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Spokane Area Scholastic Tournaments

 

Scholastic Event Reports  2005 - 2006

 

Four at National Elementary Championships

        Four was the magic number for the four Spokane players at the National Elementary Championships in Denver May 12-14.  Alex Chow, Zach Countryman, Will Dittman, and Jacob Haugen each scored 4 (from 7) in the event.  Zach placed 46th and Alex 75th in the K-6 Championship section, while Will finished 32nd  and Jacob 39th in the K-6 unrated section.

     While none of the individuals grabbed a trophy, the group did earn trophies in team competition.  Will and Zach finished 11th in the Blitz team tourney, while Alex and Zach took 19th in the Bughouse tourney!  Congratulations to each of the four -- you did us proud! 

 

Dragonslayer  Draws 119

        We don't have too many details, but we understand that the last local scholastic  tourney of the season, the Dragonslayer, drew 119 to St. Georges School on Saturday, March 18. Each of the three sections produced one perfect score (5-0).  Chelan's Cyrus Desmarais won the 38 player high school section; Richard Schumaker topped the 39 player K-6 section; Michael Nord's perfect score topped the 44 player K-3 section.

   The GROUNDHOG GAMBIT drew 128 players to St. Georges School on February 18.

 

Feb. 11, 2006 -- GSL Team Championship

    The Mead Panthers made it two in a row when they captured the GSL team championship at Ferris High School on February 11.  Mead and Gonzaga Prep drew in the first round and then won their remaining matches to finish at 2.5-.5 to tie for the title.  Mead (9.5) edged Prep (8.5) on tiebreak to take the first place trophy.  The event featured several close matches -- indeed, each of the second round matches came down to one final game to determine the outcome with the teams tied 2-2 a piece.  The final round saw Mead beat tourney leader Lewis & Clark 4-1, while Prep edged Ferris 3-2 to account for the difference in tiebreak.

Mead's championship team: Kevin Baker, Kiersten Black, Joel Baker, Andrew Spitz, and Andrew Wells bring home the first place trophy for the second year in a row. (Photo by James Stripes)

Gonzaga Prep's runner-up co-champions:

Kyle Martin, Noah Rinaldi, Ben Peterson, Patrick Michaud, and Minh Tran. (Photo by James Stripes)

     Kevin Baker scored 3-0 on First Board to take the trophy for the outstanding individual performance of the tourney.  Others who scored 3-0 included Prep's Mihn Tran and Lewis & Clark's Ruslan Lisovenko on Board 4 and Ferris's Fifth Board Jesse Gambon.

 

Final round action at the GSL Team Championship on February 11 (photo courtesy of James Stripes).

 

More final round action: Gonzaga Prep senior Patrick Michaud squares off against Ferris freshman Fiona Rowles on board one. In the background, Lewis and Clark battles Mead.  Photo by James Stripes.


Northwest Scholastic Rating System

 Greater Spokane League 2005/2006 Season Team Tournament
February 11, 2006


   pos  last name  first                id numb   start        end  /#gms  rd1 rd2 rd3 tot

