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


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        The annual Turkey Quads showed their popularity when 20 players took part in the first round on November 6.   Two of the five top seeds fell to fourth seeds in the first round, and more upsets occurred in round two as the 1-2 and 3-4 match-ups took place. The tourney will conclude November 20.  Drop in to watch some action and work in a free play game or two.



   Michael Cambareri has won the club's Fall Championship, defeating Jeremy Krasin in the final round to finish with a 4.5 score.  Jeremy (4.0) finished tied for second with Brad Bodie and Dave Griffin.  Brad and Jeremy shared the u/2000 prize while Dave took the u/1800 prize.  Other prize winners included Sam Comi (3.0), who won the u/1500 prize, while the u/1200 prize was shared by Bill Rottmayer and Cecelia Valeriote (2.0). The cross table link is posted on our Club Championship page (link at left).



        On the strength of his victories in the Eastern Washington Open and the Fall Championship, Michael Cambareri has overtaken Jeremy Krasin for the lead in the club grand prix after the second quarter of the club's 2014-2015 grand prix schedule.  David Dussome and Brad Bodie are chasing Jeremy for second place with a long way to go in the club season.

        The current standing details are found on our club Grand Prix page (link at left).


Scholastic Report


by Dr. James Stripes:

 Ethan Kessler came into the King's Clash with a respectable 961 NWSRS rating after three events. His last local event was spring's Dragonslayer, where he lost his last two games, pushing his rating down below 1000. It fell further after his performance at state. In Saturday's King's Clash, Ethan started a string of upsets against the three highest rated players in K-6. He beat Ethan Wu, a 171 point upset in that round. In the next round, he beat Suhang Liu, a 242 point upset. Then he beat Garrett Casey, the tournament's top rated player and winner of the Queen's Crown tournament two weeks ago. It is clear that Ethan has been training well.

 Ethan finished with a perfect 5.0. Suhang (4.0) finished in second overall with better tiebreaks than Ethan Naresh (4.0).   Garrett (3.5) and Ethan Wu (3.5) went home with the top prizes in fifth grade. Also winning prizes were Meghna Pream Dutta, Gavin Consiglio, and Noah Brody, all with 3.0. Zack Kapelac (2.0) also took home a medal.

 In K-3, top rated Aditya Badyopadhyay scored a perfect 5.0 to win the younger section. Sam Morris, who gave up a draw in the first round finished in second place with 4.5. Andrew Naresh led a pack of 4.0 scorers to place third overall.  Kara Chiang, Mythreya Dharani, and Tristan Henry, each at 4.0, took home trophies.  At 3.5, Ryan Waters and Sarah Gunn earned medals. Ben Barrett (2.0) won a medal for second place in grade one. Amelie Hilton won the trophy for first place in Kindergarten.

In the team scoring, Saint George's School won their second team trophy for the year with the top four players scoring 15.5.  Northwest Christian was second with 14.5. Pioneer School, which brought a large number of players, led the way after three rounds and finished third with 13.0.The small middle school/high school section was won by Alex Herron (5.0). Logan Faulkner, who lost only to Alex, placed second with 4.0.  In third place was Shohom Bandyopadhyay (3.0), who lost to Alex and Logan.

Those players scoring 3.0 at the tournament two weeks ago were awarded state championship qualified medals at the King's Clash. New qualifiers will receive their medals at the next event.  

With 77 participants, the King's Clash was the largest area scholastic tournament since the 2009 Washington State Elementary Chess Championship and our local events 2008-2009. It is expected that our Saturday tournaments will soon reach the 100-plus numbers that were the norm until 2008.

Our Scholastic Events page now has the dates and flier link for the next two local scholastic events on November 22, and December 6.  These are some of your earliest opportunities to qualify for the State Championship to be played at the Spokane convention center April 25, 2015.  We will also post the link to the tournament cross table when the event has been rated.




