Christmas Congress Results

The usual TD, Gary Dorfner of Tacoma, in the usual place, the Tacoma Chess Club, held the Christmas Congress on Dec 8-9 with just 9 players. Alan Bishop of Tacoma took a 1/2 point first round bye and then won the rest of his games for a 3.5-.5 score including a win over NM Viktors Pupols (3-1) of Kingston, WA.

The cross table can be found on the USCF website.

Western Idaho Open

Alex Yermolinsky, Joshua Sinanan, Nick Raptis
2012 Western Idaho Open, Boise, Idaho. l-r: GM Alex Yermolinsky, Joshua Sinanan, and Nick Raptis (sporting a Northwest Chess t-shirt). Photo credit: Jeff Roland.

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.

Here is a link to the complete report, including article, pictures, all the games, and even scans of all the score sheet images.

WA/OR in National Scholastic

The 2012 National K12 Championships that were held 30 November – 2 December at the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort, Orlando, FL had 10 players from Washington and Oregon attending.

Kyle Haining of Kellogg Middle School, Lake Forrest Park WA played in the 95 player 7th grade section and scored 5.5-1.5 tying for 5th-9th place just .5 point behind the 1st-4th place winners. In the same section were Olga Cherepakin of Lakeside Middle School living in Lake Forrest Park WA (4-3) and Konstant Velichko of Inglewood Jr. High in Sammamish WA (4-3).

Marcell Szabo of Lowell Elementary, Seattle WA placed clear first in the 131 player 6th grade section with 6.5-.5. Also in the section with a 4.5-2.5 score was Seth Talyansky of Portland Jewish Academy, Portland OR.

The 5th grade section of 125 players had Jan Buzek of APP at Lincoln, Seattle WA scoring 5-2 and Karen Haining of Ridgeway Elementary, Lake Forrest Park WA scoring 2.5-4.5.

The 4th grade section had 163 players and Marc Huang of Bellevue Children’s Academy scored 6-1 tying for 1st-6th place. Sean Alexander Van-zo-li of Catlin Gabel School in Portland OR scored 4-3 in this section.

The 3rd grade section had 145 players including Aaryan Deshpande of Audubon Elementary, Redmond WA scoring 5-2.

Oregon Scholastic Event

Fall Classic Nov 17, 2012, Eugene, OR had 68 total players. The TD was J. Ramey.

Section Elite 8 results: Grabinsky, Aaron a 9th grader of Coquille, Dalthorp, Matt a 11th grader of Albany and Skalnes, Erik a 10th grader of Eugene tied for 1st all at 3-1. Aaron lost to Erik, Matt lost to Aaron and Erik lost to Matt.
Section Advanced results: Hawks, Brandon a 12th grader of Shelon High School won with 4.5-.5 upping his scholastic rating from 1036 to 1259 based on 23 rated games.
Section Intermediate results: Moses, Rocky of Roosevelt Middle School won 5-0.
Section Novice 1 results: Reeves, Leo a 2nd grader was the 5-0 winner.
Section Novice 2 results: Crow, Atticus a 6th grader and Glesmann, Christopher an 8th grader from Cottage Grove both scored 4-1.

Thanksgiving Scholastic

92 kids in 5 sections took part in the Thanksgiving Scholastic held Nov 23 in Redmond WA as a one-day event, part of the Washington Class. David Hendricks was the TD.

K-3 Open was won by Yu, Jason with a 5-0 score
K-3 U800 was won by Zhang, Jack with a 4-0 score
4-6 Open was won by Zhang, Zachary with a 5-0 score
4-6 U900 was won by Fong, Byron with a 4.5-.5 score
7-12 Open ended in first place tie between Cherepakhin, Olga and Ranganathan, Amartya both scoring 4-1.

Seattle CC Extravaganza

The Seattle Chess Club Extravaganza was held in two sections on Nov 2-4 under the directorship of Fred Kleist.

18 players in the Open section which was won with 6.5-.5 score by Roland Feng of Seattle. He drew with Bryce Tiglon of Redmond. Gabriel Zlovog won the reserve section with 5.5-1.5 over 13 others.

Crosstable here http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201211046302.

Wenatchee tournament Cancelled AGAIN

Notice from Washington Chess Federation President

Hi Everyone,

Due to lack of sign-ups, WCF has decided to cancel the Wenatchee Valley Open chess tournament next weekend (Nov 10-11, 2012). Please cancel any hotel reservations that you may have made. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.

Luckily for us, the convention center will not charge a cancellation fee!

We will continue to search for opportunities to hold an event in Wenatchee sometime in the future.

Josh