WFM Chouchanik Airapetian wins 2017 WA Women’s Championship!

A record 23 players took part in the 2017 WA State Women’s Championship, a 5-round Swiss held at the Seattle Chess Club September 15-17, 2017.  The tournament, which was dual US Chess and FIDE rated, attracted players from throughout the Northwest States including Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.  The chief organizer of the event was WCF President Josh Sinanan and it was directed by Fred Kleist, a US Chess Senior TD and FIDE National Arbiter.

WFM Chouchanik Airapetian won the 2017 WA Women’s Championship with 4.5/5, taking home the $300 first place prize along with the title of 2017 WA State Women’s Champion!  For her victory, Chouchan will be seeded into the Premier Section of the 2018 WA State Championship.  Other winners include:

2nd Place: Andrea Botez, $200
=3rd/U1800: Minda Chen, Sophie Tien & Anne-Marie Velea, $60 each
=1st U1600: Melina Li & Sophie Szeto, $40 each
=1st U1400/U1200: Kate Jiang & Felicity Wang, $80 each
=1st U1000/Unr: Angela Agaian & Angela Chen, $40 each

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF FB page
Here is a link to the US Chess rating report.

Seattle Chess Classic draws 75 players!

Seattle Chess Classic Open and Reserve Section players.

FM Roland Feng, the current WA State co-Champion, won the first Seattle Chess Classic with an undefeated 7/9 and took home the $1300 first place prize!  Roland finished half a point ahead of second place finishers IM Ray Kaufman, FM Tanraj Sohal and NM Daniel He.  Tying for 2nd U2300 with 6 points each were WIM Megan Lee, FM Ignacio Perez, and NM Derek Zhang.  Benjamin Mukumbya, who starred in the recent Disney film Queen of Katwe, and Naomi Bashkansky tied for first U2150/U2000, also with 6 points.  Vikram Ramasamy and David Rupel tied for 2nd U2150 with 5.5 points.  Travis Olson won clear 2nd U2000 with 5 points.  Nicholas Whale had an amazing tournament and took home the U1850 prize with 5.5 points, raising his rating by 200 points in the process!  Vignesh Anand and Thomas Taylor split 2nd U1850 honors with 4.5 points each.  Megan Lee and Naomi Bashkansky added to their prize winnings by splitting the Top Female prize, while Ignacio Perez, who just recently turned 50, took home the Top Senior prize.

In the Reserve section, two players dominated the 21-player field and both scored an amazing 8/9 – Jacob Mayer and Jeffrey Yan!  They each won $275.50 and picked up some bonus points along the way.  Robin Tu and Sophie Szeto tied for 3rd/U1600 with 5.5 points each.  They were half a point ahead of Lorenzo Patton and Melina Li, who tied for 2nd U1600.  Alison Xiao and Ajay Pai split first U1450/U1300 with 5.0 points each.  Half a point back were Harrison Toppen-Ryan and Ethan Su, who tied for 2nd U1450.  Young Anand Gupta won 2nd U1300 with 4.5 points, and Kabir Hotani took down the U1150 prize with the same score.  Raymond Zhang from Vancouver, B.C. won 2nd U1150 with 3.5 points.  Sophie Szeto won Top Female honors and August Piper took home the Top Senior Prize.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

The Seattle Chess Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF President Josh Sinanan.

The US Chess crosstable can be found here.

Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF Facebook Page.

IM Georgi Orlov Wins WA Open 6-0!

 

The 2017 WA Open was held at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29. A strong attendance of about 205 players took part from throughout the Northwest, primarily from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

The event was hosted by Washington Chess Federation.

Organizers: WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews & WCF President Josh Sinanan.
Tournament Directors: Fred Kleist & Gary Dorfner.

WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks ran the WA Open Scholastic on Saturday, which attracted 74 players.

International Master Georgi Orlov won clear first place in the open section with a perfect 6-0 score, defeating three FM’s along the way: Tian Sang, Roland Feng, and David Bragg.  A full point behind Orlov was a group of 4 players who tied for second place: FM Roland Feng, FM Tian Sang, FM Steven Breckenridge and Benjamin Mukumbya, who was featured in the recent Disney Film Queen of Katwe!

The US Chess tournament rating report is now available.
Photos from the tournament can be viewed here.

Other winners include:

=1st Place Reserve Section: Daniel Shubin, Jeffrey Yan, Joshua Lewis-Sandy, and Brandon Jiang

1st Place Booster Section: Northern Brown

=2-5th Place Booster Section: Drake Borden, Harrison Keyser, Michael Kuang, Erik Liu, Tommy Rodgers, and Ajay Pai

Derek Zhang becomes National Master

National Master Derek Zhang

“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.”

-Derek

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 becomes FIDE Master

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!

