Western Idaho Open

Alex Yermolinsky, Joshua Sinanan, Nick Raptis
2012 Western Idaho Open, Boise, Idaho. l-r: GM Alex Yermolinsky, Joshua Sinanan, and Nick Raptis (sporting a Northwest Chess t-shirt). Photo credit: Jeff Roland.

The 2012 Western Idaho Open, December 8-9, 2012 in Boise, Idaho was won by GM Alex Yermolinsky (Sious Falls, SD) with 4.5 points. FM Nick Raptis (Portland) was 2nd place with 4 points. There was a 4-way tie for 3rd-6th place between Joshua Sinanan (Seattle), Paul Johnson (Boise), Caleb Abernathy (Meridian, ID), and Peter Olsoy (Boise) with 3.5 points each.

In the Reserve Section, Gary Hollingsworth (Pocatello, ID) and Jarod Buus (Nampa, ID) tied for 1st-2nd place with 4 points each. There was a tie for 3rd-5th place between Jamie Lang (Meridian), Michaela Abernathy (Meridian), and Kevin Patterson (Meridian) with 3.5 points each.

I wish to thank everyone who played and supported this tournament.  Many players expressed a desire to play but couldn’t make it for one reason or another, but interest was high.  Boise State University (BSU) was a great site, and the staff at BSU did a fantastic job in accommodating our every need.

Here is a link to the complete report, including article, pictures, all the games, and even scans of all the score sheet images.

Seattle CC Extravaganza

The Seattle Chess Club Extravaganza was held in two sections on Nov 2-4 under the directorship of Fred Kleist.

18 players in the Open section which was won with 6.5-.5 score by Roland Feng of Seattle. He drew with Bryce Tiglon of Redmond. Gabriel Zlovog won the reserve section with 5.5-1.5 over 13 others.

Crosstable here http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201211046302.

Washington Chess Federation Challengers’s Cup Results

The Annual Challengers’ Cup Chess Tournament was held at the Seattle Chess Club on Oct 27-28 under the sponsorship of the Washington Chess Federation and direction of Fred Kleist of Seattle. 27 players took part in the Challengers’ Section and ended in a tie at 3.5-.5 between Tian Sang of WA and Roland Feng of Seattle. The Reserve Section had 32 players and also ended in a two way tie but at 4.5-.5 between Dave Jones and Stuart Rowe both of Seattle. USCF crosstable link.

Info compiled by Russell Miller.

PNW Players at Western States Open

188 players, down some from the 2011 event, took part in the Western States Open in Reno Oct 19-21, 2012. Many of them from the Pacific Northwest.

The TD and Organizer for the event was Jerry Weikel of Reno. PNW players in the Open section were: Nick Raptis of Portland, Ignaxio Perez of Renton, Samir Sen of Vancouver WA all with 3-3 and Viktors Pupols of Kingston at 2.5-3.5.
Expert Section: Paul Bartron of Tacoma 4.5-1.5 tied for 2nd place, Paul Romero of Portland at 4-2, Steve Merwin of WA and John Schwarz of Lacey both at 3-3, Randy Dean of Olympia and Bill Heywood of Portland both 2.5-3.5. A Section: Aaron Grabinsky of Coquille OR with 5-1 tied for 1st place., Drayton Harrison of Seattle, Mich Schemm of Seattle and Randall Smolensky of Oregon all scored 4-2, Joseph Kiiru of Tacoma and Mika Mitchell of WA scored 3-3 while Dan Mayers of Sun Valley ID scored 2-4. B Section: Lon Brusselback of Newport OR and Ritchie Duron OR were at 4-2, Jothi Ramesh of Shoreline WA, Peter Grant of Jacksonville OR, Ronald Kirsch of Tacoma, Kerry Van Veen of Seattle all finished with 3-3, Ewald Hopfenzitz of OR 2.5-3.5, Richard Golden of Brainbridge Island WA and Michael Titus of OR 2-4, plus David Wagner of OR at 1.5-4.5. C Section: August Piper of Seattle 4.5-1.5 tied for 2nd, Jeim Fety of OR 4-2, Michael Orr of Indianola WA and Michael Mellott of Tacoma at 3.5-2.5, Stephen Shook of Bellevue 2.5-3.5 and Bernard Spera of OR at 2-4. D Section: Tomothy Sheehan of WA and Joshua Grabinsky of Coquille OR both at 3-3 and Kichael Kent of WA at 2.5-3.5.

The Seattle Chess Club team won the team prize by .5 ahead of Reno Chess Club.
I don’t list hometowns for some of players because they are not current subscribers to NORTHWEST CHESS. If any readers know them ask them to sign up.

Compiled by Russell Miller.

Portland CC Championship

Club Championship Starts October 2 (in lieu of quads)

USCF-rated 5-round Swiss. Registration and round 1 take place October 2,
at the Portland Chess Club. Doors open around 7 pm. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

Time Control: 40 moves in 90 minutes, and additional 30 minutes to end the game (40/90 SD/30).
Entry Fee: $10.
Membership: Club Membership and USCF is required and can be purchased/renewed at registration.
Registration: 7-7:30 PM on October 2.
Rounds: Begin each Tuesday @ 7:30 PM.