Hoyos still in front; 14 others within a point of the lead

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Kathy & Rusty Miller were among those honored at the 2012 US Open Awards luncheon on Saturday, August 11. Photo credit: Jeffrey Roland.

Standings after Round 8 of 9 in the 2012 U.S. Open Chess Championship:

1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 7.5
2 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 7.0
3 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 7.0
4 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 7.0
5 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 7.0
6 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 7.0
7 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 7.0
8 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 7.0
9 GM Ramirez, Alejandro TX 2643 6.5
10 GM Shabalov, Alexander PA 2619 6.5
11 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 6.5
12 Shetty, Atulya Arya MI 2400 6.5
13 Aaron, Deepak NY 2353 6.5(1)
14 Shvartsman, Andrew Nathaniel NJ 2343 6.5
15 Zavortink, Matt WA 2051 6.5
(1) includes half point bye in round 9

Complete cross table can be found here (517 players)

Blitz results are here (129 players) – won by GM Andre Diamont (12.2) of GM Anatoly Bykhovsky (11.5-2.5)

U.S. Open report #4 from Gary Dorfner:

Friday Quads

There were 16 players participating in 4 separate
Quads. The winners were: Quad #1 Charles Unruh from OK 3.0 $50.00;
Quad #2 Glen Ossiander from WA 2.5 $50.00;
Quad #3 William Allison from OR 3.0 $50.00;
Quad #4 Sanford Long from WA, Nicholas Wong from HI 2.5 $25.00 each.

US Open Blitz Championship

There were 129 players participating in this event. The winners were: 1st Andre Diamant from Brazil 12.0 $490.00, 2nd Anatoly Bykhovsky from Israel 11.5 $245.00, 3rd tie U2400 Shetty Atulya from MI, Steve Breckenridge from OR & Nick Raptis from OR 11.0 $184.00 each, 1st U2200 Bryce Tiglon from WA 11.0 $245.00, 2nd U2200 Tanraj Sohal from BC, Michael Wang from WA, Andy May from WA, Li Zhaozh from IL 10.0 $30.00 each. 1st U2000/1800 Yifei Han from BC & Takum Duncan from OR 9.0, $233.00 each, 2nd U2000/U1800 Charles Unruh from OK, Tony Kukavica from CA. Josiah Stearman from CA. & Ethan Neff from WA. 8.5 $58.00 each, 1st U1600 Jack Gabriel from OR 8.0 $170.00, 2nd U1600 Diallo Wilson from WA 7.0 $85.00, 1st-2nd U1400 Marc Huang from WA. & Nathan Jewell from OR. 7.0 $90.00 each, 1st U1200 Brian Chen From WA $$85.00, 2nd U1200 Nicholas Wong from HI & Ethan Wu from OR 5.0 $$23.00 each, 1st-2nd UNR. David Jensen from WA, Stephen Vance from WA & Ian Vaughn from WA 5.0 $33.00 each. There were 15 states represented in this tournament.

Blitz report on Susan Polgar Daily News and Information.

Schedules merge at 2012 U.S. Open

Pictured above: Manuel Leon Hoyos, current champion of Mexico and member of the Webster University (St. Louis) chess team is the top rated player in the event and owns the only perfect score through 7 rounds. Yaacov Norowitz studies the game in the background. Photo credit: Al Lawrence (courtesy of USCF).

517 players are now clashing in one section. I have the good fortune to be sharing a room with former U.S.C.F. Executive Director Al Lawrence, who is covering the event for Chess Life and USCF Online. Click here for this morning’s report form Al, including some of the top games.

Summary – players within one point of the lead with two rounds to go:
1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 7.0
2 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 6.5
3 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 6.5
4 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 6.5
5 GM Bykhovsky, Anatoly ISR 2653 6.0
6 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 6.0
7 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 6.0
8 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 6.0
9 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 6.0
10 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 6.0
11 Shvartsman, Andrew NJ 2343 6.0
12 Mo, Kevin PA 2325 6.0
13 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259 6.0
14 Sheng, Joshua CA 2079 6.0

The annual awards luncheon is today. We have no Internet access at the playing site so our coverage has been necessarily spotty.

Link to the complete standings is here.
Titled players, Northwest and British Colombia players still in striking distance of the leaders:

