2015 WA State Scholastic Chess Championships

The 2015 WA State Scholastic Chess Championships were held on March 7th at Interlake High School in Bellevue and on March 8th at the Seattle Chess Club in Northgate. 169 players took part in 6 sections: K-3U800, K-3U1400, 4-6U1000, 4-12U1400, K-8 U1600, and K-8 Open. The tournament was directed by David Hendricks with assistance from Josh Sinanan, Dan Mathews, Chouchan Airapetian and Duane Polich. Neo Olin, an 8th grader at Dimmit Middle School in Seattle, won the Open section with 5/5 and will represent WA State at the Barber Tournament of K-8 State Champions helding concurrently with the U.S. Open in early August.  Kyle Zhang and Garrett Casey tied for 1st in the U1600 section with 4.5/5 each!

The event has now been rated: USCF crosstable, and also see the Chess Ratings Northwest report.
Top boards round 4

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.