  1 GAMBON, JESSE              FRRLE055  1100  1467/  3       W8  W22 W24 3.0

  2 BAKER, KEVIN                   MHSL3978  1096  1139/ 15      W27 W28 W20 3.0

  3 LISOVENKO, RUSLAN      LWCM6080   825   925/  6        W32 W19 W31 3.0

  4 TRAN, MINH                         GPSKE347  1000  1117/  3      W31 W32 W19 3.0

  5 SPITZ, ANDREW                 MHSM9492   988  1032/ 25      D12 W26 W9  2.5

  6 GARPESTAD, CRAIG        MHSJ8775   548   638/ 32         W25 D29 W10 2.5

  7 RINALDI, NOAH                  GPSK4067   955   956/ 16        W14 L15 W13 2.0

  8 HENTHORN, KELLY          GPSKK027  1000  1086/  3         L1  W11 W34 2.0

  9 LISOVENKO, DMITRY      LWCK2750  1152  1138/ 21      W30 W23 L5  2.0

 10 ENGLISH, STEVEN         RGRJE801   900   745/  3           W29 W25 L6  2.0

 11 BLACK, KIERSTEN        MHSKH828   734   816/  8           W24 L8  W22 2.0

 12 MARTIN, KYLE                GPSL4655   978   994/ 61             D5  D30 W23 2.0

 13 COULSON, JASON         FRRL8477   824   839/ 16          W33 W21 L7  2.0

 14 BAKER, JOEL                  MHSLK423   797   820/ 13         L7  W33 W21 2.0

 15 MOORE, STEPHEN       SHPM2841   755   786/ 16         L21 W7  W33 2.0

 16 COMI, SAM                      SHPMH601   903   955/  8         W20 D27 D28 2.0

 17 ROWLES, FIONA            FRRJE078  1201  1141/  8        W28 L20 W27 2.0

 18 FORSHAG, PATRICK     GPSL4145   653   668/ 42         L19 W31 W32 2.0

 19 DOUGLASS, ALEX         FRRKA090   590   650/  8          W18 L3  L4  1.0

 20 LISOVENKO, YURIY       LWCM6328  1032  1018/ 26      L16 W17 L2  1.0

 21 COLEMAN, JOHN          LWCKH595  1000   704/  3         W15 L13 L14 1.0

 22 LISOVENKO, BOGDAN   LWCJH839   900   613/  3      W34 L1  L11 1.0

 23 COULSON, DOUG          FRRJH599  1000   955/ 12      W26 L9  L12 1.0

 24 PETERSON, BEN          GPSJK021   919   837/  8         L11 W34 L1  1.0

 25 KERANEN, SEAN          FRRLJ788  1100   545/  3        L6  L10 W29 1.0

 26 HOLGUIN, CHRIS         GPSKE582   580   660/  8         L23 L5  W30 1.0

 27 MICHAUD, PATRICK    GPSM7647   968   939/ 15      L2  D16 L17 0.5

 28 PETERSON, ISAIAH     GPSK3358   769   782/ 11        L17 L2  D16 0.5

 29 STRIPES, REUBEN        NCLJ1773   656   597/132      L10 D6  L25 0.5

 30 REAMER, BRYAN          SHPM8470   867   813/ 11       L9  D12 L26 0.5

 31 WELLS, ANDREW          MHSL3615   787   722/ 13      L4  L18 L3  0.0

 32 CHOMA, JOHN           SHPME577  1200   400/  3          L3  L4  L18 0.0

 33 GROVER, MATTHEW     GPSKE795   877   712/  8     L13 L14 L15 0.0

 34 KORSMO, ELIZABETH    SHPMG350   400   400/  8    L22 L24 L8  0.0

 

Jan. 28, 2006 -- GSL Individual Championship. 

        The GSL Individual Championship was won by Lewis and Clark sophomore Dmitry Lisovenko, who scored a perfect 5-0.  The event, which coincided (as always) with a snow storm, drew 28 players to Mt. Spokane High School.  Four players tied for second through fifth places.  Trophies were awarded on tiebreak. The second place trophy went to Kevin Baker of Mead who lost to Lisovenko in the final round.  Fiona Rowles of Ferris, a freshman, took third place and also won the trophy for top female.  The fourth place trophy went to Ferris sophomore Doug Coulson, while LC senior Yuriy Lisovenko claimed the fifth place trophy.  Sixth place was awarded to Mt. Spokane's Jordan Larson.   Shadle Park senior Stephen Moore claimed scored the biggest upset and received a trophy for that achievement.

Fourth round action at the GSL championship: Fiona Rowles (l) squares off against champion Dmitry Lisovenko on Board 1 (in foreground), while Kevin Baker (l) takes on Jordan Larson on board 2.  Photo by Yuriy Lisovenko.

