Nathan Smith poses as Dr. Who at the Halloween-themed tournament.
Scholastic Events (October-November):
- Washington State Mini-Teams Championship (Nov 16; Middle/High School), Bellevue, WA
USCF All-America Chess Team (Nov 3; two players from the Northwest)
- Coquille Scholastic/Adult Chess Tournament (Nov 2) in Coquille, OR
- Pacific Crest Community School Halloween-themed tournament (Oct 27) in Portland, OR
- OSCF All Stars (Oct 11) in Salem, OR
- Coquille Scholastic and Adult Chess Tournament (Oct 5) in Coquille, OR
Megan Lee with her NAYCC trophy. (Photo courtesy of the Lee family.)
- North American Youth Chess Championships (Aug 14-18) in Toronto - Megan Lee
of Bellevue, WA won 1st place in the U18 Girls section. She was awarded the WIM title for
winning the section. Megan and Michael Lee will be holding a
simul fundraiser at the Seattle
Chess Club on Saturday, September 7. New WFM Alexandra Botez, representing Canada, tied for 1st
but placed 2nd on tiebreak, receiving a WIM norm and the WFM title.
See the final standings (U18 Girls).
Players competing at the Washington Speed Chess Championships in Bellevue. (Photo courtesy of Chess4Life.)
Open Events (August/Labor Day Weekend):
(left) receives trophy as Pan-American Youth Co-Champion.
Vincent Marr presents a trophy to one of the winners at the Burger King tournament.
- Pan-American Youth Festival (Chess Championship) (Jul 25-Aug 1) in Brazil -
blog post by the Bashkansky family.
In the Girls Under 10 category, Naomi Bashkansky of Bellevue, WA tied for first place with a Bolivian girl with
8 points out of 9, and got second place by the first tie-break, thus becoming Pan-American Youth Co-Champion, and earning the
Women Candidate Master FIDE title. See the U.S. Head of Delegation article.
Thanks to the Bashkansky family for making this report and supplying the photo at left.
- Susan Polgar Girls' Invitational (Jul 20-25) at Webster University - Five
Northwest girls competed at this event. TD Frank Niro and assistant TD Jeff Roland made posts
about the event on the NWC blog, and a report will appear in the September edition of Northwest Chess.
- I am a Chess King at Burger King (Jul 13) in Issaquah - TD Gary Dorfner, Organizer Vincent Marr.
- United States Junior Closed (Jun 13-23) - see story above and in
August edition of Northwest Chess about Luke Harmon-Vellotti of Idaho.
Scholastics (late January and February):
The Washington High School Individual Championship was held on Jan. 25-26, but
required a playoff on March 2 to decide the champion ... Xiaoman Chu, a freshman from St. George
School in Spokane. For his victory, Xiaoman is invited to represent Washington in the Denker
Tournament of High School Champions, held concurrently with the U.S. Open in Madison, Wisconsin
in August. Photo: Xiaoman celebrates with (and receives trophy from) Washington High School
Chess Association (WHSCA) President David Ellinger. Photo credit: Josh Sinanan.
Back row left to right: Wanchen Zao, Priya Kudva, Sarah May, Audrey Whitmer. Front row left to
right: Cheyenne Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Becca Lampman, Sujatha Devi Chalasani. Not in photo: Olga Cherepakhin.
Open Events (February):
Washington Junior Closed
(Jan 5-6). Group photo: Front row (L to R): Roland Feng, Nathan Lee, Michael Wang, Kyle Haining; Back row (L to R):
Josh Sinanon WCF President, Michael Omori, Casey Xing, David Hendricks WCF Scholastic Director.
Nathan Lee won with 4.5 of 5 points, drawing only Roland Feng, who finished second with 4 points. |
Washington Junior Open & Reserve on the
Monday holiday (Jan 21) in Bellevue, WA. The WCF board also met at this event.
Open Events (January):