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


September 26-27


    Michael Cambareri, the top seed, swept to a perfect 5.0 score in winning this year's edition of the Eastern Washington Open played on September 26-27.  Second place went to newcomer Karl Reuter, a Gonzaga University student playing in his first USCF-rated event.  Karl took first prize in Class D/Unrated, while second place in that class went to two other newcomers, high school sophomore Alex Nguyen and Ernest Tinajero, each of whom scored 3.0. 

    Youthful players dominated the event, particularly two who were playing on the top boards on Sunday.  Braxton Casey upset Class A players the first two rounds enroute to tying for the second Class D prize and claiming the biggest upset prize.  His only loss was suffered on board two in the last round.  Savanna Naccarato, a recent high school graduate, played a very strong event and only lost in the fourth round on board two during a time scramble.  She scored 3.5 to win the Class C prize.

      The Class A prizes were shared by Brad Bodie (lost to Cambareri in fourth round), Nikolay Bulakh, and James Stripes, each of whom scored 3.5.  Mark Anderson (who lost to Cambareri in round five) also scored 3.5 to win the Class B first prize, while second prize in that section (2.5) was shared by John Frostad, Mitch Kilayko, and Travis Miller.  Second place in Class C went to Sam Comi (3.0). 

    There were a total of 30 players entered in this year's event.  The cross table can be seen on our Eastern Washington Open page (link at left).

Fifth round action in the EWO (photos compliments of Annette Weyland):



Braxton Casey records his move against Nikolay Bualkh                    Ron Weyland (r) ponders his move against Michael Hasuike



.                            Michael Cambareri on the move against Mark Anderson.






           After the fourth round of the Fall Championship, the storyline has changed a bit  --  Michael Cambareri no longer stands alone on top of the 20 player event.  Travis Miller has joined Michael on the leaderboard with a score of 3.5.  Jeremy Krasin held Michael to a draw while Travis Miller won against Mitch Kilayko.  Cambareri will battle Miller on board one in the fifth round, while Krasin will take on Brad Bodie (each 3.0) on board two.  Drop by club on the 15th to see the title decided!

        This perennially popular started its five round run at club on September 17 and continues through October 15, although make up games may push the conclusion back to October 22. 



        The first tournament of the local scholastic season will be held at St. George's School on Saturday, October 17. 

The list of anticipated tournament dates can be found on the Inland Chess Academy's home page: http://www.inlandchess.org/


Recently at Club

    Brad Bodie was a perfect 4.0 in winning the two week g/45 dual-rated event played on September 3 & September 10.  John Frostad (3.0) was second and won the u/1800 prize, while Jeff Jaroski and Bill Rottmayer (2.0) tied for the u/1400 section. The cross table link for the event can be found on our Recent Results page.


Spokane Falls Open


    James Stripes won this year's edition of  the Spokane Falls Open which attracted 30 players, many of them new to the sport.  Stripes won all four games he played and enjoyed his "old man's bye" on Saturday night.  He stopped top seed Steve Merwin on board one in Sunday morning's fourth round, and then defeated Kairav Joshi (also 3.5 by way of a Saturday evening bye) in round five.  Merwin and Brian Wood of Columbus, Ohio finished second with scores of 4.0.  Woods suffered his only loss to Joshi in round four, but secured the u/1800 prize for efforts.  The winners of the u/1600 prize, with scores of 3.0, were Garrett Casey, Sam Comi, and Mitch Kilayko.  The u/1400 & unrated section was won by newcomer Anand Wadikar (3.5), who secured a provisional rating of 1803 for his first tourney! Second place (3.0) in the section was shared by Braxton Casey and Ron Weyland.  Braxton also won the prize for biggest upset, with his 353 point victory edging Sam Comi's 346 point upset!

    The event was played in conjunction with the City Championship match between Nikolay Bulakh and challenger Michael Cambareri at the Schoenberg Center at Gonzaga. 

James Stripes (left) vs. Kairav Joshi in round five:


Photos by David Griffin


Final round action.  Garrett Casey (left) v. Ron Kirsch (foreground), with Brian Woods v. Mark Anderson (background).


    The previous weekend, August 8, saw seven players turn out for an event played at Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake. Garrett Casey and John Frostad drew with each other in the final round to win the event with a 2.5 score.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left). 

    The next upcoming weekend event is the Eastern Washington Open which will be played September 26-27 at Schoenberg.  A flyer for that is also posted on our Area Events page. 


