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2009Washington Chess Championships, Premier and Invitational

Postby WCF President » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:04 pm

Hi All,

The 2009 Washington State Chess Championships, Premier and Invitational are set for the weekends of February 7-8th and 14-15th and 16th. The venue will be Cafe 43 on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA (address: 15584 NE 31st St just off 156th Ave N.E.). Round 9 will be at the Chess For Life Center in Bellevue 13555 Bel-Red Rd, Suite 200.

Due to the location on the Microsoft Campus, Spectators will need to be limited and will need to make prior arrangements by calling Duane Polich 206-852-3096. Access to the cafeteria is thru security doors.

We plan to broadcast the games on ICC (and possibly FICS) and/or the Northwest Chess website: Check the main page our tournament news for info on this:

Round times will be 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Rounds 1-8: Round 9 on Feb. 16th at 5 pm.

Please use this forum to post info, thoughts and comments on this event.

The field is pretty much set:


1. FM Michael Lee 2374
2. NM Joshua Sinanan 2227
3. NM Curt Collyer 2241 (seed)
4. Andy May 2144 (seed)
5. FM Costin Cozianu 2566
6. FM William Schill 2246 (seed)
7. NM Harley Greninger 2236
8. FM Ignacio Perez 2311 (seed)
9. WGM Katerine Rohonyan 2335
10. Howard Chen 2039 (seed)

avg rating: 2272

Prize Fund: $2000 May be increased by donation

1st Alternate:
FM David Bragg 2227


1. Alex Guo 2071
2. Dereque Kelley 2121
3. NM Michael MacGregor 2200
4. Nathan Lee 1855 (seed)
5. Elston Cloy 1961
6. Allen Smith 2025
7. FM Paul Bartron 2131
8. LM Viktors Pupols 2208
9. Kerry Xing 1996 (seed)
10. Geoffrey Gale 2038 (seed)

avg rating: 2061

Prize Fund: $1000


1. Chris Kalina 1945
2. Duane Polich 1913
3. Sterling Kolde 1822
4. Eddie Chang 1832
5. Peter Watts 1935
6. Nick Pazderic 1856
7. Michael Hosford 1884
8. Casey Fleck 1764
9. Greg Prentice 1800
10. Michael Wang 1932

avg rating: 1869

Prize Fund: Based on donations



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Re: 2009Washington Chess Championships, Premier and Invitational

Postby williamschill » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:19 am

[Event "Washington Championship"]
[Site "Bellevue"]
[Date "2009.02.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Cozianu, Costin"]
[Black "Schill, William"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B89"]
[Annotator ",William"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]
a better version will appear in the next NWChess, a rough draft>>>>
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qe2
Qc7 9. O-O-O Na5 10. Bb3 b5 11. Kb1 Rb8 {Why this move? I know that g2-g4-g5
is coming and the knight on f6 will have to retreat to d7, so the bishop on b3
must be blocked otherwise after Nf6-d7 Bxe6 is coming. Additionally I
concieved of the plan Nf6-d7-b6 and then Nxb2 after Kxb2 black has Na4+ and
gets the piece back. Since I never get to play Nxb2 the whole idea is poor,
and indeed Rb8 is the beginning of my troubles. I should have seen from a
distance that the flaw in the concept is that both knights make all my moves
then come off the board! Material may end up even but all the remaining black
men would still be at home.} (11... b4 12. Na4 Nxb3 13. cxb3 Nxe4 {My old copy
of Fritz still likes black here. On the chessbase site the data is white 75%.
I never considered winning a pawn this early with my king in the center. And
yet I had never seen Kb1 before and I even consider Bb3 to be inaccurate, Bd3
is normal. Trying to make something out of white's early move to b1 warped my
thinking. I did not want to capture on b3 because it would give white an open
c-file for his rooks to invade.}) (11... Nc4 $4 12. Ncxb5 axb5 13. Nxb5 Qb8 14.
Bxc4) 12. g4 Nc4 (12... b4 13. Na4 (13. g5 Nxb3 14. cxb3 bxc3 15. gxf6 {
black looks better again, I should have been a pawn hunter - clearly!}) 13...
Nxe4 {This would really be throwing sand in the 2500 players' face. But at
least black is clearly playing for a win and white has to get busy.}) 13. g5
Nd7 14. f4 {I did not even threaten the e4 pawn with Bb7 so he never had to
play f3 and now the f-pawn will charge forward and open up my king.} Ndb6 15.
f5 {After I spent 30 minutes (!) on Rb8 not following through on my plan just
left me too short on time to handle resulting positions.} Bd7 (15... Nxb2 16.
Kxb2 Na4+ 17. Nxa4 (17. Bxa4 bxa4+ 18. Nb3 a3+ $1) 17... bxa4 18. fxe6 fxe6 19.
Rhf1 {The pawn hungry computer still likes black here, I was not brave enough
to follow through with my plan seeing that all my guys are on the back rank.
Even though I do think white is winning here I wish I had gone this way,
instead black slips under the waves without a fight.}) 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Rhf1
Be7 {too bad black cannot castle queenside eh?} (17... b4 $1 18. Nd5 {
Yet another better try, which side would you choose however?} exd5 19. exd5 Be7
) 18. Qf3 Kd8 (18... b4 19. Nce2 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Nc4 21. Qd3 Ne5 22. Qh3 {
looks just hopeless to me}) 19. Qg3 b4 20. Nce2 e5 (20... Qb7 21. Nf4 e5 22.
Nde6+ Kc8 23. Nd5 $16) 21. Nf5 Bf8 22. g6 Bxf5 23. Rxf5 hxg6 24. Bg5+ Kc8 25.
Rf2 {Here white will soon play Rdf1 and although Kb7 might survive for a while
I decide to hope for a quick move by white in my time trouble to get out of
this mess.} Nd7 $2 26. Rf7 $1 {I will have a hard time explaining this to my
elementary school students, but I just resigned at this point. I am a pawn up,
and yet black has no move at all. White will be playing Qg4 and if Ncb6 then
Be6 when Bf6-e3xb6 is one win.} (26. Rdf1 Nf6 27. Bxf6 Nd2+ {
still white is better, much!}) 1-0 :oops:
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Re: 2009Washington Chess Championships, Premier and Invitational

