The second annual BC-WA Challenge Match took place at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Victoria on the weekend of January 12-14, 2018. The results of the match were similar to last year’s:
BC Masters 12.5 – WA Masters 12.5 Tied Match!
BC Team #2 9.0 – WA Team #2 16.0!
Each team was comprised of five players, each of whom played one game against each member of the opposing team. The event was sponsored by Victoria Chess, the BCCF, the Washington Chess Federation, the Victoria Chess Club, Thrifty’s groceries, Designer Chess and several of the players.
Cash and trophy prizes were awarded to the top two players on each team as follows:
BC Team A: FM John Doknjas 4.5 and NM Jason Kenney 3
WA Team A: NM Nat Koons 4.5 and NM Howard Chen 3.5
BC Team B: Michael Su 3.0 and Neil Doknjas 2.5
WA Team B: Sloan Setiadikurnia 4.5 and Oscar Petrov 4
FM Steven Breckenridge of Gresham, OR, won the the 2017 WA Winter Chess Classic with 7/9 and took home the $500 first place prize! Steven finished half a point ahead of second place finishers FMs Anthony He and Ignacio Perez, each of whom won $325 for their efforts.
Other Prize Winners in the Championship section include:
Jason Yu – 1st U2300
Eric Zhang, Chouchan Airapetian, and Wenyang Du =2nd U2300/U2150/U2000
Naomi Bashkansky + Joseph Levine =1st U2150/U2000
Minda Chen – 1st U1850
Advaith Vijayakumar + Jeffrey Yan =2nd U1850
Top Female – Naomi Bashkansky
Top Senior – Ignacio Perez
Davey Jones of Seattle won the 19-player Challengers section with 6.5 points and won $300. Half a point behind him were two players who tied for second and third place: Dan Mathews and Stephanie Velea, each of whom took home $200.
Other Challengers Section winners include:
Melina Li + Anirudh Rajesh = 1st U1600/U1450
Alex Kaelin + Alison Xiao = 2nd U1600/U1450
Angela Chen – 1st U1300
Rowan Foxley – 2nd U1300
Angela Agaian – 1st U1150
Top Female – Stephanie Velea
Top Senior – Frank Fagundes
The WA Winter Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews.