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Ten players took part in a four round quick tourney (g/20) held at club on March 6. There was a three way tie for first at 3-1 involving Nikolay Bulakh, Michael Cambareri, and John Dill. In addition to tying for first, John won the u/1800 prize. The u/1400 prize was shared by Steve Wallace and Ron Weyland who scored 2.0. The cross table for the event can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
There will be a four round g/45 dual-rated tournament played at club on March 13 and March 20.
The club's February 27 meeting saw 14 players turn out, with 10 of them taking part in a double round robin rated blitz tourney. When the dust cleared, Michael Cambareri was on top with a score of 16-2. Both of his losses were to Jeremy Krasin who finished third at 13.5-4.5. Nikolay Bulakh was second at 14-4. Dave Griffin (10-6) was best under 1800, while John Frostad (4.5) topped the under 1600 category. The cross table link can be found our Recent Results page (link at left).
22nd DAVE COLLYER MEMORIAL
THREE TIE FOR FIRST
The 22nd installment of Spokane's biggest chess tournament, the Dave Collyer Memorial, saw three players top the field of 50 with scores of 4.5. Top seed John Donaldson, expert Paul Bartron, and Moscow (ID) stalwart Mark Havrilla shared this year's title after a lengthy and exciting final round on Sunday, February 23. The final round played long as a strong and evenly matched field resulted in close matches throughout the score groups. On the top boards, three players stood undefeated after the fourth round -- Bartron, Donaldson, and expert Cameron Leslie. Havrilla was the only 3.5 score, the sole blemish being the third round bye he took on Saturday night. That situation required all of the top four to win their games in order to claim first prize. The final round featured Donaldson and Bartron on board 1, while Leslie took on his fellow Moscow resident on board two. Turning down a draw offer, Leslie aggressively played for the win, only to have an advanced rook cut off and the position turn against him. Meanwhile Bartron and Donaldson played a sharp game in which the master had a rook and pawn for two pieces. Havrilla downed Leslie while board one progressed into a rook and two separated pawns versus the two pieces endgame. Bartron eventually collected the pawns while losing his bishop. Donaldson attempted to convert his rook against the knight, but eventually agreed to a draw as Bartron succeeded in keeping his knight from getting trapped.
The three champions shared the first three prizes. There were numerous other prize winners. Leslie and Tim Moroney shared the Expert prize with 4.0 scores. Nikolay Bulakh took first in class A with another 4.0 score. Second in class A, with scores of 3.5, were Jeremy Krasin, Mika Mitchell, Dave Rowles, and James Stripes. Four players with 3.0 scores split the two class B prizes: Ralph Anthony of Mukilteo, Brad Bodie, Jerry Morton, and Jeremy Younker, the son of tourney founder Gary Younker. The two class C prizes were split three ways by Jacob Beverly of Oregon, George Lombardi, a recent transplant to north Idaho from Alaska, and Ashley Napier of Missoula by way of Scotland. Each scored 2.5. The class D prizes were shared by Jeff Jaroski, recently returned to Idaho after moving to Wisconsin and then Montana, and Frank Miller of Montana. They scored 2.0. Jeff was handicapped by a fourth round forfeit after a blown tire put him in the ditch awaiting a tow truck on Sunday morning.
Younger newcomers were the story in the class E/under section. Andrew Wolf was the surprise of the tourney. Rated 953 while playing in USCF events through junior high, he disappeared from tournament play for 10 years to return extremely underrated. He defeated two 1780 players in the first two rounds before finally falling to Leslie in round three. His score of 3.0 won the section by a full point and was the only plus score by anyone in the lower half of the tourney. He also claimed the biggest upset prize. Second place in the section went to nine-year-old Alden Ortolano of Richland who beat a class C and a class B player to earn his points. His game showed remarkable maturity for his age, and his second win resulted from outplaying the B player in an even king and pawn endgame. We can expect big things from Alden over the years.
The weekend kicked off with three popular events on Friday evening. John Donaldson gave his always well-attended lecture and then took on 20 players in a simul, defeating 17 while drawing 1 and losing 2. The afternoon saw a 14-player blitz tournament that brought players in from as far away as Great Falls, Montana. Havrilla won the event with a 6.0 score. Organizers hope to include the blitz tourney as a part of future Collyer tourneys.
The link to the USCF cross tables for both the blitz and main tourneys can be found on our Collyer Memorial page (link at left).
1937 -- 2014
Regional chess, and the Spokane Chess Club in particular, suffered a huge loss with the death of Bill McBroom in Missoula. Bill, a retired professor of sociology at the University of Montana, was instrumental in building the chess relationship between Spokane and Missoula. He was a regular at the Collyer Memorial since the second Collyer in 1994. He helped organize and direct the popular Turkey Open in Missoula and many more events in that region. More critically to all who knew and benefited from his commitment to chess, Bill was the epitome of the gentleman sportsman. He handled disruptions, including the occasional flare-up between players or problems with a playing location, with his typical mild-mannered demeanor that reflected his keen intelligence and uncommon good sense. Whether they knew it or not, everyone who played in this region the past 25-30 years benefited from Bill's leadership in the chess community. Bill was one of the original supporters of the Gary Younker Foundation and worked hard to promote chess not only in Montana, but in Spokane and north Idaho as well.
Bill will be sorely missed. Here is the link to his obituary in the Missoulan: http://missoulian.com/news/local/obituaries/william-bill-mcbroom/article_94eebe90-98a5-11e3-883d-0019bb2963f4.html
Funeral services were Thursday, February 20, in Missoula. His untimely passing cast a shadow over this year's Collyer Memorial tourney, although he was fondly by all of his chess friends gathered for the event. Please remember Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
CAMBARERI PERFECT IN WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP
Michael Cambareri scored a perfect 5.0 score to win the club's winter championship crown by a wide margin. Four players tied for second with scores of 3.5: Nikolay Bulakh, Brad Bodie, David Dussome, and Kevin Korsmo. Nikolay, Brad, and Kevin shared the over 1700 prize, while David claimed the 1300-1700 prize. The under 1300 prize was won by Steve Wallace, while Travis Jones and Alex Popescu shared second place in that category.
The link to the USCF cross table can be found on our Club Championship page (link at left).
We reported previously in the event:
Round 4: Michael clinched a tie for the title by moving his score to 4.0 with a victory over John Dill on board one in fourth round action. John dropped into a tie for second that includes Jeremy Krasin and Kevin Korsmo in the 3.0 category. Young Alex Popescu continued his ratings climb with another upset victory, pushing his score to 2.5 -- not bad for a fourth grader!
Round 3: The third round of the Winter Championship saw the number of perfect scores reduced from five to two. Michael Cambareri bested Kevin Korsmo in their board one encounter, while John Dill defeated Jeremy Krasin for John's second consecutive upset victory of the event. Top-seed Nikolay Bulakh, Dill's round two victim, dropped Walter van Heemstede Obelt from the ranks of the perfect scores. Cambareri and Dill will meet in round four.
For the second consecutive week, 84-year-old Jim Waugh played the last game of the night, but this time was able to secure the victory. The previous week, Arlene Hiatt showed great poise in securing a mate in a complicated position against Jim with only nine seconds left on her clock!
Rounds 1 & 2: The only upset of the first round occurred when fourth grader Alex Popescu drew with Ted Baker. Alex looks to be rising quickly!
Previously at Club
Your club returned from its Christmas-New Year's holiday break with a four round double swiss g/10 tourney on January 9. Michael Cambareri won this quick event with a 7-1 score. Each of the 12 contestants played one game with white and one with black against the same opponent each of the four rounds. Second place was shared by David Dussome and Jeremy Krasin with scores of 5.5-2.5; David won the u/1800 prize. John Frostad won the best u/1400 prize with a score of 4-4. Three players shared the u/1200 prize with scores of 3-5: Alex Popescu, Steve Wallace, and Jim Waugh.
The club headed into the holiday break with a two week Fischer random chess tourney. Ten players entered the event on December 12 and that number grew to 12 for the final rounds that were played December 19. Brad Bodie and Michael Cambareri finished on top with 3.0 scores. Brad defeated Michael in round two, but fell to Alex Chow (back on break from UW) in round 3.
