FM Steven Breckenridge of Gresham, OR, won the the 2017 WA Winter Chess Classic with 7/9 and took home the $500 first place prize! Steven finished half a point ahead of second place finishers FMs Anthony He and Ignacio Perez, each of whom won $325 for their efforts.
Other Prize Winners in the Championship section include:
Jason Yu – 1st U2300
Eric Zhang, Chouchan Airapetian, and Wenyang Du =2nd U2300/U2150/U2000
Naomi Bashkansky + Joseph Levine =1st U2150/U2000
Minda Chen – 1st U1850
Advaith Vijayakumar + Jeffrey Yan =2nd U1850
Top Female – Naomi Bashkansky
Top Senior – Ignacio Perez
Davey Jones of Seattle won the 19-player Challengers section with 6.5 points and won $300. Half a point behind him were two players who tied for second and third place: Dan Mathews and Stephanie Velea, each of whom took home $200.
Other Challengers Section winners include:
Melina Li + Anirudh Rajesh = 1st U1600/U1450
Alex Kaelin + Alison Xiao = 2nd U1600/U1450
Angela Chen – 1st U1300
Rowan Foxley – 2nd U1300
Angela Agaian – 1st U1150
Top Female – Stephanie Velea
Top Senior – Frank Fagundes
The WA Winter Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews.
With the help of returning Slugger and World No. 10 GM Hikaru Nakamura, it is my pleasure to announce that the Seattle Sluggers have officially qualified for the 2018 PRO Chess League! Here is a link to the detailed qualifier article:
Other Sluggers who helped the team qualify include GM Georgi Margvelashvili, IM Bryce Tiglon, and FM Anthony He! We finished in second place with 35 points behind the new Chinese team, the Chengdu Pandas, and half-a-point ahead of 3rd place finishers, the Australia Kangaroos.
Here is the tentative 2018 Sluggers Roster:
FIDE Rating (Sept 17)
GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Gabriel Sargissian
GM Tigran Petrosian
GM Victor Mikhalevski
GM Giorgi Margvelashvili
IM Georgi Orlov
IM Bryce Tiglon
FM Roland Feng
FM Anthony He
NM Kyle Haining
Matches will take place on Wednesday evenings and occasionally on Saturday afternoons with a tentative start date of Wed. January 17, 2018.
Anthony He became Washington State’s youngest ever FIDE Master on February 20, 2017 by scoring 5.5/9 at the 2017 WA State Chess Championship in Redmond. He gained 93.6 points to boost his FIDE rating over 2300. Anthony achieved the title 4 days after he turned age 12. Anthony is currently the US number 1 FIDE rated player in his age group (U-12). Congratulations, Anthony!
Anthony He became Washington State’s youngest ever master on June 5, 2016. Anthony achieved the title at age 11 years, 3 months, and 20 days, breaking the previous record held by FM Roland Feng. Anthony scored 3.5/4 at the WA Open in Lynnwood and gained 21 points to boost his rating to 2199, scoring a win against NM Daniel He and drawing with FM Tian Sang along the way. He then won a game at the SCC June tornado to gain the necessary two more points, topping out at 2201. Congratulations, Anthony!
The 2016 WA Junior Open was held on MLK Monday at Interlake High School in Bellevue. A record 258 players took part in 7 sections: K-1 U800, 2-3 U800, K-3 U1400, 4-6 U900, 4-12 U1400, U 1600, and Open. The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by David Hendricks with assistance from Josh Sinanan, Chouchan Airapetian, Roland Feng, Toshihiro Nagase, Ignacio Perez, and Jacob Mayer. 5 players tied for first in the Open section with 3.5/4: FM Nikita Chetrari, Anthony He, Neo Olin, Arjun Thomas, and Petar Spasic. Anthony He, a 5th grader from Samammish, won the armageddon style-playoff and earns a seed into the 2106 WA Premier and 2017 WA Junior Closed. Anthony’s championship-clinching playoff win can be found here. Photos from the tournament can be found here. The rating reports can be found here: USCF and NWSRS.