City Championship


    Michael Cambareri is the new City Champion, defeating defending champion Nikolay Bulakh in another down to the wire match reminiscent of their battle in 2014.  Each player won with white on the first day, and each won with black on the second day to tie the match at 2-2 and force a blitz play-off.  Michael won that event 3-2, with the white pieces winning each game.  The previous year saw Michael win the two Saturday games before Nikolay won the two Sunday games and then the ensuing play-off by a 3-2 score.  


New City Champion Michael Cambareri (photo by Dr. James Stripes)



    John Frostad has grabbed the lead at the end of the first quarter of this year's club grand prix standings, with youngster Garrett Casey a surprising second.  See the club grand prix page (link at left) for complete details.  With the approaching Fall Championship and the Eastern Washington Open, September will present plenty of opportunities for obtaining grand prix points.



        This year's Qualchan Quads saw two perfect 3.0 scores in the two sections of this g/2 event played at the Valley Library on July 18.  Brad Bodie won the top section, a traditional quad, while Garrett Casey won the six person mini-Swiss section.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).


Recently at Club

      Nine players showed up for a night of free play at club on August 27.  That evening also saw the last game of the Ajeeb Quads, which  had begun  August 6 with twelve players competing in three sections.  Jeremy Krasin prevailed in two make-up games to win Quad A with a perfect 3.0 score.  Quad B saw the top seeds, Sam Comi and Ron Weyland, draw their second round game, and finish atop their section with 2.5 scores.  In Quad C, Jim Burney also scored 2.5 to win that closely bunched section.  The link to the tournament cross table is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).

   Jeremy Krasin was a perfect 4.0 in winning the July 4x60, a two week g/60 dual-rated tourney held on July 23 & 30.  Second place (3.0) was shared by Calvin Creger, John Frostad, and David Griffin.  Newcomer Paul Mahugh and Bill Rottmayer won the u/1400 section with scores of 1.5.  The cross table link for the event can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

      There was a nice turnout at club on July 9 with eight of those present taking part in a competitive double round robin rated blitz event.  Nikolay Bulakh, Calvin Creeger, and Jeremy Krasin each finished with 8 points, while Dave Griffin (7) and David Dussome (6) were right behind.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (at left).




        Darren Russell, on the strength of a great winter chess season, easily won the club's grand prix title this year.  Defending champion Michael Cambareri was a distant second, and David Dussome edged Jeremy Krasin for third place.  The final standings are found on our club Grand Prix page (link at left).

        There were a large number of prize winners (all donated by David Griffin), including Darren, Jeremy, Brad Bodie, Sam Comi, John Frostad, Alex Herron, Alex Popescu, Travis Miller, Steve Wallace, and Ron Weyland, all of whom will receive gift certificates to Uncle's Games.  


Dussome New Club President

        David Dussome is the new club president for the 2015-2016 club year.  Brad Bodie was chosen as vice president.  Ted Baker and Kevin Korsmo retained their jobs as secretary and treasurer, respectively.  Good luck to all of the club officers.


Bodie Wins IEO 

        Brad Bodie scored 4.5 to win this year's Inland Empire Open.  Brad defeated the fellow perfect 3.0 scorer David Dussome in round four and then fought to a draw against Michael Cambareri in the final round.  Michael and Nikolay Bulakh, the tourney's top two seeds, tied for second place.  Romie Carpenter, Kairav Joshi, and Jeremy Krasin (3.5) won the class A prizes, while Dan Hochee, Kevin Korsmo, and Dan McCourt (3.0) shared the class B prizes.  Sam Comi (2.5) was first in class C.  The class D/under section was won by fifth grader Garrett Casey (2.5), while second place in that section was shared by Braxton Casey, Cecelia Valeriotte, Steve Wallace, and Jim Waugh (1.5).  Steve Wallace claimed the biggest upset prize with a 729 point shocker in round one.

         Spokane's oldest chess tournament, the Inland Empire Open was first played in 1954.  The cross table link will be available on our Inland Empire Open page (link at left) on Tuesday evening.



       GM Irina Krush, the United States women's champion, gave a well received lecture at the Spokane Chess Club on April 23 that was attended by nearly 30 spectators.  Ms. Krush focused on the value of prophylactic moves in positional play and gave several examples with explanation of the underlying themes for the game.  She then took questions before joining the evening's 16-player, four round double blitz event played after the lecture.  The GM was a perfect 8-0 in winning the event.  John Julian and Darren Russell were second with 6.0 scores.  David Dussome (5.0) was best under 1800 and John Frostad (3.0) was tops under 1400. The cross table can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

        Ms. Krush was in town as part of the Washington State Elementary Championship being played at the Spokane convention center on Saturday, April 25.  John Dill and the Inland Chess Academy have arranged her visit to Spokane.




         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.