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    John Donaldson recaptured the title of champion of the Dave Collyer Memorial, winning the 25th rendition 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.  A complete story will be posted on Monday evening.


Previously we reported:

   There are six players with perfect 3.0 scores after the first day's action in the 25th Dave Collyer Memorial tournament.  In ratings order, the six undefeated players are John Donaldson, Jim Maki, Carl Haessler, Chris Kalina, David Arganian, and John Julian.  The fourth round pairings will see Arganian-Donaldson on board one, Maki-Kalina on board two, and Haessler-Julian on board 3.  Your editor will give a brief update on Sunday evening, with a more comprehensive story likely on Monday.  There are 59 players entered in this year's event.

   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 will be posted at the end of the weekend.

    The tournament will be played at the Millwood Presbyterian Church's Community Center -- the same location as last year.  See the flyer on our area events page (link at left) for complete details.  Contact Kevin Korsmo at (509) 270-1772 to enter the tournament.



Club News


    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.




    Alex Herron repeated as the GSL Individual High School Champion at the annual event held at Rogers High School on January 20.  Alex, a sophomore now playing at Dishman Hills after spending his freshman year at Gonzaga Prep, edged top seed Braxton Casey in a time scramble during their final round encounter that saw Braxton resign with three seconds left, while Alex had only 15 seconds.  Second place was shared by Shadle Park junior Reese Duncan and Mead High School freshman Logan Faulkner, each of whom finished with 3.5 points.  The pair drew in their second round encounter.  Logan topped Reese in a blitz play-off game to take home the second place trophy.  The trophy for biggest upset went to Jose Mendez, a junior at Dishman Hills.  Jose had a nice event that included claiming the two largest upsets!

    A total of 26 players turned out for the event, including a nice showing from Ferris which served notice that it will be a contender at the team championship on March 3.  Defending champ Gonzaga Prep and former champions Shadle Park and Dishman Hills all look to make it a well-balanced contest.  The cross table for the event can be accessed from the report on our Scholastic Events link (at left).



2016-2017 Grand Prix Updated for New Year

        This season's club grand prix standings have been updated through the beginning of the year.  Defending champion Michael Cambareri maintains his lead, but Pat Herbers and Karl Reutter are in striking distance.

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


Recently at Club

        Club returned from holiday break on January 12 with a night of quick quads.  Michael Cambareri was a perfect 3-0 in winning Quad A, while Louis Blair and Logan Faulkner shared the top honors in Quad B with scores of 2-1.

        Five players took part in a round robin blitz night on December 15, the last night before the holidays.  Michael Cambareri topped the field with a score of 7-1, while Alex Herron finished second with a score of 5-3.  The cross table for the event can be found on our recent results page (link at left).

       The club's December 8 meeting saw 12 present at club; six of them took part in a round robin g/10 quick tourney.  The event was won by Jason Cross with a perfect 5.0 score.  Michael Cambareri (4.0) finished second.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page. 



    While the website was stagnant in November, the Turkey Quads were not.  This year's Quads drew 16 players across the four quads.  Brad Bodie (2.5) won Quad A, while James Stripes was a perfect 3.0 in winning Quad B.  Jason Cross won Quad C with a 2.5 score, and Logan Faulkner was a perfect 3.0 in winning Quad D.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left). 


 Seventh grader Garrett Casey (13.0) edged James Stripes (12.5) to win this nine player double round robin event held at the Spokane Valley Library on November 12.  David Griffin (5.5) won the under 1600 prize and DJ Empert (5.0) claimed the under 1400 prize.  The cross table link can be found on our Recent Results page (link at left).




 by Dr. James Stripes


Rook's Ruckus


Chess is a mindsport where focus can beat experience, where older youth do not always have the advantage against younger. At the Rook's Ruckus tournament 18 February 2017, three players elected to play up with older students. One second grader opted to play in K-4, instead of K-2. He won the top prize. Two others, a third and fourth grader, have been playing in the K-12 section most of the season. Both did well. The oldest student, a high school senior, lost only to the third grader and to the winner of the section, a fifth grader who also happened to be the highest rated player in the event.

