Breckenridge draws with GM D. Gurevich; Results through Rd. 5

Pictured above is our NWC table in Vancouver. Photo Credit: David Grimaud.

Atulya Shetty (MI) and Darwin Yang (TX) topped the leader board at the Denker, with Shetty taking the UT-Dallas scholarship on tiebreak. Tommy He won the Barber while Alexandra Weiner won the US Junior Girls Open. Full crosstables are available on the USCF web site.

Alexandra Botez (OR) finished 1.5 points back at 3.5. Michael Omori (WA) had 2.5. Adam Jiang (ID) garnered two pionts. The alternate, Cole Hunt (WA) finished with 1 win. Results of NW players in the Barber K-8 will be reported in our next update.

187 new players began play in the 6-day event. As a result, GMs Alexander Shabalov and Alejandro Ramirez are now in the field. Results of the Tuesday Quads are here.

Following is Gary Dorfner’s second report from the 2012 U.S. Open:
Day 3 July 6
The Monday Quads were held with 26 players forming
6 Quads. The winners were: Quad #1 Nicholas Karas
from CA. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #2 Michael Goffe from
OR. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #3 Odysseus Rodriguez from
WA. 2.0 $25.00 & James Mulligan from WA. 2.0 $25.00,
Quad #4 Boas Lee from WA. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #5
William Allison from OR 2.0 $25.00 & Chris Kim
from MD. 2 $25.00, Quad #6(This was run as a
Swiss as there were 6 players in it) Pe Kannan
Nagarejan from FL. 3.0 $50.00.

Day 4 July 7
The Tue. Quads were held with 40 players forming 10
Quads. The winners were: Quad #1 Kein MO from PA.
2.0 $50.00, Quad #2 Nicholas Karas from Ca. 2.5 $50.00,
Quad #3 Michael Goffe from Or. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #4
Kenneth Truong from WA. 2.5 & James Wang from WA.
2.5 $50.00 each, Quad #5 James Mulligan WA. 2.0 $50.00,
Quad #6 Douglas Strohbehn from WA. 2.0 $50.00,
Quad #7 Aaron Pikus from OR. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #8
Jake Winkler from OR. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #9 Josiah
Perkins from OR. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #10 Geordyn
Allyn from OR. 2.0 $25.00 & Travis Miller from AK.
2.0 $25.00 each.
14 states were represented in this event.
Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions Report
There were 47 players representing 46 states playing in this event.
The winners were: 1st Tommy He from TX. 5.5 $800.00 Scholarship,
2nd/3rd Praveen Balakrishnan from NJ. & Mika Brattain from
MA. $650.00 Scholarship each, 4th Roland Feng from WA.
$300.00 Scholarship, 5th Jackson Chen from CO. , Jalen Wang
from MI. , Andrew Tang from MN. , Matthew Fishbein from ME. ,
Craig Hilby from Ca., Maggi Feng from OH. & Zhoazhi Li
from IL. $42.86 Scholarship each. Ursula Foster award went
to Tommy He from TX. $500.00 Scholarship, Upset award
went to Tinglin Shi from WI (403 points) $100.00 Scholarship,
Best Game award went to Roland Feng from WA. $100.00
Scholarship.

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez of Texas (above) is one of the seven Grandmasters among the 518 players entered into the main event of the 2012 U.S. Open in Vancouver, WA. Photo credit: Andrei Botez.

Traditional Schedule (through 5 rounds):

1 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 5.0
2 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 5.0
3 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 4.5
4 Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 4.5
5 Strenzwilk, Denis F MD 2200 4.5
6 Brock, William H IL 2095 4.5
7 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 4.0
8 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 4.0
9 IM Kaufman, Raymond CA 2420 4.0
10 FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330 4.0
Twelve others tied with 4.0-1.0 including the following Northwest players:

13 Sinanan, Joshua Christopher WA 2259 4.0
15 Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212 4.0
21 Tobin, Sean OR 2025 4.0

NW players tied for 23rd through 48th at 3.5-1.5 include: Prochaska, Peter; Greninger, Harley; Sen, Samir; WFM Airapetian, Chouchanik; Schroeder, James; May, Andy; Rupel, David; Kleist, Frederick; Gutman, Richard; Davis, Mikeal; Janniro, Mike; Merwin, Steven; Goshen, Matthew; Arganian, David; Murray, Michael; and, Robinson, Gary.

