Ivanov wins Seattle August Tornado

Making only his second USCF tournament appearance, Ventsislav Ivanov won the Seattle Chess Club August Tornado held August 24, 2014 with a perfect 4.0 score. Ivanov raised his regular provisional rating to 1997, and his quick provisional rating to 1716. Tied for second place were Viktors Pupols and Brendan Zhang, each drawing two games (including against each other) for a score of 3.0, and Neo Olin, also with 3.0. USCF crosstable link.

Pupols wins Washington Senior

Continuing his long and amazing chess career, Viktors Pupols won the Washington Senior Adult Championship held at the Tacoma Chess Club, August 16, 2014. Pupols scored 3.5 out of 4, drawing only longtime expert and Tacoma Chess Club member Paul Bartron, who finished second with 3.0 points. USCF crosstable link.

Report by TD Gary Dorfner: The 2014 Wash. Sr. Adult Championship was won by Viktors Pupols, 3.5. He drew Paul Bartron who finished second. U2000 went to Steve Buck. Richard Gillmann took home U1700 and Stephen Burnworth claimed the U1400 prize. There were only 7 players who showed up for this event.

Portland CC August 2014 Quad 45 event

The Portland Chess Club holds a monthly quad tournament (known as a “Quad 45” because of the 45-minute time control) that usually takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This tournament is billed as a great way for new players to get introduced to the PCC and USCF-rated tournament chess as well as for seasoned veterans to battle against similarly rated opponents. The format is a 3-round quad, G/45; d5. One section may run as a 6-player Swiss depending on the number of players.

The August 2014 event top-rated section ended in a 2.5-point tie between Karl Stump and Jeff Jack Austin after the two players drew each other in the first round. See the USCF crosstable.

For more details on this monthly tournament, see the PCC website or the NWC calendar pages.

Some recent event results

Seattle July Tornado (sometimes called the Sunday Tornado), held July 27, 2014 at the Seattle Chess Club. Ethan Bashkansky and Zixiao Han draw each other and tied for first with 3.5 out of 4 points. Both are now expert-rated, with Han having a provisional rating. See the USCF crosstable.

Tacoma Open, held August 2, 2014 at the Tacoma Chess Club. The winner was Bryce Tiglon with a perfect score of 3.0. He raised his USCF rating to 2247. See the USCF crosstable.

Vancouver Open was held by the WCF August 9-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington. There were three sections. David Golub won the Open section with an impressive 4.5 out of 5 score, drawing only Nick Raptis (who finished second along with Kevin Gafni with 4.0) in the final round. Golub is now rated over 2300, as is Raptis. See the USCF crosstables.