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Area Event Updates

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



        The club's Thursday night meetings will move to Jepson Center room 108 effective May 12.  That is also one of the rooms that will be used for the Inland Empire Open on May 14-15.  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 in from Ruby Street, or head south on Pearl Street to DeSmet and turn left).  For a link to the campus map, see our Club Meetings page (link at left).



        North Idaho's George Lombardi is hosting a USCF-rated quick tourney on Sunday, May 1 in Blanchard, Idaho.  The event will be a g/25,d3 tourney.  The flyer is on our Area Events page (link at left).  Give this new event, and new location, a try!

April 7-28


        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).


Recently at Club

        Eight players turned out at club on March 24, with five taking part in a double round robin Blitz fundraising competition.  Michael Cambareri finished first with a 6.5 score, while Kevin Korsmo finished second at 5.0.  The club's March 31 meeting saw nine players take part in an evening of free play. 

        Brad Bodie and Dave Griffin (3.5) tied for first in the four round, g/45 March Madness event played at club March 10 & 17.  The two drew in their second round encounter.  Brad defeated top seed Michael Cambareri in the final round to send Michael into a tie for second (3.0) with John Frostad.  John won the u/1800 prize while Jim Burney (2.0) was tops in the u/1400 category.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

        There were 16 players at club on March 10.




            Michael Cambareri claimed the title of Winter Champion, but he was unable to make it a perfect 5-0 score after giving up a draw to your editor in last round action on February 18.  That draw was one of four fighting draws seen in the final round.  Brad Bodie (4.0) finished a half point back of Michael and claimed the over 1600 prize.   The 1500 class prize was shared by Sam Comi, Tito Tinajero, and Walter van Hemested Obelt, each of whom scored 3.0.  Pat Kirlin (3.0) won the 1400 section prize.  Four players shared the D prize: Isaiah Dasen, Arelene Hiatt, Bill Rottmayer, and Ron Weyland each scored 2.0.  The under 1200 prize was shared by Rob Harder and Colin Phelps, both of whom also scored 2.0.  Rob also won the biggest upset prize, pulling off a victory over a foe rated 292 points higher.

        The cross table link can now be found on our Club Championship page (link at left).

Previous tourney reports:

        Michael Cambareri remains the only perfect score after the fourth round of the Winter Championship was played on February 11, clinching at least a tie for the title.  Michael defeated Gonzaga junior Karl Reutter to increase his lead to one point heading into the final round.

      After a series of draws and byes left only two perfect scores after two rounds, top seeds Michael Cambareri and Brad Bodie battled on board one in round three of the Winter Championship on February 4.  Michael secured the win to maintain a one-half point lead over Karl Reutter and Walter van Heemstede Obelt heading in to round four play.  The third round games saw some interesting twists with white winning on the top boards and black winning on the lower boards.  However, seeing old-timers Jim Waugh (86) and Bill Rottmayer (72) battle each other to the end of the time control in the last game of the night was a surprising treat!  Bill pulled out the win when Jim ran out of time in a superior position. 

        The popular Winter Championship started its five week run on January 21 with 20 players entered in this g/2 event.




    The club's Grand Prix standings have been updated through March 1, 2016, approximately two-thirds of the way through the season.  On the strength of his victories in the Winter Championship and the Collyer Memorial, Michael Cambareri has raced to a 50 point lead in the battle for the club's Grand Prix championship.  Club president Brad Bodie has moved into second place.  See complete standings, including the leaders in the biggest upset categories, on our Grand Prix 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).



        Gonzaga Prep freshman Alex Herron edged top seed Alexander Nguyen, a Ferris sophomore, in their final round encounter to win the GSL Individual Championship with a perfect 5.0 score.  Herron dropped a bishop in the early middle game when Nguyen defended against the tactics, but was later able to force his connected e and d pawns to the seventh rank to claim the come from behind victory.  Nguyen's score of four points tied him for second with Prep senior Daniel Bassler, Prep sophomore Alexander Carlson, and Community School sophomore David Peoples.  The four played a two round blitz play-off to win the second place trophy, with Carlson stopping Bassler and Nguyen en route to taking the prize home.  Shadle Park junior Reese Duncan secured the prize for the largest upset.

        There were 25 players competing in this year's event at Rogers High School on January 15.  Transportation difficulties kept seven Lakeside players from attending, but they can be expected to augment the ranks for the GSL team championship on March 4.  The flyer for that event can be found on our Scholastic Events page. 


        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/.




        Brad Bodie is now the club president, taking over upon the resignation of David Dussome.  David took a position in Seattle and moved following the club's December 10th meeting. 




         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.