Varun Ambalavanan, Spokane's highest rated player active in scholastic events, suffered a single loss in each of two January tournaments. At the Rook's Ruckus, he took care of business and finished with a perfect 5.0, which should push his NWSRS rating over 1500. Aniketh Parlapalli (4.0) finished second. These two won trophies for top in the section. First place in 5th grade went to Mathew Wasson (3.5), who prevailed over Robby Witmer (3.5) on tie-breaks after the two drew their round five game. Also with 3.5 was Connor Gosselin-Harris, the fourth grader. In places 6-12 were seven players who finished with 3.0. Arnav Wadikar placed sixth based on tie-breaks. Among this group, trophies were awarded to Drew Lindh, top high school player; Christopher Bruceri, top middle school; Malia Brown, first in sixth grade; and Seth Vandergriend, upset trophy.

Tie-breaks were vital in determining winners in the other two section. Both had three players with 4.0 at the top. In K-4, Adrian Rooney beat Cole Knapton, but lost to Oliver Ling. Oliver lost to Cole. With a perfect circle of wins and losses among the top three, mathematical measures of the relative strength of their other opponents determined the prizes (see link at bottom of article for an explanation of these measures). The tie-breaks put Adrian, the second grader, on top. Oliver took second place in the section, and Cole won the trophy for first place in second grade. Six players finished with 3.0, sharing places 4-9. Alex Marsh (3.0) won the upset trophy. Colton Thomas (3.0) was the top third grader.

In K-2, Creighton Condon beat the other two players who tied him with 4.0. Although the head-to-head tie-break usually fails to resolve three-way ties, it would have worked in this case for first, but not to distinguish second from third. Solkoff--strength of opposition--usually accounts for head-to-head, and did so in this case. Creighton took home the top trophy for the section. Matthew Hou (4.0) won second place, prevailing on tie-breaks over Tiernan Waggoner, who won the trophy for first in second grade. Alex Lucas (3.5) handed Creighton his only loss, but lost to Matthew. He won a trophy for second place in grade 2. Yashas Hithalamane (3.0) won first place in kindergarten because his tie-breaks were stronger than Hattie Condon, the other kindergartner with 3.0. A coach, who analyzed the game between Hattie and Matthew with the two players, observed two moments where the young girl missed a checkmate in two. The competition among the top seven players was very close. Most games could have gone either way.

Libby won first in the team competition with 16.5 scored by their top four. A second place team trophy went to Cataldo with 12.0 team score. There were 56 youth players representing 22 schools. Five schools had four or more participants.

Seven parents participated in the adult event. Anand Wadikar was perfect with 3.0, while Kyle Gosselin-Harris, Shakar Achanta, and Felicia Boyle each finished with 2.0. The Wadikar family took home a chess book because their combined parent-child score of 6.0 edged out the 5.5 earned by Kyle and his son.

For detailed information of Swiss Tournament tie-breaks, see James Stripes, "Swiss Tournament Tie-Breaks" (http://chessskill.blogspot.com/2016/02/swiss-tournament-tie-breaks.html).

The NWSRS cross table link will be posted on our Scholastic Events page (link at left) when the event is rated.



  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.



        "It ain't over til it's over."  Those words of baseball wisdom also cover chess.  The club's fall championship remained in the balance pending the make-up game between Pat Herbers (4-0) and Michael Cambareri (3-1) that was played October 24.  Michael pulled out the win, leaving four players on top of the event with 4-1 scores.  Michael and Pat were joined at the top by Karl Reutter and Tito Tinajero, creating a large number of winners for a small (16 player) field. 

        In addition to sharing first place, Karl had the best score in the u/1800 section and Tito topped the the u/1600 category.  Alex Herron (3.0) won the u/1400 prize.  The tourney cross table can be found on our Club Championship page (link at left).