From:                              Josh Sinanan []

Sent:                               Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:22 PM

To:                                   Undisclosed recipients

Subject:                          2012 WA State Championship Invitation


Dear Washington Chess Players,

On behalf of the Washington Chess Federation, you are cordially invited to play in the 2012 WA State Championship, set to take place February 11-12 and 18-20 at the Seattle Chess Club.


Three invitation-only 10-player Round Robins by rating: Championship, Premier, and Invitational. The field of each section will be determined by seeding and by the highest rated players to respond to this invitation based on the January 2012 USCF rating list. All sections will be USCF rated; the Championship and Premier will be also be FIDE rated. Fred Kleist will be the TD for all three sections.

Time control:

40/2, SD/1 with a 5-second delay.

Entry Fee:



Rounds 1-8: Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Round 9: Feb. 20 (President's Day) at 5:00 PM.
The drawing of lots will take place Feb. 3 at 7:00 PM at Northgate Mall. Attendance is optional, though encouraged.


Seattle Chess Club, 2150 N 107 St. Seattle, WA 98133

Prize Fund:

The initial prize fund for each section is guaranteed by the WCF, and will be increased based on donations.
Championship: $1500, Premier: $1000, Invitational: $500
Prize distribution (each section): 1st 45%, 2nd 25%, 3rd 15%, 4th 10%, 5th 5%
Brilliancy Prizes: $300 ($100 for best game in each section)
The winner of the Championship section receives the title of Washington State Champion.



IM Georgi Orlov 2542 (Open Champion)
FM Howard Chen 2427 (State Champion)
NM Dereque Kelley 2289 (Championship runner-up)
NM Harley Greninger 2210 (Challenger's Cup Champion)
NM Gil Lapid Shafriri 2203 (Premier Champion)
Igor Ummel 2122 (Junior Closed Champion)


WGM Katerina Rohonyan 2318 (Championship 3rd Place)
Nathan Lee 2112 (Premier runner-up)
Casey Xing 2038 (Invitational Champion)
Ethan Gottlieb 1948 (Junior Open Champion)


FM Paul Bartron 2099 (Senior Champion)
Peter Watts 1914 (Invitational runner-up)
Kate Tokareva 1794 (Women's Champion)


Please register online at or reply to this e-mail. If you are on the list of invited players, please confirm your ability to play on the web site. See the list of invited players sorted by rating. To confirm or decline, just click on your name, then Modify, enter your password, then select your section. We typically have several high rated players decline, and many times we reach down into the 1800s. We will take the top 30 rated players who confirm by the deadline of Jan 31st.


Josh Sinanan       WCF President


3610 218th St. SW           Brier WA 98036

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