The 2017 WA Open was held at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29. A strong attendance of about 205 players took part from throughout the Northwest, primarily from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.
The event was hosted by Washington Chess Federation.
Organizers: WCF Tournament Coordinator Dan Mathews & WCF President Josh Sinanan.
Tournament Directors: Fred Kleist & Gary Dorfner.
WCF Scholastic Director David Hendricks ran the WA Open Scholastic on Saturday, which attracted 74 players.
International Master Georgi Orlov won clear first place in the open section with a perfect 6-0 score, defeating three FM’s along the way: Tian Sang, Roland Feng, and David Bragg. A full point behind Orlov was a group of 4 players who tied for second place: FM Roland Feng, FM Tian Sang, FM Steven Breckenridge and Benjamin Mukumbya, who was featured in the recent Disney Film Queen of Katwe!
The US Chess tournament rating report is now available.
Photos from the tournament can be viewed here.
Other winners include:
=1st Place Reserve Section: Daniel Shubin, Jeffrey Yan, Joshua Lewis-Sandy, and Brandon Jiang
1st Place Booster Section: Northern Brown
=2-5th Place Booster Section: Drake Borden, Harrison Keyser, Michael Kuang, Erik Liu, Tommy Rodgers, and Ajay Pai
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. The games from the playoff can be viewed here.
Here are the final results of the 2016 WA State Championship, Premier, Invitational, and Challengers sections in order of tie-breaks. The USCF rating report can be found here. Games from all 4 sections can be viewed here.
Prize checks will be mailed out later this week. Please make sure we have your current address.
We kindly ask that each prize winner submit an annotated game for publication in Northwest Chess magazine. Please send the annotated game to Josh Sinanan or Jeff Roland (email@example.com) by Feb 21st.
A panel of judges will judge the brilliancy prizes ($100) for all four sections.
The 2015 WA G/60 Championship was held at Seattle Chess Club over winter break December 28-29. The tournament was hosted by the Washington Chess Federation and directed by Fred Kleist. 48 players took part in one large open section. FM Ignacio Perez, originally from Cuba, won clear first with 5.5/6, claiming the $180 first place prize. USCF Expert Huso Hadzic and Class A player Brendan Zhang tied for second with 5.0/6 apiece. Jacob Mayer, Oscar Petrov, Joseph Truelson, Brian Chen tied for =U1800 with 4.0 each. Owen Xuan and Daniel Shubin tied for first =U1600 also with 4.0 points. Joshua Lewis-Sandy, Jason Reeves, and Brandon Jiang split U1400 honors with 3.5 points each. Kevin Tu and Anne-Marie Velea tied for the U1200/unr. prize, each scoring 3.5. Photos from the tournament can be found here. The USCF rating report can be found here.
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:
=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
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
Recent International Community School graduate Anath Gottumukkala (rated only 1278 USCF, 1634 NW) won clear first at the Washington Junior Open on MLK Monday (Jan. 19, 2015) with 4/4! For his victory, Anath is seeded into the 2015 WA Premier and 2016 WA Junior Closed.
This was only Anath’s 8th USCF-rated event. Along the way, he defeated Fred Davis (1850), Arjun Thomas (1781), Quentin Chi (1952), and Toshihiro Nagase (1987) for a performance rating of 2387. See a future edition of Northwest Chess for one or more of his games and a report on the event.
Seattle July Tornado (sometimes called the Sunday Tornado), held July 27, 2014 at the Seattle Chess Club. Ethan Bashkansky and Zixiao Han draw each other and tied for first with 3.5 out of 4 points. Both are now expert-rated, with Han having a provisional rating. See the USCF crosstable.
Tacoma Open, held August 2, 2014 at the Tacoma Chess Club. The winner was Bryce Tiglon with a perfect score of 3.0. He raised his USCF rating to 2247. See the USCF crosstable.
Vancouver Open was held by the WCF August 9-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington. There were three sections. David Golub won the Open section with an impressive 4.5 out of 5 score, drawing only Nick Raptis (who finished second along with Kevin Gafni with 4.0) in the final round. Golub is now rated over 2300, as is Raptis. See the USCF crosstables.
Compiled by Russell Miller from the USCF cross table and the Scholastic Ratings list plus the Seattle CC ad in the Jan issue of NORTHWEST CHESS.
On January 21, 2013 in Redmond WA a lot of scholastic players took part in a one day event in Redmond WA under the direction of David Hendricks.
Open Section of 30 players had three players with 3.5-.5 scores tie for 1st-3rd places: Marcell Szabo, 6th grade Hamilton Middle School; Trey Michael,
8th grade St. Louise and Toshihiro Nagase 6th grade Lakeside Middle School.
Josh Sinanan provided some info about the 2013 WA Junior Open Playoff Games:
Congratulations to Marcel Szabo for winning the 2013 WA Junior Open! He tied for 1st with 3.5/4 along with Toshihiro Nagase and Trey Michaels. For his victory, Marcel is seeded into the 2014 WA Junior Closed and the 2013 WA Premier.
The playoff games were played at the following time control: White starts with 10 minutes (no delay), Black starts with 8 minutes and receives draw odds. By virtue of having superior tiebreaks, Toshihiro was awarded a bye and got to face the winner of Marcel and Trey. Marcel picked black from a random draw and won via unstoppable checkmate against Trey.
Marcel and Toshihiro then played for the championship. Toshihiro selected white from a random draw. Marcel played the Budapest Gambit and won a piece with some well calculated tactics, forcing resignation on move 42.
Results of other sections:
U1600 Section had 27 players with a clear winner at 4-0 in Edward Strong, 12th grade Garfield High School.
K-1 U800 section drew 12 players and was won with 5-0 by Eugene Fong, 1st grade Somerset Elementary.
K-3 U1400 section had 25 players and a tie for 1st with 4.5-.5 between William Fang, 2nd grade Window School and Krushal Dhingra, 3rd grade Bellevue Children Acad.
2-3 U800 sections had 32 players with a clear 5-0 winner: Dylan Walker, 2nd grade Samantha Smith Elementary.
4-6 U900 section had 36 players and another clear 5-0 winner: Oliver Reese 4th grade Mark Twain Elementary.
4-12 U1400 section also had a clear winner at 4.5-.5 with 22 players taking part: Kevin Song 5th grade Medina Elementary.