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 September 30 -- October 1


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 plust 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.

    A link to the USCF cross table is found on our EWO page (at left).


 Now up at Club


       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.  Two make up games in week six will determine the remaining prize winners.

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.



Back to Room 108

    The technology work in the class rooms of Jepson Center is over and club has returned to Room 108 for the school year.  




  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.



Recently at Club

   Six players took part in a double round robin blitz tourney on August 31.  Top seed Michael Cambareri was a perfect 10-0, while Kevin Korsmo finished second at 8-2.

   The annual August Ajeeb Quads were completed on August 17th. The top quad saw the top three players tie for first with 2.0 scores -- Michael Cambareri, Braxton Casey, and Garrett Casey battled to the three-way finish. Jason Cross  was a perfect 3.0 to win Quad B, while Bill Rottmayer matched that feat in winning Quad C. Congratulations to all of the winners!  The cross table can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

   The club's July 20 & 27 meetings saw ten players take part in a four round, two week dual-rated g/45 tournament.  Top seed Michael Cambareri won with a score of 3.5.  Dave Griffin finished second at 3.0.  The best u/1800 prize was won by Jason Cross and Ron Weyland, each of whom scored 2.5.  The u/1400 prize was shared by Bill Rottmayer and Steve Wallace, each of whom scored 2.0.  The USCF cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).

  The club's July 13 meeting saw 9 players take part in a four round g/20 Swiss event.  Michael Cambareri, Cameron Leslie, and Tito Tinajero each scored 3-1 to tie for first.  The best under 1500 prizes were shared by Louis Blair, Steve Wallace, and newcomer Max McGougan, each of whom scored 2.0.   The cross table for the event is posted on our Recent Results page (link at left). 



     The revived Spring Championship is now complete after a final make-up game July 2. Louis Blair pulled off the big upset of the tourney in the final round, defeating Michael Cambareri.  That dropped Michael into a first place tie with Jason Cross, both of whom scored 4.0.  Walter van Heemstede Obelt won the u/1800 prize with 3.0.  Louis claimed the u/1600 prize with a score of 3.5, and Bill Rottmayer scored 2.5 in taking the u/1400 prize.  Congratulations to all winners.

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



Cambareri 2016-2017 Grand Prix Champion

        Michael Cambareri repeated as the club grand prix champion. Karl Reutter finished second, while James Stripes edged Pat Herbers for third place in the standings.  

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




      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.





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).