Harmon Report from Portland CC website

11th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial Open (April 1-2): The Harmon Memorial currently rotates between Oregon and Washington each year and was in Oregon this year. Clark was one of the Northwest’s premier players and ambassadors of the game for many decades. See more information about Clark here and here. After the original Neil Dale Memorial Open was cancelled due to the weather, the unique features of that tournament (one section, G/120;d5, under prizes at U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500, and U1300/unrated, bonus upset prize) were transferred over to this year’s Harmon Memorial (the Neil Dale Memorial was rescheduled with the Portland Spring Open and used the Spring Open format). This year’s Harmon Memorial got thirty-five players. Micah Smith was the TD on Saturday and Mike Morris was the TD on Sunday. Mike Lilly helped with registration on Saturday. Mike Lilly and Mike Morris both gave a short remembrance of Clark before round 1. FM Corey Russell, a player from Medford, finished first with 4.5/5 and won $210. Corey also qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament as the top Oregon finisher. However, he certainly would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating and will almost certainly qualify for the higher level State Championship which runs alongside the Invitational. NM Matt Zavortink and NM William Lapham tied for second with 4/5 and split the second and third place prizes, each winning $114. H.G. Pitre, a player from the Seattle area, Gavin Zhang, and Scott Levin split the 1st U2100, 1st U1900, and 2nd U2100 prizes with 3.5/5, each winning $65. H.G. also gained around 70 rating points. Alan Rhoade and Isaac Vega split the 2nd U1900 prize, each winning $27. Alan graciously donated his winnings to the Harmon Memorial Fund which we use to have a higher prize fund for the Harmon Memorial. Isaac also gained around 50 rating points. Ralph Anthony, a player from the Seattle area, won the 1st U1700 prize of $70 with 3/5 and gained around 50 rating points. Roshen Nair, Brian Berger, and Abbie Wu split the 2nd U1700 prize with 2.5/5, each winning $18. Abbie also gained around 125 rating points, achieved a new peak rating, and achieved her 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category Title (her performance was good enough that she achieved 3rd and 2nd Category norms as well). Roshen also achieved his 5th, 3rd Category norm and thus was awarded the 3rd Category Title. Zoey Tang won the 1st U1500 prize of $70 with 2.5/5 and gained around 85 rating points and a new peak rating. Jerrold Richards won the 2nd U1500 prize of $53 with 2/5. Harry Buerer won the 1st U1300/unrated prize of $70 with 2/5. Austin Tang won the 2nd U1300/unrated prize of $53 with 1.5/5. Micah Smith had the idea of adding a bonus upset prize to at least one of our tournaments and it makes the most sense to have an upset prize at a big one section tournament. Since it’s a bonus prize that players can win in addition to the other prizes, we decided we should be a little more restrictive as to who is eligible for the prize and we decided that you have to have an established US Chess rating (played at least 26 rated games) to be able to win the prize. We also decided not to count draws as half of an upset as is sometimes done. Arliss Dietz won the bonus upset prize of $50 by beating a player rated 356 points higher. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Ray Bourke from Corvallis.

Results of Portland CC Dec G/60 event

Photo Credit: Russell Miller. Kathy Miller holding NWC banner outside Portland CC.
Photo Credit: Russell Miller. Kathy Miller holding NWC banner outside Portland CC.

14 players took part in the event held at the club site on Dec 17, 2016.
Lennart Bjorksten was the chief TD. Gavin Zhang added to his rating because of his 4-0 final score. In the event held in Nov he tied for 3rd and in Oct his 3-0 score tied.

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Jason Cigan Tops Portland Spring Open

The 2016 Washington President’s Cup took place at Seattle Chess Club February 13-14.  The tournament was hosted by Washington Chess Federation and directed by WCF tournament coordinator Dan Mathews, with assistance from Duane Polich and Murlin Varner.  67 players took part in two sections: Open and Reserve U1600.  Sloan Setiadikurnia, Travis Miller, and Zachary Zhang tied for first place in the Open section with 3.5/4!  Northwest Chess Grand Prix Admin Murlin Varner won the reserve section with 4.5/5!  A selection of games from the tournament can be viewed here.  The US Chess rating report can be found here.  Below is the complete list of the prize winners:

Open

Sloan Setiadikurnia
Sloan Setiadikurnia

Sloan Setiadikurnia, 3.5, 1st Place/2nd Place/1stU1900, $271.67

Travis Miller
Travis Miller

Travis Miller3.5, 1st Place/2nd Place/1st U1900, $271.67

Zachary Zhang
Zachary Zhang

Zachary Zhang, 3.5, 1st Place/2nd Place/1st U1900, $271.67 (seeded into 2017 WA Premier based on highest tiebreaks)
Minda Chen, 3.0, 1st U1700, $82.50
Jasen Reeves, 3.0, 1st U1700, $82.50

