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 September 30 -- October 1


   This year's edition of the Eastern Washington Open will be played at the Jepson Center (rooms 108 & 109) on September 30 and October 1.  See our Area Events page for complete details and contact Kevin Korsmo to enter.


 Now up at Club



    The club's Fall Championship began on September 21.  Due to an illness, we have a round one player looking to make up a first round game.  Newcomers can join the event with a make-up game (if opponent available) or a first round 1/2 point bye. Contact Kevin Korsmo with questions or to enter.  Byes and a make-up game are available to assist with your scheduling conflicts.

    As an experiment, the rounds will be played at g/105 (d5) time controls.



Back to Room 108

    The technology work in the class rooms of Jepson Center is over and club has returned to Room 108 for the school year.  




  Defending champion Michael Cambareri swept Brad Bodie 3-0 to retain the City Championship.  Brad had won the right to play in the title match after he swept the field in the Contenders Tournament with a perfect 5.0 score in the six player round robin event.  The match was played during the Spokane Falls Open on August 19-20.



  Braxton Casey won this year's edition of the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.0, finishing one-half game ahead of six (!) runners-up.  Braxton drew with top seed John Julian in round four, and then  drew Jason Cross in a hard-fought round five battle that did not end until both players were under one minute on their clocks.  The six who shared second with 3.5 scores: Ted Baker, Arlene Bodie, Jason Cross, John Julian, Anthony Raelund, and Tito Tinajero.  The u/1800 prize was shared by Cross, Raelund, and Tinajero.  The u/1600 prize was won by Baker, while the first place in u/1400 went to Arlene Bodie.  The second place prize in that section was shared by Rob Harder and Bill Rottmayer (2.5). The top unrated prize went to Gregory Black, who also scored 2.5.  Ted Baker also scored the biggest upset prize. A total of 21 players took part in the event, including six unrated players in their first event.



Recently at Club

   Six players took part in a double round robin blitz tourney on August 31.  Top seed Michael Cambareri was a perfect 10-0, while Kevin Korsmo finished second at 8-2.

   The annual August Ajeeb Quads were completed on August 17th. The top quad saw the top three players tie for first with 2.0 scores -- Michael Cambareri, Braxton Casey, and Garrett Casey battled to the three-way finish. Jason Cross  was a perfect 3.0 to win Quad B, while Bill Rottmayer matched that feat in winning Quad C. Congratulations to all of the winners!  The cross table can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

   The club's July 20 & 27 meetings saw ten players take part in a four round, two week dual-rated g/45 tournament.  Top seed Michael Cambareri won with a score of 3.5.  Dave Griffin finished second at 3.0.  The best u/1800 prize was won by Jason Cross and Ron Weyland, each of whom scored 2.5.  The u/1400 prize was shared by Bill Rottmayer and Steve Wallace, each of whom scored 2.0.  The USCF cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

  The club's July 13 meeting saw 9 players take part in a four round g/20 Swiss event.  Michael Cambareri, Cameron Leslie, and Tito Tinajero each scored 3-1 to tie for first.  The best under 1500 prizes were shared by Louis Blair, Steve Wallace, and newcomer Max McGougan, each of whom scored 2.0.   The cross table for the event is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left). 



     The revived Spring Championship is now complete after a final make-up game July 2. Louis Blair pulled off the big upset of the tourney in the final round, defeating Michael Cambareri.  That dropped Michael into a first place tie with Jason Cross, both of whom scored 4.0.  Walter van Heemstede Obelt won the u/1800 prize with 3.0.  Louis claimed the u/1600 prize with a score of 3.5, and Bill Rottmayer scored 2.5 in taking the u/1400 prize.  Congratulations to all winners.

      The cross table is posted on our Club Championship page (link at left).



Cambareri 2016-2017 Grand Prix Champion

        Michael Cambareri repeated as the club grand prix champion. Karl Reutter finished second, while James Stripes edged Pat Herbers for third place in the standings.  

       Complete details, and the updated Scoring Rules, are available on our Grand Prix page (link at left).




      The club's annual meeting saw 13 voting members turn out for the selection of new officers.  Michael Cambareri was elected President and John Frostad is the new Vice President.  Kevin Korsmo and Ted Baker retained their current posts of Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.  In addition, the club's schedule was set through August.  A new feature will see the return of the Spring Championship to be held during the month of June.  Check out our Club Meetings page to see the upcoming schedule of events.  In addition to the regular night's scheduled activities, club members who desire to play a different rated game are welcome to arrange their own games (subject to USCF match rule limitations) that can be submitted along with the club's event.  See your tournament director for more details.





April 29-30

  Top seeds Michael Cambareri and Mark Havrilla won this year's Inland Empire Open with scores of 4.0.  Mark beat Michael in round four, but was held to a final round draw while Michael scored a comeback victory in a fascinating game where his opponent had four pieces for a queen! Michael had the only perfect score after the first day's action while Mark took a Saturday night bye to enter their showdown battle one half point behind.  

   A total of 29 players (and one house player) took part in this year's installment of Spokane's oldest weekend tournament.  While Michael had the perfect score after the first day and Mark was the only returning player at 2.5, there were nine other players who finished the first day with 2.0 scores.  That made for a bunch of closely contested games on the final day -- and the bunched up standings reflected the close nature of the competition.  Four players finished third with scores of 3.5: Brad Bodie, Jonathan Geyman, Dan McCourt, and Karl Reutter.  Jonathan, a rapidly rising provisionally-rated player, was also the top score in class C, while the other three also shared the class A prizes.  The class B prizes were shared by Jason Cross and Kevin Korsmo with scores of 3.0.  Second place in class C was shared by Walter van Heemstede Obelt and Ron Weyland, both of whom scored 2.5.  Walter's accomplishment was particularly impressive in that he was only able to play the first day due to work commitments.

   Steve Wallace (3.0) won the class D first prize.  Second in that section (at 2.5) was shared by Logan Faulkner and Rob Harder.  Rob also scored a 606 point upset victory in the first round to claim the top upset prize.  The tourney also featured six unrated players participating in their first USCF tourney.  The cross table is posted on our Inland Empire Open page (link at left).