2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship

Nathan Jiang (left) vs. Savanna Naccarato (right) at the 2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship. Photo credit: Jeff Roland
Nathan Jiang (left) vs. Savanna Naccarato (right) at the 2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship. Photo credit: Jeff Roland

The 2013 Idaho Scholastic Championship was held March 16, 2013 at the Vineyard in Boise, Idaho. 274 Students played in this 34th annual championship tournament.

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Championship Section


1st Place – Nathan Jiang (Eagle, 9th Grade)
2nd Place – Tyler Lopez (Borah, 12th Grade)
3rd Place – Savanna Naccarato (Sandpoint, 10th Grade)

Grade 12
1st Place – Megan Jones (Wood River)
2nd Place – Nick Care (Boise)

Grade 11
1st Place – Cody Gorman (Renaissance)
2nd Place – Tristan Arnold (Boise)

Grade 10
1st Place – Kory Puderbaugh (Meridian Technical)
2nd Place – Desmond Porth (Wood River)

Grade 9
1st Place – Carmen Pemsler (Riverglen)
2nd Place – Michael Abernathy

Barber K-8 Champion
1st Place – Jacob Nathan (3rd Grade)
2nd Place – Blake Magnuson (Northstar, 6th Grade)

1st Place – Borah HS, Boise, Idaho (10 points; 43 Solk)
2nd Place – Wood River HS, Hailey, Idaho (9 points; 47 Solk)

Grade 8 Section

1st Place – Robert Jiang (Lowell Scott)
2nd Place – Sebastian Chao (Lewis and CLark)
3rd Place – Brayden Riley (Fresco)
4th Place – Nathan Stouffer (Rood River)
5th Place – Kieran Arnold (Hillside)

1st Place – Lewis and Clark MS, Boise, Idaho (5 points; 22 Solk)

Grade 7 Section

1st Place – Jo Wang (Heritage)
2nd Place – Lucas Knoll (Sage)
3rd Place – Alethea Chaney (Ambrose)
4th Place – Dylan Porth (Wood River)
5th Place – Ari Berg (Sage)

1st Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (8 points; 38 Solk)
2nd Place – Lewis and Clark MS, Boise, Idaho (7 points; 34 Solk)

Grade 6 Section

1st Place – Isaac Blake (Cynthia Mann)*
2nd Place – John Chen (Lowell Scott)*
3rd Place – Anthony Luo (Lowell Scott)
4th Place – Jordan Nielsen (La Mia Terra)
5th Place – Noah Jarvis (Northstar)
6th Place – Elias Willerup (Washington)
7th Place – Garrett Stouffer (Wood River)
8th Place – Brooklyn Mayer (Sage International)
9th Place – Olivia DeAngelis (Riverstone International)
10th Place – Michael Kappelman (Lake Hazel)

* Tie-breaks gave the bigger 1st place trophy to Isaac Blake, but Isaac Blake and John Chen are considered to be co-champions of the 6th grade.

1st Place – Lowell Scott, Boise, Idaho (8½ points; 30½ Solk)
2nd Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (7 points; 31½ Solk)

Grade 5 Section

1st Place – Kevin Yang (Valley View)
2nd Place – Adam Pettyjohn (Cynthia Mann)
3rd Place – Lance Thrall (Pioneer)
4th Place – Sabrina Ripley (Pioneer)
5th Place – Taylor Nicholas (Sage International)
6th Place – Leah Abernathy
7th Place – Andras Britschgi (Sage International)
8th Place – Braxton Quintero (Payette)
9th Place – Zane Barckholtz (Hailey)
10th Place – Carson Barningham (Cecil Andrus)
11th Place – Natalie Adams
12th Place – Amelia Mussler-Wright (Washington)
13th Place – Laurel Wheaton (Washington)
14th Place – Austin Hunt (Washington)
15th Place – Seth Moore (Washington)

1st Place – Pioneer Elementary, Boise, Idaho (8½ points; 36½ Solk)
2nd Place – Washington Elementary, Boise, Idaho (6½ points; 40½ Solk)

Grade 4 Section

1st Place – Daniel Duan (Riverside)
2nd Place – Ryan Ripley (Pioneer)
3rd Place- Jonah Banta (Washington)
4th Place – Elijah Thibodeau (Cynthia Mann)
5th Place – Rosie Hill (Northstar)
6th Place – Henry Neal (Galileo)
7th Place – David Hoehler (Riverstone International)
8th Place – Keegan Jones (Sage International)
9th Place – Matt O’Meara (Riverside)
10th Place – Aidan Gray (Galileo)
11th Place – Vishvesha Sridhar (Collister)
12th Place – Carl Tomchak (Collister)
13th Place – Nathaniel Adams
14th Place – Austin Li (Cecil Andrus)
15th Place – Jacoby Smith (Riverside)

