Event was held Nov 13-15, 2015 under the direction of Fred Kleist.
Nick Raptis and Viktors Pupols tied for 1st with 5.5-1.5 in the 18 player Open Section. Raptis was playing a match with Roland Feng at the same time he was playing in the Open Section of the tournament.
19 players in the Reserve Section were topped by Neal Bonrud with a score of 6.5-.5.
Pioneer School prevailed in the strongest team competition Spokane area scholastic tournament have seen in the past few years. The school’s top four accumulated 13.5 points to prevail over Saint George’s School’s 12.5. Close behind were The Oaks Academy (12), Cataldo (12), and host school First Presbyterian (11).
In the K-2 section, three players topped the field of 21 with 4.0 each. Ben Barrett was first overall. Laura Sheikh placed second, and Arnav Wadikar took the trophy for first in grade two. Per Sande (3.5) edged Colby Jessup (3.5) for the second place in second grade medal. Cooper Florence (2.5) won the trophy for first in grade one, while Cyler Jessup (2.5) was second in that grade. Ethan Shan won the upset trophy.
Aditya Bandyopadhyay prevailed over all opponents to score a perfect 5.0 in K-4. Varun Ambalavanan (4.0) was second overall and Aniketh Parlapalli took home the fourth grade trophy. Desmond Paquet was second in fourth grade. Jackson Florence (3.0) was first in grade three and Olivia Hilton (3.0) was second. The upset trophy went to Addison Bowen. There were 22 players in the section.
In the top section, which included 14 players as old as eighth grade, Garrett Casey finished first with 4.5. Logan Faulkner (4.0) was second. In third place, Mythreya Dharani won the upset trophy. The top fisth graders were Cameron Simonds and Annie Alvarez, both with 3.0. Cameron had the better tiebreaks. Joshua Kimball (2.0) was the top sixth grader. Hannah Wach also took home a prize for second in sixth grade. Suhang Liu (3.0) won the seventh grade trophy and Shohom Bandyopadhyay won the eight grade trophy.”
Held at First Presbyterian School, Spokane. Saturday, November 14, 2015.
“GM Dmitry Skorchenko and LM Viktors Pupols tied for first place in the annual Washington Challenger’s Cup each with 3.5/4, which took place Nov. 7-8 at Seattle Chess Club. For his victory, Viktors is seeded into the 2016 WA State Championship in February. The tournament was directed by Fred Kleist and hosted by the Washington Chess Federation. It attracted 60 players in two sections, Open and Reserve U1800. Travis Elisara of Tumwater won clear first in the reserve section with a perfect 5/5!”