Updated Coverage – 2013 SPGI

Quote of the Day – “Here is a real treat. The Armageddon playoff game from the Blitz Championship held July 22, 2013. Both girls are co-champions,  equal in every way. But the trophy itself needed to be decided as to who got to take that home. This game decided that. In an Armageddon game, White had to win and got 5 minutes (no delay), Black had draw odds, meaning she could draw and still win, but had only 3 minutes. Becca had won the coin toss and chose to be Black with the 3 minutes with draw odds. What followed was incredibly exciting to watch.” Click here to watch the video. – Jeffrey Roland, Blitz Event TD

Andrea Botez, representing Canada, competes in the 2013 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational in St. Louis.

See continuous round by round coverage, with pairings and results, on Susan Polgar’s blog and the Idaho Chess Association web site.

Additional coverage on the Webster University web site is located here and also here.

IM Guillermo Llanos of Argentina shakes hands with Idaho Chess Association President Jeffrey Roland on Board 1 of the 2013 SPFGI Friends and Family Bounty Tournament July 23, 2013 in St. Louis. The bounty is on the head of IM Llanos as anyone who beats him, or earns a draw, will win a special prize.

Click here to see more than 200 photos posted so far on Picasso from the tournament and the multiple side events and activities.

2013 SPFGI is under way – Day 1 Summary

The stage is set for round 1. Let the games begin at the 2013 Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Chess Tournament (10th anniversary) at Webster University in St. Louis.

Chief tournament director Frank Niro, above, addresses the players, parents, coaches, university leaders and the mayor of Webster Groves, MO at the Opening Ceremony. A total of 60 girls are competing for $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes. To date, the Susan Polgar Foundation, in cooperation with its partners, has awarded college scholarships valued at more than three million dollars to players in SPF events.

The playing site is the stage of the Loretto-Hilton Theatre on the campus of Webster University.

The visit to St. Louis gave Frank the opportunity to catch up with Susan and Yasser.

Additional photos from the tournament and side events can be seen each day by clicking here.

Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational

SPGI 2013 111medThe girls in the 2013 SPFGI tournament in St. Louis. Six Northwest players are participating.

Frank Niro is Chief TD. Martha Underwood and Jeff Roland are Assistant TD’s.

The six girls in no particular order from the Northwest represented in the tournament are:

Becca Lampman (WA)
Alexandra Botez (Canada)
Carmen Pemsler (ID)
Andrea Botez (Canada)
Olga Cherepakhin (WA)
Jessica Ross (OR)

52 Players in Washington Open Scholastic Sections

Winners with TD David Hendricks. Photo credit: Gary Dorfner.

5-0 scores won both sections of the Washington Open Scholastic held May 25, 2013 at North Seattle Community College as part of the annual Washington Open. The 20 player 4-6 section was won by Aaron Probst of Richfield WA and the 32 player K-3 section by Eamon Thakur of Sammamish WA. David Hendricks handled the TD tasks.

CLICK HERE for the USCF Crosstables.

Chess Play in Chelan May 7, 2013

Valerie’s Waterfront Bistro in Chelan Washington hosted a chess event on May 7. 2013. Kids from Manson and Pateros took part in this the third of an annual event. Russell Miller (a Chelan High grad in 1960) donated some copies of CHESS LIFE and CHESS LIFE FOR KIDS to give away and was told the kids loved them! Valerie Flories the bistro owner reports they had approximately 40 players this year and as usual the kids had a blast eating pizza and playing. There was a camera man taking photos and you can view those at LakeChelanLive.com

CLICK HERE for a direct link to the pictures.

Northwest players win trophies at SuperNationals V

Reported by Hock San Lee.

Northwest players won numerous trophies at the 2013 SuperNationals V held in Nashville over last weekend, April 5-7, 2013. Bellevue’s Spiritridge Elementary team (Derek Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Zachary Zhang, Richard Yang, and Brian Chen) took the 2nd place team award in the K-5 Championship section. Derek also placed 9th individually in that section. In the K-12 Championship section, Seattle’s Lakeside 9-player team won the 5th place trophy. Members include Michael Omori, who tied for 9th-18th place individually, Quentin Chi, Nicolo Gelb, Thomas Thongmee, David Inglis, Nicholas Xing, Justin Yu, Peter Sherman, Alexander Koh. In the K-8 Championship section, Bellevue’s Odle Middle won the 7th place team award. Team members are Jason Yang, Benjamin Cheung, Aditya Kannan, Jack Yu, Emily Bazar, and Cheyenne Zhang. Notable individual winners are Luke Harmon-Vellotti of Idaho (2nd place, K-12 Championship), Bryce Tiglon of Redmond Junior High (6th, K-6 Championship), Anthony He of Christa Mcauliffe Elementary in Sammamish (5th, K-3 Championship), Jason Yu of Open Window in Bellevue (7th, K-1 Championship), Eric Zhang of Endeavour Elementary in Issaquah (11th, K-1 Championship), and Praneeth Somisetty of Tyee Middle in Bellevue (1st, K-6 Unrated).

