Rook Madness Scholastic Tournament

Photo Credit: Azira Sande.

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Some are More Equal Than Others

The top six players at the Rook Madness tournament demonstrated that any one of them could defeat any of the others. Upsets abounded in the thirteen player K-12 section that was 1/3 elementary age players.

The top two cash prizes were split ($50 each) between co-champions Ken McGuire (4.0) and Alex Herron (4.0). Shawn Lewis defeated Ken, the top rated player, in the first round. Shawn drew Ethan Wu in round three, but was leading the tournament until he fell to Alex in the last round. Alex defeated the number two seed, Jack Harris, in the fourth round. His only loss was to Suhang Liu in round two. Suhang also defeated Jack, but lost to Ken and Shawn. Shawn and Ethan split the remaining cash ($18 each). Jack was the victor in Ethan’s only loss.

Northwest Christian School won the elementary team trophy. Saint George’s was second and Arcadia Elementary finished third.

In K-6, Logan Faulkner defeated all opponents to win the Grand Champion trophy. Naomi Hertz (4.0), who lost only to Logan, was the top fifth grader. The top fourth grader, Ethan Naresh (4.0), lost only to Naomi. John Field (3.0) had the top upset and earned a trophy.

Evelyn Arquette topped the K-3 section with a perfect 5.0 to win Grand Champion for that section. Kara Chiang’s 4.5 made her the top third grader. The first place in second grade trophy went to Ryan Waters (4.0), who was third overall. Two kindergartners scored 2.0. Per Sande had better tie-breaks so won the first place in grade trophy, while Elizabeth Arquette took home a smaller trophy. She will be in kindergarten next year. Toby Kast (2.5) earned a medal for notable upset.

The 62 player event on March 8 at Saint George’s School was Spokane’s second largest of the year and drew nearly 15% new players. Tournament advertising promised a trophy for the team with the most new players. It was taken home by Mead Educational Partnership. Individual awards also went to the top unrated players: Riley Madsen (2.5) won a medal and Nathan Gellatly (3.0) won a trophy. All players scoring 3.0 or better in the elementary sections took home trophies or medals.

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Washington High School State Team Championship RESULTS

Newport Team, (l to r) Steven Han, Ethan Bashkansky, John Leece, Megan Lee, Michael Quan
Photo Credit: Guy Bashkansky

Newport High School chess team won Washington High School State Team Championship, squeezing ahead by mere 0.5 point.
Playing for the winning Newport team, Ethan Bashkansky got a special medal for winning all 5 out of 5 games.
Also congratulations to the previous 4 years champion Lakeside High School in second place, and Interlake High School in third.

The event was held Feb 28-Mar 1 at Issaquah High School.

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Thanks to Guy Bashansky for much of the info for this post.

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OHSCTA State Team Tournament Results

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The event was held Feb 28-March 1 at South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Point, Oregon. The sponsoring group was Oregon High School Chess Team Association. CLICK HERE for their website.

Crescent Valley Varsity Team.
Crescent Valley Varsity Team.

Photo Credit: Brendon Thrash.

Crescent Valley varsity team won the overall team championship and also the 5A school title. The high school is in Corvallis, Oregon. Team members are Matt Dalthorp, Yogi Saputra (both scored 5-0 in the event), Ian Dickson (3-2) and Thomas Kneeland (2.5-2.5) plus David Wen (2-3).

2nd place team was Lincoln of Portland while two teams tied for 3rd, Lake Oswego High School and LaSalle High School of Portland.

Tournament Director was Norman May for the event.

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2nd Annual Wildcat Classic Scholastic Results

Redland Elementary School in Oregon City, Oregon held a tournament on March 1, 2014. April Albers was the tournament director.
The Kings section was won by Ethan Allison with 5-0.
The Rooks section winner with 4-1 was Allen Shang of Lake Oswego Junior High.
Grace Trieu of Woodstock Elementary School in Portland won the Bishops section with 5-0.


Richland March Madness Results

Lots of kids in Richland Washington on March 1, 2014 under the direction of Gregg Delmon Dillingham.

Lots of clear section winners:
Section K-1 under 800 rating was won by Colin Shen of Sacajawea Elementary School in Richland with 4.5-.5 score. 24 players in this section.
Section K-3 Open another 4.5-.5 score won, Patrick Kovels of Christ The King School in Richland. 10 players in this section.
The Grade 2-3 section had 39 players and a clear winner at 5-0, Bishan Zheng of Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Richland.
26 players in the Grade 4 under 800 rated section and another 5-0 score by Jocelyne Neri of Virgie Robinson Elementary in Pasco.
The Grade 4-6 Open had 27 players and another 5-0 winner, Christopher Rausch of Lewis & Clark Elementary in Richland.
Also a perfect 5-0 score in 41 player Grade 5-6 under 800 rating section by Santos De Lee of John McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco.
Only 11 players in the Grade 7-12 section won by three players with 4-1 scores: Tony Ngo of John McLoughlin Middle School, Elijah Perez of Bethlehem Lutheran School in Kennewick and Marcus Hernandez of John McLoughlin Middle School.


Vancouver Washington YMCA Results

The K-Grade3 section had 9 players and was a three way tie for 1st at 4-1 between Alexander Strigul of German American School in Portland, Tyler Griffith of LaCenter Elementary and Georgly Gidishvili of Orchards Elementary in Vancouver.

A clear winner at 4.5-.5 in the 27 player Grade 4-6 section was Levi Harms of Orchards Elementary in Vancouver.

John Palm was the tournament director for this event held March 1, 2014.

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Seattle Country Day School Tournament Results

The Kindergarten section of 34 players was a 3 way tie at 4.5-.5 for 1st place between: Nathan Race of Coe Elementary in Seattle, Lucas Ng of John Stanford International in Seattle and Tripp Madill of Evergreen School in Shoreline.

The Grade 1-3 Section had 85 players and again a three way tie for 1st but 5-0 scores in this section: Toby Black of Seattle County Day School, Tendo Lumala of Open Window School in Bellevue and Andrew Nguyen of Seattle Country Day School.

Only two 4.5-.5 scores in the 4th and 5th Grade Section of 31 players: Andreas Farny of Leschi Elementary in Seattle and Austin Jradi of Lakeridge Elementary in Mercer Island.

Radin was the TD for this event held on March 1, 2014.

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