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 February 23-24-25


   Spokane's biggest chess weekend is fast approaching!  The 26th Dave Collyer Memorial tournament will be played the weekend of February 24-25 at the Millwood Presbyterian Church's Community Center, the site of the previous two Collyer Memorial tourneys.  The two morning rounds will start later than typical, with the first round beginning Saturday at 11 and the fourth round starting at 10 on Sunday.

   The weekend will kick off on Friday, February 23, at River Park Square in downtown Spokane.  First up that Friday is a blitz tournament beginning at 3:00, followed at 6:00 by the annual lecture from International Master John Donaldson.  At the conclusion of the lecture (approximately 6:45 p.m.), the IM will play a simultaneous exhibition (cost is $10).  See the flyer on our Area Events page for complete details.


Now up at Club

Winter Championship:

Cambareri Clear First   


      Michael Cambareri won the Winter Championship, finishing with a perfect 5.0 score after defeating Walter van Heemstede Obelt in the final round.  Cam Leslie and Tito Tinajero finished second with scores of 3.5 and claimed the second place and class B prizes.  Two make-up games on February 22 will determine the other prizes winners.  However, Austin Yeo (3.0) is guaranteed no worse than a tie for first in the class C section.

Previously in the event:

    Michael Cambareri defeated Tito Tinajero on board one in round four to move his score to a perfect 4.0 and guarantee no worse than a tie for first place.

   Michael Cambareri won the round three battle of experts, topping Cam Leslie to move into first place with the only perfect 3.0 score of the winter championship.  Tito Tinajero, 2.5 after taking a second round bye due to illness, is alone in second place and will meet Michael on board 1 in week four.

     The always popular Winter Championship began its five round/six week journey on January 18, but quite a few club members were victimized by illness, leading to three of the eight games being postponed.  The other five games saw the higher seeded player win.  Byes dropped two more of the undefeated out of the second round competition on January 25, leaving top seeds Cam Leslie and Michael Cambareri as the only two perfect scores. 

    The event is being played at g/90 with a total of 15 entrants and two house players.



    Shadle Park won this year's GSL Team Championship with a perfect 3.0 score in a four team round robin event.  The other teams -- defending champion Dishman Hills, Ferris, and host school Gonzaga Prep all tied for second with 1-2 scores.  The tie set up a three team round robin blitz playoff that ended with each of the winners claiming a 3-2 victory!  Ferris came away with the second place trophy when all of excitement ended.  There were four perfect scores in the match play -- board 1 David Peoples of Shadle, board 2 Abdul Hakkani of Shadle, board 4 Caleb Peterson of Prep, and board 5 Bradley Sauve of Prep. David earned the trophy for the outstanding individual performance.  The event was played February 9, 2018.





  Club stalwart Jim Waugh died January 17, 2018, three months short of his 89th birthday.  Jim was hospitalized on the 15th following a medical emergency and passed away two days later.  After a private family burial service, the Zips Drive-In at 725 East Francis in Spokane celebrated Jim on January 24. 

   In addition, Jim was recalled at the club's meeting on January 25 prior to the start of the second round of the Winter Championship.  There were 24 current and former club players who participated in telling stories about our "Mr. Coffee," including Dave Rowles, Dawn Fields, James Stripes, and Robert "Obie" Obannan.  Jim's gentleness and kindness, and the efforts he made to make everyone feel welcome at club, were some of the common themes of the stories.  Jim will be missed. 

  Attached is the link to the Cover photo of Jim in the June 2013 edition of Northwest Chess: http://www.nwchess.com/nwcmag/back_issues.htm    Scroll down to June, 2013 picture.  A brief story on page 2 explains Jim's history with the Spokane Chess Club.  The picture shows Jim in action at the Inland Empire Open two days before his 84th birthday.



  Peoples wins GSL Individual Championship

     Shadle Park senior David Peoples was a perfect 4.0 in winning the GSL Individual Championship which was held at Rogers High School on January 12.  A total of 23 students representing Ferris, NC, Shadle, Gonzaga Prep, Mead, and Rogers high schools took part in the event.  Second place was a six way tie (3.0 each) between Alex Nguyen and Tai Chu of Ferris, Logan Faulkner of Mead, Caleb Peterson and Will Dow of Prep, and Grant Gilmore of Shadle.  Alex (another senior) won the second place trophy by winning out in the six person blitz play-off!  Bradley Sauve of Prep won the trophy for the biggest upset.

     The cross table for the event will be posted on our Scholastic Events page (link at left) when the event has been rated by NWSRS.

