Northwest Chess Open results

Duane Polich posted on Facebook:

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 Andreas Farny 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 Steve Buck, 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.

Here is the link to the cross table: CLICK HERE

Nick Raptis, unknown who took picture
Nick Raptis, unknown who took picture

Spokane Chess Club report on Kids Event.

Found on Facebook for an event held Nov 19, 2016. Written by the TD James Stripes.

Explosive Growth Evident

Youth chess in Spokane appears to be growing rapidly, judging by the turn-out at the Pilgrim’s Progress scholastic tournament at Saint George’s School, November 19. There were 83 students in grades K-8 representing 24 schools. The size of the event proved challenging to organizers who were set up for 64 players, and they rose to the challenge.

It was the largest event, aside from two state tournaments, since 2009. Youth tournaments typically drew 90 players in 2008-2009, but the largest youth tournament in the area in subsequent years had 77 participants. Most events in recent years have drawn in 40-50 players with an occasional event having as few as 30 or as many as 60.

The 22 player K-2 section had four kindergartners, the largest number of very young students in several years. Hattie Condon topped players in this grade with 2.5/5. Notably, all kindergarten players had earned points–the bottom two managed three and two draws, respectively. Hattie’s success included wins against one of the other kindergarten students and a second grader. The other K-2 section winners were Tiernan Waggoner (4.5 points), first overall; Creighton Condon (4.0), second place; Adrian Rooney (4.0), third place; Zihan Wang (3.5), first in grade 2; Clayton Ebat (3.0), first in grade 1; and Matthew Hou, upset prize.

There were 27 players in grades 3-4. One elected to play up in the K-12 section, leaving 26 players in K-4. Arnav Wadikar (4.5) took home the trophy for first place in the section. Three players were a half point behind. Cole Knapton (4.0) held Arnav to a draw and won the second place trophy on tiebreaks over Paul Michael Leaver, third place, and Ben Barrett, first in grade 3. Tom Albrecht had the strongest tie-breaks among the seven players who finished with 3.5, earning first in grade 4. Per Sande (3.5) won the upset medal, while the others with 3.5 all took home medals: Colby Jessup, Olivia Hilton, Mike Mitchell, Colton Thomas, and Zane Bergsma.

Varun Ambalavanan scored a perfect 5.0 to win top honors in the K-12, or championship section. there were 35 students in this section. Five players finished with 4.0: Connor Gosselin-Harris, second overall; Liam Reeves, third overall; Mia Sponseller, top seventh grader; Aniketh Parlapalli, top fifth grader; and Alexander Nicolazzo, who earned a chess book. Also taking home prizes in that section were Noah Kuhn (3.5), book; Eli Mounts (3.5), book; Quincy Hofer, top grade 8; Dylan Boyle, top grade 6; and Ira Morelli, upset medal.

The Odyssey Program at Libby won their second team trophy in two events with 16.5 points earned by their top four. Cataldo and Saint George’s shared honors for second place with 14.0 each.

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Anthony He becomes Washington’s youngest ever master

Anthony He became Washington State’s youngest ever master on June 5, 2016. Anthony achieved the title at age 11 years, 3 months, and 20 days, breaking the previous record held by FM Roland Feng. Anthony scored 3.5/4 at the WA Open in Lynnwood and gained 21 points to boost his rating to 2199, scoring a win against NM Daniel He and drawing with FM Tian Sang along the way. He then won a game at the SCC June tornado to gain the necessary two more points, topping out at 2201. Congratulations, Anthony!

Anthony He
Anthony He – Washington’s youngest master!

Reported by Josh Sinanan.

Spokane CC event Inland Empire Open

Taken for a Facebook post by Spokane Chess Club.

“INLAND EMPIRE OPEN — THREE’S A CROWD!!

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?”

CLICK HERE for link to the xtable.

Olde Middle School Team Tied for First in K-8 at National Junior High Championship

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.

Also, as reported by US Chess, “Maggie Feng finished the tournament with a score of 6.5/7 and became the first girl in history to win the K-9 Championship” … See https://new.uschess.org/news/maggie-feng-makes-history-in-indiana/.

Story contributed by Hock San Lee.

Washington players tie for 1st in National High School Championship

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!

Reported by Hock San Lee. | See the US Chess cross table.

Lakeside Chess Team at 2016 National High School Championship.
Lakeside Chess Team at 2016 National High School Championship.

Photo: Back row (L to R): Coach Siva Sankrithi, Masayuki Nagase, Benjamin Brusniak, Justin Yu, Bryce Tiglon, Toshihiro Nagase, Coach Josh Sinanan. Front row: Allistair Yu, Chandler Moy, Wesley Yu, Cheyenne Zhang. Photo Credit: Hideyuki Nagase.