Reserve

Murlin Varner, 4.5, 1st Place, $300
Boas Lee, 4.0, 2nd Place, $250
Aidan Lawler, 3.5, 1st U1400, $55
Andy Tien, 3.5, 1st U1400, $55
Alison Xiao, 3.5, 1st U1400, $55
Joseph Levine, 3.5, 1st U1200/Unrated, $82.50
Emily Tang, 3.5, 1st U1200/Unrated, $82.50

Bryce Tiglon - 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative
Bryce Tiglon – 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative

Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle, for winning the playoff to qualify for the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions!  He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Samuel and Daniel He.  For his victory, Bryce is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open this August in Indianapolis, IN.  Bryce receives a $750 scholarship from WCF and a $250 scholarship from WHSCA.  Congratulations Bryce!

The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 5 under the supervision of TD Fred Kleist.  Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment.

The games from the playoff can be viewed here.
Here is the link to the US Chess crosstable.Results from the playoff (first player listed had white):

9:30    Samuel – Daniel. Result: .5-.5
2:00    Daniel – Bryce Result: .5-.5
6:30    Bryce – Samuel. Result: 1-0

Bryce Tiglon - 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative
Bryce Tiglon – 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative

Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle, for winning the playoff to qualify for the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions!  He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Samuel and Daniel He, all of whom share the title of WA State High School co-champions.  For winning the playoff, Bryce is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open this August in Indianapolis, IN.  Bryce receives a $750 scholarship from WCF and a $250 scholarship from WHSCA.  Congratulations Bryce!

The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 5 under the supervision of TD Fred Kleist.  Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment.

The games from the playoff can be viewed here.
Here is the link to the US Chess crosstable.Results from the playoff (first player listed had white):

9:30    Samuel – Daniel. Result: .5-.5
2:00    Daniel – Bryce Result: .5-.5
6:30    Bryce – Samuel. Result: 1-0

Bryce Tiglon - 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative
Bryce Tiglon – 2016 WA State High School Denker Representative

Congratulations to Bryce Tiglon, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle, for winning the playoff to qualify for the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions!  He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Samuel and Daniel He, all of whom share the title of WA State High School co-champions.  For winning the playoff, Bryce is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open this August in Indianapolis, IN.  Bryce receives a $750 scholarship from WCF and a $250 scholarship from WHSCA.  Congratulations Bryce!

The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 5 under the supervision of TD Fred Kleist.  Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment.

The games from the playoff can be viewed here.
Here is the link to the US Chess crosstable.Results from the playoff (first player listed had white):

9:30    Samuel – Daniel. Result: .5-.5
2:00    Daniel – Bryce Result: .5-.5
6:30    Bryce – Samuel. Result: 1-0

Mike Janniro and Jason Cigan. Photographer unknown.
Mike Janniro and Jason Cigan. Photographer unknown.

This photo of Jason Cigan was taken a the Portland CC in March. He is a member of the board of officers at the club. This photo of Jason Cigan was taken a the Portland CC but not during the 2016 Portland Spring Open by Russell Miller

From Portland CC website

“Portland Spring Open (March 12-13): This year’s edition was run by Mike Janniro with assistance from Mike Lilly. There were thirty-five players, twenty-three in the open, led by five 2100’s, and twelve in the reserve (U1800). Starting with last year’s Summer Open, we began allowing a half point bye on the last round at the Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter Opens to accommodate those who can’t play the last round. A handful of players took a half point bye on the last round and several players who couldn’t play on Sunday at all took half point byes for the last two rounds. Jason Cigan won the open with 4.5/5 and won $131. NM Lennart Bjorksten, Phillip Seitzer, Jose Gatica, Brent Baxter (from Olympia), and Corey Tache tied for second with 3.5/5. Lennart, Phillip, and Jose split the second place prize, each winning $29, while Brent and Corey split the U2000 prize, each winning $33. Brent also won the U2000 prize at last year’s Spring Open (see the March 2015 archives). Big rating gains in the open section were achieved by Jake Winkler (around 90 points, enough to achieve a new peak rating) and Brian Berger (around 80 points), both of whom played up in the open section. Jazon Samillano won the reserve with 4/5 and won $88. Stephen Buck (from Tacoma) and Nyamdorj Javkhlantugs tied for second with 3.5/5 and split the second and U1600 prize, each winning $55. Jyamdorj also gained around 65 rating points. Collin Anderson, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, won the U1200/unrated prize of $44 with 2/5. Jimmy Dee was the highest scoring player who was eligible for the $44 U1400 prize at the start of the tournament. However, since he withdrew for the last round he is ineligible for prizes under PCC policy and the US Chess rulebook recommendation for failing to complete the tournament. Thus, the prize went to Konner Feldman with 1/5.”

