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



Currently 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)


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)



    Club president David Dussome has the very early lead in the 2015-2016 club grand prix standings, a copy of which can be seen on our Club Grand Prix page (link at left).  The season looks to see a spirited competition as Nikolay Bulakh, John Frostad, and David Griffin are all hot on his heels.  Expect to see the competition get even closer as the new chess year develops.



        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

     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).

     Eight players took part in a quick tourney at club on June 25.  John Frostad and Dave Griffin scored 2.5 (they drew each other in the last round) to share first.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page.

    Six players took part in a round robin g/10 quick event at club on June 11.  Kairav Joshi scored a perfect 5.0 to best the field by two points.  Travis Miller (3.0) was best under 1600.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page.

      The club's June 4 meeting saw five players compete in a double round robin blitz event (g/5, d2).  David Dussome (6.5) defeated Nikolay Bulakh (6.0) in both of their head-to-head meetings to win the event.  The link to the USCF cross table for the event can be found on our Recent Results page.   

     Nikolay Bulakh, the reigning city champion, gave a simul at club on May 28.  Six club members took on the champ, and half were successful!  The May 21 meeting saw the club's annual Election of officers for the 2015-16 chess year.  There also was a rated game night competition, the cross table for which can be found on our Recent Results page.



        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.