Postby WCF President » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:58 pm

Round Seven Results

Greninger 0 -- Lee 1
Schill 0 -- Sinanan 1
Cozianu 1 -- Collyer 0
Perez 0 -- Rohonyan 1

Bartron 1 -- Guo 0
Smith 0 -- Kelley 1
Cloy ½ -- MacGregor ½
Lee 1 -- Gale 0
Pupols ½ -- Xing ½

Pazderic 0 -- Polich 1
Watts 1 -- Kolde 0
Chang 0 -- Wang 1
Prentice 1 -- Mathews 0
Kolde ½ -- Chang ½ (Rd 6)
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Re: 2009Washington Chess Championships, Premier and Invitational

Postby WCF President » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:01 am

Results From Last Round of Washington State Chess Championships:

Held at Chess For Chess for Life Center in Bellevue:


Katerine Rohonyan - Michael Lee 1-0
Ignacio Perez - Josh Sinanan 0-1
Harley Greninger - Curt ollyer 0-1
William Schill - Andy May 1-0
Costin Cozianu - Howard Chen 1-0


Kerry Xing - Alex Guo 1/2 - 1/2
Viktors Pupols - Dereque Kelly 1-0
Paul Bartron - Mike MacGregor 1/2 - 1/2
Allen Smith - Nathan Lee 0-1
Elston Cloy - Geoffrey Gale 0-1


Greg Prentice - Chris Kalina 1/2 - 1/2
Dan Mathews - Duane Polich 1-0
Nick Pazderic - Eddie Chang 1/2 1/2
Micahel Wang - Peter Watts 0-1
Streling Kolde - Bye
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Re: 2009Washington Chess Championships, Premier and Invitational

Postby WCF President » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:12 am

Prize Winners:


Costin Cozianu 1st Place $1575.00
Curt Collyer 2nd -3rd $700.00
Michael Lee 2nd 3rd $700.00
Josh Sinanan 4-5th $262.50
Howard Chen 4-5th $262.50


Viktors Pupols 1st Place $450.00
Kerry Xing 2nd Place $250.00
Paul Barton 3rd Place $150.00
Dereque Kelly 4-5th $75.00
Michael MacGregor $75.00


Peter Watts 1st Place $$225.00
Greg Prentice 2nd 3rd $100.00
Michael Wang 2nd 3rd $100.00
Sterling Kolde 4th $50.00
Nick Pazderic 5th $25.00

Thanks Everybody for Plaing !
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