Raptis starts new year with Gresham win

Nick Raptis started the new year right by winning the annual Gresham Open, held Jan. 3-4 at the Mt. Hood Community College. Raptis scored 4.5 of 5, drawing only Lennart Bjorksten, who finished in a three-way tie for second place with Aaron Grabinsky and Yogi Saputra, all with 4 points. Raptis is a frequent winner… Continue reading Raptis starts new year with Gresham win

Van Dyke sweeps Seattle Club Championship with perfect score

Congratulations to Patrick Van Dyke for dominating the annual Seattle Chess Club Championship, winning with a perfect 7-0 score, while second place (Fred Kleist and Michael James Hosford) was 2.5 points behind with 4.5 of 7. The 17-player event was held on Friday evenings in September and October at the club. Despite his perfect score,… Continue reading Van Dyke sweeps Seattle Club Championship with perfect score

Washington results: Blitz Championship and Challengers Cup

Two important annual events recently took place in Washington (reported by WCF secretary Gary Dorfner): The Washington State Blitz Championship was held at Cross Roads Mall in Bellevue on October 11, 2014. There were 32 players participating in this event. This year’s winner is Roland Feng with 11.5 points. 2nd and 3rd places were shared by… Continue reading Washington results: Blitz Championship and Challengers Cup

Portland results: Club Championship & Oregon Class

Two important events recently concluded in Portland: 2014 Portland Chess Club Championship This 5-round 16-player event, held on consecutive Tuesdays September 30-October 28, ended in a three-way tie, with Nick Raptis, Brian John Esler and Alex Grom scoring 4 of 5 points, each losing only one game to one of the other co-winners. See the USCF… Continue reading Portland results: Club Championship & Oregon Class

Two-way tie in Seattle October Tornado

Two local expert-rated chess players, Ethan Bashkansky and Kyle Haining, drew each other and tied for first, with 3 of 4 points, in the Seattle Chess Club October Tornado, held on October 12 at the club. Each player also had a half-point bye. “Tornado” refers to the relatively fast time control, G/60 with 5-second delay. There were… Continue reading Two-way tie in Seattle October Tornado

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… Continue reading BC players tie for first at Portland Fall Open

Two early October events in Washington

Showing the geographic diversity of chess in Washington, two major events were held the first weekend of October on opposite sides of the state. Oyster Bay Inn Classic, Bremerton, WA (Oct. 4-5, 2014) 16 players competed in two sections. Michael MacGregor won the Open section with 3.5 of 4 points, regaining a 2200+ rating (2202), while Zhili… Continue reading Two early October events in Washington

More September Portland and Seattle results

Portland Chess Club September Quads (Tuesday evenings 9/9 to 9/23): The upper section, run as a 6-player Swiss, was won by Sean O’Connell with 2.5 of 3 points. The middle section was won by Arliss Dietz with a perfect score of 3. The lower section was won by Ken Harry with 2 of 3 points. USCF… Continue reading More September Portland and Seattle results

NM David Golub wins Seattle Fall Open

NM David Golub, who also plays for the Seattle Sluggers, won the Seattle Fall Open held at the Seattle Chess Club, September 19-21, 2014. Golub scored 4.5 of 5, drawing only FM Nick Raptis, who tied with Samuel He with 4 points. (Raptis and He also drew.) Samuel He raised his rating to the master level, from 2197… Continue reading NM David Golub wins Seattle Fall Open

Northwest well represented in 2014 SPFGI

Reported by Frank Niro. Four girls from the region participated in this year’s Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational held on the campus of Webster University in suburban St. Louis, July 10-15, 2014. Olga Cheraphkin of Washington finished with four points to finish in a 7th place tie in the six-round 56-player event. Olga lost only to… Continue reading Northwest well represented in 2014 SPFGI