The 2016 WA G/60 Championship was held at Seattle Chess Club over winter break December 27-28. The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by Fred Kleist. 50 players took part in one large open section, up slightly from last year. FM Ignacio Perez repeated as the clear winner with an impressive 6/6, claiming the $300 first place prize. Life Master Viktors Pupols and a new unrated player named Jinfei Sun tied for second, each with 5.0/6. Canadian Shin Yuan Tian, rated only 1461 USCF, captured clear 3rd with 4.5/6, losing only to Perez in the final round. Travis Elisara, WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks, Steve Buck, and Dan Kramlich split U1800 honors with 4.0 each. Bellevue’s Andy Tien won the U1600 prize with a cool 4 points. The youngest Velea sister, Sophie, took home U1400 honors with 3.5 points. Here is the link to the US Chess rating report: CLICK HERE.
14 players took part in the event held at the club site on Dec 17, 2016. Lennart Bjorksten was the chief TD. Gavin Zhang added to his rating because of his 4-0 final score. In the event held in Nov he tied for 3rd and in Oct his 3-0 score tied.
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 FIDE Master (WFM) title, and is invited (expenses paid) to the 2017 World School Chess Championship in Romania.
It should also be noted that Daniel Shubin, a 6th grader at Open Window School in Bellevue, participated in the boys U11 section and represented team USA in Sochi. In his first International event, Daniel scored 5 out of 9 (4 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses), an excellent result. He tied for 21 place out of 66 participants, congratulations Daniel!
Results are in for the 2016 Northwest Chess Open. Congratulations to Nick Raptis from Washington who took first place with 4.5 points good for $170.00. Nick double dipped over the weekend also tieing for 1st in the Masters Series of events which was hosted on Saturday by Josh Sinanan and the Washington Chess Federation. Nick played simultaneously in both events, but do not have to run far between moves as both events were in the same room at the Seattle Chess Club. Nick was nicked for a draw by up and coming AndreasFarny rated 1690, who held a rook and pawn end game even while one pawn down and Nick having pawns on his wings. Sharing 2nd place and 1st under 2000 with 4 points were Mary Kuhner, Eric Zhang and Joseph Frantz good for $80.00 each. Frantz had a perfect score of going into the last round but had the misfortune of having to play Nick, who by that time was able to focus his attention on just the one event. There was a three way tie for first in the under 1800 section with SteveBuck, Minda Chen and Andreas Farny each scoring 3.5 points. Even with her new found riches, Minda Chen didn’t have to worry like some rock star bands, because she already was able to get her picture on the cover of The Northwest Chess. Advaith Vijayakumar, Sophie Velea and Albert Li each picked up $110.00 of Christmas spending money by wining the under 1600, under 1400 and Under 1200 sections respectfully.
Total of 44 players including yours truly Duane Polich, the tournament organizer who sat in for one round as the house player. The event was a fundraiser for Northwest Chess and was able to raise $300.00 for the magazine.
This year’s installment of the Inland Empire Open ended up with the top three seeds sharing first place and claiming the prizes for first, second, and third. Michael Cambareri, Michael Murray and Pavlo Zaborskyy all scored 4.0 to top the 28 player field. Five players had finished the first day’s action on top of the leader board. The only two perfect scores to play in the third round — top seed Michael Cambareri and Gordon Higbie — fought late into the night before drawing the day’s final game. They were joined at 2.5 by Mark Anderson, Garrett Casey, and Michael Murray, all of whom took third round byes. The fourth round saw Cambareri topple Anderson and Murray defeat Higbie, while Zaborskyy stopped Garrett Casey. Zaborskyy won his final game and then everyone watched while Cambareri and Murray fight four hours before drawing when Michael, with one second left, lost his pawn advantage in the time scramble.
The class A prize was won by Brad Bodie (3.5), while Gordon Higbie was second at 3.0. Mark Anderson took first in class B with another 3.5 score, while Garrett Casey took second at 3.0. Class C saw a tie between Nick Martonick and Tito Tinajero, both with scores of 3.0. First in class D went to Jim Burney with 2.5, while 2.0 scores gave second place to Arlene Bodie, Jim Waugh, and Ron Weyland. Ron also claimed the biggest upset with a victory in the first round over an opponent rated 477 points higher.
The Inland Empire Open is Spokane’s oldest tourney. It was first played in 1954.”
Another facebook post about the event, this by Mike Murray
“49 years ago, I was involved in a 3 way tie for First in the 1967 Inland Empire Open, after I missed a winning move in the last round and only drew. This year, i was again involved in a 3 way tie for First, after my last round opponent missed a win (which would have given him outright First) against ME. Is this Karma or what?”
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!