Sangeeta Dhingra won a one game playoff at a time control of G/15; d5 over Naomi Bashkansky. They scored 3.5-.5 in the main event. They drew with each other in the 4th round.
David Hendricks directed the event for the sponsoring Washington Chess Federation. Winner got $500.00 in travel expense money for a national USCF event. The event was held in Bellevue on March 28-29, 2015 and 13 players took part.
For Photos taken by Josh Sinanan and by the TD of the event, CLICK HERE.
More Info from the TD: Congratulations to Sangeeta Dhingra who won the WA State Girls Championship held Mar 28-29 in Redmond and Bellevue! Sangeeta is a 9th grader attending the International Community School and was rated 1891 USCF. Sangeeta upset Becca Lampman rated 2103 and the winner of this tournament for the prior 3 years with a round 3 upset, trapping her queen in 19 moves. Then Sangeeta and Naomi Bashkansky drew in round 4 and ended tied after 4 rounds with a score of 3.5 each. An Armageddon style playoff round decided the winner with Sangeeta playing Black with draw odds and 12 minutes against Naomi playing white with 15 minutes, both with a 5 second delay – Sangeeta finished with a checkmate. Sangeeta wins $500 to reimburse her travel expenses to the Susan Polgar Invitational later this year. Naomi qualifies to be the Washington representative to another national tournament where each state can send one girl.
I noticed that the Seattle Chess Club was getting close to having 1000 events listed on the USCF website. CLICK HERE The USCF records listed on the website only start in 1991. So the clubs listed below have run lots more events but to get those numbers would take searching of NORTHWESTS CHESS magazines.
As of March 25, 2015, affiliates checked:
Seattle Chess Club 994 events
Portland Chess Club 985 events
Spokane Chess Club 546 events
Tacoma Chess Club 285 events
Washington Chess Federation 216 events
Oregon Chess Federation 38 events
Usually an event is a tournament of some kind but matches between two players count also as an event. Other things that one can find on the USCF website in another place are the number of events a person has directed. Fred Kleist of Seattle has 2209 sections in 850 events.
Nick Raptis won a 10-player G/15 event at Coffee Time in Portland. For the USCF Crosstable, CLICK HERE.
Editor’s Note: The annual Northwest Open was held at the Tacoma Chess Club the same day, in three groups (of 6, 4 and 3 players). The group winners were Viktors Pupols (3 of 3), Murlin Varner (2.5 of 3) and Michael Munsey (2 of 2). For the USCF crosstables, click here.
The 2015 WA State Scholastic Chess Championships were held on March 7th at Interlake High School in Bellevue and on March 8th at the Seattle Chess Club in Northgate. 169 players took part in 6 sections: K-3U800, K-3U1400, 4-6U1000, 4-12U1400, K-8 U1600, and K-8 Open. The tournament was directed by David Hendricks with assistance from Josh Sinanan, Dan Mathews, Chouchan Airapetian and Duane Polich. Neo Olin, an 8th grader at Dimmit Middle School in Seattle, won the Open section with 5/5 and will represent WA State at the Barber Tournament of K-8 State Champions helding concurrently with the U.S. Open in early August. Kyle Zhang and Garrett Casey tied for 1st in the U1600 section with 4.5/5 each!