Randy Kaech Reports on WA High Team


Six high school teams from the Northwest Chess League qualified and attended the season-concluding State Chess Team Championships, held this year at Interlake High School in Bellevue on February 8 and 9, 2013. The competition was tough, as evidenced by the top three finishers (Lakeside, Interlake, Garfield) having an average chess rating of 1750. After the 445 games of chess were finished, here’s how it settled:

Chess State Team 2013 Final Standings:
1st Lakeside
2nd Interlake
3rd Garfield
4th Eastlake
5th Newport
6th Roosevelt
7th Ferndale
8th Overlake
9th Ingraham
10th Issaquah

Northwest League:
7th Ferndale
15th Ferndale B
20th Lynden Christian
24th Sehome
26th Blaine
28th Meridian

In the State Junior Varsity event, Ferndale’s Ben Witzel went undefeated and untied and is the 2013 Washington State JV Champion:

1st Ben Witzel, Ferndale
7th Bailey Westman, Ferndale
10th Drake Likkel, Lynden Christian
12th Brady Hornstra, Lynden Christian

Full Event Crosstable. Photo below submitted by Duane Polich.


Washington High School Individual Championship

The Washington High School Individual Championship was held at Lakeside High School on Jan. 25-26. There were 78 players playing in 3 sections.

The winners were:

  • Championship Section (1st to 3rd): Megan Lee, David Englis & Xiaoman Chu 4.0 each. Correction (2/12): The playoff for the championship section is scheduled for March 2 at the Seattle CC. Update (3/3): Xiaoman is the champion! … see the March blog post on this topic for details.
  • Reserve Section: 1st Daniel Metz, 5.0,  2nd-5th Corey Wukelic, Nathan Nelson, Bailey Westman & Billy Kang 4.0 each.
  • Premier Section: 1st Alex Koh 4.5, 2nd-3rd Nicholas Xing & Thomas Thongmee 4.0 each.

The prizes were trophies. The TD was David Ellinger. Reported by Gary Dorfner.