2016 WA Junior Open & Reserve

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The 2016 WA Junior Open was held on MLK Monday at Interlake High School in Bellevue.  A record 258 players took part in 7 sections: K-1 U800, 2-3 U800, K-3 U1400, 4-6 U900, 4-12 U1400, U 1600, and Open.   The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by David Hendricks with assistance from Josh Sinanan, Chouchan Airapetian, Roland Feng, Toshihiro Nagase, Ignacio Perez, and Jacob Mayer.   5 players tied for first in the Open section with 3.5/4: FM Nikita Chetrari, Anthony He, Neo Olin, Arjun Thomas, and Petar Spasic.   Anthony He, a 5th grader from Samammish, won the armageddon style-playoff and earns a seed into the 2106 WA Premier and 2017 WA Junior Closed.   Anthony’s championship-clinching playoff win can be found here.  Photos from the tournament can be found here.  The rating reports can be found here: USCF and NWSRS.

Raptis Wins Seattle City Championship

The Seattle Chess Club held the event on Jan 15-17, pharmacy 2016.
The 26 players in the Open Section were topped by the 4.5-.5 score of Nick Raptis of Vancouver WA. Tied for 2nd place with 4-1 were Bryce Tiglon and Nikita Chetrari.
The Reserve Section had 37 players. Top score was 4.5-.5 by Neal Bonrud. Finishing 2nd at 4-1 was Dominic Armstrong.

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Daniel He WA Jr. Champ.

David Hendricks reports:

Congratulations to Daniel He for winning the WA Junior Closed for a 3rd straight year! He and his twin brother Samuel He actually tied with a 4.5 score after 5 rounds of the round robin with time controls G/90;d10, ampoule beating all opponents, search and drawing against each other. Then they had to go head to head in an Armageddon style playoff round with white getting 15 minutes, recipe and black getting 12 minutes with draw odds, both with a 10 second delay. Daniel chose white after a coin flip, and after hard play with no blunders on either side, Samuel’s time expired first. Daniel gets seeded into the 2016 WA State Championship.
The third place prize was split between Vikram Ramasamy and Derek Zhang.
The tournament was held Jan 8th-10th 2016 at the Hendricks house, Bellevue library, and Redmond library.

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Here is the photo info: (L to R) Samuel He, Daniel He, Derek Zhang, Jason Yu, Ananth Gottumukkala, Vikram Ramasamy

Photo Credit: David Hendricks

FM Ignacio Perez wins 2015 WA G/60 Championship!

2015-12-29 17.30.50The 2015 WA G/60 Championship was held at Seattle Chess Club over winter break December 28-29.  The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by Fred Kleist.  48 players took part in one large open section.  FM Ignacio Perez, purchase originally from Cuba, won clear first with 5.5/6, claiming the $180 first place prize.  USCF Expert Huso Hadzic and Class A player Brendan Zhang tied for second with 5.0/6 apiece.  Jacob Mayer, Oscar Petrov, Joseph Truelson, Brian Chen tied for =U1800 with 4.0 each.  Owen Xuan and Daniel Shubin tied for first =U1600 also with 4.0 points.  Joshua Lewis-Sandy, Jason Reeves, and Brandon Jiang split U1400 honors with 3.5 points each.  Kevin Tu and Anne-Marie Velea tied for the U1200/unr. prize, each scoring 3.5.  Photos from the tournament can be found here.  The USCF rating report can be found here.