60 at site. Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs. Registration: Fri. (5/2) 7-7:45pm. Rds.: Fri. 8pm, Sat. 12:30pm & 6pm, Sun. 11am & 4:30pm. 2-Day Schedule: Registration Sat (5/3) 9-9:45am. Rds.: Sat 10am, then merges with 3-Day Schedule. Bye: limit 2, request before end of Rd. 2. Memb. Req’d: $25 ($19 juniors). OSA. ENT: Checks payable to Washington Chess Federation. Mail to: Dan Mathews, 749 Somerset Ln., Edmonds, WA 98020-2646. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-218-7529. : www.nwchess.com/onlineregistration. NS. NC. W.
Conger Elementary School in Klamath Falls, Oregon was the site on Feb 22, 2014 of Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation qualifier tournament. Marvin Dykstra was the tournament director. 20 players took part.
Tai Pruce-Zimmerman of Klamath Falls, an adult played in his first Chess Ratings Northwest event and won the tournament 5-0.
Nick Raptis of Portland repeated his win of 2013 to take 1st place in the 2014 Oregon Championship with 7-2 score. 2nd place in the 10 player round robin went to Daniel Gay of Tigard at 6.5-2.5. A former state champion Corey Russell of Medford took third place. Both he and Raptis had 6 points going into the last round. They were paired and Raptis won the game.
Raptis has quite a history in the event. He has won in 2014, 2013, 2001 plus a tie for 1st in 2005. He first played in 1992. 2014 was the 17th time for him to play in the annual tournament first held in 1961. See the complete list of winners and crosstables in the NORTHWEST CHESS website under history.
Gregori Alpernas was the chief TD for the FIDE and USCF Rated event held at the Portland Chess Club. Jon Fortune and Neil Dale were other TDs helping out.
Check the Portland Chess Club website for all the game scores.
In the picture: seated (left to right) Aaron Grabinsky, Carl Haessler, the tournament director Grisha Alpernas, FM Corey Russell, Steven Deeth; standing (left to right) Corbin Yu, Lennart Bjorksten, FM Nick Raptis, Daniel Gay, Brian Esler, Jason Cigan.
International Master John Donaldson of Berkeley California once again had the top score at the Collyer tournament, 4.5-5. But he was not the only one with that score, Paul Bartron of Tacoma and Mark Havrilla of Moscow Idaho also tied for first place. Three players had 4-1 scores: Timothy Moroney of WA, Cameron Leslie of Moscow and Nikolay Bulakh of Spokane.
50 players took part under the direction of Kevin Korsmo of Spokane. Sponsors of the tournament were the Spokane Chess Club and the Gary Younker Foundation. The playing site was St. Anne’s Children Center in downtown Spokane.
Duane Polich reports on Facebook: (edited and additional info by Russell Miller)
The Washington State President’s Cup took place February 15th and 16th at the Seattle Chess Club. 68 players took part. The event ended in a three way tie for first. Peter Lessler of Seattle , Samuel He of Redmond, WA and Patrick Van Dyke of Maple Valley, WA each ended up with 3.5 points. Samuel He came out on top and took the seed into the 2015 Premier event by coming out on top in a grueling blitz playoff match that went into double overtime. The event was held as a replacement for the Invitational tournament, so more people could watch the State Championship and Premier which was going on at the same time.
Einsteinwise, in Vancouver, WA, held a 3 section scholastic event on Feb. 17, 2014 under the direction of Sudhakar Kudva.
The K-3 Under 800 rated section was won by two players with 4-1 scores: Aliya Tang (first place by tie-breaks) of Fisher’s Landing Elementary in Vancouver WA and Joanne Lin of Illahee Elementary in Camas. 8 players in this section.
The K-6 Open section was won by Aaron Probst of our Lady of Laurdes in Vancouver WA with 4.5-.5 score over 14 other players. Aaron now has 220 CRNW rated games played.
The Grades 4-6 under 800 rating section of 10 players was won by two players with 4-1 scores: Akash Prasad (first place by tie-breaks) of Grass Valley Elementary in Camas and Rishi Gorrepati of Illahee Elementary in Camas.
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A scholastic event on Feb 17, 2014 at Redmond Chess4Life Center was held in three sections under the direction of Patrick Pisani.
The K-1 section had 9 players and was won with a 5-0 score by Brandon Jiang of Bellevue Children’s Academy.
17 players in the Grade 2-3 section was topped by Andy Huang of Congar Ridge Elementary in Bellevue with a 4.5-.5 score.
The Grade 4-6 section of 16 players was won by Akshay Bablani of Lakeside Middle School in Seattle with a 4.5-.5 score.
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