BC players tie for first at Portland Fall Open

Two British Columbia chess players, Bindi Cheng and (Isaac) Joe Roback, tied for first place at the Portland Chess Club Fall Open October 11-12, also celebrating National Chess Day in the U.S. Each scored 4 out of 5 possible points. (See the USCF crosstable for details.) This is hardly surprising for Cheng, rated about USCF 2500 (higher than anyone who normally plays in Portland), but was a big success for Roback, who raised his USCF rating from 1923 to 2031. Two additional BC players also did well with 3 points, while Oregon and Washington players tied for the 3rd-5th place positions with 3.5 points. In the Reserve section, Oregon player Kian Patel took a clear first place with 4 of 5 points.

Oregon state champion Nick Raptis competed in a separate and exciting six-game match against Washington state champion Nat Koons, which ended in a 3-3 tie. A match report with games will appear in a future edition of Northwest Chess.