     The high school team championship will be played at Gonzaga Prep on Friday, February 9.  The flyer for that event is located on our Scholastic Events page.



   The club's biggest tournament, the Dave Collyer Memorial, will be played this year on February 24-25 at the Millwood Presbyterian Church's Community Center, the site of the last two events.  Once again, IM John Donaldson will be participating.  John will give a lecture at River Park Square's Kress Gallery on February 23 and give a simultaneous exhibition immediately afterwards.  See the Area Events page for our flyer on the tournament and the other events taking place February 23.



   Despite his retirement, Dave Griffin has decided to continue with the club Grand Prix standings.  The first results -- covering the last half of the 2017 calendar year -- can be found on our Club Grand Prix page (link at left). Defending champion Michael Cambareri has a small lead over Tito Tinajero, while Jason Cross sits within striking distance in third place.



Recently at Club

   Six players ventured out despite 8" of fresh snow to play a round robin Quick tourney on January 11.  Club president Michael Cambareri was a perfect 5.0 in winning the event.  Kevin Korsmo finished second with 3.5.  David Peoples scored 2.0 to win the under 1600 prize. The USCF cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

 A surprisingly large group -- 11 strong -- turned out for a night of free play on December 21. 

  The December 14 meeting saw a small turnout for a night of Blitz. 

   The club's December 7 meeting featured six players taking part in a three round quick tourney.  Michael Cambareri topped the field with a perfect 3.0.  The event saw the return of Craig Moore, a 1720 rated player who has been out of competition for several years due to schedule conflicts, but is now working to take the rust off and get back. 




Cambareri, Joshi, Merwin Top the Field

    The 2017 installment of the Eastern Washington Open was won by Michael Cambareri, Kairav Joshi, and Steve Merwin.  Each scored 3.5 in the five round event to best the field of 18 (17 plus one house player).  The small size of the event was unusual, as was the concentration of players in the A and B categories; only two entrants were rated below 1599.  Another very unusual feature was the score differential by color.  In each round, black outscored white.  The final round saw black go 7.5-.5!  In all black won 24, drew 6, and lost only 6. 

   The play was uniformly strong, with most games (unsurprisingly with the balanced field) running to late in the time controls.  Some individual performances stood out.  Tito Tinajero had an excellent tourney and gained 104 rating points while winning two games and drawing one, with but a single loss (and a third round bye).  The first day's action left him as the only 2.5 score.  The only perfect first day belonged to Kairav Joshi, who marked his return to over the board tournament chess with an excellent outing.  Kairav took a fourth round bye, an action that precluded meeting Tinajero on Sunday morning.  Instead, both of the frontrunners ran into the top seed, Cameron Leslie.  The expert, who recently returned to the area, had to miss the first day's action.  He was seeded in for pairing purposes (but not prizes) at 2.5.  He took on Tinajero on board one in round four.  Tito sacked a bishop for a draw by perpetual check.  In the fifth round, Joshi and Leslie battled out in one of the last games of the day.  Joshi missed a win in a time scramble and then lost his queen on a skewer.  By that point, Cambareri and Merwin had already won to force their way into a tie.  The final game of the day saw eighth grader Garrett Casey draw Tony Telinbacco after reaching a balanced endgame.  Telinbacco, currently living in Colorado, is moving to Spokane soon and decided to check out area chess activity. 

   The top three shared the first and second prizes, as well as the top class A prize.  The other prize winners were: Garrett Casey and Tony Telinbacco, who tied for second and third in class A with 3.0 scores; Tito Tinajero was first in class B with 3.0; Jason Cross and Walter van Heemstede Obelt (2.5) shared the second and third prizes in class B; Sam Rainey (2.0) topped the class C/under category, while Louis Blair and Bill Rottmayer claimed the second and third prizes.  Walter also took the top upset prize with a 367 point upset in round four.  The tournament was played at Gonzaga's Jepson Center September 30-- October 1.

    A link to the USCF cross table is found on our EWO page (at left).





      The club's annual meeting saw 13 voting members turn out for the selection of new officers.  Michael Cambareri was elected President and John Frostad is the new Vice President.  Kevin Korsmo and Ted Baker retained their current posts of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.  In addition, the club's schedule was set through August.  A new feature will see the return of the Spring Championship to be held during the month of June.  Check out our Club Meetings page to see the upcoming schedule of events.  In addition to the regular night's scheduled activities, club members who desire to play a different rated game are welcome to arrange their own games (subject to USCF match rule limitations) that can be submitted along with the club's event.  See your tournament director for more details.