 

Greater Spokane League 2005/2006 Season Individual Championship Tournament
January 28, 2006

 

pos  last name first                id numb        start    end/#gms  rd1  rd2   rd3   rd4 rd5    tot

  1 LISOVENKO, DMITRY      LWCK2750   861  1152/ 18  W11 W9  W7  W3  W2  5.0

  2 BAKER, KEVIN                 MHSL3978  1025  1096/ 12  W13 W23 W4  W6  L1  4.0

  3 ROWLES, FIONA             FRRJE078   900  1201/  5  W15 W17 W5  L1  W7  4.0

  4 COULSON, DOUG          FRRJH599   896  1000/  9  W24 W8  L2  W12 W9  4.0

  5 LISOVENKO, YURIY       LWCM6328  1014  1032/ 23  W21 W10 L3  W18 W8  4.0

  6 LARSON, JORDAN         MSPKE357  1000  1086/  4  HPB W15 W16 L2  W17 3.5

  7 RINALDI, NOAH          GPSK4067   918   955/ 13  W12 W18 L1  W10 L3  3.0

  8 MOORE, STEPHEN         SHPM2841   634   755/ 13  W19 L4  W11 W16 L5  3.0

  9 PETERSON, BEN          GPSJK021   900   919/  5  W25 L1  W21 W14 L4  3.0

 10 COULSON, JASON         FRRL8477   809   824/ 13  W20 L5  W24 L7  W19 3.0

 11 GROVER, MATTHEW        GPSKE795  1000   877/  5  L1  W26 L8  W15 W21 3.0

 12 COMI, SAM              SHPMH601  1200   903/  5  L7  W27 W17 L4  W16 3.0

 13 FORSHAG, PATRICK       GPSL4145   538   653/ 39  L2  W22 L15 W28 W18 3.0

 14 BLACK, KIERSTEN        MHSKH828  1000   734/  5  W26 L16 D23 L9  W22 2.5

 15 GREER, MATTHEW         SHPK8183   871   848/ 23  L3  L6  W13 L11 W25 2.0

 16 PETERSON, ISAIAH       GPSK3358   821   769/  8  W22 W14 L6  L8  L12 2.0

 17 BAKER, JOEL            MHSLK423   849   797/ 10  W28 L3  L12 W20 L6  2.0

 18 STRIPES, REUBEN        NCLJ1773   673   656/129  WF  L7  W19 L5  L13 2.0

 19 HEPPNER, TRAVIS        MSPMJ784  1200   614/  5  L8  W25 L18 W24 L10 2.0

 20 HOLGUIN, CHRIS         GPSKE582  1000   580/  5  L10 L24 W26 L17 W27 2.0

 21 DOUGLASS, ALEX         FRRKA090  1000   590/  5  L5  W28 L9  D22 L11 1.5

 22 SMITH, SPENSER         SHPMC792  1200   547/  5  L16 L13 W25 D21 L14 1.5

 23 BOILEAU, JACOB         GPSL4041   804   796/ 24  W27 L2  D14 U   U   1.5

 24 WAGLEY, RACHEL         SHPLH385  1100   571/  4  L4  W20 L10 L19 U   1.0

 25 GARPESTAD, CRAIG       MHSJ8775   593   548/ 29  L9  L19 L22 W26 L15 1.0

 26 TOLMAN, JARED          MSPKI679   602   503/ 10  L14 L11 L20 L25 W28 1.0

 27 FOX, MICHAEL           MSPKB619  1000   400/  4  L23 L12 L28 BYE L20 1.0

 28 KORSMO, ELIZABETH      SHPMG350  1200   400/  5  L17 L21 W27 L13 L26 1.0

 

Jan. 21, 2006 -- Winterfest

        Deer Park's annual Winterfest tourney again was again a huge success, with 143 students taking part in what turned out to be the kick-off of the local scholastic season.  This three section boasts a large number of community volunteers and annually draws well from around the region.

 

Cambareri, Chow in Intermat

    Michael Cambareri (9th grade) and Alex Chow (6th) grade were among the Washington team players in the recent Washington-British Columbia scholastic match.  This annual event pairs two players from each grade level against a pair of their school counterparts from across the border.  BC won this year's match handily, but Spokane's contingent held their own with even 1-1 score each.

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2004-2005

State Elementary
 

 

The 2005 Washington State Elementary Championships attracted nearly 1100 student chess players to Linden on April 23-24.  Spokane was represented by players from Deer Park Middle School, St. Georges School, and Wilson Elementary.  The Deer Park team finished third in the Middle School competition.  Team members were Brad Peters, Logan McIssac, Ryan Feser, and Matt O'Brien.

