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Area Event Updates

Check out several events coming up in the next couple of months by clicking on the Area Events link above!




          The 24th edition of  the club's premier tourney, the Dave Collyer Memorial, will be played February 27-28 at a new location, the Millwood Presbyterian Church's Community Center.  The address is 3223 N. Marguerite.  The location is an easy destination from the freeway -- exit 287 (Argonne Road) off I-90, then head north on Argonne one mile until the light at Euclid.  Turn left about two blocks.  The community center is the new addition on the west end of the church property.  For those of your familiar with the valley, West Valley High School is only a few blocks to the south.

         IM John Donaldson is once again appearing at the event.  He will give his annual lecture at Riverpark Square's Kress Gallery  Friday night (February 26) before playing a simul.  This year's lecture topic will be the FIDE candidates matches that begin on March 10.

         National Masters Jim Maki of Coeur d'Alene and Brian Wall of Colorado also will be playing in the tourney, giving the event three nationally titled players on the top boards! 

         Check the flyer on our Area Events page (link at left) and let Kevin Korsmo know that you are coming!

        Jerry Morton has emailed in his entry -- all the way from Tashkent, Uzbekistan!



Currently at Club


      Michael Cambareri remains the only perfect score after the fourth round of the Winter Championship was played on February 11, clinching at least a tie for the title.  Michael defeated Gonzaga junior Karl Reutter to increase his lead to one point heading into the final round on February 18.

Previously in the tourney:

      After a series of draws and byes left only two perfect scores after two rounds, top seeds Michael Cambareri and Brad Bodie battled on board one in round three of the Winter Championship on February 4.  Michael secured the win to maintain a one-half point lead over Karl Reutter and Walter van Heemstede Obelt heading in to round four play.  The third round games saw some interesting twists with white winning on the top boards and black winning on the lower boards.  However, seeing old-timers Jim Waugh (86) and Bill Rottmayer (72) battle each other to the end of the time control in the last game of the night was a surprising treat!  Bill pulled out the win when Jim ran out of time in a superior position. 

        The popular Winter Championship started its five week run on January 21 with 20 players entered in this g/2 event.



        The Uncle's Games Valley Mall location will be the site of a g/25 tournament on February 20.  There will be both rated and unrated sections, with a USCF membership and entry into the Collyer Memorial tournament as prizes.  See the flyer on our Area Events page for complete details. 


Scholastic Report

by Dr. James Stripes


Four perfect 5.0 scores topped the four sections of the 51 player Groundhog's Shadow youth chess tournament on February 6. Garrett Casey won the open section that included every player in grade five and above, as well as a third grader playing up. Second place in that section went to Logan Faulkner (4.0). With 3.0 each, Annie Alvarez won the fifth grade trophy, Alexander Nicolazzo won the sixth grade trophy, and A.J. Stenbeck won the sixth grade trophy. Troy Sheikh, also with 3.0, won the trophy for biggest upset.

The second section consisted of fourth graders and one second grader playing up. Kara Chiang finished first with 5.0. In second place was Aniketh Parlapalli (4.0). Isaac Pooler (4.0), third overall, took home the grade level trophy. Liam Reeves won biggest upset.

Olivia Hilton had the perfect 5.0 atop the large K-3 section, while Ananya Parlapalli (4.0) won second place. Rohan Dhillon (4.0) took home the trophy for third grade. Ben Barrett (3.0) won the second grade trophy. The biggest upset prize went to Benjamin Johnson. The Hilton family also won the parent-child team award because Olivia's 5.0 added to father Jeff's 1.5 edged out  Arnav and Anand Wadikar with 3.0 each.

Eight first graders competed in the K-1 section. Noah Lueck won first with 5.0. Adrian Rooney was second with 3.5. Florence Cooper took home the grade level trophy. The biggest upset prize went to Tiernan Waggoner.

Pioneer was the top team with 16 points from the combined scores of their top four players. Saint George's had only three players present, but managed second in the team standings with 12.5. The Oaks, Cataldo, and Roosevelt also had strong team performances.



