Anthony He became Washington State’s youngest ever master on June 5, 2016. Anthony achieved the title at age 11 years, 3 months, and 20 days, breaking the previous record held by FM Roland Feng. Anthony scored 3.5/4 at the WA Open in Lynnwood and gained 21 points to boost his rating to 2199, scoring a win against NM Daniel He and drawing with FM Tian Sang along the way. He then won a game at the SCC June tornado to gain the necessary two more points, topping out at 2201. Congratulations, Anthony!
Congratulations to Bellevue’s Olde Middle School chess team on their outstanding achievement tying for 1st place in K-8 at the National Junior High Championship in Indianapolis, IN, held 15-17 April 2016. Derek Zhang (2148) and Naomi Bashkansky (1993) led the team with a score of 6/7, tying for 3rd place in the 272 player section. Other members of the team include Brian Chen (1624), Richard Yang (1635), James Lai (1602), Benjamin Mousseau (938), and Aidan Lawler (1366). Vikram Ramasamy (2067) also had great success in the Blitz K-9 event, finished in a tie for 2nd place among 191 participants.
Congratulations to Kyle Haining (2191) and Bryce Tiglon (2357) for sharing first place with four other 2400+ rated players at the National High School Championship in Atlanta, GA, held April 1-3, 2016. [All six players scored 6.0 points in 7 rounds.] Kyle pulled off an incredible feat by defeating two 2400+ rated players in the last two rounds. Daniel He (2268) finished a half-point behind at 5.5/7 and placed 9th overall among 284 players. Other notable performances at 5/7 include Samuel He (2263, placed 26th) who went undefeated and drew an IM, and Benjamin Brusniak (1932, placed 34th). Washington players also dominated the Blitz championship with five players finishing in the top 12 – Samuel He (#2), Bryce Tiglon (#3), Daniel He (#5), Noah Fields (#8) and Kyle Haining (#12). Last but not least, the Lakeside team finished 2nd and Redmond High placed 8th in the nation!
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.
Team members are, from left, juniors Kian Patel and Gabriel Skoro, seniors Duane Lee and Clemen Deng, and sophomore Anders Olsen.
Photo and Article by Nancy Keller.
Lincoln High School Varsity chess team was like a ferocious bear, shaking off pesky attackers one by one at the 2016 Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships held at Junction City High School. The Lincoln High School chess team consisted of Clemen Deng on first board, Kian Patel on second board, Gabriel Skoro on third board, Duane Lee on fourth board and Anders Olsen on fifth board and is coached by Stephen Runion.
Round 1, Lincoln shrugged off Sheldon High School from Eugene 4 to 1. Round 2, Lincoln had to compete against Wilson who ultimately took second place overall. Lincoln manage to win 3:2. Clackamas took Lincoln on in round 3 but got smashed as Lincoln won 4.5 to 0.5. Clackamas ultimately took third place overall. Then is was La Salle’s turn in round 4 and Lincoln won 3.5 to 1.5. La Salle ultimately took fifth place overall.
Then it was Coquille’s Varsity Team during round 5. First board player Clemen Deng was paired up against Coquille’s first board Aaron Grabinsky who is a National Master and 12th grade National co champion and about 250 rating points above Clemen. Clemen managed to get a draw against this higher level player. Boards 3, 4 and 5 smashed Coquille’s players and Lincoln won 3.5 to 1.5. Coquille ultimately won 4th place overall.
Thus Lincoln was undefeated after the five round event and won the Overall Varsity Championship and a $200 per player scholarship provided by First Community Credit Union along with medals and trophies.
Lincoln High School did not stop there as the Lincoln Junior Varsity chess team captured first place overall in the Junior Varsity Section. The junior varsity team had players Dylan Huard, Noah Gladen-Kilarsky, Andrew Sheiman, Felix to and Alexander Pham. They managed to beat 2nd place Clackamas and drew Jesuit High School in round 4. But Clackamas beat Jesuit so Jesuit slid into 3rd place. Robert Gray Middle School put up a tough stance in the Junior Varsity section winning 4th place overall and placing first in the middle school division.
Summary of results:
Overall champion and winner of the 2016 OHSCTA scholarships
Lincoln High School
1st Lincoln 6A
2nd Wilson 6A
3rd Clackamas 6A
2nd Crescent Valley
2nd Pleasant Hill
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.
Pioneer School prevailed in the strongest team competition Spokane area scholastic tournament have seen in the past few years. The school’s top four accumulated 13.5 points to prevail over Saint George’s School’s 12.5. Close behind were The Oaks Academy (12), Cataldo (12), and host school First Presbyterian (11).
In the K-2 section, three players topped the field of 21 with 4.0 each. Ben Barrett was first overall. Laura Sheikh placed second, and Arnav Wadikar took the trophy for first in grade two. Per Sande (3.5) edged Colby Jessup (3.5) for the second place in second grade medal. Cooper Florence (2.5) won the trophy for first in grade one, while Cyler Jessup (2.5) was second in that grade. Ethan Shan won the upset trophy.
Aditya Bandyopadhyay prevailed over all opponents to score a perfect 5.0 in K-4. Varun Ambalavanan (4.0) was second overall and Aniketh Parlapalli took home the fourth grade trophy. Desmond Paquet was second in fourth grade. Jackson Florence (3.0) was first in grade three and Olivia Hilton (3.0) was second. The upset trophy went to Addison Bowen. There were 22 players in the section.
In the top section, which included 14 players as old as eighth grade, Garrett Casey finished first with 4.5. Logan Faulkner (4.0) was second. In third place, Mythreya Dharani won the upset trophy. The top fisth graders were Cameron Simonds and Annie Alvarez, both with 3.0. Cameron had the better tiebreaks. Joshua Kimball (2.0) was the top sixth grader. Hannah Wach also took home a prize for second in sixth grade. Suhang Liu (3.0) won the seventh grade trophy and Shohom Bandyopadhyay won the eight grade trophy.”
Held at First Presbyterian School, Spokane. Saturday, November 14, 2015.