         Wilson placed 15th in the Elementary team competition.  They were led by Zach Countryman, who finished in ninth place in the fifth grader category and Elliott Chow, who placed tenth among sixth graders.  Each scored four points. Other team members were Alex Chow,  Stan Dombroski, and Willy Dittman.  The Wilson team members, except for Zach Countryman, are featured in the photo below:

 


 

Super at Nationals!
    

The Spokane Chess Club was represented by four members who took part in the 2005 Supernationals in Nashville, Tennessee.  Over 5400 students took part in this huge chess festival.

       Phil Weyland scored 4.5 in the high school section, taking third place in the under 1800 category.  Elliott Chow scored 5.5 (of 7) in the K-6 (unrated) category, finishing 16th of 300 in the section!  Zach Countryman scored 3 in the K-6 section. Alex Chow scored 5 in the K-5 section, good enough to finish 28th of 333.  The Chow brothers also teamed up in the K-6 Bughouse tournament and finished 12th of 135 teams. The  photo below shows the two with their trophies -- make sure to bring them by club one of these days!  Congratulations to all of our participants.  You made the club proud!


 

 




2005 GSL Team Championship

Mead High School swept to its first GSL team championship on February 12 behind the perfect score of first board Bogdan Stepchin, who won the trophy for best individual performance.  Other perfect scores came from runner up Ferris' Andrew Wheeler (fourth board) and Gonzaga Prep's Patrick Michaud (3rd board) and Jacob Boileau (fifth board).  Ferris (9.5) edged Prep (9.0) on tiebreak for second place. 

 The individual results:

# Name ID Rtng Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
1 Stepchin, Bogdan MHSK1952 1130 MHS W11 W7 W27 3.0
2 Michaud, Patrick GPSL7647 871 GPS W22 W21 W9 3.0
3 Boileau, Jacob GPSK4041 692 GPS W19 W24 W14 3.0
4 Wheeler, Andrew FRRM 0 unr. FRR W20 W10 W29 3.0
5 Shatskiy, Alexander MHSM4376 1130 MHS W26 D15 W8 2.5
6 Greer, Matthew SHPJ8183 646 SHP W15 W30 D26 2.5
7 Stejer, Nick FRRM3424 1036 FRR W18 L1 W25 2.0
8 Martin, Kyle GPSK4655 1000 GPS W30 W26 L5 2.0
9 Shi, Edison MHSL4525 960 MHS W21 W23 L2 2.0
10 Spitz, Andrew MHSL9492 873 MHS W13 L4 W16 2.0
11 Lisvenko, Yury LWCL6328 833 LWC L1 W27 W18 2.0
12 Heyamoto, Curtis FRRM 0 unr. FRR W28 L14 W19 2.0
13 Gantuth, Peter LWCM0 unr. LWC L10 W16 W20 2.0
14 Baker, Kevin MHSK 0 unr. MHS X--- W12 L3 2.0
15 Ulrich, Nick FRRM9594 1029 FRR L6 D5 W30 1.5
16 Rinaldi, Noah GPSJ4067 1030 GPS W29 L13 L10 1.0
17 Reamer, Ryan SHPL8470 983 SHP W23 L22 L21 1.0
18 Davies, Colin SHPJ8926 958 SHP L7 W25 L11 1.0
19 Hodapp, Spencer MSPK 0 unr. ALS L3 W28 L12 1.0
20 Dalnes, Tanner SHPM 0 unr. SHP L4 W29 L13 1.0
21 Lisvenko, Ruslan LWCL0 unr. LWC L9 L2 W17 1.0
22 Coulson, Jason FRRK 0 unr. ALS L2 W17 L23 1.0
23 Schwyn, Forrest FRRM 0 unr. FRR L17 L9 W22 1.0
24 Rigmaiden, Dar MHSL 0 unr. LWC U--- L3 W28 1.0
25 Peterson, Isaiah GPSJ 0 unr. ALS W27 L18 L7 1.0
26 Lisvenko, Dmitry LWCJ0 unr. LWC L5 L8 D6 0.5
27 Britt, Andrew GPSL7859 1009 GPS L25 L11 L1 0.0
28 Moore, Stephen SHPL2841 769 SHP L12 L19 L24 0.0
29 Choi, Joe SHPK 0 unr. ALS L16 L20 L4 0.0
30 Walther, Neil FRRM 0 unr. ALS L8 L6 L15 0.0

