Chess in Equatorial Guinea

Story submitted by Seth Talyansky, email talyanskys@catlin.edu. We, the leaders of the Catlin Gabel Chess Club, investigated the circumstances of chess in Equatorial Guinea (EG), the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, as a project for Spanish class. After Seth’s saga of efforts to connect us with people in EG, which we recount in an article for… Continue reading Chess in Equatorial Guinea

Anthony He becomes Washington’s youngest ever master

Anthony He became Washington State’s youngest ever master on June 5, 2016. Anthony achieved the title at age 11 years, 3 months, and 20 days, breaking the previous record held by FM Roland Feng. Anthony scored 3.5/4 at the WA Open in Lynnwood and gained 21 points to boost his rating to 2199, scoring a win against… Continue reading Anthony He becomes Washington’s youngest ever master

Olde Middle School Team Tied for First in K-8 at National Junior High Championship

Congratulations to Bellevue’s Olde Middle School chess team on their outstanding achievement tying for 1st place in K-8 at the National Junior High Championship in Indianapolis, IN, held 15-17 April 2016. Derek Zhang (2148) and Naomi Bashkansky (1993) led the team with a score of 6/7, tying for 3rd place in the 272 player section.  Other… Continue reading Olde Middle School Team Tied for First in K-8 at National Junior High Championship

Washington players tie for 1st in National High School Championship

Congratulations to Kyle Haining (2191) and Bryce Tiglon (2357) for sharing first place with four other 2400+ rated players at the National High School Championship in Atlanta, GA, held April 1-3, 2016. [All six players scored 6.0 points in 7 rounds.] Kyle pulled off an incredible feat by defeating two 2400+ rated players in the last two rounds.… Continue reading Washington players tie for 1st in National High School Championship

Stephen Buck wins Evergreen Empire Open

Stephen J. Buck won the 6-player Evergreen Empire Open held June 6, 2015 at the Tacoma Chess Club. Buck scored 2.5 of 3 possible points, raising his rating from 1700 to 1719. The event was directed by Gary Dorfner, who also was one of the six players. See the USCF crosstable.

National Junior High Chess Championships

Story contributed by Breck Haining. Three Seattle Chess Club members, Kyle and Karen Haining and Vikram Ramasamy, played in the National Junior High Chess Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, the last weekend of April 2015. In the National K-9 Bughouse Championship tournament Kyle and Vikram teamed up and won 3rd place. Karen and a boy from Detroit teamed… Continue reading National Junior High Chess Championships

Some late February results

Results and USCF cross tables for some tournaments held (or completed) in the Northwest in late February: Spokane Winter Championship (ended Feb. 26) – Darren Russell won with a perfect 5.0 score, raising his rating from 1898 to 1955. USCF cross table link. Seattle February Tornado (Feb. 22) – Dereque Kelley won with a perfect… Continue reading Some late February results

Noah Fields is WA State High School Champion!

Noah Fields, a 9th grader from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, won clear first place at the WA High School Individual Championship. Noah is a long-time student of IM Georgi Orlov, and his rating has now passed 2100 for the very first time. Along the way, he defeated both of the master-level He Brothers in back-to-back… Continue reading Noah Fields is WA State High School Champion!

Anath Gottumukkala wins WA Junior Open

Reported by WCF president Josh Sinanan. 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… Continue reading Anath Gottumukkala wins WA Junior Open

Daniel He repeats as winner of Washington Junior Closed

Congratulations to Daniel He for winning the Washington Junior Closed two years in a row! This is a six-player annual invitational tournament of the best junior chess players in Washington. Daniel He finished with 4 of 5 points, drawing twice but going undefeated. Ethan Bashkansky finished a close second with 3.5, drawing three times (including… Continue reading Daniel He repeats as winner of Washington Junior Closed