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



Three Lead g/75 Event

        There are three perfect scores after two weeks of the g/75 (d5) event that began at club on June 16.  Michael Cambareri, Garrett Casey, and Walter van Heemstede Obelt, the first, third, and fifth seeds, respectively, all stand at 2.0.  Garrett scored the only upset of the tourney to this point by topping Pat Herbers in an exciting second round game.

        The final round will be played June 30, which also is the last evening before the club takes a break for the month of July.  The June 30 meeting will be held in Jepson room 113, just around the corner from the regular location.


Recently at Club

    The club's June 9 meeting featured a g/25 (d3) event.  Eight of the 14 players in attendance took part, with top seeds Michael Cambareri and Pat Herbers (2.5) finishing on top after their third round battle ended in a draw.  Dave Griffin (2.0) won the u/1800 prize, while Steve Wallace (1.5) claimed the u/1400 prize.  The cross table is posted on our Recent Results page.

     Eight of the ten players at club on June 2 took part in a g/15 Fischer Random Chess event.  Michael Cambareri won all seven of his games, while Dave Griffin went 5-2 to finish second.

    Eight of the thirteen players at the club's May 26 meeting took part in this three round quick event, with Michael Cambareri (2.5) topping the field.  Second place was shared by Jim Burney, John Frostad, and Travis Miller, all of whom finished with 2.0.  The USCF cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page.




        The club's officers voted to not meet in July due to low turnout and the lack of event leaders.  Club meetings will resume in August with the always popular Ajeeb Quads.




      John Frostad, the lowest rated player in the Contenders field, swept through the June 4-5 event to win the right to play in the Spokane City Championship during the weekend of August 13-14.  He will play champion Michael Cambareri in a four game match while the Spokane Falls Open is being played at River Park Square's Kress Gallery.  Five of the six games played Saturday (a late withdrawal forced byes both days) saw the lower-rated player emerge victorious.

       The Qualchan Quads were played Saturday.  Pat Herbers returned to tournament play after a several year hiatus and did not let the rust bother him, winning Quad A with a 2.5 score.  Meanwhile, Anthony B. Raelund -- part of a three member Montana contingent -- swept Quad B with a perfect score.  The cross tables for both events are posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).





    Michael Cambareri is the runaway winner in this year's club Grand Prix season that ended on May 31, 2016.  Michael moved to the top on the strength of his victories in the Winter Championship and the Collyer Memorial, and maintained his margin the final four months of the season.  There is a lengthy list of winners.  The class prize winners were Brad Bodie, John Frostrad, Braxton Casey, and Bill Rottmayer.  Cecelia Valeriotte won the biggest upset.  In all, there were eight category prizes and ten upset prizes, all of which are gift certificates donated by the grand prix statistician, Dave Griffin. 

    See the complete standings, including the winners in all of the biggest upset categories, on our Grand Prix page (link at left).






        The club's annual meeting on May 19 saw an extended discussion of the club's structure and meeting interests as well as the annual election of officers.  Club old-timer Pat Kirlin is the new president.  Brad Bodie again was named vice-president, and Ted Baker and Kevin Korsmo retained their current roles of secretary and treasurer, respectively.

        The club's officers were given discretion to modify the club dues if deemed necessary by September 1.  It also was decided that a higher portion of tourney fees will be kept by the club for increasing overhead expenses.  Thursday night events will start as close to 7:00 p.m. as possible every week.  The club's members also voted to play the club championships at g/90 time controls in an effort to get people home at a more reasonable hour every week. 

        The club's Thursday night meetings moved to Jepson Center room 108 effective May 12.  It is easy to find the new location. There is a parking lot immediately west of Jepson (and immediately north of the Jundt Art Center) that is accessed from the west via DeSmet Avenue (drive east from Ruby Street, or head south on Pearl Street two blocks to DeSmet and turn left).  For a link to the campus map, see our Club Meetings page (link at left).



