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   The club will reinstitute the Spring Championship, a five round g/90 tourney, to fill the June calendar.  This event has not been played in several years, but was brought back by a suggestion at the annual meeting.  If you are looking for a longer time control play, this is the event for you!  Club president Michael Cambareri will direct.






      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.



Room change to Jepson Center 127

    The club's new location is Jepson room 127 for the rest of the summer.  The room is opposite the northwest door of the building, so those who park in the Jundt Center parking lot will naturally walk to the correct entry door. 





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).


Club News

   The club's May 25 meeting saw eight players take part in a g/20 quick quad tourney.  Fourth seed John Frostad won Quad A with a score of 2.5, while top seed Dave Griffin swept Quad B with a score of 3.0.  The cross table is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).

  A total of 15 players turned out on May 11.  Eight of them joined the quick tourney, and the others took turns at free play.  The quick tournament was played as two quads.  Michael Cambareri in Quad A and Tito Tinajero in Quad B recorded perfect scores in winning their respective sections.  The cross table for the event is posted on our Recent Results page.

  A night of blitz chess on May 4 saw top seeds Michael Cambareri and Patrick Herbers tie for first with 5.0 scores; Jason Cross and John Frostad finished second at 4.0.  The cross table link can be found on our recent results page.  The next club meeting on May 11 will feature a g/20 one night quick competition.



2016-2017 Grand Prix In Final Stretch

        This season's club grand prix standings have been updated through the middle of April.    Defending champion Michael Cambareri has an insurmountable lead at this point, with the primary battle being Karl Reutter and James Stripes fighting for second place.  Already five people have qualified for the City Championship Contenders match -- Brad Bodie, Pat Herbers, Karl Reutter, James Stripes, and Tito Tinajero.  The top Grand Prix finisher will join them in the contest to determine a challenger for City Champion Michael Cambareri. The Grand Prix season runs through May 31st.

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



 Recently at Club

   The annual Taxing Quads, which traditionally fill the first three weeks of the club's April calendar, kicked off April 6 with 12 players taking part in three quads.  When the dust had settled, there were two clear winners.  Michael Cambareri was perfect in winning Quad A, and Patrick Kirlin (2.5) was the winner in Quad C.  Meanwhile a three-way tie emerged between Louis Blair, Dave Griffin, and Ron Weyland in Quad B. The cross table is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).  

 The March 30th club meeting featured a night of g/20 quick quads.  Michael Cambareri was a perfect 3.0 to sweep the top section, while Ted Baker and Louis Blair tied in the second section with scores of 2.5. The cross table link will be found on our Recent Results page (link at left) next week.

  Michael Cambareri scored a perfect 4.0 to top the 12-person field competing in the Triumphant G/61 tourney held at club on March 16 & 23.  The event was played over two weeks, both of which corresponded with Gonzaga men's basketball NCAA tournament games.  The start of the third round was delayed several minutes while everyone watched the Zags topple West Virginia!

  Kevin Korsmo took second place with a 3.0 score and claimed the over 1600 prize.  The prize for the 1500 section was shared by Walter van Heemstede Obelt and Dave Griffin (2.0), while Ted Baker won the under 1500 section with the same score.  The USCF cross table link is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).

     The club's March 9 meeting featured a double round robin blitz night, with Michael Cambareri winning the event with a perfect 8.0 score.  Michael also topped the eight player March Sanity g/25 quick event held at club on March 2.  Dave Griffin finished second with 2.5.  The cross table link for both events can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).




    John Donaldson recaptured the title of champion of the Dave Collyer Memorial, winning the 25th edition of this event with a perfect 5.0 score.  Second seed Jim Maki (4.5) took second place after defeating Curt Collyer in the final game of the event.  Third place (4.0) was shared by Carl Haessler and John Julian. With four master/international masters and another four experts, this field was the strongest top end to ever compete in the Collyer.  The field of 59 (plus two house players) was the same as the previous year.

     The event began quietly enough, with but a single upset in the first round, although that (as is often the case) stood up as the biggest upset of the event. Nick Martonick scored a 454 point victory that stood for the entire event.  The second round saw a few more upsets, including two experts falling, and a pair of large upsets involving provisionally-rated players.  Loyd Willaford's 371 point victory won the prize for the biggest upset of the round.