203 players in the traditional schedule.
Six-day schedule (through three rounds):

1 GM Ramirez, Alejandro TX 2643 3.0
2 GM Shabalov, Alexander PA 2619 3.0
3 Shetty, Atulya Arya MI 2400 3.0
4 Vibbert, Sean IN 2315 3.0
5 Ulrich, Thomas M WI 2279 3.0
6 Shaw, Tenzing W IL 2270 3.0
7 Schmakel, Sam A IL 2244 3.0
8 FM Goldberg, Mitchell D NY 2207 3.0
9 Wheeler, Cameron CA 2200 3.0
10 Sohal, Tanraj S BC 2199 3.0
11 Lessler, Peter WA 2177 3.0
12 Ummel, Igor WA 2175 3.0
13 Chu Kung, Ben OR 1868 3.0

187 players in the six-day schedule.
Grandmasters playing in the four-day schedule (started today):

Bykhovsky, Anatoly ISR 2653; Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2632; GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2527

128 players in the 4-day schedule.

Total all schedules: (203+187+128) = 518 players, including 7 Grandmasters

Link to the Game/15 results.

Denker, Barber complete. Six day schedule begins in the main event.

Pictured above is our NWC table in Vancouver. Photo Credit: David Grimaud.

Atulya Shetty (MI) and Darwin Yang (TX) topped the leader board at the Denker, with Shetty taking the UT-Dallas scholarship on tiebreak. Tommy He won the Barber while Alexandra Weiner won the US Junior Girls Open. Full crosstables are available on the USCF web site.

Alexandra Botez (OR) finished 1.5 points back at 3.5. Michael Omori (WA) had 2.5. Adam Jiang (ID) garnered two pionts. The alternate, Cole Hunt (WA) finished with 1 win. Results of NW players in the Barber K-8 will be reported in our next update.

187 new players began play in the 6-day event. As a result, GMs Alexander Shabalov and Alejandro Ramirez are now in the field. Results of the Tuesday Quads are here.

Please stop by the Northwest Chess table and say “hello”. From this point on we will be sharing our table with Chess Journalists of America representatives Al Lawrence and Mark Taylor.

Following is Gary Dorfner’s second report from the 2012 U.S. Open:
Day 3 August 6
The Monday Quads were held with 26 players forming
6 Quads. The winners were: Quad #1 Nicholas Karas
from CA. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #2 Michael Goffe from
OR. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #3 Odysseus Rodriguez from
WA. 2.0 $25.00 & James Mulligan from WA. 2.0 $25.00,
Quad #4 Boas Lee from WA. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #5
William Allison from OR 2.0 $25.00 & Chris Kim
from MD. 2 $25.00, Quad #6(This was run as a
Swiss as there were 6 players in it) Pe Kannan
Nagarejan from FL. 3.0 $50.00.

Day 4 August 7
The Tue. Quads were held with 40 players forming 10
Quads. The winners were: Quad #1 Kein MO from PA.
2.0 $50.00, Quad #2 Nicholas Karas from Ca. 2.5 $50.00,
Quad #3 Michael Goffe from Or. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #4
Kenneth Truong from WA. 2.5 & James Wang from WA.
2.5 $50.00 each, Quad #5 James Mulligan WA. 2.0 $50.00,
Quad #6 Douglas Strohbehn from WA. 2.0 $50.00,
Quad #7 Aaron Pikus from OR. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #8
Jake Winkler from OR. 2.5 $50.00, Quad #9 Josiah
Perkins from OR. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #10 Geordyn
Allyn from OR. 2.0 $25.00 & Travis Miller from AK.
2.0 $25.00 each.
14 states were represented in this event.
Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions Report
There were 47 players representing 46 states playing in this event.
The winners were: 1st Tommy He from TX. 5.5 $800.00 Scholarship,
2nd/3rd Praveen Balakrishnan from NJ. & Mika Brattain from
MA. $650.00 Scholarship each, 4th Roland Feng from WA.
$300.00 Scholarship, 5th Jackson Chen from CO. , Jalen Wang
from MI. , Andrew Tang from MN. , Matthew Fishbein from ME. ,
Craig Hilby from Ca., Maggi Feng from OH. & Zhoazhi Li
from IL. $42.86 Scholarship each. Ursula Foster award went
to Tommy He from TX. $500.00 Scholarship, Upset award
went to Tinglin Shi from WI (403 points) $100.00 Scholarship,
Best Game award went to Roland Feng from WA. $100.00
Scholarship.