According to USCF, The SuperNationals V officially broke the attendance record for largest rated chess competition in history with 5335 participants.

Washington Girls Championship

Photo provided by the TD
Photo provided by the TD

Group picture:

Back row left to right: Wanchen Zao, Priya Kudva, Sarah May, Audrey Whitmer. Front row left to right: Cheyenne Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Becca Lampman, Sujatha Devi Chalasani.

Missing from picture: Olga Cherepakhin.

Report per TD: David Hendricks, WA State Scholastic Director.

Congratulations to Becca Lampman for winning the WA State Girls Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Becca is planning to spend her $500 toward the World Open July 3-7 in Washington DC.

USCF Crosstable Here.

2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship

Nathan Jiang (left) vs. Savanna Naccarato (right) at the 2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship. Photo credit: Jeff Roland
Nathan Jiang (left) vs. Savanna Naccarato (right) at the 2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship. Photo credit: Jeff Roland

The 2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship was held March 16, 2013 at the Vineyard in Boise, Idaho. 274 Students played in this 34th annual championship tournament.

Click here for crosstable and complete details.


Championship Section


1st Place – Nathan Jiang (Eagle, 9th Grade)
2nd Place – Tyler Lopez (Borah, 12th Grade)
3rd Place – Savanna Naccarato (Sandpoint, 10th Grade)

Grade 12
1st Place – Megan Jones (Wood River)
2nd Place – Nick Care (Boise)

Grade 11
1st Place – Cody Gorman (Renaissance)
2nd Place – Tristan Arnold (Boise)

Grade 10
1st Place – Kory Puderbaugh (Meridian Technical)
2nd Place – Desmond Porth (Wood River)

Grade 9
1st Place – Carmen Pemsler (Riverglen)
2nd Place – Michael Abernathy

Barber K-8 Champion
1st Place – Jacob Nathan (3rd Grade)
2nd Place – Blake Magnuson (Northstar, 6th Grade)

1st Place – Borah HS, Boise, Idaho (10 points; 43 Solk)
2nd Place – Wood River HS, Hailey, Idaho (9 points; 47 Solk)

Grade 8 Section

1st Place – Robert Jiang (Lowell Scott)
2nd Place – Sebastian Chao (Lewis and CLark)
3rd Place – Brayden Riley (Fresco)
4th Place – Nathan Stouffer (Rood River)
5th Place – Kieran Arnold (Hillside)

1st Place – Lewis and Clark MS, Boise, Idaho (5 points; 22 Solk)

Grade 7 Section

1st Place – Jo Wang (Heritage)
2nd Place – Lucas Knoll (Sage)
3rd Place – Alethea Chaney (Ambrose)
4th Place – Dylan Porth (Wood River)
5th Place – Ari Berg (Sage)

1st Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (8 points; 38 Solk)
2nd Place – Lewis and Clark MS, Boise, Idaho (7 points; 34 Solk)

Grade 6 Section

1st Place – Isaac Blake (Cynthia Mann)*
2nd Place – John Chen (Lowell Scott)*
3rd Place – Anthony Luo (Lowell Scott)
4th Place – Jordan Nielsen (La Mia Terra)
5th Place – Noah Jarvis (Northstar)
6th Place – Elias Willerup (Washington)
7th Place – Garrett Stouffer (Wood River)
8th Place – Brooklyn Mayer (Sage International)
9th Place – Olivia DeAngelis (Riverstone International)
10th Place – Michael Kappelman (Lake Hazel)

* Tie-breaks gave the bigger 1st place trophy to Isaac Blake, but Isaac Blake and John Chen are considered to be co-champions of the 6th grade.

