Roland Feng Scores 7-2 in US Open

The 2015 US Open was held in Phoenix AZ August 1-9. Roland Feng’s score pushed his rating up 23 to 2403 making him a Senior Master. Roland’s 7-2 score won him $922.20 1st-4th Master (tie). He placed 4th in the BLIZ tournament. Grandmaster Alexander Shabalov won the event with 8.5-.5. 8 wins and a last round fighting draw. 491 players took part. There were a number of players from WA/OR/ID.

William Schill 6-3, Viktors Pupols 6-3, Dakota Dixon 6-3, at 5.5-3.5: Brendan Zhang, Michael Hosford, Fred Kleist, at 5-4: Joshua Sinanan, Patrick Van Dyke, Alan Tan, at 4.5-4.5: Oscar Petrov, Robin Li-Yang Tu, Charles Whitmer, Shidhar Seshudri at 4-5: Morgan Larkin, Audrey Whitmer 3.5-5.5, Alan Bishop 2.5-6.5.

Carl Haessler 6.5-2.5, Yogi Saputra 5.5-3.5, Gavin Zhang 5-4, Zake Winkler 4-5, Russell Crenshaw 4-5.

Carmen Pensler 4-5, Charles Hughes 3.5-5.5, Adam and Dylan Porth both 2.5-6.5.

CLICK HERE for the full USCF crosstables.

Some PNW Results from US Open

CLICK HERE for USCF Crosstable.

US Open in Madison WI had 519 players. There were a number from WA/OR/ID.

Below are the scores of 4.5 or better from the 9 round event. Ratings listed are the one used for pairing the event.

Roland Feng WA 2268 6.5
Bryce Tiglan WA 2142 6.5
Carl Haessler OR 2210 6
Corbin Yu OR 2176 6
Aaron Grabinsky OR 2055 6
Patrick Van Dyke WA 2129 5.5
Dakota Dixon WA 2119 5.5
Fred Kleist WA 2037 5
Andrew Trattner OR 1771 5
Michael Murray WA 2037 4.5
Noah Fields WA 1880 4.5
Brendan Zhang WA 1753 4.5
Jeff Roland ID 1731 4.5
Wesley Esko WA 1538 4.5

There were others who scored less points. Expect there will be a report in the September NORTHWEST CHESS as Murlin Varner was there once again and he usually does a report.

2013 US Open in WI

The below was posted on the USCF issues forum by one of organizers.

Mike Nietman2 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:08 pm #260324

Hi all,

Let me know if anyone has any questions about the 2013 US Open. The playing site is the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, WI. The Marriott has a carpeted convention center that we’ll be playing in. There is also a large carpeted ballroom where the meetings and Denker/Barber/NGIT Opening Ceremony will be held. All of these are on the first floor of the garden style hotel.

Wisconsin is proud to host the event. The last time it was held in Wisconsin was 1953!

I’ve heard reports that the room block has filled up. If anyone has an issue with getting a reservation at the hotel, please contact Pat Smith at the USCF office and she will arrange to have the room block made larger. She has already done this a couple of times. Once the hotel is full, we have a spillover hotel if necessary that is right across the street.

On the event’s information page there is a link to a PDF that I created with information on the area of the hotel. Note especially the restaurants within a ten minute walk of the hotel.

Be sure to check flight schedules often. We’ve seen prices rise and fall overnight. I use to find the cheapest flights then go to the airline’s sites to book. If you’re still worried that a flight to Madison is too expensive, consider flying into Milwaukee (MKE) or Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and taking a bus to Madison. Either (Milwaukee) or (O’Hare) will drop you off at Dutch Mill Park and Ride. It’ll still be a $20-$25 cab ride (estimate) to get to the west side hotel.

If you’re driving, find US-12 which we call the Beltline Highway in Madison. The Marriott is right at exit 252.

Looking forward to a great event and save some room in your suitcase for a large block of cheddar!


Mike Nietman

Wrap-up on Chess Life online

GM Yasser Seirawan reminisces with former USCF Executive Director, Frank Niro, at the Northwest Chess hospitality table in Vancouver. Phoro credit: Al Lawrence

Al Lawrence’s final report for Chess Life Online gives mention of NWC ‘stalwarts’ and has another shot of the Pupols-Seirarwan photo. The piece is positive towards the Vancouver venue and it also gives some acknowledgement to the Webster University team sweep of the G/15, blitz and open events.

Click here to view the article.

