13th Annual Clark Harmon Memorial Open (April 6-7): Clark was one of Oregon and Washington’s premier players and ambassadors of the game for many decades. See more information about Clark here and here. There is now a tournament run each year in April, the month Clark passed away, in his honor. The tournament currently rotates between Oregon and Washington every other year and was in Oregon at the Portland Chess Club this year. This year we changed the time control on the first round from G/120;d10 to G/60;d10, as we did at the Neil Dale Memorial Open (see the January 2019 archives for details on why we made this, and only this, change). Mike Morris was the Chief TD for this year’s edition. Mike Janniro filled in for round three on Saturday evening. Micah Smith assisted with registration and until the start of round three. This year’s edition got thirty-four players. We thank Sophie Beauchet for playing an extra rated game against the player who received a full point bye in round 1 and for Subramanyam Sripada for playing an extra rated game against the players who received a full point bye in rounds 2-5 (and he gained around 145 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the process). FM Shunkai Peng finished first with 4.5/5 and won $204. His victory here comes two weeks after winning the previous 2-day PCC tournament, the Portland Spring Open (see the March 2019 archives). FM Corey Russell (from Medford), Zoey Tang, and Havish Sripada tied for second with 4/5. They split the second and third overall and 1st U2100 prizes, each winning $96.33. If Havish doesn’t end up qualifying for the Championship section of the Oregon Closed through some means, he will likely be the highest finishing Oregon resident from the Clark Harmon Memorial who doesn’t which means he would qualify for the Challengers section of the Oregon Closed. Havish also gained around 40 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Zoey achieved her 5th, 1st Category norm and thus was awarded the 1st Category title (her performance was good enough that she achieved a Candidate Master norm as well). Karl Cosner, Michael Moore (from Corvallis), and Brent Baxter (from Olympia) split the 2nd U2100 prize with 3.5/5, each pocketing $17. Raj Kodithyala won the 1st U1900 prize of $68 with 3.5/5. William Holloran and Abbie Wu split the 2nd U1900 prize with 3/5, each winning $25.50. Austin Tang, Jon Strohbehn, and Victor Diego split the 1st U1700, 1st U1500, and 1st U1300/unrated prizes with 3/5, each winning $68. Victor also won the $50 bonus upset prize by beating a player rated 500 points higher, gained around 95 rating points, and achieved a new peak rating. Jon also gained around 140 rating points. Christopher Burris and Ishaan Kodarapu split the 2nd U1700 prize with 2.5/5, each winning $25.50. Geoff Kenway won the 2nd U1500 prize of $51 with 2.5/5 and gained around 120 rating points. Nick Major won the 2nd U1300/unrated prize if $51 with 2/5.
Game in 60 (April 20): This month’s edition was a week earlier than usual to avoid being on the same weekend as the Sunday Quads (The Sunday Quads was moved to the fourth (last) Sunday in April, away from it’s usual spot on the third Sunday to avoid being on Easter and wasn’t put on the second Sunday to avoid being on the same weekend as the OSCF State Championship). This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Jon Strohbehn, who also played in the event. Mike also played an extra-rated game against the player who received a full point bye in round 4. We thank Sophie Beauchet for playing an extra rated game in round 3 (and she gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the process). There were twenty-eight players. Yu-Cheng Liang and Ryan Lu tied for first in the thirteen player Open section with 3.5/4, each winning $53. Ryan also gained around 150 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Yu-Cheng gained around 105 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Austin Tang won the 1st U1850/unrated prize of $37 with 3/4 (This comes a week after Austin won the top Elementary (grades 3-5) section at the OSCF State Championship with a perfect 4/4. See the links page for more on the OSCF and the OSCF State Championship.). Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet and Hung Le (from Eugene) tied for first in the fifteen player U1650 section with 3.5/4, each winning $53. They drew their matchup in round 4. Hung also gained around 45 rating points while Pierre added around 35 more rating points to the approximately 115 rating points and new peak rating he just achieved the prior week at the OSCF State Championship. Nathan Zhou, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, won the 1st U1450/unrated prize of $37 with 3/4. Victor Diego won the 1st U1250/unrated prize of $32 with 2.5/4. In the U1650 section, Andrei Stancescu gained around 60 rating points, achieved a new peak rating, and achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category title, while Ken Harry and Pace Lykins both gained around 40 rating points. Note that next month’s Game in 60 is on May 11, two weeks earlier than usual.
Unrated Rapid (April 27): This months edition was run by Lennart Bjorksten. There were four players so it was run as a double round robin. Richard Maliszewski topped the field with 5/6 and won a book. Nachiketh Narendran was also awarded a book.
Sunday Quads (April 28): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Chad Lykins, who also played in the event. It got a good turnout of twenty-six players, tied with the June 2018 edition for the highest turnout for the tournament since it moved from Saturday to Sunday in August of 2017. The field was split into five quads and a 3-round, six player Swiss among the bottom six players. The Swiss was put at the bottom since it overall made the sections the most even in terms of rating as possible. NM Jason Cigan swept quad 1 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Dubier Matos Castillo gained around 95 rating points in quad 1. Christopher Burris won quad 2 with 2.5/3, winning a book and gaining around 45 rating points. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet won quad 3 with 2.5/3 and won a book as well as a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5 points. Victor Diego won the highly competitive quad 4, in which five of the six games were drawn, with 2/3, winning a book and gaining around 35 rating points and achieving a new peak rating. Pace Lykins won quad 5 with 2.5/3 and won a book as well as a small trophy. Forrest Holt swept the Small Swiss with a perfect 3-0, winning a book as well as a trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 3 points and gaining around 95 rating points and achieving a new peak rating. Jasper DeFrain, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, and Nachiketh Narendran tied for second in the Small Swiss with 2/3. Nachiketh also gained around 65 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. There were two other players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Yuval Haim and Matthew DeFrain.
Tuesday Quads (April 2-30): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and Mike Janniro. Mike Janniro also played in the tournament. There were twelve players and they agreed to make it a 5-round Swiss in one section (there were five Tuesdays in April). David Murray and Joseph Jupiter tied for first with 4/5, with David winning their matchup in round 3. Joseph also gained around 375 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while David gained around 50 rating points. This was the first US Chess rated tournament for Joseph in over fifteen years and showed he is now a lot stronger than the 849 rating he had gotten from when he was in elementary school. Karl Cosner and Sean Tobin tied for third with 3.5/5. Nick Major gained around 70 rating points.