A record 23 players took part in the 2017 WA State Women’s Championship, a 5-round Swiss held at the Seattle Chess Club September 15-17, 2017. The tournament, which was dual US Chess and FIDE rated, attracted players from throughout the Northwest States including Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The chief organizer of the event was WCF President Josh Sinanan and it was directed by Fred Kleist, a US Chess Senior TD and FIDE National Arbiter.
WFM Chouchanik Airapetian won the 2017 WA Women’s Championship with 4.5/5, taking home the $300 first place prize along with the title of 2017 WA State Women’s Champion! For her victory, Chouchan will be seeded into the Premier Section of the 2018 WA State Championship. Other winners include:
2nd Place: Andrea Botez, $200
=3rd/U1800: Minda Chen, Sophie Tien & Anne-Marie Velea, $60 each
=1st U1600: Melina Li & Sophie Szeto, $40 each
=1st U1400/U1200: Kate Jiang & Felicity Wang, $80 each
=1st U1000/Unr: Angela Agaian & Angela Chen, $40 each
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF FB page
Here is a link to the US Chess rating report.
The 2015 WA State Women’s Championship was held December 12-13 at the Seattle Chess Club. Seven players took part in one open section:
- WFM Chouchanik Airapetian (2080 USCF, 2086 FIDE, ARM)
- Badamkhand Norovsambuu (2038 USCF, 2017 FIDE, MGL)
- WCM Naomi Bashkansky (1976 USCF, 1695 FIDE, USA)
- Kerry Van Veen (1548 USCF, USA)
- Minda Chen (1337 USCF, 1522 NWSRS, USA)
- Karen Schmidt (813 USCF, USA)
- DI Anjali Walsh (680 USCF, 1311 NWSRS, IRL)
The tournament was co-organized by WCF Member-at-Large Chouchanik Airapetian and WCF President Josh Sinanan. Carol Kleist directed the event.
Congratulations to WFM Chouchanik Airapetian for winning the tournament with 3.5/4 points! “Chouchan” is originally from Armenia and has played in several U.S. Women’s Championships over the course of her chess career. She now lives in Mercer Island with her husband and two children, where she teaches and promotes chess full time through education. For her victory, Chouchan is seeded into the Invitational section of the 2016 WA State Championship. More photos from the tournament can be found on facebook here. The USCF rating report can be found here.