        Gonzaga Prep freshman Alex Herron edged top seed Alexander Nguyen, a Ferris sophomore, in their final round encounter to win the GSL Individual Championship with a perfect 5.0 score.  Herron dropped a bishop in the early middle game when Nguyen defended against the tactics, but was later able to force his connected e and d pawns to the seventh rank to claim the come from behind victory.  Nguyen's score of four points tied him for second with Prep senior Daniel Bassler, Prep sophomore Alexander Carlson, and Community School sophomore David Peoples.  The four played a two round blitz play-off to win the second place trophy, with Carlson stopping Bassler and Nguyen en route to taking the prize home.  Shadle Park junior Reese Duncan secured the prize for the largest upset.

        There were 25 players competing in this year's event at Rogers High School on January 15.  Transportation difficulties kept seven Lakeside players from attending, but they can be expected to augment the ranks for the GSL team championship on March 4.  The flyer for that event can be found on our Scholastic Events page. 



    The club's Grand Prix standings have been updated through December 31, 2015, the mid-point of the season.  Travis Miller has a three point lead over Michael Cambareri in the battle for the club's Grand Prix championship.  See complete standings, including the leaders in the biggest upset categories, on our Grand Prix page (link at left).



        It was nearly a year ago that we reported on the untimely death of Robert Dirks in a train accident in New York.  Robert, while in high school, won the Spokane Chess Club's championship before heading off to college and graduate school.  A brilliant mathematician and an all around great person, Robert worked in nanotechnology and was recognized as one of the world-wide leaders in the field.  A prize in Robert's name to be awarded to young researchers in the field has been created at CalTech.  A story about Robert and the prize can be found at this link: http://dirksprize.caltech.edu/.




        Brad Bodie is now the club president, taking over upon the resignation of David Dussome.  David took a position in Seattle and moved following the club's December 10th meeting. 


Havrilla tops in G/10 Tourney

        The annual Uncle's g/10 tourney was held at Uncle's Games at the Spokane Valley Mall, on November 21.  Recovery from the massive storm damage limited player turnout, but seven hardy souls ventured to the mall, including two from Montana!  Mark Havrilla topped the double round robin event with a score of 11.0 (from 12.0).  Brothers Braxton and Garrett Casey tied for second with scores of 8.0.  Braxton took the second place gift certificate prize, while Garrett won the u/1400 prize and the biggest upset prize. 

        The USCF cross table link is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).


Recently at Club

    The last club meeting of the calendar year saw double round robin blitz play on December 17.  Brad Bodie and Kevin Korsmo tied for first, with Loyd Willaford (now of Seatle) finishing just behind.  The cross table is posted on our Recent Results page.

   Michael Cambareri scored 3.5 to edge the 14-player field in a four round quick tourney played December 3 & 10.  Nikolay Bulakh, David Dussome, Travis Miller, and young Alex Popescu tied for second at 3.0.  Austin Yeo was best u/1600 with a score of 2.5.  The cross table is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).

    The Turkey Quads occupied the three club meetings in November.   In Quad A, David Dussome defeated Michael Cambareri in a make-up game to take Quad A with a 2.5 score against Michael's 2.0.  Alex Nguyen was a perfect 3.0 score to win Quad B.  Quad C saw a tie at 2.0 between Sam Comi and Tito Tinajero.  Quad D saw the only other perfect 3.0 score  with Bill Rottmayer sweeping the section.  Quad E saw a three-way tie at 2.0 among Logan Faulkner, Arlene Hiatt, and Paul Mahugh.  Congratulations to all the winners!





         Club alum Steve Fabian has put in a lot of historical research and come up with a lengthy (32 page) history of Spokane chess from 1899 to present!  This well-researched article, written in the indomitable Fabian style, is found on our History page (link at left).  Contact information for Steve is at the end of the article, so if you have more insights or any  corrections, please feel free to write Steve or your editor to share your thoughts and contribute to the telling of the club's story.  The club owes an immense thanks to Steve for all the effort he put into writing this article.