Webster University team members Andre Diamant, Manuel Leon Hoyos (seated) and Vitaly Niemer completed an unprecedented sweep of the Blitz, Open and G/15 events at the 2012 US Open in Vancouver, WA. Photo credit: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information.

Hoyos earns title, Bryant tentatively earns seed into next US Closed

Viktors Pupols and Yasser Seirawan, reenacting a photo shot nearly 40 years earlier. This will likely be the cover photo for the September 2012 Northwest Chess magazine. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.

GM Manuel Leon Hoyos won an Armageddon playoff with the white pieces to earn the title of 2012 United States Open Chess Champion. Hoyos finished with an 8-1 record, the same as GM Dmitry Gurevich and FM John Bryant of California. The top two players on tiebreak (Hoyos and Bryant) were seeded into the playoff for an extra $200 in prize money and the championship trophy. An Armageddon style playoff is a one game blitz match of 5 minutes vs. 3 minutes (in this case with 5 second delay), black having draw odds. Hoyos is the reigning Mexican Champion currently attending Webster University in St. Louis. Bryant, as the first American finisher on tiebreaks, will be seeded into the next U.S. Closed Championship, assuming that the current qualifying rules remain unchanged for 2013. The final crosstable is located here.

Report from Rusty Miller

Results of Clark County Players (local to Vancouver, WA):

Andy May 6.5 points out of 9 games played
Samir Sen 5.5 out of 8
Matthew Goshen 4 out of 6
Alec Ho 5 out of 8
Daniel Ho 5 out of 8
Viajko Lakic 5.5 out of 9
Micah Smith 5.5 out of 9
Becca Lampman 5 out of 9
Sarah May 4.5 out of 9
Aaron Nickoski 4.5 out of 9
Milton Colpron 4 out of 9
Frederick Davis 3 out of 8
Jon Strohbehn 3.5 out of 8
Russell Miller 4 out of 9
James Schroeder 3.5 out of 6
Richard Banner 3.5 out of 9
Alexander Barrett 3 out of 9
Joshua Feener 3 out of 9
Rick Nicoski 2 out of 8
Greg Bradburn 2 out of 9

517 players total with 19 from Clark County. Three players tied for 1st place with 8 points out of 9: Grandmaster Manuel Hoyes of Mexico, Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich of Illinois and FIDE Master John Bryant of California.

The United States Chess Federation hopes to return to the Pacific Northwest in the next 6-10 years. The 114th US Open will be in Madison WI. and 115th in St. Louis MO.
The event is held once a year and moves around the country. It was last held in this area in Portland Oregon in 1987 with 532 players and 1966 in Seattle Washington with 201 players. 8 players who played in Seattle also played in Vancouver.

Andy May played in the one day Blitz tournament and tied for 7th to 14th place. 129 players took part. Sarah May placed 2nd in the 2012 US Women’s Open.

People who played in Seattle 1966 and Vancovuer 2012:

Rusty Miller
Mike Murray
Joe Brandenburg
Anthony Saidy
Ronald Gross
Sam Sloan
Viktors Pupols
David Rupel

Historic photo reenacted (Pupols & Seirawan) click here. From the Idaho Chess Association web site.

Webster University makes a clean sweep.

Top Northwest & BC finishers (6 or more points out of 9):

GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 7.5
Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 7.0
FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330 7.0
Sohal, Tanraj S BC 2199 7.0
FM Roper, David WA 2288 6.5
Lee, Nathan Y WA 2123 6.5
May, Andy P WA 2121 6.5
Erichsen, Dan BC 2104 6.5
Lee, Megan WA 2101 6.5
Esler, Brian John OR 2060 6.5
Zavortink, Matt WA 2051 6.5
Tobin, Sean OR 2025 6.5
Saputra, Yogi OR 1990 6.5
Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259 6.0
Gay, Daniel OR 2212 6.0
Pupols, Viktors WA 2200 6.0
Greninger, Harley G WA 2197 6.0
Lessler, Peter WA 2177 6.0
Patterson, Roger BC 2165 6.0
Edwards, Derek WA 2163 6.0
Yu, Corbin OR 2150 6.0
Wang, Michael WA 2148 6.0
Sellers, Matthew B OR 2128 6.0
Rupel, David WA 2109 6.0
Dixon, Dakota WA 2108 6.0
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098 6.0
FM Bartron, Paul R WA 2096 6.0
Herrera, Robert OR 2044 6.0
He, Daniel Ming WA 2030 6.0
Arganian, David G WA 2002 6.0
Rowles, David WA 1939 6.0
Robinson, Marcus OR 1898 6.0
Warrier, Krishnan V WA 1885 6.0
Kiiru, Joseph K WA 1833 6.0

For USCF online coverage by Al Lawrence, click here.

