Tournament Reports

August 2016

Tuesday Quads (August 2-16): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and got a nice turnout of twelve players who were split into three quads. Mike Lilly was originally scheduled to run this month’s Tuesday Quads but has had to step down from running tournaments due to health issues. We thank Mike for the numerous tournaments he has run and assisted at over the last several years. He will still be doing the other volunteer activities he does for the club (see the volunteers page here). FM Nick Raptis won the top quad with a perfect 3-0. Dave Murray won the middle quad with 2.5/3. Roshen Nair won his section at the Tuesday Quads for the second straight month, this time going 3-0 and gaining around 50 rating points. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Xiao Lin.

Quad 45 (August 20): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Carl Haessler at registration. It got a great turnout of twenty-five players, the third highest turnout for the Quad 45 so far, and was split into five quads and a 3-round Swiss among the bottom five players. It was the first time there were three players rated 2000+ at the Quad 45 as there were three players rated over 2100. FM Nick Raptis won Quad 1 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Moshe Rachmuth won quad 2 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Brian Berger and James Tsai tied for first in quad 3 with 2/3, with James winning their matchup in round 1. James took a book while Brian declined to take a book and allowed Raptis to select another book instead. Michael Moore won quad 4 with 2.5/3 and won a book and a small trophy as a scholastic player. Nick Lafond won quad 5 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Nick won his section at the Quad 45 for the second straight month and is now a perfect 6-0 in US Chess rated games. Xiao Lin won the Swiss with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Big rating gains were achieved by up and coming scholastic players Joshua Bromley and Kevin Wu, who added around 200 and 175 points to their provisional ratings, respectively. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet. The blitz side event did not get enough players to be held.

Game in 60 (August 27): This month’s edtion was run by Lennart Bjorksten with assistance at registration from new TD Greg Markowski, who also played in the event. There were twenty-nine players, one short from the field being split into two sections at the midpoint based on rating. FM Nick Raptis won with a perfect 4-0, as usual, and won $87. Ryan Richardson finished second with 3.5/4 and won $58. Karl Cosner, Moshe Rachmuth, Steve Buck (from Tacoma), and Will Holoran tied for 3rd with 3/4. Karl and Moshe split the 3rd place prize, each taking home $21.75 while Steve and Will split the 1st U1800/unrated and 1st U1500/unrated prizes, each winning $50.75. Will also added over 200 rating points to his provisional rating. Other big rating gains were achieved by Nick Lafond (over 200 points to his provisional rating), Ian Olsen (a player from Silverton Oregon who around 85 points to his provisional rating), and David Ma (around 45 points). There were two players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Elan Lepovic, a player from California who got a nice initial rating in the high 1600’s, and Abbie Wu.