Washington High School State Team Championship RESULTS

Newport Team, (l to r) Steven Han, Ethan Bashkansky, John Leece, Megan Lee, Michael Quan
Photo Credit: Guy Bashkansky

Newport High School chess team won Washington High School State Team Championship, squeezing ahead by mere 0.5 point.
Playing for the winning Newport team, Ethan Bashkansky got a special medal for winning all 5 out of 5 games.
Also congratulations to the previous 4 years champion Lakeside High School in second place, and Interlake High School in third.

The event was held Feb 28-Mar 1 at Issaquah High School.

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Thanks to Guy Bashansky for much of the info for this post.

CLICK HERE for Barry Hansen’s photos taken at the event.

Vancouver Washington YMCA Results

The K-Grade3 section had 9 players and was a three way tie for 1st at 4-1 between Alexander Strigul of German American School in Portland, Tyler Griffith of LaCenter Elementary and Georgly Gidishvili of Orchards Elementary in Vancouver.

A clear winner at 4.5-.5 in the 27 player Grade 4-6 section was Levi Harms of Orchards Elementary in Vancouver.

John Palm was the tournament director for this event held March 1, 2014.

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Presidental Scholastic Results

On Feb 15, 2014, a 5 section scholastic event was held at Olympic View Elementary School, Seattle. David Hendricks was the tournament Director.
17 players in the K-1 Under 800 rated section were topped by the 5-0 score of Palash Singhal of Creekside Elementary in Issaquah.
18 players in the K-3 Open section were topped by Rockwell Elementary of Redmond student Daniel Shubin with 5-0.
22 players in the 2-3 Under 800 rated sections was also won by a 5-0 score by Asa Whitehead of Leschi Elementary of Seattle.
Two students in the 4-6 under 900 rated section scored 4.5-.5, Ezra Ford of Leschi Elementary and Tate Fuller of Lakeside Middle School of Seattle.
Bear Creek School of Redmond student Asher Thakur scored 4.5 to top the 19 player 4-7 Open section.

CLICK HERE for the Chess Ratings Northwest crosstables for the event.

The two Open Sections were USCF rated CLICK HERE for those crosstables. 16 players got their first USCF ratings in this event.

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Washington High School Individual Results

Bothell High School was the site for the event directed by David Ellinger. There was a three way tie for first at 4-1 by James Colasurdo of Olympia High School,
Michael Wang of Interlake High School in Bellevue and Samir Sen of Skyview High School in Vancouver, WA. Your reporter understands there will be a play off later this year for the spot in the Denker High School event at the U.S. Open in Florida.

77 players in three sections took part in the event held Jan 31-Feb 1. There were 22 in the top section. The Premier section of 19 players ended with a 5-0 score by Max Dixon of Roosevelt High School in Seattle. There were 36 players in the Reserve Section, which also had a 5-0 perfect score by Jim Kahle of Ferndale High School.

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For Photos CLICK HERE.

Additional report by WCF Secretary Gary Dorfner:

The Wash. High School Individual Championship was held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. There were 77 kids entered in three sections. The winners were: Championship Section: 1st-3rd James Colasurdo, Michael Wang and Samir Sen 4-1 each. Premier Section: 1st Max Dixon 5.0, 2nd Nathaniel Osborn, 3rd Corey Wukelic 3.5. Reserve Section: 1st Jim Kahle 5.0, 2nd-6th Ryan Senanayake, Alex Dodge, Molly-Rose Clarfeld, Pierre Albi and Ben Bladow 4.0 each.

Prizes were trophies and medals. TD was David Ellinger.

52 Players in Washington Open Scholastic Sections

Winners with TD David Hendricks. Photo credit: Gary Dorfner.

5-0 scores won both sections of the Washington Open Scholastic held May 25, 2013 at North Seattle Community College as part of the annual Washington Open. The 20 player 4-6 section was won by Aaron Probst of Richfield WA and the 32 player K-3 section by Eamon Thakur of Sammamish WA. David Hendricks handled the TD tasks.

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Washington Girls Championship

Photo provided by the TD
Photo provided by the TD

Group picture:

Back row left to right: Wanchen Zao, Priya Kudva, Sarah May, Audrey Whitmer. Front row left to right: Cheyenne Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Becca Lampman, Sujatha Devi Chalasani.

Missing from picture: Olga Cherepakhin.

Report per TD: David Hendricks, WA State Scholastic Director.

Congratulations to Becca Lampman for winning the WA State Girls Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Becca is planning to spend her $500 toward the World Open July 3-7 in Washington DC.

USCF Crosstable Here.

Chess Event in Vancouver WA March 23

Prairie High NHS hosts Wizards’ Chess tourney

“Prairie High School National Honor Society is hosting a Wizards’ Chess tournament with Harry-Potter-themed activities and a costume contest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at the school, 11500 N.E. 117th Ave. Cost is $5 or five cans of food to be a chess piece and $4 or four cans of food to be a player.

Just like in the Harry Potter books and movies, pieces will represent a chess piece on the life-size chess board. Players will compete in a sudden death tournament playing chess on the life-size board or small boards. All proceeds benefit the North Clark County Food Bank.”

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.