Unrated Rapid (August 4): This month’s edition was run by Lennart Bjorksten and got six players. Due to the turnout, the players agreed to play the tournament as a round robin with five rounds rather than the usual Swiss with six rounds. Gavin Zhang swept the field with a perfect 5-0 and won a book. Due to the spread in rating, a book was also awarded to the top finisher among the bottom half of the field. This turned out to be Brian Berger with 2/6 but since he declined to take a book, a book was awarded to the next highest finisher among the bottom half of the field which turned out to be a tie between Ken Harry and John Hoffman so they both won a book.
Sunday Quads (August 19): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Hasuike. It got a good turnout of twenty-two players. Due to the spread in rating, the group of six was made up of the lowest six rated players. Steve Buck, from Tacoma, swept quad 1 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and gaining around 65 rating points. James Tsai swept quad 2 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and gaining around 90 rating points. Ishaan Kodarapu, the lowest rated player in quad 3, won it with 2/3. He won a book as well as a medal as a scholastic player who won his section with 2 points and gained around 105 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Pace Lykins won quad 4 with 2/3, winning a book and medal. Vimal Adiraju and David Kong tied for first in the Swiss with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. They both won a book as well as a small trophy as scholastic players who won their section with 2.5 points. David also gained around 65 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Arthur Yang gained around 65 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the Swiss. Note that next month’s Sunday Quads is on September 9, a week earlier than usual.
Game in 60 (August 25): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Jon Strohbehn. It got thirty players which is a good turnout, especially considering it was the week before the Oregon Open, usually the largest open tournament each year in Oregon. The tournament was split into two groups of fifteen at the midpoint of the field based on rating. We thank Subramanyam Sripada, father of Havish and Anisha, for playing an extra-rated game against a player who received a full point bye in the lower section (and he gained around 115 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the process!). NM Seth Talyansky swept the upper section with a perfect 4-0 and won $70. NM Jason Cigan, Raj Kodithyala and Havish Sripada tied for second with 3/4. They split the second overall and 1st U1800 prizes, each winning $26.75. Havish also gained around 105 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Raj also gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Abbie Wu gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the upper section. Ryan Lu won the lower section with 3.5/4, winning $70, gaining around 150 rating points, and achieving a new peak provisional rating. Richard Harnden, David Ma, Ethan Zhang, Adhith Srikanth (a new scholastic player who recently moved to the area from North Carolina), and Ishaan Rao tied for second with 3/4. David, Ethan, and Adhith split the second place prize, each taking home $13.50 while Richard and Ishaan split the 1st U1200/unrated prize, each winning $20. Also, Ishaan gained around 100 rating points and achieved a new peak rating, Ethan gained around 95 rating points and achieved a new peak rating, and Adhith gained around 35 rating points. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated event, Maolong Tang, father of Zoey and Austin.
Tuesday Quads (August 7-31): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and got a good turnout of thirteen players. Due to the spread in ratings, the group of five was made up of the five lowest rated players. The group of five decided to make their section a round robin, with each player playing four rounds and getting one round off. For the second straight month, Ryan Richardson won the top quad with 2.5/3. David Murray swept quad 2 with a perfect 3-0 and gained around 50 rating points. Arliss Dietz won the round robin with 3/4. Andrei Stancescu gained around 210 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the round robin. Note that next month’s edition starts on the second Tuesday in the month, September 11, a week later than usual.