Two important events recently concluded in Portland:
2014 Portland Chess Club Championship
This 5-round 16-player event, held on consecutive Tuesdays September 30-October 28, ended in a three-way tie, with Nick Raptis, Brian John Esler and Alex Grom scoring 4 of 5 points, each losing only one game to one of the other co-winners. See the USCF crosstable.
Oregon Class Championships
The Oregon Class Championships were held November 1-2, 2014 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation. Winners by class were as follows: Master/Expert – Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra (4 of 5 points); Class A – Seth Talyansky (4 of 5) with two draws; Class B – James McAleer and Aaron Nicoski (4 of 5) each with two draws; Class C – Jack McClain (4 of 5) with two draws; Class D (U1400) – Tony Midson and Karl Wallulis (4 of 5) each with either two draws or a draw and half-point bye. Both raised their rating to over 1400. See the USCF crosstable.
Photo description (by Mike Morris): The C Section had a stand-alone winner in the person of Jack Woo McClain, who turned his 4.0 points into hard cash, to the tune of $260—a lot of money for a very young player, who should have taken pity on a second-round player who must be nearly seven times his age!
Jack Woo McClain shows prize check from Oregon Class.
Two British Columbia chess players, Bindi Cheng and (Isaac) Joe Roback, tied for first place at the Portland Chess Club Fall Open October 11-12, also celebrating National Chess Day in the U.S. Each scored 4 out of 5 possible points. (See the USCF crosstable for details.) This is hardly surprising for Cheng, rated about USCF 2500 (higher than anyone who normally plays in Portland), but was a big success for Roback, who raised his USCF rating from 1923 to 2031. Two additional BC players also did well with 3 points, while Oregon and Washington players tied for the 3rd-5th place positions with 3.5 points. In the Reserve section, Oregon player Kian Patel took a clear first place with 4 of 5 points.
Oregon state champion Nick Raptis competed in a separate and exciting six-game match against Washington state champion Nat Koons, which ended in a 3-3 tie. A match report with games will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.
Portland Chess Club September Quads (Tuesday evenings 9/9 to 9/23):
The upper section, run as a 6-player Swiss, was won by Sean O’Connell with 2.5 of 3 points. The middle section was won by Arliss Dietz with a perfect score of 3. The lower section was won by Ken Harry with 2 of 3 points. USCF crosstable link.
Portland Chess Club Game/60 (Saturday 9/27):
Phillip Seitzer tied Jason Cigan for first place; each scored a perfect 4 points in the four-round event. Seitzer is now rated 2190, close to master strength, and Cigan is rated 2132. USCF crosstable link.
Seattle Chess Club September Tornado (Sunday 9/28):
Gabriel Tafalla emerged the winner, scoring 3.5 of 4 points, and raising his rating nearly 100 points from 1821 to 1916. USCF crosstable link.
This year’s Oregon Open, held Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1, 2014 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree in Portland, ended in a three-way tie for first in the Open Section. Nick Raptis, Daniel He and Micah Smith all went undefeated with two draws, scoring 5.0 out of 6.0. (Raptis and He drew each other in the final round.) The Reserve Section was swept with a perfect 6.0 score by Abhinav Brahmarouthu, raising his rating to over 1800. Grisha Alpernas was the TD, and the Portland Chess Club was the host club. USCF crosstable link.
The Portland Chess Club holds a monthly quad tournament (known as a “Quad 45” because of the 45-minute time control) that usually takes place on the third Saturday of each month. This tournament is billed as a great way for new players to get introduced to the PCC and USCF-rated tournament chess as well as for seasoned veterans to battle against similarly rated opponents. The format is a 3-round quad, G/45; d5. One section may run as a 6-player Swiss depending on the number of players.
The August 2014 event top-rated section ended in a 2.5-point tie between Karl Stump and Jeff Jack Austin after the two players drew each other in the first round. See the USCF crosstable.
For more details on this monthly tournament, see the PCC website or the NWC calendar pages.
As reported by Brian Berger, “Preregistration numbers for the Portland Chess Club’s Summer Open tournament gave the first hint that a full house could be expected. And a full house it was, as 42 players gathered to test their playing skills–many of them new faces to this reporter.” The Open section was won by Seth Talyansky, with an impressive 4.5/5, drawing only Matt Dalthorp. Brian’s full story will appear in the August issue of Northwest Chess. The photo, taken by Brian, shows some of the action, with the game Michael Goffe (L) vs. David Murray in the foreground.
Portland CC June G/60 (June 28)
As reported by Brian Berger, “With still a threat of showers looming on the day of the Portland Chess Club’s Game 60, 18 resolute chess aficionados decided to spend their Saturday in over-the-board combat, TD’d by the recently returned world traveler (see the July issue of Northwest Chess) Neil Dale.” The contest was won by Jason Cigan, taking all four games. Once again, Brian’s full story will appear in the August issue of Northwest Chess. The photo, taken by Brian, shows some of the action, with the game Jerrold Richards (L) vs. Harry Buerer in the foreground.
The turnout of 39 players was so high that the usual monthly G/60 event held by the Portland Chess Club was for the March 29, 2014 event turned into a G/45 event and had 5 rounds. As usual the winner was Nick Raptis of Portland. His score was 5-0. Neil Dale of Portland was the tournament director.
The Portland Chess Club almost got the turnout that the prize fund was based on. 39 players took part in an event at the club on March 8-9, 2014. Handling the directing tasks were Neil Dale of Portland and Jon Fortune of Tualatin. 11 of the players got a lower entry free because they are dues paying members of the club. Nick Raptis of Portland won the Open Section with 4.5-.5. Sarah May of Vancouver WA was 2nd with 3.5-1.5. Two players scored 4-1 in the Reserve Section: Mike Hasuike and Mu Lin, both of Portland.
The event was held March 1, 2014 at the club with Jon Fortune as chief TD with assistant TD Neil Dale. As usual Nick Raptis won the event with 4-0. The win added two rating points to both his regular and quick ratings. 22 players took part. The event was held in March but named PCC Feb2014 Game 60 because is was to be held in Feb. but moved to March because of the Oregon Championship change of dates.
Once again the top rated player in the event won. And once again it was Nick Raptis of Portland with a perfect 4-0 score in the Game in 60; d5 event at the Portland Chess Club. It was held January 25, 2014 with Neil Dale and Jonathan Fortune handling the tournament director tasks for the 30 players who took part. The announced prize fund was based on 20 players but since there were 30 it was increased. Watch for more details in the March issue of NORTHWEST CHESS.