Noah Fields is WA State High School Champion!

Noah Fields, a 9th grader from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, 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.

Colasurdo vs. Fields at the 2015 WA High School Individual Championship.
Colasurdo vs. Fields at the 2015 WA High School Individual Championship.

Anath Gottumukkala wins WA Junior Open

Reported by WCF president Josh Sinanan.

Recent International Community School graduate Anath Gottumukkala (rated only 1278 USCF, 1634 NW) won clear first at the Washington Junior Open on MLK Monday (Jan. 19, 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.

Anath Gottumukkala with trophy at 2015 Washington Junior Open
Anath Gottumukkala with trophy at 2015 Washington Junior Open

Daniel He repeats as winner of Washington Junior Closed

Congratulations to Daniel He for winning the Washington Junior Closed two years in a row! This is a six-player annual invitational tournament of the best junior chess players in Washington. Daniel He finished with 4 of 5 points, drawing twice but going undefeated. Ethan Bashkansky finished a close second with 3.5, drawing three times (including to He) but also going undefeated. All players in the event, including Daniel’s brother Samuel, are rated above 2000 USCF. (A USCF crosstable will be posted when available.) Daniel qualifies as a seed in the Washington State Championship to be held in Seattle in February. Results reported by TD and WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks.

Daniel He, winner of 2015 Washington Junior Closed.
Daniel He, winner of 2015 Washington Junior Closed.

Kingco Scholastic Chess League report

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KingCo Chess League Week 5 Update:

Only five weeks in our regular season, and Interlake A won the KingCo regular season title in rather anticlimactic fashion, with a 5-0 drubbing of their D team.

Redmond looked well on their way to locking up second place in the league, but stumbled a bit with a 3-2 loss to Bellevue.

The race was on for the final two spots in the Championship Round Robin. Issaquah A made a huge statement early with a 5-0 defeat of their own B team. Mercer Island made their case with a 4-1 win over Bothell. Overlake also tried to get into the conversation with a 3-2 win over Interlake C.

Two matches were still quite unclear quite late. Interlake B looked better much of the match before eventually falling 3-2 to Skyline. Meanwhile, ICS and Eastlake were deadlocked 2-2 before 3rd board Rohan Bhatt of Eastlake created a nifty little mating net in the N+Ps ending over ICS’s Eli Smith.

This created a tie for the final spot in the Round Robin between Eastlake and Bellevue, setting up a blitz playoff when we realized the unthinkable had happened: three of Bellevue’s five players went home! Eastlake won the blitz tiebreak by forfeit, and hopefully will send a much-needed lesson about sticking around for tiebreaks.

In the KingCo playoffs, four teams will square off for the first four places:
(1) Interlake A [23/25], (2) Redmond [16/25], (3) Issaquah A [14.5/25], (4) Eastake [13.5/25]. They’ll play a round-robin over the next three matches for the right to be called the KingCo Champion.

To determine the remaining playoff berths, a double-elimination “bracket” (it’s not strictly a bracket) features the following Round 1 matchups:

(12) Bothell [4.0] versus (5) Bellevue [13.5]
(8) Mercer Island [12.5] versus (9) Skyline [12.0]

(The winners of these two matches face-off in a winner-to-state match, while the losers of these two matches face-off in a loser-out match.)

(7) ICS [12.5] versus (10) Interlake B [12.0]
(11) Issaquah B [5.5] versus (6) Overlake [12.5]

(The winners of these two matches face-off in a winner-to-state match, while the losers of these two matches face-off in a loser-out match.)

Team pages and more tiebreak information is available at kingcochessleague.wordpress.com.

Raptis starts new year with Gresham win

Nick Raptis started the new year right by winning the annual Gresham Open, held Jan. 3-4 at the Mt. Hood Community College. Raptis scored 4.5 of 5, drawing only Lennart Bjorksten, who finished in a three-way tie for second place with Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra, all with 4 points. Raptis is a frequent winner in the Oregon section of the Northwest Chess Grand Prix, and this was one of the first two GP events of the new year, along with the Seattle Saturday Quads. See the USCF crosstable, which shows results for all 47 players directed by Neil Dale.