Oregon players sweep Vancouver Open

Chess players from Oregon triumphed at the 2015 Vancouver Open, which took place August 22-23 at the Vancouver Red Lion Hotel at the Quay and was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation. FM Nick Raptis and Jason Cigan tied for first with 4.5/5, topping the 35-player open section, which included 6 masters. Andrea Botez won clear first in the 47-player reserve section with 4.5/5. Galen Pyle was the Chief TD of the event. The USCF crosstable can be found here. Photos from the tournament taken by Rachna Soneji can be found here.

Prize winners include:

Open Section:

Raptis and Cigan

=1st/2nd: Nick Raptis, Jason Cigan 4.5 $330 each

1st U2000: Faris Gulamali 3.0 $120

=1st/2nd U1800: Eric Zhang, Jacob Mayer 2.5 $60 each

Reserve Section:


1st: Andrea Botez 4.5 $280

=2nd: John Acken, Dan Mathews, Mu Lin 4.0 $60 each

=1st U1600: Ari Bluffstone, Joey Yeo 3.5 $45 each

1st U1400: Henry Romero 3.5 $90

=1st U1200: David Prideaux, Andy Tien, William Nicholas 2.5 $30 each

Princes beat Kings 14-11!

IMG_6847Below are the final results of the Kings vs. Princes Match and Junior FIDE Round Robin.  The games from both events can be found here.  The USCF rating report can be found here.  Here is link to some pictures taken during the event by Victoria Jung-Doknjas: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Chess-Federation/173076032716634.
Kings vs Princes

FM Curt Collyer (2320, 2262, USA) 3.0 $300 3rd
LM Viktors Pupols (2200, 2025, USA) 2.5 $125 =4th-5th
FM Nick Raptis (2389, 2335, USA) 2.0
FM William Schill (2315, 2201, USA) 2.0
FM David Roper (2248, 2237, USA) 1.5
CM John Doknjas (2155, 2116, CAN) 4.5 $600 1st
NM Bryce Tiglon (2305, 2227, USA) 4.0 $450 2nd
Noah Fields (2105, 1896, USA) 2.5 $125 =4th-5th
NM Joshua Doknjas (2096, 2096, CAN) 2.0
Anthony He (2010, 1752, USA) 1.0
Final Score of the match: Kings 11 – Princes 14
FIDE Junior RR
Junior FIDE RR:
Eric Zhang (1795, 1512, USA) 2.0 1st
WCM Naomi Bashkansky (1824, 1554, USA) 1.5 =2nd-3rd
Neil Doknjas (1727, UNR, CAN) 1.5 =2nd-3rd
Jothi Ramesh (1853, UNR, USA) 1.0 4th

11 perfect scores after 3 rounds in the US Open Traditional Schedule

FM Nick Raptis from Portland OR is among the 11 players tied for first place after three rounds of the traditional schedule. Photo credit: Jeff Roland

Five FIDE titled chess players are among the 11 tied for first place at 3-0 after three rounds of the traditional schedule of the 2012 U.S. Open in Vancouver, WA. The complete list can be found on the U.S. Chess Federation website and will be updated by Phil Smith as the tournament progresses.

Perfect scores through three rounds:

1 GM Seirawan, Yasser WA 2674
2 Norowitz, Yaacov NJ 2569
3 IM Mulyar, Michael A CO 2456
4 IM Kaufman, Raymond CA 2420
5 Breckenridge, Steven OR 2349
6 FM Raptis, Nick OR 2330
7 WFM Labedz, Patrycja Anna TX 2329
8 Sinanan, Joshua WA 2259
9 Mac Farland, James S CA 2215
10 Cheng, Kun Jack, Jr BC 2156
11 Gustafsson, Alexander UT 2060

Northwest players with 2.5 points:

Gay, Daniel Zachary OR 2212
Prochaska, Peter OR 2200
Airapetian, Chouchanik WA 2155
Kleist, Frederick K WA 2098
Daroza, Eduardo OR 2049
Herrera, Robert OR 2044
Morris, Michael J OR 2044
Tobin, Sean OR 2025
Merwin, Steven E WA 2015
Goshen, Matthew Robert WA 2013
Peake, Ethan J OR 1907

There are 205 players in the traditional schedule. Another 300+ players are expected in the 6-day and 4-day schedules. The 6-day begins tonight (rd. 1 = 7 pm Tuesday).
Monday Quad Result here

First Side Event Completed at 2012 U.S. Open

Josh Sinanan of Washington, pictured above, finished tied for 5th place with 3.5/5 after losing to co-winner Nick Raptis in the final round. Photo credit: Russell Miller.

The U.S. Open Weekend Swiss, the first side event of this year’s tournament held August 4-5, was won by Nick Raptis of Oregon and Francisco Guadalupe II of Texas who tied for first with 4.5 points in five rounds. Yogi Saputra and Takuma Sato-Duncan, both of Oregon, tied for 3rd-4th with 4-1. Josh Sinanan of Washington, Carl Haessler of Oregon and Michael Goffe of Oregon were the Northwest players in the group tied for 5th through 9th with 3.5 points.

41 Players entered the event including 16 players from Oregon and 13 from Washington. The complete cross table can be viewed here.