John Donaldson repeated as champion of the 14th Dave Collyer Memorial, Spokane's biggest chess tournament.  He scored a perfect 5.0 to top the 52 player field.  Elston Cloy, a Spokane native now living in Seattle, finished second with 4.5.  Curt Collyer and Steve Merwin, each with 4.0, tied for third place and also were the top Experts. 

         The Class prizes ($100 first and $75 second) were widely dispersed.  Pat Herbers and Chris Kalina paced the A section with 3.5 scores.  They recorded a draw against each other in the final round. The B class prizes were shared by Michael Cambareri, John Downes, and Michael Hosford, each of whom finished with 3.0 scores.  Alex Chow, at 3.5, was the C winner.  His rating soared over 100 points and put him firmly into the B category.  Four shared second in the category with 3.0 scores: Ken Erickson, Constantine Etingher, Mark Mangiaracina, and Bob O'Bannan.  The D/unrated category prizes went mostly to three unrated players entering their first USCF events.  First place, with 3.0, went to Sattarov Sattar, an Uzbekistan émigré to the U.S. who recently arrived in Spokane.  The second place prize was shared by Chelan twins Cyrus and Niles Desmarais, and Tacoma's John Hornickle.  Each scored 2 points.  The Desmarais brothers have had success in local scholastic events and decided to try a USCF tourament.

    The biggest upset of the tourney was scored by Jerry Morton in the third round.  He won $100 for toppling an opponent 450 points above him.  It made the long trip from Kazakhstan worthwhile! Alex Chow won $50 for the second biggest upset.

     Donaldson kicked off the weekend with a lecture and simul at Aunties Bookstore on Friday night.  The lecture, about the upcoming US Championships, was well attended.  Twenty-five players then took on the IM in the simul. Donaldson won 20 games, lost one, and drew four.

      The new  "Sleep In" option turned out to be popular, with twelve players choosing that option -- including the top three boards.   Several annotated games from this event can be found on our Game Corner link at left.


The official USCF cross table link: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200602267521-10328357