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.
FM Roland Feng, the current WA State co-Champion, won the first Seattle Chess Classic with an undefeated 7/9 and took home the $1300 first place prize! Roland finished half a point ahead of second place finishers IM Ray Kaufman, FM Tanraj Sohal and NM Daniel He. Tying for 2nd U2300 with 6 points each were WIM Megan Lee, FM Ignacio Perez, and NM Derek Zhang. Benjamin Mukumbya, who starred in the recent Disney film Queen of Katwe, and Naomi Bashkansky tied for first U2150/U2000, also with 6 points. Vikram Ramasamy and David Rupel tied for 2nd U2150 with 5.5 points. Travis Olson won clear 2nd U2000 with 5 points. Nicholas Whale had an amazing tournament and took home the U1850 prize with 5.5 points, raising his rating by 200 points in the process! Vignesh Anand and Thomas Taylor split 2nd U1850 honors with 4.5 points each. Megan Lee and Naomi Bashkansky added to their prize winnings by splitting the Top Female prize, while Ignacio Perez, who just recently turned 50, took home the Top Senior prize.
In the Reserve section, two players dominated the 21-player field and both scored an amazing 8/9 – Jacob Mayer and Jeffrey Yan! They each won $275.50 and picked up some bonus points along the way. Robin Tu and Sophie Szeto tied for 3rd/U1600 with 5.5 points each. They were half a point ahead of Lorenzo Patton and Melina Li, who tied for 2nd U1600. Alison Xiao and Ajay Pai split first U1450/U1300 with 5.0 points each. Half a point back were Harrison Toppen-Ryan and Ethan Su, who tied for 2nd U1450. Young Anand Gupta won 2nd U1300 with 4.5 points, and Kabir Hotani took down the U1150 prize with the same score. Raymond Zhang from Vancouver, B.C. won 2nd U1150 with 3.5 points. Sophie Szeto won Top Female honors and August Piper took home the Top Senior Prize. Congratulations to all of the winners!
The Seattle Chess Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF President Josh Sinanan.
The 2015 WA G/60 Championship was held at Seattle Chess Club over winter break December 28-29. The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by Fred Kleist. 48 players took part in one large open section. FM Ignacio Perez, originally from Cuba, won clear first with 5.5/6, claiming the $180 first place prize. USCF Expert Huso Hadzic and Class A player Brendan Zhang tied for second with 5.0/6 apiece. Jacob Mayer, Oscar Petrov, Joseph Truelson, Brian Chen tied for =U1800 with 4.0 each. Owen Xuan and Daniel Shubin tied for first =U1600 also with 4.0 points. Joshua Lewis-Sandy, Jason Reeves, and Brandon Jiang split U1400 honors with 3.5 points each. Kevin Tu and Anne-Marie Velea tied for the U1200/unr. prize, each scoring 3.5. Photos from the tournament can be found here. The USCF rating report can be found here.