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   Michael Cambareri has won the club's Fall Championship, defeating Jeremy Krasin in the final round to finish with a 4.5 score.  Jeremy (4.0) finished tied for second with Brad Bodie and Dave Griffin.  Brad and Jeremy shared the u/2000 prize while Dave took the u/1800 prize.  Other prize winners included Sam Comi (3.0), who won the u/1500 prize, while the u/1200 prize was shared by Bill Rottmayer and Cecelia Valeriote (2.0). The cross table link is posted on our Club Championship page (link at left).




     Michael Cambareri was a perfect 5.0 to win this year's Eastern Washington Open.  Second place in the field of 35 with 4.0 scores were Brad Bodie, Dan Hochee, and Darren Russell.  Brad and Darren shared the class A prizes, while Dan took home the biggest upset prize along with first prize in class C.  Class B was won by Mark Anderson, who led a contingent of five from Montana's Blackfeet Community College, with a 3.5 score.  Second in class B went to Steve Fabian, Kevin Korsmo, and Dan McCourt with 2.5 scores.  Second in class C was shared by Dave Griffin and Alex Popescu with scores of 2.5.  The class D and under section was won by Gary Solomon, who was returning to tournament chess for the first time in 40 years, with a strong score of 3.5.  Pat Kirlin finished second in the class with 3.0.

    The tournament started without a single upset in the first round, but that changed in the second round when draws on four of the top six boards narrowed the perfect scores down to four players after only two rounds.  Those players met in round three, leaving Michael Cambareri and Jeremy Krasin alone at 3.0 after the first day's action.  Michael prevailed Sunday morning, guaranteeing no worse than a tie for first as he stood a full point up on the field.  He easily dispatched city champion Nikolay Bulakh, who had defeated him in the city championship match in August, to claim the EWO crown for the first time.

    Hochee had a strong Sunday, pulling off the two biggest upsets of the tourney in consecutive rounds.  His round four upset over an opponent 342 points high than him was topped with a 405 point upset the next round.  His weekend's work boosted his rating 145 points!

    There were 11 players from Montana competing this weekend, giving the event a definite Big Sky flavor. Quite a few Spokane club members plan to return the favor at the Turkey Open in Missoula on November 8-9.

    The link to the USCF cross table for this event can be found on our Eastern Washington Open page (link at left).

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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.       



        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).





        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).



        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.




        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 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.