Area Event Updates
Two-week Dual-rated Event Underway
The club's July calendar finishes up with a two week, four round g/60 dual-rated tourney on July 23 & 30. There were three perfect scores after the first night's action -- Calvin Creger, John Frostad, and Jeremy Krasin all scored 2.0. Luis Blair (1.5) is sitting just a half point back heading into round three action.
WEEKEND CHESS IN AUGUST!
This August features two weekend tournaments. The first is a one day event on August 8 that will be played at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake. The following weekend. August 15-16, is this year's edition of the Spokane Falls Open at the Schoenberg Center at Gonzaga. Flyers for both events can be found on our Area Events page (link at left).
Finally, we can confirm that the Eastern Washington Open will be played September 26-27 at Schoenberg. A flyer for that event will be posted on our Area Events page soon.
TWO PERFECT IN QUALCHAN QUADS
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
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.
RUSSELL CLAIMS 2014-2015 CLUB GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
IRINA KRUSH CLUB VISIT APRIL 23rd
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 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.