     Curt Collyer took a third round bye to deal with a persistent cold, but the other three top seeds were pushed into the late evening before winning.  John Donaldson defeated Michael Cambareri in the night's last game.  Donaldson's clock showed sixteen second remaining, to Cambareri's four seconds, when the IM completed a mate with a knight, bishop, and pawn.  Expect to see that game written up in Northwest Chess. Missoula veteran Frank Miller won the upset prize for the round with a 371 point conquest.

    Round four saw the six remaining perfect scores match up: David Arganian against John Donaldson on board one, Jim Maki and Chris Kalina on board two, and Carl Haessler and John Julian on board 3. Donaldson won against the Seattle expert, while Maki drew Kalina, making his first Collyer appearance since 2009.  In the next to last game of the round, Julian pulled out the victory over Haessler. That result y also was the biggest upset of the round.

    Round five saw Donaldson have to work hard to defeat Julian, and the victory cemented a clear first with a perfect 5.0 score.  Maki and Collyer played the last game of the tourney before Maki fended off Collyer's attack and claimed the victory and a clear second place.  Haessler rebounded by defeating Kalina and shared third place with Julian.  The two split that prize and the class A first prize.  David Griffin achieved the top upset of the final round.

    There were numerous other winners.  Arganian and Kalina split the Expert prize with scores of 3.5. Five players shared second in class A with 3.5 scores: Scott Caldwell, Braxton and Garrett Casey, Mark Havrilla, and Karl Reutter.  The two class B prizes were shared by Dan McCourt, Jim Skovron, and James Stripes.  First place in class C went to youngster Jonathan Geyman (3.0) of Idaho, while Griffin and Martonick (2.5) shared the second place prize.  Class D was won by Shancie Wagner (2.5), while William Merry (2.0) took second in the class.  Youngster Varun scored 2.0 in his very first USCF tournament to win the class E/unrated prize, while second in that category was shared by Greg Callen and Cecelia Valeriotte (1.5).  Another youngster, Arnav Wadikar, won the prize for best performance by a provisional player.  His performance rating for the event was over 1,000 points higher than his rating!

    The USCF cross table link: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201702262862

    The weekend kicked off with the traditional lecture and simul from John Donaldson at River Park Square on Friday, February 24.  The topic of this year's lecture was the gold medal won by the U.S. team at the Chess Olympiad.  John captained the team to its first gold in 40 years!  Fifteen players took on the IM after the lecture, with the challengers scoring two victories (by Michael Cambareri and Jason Cross), and one draw (Alex Herron).  For the rest of us, it was an opportunity to begin preparing for next year!

    John Julian won the eight player blitz tournament at RPS preceding the lecture. The cross table link for that event is found here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201702241202





    James Stripes won his first club championship, coming back from a lost position when Karl Reutter's time trouble led to imprecise play that allowed James to mount a winning counter attack.  The new champion claimed to have been lost in four of his five games, but survived all of them to achieve a score of 4.5.  Improving on the old Ben Franklin adage, James sagely stated: "mental discipline and hard work improves luck." 

    For awhile, it looked like there was possibly going to be a massive tie for first, as Karl appeared to have James on the ropes and close games among the other contenders suggested multiple draws were in the offing.  However, on a night when white won only two of the games, James's escape on board one led to a single champion.  When the other games concluded, Michael Cambareri and John Frostad tied for second place with scores of 4.0.  Michael claimed the second place prize and John the 1600 category prize.  The 1500 prize went to Jason Cross (3.0), while Alex Herron (3.5) won the 1400 category.  Logan Faulkner (2.5) claimed the under 1400 category prize.  The biggest upset prize went to Cecelia Valeriotte, whose upset final round draw just edged Ron Weyland for the prize.

       The club's Winter Championship began its five round run on January 19 with 19 players taking part. The field expanded to 20 players for round two.




   For the second time in four years, Dishman Hills has won the GSL team championship.  Dishman scored 2.5 from 3 to win a round robin tournament held at Gonzaga Prep on March 3, 2017.  Dishman edged Shadle 3-2 in the first round match that essentially decided the event.  Shadle finished second with a 2-1 score.  An undermanned Ferris team saw its top two players, Alex Nguyen and Tai Chu sweep all three of their games, but it was not enough. Ferris did draw its match with Dishman in the final round.  Nguyen won the trophy for top individual performance.

