Spokane Falls Open Results

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James Stripes of Spokane won the event held on August 15-16, 2015 with a score of 4 wins and a half point bye in round 3. Steven Merwin of WA and Brian Woods of Ohio scored 4-1 to tie for 2nd.

30 players took part under the direction of David Griffin of Spokane. 4 of the 30 were playing in their first USCF rated events.

The same weekend a 4 game match was held for the Spokane City Chamionship between Michael Cambareri and Nikolay Bulakh. Those games ended with 2 wins each so a tie break of 5 games at G/10 d3 was held. Michael won that 3-2.

A report from the Spokane Chess Club Facebook page.

James Stripes won this year’s edition of the Spokane Falls Open which attracted 30 players, many of them new to the sport. Stripes won all four games he played and enjoyed his “old man’s bye” on Saturday night. He stopped top seed Steve Merwin on board one in Sunday morning’s fourth round, and then defeated Kairav Joshi (also 3.5 by way of a Sunday morning bye) in round five. Merwin and Brian Wood of Columbus, Ohio finished second with scores of 4.0. Woods suffered his only loss to Joshi in round three, but secured the u/1800 prize for efforts. The winners of the u/1600 prize, with scores of 3.0, were Garrett Casey, Sam Comi, and Mitch Kilayko. The u/1400 & unrated section was won by newcomer Anand Wadikar (3.5), who secured a provisional rating of 1803 for his first tourney! Second place (3.0) in the section was shared by Braxton Casey and Ron Weyland. Braxton also won the prize for biggest upset, with his 353 point victory edging Sam Comi‘s 346 point upset!

The event was played in conjunction with the City Championship match between Nikolay Bulakh and challenger Michael Cambareri at the Schoenberg Center at Gonzaga. Cambareri won. His photo below.

Photo Credit: David Griffin.
Photo Credit: David Griffin.