Gary Dorfner’s final US Open report:

US Women’s Open
There were only 6 players taking part in this event.
The winners were: 1st Chouchanik Airepetian from WA
4.5 $650.00, 2nd Sarah May from WA 4.0 $400.00,
3rd Sandra Pahl from WI 2.5 $275.00, 1st U2000
Naomi Bashkansky from WA 2.0 $225.00, 1st U1800
Dawn Fields from WA 1.5 $225.00, 1st U1600 Emily
Saletan from WA 1.0 $225.00.

Prize amounts US Open Main Event
The winners were: 1st-3rd GM Manuel Leon Hoyos from Mexico, a student at Webster University in St. Louis, GM Dmitry Gurevich from IL & John Daniel Bryant from CA 8.0 $4667.00 each. Hoyos also won the $200.00 Playoff Bonus, 4th-8th Yasser Seirawan from WA and the Netherlands, Alexander Shabalov from PA, Andre Diamant from Brazil, also a student at Webster University, Justin Sarkar from NY & Salvijus Bercys from NY 7.5 $820.00 each;
Master 1st-4th Deepak Aaron from NY, Steven Breckenridge from OR, Ian Thompson from England, Nick Raptis from OR, Kevin Mo from PA, Sean Vibbert from IN, Francisco Guadalupe from TX 7.0 $643.00 each;
Expert 1st Tanraj Sohal from BC 7.0 $2400.00, Expert 2nd-4th Daniel Gater from IN, Nicholas Karas from CA, Jeremy Mandelkern from FL, Steven Cooklev from IN, Nathan Lee from WA, Andy May from WA, Dan Erichsen from BC, Megan Lee from WA, Andrew Rea from VA, Zhaozhi Li From IL, Joshua Sheng from CA, Brian Esler from OR, Matt Zavortink from WA, Sean Tobin from OR 6.5 $150.00 each;
1st Class A Yogi Saputra from OR 6.5 $2400.00. 2nd-4th David Rowles from WA, Marcus Robinson from OR, Krishnan Warrier from WA, Joseph Kiiru from WA & Jennifer Skidmore 6.0 $420.00 Each;
1st Class B Howard Zhong 6.0 $2400.00, 2nd-4th Yu Ji from BC, Ethan Neff from WA, Christopher Burris from OR, Tian Peng from IL & Aaron Grabinsky from OR. 5.5 $420.00 each;
Class C 1st-4th Ranjeet Singh from WA, Ben Brusniak from WA, Brian Liou from WA & Bert Rutgers from WA 5.0 $950.00 each;
Class D 1st-2nd Chris Devon from CA & Wesley Esko from WA 5.0 $1100.00, 3rd-4th Valentin Molchanov from OR & Karl Cui from BC. 4.5 $300.00 each;
1st Class E Edward Strong from WA 4.5 $1200.00, 2nd Geoffrey Kenway from OR, 4.0 $600.00, 3rd-4th Jonathan Yau from OR, Terrance Li from WA, Pavel Buzek from WA, John Ornes from OR, Brian Chen from WA, Audrey Whitmer from WA & Rinna Yu from BC 3.5 $86.00 each;
Unr. 1st John Dimick from WA. 5.0 $700.00, 2nd Eric Pacini 4.5 $400.00 3rd Corey Tache from OR, 4.0 $200.00.

Hoyos still in front; 14 others within a point of the lead

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Kathy & Rusty Miller were among those honored at the 2012 US Open Awards luncheon on Saturday, August 11. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.

Standings after Round 8 of 9 in the 2012 U.S. Open Chess Championship:

1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 7.5
2 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 7.0
3 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 7.0
4 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 7.0
5 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 7.0
6 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 7.0
7 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 7.0
8 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 7.0
9 GM Ramirez, Alejandro TX 2643 6.5
10 GM Shabalov, Alexander PA 2619 6.5
11 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 6.5
12 Shetty, Atulya Arya MI 2400 6.5
13 Aaron, Deepak NY 2353 6.5(1)
14 Shvartsman, Andrew Nathaniel NJ 2343 6.5
15 Zavortink, Matt WA 2051 6.5
(1) includes half point bye in round 9

Complete cross table can be found here (517 players)

Blitz results are here (129 players) – won by GM Andre Diamont (12.2) of GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (11.5-2.5)

U.S. Open report #4 from Gary Dorfner:

Friday Quads

There were 16 players participating in 4 separate
Quads. The winners were: Quad #1 Charles Unruh from OK 3.0 $50.00;
Quad #2 Glen Ossiander from WA 2.5 $50.00;
Quad #3 William Allison from OR 3.0 $50.00;
Quad #4 Sanford Long from WA, Nicholas Wong from HI 2.5 $25.00 each.

