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.
The 2015 WA Open was held at the Lynnwood Convention Center over Memorial Day weekend May 23-25. A strong attendance of nearly 200 players took part mostly from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews and WCF President Josh Sinanan organized the event, which was directed by Fred Kleist with assistance from WCF Secretary Gary Dorfner. WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks ran the scholastic tournament on Saturday, which attracted a record 112 players. The full tournament rating report can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.
Washington’s youngest ever State Champion and newly minted FM, Roland Feng, continued his hot streak and won the Open section with 5.5/6. Half a point behind him were IM Raymond Kaufman and CM Tanraj Sohal, who drew their last round game on board 1 to tie for second with 5.0. Four players tied for third with 4.5: FM Costin Cozianu, CM Joshua Doknjas, NM Bryce Tiglon, and NM Samuel He.
Other winners include:
Trey Michaels, 1st Place Premier Section
Michael Schemm and Mary Kuhner, =2nd Premier Section
Mika Mitchell, Ishaan Puri, Neil Doknjas, Travis Olson =3rd Premier Section
Robin Tu, 1st Place Reserve Section
Dan Mathews, Jacob Mayer, Francisco Lopez, Patrick Huang, Brock Grassy, Vignesh Anand = 2nd-5th Place/1st – 2nd U1550 Reserve Section
Ethan Wu, 1st Place Booster Section
Daniel Shubin, Garrett Casey, Owen Xuan, Daniel Wilke, Holden Sweeden = 2nd – 4th Place / 1st U1100 Booster Section
FINAL RESULTS Main Tournament
Owen Xuan – 6 points – (10th Place Individual Trophy)
Samuel Tran – 5 points – (30th Place Individual Trophy)
Griffin Rosenberg – 4 points
Nathan Race – 3.5 points
Markus Olson – 4 points (1st Place 900-999 Class Award)
Minda Chen – 4 points
Dylan Xu – 4 points
Bennett Rosenberg – 3.5 points
Ciaran Walsh – 3.5 points (1st Place U800 Class Award)
Arya Gharib – 3 points (3rd Place U800 Class Award)
Sophie Szeto – 4 points (3rd Place 700-799 Class Award)
Anjali Walsh – 2.5 points
Stuart Bushfield – 2.5 points (3rd Place 600-699 Class Award)
Angela Chen- 4.5 points
Alexander West – 4.5 points
Ava Gharib – 3 points
Eleanor Karis-Sconyers – 2.5 points
Adam Race – 4 points – (1st Place 1000-1099 Class Award)
Dylan 7.5 (47th place overall)
Bennett 6.0 (2nd place 1100-1199 Class Award)
Ciaran 6.0 (2nd place U800 Class Award)
K-3 Blitz – 1ST PLACE, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!
Owen 8.0 (1st place 1100-1199 Class Award)
Sophie 7.0 (1st place 700-799 Class Award)
Anjali 6.0 (1st place Unrated Award)
Samuel 5.5 (2nd place Unrated Award)
Bennett/Markus: 7.0 (of 12), 19th place
Owen/Stuart: 6.0 (of 12), 40th place
Adam/Krutin: 5.0 (of 12), 43rd place
Griffin/Nathan: 5.0 (of 12), 51st place