Klamath Falls Chess News

Klamath Falls Chess Club (reports on Facebook)

Congratulations to our member Stu Taylor on a nice undefeated performance at the Portland Spring Open (including draws with two experts) – bringing his USCF rating up to 1880. This means that the Klamath Falls Chess Club membership roster now includes three of the top fifty players in Oregon!

Throw in some very strong players in the Medford/Ashland area, and Southern Oregon is better represented within our state’s chess scene than one might think. Watch out Portland, we’re coming for you!

Major Chess Events Coming to St Louis Again

Saint Louis to host 2014 U.S. Championships by Mike Wilmering from MI Newsletter by IM John Donaldson

SAINT LOUIS (January 15, 2014) — The best chess players in the U.S. will gather in Saint Louis once again to fight for the title of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion.

For the sixth consecutive year Saint Louis will host the top chess tournaments in the nation.

GM Gata Kamsky will defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship while recently anointed Grandmaster Irina Krush will look for her sixth title at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship. The events will be held simultaneously May 7 through May 21 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

The U.S. Junior Closed Championship also will be held in Saint Louis once again from June 20 through July 3. This marks the fifth consecutive year the CCSCSL has hosted the top event in the nation for players under the age of 20.

Tony Rich, executive director of the CCSCSL, said he is excited to continue the long-standing and growing tradition of U.S. Championship chess in Saint Louis.

Since 2009, we’ve worked to raise the prominence and profile of the U.S. Championships, Rich said. We’re honored the U.S. Chess Federation once again awarded these prestigious events to Saint Louis, and we hope our U.S. Champions will continue to serve as role models for young chess players across the country.

These three events are the most prominent invitational tournaments in the nation, and the players will be competing for more than a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.

2014 U.S. Championship

Dates: May 7-21, 2014
Format: 12-player round robin
Prize Fund: $171,000 plus $64K Fischer bonus (breakdown to be published soon)

Invitations:

o2013 U.S. Champion: Gata Kamsky
2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion: Daniel Naroditsky
2013 U.S. Open Champion: Josh Friedel
(1) – Wildcard (TBD)
(8) – Rating (TBD – March supplement)

2014 U.S. Women’s Championship

Dates: May 7-21, 2014
Format: 10-player round robin
Prize Fund: $65,000 (breakdown to be published soon)
Invitations:

o2013 U.S. Women’s Champion: Irina Krush
(2) – Wildcard (TBD)
(7) – Rating (TBD – March supplement)

2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship

Dates: June 20 – July 1, 2014
Format: 10-player round robin
Prize Fund: $10,000 (breakdown to be announced soon)
Invitations:

o(1) – 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Champion (Daniel Naroditsky)
(1) – 2013 U.S. Junior Open Champion (Justus Williams)
(2) – Wildcard (TBD)
(6) – Rating (TBD – April rating supplement)

For the U.S. Championship, the CCSCSL once again will sponsor the $64K Fischer Prize, to be awarded to anyone who scores a perfect 11-0, in honor of Bobby Fischer’s similar accomplishment at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship.

Check www.uschesschamps.com for the latest updates, info about past U.S. championships and news about the top players in the U.S.

Top 12 Active Players in Portland Chess Club Events

Photo Credit: Russell Miller. Kathy Miller holding NWC banner outside Portland CC.
Photo Credit: Russell Miller. Kathy Miller holding NWC banner outside Portland CC.

Info from USCF website. Number of events that players played in 2013 that Portland Chess Club held.

1. Mike Janniro 23
2. Nick Rapits 21
3. Jerrold Richards 20
4. Brian Berger 19
5. Lennart Bjorksten 17
6. Mike Hasuikel 17
7. Jerry Sherrad 17
8. Andrew Trattner 17
9 Jason Cigan 16
10. Harry Buerer 15
11. Steven Deeth 15
12. Yurity Kamshs 15

Top 10 Players to take part in WCF events in 2013

Top Rated Players for Affiliate
T5014247 WASHINGTON CHESS FEDERATION

(Players With 1 or more Events by this Affiliate in Last Year are shown.)

Rank USCF ID Name State Rating Date Published Events
1 12869121 FM COSTIN COZIANU WA 2478 2013-04-01 1
2 20058328 IM RAY KAUFMAN CA 2398 2014-01-01 2
3 12626859 FM SLAVA MIKHAILUK WA 2385 2013-07-01 1
4 12470662 FM NICK RAPTIS OR 2375 2014-01-01 3
5 14160594 FM TIAN SANG WA 2330 2013-09-01 2
6 12517518 FM CURT D COLLYER WA 2299 2014-01-01 4
7 13631615 ROLAND FENG WA 2273 2014-01-01 6
8 12826891 JOSHUA CHRISTOPHER SINANAN WA 2254 2014-01-01 5
9 12689583 FM IGNACIO PEREZ WA 2246 2013-07-01 2
10 13483694 DAVID GOLUB WA 2238 2014-01-01 4

Full list can be found on USCF website; CLICK HERE.

You can made the list cover up to 6 years back. Go to the bottom of the list to enter what list you want.

Alexey Root coming to Oregon and Washington

Dear Russell,

I will be presenting at a chess club, several libraries, and a charter school August 7-14, 2013.

There will be a press release soon from the Timberland Regional Library System. Right now, one of the library presentations is listed on some calendars see http://events.seattlepi.com/tumwater_wa/events/show/335126803-thinking-with-chess-teaching-children-ages-5-14 for example.

Here is my schedule:

Presentation #1
Portland Chess Club
7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7
8205 Southwest 24th Avenue Portland OR 97219 USA

Presentation #2
Tumwater Timberland Library
at 1 pm on Thursday, August the 8th
7023 New Market Street
Tumwater, WA 98501-6563

Presentation #3
Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library
noon on Saturday, August the 10th
400 N. Market Boulevard
P.O. Box 419
Chehalis, WA 98532-0419

Presentation #4
Shelton Timberland Library (William G. Reed Public Library)
6 pm on Monday, August the 12th
710 W. Alder Street
Shelton, WA 98584-2571

Presentation #5
Olympia Timberland Library
7:30 pm on Wednesday, August the 14th
313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-1307

Presentation #6
August 16, 2013 time is “to be determined” but likely 6:15 p.m.
Kelso, WA, charter school (Rose Valley area)
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Here’s the description of the presentation that will be given at all locations:

Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 is a FREE seminar for teachers, librarians, after-school instructors, chess coaches, counselors, and parents. Bring your chess set and board if you have one. The seminar requires no prior knowledge of chess. Both novices and veteran chess players can use its innovative lesson plans for teaching groups of children. In the Thinking with Chess seminar, 1989 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion Alexey Root, Ph.D., connects chess with skills important to academic success, such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating, and predicting. At the seminar, you participate in two of the lesson plans from her book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14 (Mongoose Press, 2012). You leave the seminar able to teach those two lesson plans and with chess knowledge too. There will be a book signing right after the talk.

Cheers,
Alexey Root