US Open Blitz Championship

There were 129 players participating in this event. The winners were: 1st Andre Diamant from Brazil 12.0 $490.00, 2nd Anatoly Bykhovsky from Israel 11.5 $245.00, 3rd tie U2400 Shetty Atulya from MI, Steve Breckenridge from OR & Nick Raptis from OR 11.0 $184.00 each, 1st U2200 Bryce Tiglon from WA 11.0 $245.00, 2nd U2200 Tanraj Sohal from BC, Michael Wang from WA, Andy May from WA, Li Zhaozh from IL 10.0 $30.00 each. 1st U2000/1800 Yifei Han from BC & Takum Duncan from OR 9.0, $233.00 each, 2nd U2000/U1800 Charles Unruh from OK, Tony Kukavica from CA. Josiah Stearman from CA. & Ethan Neff from WA. 8.5 $58.00 each, 1st U1600 Jack Gabriel from OR 8.0 $170.00, 2nd U1600 Diallo Wilson from WA 7.0 $85.00, 1st-2nd U1400 Marc Huang from WA. & Nathan Jewell from OR. 7.0 $90.00 each, 1st U1200 Brian Chen From WA $$85.00, 2nd U1200 Nicholas Wong from HI & Ethan Wu from OR 5.0 $$23.00 each, 1st-2nd UNR. David Jensen from WA, Stephen Vance from WA & Ian Vaughn from WA 5.0 $33.00 each. There were 15 states represented in this tournament.

Blitz report on Susan Polgar Daily News and Information.

Schedules merge at 2012 U.S. Open

Pictured above: Manuel Leon Hoyos, current champion of Mexico and member of the Webster University (St. Louis) chess team is the top rated player in the event and owns the only perfect score through 7 rounds. Yaacov Norowitz studies the game in the background. Photo credit: Al Lawrence (courtesy of USCF).

517 players are now clashing in one section. I have the good fortune to be sharing a room with former U.S.C.F. Executive Director Al Lawrence, who is covering the event for Chess Life and USCF Online. Click here for this morning’s report form Al, including some of the top games.

Summary – players within one point of the lead with two rounds to go:
1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 7.0
2 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 6.5
3 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 6.5
4 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 6.5
5 GM Bykhovsky, Anatoly ISR 2653 6.0
6 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 6.0
7 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 6.0
8 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 6.0
9 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 6.0
10 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 6.0
11 Shvartsman, Andrew NJ 2343 6.0
12 Mo, Kevin PA 2325 6.0
13 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259 6.0
14 Sheng, Joshua CA 2079 6.0

The annual awards luncheon is today. We have no Internet access at the playing site so our coverage has been necessarily spotty.

Link to the complete standings is here.
Titled players, Northwest and British Colombia players still in striking distance of the leaders:

GM Ramirez, Alejandro TX 2643 5.5
GM Shabalov, Alexander PA 2619 5.5
IM Kaufman, Raymond CA 2420 5.5
IM Neimer, Vitaly ISR 2406 5.5
Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 5.5
FM Thompson, Ian D ENG 2343 5.5
Haessler, Carl A OR 2214 5.5
FM Goldberg, Mitchell D NY 2207 5.5
Wang, Michael WA 2148 5.5
Esler, Brian John OR 2060 5.5
Zavortink, Matt WA 2051 5.5
FM Boor, Carl Brandon IL 2362 5.0
FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330 5.0
WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329 5.0
FM Roper, David Christian WA 2288 5.0
IM Saidy, Anthony F CA 2288 5.0
Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212 5.0
Graves, John D WA 2206 5.0
Feng, Roland WA 2204 5.0
FM Pinto, Mark A CA 2200 5.0
Pupols, Viktors WA 2200 5.0
Sohal, Tanraj S BC 2199 5.0
Lessler, Peter WA 2177 5.0
Ummel, Igor WA 2175 5.0
Edwards, Derek WA 2163 5.0
Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156 5.0
Pendergast, Michael OR 2152 5.0
Yu, Corbin Zachary OR 2150 5.0
Sellers, Matthew B OR 2128 5.0
Lee, Nathan Y WA 2123 5.0
Dixon, Dakota Ellis WA 2108 5.0
Erichsen, Dan BC 2104 5.0
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098 5.0
FM Bartron, Paul R WA 2096 5.0
Daroza, Eduardo OR 2049 5.0
Tobin, Sean OR 2025 5.0
Smyth, Scott James OR 1926 5.0
Warrier, Krishnan V WA 1885 5.0
Viswanathan, Abinav WA 1806 5.0

Click here to view photos
of the 2012 US Open by Rusty Miller.