         This year's installment of the Inland Empire Open ended up with the top three seeds sharing first place and claiming the prizes for first, second, and third.  Michael Cambareri, Michael Murray, and Pavlo Zaborskyy all scored 4.0 to top the 28 player field.  Five players had finished the first day's action on top of the leader board   The only two perfect scores to play in the third round -- top seed Michael Cambareri and Gordon Higbie -- fought late into the night before drawing the day's final game.  They were joined at 2.5 by Mark Anderson, Garrett Casey, and Michael Murray, all of whom took third round byes.  The fourth round saw Cambareri topple Anderson and Murray defeat Higbie, while Zaborskyy stopped Garrett Casey.  Zaborskyy won his final game and then everyone watched while Cambareri and Murray fight four hours before drawing when Michael, with one second left, lost his pawn advantage in the time scramble.

        The class A prize was won by Brad Bodie (3.5), while Gordon Higbie was second at 3.0.  Mark Anderson took first in class B with another 3.5 score, while Garrett Casey took second at 3.0.  Class C saw a tie between Nick Martonick and Tito Tinajero, both with scores of 3.0.  First in class D went to Jim Burney with 2.5, while 2.0 scores gave second place to Arlene Bodie, Jim Waugh, and  Ron Weyland.  Ron also claimed the biggest upset with a victory in the first round over an opponent rated 477 points higher.

        Rusty Miller passed on this story from Michael Murray's Facebook page:

49 years ago, I was involved in a 3 way tie for First in the 1967 Inland Empire Open, after I missed a winning move in the last round and only drew. This year, i was again involved in a 3 way tie for First, after my last round opponent missed a win (which would have given him outright First) against ME. Is this Karma or what?

        It appears that history does repeat itself!!

        The Inland Empire Open is Spokane's oldest tourney.  It was first played in 1954.  The link to the USCF cross table for the event can be found on our Inland Empire Open page (link at left).





        It took four weeks, but this year's Taxing Quads is now complete!  Michael Cambareri took Quad A with a score of 2.5, edging second seed Brad Bodie who finished at 2.0.  In Quad B, Sam Comi (3.0) achieved the only perfect score of the event to claim the prize.  Quad C saw Alex Herron and Jeff Jaroski tie for first (2.0) after Jeff defeated the youngster in a final round make-up.  Another make-up game -- and the last event of the tourney -- settled Quad D.  Arlene Bodie outlasted Cecelia Valeriotte to claim the prize with a 2.5 score.       

        The event, an annual feature of our April calendar, began its month long run on April 7 with 16 players taking part in four quads.   






        NM Jim Maki of Coeur d'Alene and Michael Cambareri each scored 4.5 to share top honors in the 24th annual Dave Collyer Memorial played February 27-28.  Third place (4.0) was shared by Viktors Pupols, David Arganian, Steve Merwin, and Mika Mitchell (with Arganian being top Expert, and Merwin & Mitchell topping the class A category).  This year's event, played in Millwood, drew 59 entries (plus two house players).

        Top seed Maki suffered a second round draw, moving second seed Pupols to board one for the rest of the event.  The two met in the fifth round while Cambareri battled Mark Havrilla on board two.  Cambareri's attack broke through and gained him the point.  Meanwhile, Maki and Pupols battled until they were the last game going.  Maki pulled out the win and joined Cambareri on top -- the first Collyer victory for each of them.

        There were a lot of other prize winners.  First place in class B went to Steve Buck (3.5), with a crowd of Steve Fabian, Dan McCourt, Jim Skovron, and Jeremy Younker sharing second at 3.0.  The two class C prizes went to youth -- Nick Havrilla and Garret Casey each scored 3.5 to win their class prizes.  Five players scored 2.0 to share the class D prizes: Arlene Bodie, Hedda Campbell, Jeff Jaroski, Colin Phelps, and Bill Rottmayer.  The class E and unrated first prize went to Anthony Raelund (3.0), while another newcomer, Dr. Shancie Wagner (2.0) claimed the second prize.

