7th Annual Oregon Senior Open (August 12-13): For the third straight year the tournament was held at the Portland Chess Club. It was sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation and run by David Yoshinaga with assistance from Lennart Bjorksten, who also played in the event. It was open to all those at least 50 years old on August 12, including out of state players. This year’s edition got a nice turnout of twenty players. NM Michael Pendergast and NM Steven Deeth tied for first with 4/5. They drew their matchup in round 5. It is the second time Steven has tied for first in the Oregon Senior Open as he tied for first in the inaugural edition of the tournament back in 2011. Michael and Steven both won $75 for a split of the first and second place prizes, split the first place prize of free entry into next years Oregon Senior Open, and both get their name engraved on the Dr. Ralph Hall memorial perpetual trophy that is on display at the Portland Chess Club. For finishing with better tiebreaks, Michael 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 likely qualify for the higher level state championship which runs alongside the Invitational. If Michael qualifies for and plays in the State Championship, then Steven qualifies for the Invitational as the “tiebreak loser” but he too would have certainly qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating and may even qualify for the State Championship. Steven also won the over age 60 prize of $37.50. NM James Macfarland, from California, and NM Lennart Bjorksten tied for third with 3.5/5 and split the third place prize, each taking home $12.50. Christopher Burris and James Nelson split the 1st and 2nd U1800 prizes with 3/5, each winning $37.50. James also split the over age 70 prize with Brian Berger and they each won $18.75 for that. Brian also won the 1st U1600 prize of $50. Arliss Dietz and Jon Strohbehn split the 2nd U1600 prize with 2/5, each taking home $12.50. Arliss also split the over age 80 prize with William Gagnon and they each took home $12.50 for this. Jerrold Richards won the 1st U1400 prize of $50 with 2/5. Tony Midson won the 2nd U1400 prize with 1.5/5.
Sunday Quads (August 20): This month the Quad 45 was moved from Saturday to Sunday and renamed Sunday Quads. The main ideas behind moving the tournament to Sunday were so we would have a weekend tournament that accommodates players who can’t play on Saturday and players who would like to use Saturday to relax and prepare for a tournament after a long work or school week. Moving the tournament to Sunday also works out better for the chief TD of the tournament, Micah Smith. Renaming the tournament Sunday Quads makes it clear the tournament is on Sunday and getting rid of “45” in the title helps prevent the notion that each player gets around 45 minutes total for each game which isn’t the case with the fifteen second increment that is used. The first Sunday edition of the tournament got a good turnout of eighteen players and was split into three quads and a six-player Swiss among the bottom six players. It was run by Micah Smith with assistance by Mike Hasuike. Roshen Nair, Konner Feldman, and Ahmet Gurcan tied for first in Quad 1 with 2/3. They all had one win and one loss against each other with Roshen beating Ahmet and losing to Konner and Ahmet beating Konner. They all won books. Roshen and Konner were also eligible to receive medals as scholastic players who won their section with 2 points and Roshen took a medal while Konner declined. Abbie Wu and Avi Gupta tied for first in Quad 2 with 2/3, with Avi winning their matchup in round 2. Avi tied for first in quad 2 despite being the lowest player by around 135 points. Abbie and Avi both won a book and a medal. Avi also gained around 70 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Pierre Hadrien-Beauchet and Chad Lykins tied for first in Quad 3 with 2/3, despite being the two lower rated players in quad 3. Chad won their match-up in round 3. Chad also gained around 75 rating points while Pierre gained around 40. This was enough for both of these players to achieve new peak ratings. They both won books and Pierre also won a medal. Joshua Bromley won with Swiss with 2.5/3 and won a book and a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5 points. Ishaan Rao and Havish Sripada tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3. There was one player playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Anna Karpov.
Game in 60 (August 26): With Lennart Bjorksten out of town, Mike Janniro stepped in to run this month’s Game in 60. He was assisted during registration by Chad Lykins, who also played in the event. Despite the tournament being a week before the Oregon Open, it got an excellent turnout of thirty-four players. The turnout may have been helped by the Quad 45 moving from Saturday to Sunday. Some of the players who would have just played in the Quad 45 had it been on Saturday may have came to the Game in 60 on Saturday instead. Several good changes were made to the Game in 60 starting this month. The time control changed from G/60;d5 to G/60;inc5 to help mitigate time pressure situations better. The prize fund distribution when there are two sections changed so more players would have a more realistic change of winning a prize. The upper section changed from having prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to 1st, 2nd, and 1st U1800/unrated so lower rated players in the upper section have a more realistic shot at a prize. The lower section changed from having prizes at 1st, 2nd, and U1400/unrated to having prizes at 1st, 2nd, and 1st U1200/unrated so lower rated players in the lower section have a more realistic shot at a prize. With thirty-four players the tournament was split into two sections, with eighteen in the upper section and sixteen in the lower section. NM Matt Zavortink won the upper section with a perfect 4-0 and won $84. It is the third straight month Matt has at least tied for first in the Game in 60. NM Jason Cigan and Ethan Wu tied for second with 3/4 and split the second place prize, each winning $24. Konner Feldman and Roshen Nair split the 1st U1800/unrated prize with 2.5/4, each taking home $24. Konner also gained around 65 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Ian Fudalla swept the lower section with a perfect 4-0 and won $74. Jon Strohbehn finished second with 3.5/4, winning $43 and gaining around 65 rating points. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet won the 1st U1200/unrated prize of $43 with 3/4 and gained around 35 rating points and a new peak rating. Carter Lykins added around 215 points to his provisional rating in the lower section.
Tuesday Quads (August 1-29): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and got a great turnout of sixteen players. The bottom two quads were combined into an eight player Swiss to try and avoid some family members from having to play each other. With eight players in the Swiss and five Tuesdays in August, the Swiss was played with five rounds. Due to two quads being combined, the top two finishes both receive the $10 discounted entry to one of the next three Tuesday or Sunday Quads tournaments. Mike Janniro won the top quad with 2.5/3. Gregory Markowski won the second quad with 2/3 and gained around 45 rating points. Ian Fudalla won the Swiss with 4.5/5. Hugo Hartig and Chad Lykins tied for second with 3.5/5. Chad also gained around 70 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Pace Lykins gained around 165 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the Swiss.