Nick Raptis started the new year right by winning the annual Gresham Open, held Jan. 3-4 at the Mt. Hood Community College. Raptis scored 4.5 of 5, drawing only Lennart Bjorksten, who finished in a three-way tie for second place with Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra, all with 4 points. Raptis is a frequent winner in the Oregon section of the Northwest Chess Grand Prix, and this was one of the first two GP events of the new year, along with the Seattle Saturday Quads. See the USCF crosstable, which shows results for all 47 players directed by Neil Dale.
Congratulations to Patrick Van Dyke for dominating the annual Seattle Chess Club Championship, winning with a perfect 7-0 score, while second place (Fred Kleist and Michael James Hosford) was 2.5 points behind with 4.5 of 7. The 17-player event was held on Friday evenings in September and October at the club. Despite his perfect score, Van Dyke only gained 22 rating points (2141 to 2163) due to his initial high rating and the lower ratings of all his opponents. See the USCF crosstable.
The Seattle CC November Quads were held on Saturday November 1, 2014 in three sections. Section winners were Roland Feng (2 of 3 points); Peter O’Gorman and Boas Lee (2.5 of 3) and Sujatha Chalasani (2.5 of 3). See the USCF crosstable.
Two important annual events recently took place in Washington (reported by WCF secretary Gary Dorfner):
The Washington State Blitz Championship was held at Cross Roads Mall in Bellevue on October 11, 2014. There were 32 players participating in this event. This year’s winner is Roland Feng with 11.5 points. 2nd and 3rd places were shared by Daniel He and Marcell Szabo with 10.5 points each. In the Scholastic Section Jakey Snyder was first with 13.0, with a tie for 2nd and 3rd between Christian Jordan and Vignesh Anand with 9.0 points each.
The Washington Challengers’ Cup was held at the Seattle Chess Club, October 25-26, 2014. There were 67 players in all, 32 in the Open and 35 in the Reserve. The winners were: 1st FM Curt Collyer with 4.0. He will be seeded into the 2015 state championship; 2nd Bryce Tiglon 3.5 (taking a second round bye and winning the rest of his games); U2100 David Rupel, Kyle Haining and Derek Zhang 3.0 each; U1900 Severo Caluza, Jason Yu and Trevor Jung 2.0 each. In the Reserve UW undergrad student Alan Tan was 1st with 4.5 (conceding his only draw to WCF tournament coordinator Dan Mathews); the 2nd/U1600/U1200-Unr. prizes were split among Catherine Smith, Addison Lee and Frank Hou with 4.0 each; while U1400 was a four-way tie among Oscar Petrov, Joshua Lewis, Jared Huang and Anshul Ahluwa with 3.5 each.
The Challengers’ Cup Scholastic was held at the St. Thomas More School on November 1, 2014. There were 70 students participating in all. In the K-1/U800 section Walter Barr was 1st with 5.0, Dhruv Ojha and Elizabeth Flynn shared 2nd with 3.0 each and David Wilson was 3rd. In the 2-3/U800 section, Arjun Handa was 1st with 4.5, and 2nd was shared by Pranav Venkatesh, Aaryan Dhingra and Krish Doshi with 4.0 each. In the K-3/Open section, 1st place went to Miles Kuipers, 2nd place went to Daniel Qian, and there was a 3-way tie for 3rd, with Andrew Nguyen, Anirudh Rajesh and Sophie Szeto finishing with 3.0 each. In the 4-6/U900 section, 1st went to Arvind Manivannan with a perfect score of 5.0, 2nd to Aditya Venkataraman with 4.0, 3rd to Harvey Yang with 3.5, while Terence Sinn, Elliott Riedy, Matt Flynn and Marcus Lam tied for 4th with 3.0 each. In the 4-6/Open section, Ishaan Puri and Ethan Kam finished 1st with 4.5 each, while 3rd place was taken by Revanth Pothukuchi with 4.0.
Two important events recently concluded in Portland:
2014 Portland Chess Club Championship
This 5-round 16-player event, held on consecutive Tuesdays September 30-October 28, ended in a three-way tie, with Nick Raptis, Brian John Esler and Alex Grom scoring 4 of 5 points, each losing only one game to one of the other co-winners. See the USCF crosstable.
Oregon Class Championships
The Oregon Class Championships were held November 1-2, 2014 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation. Winners by class were as follows: Master/Expert – Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra (4 of 5 points); Class A – Seth Talyansky (4 of 5) with two draws; Class B – James McAleer and Aaron Nicoski (4 of 5) each with two draws; Class C – Jack McClain (4 of 5) with two draws; Class D (U1400) – Tony Midson and Karl Wallulis (4 of 5) each with either two draws or a draw and half-point bye. Both raised their rating to over 1400. See the USCF crosstable.