1st Place – Lowell Scott, Boise, Idaho (8½ points; 30½ Solk)
2nd Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (7 points; 31½ Solk)

Grade 5 Section

1st Place – Kevin Yang (Valley View)
2nd Place – Adam Pettyjohn (Cynthia Mann)
3rd Place – Lance Thrall (Pioneer)
4th Place – Sabrina Ripley (Pioneer)
5th Place – Taylor Nicholas (Sage International)
6th Place – Leah Abernathy
7th Place – Andras Britschgi (Sage International)
8th Place – Braxton Quintero (Payette)
9th Place – Zane Barckholtz (Hailey)
10th Place – Carson Barningham (Cecil Andrus)
11th Place – Natalie Adams
12th Place – Amelia Mussler-Wright (Washington)
13th Place – Laurel Wheaton (Washington)
14th Place – Austin Hunt (Washington)
15th Place – Seth Moore (Washington)

1st Place – Pioneer Elementary, Boise, Idaho (8½ points; 36½ Solk)
2nd Place – Washington Elementary, Boise, Idaho (6½ points; 40½ Solk)

Grade 4 Section

1st Place – Daniel Duan (Riverside)
2nd Place – Ryan Ripley (Pioneer)
3rd Place- Jonah Banta (Washington)
4th Place – Elijah Thibodeau (Cynthia Mann)
5th Place – Rosie Hill (Northstar)
6th Place – Henry Neal (Galileo)
7th Place – David Hoehler (Riverstone International)
8th Place – Keegan Jones (Sage International)
9th Place – Matt O’Meara (Riverside)
10th Place – Aidan Gray (Galileo)
11th Place – Vishvesha Sridhar (Collister)
12th Place – Carl Tomchak (Collister)
13th Place – Nathaniel Adams
14th Place – Austin Li (Cecil Andrus)
15th Place – Jacoby Smith (Riverside)

1st Place – Riverside Elementary, Boise, Idaho (11½ points; 41 Solk)
2nd Place – Galileo Magnet, Meridian, Idaho (10 points; 39 Solk)

Grade 3 Section

1st Place – Rayan Mahin (Challenger)
2nd Place – Nathan Bommerbach (Payette)
3rd Place – Logan McDougal (White Pine)
4th Place – James Liu (Collister)
5th Place – Frederick Zhang (White Pine)
6th Place – Vincent Giordano (Cecil Andrus)
7th Place – Colin Dempsey (Sage International)
8th Place – Isaac Fishman (Collister)
9th Place – Ryan Thrall (Pioneer)
10th Place – Bennet Pierce-Loayza (Sage International)
11th Place – Darci DeAngelis (Riverstone International)
12th Place – Nathan Edvalson (Cecil Andrus)
13th Place – Max Keller (Sage International)
14th Place – Miles Nielsen (La Mia Terra)
15th Place – Ryan Grubb (Galileo)

1st Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (12½ points; 61 Solk)
2nd Place – Cecil Andrus, Boise, Idaho (11½ points; 58½ Solk)

Grade 2 Section

1st Place – Daniel Fernandez (Collister)
2nd Place – Verah Arnold
3rd Place – Ryan Marquardt (Galileo Magnet)
4th Place – Tyler Erben (Challenger)
5th Place – Justin Siek (Collister)
6th Place – Owen Stouffer (Bellevue)
7th Place – Ben Siegenthaler (Sage International)
8th Place – Jieming Mei (Riverside)
9th Place – Wency Suo (Riverside)
10th Place – Alexander Wong (Sage International)
11th Place – Paul Sawyer (Longfellow)
12th Place – Moten Samuel (Northstar)
13th Place – Jaydin Morin-Bishop (Payette)
14th Place – Akshay Shyam (Cecil Andrus)
15th Place – Erik Tomten (Washington)

1st Place – Collister Elementary, Boise, Idaho (10½ points; 41½ Solk)
2nd Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (8 points; 39 Solk)

Grade 1 Section

1st Place – Lucas Coltrin (Summerwind)**
2nd Place – Alex Kitsinger (Collister)**
3rd Place – Mercedes Fernandez (St. Marys)
4th Place – Ryan Hughes (Challenger)
5th Place – Nathan Smith (Payette)
6th Place – Jacob Edvalson (Cecil Andrus)
7th Place – August Mussler-Wright (Washington)
8th Place – Emma Palmer (Washington)
9th Place – Ethan Li (Cecil Andrus)
10th Place – Dallan Riley (River Valley)

** Tie-breaks awarded first place (and the top trophy) to Lucas Coltrin and second place to Alex Kitsinger, but they are considered to be co-champions of the first grade.

1st Place – Cecil Andrus, Boise, Idaho (9½ points; 32 Solk)
2nd Place – Payette Primary, Payette, Idaho (7½ points; 32½ Solk)

Kindergarten Section

1st Place – James Wei (Pioneer)
2nd Place – Daniel Zhang (Cecil Andrus)
3rd Place – Samuel Li (Riverside)
4th Place – Oliver Nathan
5th Place – Dylan Waugh (Galileo Magnet)