11th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial Open (April 1-2): The Harmon Memorial currently rotates between Oregon and Washington each year and was in Oregon this year. Clark was one of the Northwest’s premier players and ambassadors of the game for many decades. See more information about Clark here and here. After the original Neil Dale Memorial Open was cancelled due to the weather, the unique features of that tournament (one section, G/120;d5, under prizes at U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500, and U1300/unrated, bonus upset prize) were transferred over to this year’s Harmon Memorial (the Neil Dale Memorial was rescheduled with the Portland Spring Open and used the Spring Open format). This year’s Harmon Memorial got thirty-five players. Micah Smith was the TD on Saturday and Mike Morris was the TD on Sunday. Mike Lilly helped with registration on Saturday. Mike Lilly and Mike Morris both gave a short remembrance of Clark before round 1. FM Corey Russell, a player from Medford, finished first with 4.5/5 and won $210. Corey also qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament as the top Oregon finisher. However, he certainly would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating and will almost certainly qualify for the higher level State Championship which runs alongside the Invitational. NM Matt Zavortink and NM William Lapham tied for second with 4/5 and split the second and third place prizes, each winning $114. H.G. Pitre, a player from the Seattle area, Gavin Zhang, and Scott Levin split the 1st U2100, 1st U1900, and 2nd U2100 prizes with 3.5/5, each winning $65. H.G. also gained around 70 rating points. Alan Rhoade and Isaac Vega split the 2nd U1900 prize, each winning $27. Alan graciously donated his winnings to the Harmon Memorial Fund which we use to have a higher prize fund for the Harmon Memorial. Isaac also gained around 50 rating points. Ralph Anthony, a player from the Seattle area, won the 1st U1700 prize of $70 with 3/5 and gained around 50 rating points. Roshen Nair, Brian Berger, and Abbie Wu split the 2nd U1700 prize with 2.5/5, each winning $18. Abbie also gained around 125 rating points, achieved a new peak rating, and achieved her 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category Title (her performance was good enough that she achieved 3rd and 2nd Category norms as well). Roshen also achieved his 5th, 3rd Category norm and thus was awarded the 3rd Category Title. Zoey Tang won the 1st U1500 prize of $70 with 2.5/5 and gained around 85 rating points and a new peak rating. Jerrold Richards won the 2nd U1500 prize of $53 with 2/5. Harry Buerer won the 1st U1300/unrated prize of $70 with 2/5. Austin Tang won the 2nd U1300/unrated prize of $53 with 1.5/5. Micah Smith had the idea of adding a bonus upset prize to at least one of our tournaments and it makes the most sense to have an upset prize at a big one section tournament. Since it’s a bonus prize that players can win in addition to the other prizes, we decided we should be a little more restrictive as to who is eligible for the prize and we decided that you have to have an established US Chess rating (played at least 26 rated games) to be able to win the prize. We also decided not to count draws as half of an upset as is sometimes done. Arliss Dietz won the bonus upset prize of $50 by beating a player rated 356 points higher. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Ray Bourke.
Quad 45 (April 15): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Michael Lilly at registration. Thomas Rolfs also helped set up the facility in the morning in addition to playing in the event. There were twenty players. For the second straight month, things worked out nicely in that we were able to simply break the field into quads based on rating and didn’t have to adjust anything to try and avoid family members from having to play against each other and didn’t have to figure out where to put a five to seven player Swiss. NM Jason Cigan won quad 1 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Christopher Burris won quad 2 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and gaining around 65 rating points. Brian Berger and Carter Lancaster tied for first in quad 3 with 2/3. Carter won their match-up in round 1. Carter won a book and a medal as a scholastic player who won his section with 2 points. Brian declined to take a book and allowed Kushal Pai to select a book instead. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet won quad 4 with 2.5/3, despite being one of the two players in quad four who were much lower rated than the top two players in the quad. He gained around 230 rating points (this is after already gaining around 295 rating points from the March Game in 60!), and won a book and a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5 points. Geordyn Allyn, the other lower rated player in quad 4, gained around 105 rating points. Lincoln Schell, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Perry Rachmuth, and Liam Lancaster tied for first in quad 5 with 2/3. They all won a book and a medal as scholastic players. There was one other player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Nathaniel Leof. Note that next month’s Quad 45 is on May 13, a week earlier than usual.
Tuesday Quads (April 4-25): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and got a good turnout of twelve players. Due to the spread in ratings, it was split into three quads. NM Jason Cigan won the upper quad with 2/3 and got his rating back over 2200. Gunther Jacobi and Steve Surak tied for first in the middle quad with 2.5/3. They drew their match-up in round 1. Hugo Hartig won the lower quad, in which all of the players were very close in rating, with 2/3.
Game in 60 (April 29): This month’s edition was run by Lennart Bjorksten with assistance from Mike Morris at registration. It got a good turnout of thirty players, the lowest number of players needed to split the field into two sections. There were sixteen players in the upper section and fourteen players in the lower section. NM Jason Cigan won the upper section for the second straight month with 3.5/4 and won $75. Jason has now also won the top section at the last three PCC tournaments. Ryan Richardson finished second with 3/4 and won $50. Moshe Rachmuth, Ray Fletcher, Roshen Nair, Michael Moore, and Colin Liu tied for third with 2.5/4 and split the 3rd place prize, each winning a whopping $5! Roshen also gained around 70 rating points which was more than enough to put his rating over 1700 for the first time. Egan Wong won the lower section with a perfect 4-0, winning $65 and gaining around 95 rating points. Zoey Tang and Raj Kodithyala tied for second with 3/4. Zoey took home the second place prize of $35 while Raj took home the U1400/unrated prize of $50. Other big rating gains in the lower section were achieved by Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet (Around 150 points. He has now gained around 670 rating points total in his last three events!), Cassandra Roshu (around 140 points), Havish Sripada (around 130 points to his provisional rating), and Austin Tang (around 100 points). Note that next month’s Game in 60 is on May 20, a week earlier than usual.