PNW Players at Western States Open

188 players, down some from the 2011 event, took part in the Western States Open in Reno Oct 19-21, 2012. Many of them from the Pacific Northwest.

The TD and Organizer for the event was Jerry Weikel of Reno. PNW players in the Open section were: Nick Raptis of Portland, Ignaxio Perez of Renton, Samir Sen of Vancouver WA all with 3-3 and Viktors Pupols of Kingston at 2.5-3.5.
Expert Section: Paul Bartron of Tacoma 4.5-1.5 tied for 2nd place, Paul Romero of Portland at 4-2, Steve Merwin of WA and John Schwarz of Lacey both at 3-3, Randy Dean of Olympia and Bill Heywood of Portland both 2.5-3.5. A Section: Aaron Grabinsky of Coquille OR with 5-1 tied for 1st place., Drayton Harrison of Seattle, Mich Schemm of Seattle and Randall Smolensky of Oregon all scored 4-2, Joseph Kiiru of Tacoma and Mika Mitchell of WA scored 3-3 while Dan Mayers of Sun Valley ID scored 2-4. B Section: Lon Brusselback of Newport OR and Ritchie Duron OR were at 4-2, Jothi Ramesh of Shoreline WA, Peter Grant of Jacksonville OR, Ronald Kirsch of Tacoma, Kerry Van Veen of Seattle all finished with 3-3, Ewald Hopfenzitz of OR 2.5-3.5, Richard Golden of Brainbridge Island WA and Michael Titus of OR 2-4, plus David Wagner of OR at 1.5-4.5. C Section: August Piper of Seattle 4.5-1.5 tied for 2nd, Jeim Fety of OR 4-2, Michael Orr of Indianola WA and Michael Mellott of Tacoma at 3.5-2.5, Stephen Shook of Bellevue 2.5-3.5 and Bernard Spera of OR at 2-4. D Section: Tomothy Sheehan of WA and Joshua Grabinsky of Coquille OR both at 3-3 and Kichael Kent of WA at 2.5-3.5.

The Seattle Chess Club team won the team prize by .5 ahead of Reno Chess Club.
I don’t list hometowns for some of players because they are not current subscribers to NORTHWEST CHESS. If any readers know them ask them to sign up.

Compiled by Russell Miller.

Table Contents Nov Issue NORTHWEST CHESS

Table of Contents (Nov. 2012)
National Chess Day in Boise………………………………….
photo credit: Frank Niro and Jeff Roland…….Cover
Northwest Chess Information Page………………………………2
Contents, From the Publisher’s Desk…………………………..3
National Chess Day Events, October 13, 2012……………..4
Washington Class Championships — Entry Form………..9
Washington Chess News by Russell “Rusty” Miller………..10
Idaho Chess News by Jeffrey Roland……………………………..18
Oregon News by Frank Niro……………………………………..23
Western Idaho Open — Tournament Flyer…………………….27
Dr. Ralph Hall Northwest Grand Prix by Murlin Varner…28
Seattle Chess Club Tournaments and Events……………..31
Upcoming Events………………………………………Back Cover

Portland CC Championship

Club Championship Starts October 2 (in lieu of quads)

USCF-rated 5-round Swiss. Registration and round 1 take place October 2,
at the Portland Chess Club. Doors open around 7 pm. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

Time Control: 40 moves in 90 minutes, and additional 30 minutes to end the game (40/90 SD/30).
Entry Fee: $10.
Membership: Club Membership and USCF is required and can be purchased/renewed at registration.
Registration: 7-7:30 PM on October 2.
Rounds: Begin each Tuesday @ 7:30 PM.

Scholastic Chess in Oregon

Clackamas K-12 Open will occur on Saturday, October 20, 2012

Location: Clackamas High School

14488 SE 122nd Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015 USA

Description: This tournament is open to all K-12 players of all skill levels and it is Clackamas High School Chess Club’s first event. It will have multiple grade based sections which will reward individual performance as well as team performance.

• All K-12 players of all levels are welcome to play.
• This tournament is NWSRS rated. No annual membership fee or prior tournament playing experience required.
• Participation in this tournament counts towards the OSCF State Championship tournament attendance requirements.
• All sections are NWSRS rated. Latest NWSRS ratings will be used for pairings. Participants without ratings will be assigned a rating for pairing purposes of 100 times their grade (i.e. 6th grade x 100 = 600).
• Ties will be broken by SwissSys pairing system (Tie break order- Cumulative, Opponent’s cumulative, Solkoff, Performance of Opposition).
• Bring chess clocks, notation paper & pen/pencil. (Boards and sets provided.)
• Parents/coaches bring additional chess sets, book, etc… to keep everyone busy between rounds.
• 100% Pre-Registered Event. No on-site registrations accepted. Online registration through
• Entry deadline is 11:59 pm, Tuesday, 10/16/12. Cost is $25. A family discount is offered. The cost for two siblings is $40 and three siblings is $50. Late registration is offered on Thursday 10/18/12. The cost is $40. There is no family discount if you register late. No extensions will be given after that time.

TO REGISTER, send an e-mail to Ed Addis at The Subject line should be titled CHS Chess and include the player(s) name, school, grade, and your phone number in the message. You may also call (503) 658-7809 with the information.

HALF POINT BYE: Playing soccer in the morning or afternoon or simply cannot make it to every round, but you still want to play? Participants can request a Half Point Bye(s) for any round for any reason. All requests must be sent by e-mail to Ed Addis at by Thursday October 18, 2012.

PAYMENT: Please send your check or money order payable to (Please note player name, grade, and school attending):
Clackamas HS – Chess Club
14428 SE 122nd Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015

All entries on or after 10/12/12 must pay on site by cash or check.

Location Details

Clackamas High School – West Campus
14428 SE 122nd Ave
Clackamas, OR 97015

SECTIONS: All sections will play 5 rounds using the Swiss pairing system. We will avoid pairing team members against each other as much as possible (i.e, after 3 rounds the 3-0 score group has 4 individuals and 3 are from the same school). Tournament organizers reserve the right to add or combine sections depending on the number of registrations.

HIGH SCHOOL SECTION: Students in grades 9th – 12th. Notation required.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION: Students in grades 6th – 8th. Notation highly recommended.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SECTION: Students in grades 3rd – 5th. Notation recommended

PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTION: Students in grades K – 2nd. Notation would be great, but is not expected.

TIME CONTROL: For all sections is Game in 30 minutes with 5 second delay. Games started without clocks may have chess clocks placed on them when 40 minutes has elapsed from the start of the round with 10 minutes remaining for each contestant.


8:15 – 8:45 am —- CHECK IN
9 AM—————— 1st Round
10:15 AM———— 2nd Round
11:30 AM————- 3rd Round
12:30 PM————–LUNCH
1:30 PM ————– 4th Round
2:45 PM————— 5th Round
4:15 PM—————-AWARDS

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: For those finishing in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and all individuals with a Plus Score (3 points or higher) in each section.

TEAM AWARDS: Six Trophies will be awarded to top 2 teams representing a High School, Middle School, and Elementary/Primary School. The number of entries from any one school is not limited, but only the top four individual scores will be used to determine the team’s total.

Contact: Ed Addis
Phone: (503) 658-7809