1st Place – Riverside Elementary, Boise, Idaho (11½ points; 41 Solk)
2nd Place – Galileo Magnet, Meridian, Idaho (10 points; 39 Solk)

Grade 3 Section

1st Place – Rayan Mahin (Challenger)
2nd Place – Nathan Bommerbach (Payette)
3rd Place – Logan McDougal (White Pine)
4th Place – James Liu (Collister)
5th Place – Frederick Zhang (White Pine)
6th Place – Vincent Giordano (Cecil Andrus)
7th Place – Colin Dempsey (Sage International)
8th Place – Isaac Fishman (Collister)
9th Place – Ryan Thrall (Pioneer)
10th Place – Bennet Pierce-Loayza (Sage International)
11th Place – Darci DeAngelis (Riverstone International)
12th Place – Nathan Edvalson (Cecil Andrus)
13th Place – Max Keller (Sage International)
14th Place – Miles Nielsen (La Mia Terra)
15th Place – Ryan Grubb (Galileo)

1st Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (12½ points; 61 Solk)
2nd Place – Cecil Andrus, Boise, Idaho (11½ points; 58½ Solk)

Grade 2 Section

1st Place – Daniel Fernandez (Collister)
2nd Place – Verah Arnold
3rd Place – Ryan Marquardt (Galileo Magnet)
4th Place – Tyler Erben (Challenger)
5th Place – Justin Siek (Collister)
6th Place – Owen Stouffer (Bellevue)
7th Place – Ben Siegenthaler (Sage International)
8th Place – Jieming Mei (Riverside)
9th Place – Wency Suo (Riverside)
10th Place – Alexander Wong (Sage International)
11th Place – Paul Sawyer (Longfellow)
12th Place – Moten Samuel (Northstar)
13th Place – Jaydin Morin-Bishop (Payette)
14th Place – Akshay Shyam (Cecil Andrus)
15th Place – Erik Tomten (Washington)

1st Place – Collister Elementary, Boise, Idaho (10½ points; 41½ Solk)
2nd Place – Sage International, Boise, Idaho (8 points; 39 Solk)

Grade 1 Section

1st Place – Lucas Coltrin (Summerwind)**
2nd Place – Alex Kitsinger (Collister)**
3rd Place – Mercedes Fernandez (St. Marys)
4th Place – Ryan Hughes (Challenger)
5th Place – Nathan Smith (Payette)
6th Place – Jacob Edvalson (Cecil Andrus)
7th Place – August Mussler-Wright (Washington)
8th Place – Emma Palmer (Washington)
9th Place – Ethan Li (Cecil Andrus)
10th Place – Dallan Riley (River Valley)

** Tie-breaks awarded first place (and the top trophy) to Lucas Coltrin and second place to Alex Kitsinger, but they are considered to be co-champions of the first grade.

1st Place – Cecil Andrus, Boise, Idaho (9½ points; 32 Solk)
2nd Place – Payette Primary, Payette, Idaho (7½ points; 32½ Solk)

Kindergarten Section

1st Place – James Wei (Pioneer)
2nd Place – Daniel Zhang (Cecil Andrus)
3rd Place – Samuel Li (Riverside)
4th Place – Oliver Nathan
5th Place – Dylan Waugh (Galileo Magnet)

Larry Parsons wins Idaho State Chess Championship for 18th time


Photo is Larry Parsons with his championship plaque as taken by Jeff Roland

USCF Crosstable

Tournament Report by Barry Eacker

Eighteen; 18; 8-teen; ate-teen.

Any way you slice it, Larry Parsons winning the Idaho Closed State Chess Championship for the eighteenth time over President’s weekend 2013 in Twin Falls, Idaho is an amazing accomplishment in the annals of Idaho chess history. Parsons solidified his position as the all-time leader in championship victories with a very workmanlike performance, winning four games and giving up draws in round two to former Idaho champion John Carr and in round four to the eventual number two finisher Jeff Roland. Parsons’ 5.0/6 score made his claim to the crown undisputed.

Roland’s 4.5/6 tally assured him clear second place, and left him the only other undefeated player in the tournament. Roland led at the halfway point with a perfect 3.0/3 score before having to settle for draws in the final three rounds. Cody Gorman shared a 4.0/6 score with Caleb Kircher, Alex Machin and Nedzad Imamovic but came out on top via the Solkoff tiebreak to claim the third place prize. Gorman very well could have been on board one in the final round had he not overlooked a brutal checkmate in a winning position in round four against Fred Bartell. Alex Machin grabbed the top unrated plaque.