The above was probably written by Micah Smith.

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Portland CC Dec G/60 Results

Group PhotoThe 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, buy 2086 FIDE, seek ARM)
  • Badamkhand Norovsambuu (2038 USCF, ambulance 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.

Nick Raptis wins  Event
Nick Raptis wins Dec G/60 Event

20 players took part in the monthly G/60 event held at the Portland Chess Club on Dec 26, mind 2015. With a 4-0 score the top rated player in the event, Nick Raptis of Portland won the event clear.
4 players scored 3-1. Mike Morris of Portland was the tournament director.

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Results of Portland CC Winter Open

Group PhotoThe 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, buy 2086 FIDE, seek ARM)
  • Badamkhand Norovsambuu (2038 USCF, ambulance 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.

Nick Raptis wins  Event
Nick Raptis wins Dec G/60 Event

20 players took part in the monthly G/60 event held at the Portland Chess Club on Dec 26, mind 2015. With a 4-0 score the top rated player in the event, Nick Raptis of Portland won the event clear.
4 players scored 3-1. Mike Morris of Portland was the tournament director.

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Sign on a street near the Portland Chess Club. Photo Credit: Russell Miller
Sign on a street near the Portland Chess Club. Photo Credit: Russell Miller

Good turnout for the 2015 Winter Open held at the Portland Chess Club. 24 players in both sections. A near record turnout per research by Micah Smith of Vancouver.
Not only the same numbers of players the same score for top two finishers of both sections, pilule
4.5-.5 and 4-1.
Open section winner was Nick Raptis of Portland. 2nd place to Seth Talyansky of Portland. Reserve section winner was Jazon Samilano Portland with 2nd to Michael Rabadan of Yakima.

TD tasks handled by Lennard Bjorksten and Michael Morris both of Portland.

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Portland CC Championship

The Seattle Chess Club held their annual Seattle Fall Open on Sept 18-20. Nick Raptis of Portland Oregon won the Open Section 4.5-.5. Bryce Tiglon and IM Ray Kaufman tied for 2-3 with 4-1. Bryce took a 4th rd 1/2 bye and drew with Nick in round 5. 46 players took part in the Open Section.
The 35 player Reserve Section was won by Joseph Truelson with 4.5-5. It appears from looking at his US Chess information that he is a scholastic player who lived in Minnesota until this year and now lives in Washington since he has played in several Washington events. Fred Kleist was the tournament director.

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Sign on a street near the Portland Chess Club. Photo Credit: Russell Miller
Sign on a street near the Portland Chess Club. Photo Credit: Russell Miller

From the website of the chess club

“Club Championship (Sept 29-Oct 29): The annual Portland Chess Club Championship, viagra
which is open to all PCC members, prostate takes place in October (sometimes starting in late September as was the case this year) in place of the Tuesday Quads. Mike Morris, PCC life member and longtime board member, won with 4.5/5, gaining around 70 rating points and winning $50. He beat defending champion FM Nick Raptis, who finished 2nd with 4/5, on the last round to take the title. Brian Elser finished 3rd with 3.5/5. Roland Eagles won the $25 U1800 prize with 3/5 and gained around 65 rating points.”

Mike was also the TD. CLICK HERE for the US Chess Crosstable

Portland Fall Open Results

Tournament Winner: Michael Cambareri on left and TD Kevin K.  Photo Credit: Annete Wayland
Tournament Winner: Michael Cambareri on left and TD Kevin Korsmo.
Photo Credit: Annette Weyland

Kevin Korsmo directed the 30 player event on Sept 26-27 for the Spokane Chess Club.
Michael Cambareri won with a 5-0 score. Unrated Karl Reutter scored 4-1 to take 2nd place clear. Kevin reports: “Karl is a west side kid who played some scholastic chess and is a junior at Gonzaga.” He has a Northwest Scholastic rating of 1156 based on 105 games

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National Chess Day was Oct 10, sickness 2015. For the 2nd year in a row the Portland Chess Club held their annual Fall Open on this weekend. Last year 44 player took part and this year 30 did.
Mike Janniro of Portland was the TD and played an extra game. All the event winners were from Portland.
Nick Raptis and Seth Talyansky tired for 1st place in the upper section with 4-1. Seth topped Nick in round 4. Roland Eagles and Eric Erard also scored 4-1 to win the lower section of the event.

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''tD Janniro on left with Upper Section co winner Seth Talyansky. Photo Credit: Brian Berger
‘TD Janniro on left with Upper Section co winner Seth Talyansky. Photo Credit: Brian Berger