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Selected Old Tournament Chess News (2013)

News items previously appearing on the Northwest Chess home page.

Photo: Roland Feng giving simul at the Seattle Chess Club.

Photo: Nick Raptis and Carl Haessler at the Portland CC for their talk on Dec. 4.
Open/Scholastic Events (December or annual summary):

Group photo at the Tri-Cities Open in Richland, WA. See the blog post for identification of the players in the photo.
Open Events (November):

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

Jeffrey Roland, First place with 4.5/5 points at the Eastern Idaho Open.
Open Events (October):
  Open Events (September after Labor Day Weekend):
Megan Lee with her NAYCC trophy. (Photo courtesy of the Lee family.) Scholastics (August):
  • 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):
Naomi (left) receives trophy as Pan-American Youth Co-Champion.

Vincent Marr presents a trophy to one of the winners at the Burger King tournament.
Scholastics (June-July):
  • 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.
  Open Events (July):

Corey Russell of Southern Oregon, winner of 2013 Newport June Open. Photo credit: Rusty Miller.
Open Events (June):

Naomi receives her trophy from former world chess champion Gary Kasparov!
Scholastics (late April and May):

Players compete at the May 4 rapid chess tournament at Coffee Time.
Open Events (May):

The playing hall at the Washington State Elementary Championships. Photo credit: Russell Miller.
Scholastics (April):

Frank Niro (left) presents an autographed picture of Susan Polgar taken under the Portland Chess Club sign in 2011 to Mike Janniro at the Clark Harmon Memorial tournament on April 14, 2013. Photo credit: Jeff Roland.
Open Events (April):
Scholastics (March): 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.

Northwest Chess editor Jeff Roland takes second place at the 2013 Magic Valley Chess Club Championship. According to Jeff, "I don’t think I’ve ever looked better in a picture in at least 20 years!" Photo courtesy of Jeff Roland, taken by Desmond Porth.
Open Events (March):
Congratulations to the 2013 state chess champions! (events held in February)
Photo: Washington State champion Ignacio Perez holds the trophy with his name engraved twice (2007 and 2013). The engraved trophy was presented on March 6 at the Bellevue Hilton. Photo credit: Steve Shoe.
Scholastics (late January and February):

Open Events (February):

Scholastics (January): 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):

  • Portland CC G/60 (Jan 26)
  • Seattle CC Saturday Quads (Jan 26)
  • Seattle CC Novice (Jan 19)
  • Winter Open (Jan 19) at the Tacoma Dome
  • New Year Mini-Swiss (Jan 4, 11 and 18) in Tacoma
  • Seattle City Championship (Jan 11-13)
  • Portland Saturday Quads (Jan 12)
  • Seattle CC Sunday Tornado (Jan 6)
  • Gresham Open (Jan 5-6) in Gresham, OR
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