FM Anthony He wins 2018 WA Junior Closed

Back Row, L to R: Naomi Bashkansky, Oscar Petrov, Anthony He Front Row, L to R: Joseph Levine, Eric Zhang, Daniel Shubin.  Photo credit: David Hendricks, TD.

Congratulations to Anthony He for winning the WA Junior Closed Jan 5-7 with a perfect 5.0 score.  Naomi Bashkansky placed 2nd,  and there was a tie between Oscar Petrov and Daniel Shubin for 3rd place.

Prize winnings:

  •                 $200 Anthony He, and seeded into the WA State Championship
  •                 $170 Naomi Bashkansky
  •                 $65 Oscar Petrov
  •                 $65 Daniel Shubin

This was the youngest field we have had in a long time with one high schooler, 4 middle schoolers, and 1 elementary aged player.  The US Chess Rating Report can be found here.

SwissSys Standings. WA Junior Closed:

# Name ID Rtng Team Grd Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Anthony Bi He 14729222 2316 ING 7 W2 W4 W6 W3 W5 5.0
2 Naomi Bashkansky 14048474 2029 OMS 9 L1 W5 W4 W6 W3 4.0
3 Oscar Petrov 14702968 1902 OVL 8 W4 L6 W5 L1 L2 2.0
4 Daniel Shubin 15185684 1932 OPW 7 L3 L1 L2 W5 W6 2.0
5 Joseph Levine 15694597 1923 EPS 5 W6 L2 L3 L4 L1 1.0
6 Eric Zhang 14668426 2034 LMS 6 L5 W3 L1 L2 L4 1.0

2017 WA Winter Classic

Playing room at the WA Winter Classic.

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.

The US Chess crosstable can be found here.

Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF Facebook Page.

Sluggers Qualify for 2018 PRO Chess League

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:
Pos Name FIDE Rating (Sept 17)
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura 2781
2 GM Gabriel Sargissian 2652
3 GM Tigran Petrosian 2615
4 GM Victor Mikhalevski 2547
5 GM Giorgi Margvelashvili 2530
6 IM Georgi Orlov 2481
7 IM Bryce Tiglon 2439
8 FM Roland Feng 2369
9 FM Anthony He 2281
10 NM Kyle Haining 2169
Alt Benjamin Mukumbya 1924
Matches will take place on Wednesday evenings and occasionally on Saturday afternoons with a tentative start date of Wed. January 17, 2018.

Anthony He becomes FIDE Master

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!

FM Anthony He Photo Credit: Xuhao He

Anthony He becomes Washington’s youngest ever master

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!

Anthony He
Anthony He – Washington’s youngest master!

Reported by Josh Sinanan.

2016 WA Junior Open & Reserve

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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.

Anthony He leads Northwest Players at World Youth

Anthony He at the 2015 World Youth.
Anthony He at the 2015 World Youth.

Anthony finished the tournament with 7.5 points out of 11 (5 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss) and ranked 14th place out of 185 players in the U10 section.

Chess-Results Server Chess-results.com – World Youth Ch 2015 – Open under 10.

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