11 perfect scores after 3 rounds in the US Open Traditional Schedule

FM Nick Raptis from Portland OR is among the 11 players tied for first place after three rounds of the traditional schedule. Photo credit: Jeff Roland

Five FIDE titled chess players are among the 11 tied for first place at 3-0 after three rounds of the traditional schedule of the 2012 U.S. Open in Vancouver, WA. The complete list can be found on the U.S. Chess Federation website and will be updated by Phil Smith as the tournament progresses.

Perfect scores through three rounds:

1 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674
2 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569
3 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456
4 IM Kaufman, Raymond CA 2420
5 Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349
6 FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330
7 WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329
8 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259
9 Mac Farland, James S CA 2215
10 Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156
11 Gustafsson, Alexander UT 2060

Northwest players with 2.5 points:

Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212
Prochaska, Peter OR 2200
Airapetian, Chouchanik WA 2155
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098
Daroza, Eduardo OR 2049
Herrera, Robert OR 2044
Morris, Michael J OR 2044
Tobin, Sean OR 2025
Merwin, Steven E WA 2015
Goshen, Matthew Robert WA 2013
Peake, Ethan J OR 1907

There are 205 players in the traditional schedule. Another 300+ players are expected in the 6-day and 4-day schedules. The 6-day begins tonight (rd. 1 = 7 pm Tuesday).
Monday Quad Result here

Round 2 Traditional Schedule Results for leading Northwest Players

2011 Oregon state co-champion and 2012 champion Steven Breckenridge. Perfect through two rounds. Photo by Jeff Roland

Two points:
Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349
Raptis, Nick OR 2330
Sinanan, Joshua Christopher WA 2259
Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212
Prochaska, Peter OR 2200
Yu, Corbin Zachary OR 2150
May, Andy P WA 2121
Dixon, Dakota Ellis WA 2108
Van Dyke, Patrick WA 2083
Hoefler, Dennis OR 2062
Gutman, Richard G OR 2052
Daroza, Eduardo OR 2049
Morris, Michael J OR 2044
Davis, Mikeal OR 2027
Tobin, Sean OR 2025
Janniro, Mike E OR 2017
Merwin, Steven E WA 2015
Goshen, Matthew Robert WA 2013
Peake, Ethan J OR 1907
Robinson, Gary D OR 1880

Daily US Open report for August 6 submitted by Gary Dorfner:

Day 1 & 2

Sat. Aug. 4th: The Scholastic championship had 104 players.
There were players representing 9 states & BC Canada.
Grades 1-3
1st was Rowan James from B.C. with 4.0, 2nd Varvara Okuneva
from Ca. 3.0, 3rd Dylan Xu from Wash. 2.5, 4th Tanish Kothapalle
from Tn. 2.5 & finishing 5th Eric Zhang from Wa. 1.5 points.
Grades 4-6
1st was David Talyansky from Or. 4.5, 2nd Toshihiro Nagase 4.0,
3rd Chi Xu from Or. 3.5, 4th Cristin Botez from Or. 3.5,
5th Simona Nayberg from Ca. 3.5 points.
Grades 7-9
1st Nathaniel Lee from Wa. 4.0, 2nd Masayuki Nagase from Wa. 4.0,
3rd Olga Cherepakhin from Wa. 3.5, 4th Noah Franklin from Wa. 3.0,
5th James Cummings from WA. 3.0 points.
Grades 10-12
1st Philip Weiss from Or. 3.0, 2nd Alexander Webb from Or. 2.0 points.
Under 1000
Elementary
1st Ananta Ranganathan from Wa. 5.0, 2nd Michael Frias
From Or. 5.0, 3rd Liam Reis from Wa. 4.0, 4th Aaron Probst from Wa. 4.0,
5th Gavin Zhang from Or. 4.0 points.
Primary
1st Michael Klingler from Or. 4.0, 2nd Michael Strigul from N.J. 3.5,
3rd Ryan Clark from Wa. 3.0, 4th Zane Godil from Or. 3.0, 5th Ankur
Moolky from Or. 3.0 points.
Under 1200
Grades 7-9
1st Preston Fenimore from Or. 4.0, 2nd Daniel Fan from Wa. 4.0,
3rd Josiah Perkins from Or. 3.5, 4th Benjamin Kleier from Or. 3.5,
5th Cameron Mckedy from Wa. 3.0 points.
Grades 10-12
1st Jonathan Yau from Or. 5.0, 2nd Isaak Jensen from WA. 1.0,
3rd Allan Cavins from Wa. 1.0 points.
They each won a trophy.

Bughouse
There were 13 two player teams in all. The winners were:
1st R. Ritchea-N. Karas 9.0 $104.00, 2nd-3rd J. Sheng-E. Allison &
M. Goffe-Sato-Duncan $52.00 each.

Weekend Swiss
There were 41 players from 7 states & BC playing in this event.
The winners were: 1st -2nd Nick Raptis from Or. & Francisco
Guadalupe II from Texas 4.5 $150.00 each, 3rd Yogi Saputra
From Or. $50.00, Unr. Yiming Han from BC 3.0 $160.00,
1st U1800 Takum Sato-Duncan from Or. 4.0 $140.00
1st U1600 Siva Sankrithi from Wa. 2.5 $$120.00, 1st
U1400 Jerrold Richards from Wa. & Thomas Parrish
From Wa. 2.0 $$50.00 each.
1st U1200 Rick Nicoski from Wa. 2.0 $80.00.

Northwest well represented in the Denker and Barber tournaments

Alexandra Botez of Oregon vs. the Minnesota champion Kevin Bu in round 4 of the 2012 Denker tournament in Vancouver, WA. Alexandra has scored two points in the first three rounds, defeating the RI and NC reps. Photo by Andrei Botez.

For a comprehensive halfway report written by Randy Hough, follow this link to the US Chess Federation web site.

Michael Omori of Washington vs. Michael Christiansen of Georgia, round 4, 2012 Denker tournament. Both have even scores of 1.5-1.5 after three rounds. Photo by Andrei Botez.

First Side Event Completed at 2012 U.S. Open

Josh Sinanan of Washington, pictured above, finished tied for 5th place with 3.5/5 after losing to co-winner Nick Raptis in the final round. Photo credit: Russell Miller.

The U.S. Open Weekend Swiss, the first side event of this year’s tournament held August 4-5, was won by Nick Raptis of Oregon and Francisco Guadalupe II of Texas who tied for first with 4.5 points in five rounds. Yogi Saputra and Takuma Sato-Duncan, both of Oregon, tied for 3rd-4th with 4-1. Josh Sinanan of Washington, Carl Haessler of Oregon and Michael Goffe of Oregon were the Northwest players in the group tied for 5th through 9th with 3.5 points.

41 Players entered the event including 16 players from Oregon and 13 from Washington. The complete cross table can be viewed here.

Yasser Seirawan arrives for the 9-day schedule of the 113th Annual U.S. Open

Jeff Roland

Yasser Seirawan played in both the 1976 and 1977 Idaho Open tournaments. Here he is before the start of round 1 at the 2012 U.S. Open telling Jeff Roland and Karl Schoffstoll about his experience on the drive back from Idaho back then. It was a very interesting and memorable experience for him (one might even say frightening!). Yasser’s way of telling the story was very fun and engaging!

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