James Stripes and Tito Tinajero tied for first in this year’s Eastern Washington Open. Each scored 4.5 by winning four contests and taking a bye. Stripes outbattled Gonzaga Prep Junior Braxton Casey, winning when the youngster stumbled in time trouble. Likewise, Tinajero beat your editor in the last game of the event when his hapless opponent missed a two move mate and flagged in another time scramble that ended shortly after the board one match between Casey and Stripes.
With Stripes and Tinajero claiming the first and second place prizes, there were plenty of class winners: Brad Bodie and Casey shared the A prize, while John Frostad, Kevin Korsmo, Walter van Heemestede Obelt, and John Wheaton shared the B prizes. David Peoples scored 4.0 to win the class C first prize handily, with Jeremy Burnett and Sam Sauder sharing second in the class. Pat Kirlin (3.0) won the D and under category, while Grace Deng and Robert Hill shared second.
Finally, Tito also won the biggest upset with a victory against an opponent rated 259 points higher. Ted Baker directed the tournament for the first time. A total of 26 players participated. ‘