Washington Challenger’s Cup Report

From Washington Chess Federation Facebook page.

GM Dmitry Skorchenko and LM Viktors Pupols tied for first place in the annual Washington Challenger’s Cup each with 3.5/4, which took place Nov. 7-8 at Seattle Chess Club. For his victory, Viktors is seeded into the 2016 WA State Championship in February. The tournament was directed by Fred Kleist and hosted by the Washington Chess Federation. It attracted 60 players in two sections, Open and Reserve U1800. Travis Elisara of Tumwater won clear first in the reserve section with a perfect 5/5!”

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Pupols at Challenger's Cup.
Pupols at Challenger’s Cup.

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

Washington State Girls Championship Results

Sangeeta Dhingra won a one game playoff at a time control of G/15; d5 over Naomi Bashkansky. They scored 3.5-.5 in the main event. They drew with each other in the 4th round.

David Hendricks directed the event for the sponsoring Washington Chess Federation. Winner got $500.00 in travel expense money for a national USCF event. The event was held in Bellevue on March 28-29, 2015 and 13 players took part.

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For Photos taken by Josh Sinanan and by the TD of the event, CLICK HERE.

Girls Wiinner photo by TD
Girls Wiinner photo by TD

More Info from the TD: Congratulations to Sangeeta Dhingra who won the WA State Girls Championship held Mar 28-29 in Redmond and Bellevue! Sangeeta is a 9th grader attending the International Community School and was rated 1891 USCF. Sangeeta upset Becca Lampman rated 2103 and the winner of this tournament for the prior 3 years with a round 3 upset, trapping her queen in 19 moves. Then Sangeeta and Naomi Bashkansky drew in round 4 and ended tied after 4 rounds with a score of 3.5 each. An Armageddon style playoff round decided the winner with Sangeeta playing Black with draw odds and 12 minutes against Naomi playing white with 15 minutes, both with a 5 second delay – Sangeeta finished with a checkmate. Sangeeta wins $500 to reimburse her travel expenses to the Susan Polgar Invitational later this year. Naomi qualifies to be the Washington representative to another national tournament where each state can send one girl.

2015 WA State Scholastic Chess Championships

The 2015 WA State Scholastic Chess Championships were held on March 7th at Interlake High School in Bellevue and on March 8th at the Seattle Chess Club in Northgate. 169 players took part in 6 sections: K-3U800, K-3U1400, 4-6U1000, 4-12U1400, K-8 U1600, and K-8 Open. The tournament was directed by David Hendricks with assistance from Josh Sinanan, Dan Mathews, Chouchan Airapetian and Duane Polich. Neo Olin, an 8th grader at Dimmit Middle School in Seattle, won the Open section with 5/5 and will represent WA State at the Barber Tournament of K-8 State Champions helding concurrently with the U.S. Open in early August.  Kyle Zhang and Garrett Casey tied for 1st in the U1600 section with 4.5/5 each!

The event has now been rated: USCF crosstable, and also see the Chess Ratings Northwest report.
Top boards round 4

2015 WA State Championship Results

Roland and TrophyBelow are the final results of the 2015 WA State Championship, Premier, and Invitational Round Robins in order of tie-breaks.
A link to the USCF rating report can be found here.
Full results with crosstables can be viewed here.
Games from the first weekend can be found here and from the second weekend here.


NM Roland Feng 2295 6.5 1st $1,440
FM Costin Cozianu 2466 6.0 2nd $800
NM Bryce Tiglon 2258 5.5 = 3rd/4th $400
FM Curt Collyer 2313 5.5 = 3rd/4th $400
FM Tian Sang 2350 5.0 5th $160
FM David Bragg 2200 4.0
NM Daniel He 2227 4.0
FM William Schill 2215 3.5
NM Samuel He 2233 3.5
LM Viktors Pupols 2202 1.5


Derek Zhang 2061 6.5 1st $450
Kyle Haining 2090 6.0 = 2nd-4th $166.67
NM Michael MacGregor 2188 6.0 = 2nd-4th $166.67
Kevin Gafni 2077 6.0 = 2nd-4th $166.67
NM David Levine 2200 5.0 5th $50
NM Harley Greninger 2158 4.0
Cameron Leslie 2081 3.5
James Colasurdo 2059 3.5
FM Paul Bartron 2120 3.0
Anath Gottumukkala 1278 1.5


Chouchanik Airapetian 2017 7.0 1st $225
Neo Olin 1910 6.5 2nd $125
David Arganian 2000 6.0 3rd $75
Badamkhand Norovsambuu 2056 4.5 = 4th/5th $25
Alan Bishop 2000 4.5 = 4th/5th $25
Vikram Ramasamy 1880 4.5 = 4th/5th $25
Ryan Ackerman 1842 4.0
Michael Hosford 1954 3.5
Travis Olson 1860 2.5
Joseph Kiiru 1891 2.0

