Area Event Updates
ONE WEEK TO GO
EWO IS DRAWING CLOSER -- October 4-5
The Eastern Washington Open will be played the weekend of October 4-5 at the Schoenberg Center. We already have entries from our friends in Missoula, so this tourney looks to be another strong event. Complete details can be found on our Area Events page. See Kevin Korsmo to register.
FALL CHAMPIONSHIP UNDERWAY
Mid-September brings the true kick-off of the chess season -- the club's Fall Championship. This five week g/2 event, started September 18, with 22 players taking part, and expanded to 23 players with a house player joining for round two. Already some of the top seeds have been nicked up with draws or losses, so this event looks to be a fight the whole way. There are five perfect scores after two rounds: Brad Bodie, Nikolay Bulakh, David Dussome, Jeremy Krasin, and Darren Russell are all 2.0. The third round action will reduce the number of perfect scores further.
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David Dussome continued his strong play by winning the two week g/45 tourney that started September 4 and completed September 11. David finished at 3.5 after drawing Michael Cambareri in their round 3 encounter, before winning his fourth round game while Nikolay Bulakh topped Michael. Nikolay and newcomer Greg Vanderford, an unrated player, took second place with 3.0 scores. The best u/1800 prize was shared by Ted Baker, John Dill, and John Frostad, each of whom scored 2.0. Vanderford claimed the u/1400 prize.
The cross table link is posted on our Recent Results page.
KRASIN GRAMS LEAD IN 2014-2015 GRAND PRIX STANDINGS
Jeremy Krasin has taken over the lead in the club grand prix after the first quarter of the club's 2014-2015 grand prix schedule. He has a 10 point lead over David Dussome and Michael Cambareri who look ready to make this a season long battle. Stay tuned for the next update later this fall.
The current standing details are found on our club Grand Prix page (link at left).
KRASIN WINS SPOKANE FALLS OPEN
THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!
Jeremy Krasin won this year's edition of the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.5, topping the undefeated David Dussome in their final round encounter. David and Michael Muff (a Minnesota resident), tied for second with 4.0. It was the third straight year that Jeremy won the event with a 4.5 score! That is consistency.
David Dussome claimed the class B prize, while Mark Anderson (Montana) and Ron Kirsch (Tacoma) were second in the class with 3.5 scores. Walter van Heemstede Obelt (3.0) took the class C prize, with Dan Hochee and Ron Weyland second in the class at 2.5. Young Alex Popescu (3.5), who played on board one in round 3, won the Under 1400 prize and claimed the biggest upset with a 565 point upset in round 1. Alex was seeded 21st in the 28 player field and will start fifth grade next month. The second prize in the class was shared by Logan Faulkner, Jeff Jaroski, and Pat Kirlin with 2.5 scores.
The event was played at the Schoenberg Center August 16-17 in conjunction with the City Championship match between defending champion Nikolay Bulakh and Michael Cambareri. The cross table can be found on our recent results page (link at left).
BULAKH SCRAMBLES BACK TO WIN CITY CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Challenger Michael Cambareri won the first two games of the city championship match on Saturday, August 16, but Nikolay Bulakh battled back to claim victory in Sunday's games to force a g/10 play-off in which the first player to 3.0 would win. Michael won the first and third games to go up two to one before Nikolay won game four. After a fifth game draw, Nikolay held on to his crown with a win in game six. The match was as exciting as any ever held since the revival of this event in 2001.
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AJEEB QUADS COMPLETE
The Ajeeb Quads started its annual run on August 7 with two quads and a six player mini-Swiss section, and grew another quad on August 14, putting a total of 18 players in the event. After the action on August 21, and August 28, all of the action is complete. Michael Cambareri (3.0) took quad A, while David Dussome was also perfect in winning Quad B. Quad C saw top seed Ron Weyland also perfect at 3.0. Top seed John Frostad (2.5) won the mini-Swiss after defeating young Dave Sposito (2.0) in their third round match up. The cross table link is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).
LESLIE WINS IEO
Top seed Cameron Leslie swept the field to win this year's Inland Empire Open with a perfect 5.0 score. Michael Cambareri, who lost to Leslie in round four, was a clear second at 4.0. They were the only perfect scores in the field of 32 after the first day's action. The class A prizes were shared (scores of 3.5) by Nikolay Bulakh, Romie Carpenter, Jeremy Krasin, and James Stripes. A score of 3.5 also served to give Steve Jones the class B first prize. Mark Anderson won the second B prize with a score of 3.0. The class C prizes were shared by Ted Baker, Dan Hochee, and Ron Weyland, each of whom also scored 3.0. Arlene Hiatt (2.5) won the first class D/under prize. The remaining prizes in that category were shared by Jeff Jaroski, Frank Miller, Shawn Woods, Cody Woods, & Carson Woods (all with 2.0 scores). Cody (468 point differential) edged Carson (398 point differential) for the biggest upset prize with a final round upset.
Our club's oldest tourney, the IEO was first played in 1954. A new feature this year saw a dozen players take part in a free outdoor blitz tournament on Friday, May 16, downtown at Wall & Main. Michael Cambareri gave up only one draw while winning the time-shortened nine round event with a 8.5 score. The cross tables for both events are posted on our Inland Empire Open page (link at left).
Longtime club member Clint Fait died May 1 in Cheney. Clint was a class C player who could only intermittently play rated events in the 90s and 00s due to health issues, but would attend club whenever he could. While he had not been to club in the past couple of years, he called your editor frequently to keep track on what was happening or to ask a question about a preference in an opening line. Clint was unfailingly polite. His funeral was held May 6 at the Spokane Memorial Gardens. The web link to Clint's obituary: http://cheneyfuneral.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2512573&fh_id=13639
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 recalled by all of his chess friends gathered for the event. Please remember Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
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.