        There were quite a number of upsets, including eight victories over opponents rated at least 300 points higher.  The prize winners were Cecelia Valeriote (687) and Ted Baker (486).   

        The unofficial prize for the furthest travel to the tourney once again belongs to Jerry Morton -- this year he came all the way from Tashkent, Uzbekistan!  Jerry had to depart after the Friday night events, but has already promised to return for next year's tourney!

        The USCF cross table link can be found on our Collyer Memorial page (link at left).




        Sandpoint's Savanna Naccarato scored four (from six) in the Idaho Closed Championship in Twin Falls on Feb. 13-15, giving her the title of the top woman in the state!  

The tournament's USCF cross table link: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201602154602


Scholastic Report


    Gonzaga Prep won the round robin GSL Team Championship with a perfect 3-0 score.  Dishman Hills finished second with a 2-1 score.  Shadle Park and the Community School also participated.  Perfect scores were turned in on board one by Alex Herron of Prep and on board three by Cole Eberling of Shadle Park -- both of whom are freshmen!

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


March 26, 2016

by Dr. James Stripes

Dragon Slayer

Pioneer School completed a near perfect run at the Dragon Slayer youth tournament March 26. The school won the team trophy, as they had in every tournament except the Black Knights Joust in October. Saint George's School, which won the team prize in October finished second,  two points behind Pioneer. The Oaks was half a point behind Saint George's.

Varun Ambalavanan fished first in the upper section with 4.5 points. His draw with Cameron Simonds (3.5) was the last game to finish in round three as both players were under severe time pressure. First Varun misplayed a winning pawn ending, then Cameron missed his chance to use his queen to stop Varun's last pawn. Second place in the section went to Patrick Kovis (4.0) from the Tri-Cities who defeated Cameron in the last round after losing to Varun in round four. Cameron won first in fifth grade. Ryan Waters also finished with 4.0 and took home the fourth grade trophy. His sole loss was to Patrick. Next in the standings was Megna Pream Dutta, the top seventh grader. Topping those with 3.0 was Connor Gosselin-Harris, who won a trophy. Also with 3.0 and winning trophies were Mia Sponseller, first in sixth grade; Gavin Consiglio, and Aniketh Parlapalli. Jaiden Nagra won biggest upset.

Arnav Wadikar took first in the K-3 section as the only 4.5. Second went to Ben Barrett (4.0). Four players finished with 3.5 and took home trophies. Rohan Dhillon was first in third grade. Ethan Shan was first in second grade. Cole Knapton was second on tie-breaks to Rohan, while Caetlyn Kovis finished second in second grade. First place in grade one went to the top 3.0, Elizabeth Arquette. Noah Lueck (3.0) was second in grade one. Connor Simonds (3.0) also took home a trophy as did biggest upset winner Mike Mitchell (3.0).

Anand Wadikar won the parents tournament again with a perfect 3.0 and with his son's first in section finish, they easily won the family prize. They selected a book of chess puzzles.

Chess books were also awarded to four players for impressive checkmates. It was announced at the start of round one that the tournament director wanted to photograph checkmates that were notable and that a prize would be given to the most impressive. Connor Simonds' checkmate with two pawns, supported by queen, rook and another pawn won first choice among the available books. Next was Noah Lueck's third rank Arabian checkmate with a second rook on the second rank supporting. Cameron Simonds took a book for his two rook and two bishop checkmate. Arnav Wadikar earned the final book for a sixth rank Arabian mate with a bishop and pawn guarding escape squares.

The link to the NWSRS cross table can be found on our Scholastic Events page (link at left).



        It was nearly a year ago that we reported on the untimely death of Robert Dirks in a train accident in New York.  Robert, while in high school, won the Spokane Chess Club's championship before heading off to college and graduate school.  A brilliant mathematician and an all around great person, Robert worked in nanotechnology and was recognized as one of the world-wide leaders in the field.  A prize in Robert's name to be awarded to young researchers in the field has been created at CalTech.  A story about Robert and the prize can be found at this link: http://dirksprize.caltech.edu/.




         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.