DISHMAN HILLS WINS GSL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Dishman Hills, the alternative high school for the West Valley School District, swept the field to win its first team championship on March 7. Second place went to Shadle Park which edged rival Gonzaga Prep 3-2 in their final round match up to claim the second place trophy. The top individual player award went to Prep junior Joey Verchota, the GSL individual champion, who won all four of his games on board 1. Lakeside High School fielded two teams in its initial foray into the team chess event!
The NWSRS cross table link will be posted on our scholastic events page (link at left) when the event is rated.
March 8, 2014
by Dr. James Stripes
Some are More Equal Than Others
The top six players at the Rook Madness tournament demonstrated that any one of them could defeat any of the others. Upsets abounded in the thirteen player K-12 section that was 1/3 elementary age players.
The top two cash prizes were split ($50 each) between co-champions Ken McGuire (4.0) and Alex Herron (4.0). Shawn Lewis defeated Ken, the top rated player, in the first round. Shawn drew Ethan Wu in round three, but was leading the tournament until he fell to Alex in the last round. Alex defeated the number two seed, Jack Harris, in the fourth round. His only loss was to Suhang Liu in round two. Suhang also defeated Jack, but lost to Ken and Shawn. Shawn and Ethan split the remaining cash ($18 each). Jack was the victor in Ethan's only loss.
Northwest Christian School won the elementary team trophy. Saint George's was second and Arcadia Elementary finished third.
In K-6, Logan Faulkner defeated all opponents to win the Grand Champion trophy. Naomi Hertz (4.0), who lost only to Logan, was the top fifth grader. The top fourth grader, Ethan Naresh (4.0), lost only to Naomi. John Field (3.0) had the top upset and earned a trophy.
Evelyn Arquette topped the K-3 section with a perfect 5.0 to win Grand Champion for that section. Kara Chiang's 4.5 made her the top third grader. The first place in second grade trophy went to Ryan Waters (4.0), who was third overall. Two kindergartners scored 2.0. Per Sande had better tie-breaks so won the first place in grade trophy, while Elizabeth Arquette took home a smaller trophy. She will be in kindergarten next year. Toby Kast (2.5) earned a medal for notable upset.
The 62 player event on March 8 at Saint George's School was Spokane's second largest of the year and drew nearly 15% new players. Tournament advertising promised a trophy for the team with the most new players. It was taken home by Mead Educational Partnership. Individual awards also went to the top unrated players: Riley Madsen (2.5) won a medal and Nathan Gellatly (3.0) won a trophy. All players scoring 3.0 or better in the elementary sections took home trophies or medals.
The NWSRS cross table link will be posted on our Scholastic Events page (link at left) when the event is rated.
Local scholastic tournament play will conclude with the Dragonslayer at St. Georges' School on March 22. The flyer can be found on our Scholastic Events page.
The action at Rook Madness:
photo compliments of Dr. James Stripes
Verchota Wins GSL High School Individual Championship
Joey Verchota, a runner-up the previous year, won this year's Greater Spokane League high school individual championship played at Rogers High School on Friday, January 31. The Gonzaga Prep junior scored the only perfect (5.0) score to win the 34 player event. Steve Walton of Dishman Hills took home the second place trophy after winning a blitz play-off among the six players who scored 4-1. Those who tied Steve for second included Curtis Grubb and Peter Glanzer of Shadle Park, Nathan Raver of Northwest Christian, Jacob Schlomer of Gonzaga Prep, and Nathaniel Miller of the host school, Rogers. Miller took home the biggest upset prize for downing the top rated player in the third round.
The link to the NWSRS cross table can be found on our Scholastic Events page (link at left)
This year's participants:
Photo compliments of Barb Silvey (Rogers High School)
CAMBARERI TAKES GRAND PRIX STANDINGS LEAD
Michael Cambareri has overtaken Nikolay Bulakh, in the latest report of the 2013-2014 club grand prix competition. The update, through games of March 1, saw Michael erase a 21 point deficit to take a 17 point lead. Defending champion Jeremy Krasin is in third place within striking distance of the top two. The tight competition makes for an interesting race! The next update will be April 15.
Complete standing details are found on our club Grand Prix page (link at left).
CLUB HISTORY 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.