Photo description (by Mike Morris): The C Section had a stand-alone winner in the person of Jack Woo McClain, who turned his 4.0 points into hard cash, to the tune of $260—a lot of money for a very young player, who should have taken pity on a second-round player who must be nearly seven times his age!
Jack Woo McClain shows prize check from Oregon Class.
Two local expert-rated chess players, Ethan Bashkansky and Kyle Haining, drew each other and tied for first, with 3 of 4 points, in the Seattle Chess Club October Tornado, held on October 12 at the club. Each player also had a half-point bye. “Tornado” refers to the relatively fast time control, G/60 with 5-second delay. There were 13 players altogether, with four scoring 2.5 to tie for 3rd – 6th place. The tournament was directed by Fred Kleist as usual.
Two British Columbia chess players, Bindi Cheng and (Isaac) Joe Roback, tied for first place at the Portland Chess Club Fall Open October 11-12, also celebrating National Chess Day in the U.S. Each scored 4 out of 5 possible points. (See the USCF crosstable for details.) This is hardly surprising for Cheng, rated about USCF 2500 (higher than anyone who normally plays in Portland), but was a big success for Roback, who raised his USCF rating from 1923 to 2031. Two additional BC players also did well with 3 points, while Oregon and Washington players tied for the 3rd-5th place positions with 3.5 points. In the Reserve section, Oregon player Kian Patel took a clear first place with 4 of 5 points.
Oregon state champion Nick Raptis competed in a separate and exciting six-game match against Washington state champion Nat Koons, which ended in a 3-3 tie. A match report with games will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.
Showing the geographic diversity of chess in Washington, two major events were held the first weekend of October on opposite sides of the state.
Oyster Bay Inn Classic, Bremerton, WA (Oct. 4-5, 2014)
16 players competed in two sections. Michael MacGregor won the Open section with 3.5 of 4 points, regaining a 2200+ rating (2202), while Zhili Liu won the Regular section with a perfect 4.0 score, raising his provisional rating to 1866. This event was sponsored by the Kitsap County Chess Club. USCF crosstable link.
Eastern Washington Open (Oct. 4-5, 2014)
Sponsored by the Spokane Chess Club, this long-running annual event drew 36 players in one section this year. The winner was Michael Cambareri with a perfect 5.0, raising his rating to 2052. USCF crosstable link.
Portland Chess Club September Quads (Tuesday evenings 9/9 to 9/23):
The upper section, run as a 6-player Swiss, was won by Sean O’Connell with 2.5 of 3 points. The middle section was won by Arliss Dietz with a perfect score of 3. The lower section was won by Ken Harry with 2 of 3 points.
USCF crosstable link.
Portland Chess Club Game/60 (Saturday 9/27):
Phillip Seitzer tied Jason Cigan for first place; each scored a perfect 4 points in the four-round event. Seitzer is now rated 2190, close to master strength, and Cigan is rated 2132.
USCF crosstable link.
Seattle Chess Club September Tornado (Sunday 9/28):
Gabriel Tafalla emerged the winner, scoring 3.5 of 4 points, and raising his rating nearly 100 points from 1821 to 1916.
USCF crosstable link.
NM David Golub, who also plays for the Seattle Sluggers, won the Seattle Fall Open held at the Seattle Chess Club, September 19-21, 2014. Golub scored 4.5 of 5, drawing only FM Nick Raptis, who tied with Samuel He with 4 points. (Raptis and He also drew.) Samuel He raised his rating to the master level, from 2197 to 2219. There was also a reserve section, won by Neal Bonrud with 4.5 of 5.
Reported by Frank Niro.
Four girls from the region participated in this year’s Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational held on the campus of Webster University in suburban St. Louis, July 10-15, 2014. Olga Cheraphkin of Washington finished with four points to finish in a 7th place tie in the six-round 56-player event. Olga lost only to top scholarship winner Kimberly Ding of New Jersey and rising star Natassja Matus of Minnesota. Olga teamed with Katya Davis of New York to tie for first place in the bughouse side event.
Carmen Pemsler of Idaho also finished with a plus score (3.5 – 2.5) while Lauren Mei Calora of Oregon, playing in her first USCF-rated event, scored two points. The other Oregon resident, Andrea Botez, officially represented Canada and finished with an even score. Carmen played solidly throughout, losing only one game in the main event. She was one of the top finishers in the blitz tourney with 8-2, only a point out of clear first and good enough for a second place tie. All four NWC girls fared well in the blitz, finishing with a combined 24.5 – 14.5 record.
In the photo, Olga Cherepakhin of Washington (left) makes her first move against Kimberly Ding of New Jersey in their blitz match. More details, photos and games may appear in the October edition of Northwest Chess.