A record 23 players took part in the 2017 WA State Women’s Championship, a 5-round Swiss held at the Seattle Chess Club September 15-17, 2017. The tournament, which was dual US Chess and FIDE rated, attracted players from throughout the Northwest States including Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The chief organizer of the event was WCF President Josh Sinanan and it was directed by Fred Kleist, a US Chess Senior TD and FIDE National Arbiter.
WFM Chouchanik Airapetian won the 2017 WA Women’s Championship with 4.5/5, taking home the $300 first place prize along with the title of 2017 WA State Women’s Champion! For her victory, Chouchan will be seeded into the Premier Section of the 2018 WA State Championship. Other winners include:
2nd Place: Andrea Botez, $200
=3rd/U1800: Minda Chen, Sophie Tien & Anne-Marie Velea, $60 each
=1st U1600: Melina Li & Sophie Szeto, $40 each
=1st U1400/U1200: Kate Jiang & Felicity Wang, $80 each
=1st U1000/Unr: Angela Agaian & Angela Chen, $40 each
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Photos from the tournament can be viewed on the WCF FB page
FM Roland Feng, the current WA State co-Champion, won the first Seattle Chess Classic with an undefeated 7/9 and took home the $1300 first place prize! Roland finished half a point ahead of second place finishers IM Ray Kaufman, FM Tanraj Sohal and NM Daniel He. Tying for 2nd U2300 with 6 points each were WIM Megan Lee, FM Ignacio Perez, and NM Derek Zhang. Benjamin Mukumbya, who starred in the recent Disney film Queen of Katwe, and Naomi Bashkansky tied for first U2150/U2000, also with 6 points. Vikram Ramasamy and David Rupel tied for 2nd U2150 with 5.5 points. Travis Olson won clear 2nd U2000 with 5 points. Nicholas Whale had an amazing tournament and took home the U1850 prize with 5.5 points, raising his rating by 200 points in the process! Vignesh Anand and Thomas Taylor split 2nd U1850 honors with 4.5 points each. Megan Lee and Naomi Bashkansky added to their prize winnings by splitting the Top Female prize, while Ignacio Perez, who just recently turned 50, took home the Top Senior prize.
In the Reserve section, two players dominated the 21-player field and both scored an amazing 8/9 – Jacob Mayer and Jeffrey Yan! They each won $275.50 and picked up some bonus points along the way. Robin Tu and Sophie Szeto tied for 3rd/U1600 with 5.5 points each. They were half a point ahead of Lorenzo Patton and Melina Li, who tied for 2nd U1600. Alison Xiao and Ajay Pai split first U1450/U1300 with 5.0 points each. Half a point back were Harrison Toppen-Ryan and Ethan Su, who tied for 2nd U1450. Young Anand Gupta won 2nd U1300 with 4.5 points, and Kabir Hotani took down the U1150 prize with the same score. Raymond Zhang from Vancouver, B.C. won 2nd U1150 with 3.5 points. Sophie Szeto won Top Female honors and August Piper took home the Top Senior Prize. Congratulations to all of the winners!
The Seattle Chess Classic was directed by Fred Kleist, hosted by Seattle Chess Club, and organized by WCF President Josh Sinanan.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.