  A cross table link to the event will be posted on our Scholastic Events page (link at left) when the event is rated next week.

 The winning Dishman Hills team with coach Ron Jackson:






 by Dr. James Stripes

Fool's Mate Highlights Collective Strength

    The Fool's Mate Youth Chess Tournament had eleven players sharing first place across four sections. The event was held April 1, 2017 at Hope Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley. Fifty-one youth players representing twenty-three schools competed across the four sections. As the 2016-2017 scholastic chess season's end draws near, near equality on the top boards has become the year's theme. Not only are most of the top players proving themselves capable of beating any of the others, this season has the largest number of players with ratings above 1400 in the past fifteen years.

    In the top section, four players came into the event with ratings above 1400, another was just below that mark. In addition, three new players without NWSRS ratings, but with FIDE and New Zealand ratings strengthened the competition. As the FIDE to USCF conversion formula put the newcomers all near 1500, this rating estimate was used for pairing purposes. Benjamin Nylund (number 13 in his age group in New Zealand) finished with 4.5 as did Varun Ambalavanan. They drew each other and beat their other opponents. Tie-breaks gave first place to Benjamin and second to Varun. Tied for third place with 4.0 each were Alex Herron and Mathew Wasson. Alex's only loss was to Benjamin; Mathew's loss was to Alex. First place in high school went to Alex, the highest rated player in the section. Mathew took home a scorebook as his prize. First place in sixth grade went to Kolby Uhlenkott, the top 3.0 on tie-breaks. Also with 3.0 was Ryan Lamb, who took home the trophy for first in middle school. Scoring 3.0, but going home without individual prizes were Kevin Nguyen, Arnav Wadikar, and Timothy Nylund. Gabrielle Lee won the biggest upset trophy.

   The road to greatness is strewn with obstacles. When these obstacles are strong opponents, everyone grows in strength. In the K-5 section, the top four rated players were all within a few points of 1100 NWSRS. Three of them tied for first. Ben Barrett won the first place trophy due to the strongest tie-breaks, even though he lost to Tom Albretch, who took home the second place trophy. Vishal Achanta beat Tom, and won first place in grade five. Vishal's only loss was to Ben. Once again a perfect circle of three--each beating and losing to one of the others--reveals the complexity of tie-breaks. There were two players with 3.0 in that section. Cole Conway won the trophy for first in grade four. Matthew Hou could not compete for a grade level trophy as a second grader playing up, but took home a scorebook as his prize. Tyrel Tyborg won the upset trophy.

    Competition was so fierce in the twelve player K-3 section that 3.5 points put each of five players in a tie for first. Mary Wang, the only player without a loss, won the first place trophy. Second place went to Andy Bao. Two of the remaining three won their respective grade level trophies. Joshua Schoenberger was first in grade three and Alex Lucas was first in grade two. The remaining player in the five-way tie at the top, Rishi Achanta, took home a chess book. Shane Teilborg won the upset trophy.

    The six-player K-1 section was played as a round robin and produced the only clear first place winner. Owen Worsfold took home the trophy for first as a consequence of winning four of his five games. However, half of the six players tied for second with 3.0 each. Yashas Hithalamane, the only one to beat Owen, won first in kindergarten. Eshan Reddy, playing in his first tournament, won first place in first  grade. Henry Cartwright took home a special prize that was not a trophy, but that put a smile on his face.

    Anand Wadikar won all three games to finish atop the parents group. Three parents finished with a single loss each. The prize was a book awarded to the Wadikar family for the 6.0 combined score of parent and child. As Shankar Achanta and his top scoring child also finished with 6.0, they took home the latest issue of Northwest Chess.

    The Odyssey Program at Libby won the team competition with 13.0 combined top-four scores. The second place team trophy went to Priest River Home School (11.0), the family that recently moved to the area from New Zealand. Farwell (9.5), Cataldo (8.5), and Hope Lutheran Home School (8.5) rounded out the teams with four players.




  Our Scholastic Events page is updated when flyers for events are received. Event reports will also be published there as received, along with the ratings report cross table link.