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Club stalwart Jim Waugh died January 17, 2018, three months short of his 89th birthday. Jim was hospitalized on the 15th following a medical emergency and passed away two days later. Preliminary word is that there will be a private family funeral service. However, the Zips Drive-In at 725 East Francis in Spokane will celebrate Jim on January 24 at 3:00.
In addition, Jim will be recalled at the club's meeting on January 25 at 6:50 prior to the start of the second round of the Winter Championship. Everyone who knew Jim is encouraged to stop by club that evening and participate in telling a story or two about our "Mr. Coffee." Jeremy Younker, Dawn Field, and Bob O'Bannan are coming in for the occasion and we expect others who knew Jim to appear briefly as well.
Attached is the link to the Cover photo of Jim in the June 2013 edition of Northwest Chess: http://www.nwchess.com/nwcmag/back_issues.htm
A brief story on page 2 explains Jim's history with the Spokane Chess Club. The picture shows Jim in action at the Inland Empire Open on his 84th birthday.
Now up at Club
Winter Championship Has Started!
The always popular Winter Championship began its five round/six week journey on January 18, but quite a few club members were victimized by illness, leading to three of the eight games being postponed. The other five games saw the higher seeded player win.
The event is being played at g/90 and will start as close to 7:00 p.m. each week (except week two) as possible. Scheduling is flexible with byes and make-up games available. Contact Kevin Korsmo for details and to join in the second round action which will start at the end of a brief memorial gathering for Jim Waugh.
Peoples wins GSL Individual Championship
Shadle Park senior David Peoples was a perfect 4.0 in winning the GSL Individual Championship which was held at Rogers High School on January 12. A total of 23 students representing Ferris, NC, Shadle, Gonzaga Prep, Mead, and Rogers high schools took part in the event. Second place was a six way tie (3.0 each) between Alex Nguyen and Tai Chu of Ferris, Logan Faulkner of Mead, Caleb Peterson and Will Dow of Prep, and Grant Gilmore of Shadle. Alex (another senior) won the second place trophy by winning out in the six person blitz play-off! Bradley Sauve of Prep won the trophy for the biggest upset.
The cross table for the event will be posted on our Scholastic Events page (link at left) when the event has been rated by NWSRS.
The high school team championship will be played at Gonzaga Prep on Friday, February 9. The flyer for that event is located on our Scholastic Events page.
DAVE COLLYER MEMORIAL DRAWING NEARER
The club's biggest tournament, the Dave Collyer Memorial, will be played this year on February 24-25 at the Millwood Presbyterian Church's Community Center, the site of the last two events. Once again, IM John Donaldson will be participating. John will give a lecture at River Park Square's Kress Gallery on February 23 and give a simultaneous exhibition immediately afterwards. See the Area Events page for our flyer on the tournament and the other events taking place February 23.
GRAND PRIX RETURNS
Despite his retirement, Dave Griffin has decided to continue with the club Grand Prix standings. The first results -- covering the last half of the 2017 calendar year -- can be found on our Club Grand Prix page (link at left). Defending champion Michael Cambareri has a small lead over Tito Tinajero, while Jason Cross sits within striking distance in third place.
Recently at Club
Six players ventured out despite 8" of fresh snow to play a round robin Quick tourney on January 11. Club president Michael Cambareri was a perfect 5.0 in winning the event. Kevin Korsmo finished second with 3.5. David Peoples scored 2.0 to win the under 1600 prize. The USCF cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).
A surprisingly large group -- 11 strong -- turned out for a night of free play on December 21.
The December 14 meeting saw a small turnout for a night of Blitz.
The club's December 7 meeting featured six players taking part in a three round quick tourney. Michael Cambareri topped the field with a perfect 3.0. The event saw the return of Craig Moore, a 1720 rated player who has been out of competition for several years due to schedule conflicts, but is now working to take the rust off and get back.
THREE WIN EWO !
Cambareri, Joshi, Merwin Top the Field
The 2017 installment of the Eastern Washington Open was won by Michael Cambareri, Kairav Joshi, and Steve Merwin. Each scored 3.5 in the five round event to best the field of 18 (17 plus one house player). The small size of the event was unusual, as was the concentration of players in the A and B categories; only two entrants were rated below 1599. Another very unusual feature was the score differential by color. In each round, black outscored white. The final round saw black go 7.5-.5! In all black won 24, drew 6, and lost only 6.
The play was uniformly strong, with most games (unsurprisingly with the balanced field) running to late in the time controls. Some individual performances stood out. Tito Tinajero had an excellent tourney and gained 104 rating points while winning two games and drawing one, with but a single loss (and a third round bye). The first day's action left him as the only 2.5 score. The only perfect first day belonged to Kairav Joshi, who marked his return to over the board tournament chess with an excellent outing. Kairav took a fourth round bye, an action that precluded meeting Tinajero on Sunday morning. Instead, both of the frontrunners ran into the top seed, Cameron Leslie. The expert, who recently returned to the area, had to miss the first day's action. He was seeded in for pairing purposes (but not prizes) at 2.5. He took on Tinajero on board one in round four. Tito sacked a bishop for a draw by perpetual check. In the fifth round, Joshi and Leslie battled out in one of the last games of the day. Joshi missed a win in a time scramble and then lost his queen on a skewer. By that point, Cambareri and Merwin had already won to force their way into a tie. The final game of the day saw eighth grader Garrett Casey draw Tony Telinbacco after reaching a balanced endgame. Telinbacco, currently living in Colorado, is moving to Spokane soon and decided to check out area chess activity.
The top three shared the first and second prizes, as well as the top class A prize. The other prize winners were: Garrett Casey and Tony Telinbacco, who tied for second and third in class A with 3.0 scores; Tito Tinajero was first in class B with 3.0; Jason Cross and Walter van Heemstede Obelt (2.5) shared the second and third prizes in class B; Sam Rainey (2.0) topped the class C/under category, while Louis Blair and Bill Rottmayer claimed the second and third prizes. Walter also took the top upset prize with a 367 point upset in round four. The tournament was played at Gonzaga's Jepson Center September 30-- October 1.
A link to the USCF cross table is found on our EWO page (at left).
NEW OFFICERS SELECTED
CAMBARERI NEW PRESIDENT
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.