Raptis Wins Yet Another Tournament

Portland Chess Club Sign
Portland Chess Club Sign

Portland CC Aug G/60 event held on August 29, 2015

Lennart Bjorksten reports on Facebook:

“Yes. I was the TD, and I’m still not comfortable with the arcane nuances of submitting a tournament for rating. None of the folks who are experienced with the process were around when the tournament ended.

The G60 will be rated this coming Tuesday, before we start the September Tuesday quads. My apologies for the delay.

We had 31 players, so the tournament was split into two sections. The upper section was won by Nick Raptis with 3.5/4, followed by Becca Lampman, Mike Goffe, and Ethan Wu at 3/4. The lower section was won by Jeremy Le Grove with 3.5/4, followed by Masakazu Shimada, Brian Berger, and Marcus Leung at 3/4. Kushal Pai and Matthew Witt shared the U1400 prize with 2.5/4.”

Crosstable link.

Sluggers Lose to Dallas 1st rd of US Chess League

From Facebook post

Seattle Sluggers Open Season with Tough Loss

by Mark Trevor Smith and Curt Collyer

At Chess4Life in Bellevue on Wednesday, August 26, the Seattle Sluggers opened the 2015 season with a tough loss against Dallas. We were out-rated on boards 1 and 2, but not on boards 3 and 4. Despite the even odds, we ended up on the short end, 1.5 – 2.5, after a win by Tiglon, draw by Cozianu, losses by Golub and Lee.

Michael Lee, who received the international master title a year ago, returned to the Sluggers to play the black pieces on first board. Before the match started, he was greeted by a photo from 2008, when he was on the team with GMs Nakamura and Serper. Costin Cosianu had already arrived early to familiarize himself with his opponent, who, it turned out later, was planning to surprise him with the French instead of the Sicilian. David Golub, whose legendary 7.5/8 on board 4 last season has become a part of his name (remember “grey-eyed Athena” and “pious Aeneas” and “wily Odysseus”?) on the level of “6-time U.S. champ Walter Browne” and “5-time world champ Anand,” took over board 3. New team member Bryce Tiglon, who is still under-rated even after soaring above 2300, carried bright prospects to board 4.

As the match got underway, spectators continued to arrive until we had about a dozen, including masters Josh Sinanan (team manager instead of player this year), Elliott Neff, and Curt Collyer).

As expected, Golub’s game grew exciting quickly, with some of us lower-rated players thinking he was winning, while wiser heads worried for his king’s safety. Vaidya’s 12 Qc1 implied precise preparation, for two other moves (Be5 and Bxb8) are much more popular but apparently not as strong. During a tactical flurry beginning with 13 a3, our master-spectators debated vigorously, but the players found most of the moves recommended by the engines, which declared near equality after 18 Kc1. Black’s startling 20…Ke7 ?!?, though, got us all worried, as white pieces salivated over a fat, juicy target. The fatal error was 22…Qxd4? (Instead, …Qb6 gave Black the best chances of survival.) The last few moves were painful to watch as the lonely black king was strafed (in a mixed metaphor) by White’s queen, bishop, rook, and sacrificed knight. This game has been nominated for game of the week.

Cozianu played a modest version of the Advance against Ri’s surprising French, but after Ri sacked a pawn with 16…d4 to activate his French bishop from b7 to d5, White had only a slight edge. Cozianu wanted to keep pressing, but he agreed to a draw because he feared that his low clock time might give him some problems.

Michael Lee, playing Black against phenom Jeffrey Xiang’s English, had to contend with the 8th most popular second move ( 1 c4 e5 2 a3). A few moves later, theory was jettisoned completely. On move 17, Lee decided on …gf6 to preserve his e-pawn (the engines evaluate …gf6 about the same as the more pawn-structure-conscious …Qf6), and equality set in for many moves. The tide turned sharply in White’s favor after 32…Raxa3? (more solid was …Rb8 or …Rd8 or even …Rbxa3). White’s queen, bishop, and rook flooded in on Black’s poorly protected king. When White’s other rook joined the fun, White had simply to make sure he didn’t fall for a corridor mate-in-one, and it was all over.

Tiglon maintained a solid position all the way through the tried and trusted Cambridge Springs variation of the QGD (credited to Emmanuel Lasker), especially after Malhotra chose 10…Qd5 instead of the much more popular 10…Qc7. The spectators muttered and marveled at the quiet 15…h6 and 16 h3. Were both players trying to pass? Creating Luft? Out of ideas? The engines assessed equality for most of the game, but after Malhotra did not claim the threefold repetition draw at move 61, his clock gave us reason to hope for a victory. While the masters in the spectator room debated the best plan for Bryce to pursue, Stockfish and Houdini insisted again and again on “0.00,” but the evaluation began to creep up bit by bit: 0.8, 1.2, 1.6, 2.6, higher. We applauded Bryce’s triumphant emergence from the playing room. Thanks, Bryce, for this harmonious note at the end of an otherwise dissonant evening.

Final score of the match: Dallas 2.5 – Seattle 1.5.

Oregon players sweep Vancouver Open

Chess players from Oregon triumphed at the 2015 Vancouver Open, which took place August 22-23 at the Vancouver Red Lion Hotel at the Quay and was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation. FM Nick Raptis and Jason Cigan tied for first with 4.5/5, topping the 35-player open section, which included 6 masters. Andrea Botez won clear first in the 47-player reserve section with 4.5/5. Galen Pyle was the Chief TD of the event. The USCF crosstable can be found here. Photos from the tournament taken by Rachna Soneji can be found here.

