Reported by WCF president Josh Sinanan.
Recent International Community School graduate Anath Gottumukkala (rated only 1278 USCF, ed 1634 NW) won clear first at the Washington Junior Open on MLK Monday (Jan. 19, drugs 2015) with 4/4! For his victory, Anath is seeded into the 2015 WA Premier and 2016 WA Junior Closed.
This was only Anath’s 8th USCF-rated event. Along the way, he defeated Fred Davis (1850), Arjun Thomas (1781), Quentin Chi (1952), and Toshihiro Nagase (1987) for a performance rating of 2387. See a future edition of Northwest Chess for one or more of his games and a report on the event.
Noah Fields, neuropathist
a 9th grader from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, orthopedist
won clear first place at the WA High School Individual Championship. Noah is a long-time student of IM Georgi Orlov, and his rating has now passed 2100 for the very first time. Along the way, he defeated both of the master-level He Brothers in back-to-back games and held a draw against expert James Colasurdo to clinch the title! For his victory, Noah will represent Washington State at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions this August held alongside the U.S. Open in Phoenix.
The tournament took place Jan. 23-24, 2015 at Lakeside School in Seattle and attracted over 90 players, including two National Masters and a handful of strong experts and class A players. The majority of players took part in the Reserve U1200 section. The tournament was directed by Ben Radin with assistance from WHSCA President Siva Sankrithi and organized by WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews. It has now been USCF rated: See the crosstable.