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    The club's Winter Championship will begin its five round run on January 19.   This five round event includes a week six makeup night and is an excellent tune up for the biggest tourney of the year, the Collyer Memorial.  Contact Kevin Korsmo (270-1772) if you want to play, or show up at club by 6:45 to register.  The event is g/90,d5 and all efforts will be made to start each round as close to 7:00 as possible.

  Plan to fight the winter chill with great chess! 




     The 25th Dave Collyer Memorial will be the biggest Collyer ever!  A donation for this event will push the prize fund to a guaranteed $2500!!  IM John Donaldson, FM Jim Maki of Coeur d'Alene, and FM Curt Collyer, Dave's son, will be in attendance for this special event.  In addition, Oregon Champion Carl Haessler, a former Collyer champion, has entered the event.  The weekend will once again feature a lecture and simul from John Donaldson at River Park Square on Friday, February 24.  There also will again be a blitz tournament at RPS preceding the lecture.  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 to enter the tournament.



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). 



  Our Scholastic Events page has now been updated with flyers for the GSL Individual (January 20) and Team (March 3) Championships.  We also have the date for the next Inland Chess Academy event noted on the site, along with the hyperlink to their website.  Event reports will also be published there as received.



 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


Explosive Growth Evident

Youth chess in Spokane appears to be growing rapidly, judging by the turn-out at the Pilgrim's Progress scholastic tournament at Saint George's School, November 19. There were 83 students in grades K-8 representing 24 schools. The size of the event proved challenging to organizers who were set up for 64 players, and they rose to the challenge.

It was the largest event, aside from two state tournaments, since 2009. Youth tournaments typically drew 90 players in 2008-2009, but the largest youth tournament in the area in subsequent years had 77 participants. Most events in recent years have drawn in 40-50 players with an occasional event having as few as 30 or as many as 60.

The 22 player K-2 section had four kindergartners, the largest number of very young students in several years. Hattie Condon topped players in this grade with 2.5/5. Notably, all kindergarten players had earned points--the bottom two managed three and two draws, respectively. Hattie's success included wins against one of the other kindergarten students and a second grader. The other K-2 section winners were Tiernan Waggoner (4.5 points), first overall; Creighton Condon (4.0), second place; Adrian Rooney (4.0), third place; Zihan Wang (3.5), first in grade 2; Clayton Ebat (3.0), first in grade 1; and Matthew Hou, upset prize.

There were 27 players in grades 3-4. One elected to play up in the K-12 section, leaving 26 players in K-4. Arnav Wadikar (4.5) took home the trophy for first place in the section. Three players were a half point behind. Cole Knapton (4.0) held Arnav to a draw and won the second place trophy on tiebreaks over Paul Michael Leaver, third place, and Ben Barrett, first in grade 3. Tom Albrecht had the strongest tie-breaks among the seven players who finished with 3.5, earning first in grade 4. Per Sande (3.5) won the upset medal, while the others with 3.5 all took home medals: Colby Jessup, Olivia Hilton, Mike Mitchell, Colton Thomas, and Zane Bergsma.

Varun Ambalavanan scored a perfect 5.0 to win top honors in the K-12, or championship section. there were 35 students in this section. Five players finished with 4.0: Connor Gosselin-Harris, second overall; Liam Reeves, third overall; Mia Sponseller, top seventh grader; Aniketh Parlapalli, top fifth grader; and Alexander Nicolazzo, who earned a chess book. Also taking home prizes in that section were Noah Kuhn (3.5), book; Eli Mounts (3.5), book; Quincy Hofer, top grade 8; Dylan Boyle, top grade 6; and Ira Morelli, upset medal.

The Odyssey Program at Libby won their second team trophy in two events with 16.5 points earned by their top four. Cataldo and Saint George's shared honors for second place with 14.0 points.

  The NW Scholastic Ratings cross table link can be found on our Scholastic Events page (link at left).




        "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).