Four Players tied at 5.5-0.5

Carl Haessler brought a 9-square by 8-square chessboard cake from Beaverton Bakery for a raffle to attract people to the Northwest Chess table at the 2012 US Open in Vancouver, WA.

GM Yasser Seirawan and Yaacov Norowitz, the top two seeds in the group of 200+ players in the traditional 9-day schedule, drew their game last night allowing IM Salvijus Bercys and reigning Oregon champions Steven Breckenridge to climb into a four way tie for first place. GM Dmitry Gurevich heads a seven-player pack lurking a half point behind with three rounds to go in the 2012 U.S. Open Chess Championship. The 113th annual event is currently underway at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Denker High School Champion Atulya Shetty of Michigan is leading the six-day schedule after five rounds with a perfect score, a half point ahead of GMs Alejandro Ramirez and Alexander Shabalov, Andrew Ng and local favorite Igor Ummel of Washington.

Through six rounds in the traditional schedule:

1 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 5.5
2 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 5.5
3 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 5.5
4 Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 5.5
5 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 5.0
6 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 5.0
7 WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329 5.0
8 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259 5.0
9 Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156 5.0
10 Cooklev, Steven IN 2124 5.0
11 Tobin, Sean OR 2025 5.0

Northwest players at 4.5 – 1.5:

Prochaska, Peter OR 2200
WFM Airapetian, Chouchanik WA 2155
Chan, James BC 2151
May, Andy P WA 2121
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098
Robinson, Gary D OR 1880
Standings after 3 rounds in the 4-day standings:

1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 3.0
2 GM Bykhovsky, Anatoly ISR 2653 3.0
3 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 3.0
4 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 3.0
5 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 3.0
6 Shvartsman, Andrew NJ 2343 3.0
7 FM Roper, David WA 2288 3.0
8 Griggs, Walker Kyle OH 2268 3.0
9 Pamatmat, Jarod M TX 2233 3.0
10 Gallegos, Paul A CA 2213 3.0

Link to the USCF cross tables.
Gary Dorfner’s third U.S. Open update:

Wed. Quads had only 14 players in 5 quads. A player in
Quad #4 dropped out & there were only 3 players in
Quad #2. The winners were:
Quad #1 Nicholas Karas fro CA. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #2
Jon Haskel from FL. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #3 Boas Lee
From WA. 2.5 $50.00. Boas won the Mon. Quad,
Did poorly in the Tue. Quad but came back & won
The Wed. Quad.
Quad #4 Tanish Kothapalle from TN. 3.0 $50.00,
Quad # 5 Jon Eikenberry from Or. 3.0 $50.00.
Eikenberry & Gary Dorfner were paired in R-3,
They each had 2 points & so they were battling
It out for the prize money.

Game 15 Championship report
38 players took part in this event. The winners were:
1st-2nd Andre Diamant from Brazil/MO Vitaly Neimer from Israel/MO.
4.5 $342.00 each, U2100 Nikolay Bulakh from Wa., Yifei
Han from BC, Michael Goffe from Or. & Zhaozhi Li from
IL. 3.0 $37.00 each.
U1800 Kristen Dietsch from Wa. 3.0 $152.00,
U1500/Unr. David Griffin from Wa. , Dillon Murray from
OR. & Jeremy Harlin from Wa. 2.0 $41.00 each.
Under 1200 Kannan Nagarajan from FL. & Nicholas Wong
From Hi. 1.0 $38.00 each.

Thursday Quads
15 players participated in two 4 player Quads & a Mini Swiss.
The winners were: Quad #1 Nick Raptis from Or. 3.0 $50.00,
Quad #2 Harry Heublum from NY. 3.0 $50.00, Mini Swiss
1st Jake Winkler from OR. 3.0 $50.00, 2nd Adam Culbreth
From OR, Tanish Kothapalle from TN. & Nicholas Wong
From HI. 2.0 $8.33 each.