8th Annual Oregon Senior Open (April 7-8): For the fourth straight year this tournament was held at the Portland Chess Club. This year it was moved from August to April, the only month without another multi-day tournament scheduled in the area, so it wouldn’t be as close to the Oregon Open and Vancouver Open, generally the two largest open tournaments in the area. It was sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation and run by Mike Morris with assistance from Mike Janniro and David Yoshinaga, all three of whom also played in the event. It got a good turnout of twenty-two players. LM Carl Haessler finished first with 4.5/5. This is the fourth time in the last five years Carl has won the Oregon Senior Open. He won $110, free entry into next years Oregon Senior Open, and gets his name engraved once again on the Dr. Ralph Hall memorial perpetual trophy that is on display at the Portland Chess Club. He also gets the chance to represent Oregon at the National Senior Tournament of Champions side event at the US Open. This is a new event US Chess created this year that is being run in the same format as the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, and National Girls Tournament of Champions side events at the US Open. Carl also qualifiers for the Oregon Invitational Tournament but will likely qualify for the higher level State Championship, which runs alongside the Invitational. NM Mike Janniro, NM Steven Deeth, Mike Morris, Marc Braverman (from Corvallis), David Bannon (from Alsea, OR, two hours south of Portland), and Gregory Markowski tied for second with 3.5/5. For the place/under prizes, Gregory won the 1st U1800 prize of $55 (and gained around 85 rating points) while the rest of the players split the second and third place prizes, each taking home $17. Steven, Marc and Gregory also each took home $13.75 for a split of the over 60 prize while Mike Morris won the over 70 prize of $41.25. Ian Fudalla won the 1st U1600/unrated prize of $55 with 3/5. Christopher Burris and James Nelson (from Albany) split the 2nd U1800 prize with 2.5/5, each taking home $14. Dale Wentz and Brian Berger split the 2nd U1600 przie with 2/5, each taking home $14. Jerrold Richards (from Lyle, WA, around an hour and a half east from Portland) won the 1st U1400 prize of $55 with 2/5. William Gagnon won the over 80 prize of $27.50 with 2/5. Tony Midson won the second U1400 prize of $28 with 1.5/5.
Tuesday Quads (April 3-17): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and got a good turnout of fourteen players. Due to the spread in ratings, the group of six was made up of the six lowest rated players. NM Jason Cigan won quad 1 with 2.5/3. Karl Cosner swept quad 2 with a perfect 3-0. Brian Berger, Gregory Markowski, and Arliss Dietz tied for first in the Swiss with 2/3. They all had one win and one loss against each other. Patrick Morrissey gained around 40 rating points in the Swiss.
Unrated Rapid (April 21): This month’s edition was put on the 21st instead of the 14th due to the OSCF State Championship (see the links page for more on the OSCF and the OSCF State Championship). It got a good turnout of ten players and was run by Lennart Bjorksten, who also played in the event to make the numbers even. Lennart topped the field with 5.5/6. He declined to take a book. Due to the spread in ratings, a book was also given to the highest finisher among the lowest six rated players and it ended in a tie between Evgeny Semenov and Brian Combs with 3/6. Evgeny took a book while Brian declined, saying he already has enough books. The next highest finisher among the lowest six rated players, Matthew Lock with 2.5/6, was ale to select a book in Brians place.
Sunday Quads (April 22): This month’s edition was a week later than usual to avoid being on the same weekend as the OSCF State Championship. It was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Hasuike. There were fourteen players. The group of six was made up of the lowest six rated players to try and avoid some family members from having to play against each other. Of particular note at the tournament was Michael Abron from Ohio, who is attempting to become the first African-American to play a US Chess rated tournament in all fifty states. Moshe Rachmuth, William Holloran, and Dave Murray tied for first in quad 1 with 2/3. They all had one win and one loss against each other. They all won a book. Avi Gupta, the lowest rated player in quad 2, swept it with a perfect 3-0, gaining around 140 rating points, achieving a new peak rating, and winning a book as well as a trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 3 points. Ian Fudalla gained around 55 rating points in quad 2. Pace Lykins swept the Swiss with a perfect 3-0, gaining around 80 rating points, achieving a new peak rating, and winning a book and a trophy. Chad Lykins finished second in the Swiss with 2.5/3. Carter Lykins gained around 95 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the Swiss.
Game in 60 (April 28): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance from Jon Strohbehn at registration, who also played in the event. It got an excellent turnout of thirty-four players, with seventeen players in each section. We thank Sophie Beauchet, mother of Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet, for agreeing to play an extra rated game against the player who received a full point bye in the lower section each round. NM Matt Zaortink swept the upper section with a perfect 4-0 and won $79.50. It’s the second straight month Matt has gone 4-0 at the Game in 60. Jay Dayal, Moshe Rachmuth, and William Holloran tied for second with 3/4. They split the second place prize, each winning $15.25. Raj Kodithyala won the 1st U1800/unrated prize of $45.50 with 2.5/4. Michael Kim swept the lower section with a perfect 4-0, winning $79.50, gaining around 50 rating points, and achieving a new peak provisional rating. Havish Sripada finished second with 3.5/4, winning $45.50 and gaining around 35 rating points. Egan Wong, Ishaan Kodarapu, Zachary Song, Anisha Sripada, and Mikhail Arturov split the 1st U1200/unrated prize with 2/4, each taking home $9.25. Mikhail also gained around 155 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating while Anisha gained around 135 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating, Zachary gained around 90 rating points and achieved a new peak rating, and Ishaan gained around 85 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Shashank Dewangan gained around 265 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the lower section. Note that next month’s Game in 60 is on May 12, two weeks earlier than usual.