GM Ramirez, Alejandro TX 2643 5.5
GM Shabalov, Alexander PA 2619 5.5
IM Kaufman, Raymond CA 2420 5.5
IM Neimer, Vitaly ISR 2406 5.5
Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 5.5
FM Thompson, Ian D ENG 2343 5.5
Haessler, Carl A OR 2214 5.5
FM Goldberg, Mitchell D NY 2207 5.5
Wang, Michael WA 2148 5.5
Esler, Brian John OR 2060 5.5
Zavortink, Matt WA 2051 5.5
FM Boor, Carl Brandon IL 2362 5.0
FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330 5.0
WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329 5.0
FM Roper, David Christian WA 2288 5.0
IM Saidy, Anthony F CA 2288 5.0
Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212 5.0
Graves, John D WA 2206 5.0
Feng, Roland WA 2204 5.0
FM Pinto, Mark A CA 2200 5.0
Pupols, Viktors WA 2200 5.0
Sohal, Tanraj S BC 2199 5.0
Lessler, Peter WA 2177 5.0
Ummel, Igor WA 2175 5.0
Edwards, Derek WA 2163 5.0
Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156 5.0
Pendergast, Michael OR 2152 5.0
Yu, Corbin Zachary OR 2150 5.0
Sellers, Matthew B OR 2128 5.0
Lee, Nathan Y WA 2123 5.0
Dixon, Dakota Ellis WA 2108 5.0
Erichsen, Dan BC 2104 5.0
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098 5.0
FM Bartron, Paul R WA 2096 5.0
Daroza, Eduardo OR 2049 5.0
Tobin, Sean OR 2025 5.0
Smyth, Scott James OR 1926 5.0
Warrier, Krishnan V WA 1885 5.0
Viswanathan, Abinav WA 1806 5.0

Click here to view photos
of the 2012 US Open by Rusty Miller.

Four Players tied at 5.5-0.5

Carl Haessler brought a 9-square by 8-square chessboard cake from Beaverton Bakery for a raffle to attract people to the Northwest Chess table at the 2012 US Open in Vancouver, WA.

GM Yasser Seirawan and Yaacov Norowitz, the top two seeds in the group of 200+ players in the traditional 9-day schedule, drew their game last night allowing IM Salvijus Bercys and reigning Oregon champions Steven Breckenridge to climb into a four way tie for first place. GM Dmitry Gurevich heads a seven-player pack lurking a half point behind with three rounds to go in the 2012 U.S. Open Chess Championship. The 113th annual event is currently underway at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

Denker High School Champion Atulya Shetty of Michigan is leading the six-day schedule after five rounds with a perfect score, a half point ahead of GMs Alejandro Ramirez and Alexander Shabalov, Andrew Ng and local favorite Igor Ummel of Washington.

Through six rounds in the traditional schedule:

1 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674 5.5
2 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569 5.5
3 IM Bercys, Salvijus NY 2479 5.5
4 Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349 5.5
5 GM Gurevich, Dmitry IL 2539 5.0
6 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456 5.0
7 WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329 5.0
8 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259 5.0
9 Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156 5.0
10 Cooklev, Steven IN 2124 5.0
11 Tobin, Sean OR 2025 5.0

Northwest players at 4.5 – 1.5:

Prochaska, Peter OR 2200
WFM Airapetian, Chouchanik WA 2155
Chan, James BC 2151
May, Andy P WA 2121
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098
Robinson, Gary D OR 1880
Standings after 3 rounds in the 4-day standings:

1 GM Hoyos, Manuel Leon MEX 2679 3.0
2 GM Bykhovsky, Anatoly ISR 2653 3.0
3 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2573 3.0
4 IM Sarkar, Justin NY 2483 3.0
5 FM Bryant, John Daniel CA 2455 3.0
6 Shvartsman, Andrew NJ 2343 3.0
7 FM Roper, David WA 2288 3.0
8 Griggs, Walker Kyle OH 2268 3.0
9 Pamatmat, Jarod M TX 2233 3.0
10 Gallegos, Paul A CA 2213 3.0

Link to the USCF cross tables.
Gary Dorfner’s third U.S. Open update:

Wed. Quads had only 14 players in 5 quads. A player in
Quad #4 dropped out & there were only 3 players in
Quad #2. The winners were:
Quad #1 Nicholas Karas fro CA. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #2
Jon Haskel from FL. 3.0 $50.00, Quad #3 Boas Lee
From WA. 2.5 $50.00. Boas won the Mon. Quad,
Did poorly in the Tue. Quad but came back & won
The Wed. Quad.
Quad #4 Tanish Kothapalle from TN. 3.0 $50.00,
Quad # 5 Jon Eikenberry from Or. 3.0 $50.00.
Eikenberry & Gary Dorfner were paired in R-3,
They each had 2 points & so they were battling
It out for the prize money.

Game 15 Championship report
38 players took part in this event. The winners were:
1st-2nd Andre Diamant from Brazil/MO Vitaly Neimer from Israel/MO.
4.5 $342.00 each, U2100 Nikolay Bulakh from Wa., Yifei
Han from BC, Michael Goffe from Or. & Zhaozhi Li from
IL. 3.0 $37.00 each.
U1800 Kristen Dietsch from Wa. 3.0 $152.00,
U1500/Unr. David Griffin from Wa. , Dillon Murray from
OR. & Jeremy Harlin from Wa. 2.0 $41.00 each.
Under 1200 Kannan Nagarajan from FL. & Nicholas Wong
From Hi. 1.0 $38.00 each.

Thursday Quads
15 players participated in two 4 player Quads & a Mini Swiss.
The winners were: Quad #1 Nick Raptis from Or. 3.0 $50.00,
Quad #2 Harry Heublum from NY. 3.0 $50.00, Mini Swiss
1st Jake Winkler from OR. 3.0 $50.00, 2nd Adam Culbreth
From OR, Tanish Kothapalle from TN. & Nicholas Wong
From HI. 2.0 $8.33 each.

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!