Area Event Updates
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Club is Back with Blitz!
The club returns from its Thanksgiving holiday break with a rated blitz night on Thursday, December 5. The $3 entry fee will cover rating expenses for the event.
The Turkey Quads are not quite complete, but all of the winners are now known. Michael Cambareri and Kevin Korsmo (2.0) tied for first in Quad A. John Dill (2.0) won Quad B. David Dussome (3.0) topped Quad C with a perfect score. In the mini-Swiss, Adam Binns (3.0), playing his first rated event, claimed first place and Jim Burney (2.0) took the second place prize. The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
The club's Halloween meeting on October 31 saw eight players turn out, with six of them competing in a g/10 round robin. Michael Cambareri won the event with a 4-1 score. The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
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KRASIN FALL CHAMPION
Jeremy Krasin outlasted Michael Cambareri in a fifth round time scrabble to become the club's Fall Champion for 2013. Jeremy scored 4.5 to finish one point ahead of Michael and six others who tied for second with scores of 3.5: Brad Bodie, Kevin Korsmo, Ted Baker, John Frostad, David Dussome, and Chet Paulson. Brad, Michael, and Kevin shared the second prize, while the others won their section prizes: Ted (u/1700); John (u/1400); David (u/1250); Chet (u/1000). A total of 22 players took part in this event, which was directed once again by Dave Griffin.
The USCF cross table can be found on our Club Championship page (link at left). The event was played between September 19 and October 24.
GRAND PRIX STANDINGS UPDATED
Nikolay Bulakh has overtaken our 2012-2013 Grand Prix winner, Jeremy Krasin, in the latest installment of the 2013-2014 club grand prix competition (through November 1). Nikolay has a 14 point lead over Jeremy; John Frostad is in third only four points behind Jeremy. The tight competition makes for an interesting race! The next update will be at Christmas.
Complete standing details are found on our club Grand Prix page (link at left).
Seven Spokane chess club players ventured to Missoula over the November 2 weekend to take part in the Turkey Open, traditionally Missoula's best event. Ted Baker and Brad Bodie (3.5) were among a group of players tied for second, while Jim Burney and Arlene Hiatt tied for the u/1400 prize. Congratulations to all of our travelers, and particularly to our prize winners!
The USCF cross table link: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201311035262
Some of the first round action from the 2013 Turkey Open. Photo compliments of Monique Kolonko.
BULAKH WINS G/10 CHAMPIONSHIP
Nikolay Bulakh was a perfect 14.0 in sweeping this eight player double round robin event held at the Spokane Valley Library. Michael Cambareri (11.5) finished second. Brad Bodie (9.0) won the under 1800 prize, while Travis Jones (6.0) won the under 1300 class prize. Dave Griffin again directed this event and donated $100 to the prize fund and all of the entry fees also were returned as prizes.
The USCF cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
SECOND SCHOLASTIC EVENT COMPLETE
Dr. James Stripes reports:
Saint George's Edges Past Westgate Christian in King's Clash
Going into the last round, Westgate Christian held a narrow lead over Saint George's in the elementary team competition 12.5 to 12. However, Saint George's gained more in round five to prevail 15 to 14 (top four from each school). Individual trophies in K-3 were earned by Sam Morris, grand champion (4.0); Gabrielle Lee (3.5) first, grade three; Josh Lubanski (3.5), first, grade two; Gabe Gustafson (3.5); Evelyn Arquette (3.0) first, grade one; and Per Sande (2.5), first, kindergarten. In K-6, Alex Popescu was grand champion with a perfect 5.0. Others earning trophies were Ethan Wu (4.0), first, grade 4; Meghna Dutta (4.0), first, grade five; Shohom Bandyopadhyay (4.0), first, grade six; Alex Anderson (3.5); David Sposito (3.0); Andre Vivier (3.0); and Naomi Hertz (3.0). In K-12, the top two players took home new chess sets. Kevin Eaton topped the field with 5.0, followed by Ken McGuire with 4.0.
The 54 players represented sixteen area schools in the two elementary sections, and five schools in the MS/HS section. The cross table can be found on our Scholastic Events page (link at left).
NWCS will also host events on November 19 and December 7. Deer Park will host the Winterfest in late January, and St. Georges will also host events this winter. Check our Scholastic Events page (link at left) for more details.
Leslie Wins EWO
Cam Leslie swept the field to win the 2013 Eastern Washington Open with a perfect 5.0 score. Second place (4.0) was shared by John Julian and Nikolay Bulakh; Nikolay's score also won the class A first prize. Second prize in class A went to Jeremy Krasin (3.5). Nicholas Wolff won class B (3.5) after falling to Leslie in the final round, while second in the class (3.0) was shared by John Dill, Kevin Korsmo, and Walter Van Heemstede Obelt. Ted Baker and Dave Griffin (3.0) won the class C prizes. Pullman high school sophomore Peter Schumaker (3.5) easily won the class D/under prize, while second place in that category went to another rapidly improving newcomer, David Dussome (2.5). Steve Wallace and Harold Wetmur (2.0) tied for third. Arlene Hiatt pulled off the biggest upset, a win over an opponent with a 569 point rating differential, in the final round.
There were 29 players competing this year in addition to two house players. Loyd Willaford directed the event this year, which once again was played at Gonzaga's Schoenberg Center. The USCF cross table link is posted on our EWO page (link at left).
Bulakh Wins Spokane Summer G/45
Nikolay Bulakh won the Spokane Summer G/45 tournament held August 24 at the Spokane Valley Library. Nikolay topped the 8-player field with a perfect 3.0 score. John Dill, Dan McCourt of Missoula, and Michael Muff of Minneapolis, MN, shared second place with 2.0 scores. John Frostad and Jim Waugh (1.0) shared the u/1400 prize. The cross table can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
Previously at Club:
Michael Cambareri (4.0) won the September 4 x 45 g/45 event played September 5 & 12. Jason Bennetch, Brad Bodie, and Nikolay Bulakh (3.0) finished second, with Brad claiming the u/1800 prize and Jason the u/1400 prize. Arlene Hiatt and Harold Wetmur shared the u/1000 prize. The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left). There were 21 players at club on September 12.
The club's August 29 meeting saw 11 players turn out for rated game night. There were varying combinations of players, and nine of them played rated blitz games during the evening. The cross table is on our Recent Results page (link at left).
The three make-up games were played August 22 to complete this year's Ajeeb Quads. Quad A saw plenty of excitement. Jeremy Krasin upended Nikolay Bulakh to tie for first in the quad with 2.0 scores after Alex Chow drew Michael Cambareri (1.5), costing Michael a chance to make it a 3-way tie on top. Meanwhile, Dave Dussome won his make-up game to join fellow newcomer Jason Bennetch atop Quad D with 2.5 scores. The cross table for the event can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
CLUB HISTORY IS NOW POSTED
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.