        The annual Turkey Open in Missoula drew 34 participants this year.  Jim Skovron of Great Falls won the event with a 4.5 score to top the field.  The Spokane CC was well represented, with ten players from the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene (and Colville) area making it one of two large groups in attendance.  The Blackfeet CC also turned up with a group nearly as large, adding lots of new faces to the mix.  The Spokane contingent featured the three top seeds in Jeremy Krasin, Brad Bodie, and David Dussome.  Jeremy and Brad (4.0) tied for second place.  The event was well run by a T.D. triumvirate of Bob Rajala, Gary Solomon, and Dan McCourt.  




     Michael Cambareri was a perfect 5.0 to win this year's Eastern Washington Open.  Second place in the field of 35 with 4.0 scores were Brad Bodie, Dan Hochee, and Darren Russell.  Brad and Darren shared the class A prizes, while Dan took home the biggest upset prize along with first prize in class C.  Class B was won by Mark Anderson, who led a contingent of five from Montana's Blackfeet Community College, with a 3.5 score.  Second in class B went to Steve Fabian, Kevin Korsmo, and Dan McCourt with 2.5 scores.  Second in class C was shared by Dave Griffin and Alex Popescu with scores of 2.5.  The class D and under section was won by Gary Solomon, who was returning to tournament chess for the first time in 40 years, with a strong score of 3.5.  Pat Kirlin finished second in the class with 3.0.

    The tournament started without a single upset in the first round, but that changed in the second round when draws on four of the top six boards narrowed the perfect scores down to four players after only two rounds.  Those players met in round three, leaving Michael Cambareri and Jeremy Krasin alone at 3.0 after the first day's action.  Michael prevailed Sunday morning, guaranteeing no worse than a tie for first as he stood a full point up on the field.  He easily dispatched city champion Nikolay Bulakh, who had defeated him in the city championship match in August, to claim the EWO crown for the first time.

    Hochee had a strong Sunday, pulling off the two biggest upsets of the tourney in consecutive rounds.  His round four upset over an opponent 342 points high than him was topped with a 405 point upset the next round.  His weekend's work boosted his rating 145 points!

    There were 11 players from Montana competing this weekend, giving the event a definite Big Sky flavor. Quite a few Spokane club members plan to return the favor at the Turkey Open in Missoula on November 8-9.

    The link to the USCF cross table for this event can be found on our Eastern Washington Open page (link at left).

Recently at Club

        The club's October 30th meeting saw 11 players take part in a round robin event.  David Dussome scored the top marks with a 8-1 score against rated competition.  Jeremy Krasin was second at 7-2.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page, link at left.






        Jeremy Krasin won this year's edition of the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.5, topping the undefeated David Dussome in their final round encounter.  David and Michael Muff (a Minnesota resident), tied for second with 4.0.  It was the third straight year that Jeremy won the event with a 4.5 score!  That is consistency.

        David Dussome claimed the class B prize, while Mark Anderson (Montana) and Ron Kirsch (Tacoma) were second in the class with 3.5 scores.  Walter van Heemstede Obelt (3.0) took the class C prize, with Dan Hochee and Ron Weyland second in the class at 2.5.  Young Alex Popescu (3.5), who played on board one in round 3, won the Under 1400 prize and claimed the biggest upset with a 565 point upset in round 1.  Alex was seeded 21st in the 28 player field and will start fifth grade next month. The second prize in the class was shared by Logan Faulkner, Jeff Jaroski, and Pat Kirlin with 2.5 scores.  

    The event was played at the Schoenberg Center August 16-17 in conjunction with the City Championship match between defending champion Nikolay Bulakh and Michael Cambareri.  The cross table can be found on our recent results page (link at left).



        Challenger Michael Cambareri won the first two games of the city championship match on Saturday, August 16, but Nikolay Bulakh battled back to claim victory in Sunday's games to force a g/10 play-off in which the first player to 3.0 would win.  Michael won the first and third games to go up two to one before Nikolay won game four.  After a fifth game draw, Nikolay held on to his crown with a win in game six.  The match was as exciting as any ever held since the revival of this event in 2001.




         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.