Noah Fields is WA State High School Champion!

Noah Fields, a 9th grader from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, won clear first place at the WA High School Individual Championship. Noah is a long-time student of IM Georgi Orlov, and his rating has now passed 2100 for the very first time. Along the way, he defeated both of the master-level He Brothers in back-to-back games and held a draw against expert James Colasurdo to clinch the title! For his victory, Noah will represent Washington State at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions this August held alongside the U.S. Open in Phoenix.

The tournament took place Jan. 23-24, 2015 at Lakeside School in Seattle and attracted over 90 players, including two National Masters and a handful of strong experts and class A players. The majority of players took part in the Reserve U1200 section. The tournament was directed by Ben Radin with assistance from WHSCA President Siva Sankrithi and organized by WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews. It has now been USCF rated: See the crosstable.

Colasurdo vs. Fields at the 2015 WA High School Individual Championship.
Colasurdo vs. Fields at the 2015 WA High School Individual Championship.

Josh Reports on WA High School Individual

Hi Everyone, Congratulations to Xiaoman Chu, a freshman from St. George School in Spokane, for winning the 2013 Washington State High School Individual Championship! He tied for 1st with 4/5 along with Megan Lee and David Inglis. For his victory, Xiaoman is invited to represent WA in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open in Madison, WI in August.

The playoff games were played at the Seattle Chess Club on March 2. Colors were drawn at random and the following games were played at a time control of G/90 + 30 sec. increment.

Schedule for the playoff (first person listed gets white):

9:30 David – Megan. Result: 0-1
2:00 Xiaoman – David Result: .5-.5
6:30 Megan – Xiaoman. Result: 0-1

Here is the final round game:
[Event “WHSCA Individual Playoff”]
[Site “Seattle Chess Club”]
[Date “2013.03.02”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Lee, Megan”]
[Black “Chu, Xiaoman”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C68”]
[WhiteElo “2163”]
[BlackElo “1907”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 h5 7. d3 Qf6 8. Nbd2 Bd6 9. Re1 Be6 10. Nf1 c5 11. c3 Qe7 12. Ng3 f6 13. Nh4 Qf7 14. Ngf5 O-O-O 15. Be3 g6 16. Nxd6+ cxd6 17. b4 g5 18. Nf5 Qc7 19. Ng3 g4 20. h4 Ne7 21. Nf1 d5 22. exd5 Bxd5 23. Bxc5 Nf5 24. Ne3 Nxh4 25. c4 Bf3 26. gxf3 gxf3 27. Nf5 Rhg8+ 28. Ng3 f5 29. Kh2 f4 30. Rg1 fxg3+ 31. fxg3 e4 32. Qf1 Rxd3 33. Qh3+ Rg4 34. Rgd1 Nf5 35. Rxd3 exd3 36. Rd1 Nxg3 37. Kg1 Nf5+ 38. Kf1 Qe5 39. Re1 Re4 40. Re3 Rxe3 41. Bxe3 Kc7 42. Bf2 Ne3+ 43. Bxe3 Qxe3 44. Qg3+ Kb6 45. c5+ Ka7 46. c6 Qe2+ 47. Kg1 Qd1+ 48. Kh2 Qc2+ 49. Kh3 Qg2+ 50. Qxg2 fxg2 51. Kxg2 bxc6 0-1

Above from a Facebook report by WCF President Josh Sinanan.