One of the things that was really apparent at the event (besides Jeff Roland’s lack of electrical prowess as he attempted to activate the video camera with a power strip that was not plugged in) was the influx of a very young and talented group of chess players who made their presence known early on and throughout the tournament with strong games against many of the established players. Upsets were commonplace as the youngsters stepped in and played at a higher level than is usually expected. A few examples were Lucas Knoll’s victory over Kurt Douglas in round one and his draw with John Carr in round four, Carmen Pemsler’s victory over class-A player Caleb Kircher also in round four and unrated Alex Machin’s four wins (one against John Carr in round five) while playing Parsons for all the marbles in round six on board one. Jacob Nathan (rated 963) outplayed your TD in round four and only a positional error late in the game allowed me to equalize and draw. Lots of stuff happened in round four. There were four unrated players in the 21-player field. This is very encouraging to see and bodes well for the future of Idaho chess.

Two of the unrated players were identical twin brothers, Alex and Drew Machin from Boise. I observed on Sunday evening that Alex prepared well for his final two rounds with soup and salad and ended up on board one in round six. Drew ate the meal that I am going to try, but maybe not during a chess tournament: Chicken and waffles. He was not on board one……I’m just sayin’…

Sunday morning saw a temporary departure from over-the-board play with the annual ICA business meeting in full swing. Jay Simonson decided to step away from the rigors of office, and an election produced new officers. Jeff Roland was elected to be President, Adam Porth will serve as Vice President and Patrick Abernathy will take over Secretary/Treasurer duties. Terms start March 30, 2013 and end on March 30, 2015. Since two of these officers already held Trustee positions on the Board, two additional Board Members were elected to finish out the vacated terms that expire on March 30, 2014. Hugh Myers was elected Trustee for Web Development and Maintenance to finish out the term vacated by Jeff Roland, and Alise Pemsler was elected Trustee for Tournament Development to finish out the term vacated by Patrick Abernathy. Congratulations to the new officers.

Monday was Adam Porth’s birthday. He, along with his family, treated everyone to chess cake in the final round.

The venue was the Shilo Inn in Twin Falls, Idaho. Many thanks to the Shilo staff for providing a superior playing site and comfortable rooms for the players. Thanks to Jay Simonson for being my Assistant TD, and a very special thanks to all the players who took the time to participate in this historical event.

Respectfully submitted,
Barry Eacker, TD


Larry Parsons (Boise) – Champion
Jeff Roland (Boise) – Second Overall
Cody Gorman (Eagle) – Third Overall
Caleb Kircher (Nampa) – Top Class A
Fred Bartell (Twin Falls) – Top Class B
Barry Eacker (Twin Falls) – Second Class B
Carmen Pemsler (Eagle) – First Class C
Gary Hollingsworth (Pocatello) – Second Class C
Shane Taylor (Boise) – First Class D
Adam Porth (Bellevue) – Second Class D
Desmond Porth (Bellevue) – First Class E
Jacob Nathan (Idaho Falls) – Second Class E
Alex Machin (Boise) – Top Unrated
John Carr (Victor) – Top Senior
Lucas Knoll (Boise) – Top Junior
Alise Pemsler (Eagle) – Top Woman

Western Idaho Open

Alex Yermolinsky, Joshua Sinanan, Nick Raptis
2012 Western Idaho Open, Boise, Idaho. l-r: GM Alex Yermolinsky, Joshua Sinanan, and Nick Raptis (sporting a Northwest Chess t-shirt). Photo credit: Jeff Roland.

The 2012 Western Idaho Open, December 8-9, 2012 in Boise, Idaho was won by GM Alex Yermolinsky (Sious Falls, SD) with 4.5 points. FM Nick Raptis (Portland) was 2nd place with 4 points. There was a 4-way tie for 3rd-6th place between Joshua Sinanan (Seattle), Paul Johnson (Boise), Caleb Abernathy (Meridian, ID), and Peter Olsoy (Boise) with 3.5 points each.

In the Reserve Section, Gary Hollingsworth (Pocatello, ID) and Jarod Buus (Nampa, ID) tied for 1st-2nd place with 4 points each. There was a tie for 3rd-5th place between Jamie Lang (Meridian), Michaela Abernathy (Meridian), and Kevin Patterson (Meridian) with 3.5 points each.

I wish to thank everyone who played and supported this tournament.  Many players expressed a desire to play but couldn’t make it for one reason or another, but interest was high.  Boise State University (BSU) was a great site, and the staff at BSU did a fantastic job in accommodating our every need.

Here is a link to the complete report, including article, pictures, all the games, and even scans of all the score sheet images.