National Junior High Chess Championships

Story contributed by Breck Haining.

Three Seattle Chess Club members, Kyle and Karen Haining and Vikram Ramasamy, played in the National Junior High Chess Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, the last weekend of April 2015. In the National K-9 Bughouse Championship tournament Kyle and Vikram teamed up and won 3rd place. Karen and a boy from Detroit teamed up and won 24th place. 42 teams competed in the bughouse tournament. In the National K-9 Blitz Championship tournament Kyle won 1st place and Vikram tied for 8th place and won 15th place on tie breaks. 181 students competed in the blitz tournament. In the National K-9 Chess Championship tournament, Kyle won 5th place in the K-9 Championship section, Vikram tied for 20th place and won 24th place on tie breaks in the K-8 Championship section, and Karen tied for 5th place and won 13th place on tie breaks in the K-9 Under 1250 section.

Over 900 players from across the nation participated in the chess championship tournament. 140 students competed in the K-9 Championship section. Of these, at least five were National Masters, and another eight had expert ratings. 216 students competed in the K-8 Championship section. Of these, at least four were National Masters, and 15 more had expert ratings.

159 students competed in the K-9 Under 1250 section. 169 students competed in the K-8 Under 1000 section. 183 students competed in the K-8 Under 750 section. 50 students competed in the K-9 Unrated section.

Additional details about the National Junior High School Chess Championships may be found at: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2015/jhs/.

Kyle and Vikram with their bughouse trophies.
Kyle and Vikram with their bughouse trophies.

1st Annual Rose City Sections

2015 the Portland Chess Club held a different kind of event from what they usually hold. Sections of players by ratings.

The Open/U1900 section had four players score 3-1: Nick Raptis, Lennart Bjorksten and Jason Cigan plus Christopher Burris. There were 15 players in this section.

The U1700 section had 7 players and Gavin Zhang topped the field with 3.5-.5.

The combined U/1500 and U1300 had 7 players. Nathan Lee scored 3.5-.5 to top this section.

Micah Smith and Michael Lilly handled the TD tasks.

CLICK HERE for the USCF crosstables.

Seattle Chess Club Event Number 1000

USCF started keeping event records on their website in 1991. The Seattle Chess Club recently crossed the mark of having 1000 events in the USCF records which are on the website.

CLICK HERE for the crosstable of event number 1000. There are really 1001 events as of May 3, 2015.

CLICK HERE for event 1001. Note Section A quad was rather strong and another quad had all the games end in draws.