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


November 26


    Just a reminder -- club will be closed this Thursday for Thanksgiving on November 26.  Enjoy the holiday with your loved ones.


Havrilla tops in G/10 Tourney

        The annual Uncle's g/10 tourney was held at Uncle's Games at the Spokane Valley Mall, on November 21.  Recovery from the massive storm damage limited player turnout, but seven hardy souls ventured to the mall, including two from Montana!  Mark Havrilla topped the double round robin event with a score of 11.0 (from 12.0).  Brothers Braxton and Garrett Casey tied for second with scores of 8.0.  Braxton took the second place gift certificate prize, while Garrett won the u/1400 prize and the biggest upset prize. 

        The USCF cross table link is posted on our recent results page (link at left).


Recently at Club


    The Turkey Quads are nearly complete!  The event began on November 5 with 20 players entering the Turkey Quads (another 3 unable to get in), setting up a five-quad format for the first time in many years.  Despite the disruptive windstorm of November 17, most players were able to attend the final round on November 19.  There are still some make up games to be played before the event can be rated, but the winners are now known.  In Quad A, David Dussome defeated Michael Cambareri in a make-up game to take Quad A with a 2.5 score against Michael's 2.0.  Alex Nguyen still has one game to go, but his current 2.0 score is enough to win Quad B.  Quad C saw a tie at 2.0 between Sam Comi and Tito Tinajero.  Quad D saw the only perfect 3.0 score of the event with Bill Rottmayer sweeping the section.  Quad E saw a three-way tie at 2.0 among Logan Faulkner, Arlene Hiatt, and Paul Mahugh.  Congratulations to all the winners!

    The club's October 29 meeting saw 14 players take part in a g/20 quick tourney.  Club champion Travis Miller scored 3.5 to take first.  Second place at 3.0 was shared by Michael Cambareri, Mitch Kilayko, and NM Jim Maki.  Maki drew with Miller in round 3, before Travis upended Michael in the final round to win the event.  The cross table link for the event is posted on our Recent Results page.




        The Spokane CC continent was out in force for the 2015 Turkey Open in Missoula on November 7-8.  Led by club alum John Julian, 13 club members from Washington and Idaho were part of the field of 38.  The top four boards were from club, and Sandpoint's Savanna Naccarato spent most of the tourney playing on the top three boards.  Julian, playing his first rated tourney in 15 months, won the event with a 4.5 score after topping Nikolay Bulakh (4.0) in their final round board one encounter. Nikolay's 4.0 tied him with Brad Bodie and Jim Skovron for second place.  Strong performances were turned in by the large youth contingent present at the event (your editor donated quite a few rating points to the under 20 crowd).  Braxton Casey (up 62 points) and Savanna (up 58 points) had two of the strongest performances by local players.

        As usual, this was again a fun event.  The Turkey Open should be on everyone's travel list.


    First round Turkey Open action with Missoula, Montana veteran Ron Erickson featured in the foreground.       

The USCF cross table link: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201511087472



        The Fall Championship was settled in the fifth round played October 15 when Travis Miller topped Michael Cambareri in their board one encounter to claim the title of Fall Champion with a score of 4.5.  Second place went to Jeremy Krasin (4.0).  The u/1800 section was shared by John Frostad and Kevin Korsmo (3.0), who drew their fifth round game.  Four players shared the u/1600 prize with scores of 2.5: Ted Baker, Dave Griffin, Ron Weyland, and Austin Yeo.  Arlene Hiatt captured the biggest upset prize with her first round victory (541 points).  Arlene also shared the u/1400 prizes with Steve Wallace.  They also recorded scores of 2.5.

        Some make-up games pushed completion of the event back to October 22.  The event started its five round run at club on September 17 with 20 participants. The cross table link can be found on our Club Championship page (at left).


Scholastic Report


by Dr. James Stripes

 Pioneer School prevailed in the strongest team competition Spokane area scholastic tournament have seen in the past few years. The school's top four accumulated 13.5 points to prevail over Saint George's School's 12.5. Close behind were The Oaks Academy (12), Cataldo (12), and host school First Presbyterian (11).

In the K-2 section, three players topped the field of 21 with 4.0 each. Ben Barrett was first overall. Laura Sheikh placed second, and Arnav Wadikar took the trophy for first in grade two. Per Sande (3.5) edged Colby Jessup (3.5) for the second place in second grade medal. Cooper Florence (2.5) won the trophy for first in grade one, while Cyler Jessup (2.5) was second in that grade. Ethan Shan won the upset trophy.

Aditya Bandyopadhyay prevailed over all opponents to score a perfect 5.0 in K-4. Varun Ambalavanan (4.0) was second overall and Aniketh Parlapalli took home the fourth grade trophy. Desmond Paquet was second in fourth grade. Jackson Florence (3.0) was first in grade three and Olivia Hilton (3.0) was second. The upset trophy went to Addison Bowen. There were 22 players in the section.

In the top section, which included 14 players as old as eighth grade, Garrett Casey finished first with 4.5. Logan Faulkner (4.0) was second. In third place, Mythreya Dharani won the upset trophy. The top fisth graders were Cameron Simonds and Annie Alvarez, both with 3.0. Cameron had the better tiebreaks. Joshua Kimball (2.0) was the top sixth grader. Hannah Wach also took home a prize for second in sixth grade. Suhang Liu (3.0) won the seventh grade trophy and Shohom Bandyopadhyay won the eight grade trophy.

Final round action on boards one and two in the K-8 section:


 The tournament cross table link is posted on our Scholastic Events page (link at left).

 The next event will be the Pullman Gambit on November 21, followed by the King's Clash on December 5.  The list of upcoming tournament dates can be found on the Inland Chess Academy's home page: http://www.inlandchess.org/


September 26-27


    Michael Cambareri, the top seed, swept to a perfect 5.0 score in winning this year's edition of the Eastern Washington Open played on September 26-27.  Second place went to newcomer Karl Reuter, a Gonzaga University student playing in his first USCF-rated event.  Karl took first prize in Class D/Unrated, while second place in that class went to two other newcomers, high school sophomore Alex Nguyen and Ernest Tinajero, each of whom scored 3.0. 

    Youthful players dominated the event, particularly two who were playing on the top boards on Sunday.  Braxton Casey upset Class A players the first two rounds enroute to tying for the second Class D prize and claiming the biggest upset prize.  His only loss was suffered on board two in the last round.  Savanna Naccarato, a recent high school graduate, played a very strong event and only lost in the fourth round on board two during a time scramble.  She scored 3.5 to win the Class C prize.

      The Class A prizes were shared by Brad Bodie (lost to Cambareri in fourth round), Nikolay Bulakh, and James Stripes, each of whom scored 3.5.  Mark Anderson (who lost to Cambareri in round five) also scored 3.5 to win the Class B first prize, while second prize in that section (2.5) was shared by John Frostad, Mitch Kilayko, and Travis Miller.  Second place in Class C went to Sam Comi (3.0). 

    There were a total of 30 players entered in this year's event.  The cross table can be seen on our Eastern Washington Open page (link at left).

Fifth round action in the EWO (photos compliments of Annette Weyland):



Braxton Casey records his move against Nikolay Bualkh                    Ron Weyland (r) ponders his move against Michael Hasuike



.                            Michael Cambareri on the move against Mark Anderson.




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)



    John Frostad has grabbed the lead at the end of the first quarter of this year's club grand prix standings, with youngster Garrett Casey a surprising second.  See the club grand prix page (link at left) for complete details.  With the approaching Fall Championship and the Eastern Washington Open, September will present plenty of opportunities for obtaining grand prix points.



        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).




        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.



         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.