20 players took part in the monthly G/60 event held at the Portland Chess Club on Dec 26, 2015. With a 4-0 score the top rated player in the event, Nick Raptis of Portland won the event clear. 4 players scored 3-1. Mike Morris of Portland was the tournament director.
The tournament was co-organized by WCF Member-at-Large Chouchanik Airapetian and WCF President Josh Sinanan. Carol Kleist directed the event.
Congratulations to WFM Chouchanik Airapetian for winning the tournament with 3.5/4 points! “Chouchan” is originally from Armenia and has played in several U.S. Women’s Championships over the course of her chess career. She now lives in Mercer Island with her husband and two children, where she teaches and promotes chess full time through education. For her victory, Chouchan is seeded into the Invitational section of the 2016 WA State Championship. More photos from the tournament can be found on facebook here. The USCF rating report can be found here.
The 2015 WA Class Championships were held at North Seattle Community College from Nov. 27-29. 160 players took part, mostly from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The winners in each section were as follows:
Master 2200+: FM Roland Feng $500
Expert 2000-2200: FM Paul Bartron $400
Class A 1800-2000: Vikram Ramasamy (6-0!) $300
Class B 1600-1800: Robin Tu $300
Class C 1400-1600: Jason Zhang $300 and Zeren Gao (unr.)
Class D 1200-1400: Brandon Jiang $300
Class E 1000-1200: Graham Cobden $200 and Rishi Hazra (medal)