FM Anthony He Photo Credit: Xuhao He

Bellevue 8th grader Naomi Bashkansky wins World School Chess Championship!

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.

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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.

Here are the full WSCC GU13 results: http://chess-results.com/tnr251725.aspx?lan=1&art=4&flag=30&wi=821 — note the singular US flag on top!

FIDE report: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9952-2016-world-schools-championship-finished-in-sochi.html

Naomi’s family chess travel blog post: http://chesstravel.blogspot.com/2016/11/world-school-chess-championship.html

imageIt 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!

Seattle Kings vs. Princes Match II and Junior RR Results

Kings vs. Princes II & Junior RR Players
Kings vs. Princes II & Junior RR Players

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.

Kings:

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

Princes:

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

Junior RR:

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

Notes/Requests:

  • 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.

Bryce Tiglon wins WA Denker qualifier playoff!

Bryce Tiglon - 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative
Bryce Tiglon – 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative

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.

Here is the link to the US Chess crosstable.

Results from the playoff (first player listed had white):

9:30    Samuel – Daniel. Result: .5-.5
2:00    Daniel – Bryce Result: .5-.5
6:30    Bryce – Samuel. Result: 1-0

Washington President’s Cup

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:

Open

Sloan Setiadikurnia
Sloan Setiadikurnia

Sloan Setiadikurnia, 3.5, 1st Place/2nd Place/1stU1900, $271.67

Travis Miller
Travis Miller

Travis Miller3.5, 1st Place/2nd Place/1st U1900, $271.67

Zachary Zhang
Zachary Zhang

Zachary Zhang, 3.5, 1st Place/2nd Place/1st U1900, $271.67 (seeded into 2017 WA Premier based on highest tiebreaks)
Minda Chen, 3.0, 1st U1700, $82.50
Jasen Reeves, 3.0, 1st U1700, $82.50

Reserve

Murlin Varner, 4.5, 1st Place, $300
Boas Lee, 4.0, 2nd Place, $250
Aidan Lawler, 3.5, 1st U1400, $55
Andy Tien, 3.5, 1st U1400, $55
Alison Xiao, 3.5, 1st U1400, $55
Joseph Levine, 3.5, 1st U1200/Unrated, $82.50
Emily Tang, 3.5, 1st U1200/Unrated, $82.50

2016 WA State Championship

IM Michael Lee - 2016 WA State Champion
IM Michael Lee – 2016 WA State Champion

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.

Championship
IM Michael Lee 2505 8.0 1st $900
FM Tian Sang 2354 7.5 2nd $500
IM Ray Kaufman 2359 6.0 =3rd-4th $250
FM Roland Feng 2425 6.0 =3rd-4th $250
NM Bryce Tiglon 2350 5.0 5th $100
NM Daniel He 2249 4.5
FM Nick Raptis 2396 3.5
LM Viktors Pupols 2206 2.5

FM Costin Cozianu 2451 1.5 (withdrew)

Derek Zhang 2179 0.5

Premier
FM John Readey 2266 6.5 1st $450
NM Kyle Haining 2202 5.5 2nd $250
NM Samuel He 2262 4.5 3rd $150
NM Michael MacGregor 2211 4.0 =4th-5th $75
Anthony He 2135 4.0 =4th-5th $75
NM Josh Sinanan 2205 3.5
FM David Bragg 2202 3.5
FM William Schill 2265 2.5
WFM Chouchanik Airapetian 2090 2.0
FM Ignacio Perez 2264 1.5 (withdrew)
Invitational
Neo Olin 2038 7.0 1st $225
FM Nikita Chetrari 2298 6.5 =2nd-3rd $100
Masayuki Nagase 2000 6.5 =2nd-3rd $100
FM Paul Bartron 2064 5.5 4th $50
Jason Yu 2008 4.0 =5th $6.25
Toshihiro Nagase 2023 4.0 =5th $6.25
Sangeeta Dhingra 1928 4.0 =5th $6.25

David Arganian 2000 4.0 =5th $6.25

Alan Bishop 2007 2.0

Damarcus Thomas 2020 1.5
Challengers
Vikram Ramasamy 2010 7.0 1st $112.50
 
WCM Naomi Bashkansky 1979 5.5 =2nd-3rd $50
Brent Baxter 1916 5.5 =2nd-3rd $50
Mary Kuhner 1933 4.5 4th $25
Travis Olson 1961 3.5 5th $12.50
Brendan Zhang 1932 3.0
Noah Yeo 1900 2.5
Eric Zhang 1827 2.5
Mark Smith 1896 2.0
Michael Hosford 1933 0.5 (withdrew)

Notes/Requests:

  • 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 (jroland@cableone.net) by Feb 21st.
  • A panel of judges will judge the brilliancy prizes ($100) for all four sections.