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

Daniel He repeats as winner of Washington Junior Closed

Congratulations to Daniel He for winning the Washington Junior Closed two years in a row! This is a six-player annual invitational tournament of the best junior chess players in Washington. Daniel He finished with 4 of 5 points, drawing twice but going undefeated. Ethan Bashkansky finished a close second with 3.5, drawing three times (including to He) but also going undefeated. All players in the event, including Daniel’s brother Samuel, are rated above 2000 USCF. (A USCF crosstable will be posted when available.) Daniel qualifies as a seed in the Washington State Championship to be held in Seattle in February. Results reported by TD and WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks.

Daniel He, winner of 2015 Washington Junior Closed.
Daniel He, winner of 2015 Washington Junior Closed.

Washington results: Blitz Championship and Challengers Cup

Two important annual events recently took place in Washington (reported by WCF secretary Gary Dorfner):

Roland Feng at 2014 Washington Blitz Chess Championship
Roland Feng at 2014 Washington Blitz Chess Championship

The Washington State Blitz Championship was held at Cross Roads Mall in Bellevue on October 11, 2014. There were 32 players participating in this event. This year’s winner is Roland Feng with 11.5 points. 2nd and 3rd places were shared by Daniel He and Marcell Szabo with 10.5 points each. In the Scholastic Section Jakey Snyder was first with 13.0, with a tie for 2nd and 3rd between Christian Jordan and Vignesh Anand with 9.0 points each.

The Washington Challengers’ Cup was held at the Seattle Chess Club, October 25-26, 2014. There were 67 players in all, 32 in the Open and 35 in the Reserve. The winners were: 1st FM Curt Collyer with 4.0. He will be seeded into the 2015 state championship; 2nd Bryce Tiglon 3.5 (taking a second round bye and winning the rest of his games); U2100 David Rupel, Kyle Haining and Derek Zhang 3.0 each; U1900 Severo Caluza, Jason Yu and Trevor Jung 2.0 each. In the Reserve UW undergrad student Alan Tan was 1st with 4.5 (conceding his only draw to WCF tournament coordinator Dan Mathews); the 2nd/U1600/U1200-Unr. prizes were split among Catherine Smith, Addison Lee and Frank Hou with 4.0 each; while U1400 was a four-way tie among Oscar Petrov, Joshua Lewis, Jared Huang and Anshul Ahluwa with 3.5 each.

The Challengers’ Cup Scholastic was held at the St. Thomas More School on November 1, 2014. There were 70 students participating in all. In the K-1/U800 section Walter Barr was 1st with 5.0, Dhruv Ojha and Elizabeth Flynn shared 2nd with 3.0 each and David Wilson was 3rd. In the 2-3/U800 section, Arjun Handa was 1st with 4.5, and 2nd was shared by Pranav Venkatesh, Aaryan Dhingra and Krish Doshi with 4.0 each. In the K-3/Open section, 1st place went to Miles Kuipers, 2nd place went to Daniel Qian, and there was a 3-way tie for 3rd, with Andrew Nguyen, Anirudh Rajesh and Sophie Szeto finishing with 3.0 each. In the 4-6/U900 section, 1st went to Arvind Manivannan with a perfect score of 5.0, 2nd to Aditya Venkataraman with 4.0, 3rd to Harvey Yang with 3.5, while Terence Sinn, Elliott Riedy, Matt Flynn and Marcus Lam tied for 4th with 3.0 each. In the 4-6/Open section, Ishaan Puri and Ethan Kam finished 1st with 4.5 each, while 3rd place was taken by Revanth Pothukuchi with 4.0.

Washington Girls Championship Results

Becca Lampman a student a Union High School in Vancouver won the event with 3.5-.5 score. 2nd was another Vancouver resident, Sarah May who is home schooled at 3-1. 12 took part under the direction of David Hendricks on March 2, 2014.

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CLICK HERE for the scholastic ratings Crosstable.

Photo provided by the TD
Photo provided by the TD

This picture is from the last year’s event. Becca is the one in RED. Sarah is the tall blond in the back row.

Here is a picture from this years event also taken by the TD.

Top 5 winners: L to R: Becca Lampman, Sarah May, Olga Cherapakhin, Sangeeta Dhingra, Naomi Bashkansky
Top 5 winners:
L to R: Becca Lampman, Sarah May, Olga Cherapakhin, Sangeeta Dhingra, Naomi Bashkansky