2016 Idaho Closed State Championship

David Lucky in the final round of the tournament. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.
David Lucky in the final round of the 2016 Idaho Closed State Championship. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.

The 2016 Idaho Closed State Championship was played February 13-15, 2016 in Twin Falls, Idaho. 36 players plus one house player attended the event. Jeffrey Roland was Chief Tournament Director assisted by Jay Simonson, Adam Porth, and Alise Pemsler.

David Lucky won the state championship title for the second consecutive year with another perfect store of 6.0/6. Nicholas B. Hawkins was second place overall with 5.0/6. James Inman was third place overall with 4.5/6.

Class A – 1st Place = Lloyd Landon with 4.0/6.
Class B – 1st Place = Jarod Buus with 4.0/6.
Class B – 2nd Place = Jeffrey Roland with 4.0/6.
Class C – 1st Place = Jacob Ari Nathan with 4.0/6.
Class C – 2nd Place = Wesley Nyblade with 3.5/6.
Class D – 1st Place = Adam Porth with 3.0/6.
Class D – 2nd Place = Wesley Nyblade III with 3.0/6.
Class E, F & Below = 1st Place = Temiloluwa Aderogba with 2.5/6.
Class E, F & Below = 2nd Place = Darwin Porth with 2.5/6.
Unrated – 1st Place = Samir Saltaga with 2.5/6.
Top Senior = John Carr with 4.0/6.
Top Junior = Carmen Pemsler with 3.0/6.
Top Woman = Savanna Naccarato with 4.0/6.

Here is a link to the US Chess Crosstable.

2016 WA State High School Individual Championship

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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.

2016 WA Junior Open & Reserve

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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.

Raptis Wins Seattle City Championship

The Seattle Chess Club held the event on Jan. 15-17, 2016.

The 26 players in the Open Section were topped by the 4.5-.5 score of Nick Raptis of Vancouver WA. Tied for 2nd place with 4-1 were Bryce Tiglon and Nikita Chetrari.

The Reserve Section had 37 players. Top score was 4.5-.5 by Neal Bonrud. Finishing 2nd at 4-1 was Dominic Armstrong.

US Chess Xtable CLICK HERE.

Daniel He WA Jr. Champ.

David Hendricks reports:

Congratulations to Daniel He for winning the WA Junior Closed for a 3rd straight year! He and his twin brother Samuel He actually tied with a 4.5 score after 5 rounds of the round robin with time controls G/90;d10, beating all opponents, and drawing against each other. Then they had to go head to head in an Armageddon style playoff round with white getting 15 minutes, and black getting 12 minutes with draw odds, both with a 10 second delay. Daniel chose white after a coin flip, and after hard play with no blunders on either side, Samuel’s time expired first. Daniel gets seeded into the 2016 WA State Championship.

The third place prize was split between Vikram Ramasamy and Derek Zhang.
The tournament was held Jan 8th-10th 2016 at the Hendricks house, Bellevue library, and Redmond library.

US Chess Xtable CLICK HERE.

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Here is the photo info: (L to R) Samuel He, Daniel He, Derek Zhang, Jason Yu, Ananth Gottumukkala, Vikram Ramasamy.

Photo Credit: David Hendricks.

FM Ignacio Perez wins 2015 WA G/60 Championship!

2015-12-29 17.30.50The 2015 WA G/60 Championship was held at Seattle Chess Club over winter break December 28-29. The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by Fred Kleist. 48 players took part in one large open section. FM Ignacio Perez, originally from Cuba, won clear first with 5.5/6, claiming the $180 first place prize. USCF Expert Huso Hadzic and Class A player Brendan Zhang tied for second with 5.0/6 apiece. Jacob Mayer, Oscar Petrov, Joseph Truelson, Brian Chen tied for =U1800 with 4.0 each. Owen Xuan and Daniel Shubin tied for first =U1600 also with 4.0 points. Joshua Lewis-Sandy, Jason Reeves, and Brandon Jiang split U1400 honors with 3.5 points each. Kevin Tu and Anne-Marie Velea tied for the U1200/unr. prize, each scoring 3.5. Photos from the tournament can be found here. The USCF rating report can be found here.

Results of Portland CC Winter Open

Sign on a street near the Portland Chess Club. Photo Credit: Russell Miller
Sign on a street near the Portland Chess Club. Photo Credit: Russell Miller

Good turnout for the 2015 Winter Open held at the Portland Chess Club. 24 players in both sections. A near record turnout per research by Micah Smith of Vancouver.

Not only the same numbers of players the same score for top two finishers of both sections, 4.5-.5 and 4-1.

Open section winner was Nick Raptis of Portland. 2nd place to Seth Talyansky of Portland. Reserve section winner was Jazon Samilano Portland with 2nd to Michael Rabadan of Yakima.

TD tasks handled by Lennard Bjorksten and Michael Morris both of Portland.

US Chess Crosstable CLICK HERE.

2015 Washington State Women’s Championship

Group PhotoThe 2015 WA State Women’s Championship was held December 12-13 at the Seattle Chess Club.  Seven players took part in one open section:

  • WFM Chouchanik Airapetian (2080 USCF, 2086 FIDE, ARM)
  • Badamkhand Norovsambuu (2038 USCF, 2017 FIDE, MGL)
  • WCM Naomi Bashkansky (1976 USCF, 1695 FIDE, USA)
  • Kerry Van Veen (1548 USCF, USA)
  • Minda Chen (1337 USCF, 1522 NWSRS, USA)
  • Karen Schmidt (813 USCF, USA)
  • DI Anjali Walsh (680 USCF, 1311 NWSRS, IRL)

The tournament was co-organized by WCF Member-at-Large Chouchanik Airapetian and WCF President Josh Sinanan.  Carol Kleist directed the event.

Congratulations to WFM Chouchanik Airapetian for winning the tournament with 3.5/4 points!  “Chouchan” is originally from Armenia and has played in several U.S. Women’s Championships over the course of her chess career.  She now lives in Mercer Island with her husband and two children, where she teaches and promotes chess full time through education.  For her victory, Chouchan is seeded into the Invitational section of the 2016 WA State Championship.  More photos from the tournament can be found on facebook here.  The USCF rating report can be found here.