 

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2005 GSL Individual Championship

  Nick Stejer and Nick Ulrich of Ferris H.S. won the GSL Individual championship tourney held January 22, 2005, at Mt. Spokane H.S.  Stejer claimed the first place trophy by defeating Ulrich in a blitz playoff game.  Trophies were awarded to the top eight players, and Shadle Park's Bryan Reamer won the trophy for the biggest upset. 

This year's cross table:

SwissSys Wall Chart. Spokane Action Chess: Spokane Action Chess (Standings)

  Name/Rtng/ID St/Tm Cl/Gr Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5
9 ULRICH, NICK     W 22 B 3 W 5 W 1 W 7
  648 FRRRM9594 FRR   1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5
7 STEJER, NICK     W 20 B 8 W 27 W 2 B 9
  736 FRRM3424 FRR   1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5
2 STEPCHIN, BOGDAN     W 16 B 13 W 15 B 7 W 27
  1106 MHSK1952 MHS   1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0
3 BRATCHER, LUKAS     B 17 W 9 B 14 W 11 B 4
  1097 MHSL9144 MHS   1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
6 BIGGERSTAFF, JOHN     B 19 W 15 B 24 W 23 B 25
  744 MHSL3299 MHS   1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
27 REYNOLDS, JEFF     B 14 W 24 B 7 W 10 B 2
  unr. MSPM 0 MSP   1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
24 RINALDI, NOAH     W 11 B 27 W 6 B 18 W 15
  unr. GPSJ 0 GPS   1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
22 DAVIES, COLIN     B 9 W 17 B 23 W 16 B 11
  unr. SHPJ 0 SHP   0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
1 SHATSKIY, ALEXANDER     B 15 W 26 W 25 B 9 B 17
  1302 MHSM4376 MHS   0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
13 SHI, EDISON     B 26 W 2 B 4 W 14 B 23
  unr. MHSL 0 MHS   1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
4 BRITT, ANDREW     bye bye W 13 B 15 W 3
  974 GPSL7859 GPS   0.5 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
10 EASTER, CHRIS     bye bye W 18 B 27 B 20
  unr. UHIL 0 UHI   0.5 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0
5 SPITZ, ANDREW     W 18 B 25 B 9 W 20 W 8
  892 MHSL9492 MHS   1.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.5
25 LISVENKO, YURY     B 12 W 5 B 1 B 8 W 6
  unr. LWCL 0 LWC   1.0 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
15 REAMER,BRYAN     W 1 B 6 B 2 W 4 B 24
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
8 BOILEAU, JACOB     B 21 W 7 B 16 W 25 B 5
  688 GPSK4041 GPS   1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
20 MORRIS, BEN     B 7 W 14 B 19 B 5 W 10
  unr. MSPL 0 MSP   0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
11 WEBELEBEN, THOMAS     B 24 W 19 B 12 B 3 W 22
  unr. MSPM 0 MSP   0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
17 HEYAMOTO, CURTIS     W 3 B 22 W 21 B 26 W 1
  unr. FRRM 0 FRR   0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
23 MILLER, EDWIN     bye bye W 22 B 6 W 13
  unr. MSPM 0 MSP   0.5 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
18 MOORE, STEPHEN     B 5 W 12 B 10 W 24 B 14
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
21 TOTMAN, STEPHANIE     W 8 B 16 B 17 bye W 26
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
16 MANDICK, ALEX     B 2 W 21 W 8 B 22 bye
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5
19 HIMELSPACH, CHAD     W 6 B 11 W 20 W 12 bye
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5
14 GUSKE, MIKE     W 27 B 20 W 3 B 13 W 18
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
26 MIGAKI, MATT     W 13 B 1 bye W 17 B 21
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
12 HERICK, TIFFANY     W 25 B 18 W 11 B 19 bye
  unr. SHPL 0 SHP   0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0