Congratulations to Kyle Haining (2191) and Bryce Tiglon (2357) for sharing first place with four other 2400+ rated players at the National High School Championship in Atlanta, GA, held April 1-3, 2016. [All six players scored 6.0 points in 7 rounds.] Kyle pulled off an incredible feat by defeating two 2400+ rated players in the last two rounds. Daniel He (2268) finished a half-point behind at 5.5/7 and placed 9th overall among 284 players. Other notable performances at 5/7 include Samuel He (2263, placed 26th) who went undefeated and drew an IM, and Benjamin Brusniak (1932, placed 34th). Washington players also dominated the Blitz championship with five players finishing in the top 12 – Samuel He (#2), Bryce Tiglon (#3), Daniel He (#5), Noah Fields (#8) and Kyle Haining (#12). Last but not least, the Lakeside team finished 2nd and Redmond High placed 8th in the nation!
HIGH SCHOOL STATE – “THE BIG DANCE” SIX NWL TEAMS JOIN THE FRAY
Six high school teams from the Northwest Chess League qualified and attended the season-concluding State Chess Team Championships, held this year at Interlake High School in Bellevue on February 8 and 9, 2013. The competition was tough, as evidenced by the top three finishers (Lakeside, Interlake, Garfield) having an average chess rating of 1750. After the 445 games of chess were finished, here’s how it settled:
Chess State Team 2013 Final Standings:
15th Ferndale B
20th Lynden Christian
In the State Junior Varsity event, Ferndale’s Ben Witzel went undefeated and untied and is the 2013 Washington State JV Champion:
1st Ben Witzel, Ferndale
7th Bailey Westman, Ferndale
10th Drake Likkel, Lynden Christian
12th Brady Hornstra, Lynden Christian
Full Event Crosstable. Photo below submitted by Duane Polich.