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.
This Chess Tournament was held Dec 1-2, 2012 at the Seattle Chess Club under the direction of Fred Kleist of Seattle. Viktors Pupols of Kingston won the event with a perfect 4-0 score. The event had 13 players and a time control of G/125 with delay of 5. The cross table can be found on the USCF website.
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.
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.
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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.
Blake Salisbury was the winner of this monthly event, held at the Portland Chess Club on August 25, with a score of 3.5 out of 4 games. Photo of Blake playing one of his games at left. Congratulations, Blake!