Washington Players Triumph at 2018 US National Junior Congress

L-R: Daniel Shubin, Anirudh Rajesh, Advaith Vijayakumar

By Vijay Sankaran, Igor & Stephan Jiang

The US National Junior Congress was held at Basis Independent Silicon Valley School, San Jose, CA from Mar 10th – Mar 11th. WA kids participated in U12, U10 and U8 sections representing the Seattle Chess Club. In a tightly contested tournament, all the players who were part of Seattle Chess Club team performed amazingly well with quite a bit of long games.  Seattle Chess Club team was declared the clear winner in the U12 section convincingly with 11.5 points.

A small section of games can be viewed here.

Daniel Shubin won the U12 section with a score of (4.5/5) with 4 wins and 1 draw and was declared a clear National Champion for U12 Section. Congratulations Daniel!

Also, contributing to the team’s score in the U12 section were Advaith Vijayakumar (4.0/5) tied for second place and Anirudh Rajesh (3.0/5).

In the U10 section, Brandon Jiang scored (4.0/5) and tied for 2rd place.  Sayali Gijare finished the tournament with (2.0/5) and won some good games.

In the U8 section Mobius Williamson scored (3.0/5).  This was his first national tournament and he played extremely well.

It was a great effort from the players of WA. The team trophy will be located at the Seattle Chess Club.

WIM Megan Lee Lecture

Date: February 9, 2018
Site: Seattle Chess Club
Organizer: Josh Sinanan
Here is the flyer.
The game presented can be viewed here.
Megan presented a lecture featuring highlights from her recent victory at the 2017 North American Open in Las Vegas.  The lecture was followed by a brief Q&A session and a chance for autographs.  About 12 spectators attended.

WIM Megan Lee.
Audience members enjoying the lecture.
About a dozen spectators were present at the lecture.

2017 WA Winter Classic

Playing room at the WA Winter Classic.

FM Steven Breckenridge of Gresham, OR, won the the 2017 WA Winter Chess Classic with 7/9 and took home the $500 first place prize!  Steven finished half a point ahead of second place finishers FMs Anthony He and Ignacio Perez, each of whom won $325 for their efforts.

Other Prize Winners in the Championship section include:

  • Jason Yu – 1st U2300
  • Eric Zhang, Chouchan Airapetian, and Wenyang Du =2nd U2300/U2150/U2000
  • Naomi Bashkansky + Joseph Levine =1st U2150/U2000
  • Minda Chen – 1st U1850
  • Advaith Vijayakumar + Jeffrey Yan =2nd U1850
  • Top Female – Naomi Bashkansky
  • Top Senior – Ignacio Perez

Davey Jones of Seattle won the 19-player Challengers section with 6.5 points and won $300.  Half a point behind him were two players who tied for second and third place:  Dan Mathews and Stephanie Velea, each of whom took home $200.

Other Challengers Section winners include:

  • Melina Li + Anirudh Rajesh = 1st U1600/U1450
  • Alex Kaelin + Alison Xiao = 2nd U1600/U1450
  • Angela Chen – 1st U1300
  • Rowan Foxley – 2nd U1300
  • Angela Agaian – 1st U1150
  • Top Female – Stephanie Velea
  • Top Senior – Frank Fagundes

The WA Winter Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews.

The US Chess crosstable can be found here.

Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF Facebook Page.

WFM Chouchanik Airapetian wins 2017 WA Women’s Championship!

A record 23 players took part in the 2017 WA State Women’s Championship, a 5-round Swiss held at the Seattle Chess Club September 15-17, 2017.  The tournament, which was dual US Chess and FIDE rated, attracted players from throughout the Northwest States including Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.  The chief organizer of the event was WCF President Josh Sinanan and it was directed by Fred Kleist, a US Chess Senior TD and FIDE National Arbiter.

WFM Chouchanik Airapetian won the 2017 WA Women’s Championship with 4.5/5, taking home the $300 first place prize along with the title of 2017 WA State Women’s Champion!  For her victory, Chouchan will be seeded into the Premier Section of the 2018 WA State Championship.  Other winners include:

2nd Place: Andrea Botez, $200
=3rd/U1800: Minda Chen, Sophie Tien & Anne-Marie Velea, $60 each
=1st U1600: Melina Li & Sophie Szeto, $40 each
=1st U1400/U1200: Kate Jiang & Felicity Wang, $80 each
=1st U1000/Unr: Angela Agaian & Angela Chen, $40 each

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF FB page
Here is a link to the US Chess rating report.

Seattle Chess Classic draws 75 players!

Seattle Chess Classic Open and Reserve Section players.