Prize winners include:

Open Section:

Raptis and Cigan

=1st/2nd: Nick Raptis, Jason Cigan 4.5 $330 each

1st U2000: Faris Gulamali 3.0 $120

=1st/2nd U1800: Eric Zhang, Jacob Mayer 2.5 $60 each

Reserve Section:


1st: Andrea Botez 4.5 $280

=2nd: John Acken, Dan Mathews, Mu Lin 4.0 $60 each

=1st U1600: Ari Bluffstone, Joey Yeo 3.5 $45 each

1st U1400: Henry Romero 3.5 $90

=1st U1200: David Prideaux, Andy Tien, William Nicholas 2.5 $30 each

Spokane Falls Open Results

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James Stripes of Spokane won the event held on August 15-16, 2015 with a score of 4 wins and a half point bye in round 3. Steven Merwin of WA and Brian Woods of Ohio scored 4-1 to tie for 2nd.

30 players took part under the direction of David Griffin of Spokane. 4 of the 30 were playing in their first USCF rated events.

The same weekend a 4 game match was held for the Spokane City Chamionship between Michael Cambareri and Nikolay Bulakh. Those games ended with 2 wins each so a tie break of 5 games at G/10 d3 was held. Michael won that 3-2.

A report from the Spokane Chess Club Facebook page.

James Stripes won this year’s edition of the Spokane Falls Open which attracted 30 players, many of them new to the sport. Stripes won all four games he played and enjoyed his “old man’s bye” on Saturday night. He stopped top seed Steve Merwin on board one in Sunday morning’s fourth round, and then defeated Kairav Joshi (also 3.5 by way of a Sunday morning bye) in round five. Merwin and Brian Wood of Columbus, Ohio finished second with scores of 4.0. Woods suffered his only loss to Joshi in round three, but secured the u/1800 prize for efforts. The winners of the u/1600 prize, with scores of 3.0, were Garrett Casey, Sam Comi, and Mitch Kilayko. The u/1400 & unrated section was won by newcomer Anand Wadikar (3.5), who secured a provisional rating of 1803 for his first tourney! Second place (3.0) in the section was shared by Braxton Casey and Ron Weyland. Braxton also won the prize for biggest upset, with his 353 point victory edging Sam Comi‘s 346 point upset!

The event was played in conjunction with the City Championship match between Nikolay Bulakh and challenger Michael Cambareri at the Schoenberg Center at Gonzaga. Cambareri won. His photo below.

Photo Credit: David Griffin.
Photo Credit: David Griffin.

Princes beat Kings 14-11!

IMG_6847Below are the final results of the Kings vs. Princes Match and Junior FIDE Round Robin.  The games from both events can be found here.  The USCF rating report can be found here.  Here is link to some pictures taken during the event by Victoria Jung-Doknjas: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Chess-Federation/173076032716634.
Kings vs Princes

FM Curt Collyer (2320, 2262, USA) 3.0 $300 3rd
LM Viktors Pupols (2200, 2025, USA) 2.5 $125 =4th-5th
FM Nick Raptis (2389, 2335, USA) 2.0
FM William Schill (2315, 2201, USA) 2.0
FM David Roper (2248, 2237, USA) 1.5
CM John Doknjas (2155, 2116, CAN) 4.5 $600 1st
NM Bryce Tiglon (2305, 2227, USA) 4.0 $450 2nd
Noah Fields (2105, 1896, USA) 2.5 $125 =4th-5th
NM Joshua Doknjas (2096, 2096, CAN) 2.0
Anthony He (2010, 1752, USA) 1.0
Final Score of the match: Kings 11 – Princes 14
FIDE Junior RR
Junior FIDE RR:
Eric Zhang (1795, 1512, USA) 2.0 1st
WCM Naomi Bashkansky (1824, 1554, USA) 1.5 =2nd-3rd
Neil Doknjas (1727, UNR, CAN) 1.5 =2nd-3rd
Jothi Ramesh (1853, UNR, USA) 1.0 4th

Roland Feng Scores 7-2 in US Open

The 2015 US Open was held in Phoenix AZ August 1-9. Roland Feng’s score pushed his rating up 23 to 2403 making him a Senior Master. Roland’s 7-2 score won him $922.20 1st-4th Master (tie). He placed 4th in the BLIZ tournament. Grandmaster Alexander Shabalov won the event with 8.5-.5. 8 wins and a last round fighting draw. 491 players took part. There were a number of players from WA/OR/ID.

William Schill 6-3, Viktors Pupols 6-3, Dakota Dixon 6-3, at 5.5-3.5: Brendan Zhang, Michael Hosford, Fred Kleist, at 5-4: Joshua Sinanan, Patrick Van Dyke, Alan Tan, at 4.5-4.5: Oscar Petrov, Robin Li-Yang Tu, Charles Whitmer, Shidhar Seshudri at 4-5: Morgan Larkin, Audrey Whitmer 3.5-5.5, Alan Bishop 2.5-6.5.

Carl Haessler 6.5-2.5, Yogi Saputra 5.5-3.5, Gavin Zhang 5-4, Zake Winkler 4-5, Russell Crenshaw 4-5.

Carmen Pensler 4-5, Charles Hughes 3.5-5.5, Adam and Dylan Porth both 2.5-6.5.

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Washington Kids do well at US Open side events

Photo credit: Angela Fields
Caption: L-R Jon Haskel, Harold Winston, Noah Fields, Neo Olin, Sangeeta Dhingra

WA Fields, Noah Denni 2105 4.5 Denker High School.
WA Olin, Neo Edward 2029 4 Barber K-8.
WA Dhingra, Sangeeta 1909 4 National Girls.

Total points for Washington Players of 12.5 placed them in 3rd place among the states that had players in all three events.

For Info about other states CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the article on USCF website about the events.

Noah Fields was among the players who tied for 2nd place in the Denker Tournament of High School State Champs. CLICK HERE for the crosstable.