“After reaching 2100 USCF in 2015, my chess progress stagnated, but over these past few months I was able to put all the pieces together and reach 2200. My real breakthrough tournament was 3 months ago at the Golden State Open, where I scored 2.5/3 against FMs in the last 3 rounds to win the U2300 prize. After that, I knew it was just a matter of time until I reached NM, and in 2 more tournaments I had achieved my goal. It’s taken a while, but I’m glad I finally got there.”
Congratulations to Derek Zhang of Bellevue, Washington, who achieved a 2200 U.S. Chess rating as a result of scoring 5 of 7 points in the U2200 section at the 11th Annual Philadelphia Open, Philadelphia, Pa., April 12-16. Here is a link to the crosstable: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201704167042.2
Anthony He became Washington State’s youngest ever FIDE Master on February 20, 2017 by scoring 5.5/9 at the 2017 WA State Chess Championship in Redmond. He gained 93.6 points to boost his FIDE rating over 2300. Anthony achieved the title 4 days after he turned age 12. Anthony is currently the US number 1 FIDE rated player in his age group (U-12). Congratulations, Anthony!
Naomi Bashkansky has just won the 2016 World School Chess Championship in the Girls Under 13 category, held on December 2 – 12 in Sochi, Russia. With 5 wins (full points) and 4 draws (half-points), she got 7 points in 9 games, and finished in the first place — without a single loss, undefeated.
As a winner she is awarded the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title, and is invited (expenses paid) to the 2017 World School Chess Championship in Romania.
It should also be noted that Daniel Shubin, a 6th grader at Open Window School in Bellevue, participated in the boys U11 section and represented team USA in Sochi. In his first International event, Daniel scored 5 out of 9 (4 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses), an excellent result. He tied for 21 place out of 66 participants, congratulations Daniel!
Here are the final results of the 2016 Kings vs. Princes Match II and Junior Round Robin. The US Chess rating report can be found here. Pictures from the match can be found here.
IM Ray Kaufman (2359, 2314, USA) 5.5 $275
FM John Readey (2266, 2280, USA) 5.0 $250
FM Nick Raptis (2399, 2220, USA) 4.5 $225
FM Ignacio Perez (2258, 2192, USA) 4.0 $200
NM Nat Koons (2305, 2263, USA) 3.5 $175
FM David Bragg (2200, 2122, USA) 2.5 $125
NM Dereque Kelley (2184, 2153, USA) 1.5 $75
NM Bryce Tiglon (2357, 2279, USA) 4.5 $225 NM Kyle Haining (2191, 2206, USA) 4.5 $225
CM Joshua Doknjas (2147, 2008, CAN) 3.5 $175
Vikram Ramasamy (2010, 1958, USA) 3.5 $175
NM John Doknjas (2205, 2166, CAN) 2.5 $125
Anthony He (2135, 1995, USA) 2.5 Medal
Derek Zhang (2179, 1976, USA) 1.5 Medal
Final Score of the match: Kings 26.5 – Princes 22.5
Patrick Huang (1812, unr., CAN) 5.5 Medal Joseph Truelson (1743, unr., USA) 5.5 Medal
Brendan Zhang (1899, 1757, USA) 5.0 $250
Travis Olson (1961, 1767, USA) 4.0 $200
Neil Doknjas (1751, 1579, CAN) 3.5 $175
Aditya Kannan (1739, unr., USA) 3.0 Medal
Jacob Mayer (1755, unr., USA) 1.5 $75
Rushaan Mahajan (1464, unr. USA) 0.0 Medal
We kindly ask that each participant please annotate one game for Northwest Chess magazine.
The $100 brilliancy prize for the best played game by a King, Prince, and Junior RR player will be judged by a panel of judges that has yet to be determined. Winners to be announced in the May or June issue of NWC.
Thanks to everyone for taking part and making this such a wonderful event! Any feedback/suggestions to improve the match are welcome.
Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle,for winning the playoff to qualify for the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions! He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Samuel and Daniel He, all of whom share the title of WA State High School co-champions. For winning the playoff, Bryce is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open this August in Indianapolis, IN. Bryce receives a $750 scholarship from WCF and a $250 scholarship from WHSCA. Congratulations, Bryce!
The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 5 under the supervision of TD Fred Kleist. Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment. The games from the playoff can be viewed here.
The 2016 Washington President’s Cup took place at Seattle Chess Club February 13-14. The tournament was hosted by Washington Chess Federation and directed by WCF tournament coordinator Dan Mathews, with assistance from Duane Polich and Murlin Varner. 67 players took part in two sections: Open and Reserve U1600. Sloan Setiadikurnia, Travis Miller, and Zachary Zhang tied for first place in the Open section with 3.5/4! Northwest Chess Grand Prix Admin Murlin Varner won the reserve section with 4.5/5! A selection of games from the tournament can be viewed here. The US Chess rating report can be found here. Below is the complete list of the prize winners:
Here are the final results of the 2016 WA State Championship, Premier, Invitational, and Challengers sections in order of tie-breaks. The USCF rating report can be found here. Games from all 4 sections can be viewed here.
Prize checks will be mailed out later this week. Please make sure we have your current address.
We kindly ask that each prize winner submit an annotated game for publication in Northwest Chess magazine. Please send the annotated game to Josh Sinanan or Jeff Roland (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 21st.
A panel of judges will judge the brilliancy prizes ($100) for all four sections.
The 2016 WA State High School Individual Championship was held on January 29-30 at Lakeside Upper School in Seattle. 89 players took part in 3 sections: Championship (NW rating 1600+), Premier (1200-1599), and Reserve (1199 and below). The tournament was hosted by Lakeside School and organized by Washington Chess Federation President Josh Sinanan. Travis Olson and Dan Mathews directed the tournament with assistance from Jacob Mayer and Siva Sankrithi. 3 players tied for first in the Championship section with 4/5: National Masters Bryce Tiglon (Lakeside, 9th grade), Samuel He (Redmond, 11th grade), and Daniel He (Redmond, 11th grade). Cheyenne Zhang (Lakeside, grade 10) won the Premier section with a perfect 5/5! Sihern Han (Ingraham, gade 12) won the Reserve section also with 5/5! The rating reports can be found here: USCF and NWSRS. Additional photos from the tournament can be found on Facebook.
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.
The 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, 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.