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    There will be a blitz night at club on December 14.  WE WILL MEET IN JEPSON ROOM 125 FOR THAT NIGHT ONLY DUE TO FINALS BEING HELD IN ROOM 108.


    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. 



   The annual Turkey Quads, were played November 2-9-16-30 at club.  The event opened with three full quads, with a fourth section added in week two, requiring that the event be extended through November 30.  The results: 

  Quad A.  Michael Cambareri won this section with a score of 3.0, while Cam Leslie finished at 2.0.  The two top seeds clashed in the first week, and both ran the table after Michael's victory.

  Quad B.  Ted Baker was a perfect 3.0 in Quad B, with Walter van Heemstede Obelt finishing second with a score of 2.0.

  Quad C.  Mead high school's Logan Faulkner also was a perfect 3.0 score in winning Quad C and should move in to the class C category when the event is rated.  Jim Burney finished second at 2.0.

  Quad D.  Top seed Tito Tinajero rebounded from a first round loss to win the section with a 2.0 score.  Second place went to Dave Griffin and Kevin Korsmo, both of whom scored 1.5.

     The cross table link is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left).



       Cam Leslie is the club's Fall Champion, winning the five round event with a score of 4.5.  He downed Michael Cambareri after holding off one of Michael's patented attacks that had Cam defending against multiple mate threats.  The make up game in week six between Louis Blair and Tito Tinajero resolved the second place and class prizes.  To the delight of your director, Louis was able to force a draw by repetition, creating a three way tie for second place and the under 1700 class prize between Louis, Kevin Korsmo, and Tito, all of whom finished at 3.5.  Bill Rottmayer, 3.0, won the under 1500 section.

      The USCF cross table link is posted on our Club Championship page (link at left).

Previously in the tournament

     (Round 4)  Top seed Cam Leslie ended Tito Tinajero's rampage through the fall championship, defeating Tito with the black pieces in round four to take sole possession of first place with a 3.5 score.  Michael Cambareri, Tito, and Louis Blair all sit at 3.0 and will be contenders in round five.

      (Round 3)  Continuing his strong player from the EWO, Tito Tinajero had taken sole possession of first place with the only perfect score after the third round.  Tito defeated Michael Cambareri, in a reversal of their fifth round EWO game, in round three to set up the fourth round encounter with Leslie.

   The club's Fall Championship, which began on September 21, will see its five rounds played over six weeks, ending with a make up game week on October 26.  As an experiment, the rounds are being played at g/105 (d5) time controls.



  by Dr. James Stripes  

   Harvest Pawn Report

   A few surprises characterized the Harvest Pawn youth chess tournament at Saint George's School on 21 October 2017. The rarely encountered checkmate with bishop and knight occurred twice in the games of the tournament winner. This checkmate is the most difficult of the so-called elementary checkmates. Some chess players, even masters, never become proficient, but also never have this lapse in training exposed. It is both difficult and rare.

    Eli Mounts found himself struggling to execute this checkmate in round three, and could not, so he settled for a draw. In the next round, Eli was defending against Varun Ambalavanan's efforts to perform the checkmate. Varun centered his pieces, the crucial first step. Then, he drove Eli's king to the edge of the board. Where Varun faltered was in the third stage, driving the king from the wrong corner--the corner colored opposite the bishop's diagonals--to the corner where checkmate is possible.

    These two draws in a technically won, and lost, position were part of Eli's completion of a tournament with no losses. He finished in first place in K-12 via tie-breaks over four others who all had 4.0 after five rounds. The others in this group were Kevin Nguyen, second overall; Arnav Wadikar and Ben Barrett, both taking home books as prizes; and Orrin Keener, first in seventh grade.

    Three sixth graders tied for sixth overall with 3.5. Varun took home the sixth grade trophy, while Isaac Fuchs and Aniketh Parlapalli took home books. Peter Uribe (3.0) won the trophy for first in high school. Lachlan Cunningham (2.0) was the top eighth grader. Tristen Santille won the biggest upset prize.

    In the K-5 section, there was another tie for first. Four players finished with 4.0. Mary Wang beat two of the others and had the strongest tie-breaks, so took home the first place trophy. Tom Albrecht placed second. Tyrel Tielborg, who handed Mary her only loss, won the fifth grade trophy. The third grade trophy went to Adrian Rooney, rounding out the top four.

    Mike Mitchell (3.5) was first in grade four. Eshan Reddy (3.0) and Yashas Hithalamane (2.0) both won top in their respective grades. Alex Koch won biggest upset.

    Libby (14.5) expected to win another team trophy, but fell by half a point to Hope Lutheran Home School (15.0). Host Saint George's (11.0) and All Saints (10.5) were the next two teams. Seven teams fielded at least four players in an event that had 53 students from nineteen schools.



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).




  Defending champion Michael Cambareri swept Brad Bodie 3-0 to retain the City Championship.  Brad had won the right to play in the title match after he swept the field in the Contenders Tournament with a perfect 5.0 score in the six player round robin event.  The match was played during the Spokane Falls Open on August 19-20.



  Braxton Casey won this year's edition of the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.0, finishing one-half game ahead of six (!) runners-up.  Braxton drew with top seed John Julian in round four, and then  drew Jason Cross in a hard-fought round five battle that did not end until both players were under one minute on their clocks.  The six who shared second with 3.5 scores: Ted Baker, Arlene Bodie, Jason Cross, John Julian, Anthony Raelund, and Tito Tinajero.  The u/1800 prize was shared by Cross, Raelund, and Tinajero.  The u/1600 prize was won by Baker, while the first place in u/1400 went to Arlene Bodie.  The second place prize in that section was shared by Rob Harder and Bill Rottmayer (2.5). The top unrated prize went to Gregory Black, who also scored 2.5.  Ted Baker also scored the biggest upset prize. A total of 21 players took part in the event, including six unrated players in their first event.





      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.