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.
- WFM Chouchanik Airapetian (2080 USCF, 2086 FIDE, ARM)
- Badamkhand Norovsambuu (2038 USCF, 2017 FIDE, MGL)
- WCM Naomi Bashkansky (1976 USCF, 1695 FIDE, USA)
- Kerry Van Veen (1548 USCF, USA)
- Minda Chen (1337 USCF, 1522 NWSRS, USA)
- Karen Schmidt (813 USCF, USA)
- DI Anjali Walsh (680 USCF, 1311 NWSRS, IRL)
The tournament was co-organized by WCF Member-at-Large Chouchanik Airapetian and WCF President Josh Sinanan. Carol Kleist directed the event.
Congratulations to WFM Chouchanik Airapetian for winning the tournament with 3.5/4 points! “Chouchan” is originally from Armenia and has played in several U.S. Women’s Championships over the course of her chess career. She now lives in Mercer Island with her husband and two children, where she teaches and promotes chess full time through education. For her victory, Chouchan is seeded into the Invitational section of the 2016 WA State Championship. More photos from the tournament can be found on facebook here. The USCF rating report can be found here.
The 2015 WA Class Championships were held at North Seattle Community College from Nov. 27-29. 160 players took part, mostly from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The winners in each section were as follows:
Master 2200+: FM Roland Feng $500
Expert 2000-2200: FM Paul Bartron $400
Class A 1800-2000: Vikram Ramasamy (6-0!) $300
Class B 1600-1800: Robin Tu $300
Class C 1400-1600: Jason Zhang $300 and Zeren Gao (unr.)
Class D 1200-1400: Brandon Jiang $300
Class E 1000-1200: Graham Cobden $200 and Rishi Hazra (medal)
Anthony finished the tournament with 7.5 points out of 11 (5 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss) and ranked 14th place out of 185 players in the U10 section.
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by Mark Smith and Curt Collyer
In the second week of the US Chess League season, the Seattle Sluggers scored a convincing 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Blizzard.
In an energetic game on board 1, IM Georgi Orlov lost on the black side of a Nimzo-Indian (starting with the Two Knights Tango) to IM John Bartholomew. Orlov’s piece play on the kingside was vigorous, but his queenside development lagged. 21…Qg6 seemed, to Fritz, to be the tipping point as the evaluation jumped from +0.68 to +2.1.
While that loss unfolded, IM Michael Lee gained an advantage in his English against IM Sean Nagle. To those of us in the commentary room, Lee’s position seemed to be accomplishing very little until it suddenly accomplished very much, especially after Black’s self-destructive 18…Ke7. The hand of a magician created a rout out of a molehill.
David Golub’s Benko Gambit looked smooth against Kevin Wasiluk. Golub’s grip strengthened bit by bit as he dominated the a and b files and eventually captured White’s passed a pawn. He made it look easy and will no doubt influence others to play the Benko.
Bill Schill varied from GM practice on move 10 against a Sicilian Najdorf played by Andrew Titus, soon winning a pawn and nursing the small advantage to victory. A big slip by Titus on move 52 enabled Schill to convert to a pawn race in which he queened well ahead. Schill’s skillful grit paid off in the longest game of the match.
Final score of the match: Seattle 3.0 – Minnesota 1.0
Some photos from the match can be found here.
Chess players from Oregon triumphed at the 2015 Vancouver Open, which took place August 22-23 at the Vancouver Red Lion Hotel at the Quay and was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation. FM Nick Raptis and Jason Cigan tied for first with 4.5/5, topping the 35-player open section, which included 6 masters. Andrea Botez won clear first in the 47-player reserve section with 4.5/5. Galen Pyle was the Chief TD of the event. The USCF crosstable can be found here. Photos from the tournament taken by Rachna Soneji can be found here.
Prize winners include:
=1st/2nd: Nick Raptis, Jason Cigan 4.5 $330 each
1st U2000: Faris Gulamali 3.0 $120
=1st/2nd U1800: Eric Zhang, Jacob Mayer 2.5 $60 each
1st: Andrea Botez 4.5 $280
=2nd: John Acken, Dan Mathews, Mu Lin 4.0 $60 each
=1st U1600: Ari Bluffstone, Joey Yeo 3.5 $45 each
1st U1400: Henry Romero 3.5 $90
=1st U1200: David Prideaux, Andy Tien, William Nicholas 2.5 $30 each
Below are the final results of the Kings vs. Princes Match and Junior FIDE Round Robin. The games from both events can be found here. The USCF rating report can be found here. Here is link to some pictures taken during the event by Victoria Jung-Doknjas: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Chess-Federation/173076032716634.
FM Roland Feng and NM David Golub topped the 70-player field of the 2015 Seattle Seafair Open, each scoring a perfect 5 wins from 5 games. The tournament was hosted by Seattle Chess Club July 24-26 and directed by the inimitable Fred Kleist, who paired the entire event by hand! A slew of players tied for 2nd with 4 points: FM Bill Schill, Bada Norovsambuu, and Anthony He. The tournament has now been rated: USCF Crosstable.