Roland Feng repeats as 2015 WA Open Champion!!

Roland and JoshThe 2015 WA Open was held at the Lynnwood Convention Center over Memorial Day weekend May 23-25. A strong attendance of nearly 200 players took part mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.  WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews and WCF President Josh Sinanan organized the event, which was directed by Fred Kleist with assistance from WCF Secretary Gary Dorfner. WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks ran the scholastic tournament on Saturday, which attracted a record 112 players.  The full tournament rating report can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.

Washington’s youngest ever State Champion and newly minted FM, Roland Feng, continued his hot streak and won the Open section with 5.5/6.  Half a point behind him were IM Raymond Kaufman and CM Tanraj Sohal, who drew their last round game on board 1 to tie for second with 5.0. Four players tied for third with 4.5: FM Costin Cozianu, CM Joshua Doknjas, NM Bryce Tiglon, and NM Samuel He.

Other winners include:

Trey Michaels, 1st Place Premier Section

Michael Schemm and Mary Kuhner, =2nd Premier Section

Mika Mitchell, Ishaan Puri, Neil Doknjas, Travis Olson =3rd Premier Section

Robin Tu, 1st Place Reserve Section

Dan Mathews, Jacob Mayer, Francisco Lopez, Patrick Huang, Brock Grassy, Vignesh Anand = 2nd-5th Place/1st – 2nd U1550 Reserve Section

Ethan Wu, 1st Place Booster Section

Daniel Shubin, Garrett Casey, Owen Xuan, Daniel Wilke, Holden Sweeden = 2nd – 4th Place / 1st U1100 Booster Section

Odle Middle School Succeeds in Nashville!


Odle Middle School Succeeds in Nashville
by Ludmila Bashkansky

Following its triumph at the State Elementary championships, the Odle Chess Team continued its winning ways both nationally and internationally.

At the US National Chess Championships in Nashville, Odle sixth graders WCM Naomi Bashkansky, Brian Chen, James Lai, Aidan Lawler, and Richard Yang took home a well-earned 5th place in K-6 section, while at the National K-6 Blitz Championships, the Odle team took Second Place in the nation, just edged out by a powerful New York team.

On the international front, the annual Washington vs. British Columbia Scholastic Chess Tournament was held recently. Each team consisted of two representatives from each grade K-12. Three Odle students helped lead the Washington team to a convincing 29-23 victory: Naomi Bashkansky (6th grade), Richard Yang (6th), and Derek Zhang (7th).

APP at Lincoln Dragons from Seattle shine at Elementary Nationals

DSC_3281 Lincoln full team2015 USCF National Elementary (K-6) Championship, Nashville, TN

FINAL RESULTS Main Tournament
K-1 CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION – 4th in the United States of America
Owen Xuan – 6 points – (10th Place Individual Trophy)
Samuel Tran – 5 points – (30th Place Individual Trophy)
Griffin Rosenberg – 4 points
Nathan Race – 3.5 points
K-5 CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION – 9th in the United States of America
Markus Olson – 4 points (1st Place 900-999 Class Award)
Minda Chen – 4 points
Dylan Xu – 4 points
Bennett Rosenberg – 3.5 points
Ciaran Walsh – 3.5 points (1st Place U800 Class Award)
Arya Gharib – 3 points (3rd Place U800 Class Award)
K-3 CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION – 22nd in the United States of America
Sophie Szeto – 4 points (3rd Place 700-799 Class Award)
Anjali Walsh – 2.5 points
Stuart Bushfield – 2.5 points (3rd Place 600-699 Class Award)
K-3 U800 SECTION – 27th Place
Angela Chen- 4.5 points
Alexander West – 4.5 points
Ava Gharib – 3 points
Eleanor Karis-Sconyers – 2.5 points
Adam Race – 4 points – (1st Place 1000-1099 Class Award)
Blitz Tournament
K-6 Blitz – 7TH PLACE
Dylan 7.5 (47th place overall)
Bennett 6.0 (2nd place 1100-1199 Class Award)
Ciaran 6.0 (2nd place U800 Class Award)
Adam 5.5
Markus 4.0
Owen, Josh, and Georgi
Owen 8.0 (1st place 1100-1199 Class Award)
Sophie 7.0 (1st place 700-799 Class Award)
Anjali 6.0 (1st place Unrated Award)
Samuel 5.5 (2nd place Unrated Award)
Griffin 5.0
Nathan 3.0
Bughouse Tournament
Bennett/Markus: 7.0 (of 12), 19th place
Owen/Stuart: 6.0 (of 12), 40th place
Adam/Krutin: 5.0 (of 12), 43rd place
Griffin/Nathan: 5.0 (of 12), 51st place

National Elementary in Nashville TN

Anthony He of WA won the biltz event at the tournament of over 2,000 players.

CLICK HERE for the Crosstable.

CLICK HERE for the crosstables of all the various sections.

He is 5th on the crosstable for the K-5 Championship section drawing games with two of the kids who tied for 1st.

A number of players from Washington State took part. I only noticed one from Idaho and none from Oregon but might have missed noticing some.