FM Roland Feng, the current WA State co-Champion, won the first Seattle Chess Classic with an undefeated 7/9 and took home the $1300 first place prize!  Roland finished half a point ahead of second place finishers IM Ray Kaufman, FM Tanraj Sohal and NM Daniel He.  Tying for 2nd U2300 with 6 points each were WIM Megan Lee, FM Ignacio Perez, and NM Derek Zhang.  Benjamin Mukumbya, who starred in the recent Disney film Queen of Katwe, and Naomi Bashkansky tied for first U2150/U2000, also with 6 points.  Vikram Ramasamy and David Rupel tied for 2nd U2150 with 5.5 points.  Travis Olson won clear 2nd U2000 with 5 points.  Nicholas Whale had an amazing tournament and took home the U1850 prize with 5.5 points, raising his rating by 200 points in the process!  Vignesh Anand and Thomas Taylor split 2nd U1850 honors with 4.5 points each.  Megan Lee and Naomi Bashkansky added to their prize winnings by splitting the Top Female prize, while Ignacio Perez, who just recently turned 50, took home the Top Senior prize.

In the Reserve section, two players dominated the 21-player field and both scored an amazing 8/9 – Jacob Mayer and Jeffrey Yan!  They each won $275.50 and picked up some bonus points along the way.  Robin Tu and Sophie Szeto tied for 3rd/U1600 with 5.5 points each.  They were half a point ahead of Lorenzo Patton and Melina Li, who tied for 2nd U1600.  Alison Xiao and Ajay Pai split first U1450/U1300 with 5.0 points each.  Half a point back were Harrison Toppen-Ryan and Ethan Su, who tied for 2nd U1450.  Young Anand Gupta won 2nd U1300 with 4.5 points, and Kabir Hotani took down the U1150 prize with the same score.  Raymond Zhang from Vancouver, B.C. won 2nd U1150 with 3.5 points.  Sophie Szeto won Top Female honors and August Piper took home the Top Senior Prize.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

The Seattle Chess Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF President Josh Sinanan.

The US Chess crosstable can be found here.

Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF Facebook Page.

Seattle Kings vs. Princes Match II and Junior RR Results

Kings vs. Princes II & Junior RR Players
Kings vs. Princes II & Junior RR Players

Here are the final results of the 2016 Kings vs. Princes Match II and Junior Round Robin. The US Chess rating report can be found here. Pictures from the match can be found here.

Kings:

IM Ray Kaufman (2359, 2314, USA) 5.5 $275
FM John Readey (2266, 2280, USA) 5.0 $250
FM Nick Raptis (2399, 2220, USA) 4.5 $225
FM Ignacio Perez (2258, 2192, USA) 4.0 $200
NM Nat Koons (2305, 2263, USA) 3.5 $175
FM David Bragg (2200, 2122, USA) 2.5 $125
NM Dereque Kelley (2184, 2153, USA) 1.5 $75

Princes:

NM Bryce Tiglon (2357, 2279, USA) 4.5 $225
NM Kyle Haining (2191, 2206, USA) 4.5 $225
CM Joshua Doknjas (2147, 2008, CAN) 3.5 $175
Vikram Ramasamy (2010, 1958, USA) 3.5 $175
NM John Doknjas (2205, 2166, CAN) 2.5 $125
Anthony He (2135, 1995, USA) 2.5 Medal
Derek Zhang (2179, 1976, USA) 1.5 Medal

Final Score of the match: Kings 26.5 – Princes 22.5

Junior RR:

Patrick Huang (1812, unr., CAN) 5.5 Medal
Joseph Truelson (1743, unr., USA) 5.5 Medal
Brendan Zhang (1899, 1757, USA) 5.0 $250
Travis Olson (1961, 1767, USA) 4.0 $200
Neil Doknjas (1751, 1579, CAN) 3.5 $175
Aditya Kannan (1739, unr., USA) 3.0 Medal
Jacob Mayer (1755, unr., USA) 1.5 $75
Rushaan Mahajan (1464, unr. USA) 0.0 Medal

Notes/Requests:

  • We kindly ask that each participant please annotate one game for Northwest Chess magazine.
  • The $100 brilliancy prize for the best played game by a King, Prince, and Junior RR player will be judged by a panel of judges that has yet to be determined. Winners to be announced in the May or June issue of NWC.

Thanks to everyone for taking part and making this such a wonderful event! Any feedback/suggestions to improve the match are welcome.

Bryce Tiglon wins WA Denker qualifier playoff!

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.

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

Washington President’s Cup

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

Raptis Wins Seattle City Championship

The Seattle Chess Club held the event on Jan. 15-17, 2016.

The 26 players in the Open Section were topped by the 4.5-.5 score of Nick Raptis of Vancouver WA. Tied for 2nd place with 4-1 were Bryce Tiglon and Nikita Chetrari.

The Reserve Section had 37 players. Top score was 4.5-.5 by Neal Bonrud. Finishing 2nd at 4-1 was Dominic Armstrong.

US Chess Xtable CLICK HERE.