Portland Winter Open (December 12-13): This year’s Winter Open, which was run by Lennart Bjorksten with assistance from Mike Morris at registration, got an excellent turnout of fourty-eight players and coincidentally twenty-four players in each section. Starting with this year’s Summer Open we made a good change to allow a half point bye in round five (instead of just two half point byes for rounds 1-4) at the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Opens to accommodate those who can’t play round the last round (all of our other tournaments that allow half point byes were already currently allowing one for the last round). Several players took a half point bye on the last round and several of those players couldn’t play on Sunday at all and thus also took a half point bye for round four. FM Nick Raptis won the Open section with 4.5/5 and won $180. Seth Talyansky finished second with 4/5 and won $120. As the top Oregon finisher, Seth qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament but almost certainly would have qualified anyway based on rating and may even qualify for the state championship which takes place alongside the invitational. Stewart Taylor, Danny Phipps, and David Murray split the U2000 prize with 3/5, each taking home $30. Kian Patel gained around 60 rating points, including 1.5/2 against experts, and this was more than enough to put his rating over 1800 for the first time. Karl Wallulis achieved his 5th, 3rd category norm and thus was awarded the 3rd category title. Isaac Vega was awarded the 4th and 3rd category titles by achieving his 5th norm in each category. Jazon Samillano won the Reserve (U1800) section with 4.5/5 and gained around 50 rating points. Michael Rabadan finished second with 4/5, added almost 300 points to his provisional rating, and won $90. Sean Zlatnik, from Corvallis, and Javkhlantugs Nyamdorj, who added almost 75 points to his provisional rating, split the U1600 prize with 3.5/5, each taking home $30. Byron Wong won the U1400 prize with 3/5, won $60, and gained around 80 rating points which was more than enough to achieve a new peak rating. Rolly Guttierrez, playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, won the U1200/unrated prize of $60 with 3/5. Harry Buerer gained around 70 rating points added almost 150 rating points to his provisional rating. There was one other player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Dustin Monda.
Quad 45 (December 19): The chief TD of this month’s edition was, as always, Micah Smith. Unfortunately, Mike Lilly, the regular assistant at the Quad 45, has had to step down again due to health issues. We asked if anyone would be interested in taking Mike’s place as the assistant TD and playing as a house player if there are an odd number of players and Danny Phipps graciously agreed to do so. For the second straight month, anyone who won or tied for first in their section was able to select a chess book from the selection donated to the club. There were twelve players so there normally would have been three quads but the bottom two quads were combined into an eight player Swiss to avoid some family members from playing. Due to the bottom two quads being combined, the top two finishes would both receive the $10 discounted entry, a book, and a trophy or medal if they are a scholastic player. FM Nick Raptis swept the quad with 3-0. Ethan Wu swept the Swiss with 3-0 and won a trophy as a scholastic player. Ron Kirsch, a player from the Seattle area, Chris Burris, and James Tsai tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3.
Saturday Blitz (December 19): This months edition had seven players so it was run as a 5-round double Swiss in one section. FM Nick Raptis won with 8.5/10.
Game in 60 (December 26): With Lennart Bjorksten out of town playing in the North American Open, Mike Morris filled in to run this months Game in 60. Mike Lilly felt good enough to be able to help out during registration. There were twenty players so it was run in one section. FM Nick Raptis swept the field as usual with a perfect 4-0 and won $60. Stewart Taylor, Gerald Weaver, Ethan Wu, and Jerrold Richards tied for second with 3/4 and each won $35 for splitting the second, third, U1800/unrated, and U1500/unrated prizes. