40 players took part in the 2ND ANNUAL ROSE CITY SECTIONALS.
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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.
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.
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.
IM Ray Kaufman (2359, 2314, USA) 5.5 $275
FM John Readey (2266, 2280, USA) 5.0 $250
FM Nick Raptis (2399, 2220, USA) 4.5 $225
FM Ignacio Perez (2258, 2192, USA) 4.0 $200
NM Nat Koons (2305, 2263, USA) 3.5 $175
FM David Bragg (2200, 2122, USA) 2.5 $125
NM Dereque Kelley (2184, 2153, USA) 1.5 $75
NM Bryce Tiglon (2357, 2279, USA) 4.5 $225
NM Kyle Haining (2191, 2206, USA) 4.5 $225
CM Joshua Doknjas (2147, 2008, CAN) 3.5 $175
Vikram Ramasamy (2010, 1958, USA) 3.5 $175
NM John Doknjas (2205, 2166, CAN) 2.5 $125
Anthony He (2135, 1995, USA) 2.5 Medal
Derek Zhang (2179, 1976, USA) 1.5 Medal
Final Score of the match: Kings 26.5 – Princes 22.5
Patrick Huang (1812, unr., CAN) 5.5 Medal
Joseph Truelson (1743, unr., USA) 5.5 Medal
Brendan Zhang (1899, 1757, USA) 5.0 $250
Travis Olson (1961, 1767, USA) 4.0 $200
Neil Doknjas (1751, 1579, CAN) 3.5 $175
Aditya Kannan (1739, unr., USA) 3.0 Medal
Jacob Mayer (1755, unr., USA) 1.5 $75
Rushaan Mahajan (1464, unr. USA) 0.0 Medal
Thanks to everyone for taking part and making this such a wonderful event! Any feedback/suggestions to improve the match are welcome.
From Portland CC website
“Portland Spring Open (March 12-13): This year’s edition was run by Mike Janniro with assistance from Mike Lilly. There were thirty-five players, twenty-three in the open, led by five 2100’s, and twelve in the reserve (U1800). Starting with last year’s Summer Open, we began allowing a half point bye on the last round at the Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter Opens to accommodate those who can’t play the last round. A handful of players took a half point bye on the last round and several players who couldn’t play on Sunday at all took half point byes for the last two rounds. Jason Cigan won the open with 4.5/5 and won $131. NM Lennart Bjorksten, Phillip Seitzer, Jose Gatica, Brent Baxter (from Olympia), and Corey Tache tied for second with 3.5/5. Lennart, Phillip, and Jose split the second place prize, each winning $29, while Brent and Corey split the U2000 prize, each winning $33. Brent also won the U2000 prize at last year’s Spring Open (see the March 2015 archives). Big rating gains in the open section were achieved by Jake Winkler (around 90 points, enough to achieve a new peak rating) and Brian Berger (around 80 points), both of whom played up in the open section. Jazon Samillano won the reserve with 4/5 and won $88. Stephen Buck (from Tacoma) and Nyamdorj Javkhlantugs tied for second with 3.5/5 and split the second and U1600 prize, each winning $55. Jyamdorj also gained around 65 rating points. Collin Anderson, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, won the U1200/unrated prize of $44 with 2/5. Jimmy Dee was the highest scoring player who was eligible for the $44 U1400 prize at the start of the tournament. However, since he withdrew for the last round he is ineligible for prizes under PCC policy and the US Chess rulebook recommendation for failing to complete the tournament. Thus, the prize went to Konner Feldman with 1/5.”
The above was probably written by Micah Smith.
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Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle, for winning the playoff to qualify for the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions! He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Samuel and Daniel He, all of whom share the title of WA State High School co-champions. For winning the playoff, Bryce is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open this August in Indianapolis, IN. Bryce receives a $750 scholarship from WCF and a $250 scholarship from WHSCA. Congratulations, Bryce!
The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 5 under the supervision of TD Fred Kleist. Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment.
Here is the link to the US Chess crosstable.
Results from the playoff (first player listed had white):
9:30 Samuel – Daniel. Result: .5-.5
2:00 Daniel – Bryce Result: .5-.5
6:30 Bryce – Samuel. Result: 1-0
Team members are, from left, juniors Kian Patel and Gabriel Skoro, seniors Duane Lee and Clemen Deng, and sophomore Anders Olsen.
Photo and Article by Nancy Keller.
Lincoln High School Varsity chess team was like a ferocious bear, shaking off pesky attackers one by one at the 2016 Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships held at Junction City High School. The Lincoln High School chess team consisted of Clemen Deng on first board, Kian Patel on second board, Gabriel Skoro on third board, Duane Lee on fourth board and Anders Olsen on fifth board and is coached by Stephen Runion.
Round 1, Lincoln shrugged off Sheldon High School from Eugene 4 to 1. Round 2, Lincoln had to compete against Wilson who ultimately took second place overall. Lincoln manage to win 3:2. Clackamas took Lincoln on in round 3 but got smashed as Lincoln won 4.5 to 0.5. Clackamas ultimately took third place overall. Then is was La Salle’s turn in round 4 and Lincoln won 3.5 to 1.5. La Salle ultimately took fifth place overall.
Then it was Coquille’s Varsity Team during round 5. First board player Clemen Deng was paired up against Coquille’s first board Aaron Grabinsky who is a National Master and 12th grade National co champion and about 250 rating points above Clemen. Clemen managed to get a draw against this higher level player. Boards 3, 4 and 5 smashed Coquille’s players and Lincoln won 3.5 to 1.5. Coquille ultimately won 4th place overall.
Thus Lincoln was undefeated after the five round event and won the Overall Varsity Championship and a $200 per player scholarship provided by First Community Credit Union along with medals and trophies.
Lincoln High School did not stop there as the Lincoln Junior Varsity chess team captured first place overall in the Junior Varsity Section. The junior varsity team had players Dylan Huard, Noah Gladen-Kilarsky, Andrew Sheiman, Felix to and Alexander Pham. They managed to beat 2nd place Clackamas and drew Jesuit High School in round 4. But Clackamas beat Jesuit so Jesuit slid into 3rd place. Robert Gray Middle School put up a tough stance in the Junior Varsity section winning 4th place overall and placing first in the middle school division.
Summary of results:
Overall champion and winner of the 2016 OHSCTA scholarships
Lincoln High School
1st Lincoln 6A
2nd Wilson 6A
3rd Clackamas 6A
2nd Crescent Valley
2nd Pleasant Hill
Junior Varsity Overall
Junior Varsity 6A
Junior Varsity 4A/5A
Junior Varsity 1A/2A/3A
2nd Myrtle Point
1st Robert Gray
1st Clackamette (Clackamas and Willamette combo)
2nd Cottage Grove
3rd Al Kennedy and Delphian combo
Board 1 Simon Venter
Board 2 Josiah Perkins
Board 3 Gabriel Skoro
Board 4 Travis Croteau
Board 5 Anders Olsen
Board 1 Clemen Deng
Board 2 Nathan Jewell
Board 3 Riley Waugh
Board 4 Duane Lee
Board 5 Arya Naghdi
Board 1 Michael Moore
Board 2 Kristian Villa
Board 3 Nicholas Richardson
Board 4 Joseph Nguyen
Board 5 Sean Richardson
Board 1 Aaron Grabinsky
Board 2 Vianna Phillip
Board 3 Nathan Faber
Board 4 Jordan Lyda
Board 5 Jordan Henderson
1st Cole Evered
2nd Christain Gomez
3rd Billy Want
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Event was held Feb. 26-27, 2016 with Norman May the tournament director.
Photo Credit: James Stripes.
From Spokane CC website:
“CAMBARERI, MAKI WIN 24th COLLYER MEMORIAL
NM Jim Maki of Coeur d’Alene and Michael Cambareri each scored 4.5 to share top honors in the 24th annual Dave Collyer Memorial played February 27-28, 2016. Third place (4.0) was shared by Viktors Pupols, David Arganian, Steve Merwin, and Mika Mitchell (with Arganian being top Expert, and Merwin & Mitchell topping the class A category). This year’s event, played in Millwood, drew 59 entries (plus two house players).
Top seed Maki suffered a second round draw, moving second seed Pupols to board one for the rest of the event. The two met in the fifth round while Cambareri battled Mark Havrilla on board two. Cambareri’s attack broke through and gained him the point. Meanwhile, Maki and Pupols battled until they were the last game going. Maki pulled out the win and joined Cambareri on top — the first Collyer victory for each of them.
There were a lot of other prize winners. First place in class B went to Steve Buck (3.5), with a crowd of Steve Fabian, Dan McCourt, Jim Skovron, and Jeremy Younker sharing second at 3.0. The two class C prizes went to youth — Nick Havrilla and Garret Casey each scored 3.5 to win their class prizes. Five players scored 2.0 to share the class D prizes: Arlene Bodie, Hedda Campbell, Jeff Jaroski, Colin Phelps, and Bill Rottmayer. The class E and unrated first prize went to Anthony Raelund (3.0), while another newcomer, Dr. Shancie Wagner (2.0) claimed the second prize.
There were quite a number of upsets, including eight victories over opponents rated at least 300 points higher. The prize winners were Cecelia Valeriote (687) and Ted Baker (486).
The unofficial prize for the furthest travel to the tourney once again belongs to Jerry Morton — this year he came all the way from Tashkent, Uzbekistan! Jerry had to depart after the Friday night events, but has already promised to return for next year’s tourney!”
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23 players at the Portland Chess Club on Feb. 27, 2016 for the monthly G/60 event. Nick Raptis of Portland/Vancouver won with 4-0.
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