Two-way tie in Seattle October Tornado

Two local expert-rated chess players, Ethan Bashkansky and Kyle Haining, drew each other and tied for first, with 3 of 4 points, in the Seattle Chess Club October Tornado, held on October 12 at the club. Each player also had a half-point bye. “Tornado” refers to the relatively fast time control, G/60 with 5-second delay. There were 13 players altogether, with four scoring 2.5 to tie for 3rd – 6th place. The tournament was directed by Fred Kleist as usual.

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BC players tie for first at Portland Fall Open

Two British Columbia chess players, Bindi Cheng and (Isaac) Joe Roback, tied for first place at the Portland Chess Club Fall Open October 11-12, also celebrating National Chess Day in the U.S. Each scored 4 out of 5 possible points. (See the USCF crosstable for details.) This is hardly surprising for Cheng, rated about USCF 2500 (higher than anyone who normally plays in Portland), but was a big success for Roback, who raised his USCF rating from 1923 to 2031. Two additional BC players also did well with 3 points, while Oregon and Washington players tied for the 3rd-5th place positions with 3.5 points. In the Reserve section, Oregon player Kian Patel took a clear first place with 4 of 5 points.

Oregon state champion Nick Raptis competed in a separate and exciting six-game match against Washington state champion Nat Koons, which ended in a 3-3 tie. A match report with games will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.

Two early October events in Washington

Showing the geographic diversity of chess in Washington, two major events were held the first weekend of October on opposite sides of the state.

Oyster Bay Inn Classic, Bremerton, WA (Oct. 4-5, 2014)
16 players competed in two sections. Michael MacGregor won the Open section with 3.5 of 4 points, regaining a 2200+ rating (2202), while Zhili Liu won the Regular section with a perfect 4.0 score, raising his provisional rating to 1866. This event was sponsored by the Kitsap County Chess Club. USCF crosstable link.

Eastern Washington Open (Oct. 4-5, 2014)
Sponsored by the Spokane Chess Club, this long-running annual event drew 36 players in one section this year. The winner was Michael Cambareri with a perfect 5.0, raising his rating to 2052. USCF crosstable link.

More September Portland and Seattle results

Portland Chess Club September Quads (Tuesday evenings 9/9 to 9/23):
The upper section, run as a 6-player Swiss, was won by Sean O’Connell with 2.5 of 3 points. The middle section was won by Arliss Dietz with a perfect score of 3. The lower section was won by Ken Harry with 2 of 3 points.
USCF crosstable link.

Portland Chess Club Game/60 (Saturday 9/27):
Phillip Seitzer tied Jason Cigan for first place; each scored a perfect 4 points in the four-round event. Seitzer is now rated 2190, close to master strength, and Cigan is rated 2132.
USCF crosstable link.

Seattle Chess Club September Tornado (Sunday 9/28):
Gabriel Tafalla emerged the winner, scoring 3.5 of 4 points, and raising his rating nearly 100 points from 1821 to 1916.
USCF crosstable link.