Presidental Scholastic Results

On Feb 15, 2014, a 5 section scholastic event was held at Olympic View Elementary School, Seattle. David Hendricks was the tournament Director.
17 players in the K-1 Under 800 rated section were topped by the 5-0 score of Palash Singhal of Creekside Elementary in Issaquah.
18 players in the K-3 Open section were topped by Rockwell Elementary of Redmond student Daniel Shubin with 5-0.
22 players in the 2-3 Under 800 rated sections was also won by a 5-0 score by Asa Whitehead of Leschi Elementary of Seattle.
Two students in the 4-6 under 900 rated section scored 4.5-.5, Ezra Ford of Leschi Elementary and Tate Fuller of Lakeside Middle School of Seattle.
Bear Creek School of Redmond student Asher Thakur scored 4.5 to top the 19 player 4-7 Open section.

CLICK HERE for the Chess Ratings Northwest crosstables for the event.

The two Open Sections were USCF rated CLICK HERE for those crosstables. 16 players got their first USCF ratings in this event.

CLICK HERE for photos.

19th Annual I Have a Dream Scholastic Event Results

Klamath Falls Oregon had a scholastic chess tournament on Jan. 20, 2014 at Conger Elementary.

The High School Section of 8 players was won by two with perfect 4-0 scores: Clara Dykstra of Klamath Union and Caleb Carlton also of KU. A clear winner at 5-0 in the 6th-8th Grade Section was Craig Ronne of Henley Jr. High. 18 players in this section.

K-5th Grade Section was won by Jarred Degroot Roosevelt. Elementary also with a 5-0 score. 58 players in this section. There was an adult section won by Devin Harris at 4-1 in which 6 players took part.

Marvin Dykstra directed the event. Local newspaper the Herald and News had a results story with pictures on Jan 21. CLICK HERE.

For the Chess Ratings Northwest Crosstable, CLICK HERE.

Basin’s Best Team Tournament Results

Marvin Dykstra of Klamath Falls Oregon directed a two section event in K-Falls on Feb 8, 2014. Sorry I don’t have a team standing result to report. Two K-Falls high schools, Klamath Union (site of the event) and Eagle Ridge took part in the top section plus Ponderosa Junior High. There was an elementary school section also.

CLICK HERE for the Chess Ratings Northwest crosstables.

8th Annual Waypoint Foundation Scholastic Results

Tyson Berndt of Quincy Washington won $500.00 for topping the tournament held in Ephrata. Including play off games he scored 7-0. Two boys from Ephrata tied for 2nd, Connor Quist and Timothy Novinsky. 98 players took part. Newspaper coverage in the Columbia Basin Herald and Grant County Journal links to the articles on the Waypoint Website, see below. Event TDs were Roger and Troy Pugh. The event is limited to kids in the Ephrata, Quincy and Soap Lake School Districts.

CLICK HERE for the crosstable and more about the foundation.

Coffeetime Feb 2014 Results

Photo taken from Coffeetime website.
Photo taken from Coffeetime website.

18 players under the direction of Galen Pyle on Feb 1, 2014 played a G/15; d0 5 round swiss event. Nick Raptis of Portland scored a perfect score to take first place. At 3.5-1.5 in tie for 2nd were Michael Goffe of Portland and Jesse Hutton plus Scott Levin of Portland. The event was quick rated by USCF.

CLICK HERE for USCF Crosstable.

CLICK HERE for website of the playing site. Please support places that allow chess play.

The organizer of these events on the first Saturday of every month is the Portland Chess Shop owner Galen Pyle. CLICK HERE for the website of shop.

Major Chess Events Coming to St Louis Again

Saint Louis to host 2014 U.S. Championships by Mike Wilmering from MI Newsletter by IM John Donaldson

SAINT LOUIS (January 15, 2014) — The best chess players in the U.S. will gather in Saint Louis once again to fight for the title of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion.

For the sixth consecutive year Saint Louis will host the top chess tournaments in the nation.

GM Gata Kamsky will defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship while recently anointed Grandmaster Irina Krush will look for her sixth title at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship. The events will be held simultaneously May 7 through May 21 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

The U.S. Junior Closed Championship also will be held in Saint Louis once again from June 20 through July 3. This marks the fifth consecutive year the CCSCSL has hosted the top event in the nation for players under the age of 20.

Tony Rich, executive director of the CCSCSL, said he is excited to continue the long-standing and growing tradition of U.S. Championship chess in Saint Louis.

Since 2009, we’ve worked to raise the prominence and profile of the U.S. Championships, Rich said. We’re honored the U.S. Chess Federation once again awarded these prestigious events to Saint Louis, and we hope our U.S. Champions will continue to serve as role models for young chess players across the country.

These three events are the most prominent invitational tournaments in the nation, and the players will be competing for more than a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.

2014 U.S. Championship

Dates: May 7-21, 2014
Format: 12-player round robin
Prize Fund: $171,000 plus $64K Fischer bonus (breakdown to be published soon)


o2013 U.S. Champion: Gata Kamsky
2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion: Daniel Naroditsky
2013 U.S. Open Champion: Josh Friedel
(1) – Wildcard (TBD)
(8) – Rating (TBD – March supplement)

2014 U.S. Women’s Championship

Dates: May 7-21, 2014
Format: 10-player round robin
Prize Fund: $65,000 (breakdown to be published soon)

o2013 U.S. Women’s Champion: Irina Krush
(2) – Wildcard (TBD)
(7) – Rating (TBD – March supplement)

2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2014
Format: 10-player round robin
Prize Fund: $10,000 (breakdown to be announced soon)

o(1) – 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion (Daniel Naroditsky)
(1) – 2013 U.S. Junior Open Champion (Justus Williams)
(2) – Wildcard (TBD)
(6) – Rating (TBD – April rating supplement)

For the U.S. Championship, the CCSCSL once again will sponsor the $64K Fischer Prize, to be awarded to anyone who scores a perfect 11-0, in honor of Bobby Fischer’s similar accomplishment at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship.

Check for the latest updates, info about past U.S. championships and news about the top players in the U.S.

Washington High School Individual Results

Bothell High School was the site for the event directed by David Ellinger. There was a three way tie for first at 4-1 by James Colasurdo of Olympia High School,
Michael Wang of Interlake High School in Bellevue and Samir Sen of Skyview High School in Vancouver, WA. Your reporter understands there will be a play off later this year for the spot in the Denker High School event at the U.S. Open in Florida.

77 players in three sections took part in the event held Jan 31-Feb 1. There were 22 in the top section. The Premier section of 19 players ended with a 5-0 score by Max Dixon of Roosevelt High School in Seattle. There were 36 players in the Reserve Section, which also had a 5-0 perfect score by Jim Kahle of Ferndale High School.

CLICK HERE for the Chess Ratings Northwest crosstable.

CLICK HERE for USCF crosstable.

For Photos CLICK HERE.

Additional report by WCF Secretary Gary Dorfner:

The Wash. High School Individual Championship was held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. There were 77 kids entered in three sections. The winners were: Championship Section: 1st-3rd James Colasurdo, Michael Wang and Samir Sen 4-1 each. Premier Section: 1st Max Dixon 5.0, 2nd Nathaniel Osborn, 3rd Corey Wukelic 3.5. Reserve Section: 1st Jim Kahle 5.0, 2nd-6th Ryan Senanayake, Alex Dodge, Molly-Rose Clarfeld, Pierre Albi and Ben Bladow 4.0 each.

Prizes were trophies and medals. TD was David Ellinger.