NW Regional Scholastic

On 16 May, the grand on-line chess experiment continues with a new event, the Northwest Regional Scholastic Championships! When shelter-in-place orders forced the delay or outright cancellation of chess events with packed playing halls full of potentially contagious people, the Washington Chess organizers quickly moved to well-planned on-line events. But somebody (naming no names) noticed… Continue reading NW Regional Scholastic

14 Northwest Juniors qualify for 2018 World Youth & Cadets!

Congratulations to the Northwest chess players who qualified for the 2018 World Youth & Cadets! ​The following local players have qualified for the World Youth (ages 12-18), which will be held in Halkidiki, Greece, October 19-31, 2018: Open U18: Roland Feng (WA) Bryce Tiglon (WA) Open U14: Anthony He (WA) Girls Under 16: Naomi Bashkansky… Continue reading 14 Northwest Juniors qualify for 2018 World Youth & Cadets!

Chess in Equatorial Guinea

Story submitted by Seth Talyansky, email talyanskys@catlin.edu. We, the leaders of the Catlin Gabel Chess Club, investigated the circumstances of chess in Equatorial Guinea (EG), the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, as a project for Spanish class. After Seth’s saga of efforts to connect us with people in EG, which we recount in an article for… Continue reading Chess in Equatorial Guinea

2017 Idaho Scholastic Champion of Champions

The first-ever event of this kind in Idaho. Five players played for the Idaho Scholastic Championship title in downtown Boise, Idaho on May 27, 2017 at the Foerstel building at 249 South 16th Street in Boise, Idaho. These players qualified to play by being the top three finishers in both the Scholastic K-8 Championship (held… Continue reading 2017 Idaho Scholastic Champion of Champions

Oregon Kids event report

From Facebook post of Coquillle Chess Club Coquille Chess Club Oregon Scholastic State Championships It was a sunny weekend but in Seaside, nearly 400 chess players were indoors contending for the Oregon Scholastic State Championships at the Seaside Convention Center. Coos County had nine Coquille, two Myrtle Point and one North Bend player participating. Joshua… Continue reading Oregon Kids event report

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… Continue reading Anthony He becomes FIDE Master

Jason Yu wins WA Barber Qualifier

From Washington Chess Federation Facebook Post. The 2017 WA State Barber Qualifier held on March 11-12 at Chinook Middle School in Bellevue and Seattle Chess Club in Northgate. A little over 100 players took part in 6 sections: K-3U800, K-3U1400, 4-6U1000, 4-12U1400, K-12 U1600, and K-8 Open. The tournament was directed by David Hendricks with assistance… Continue reading Jason Yu wins WA Barber Qualifier

Chess for Success Event

From a Facebook post by Chess for Success. The first day of the 50th Anniversary tournaments (March 10, 2017) is in the books. K-5 Team winners were: Jacob Wismer Elementary in 1st, four way tie for 2nd (Hope Chinese Charter School, Charlemagne French Immersion School, Glencoe Elementary, and Beach K-8) and a two way tie… Continue reading Chess for Success Event

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. As a winner she is awarded the Woman… Continue reading Bellevue 8th grader Naomi Bashkansky wins World School Chess Championship!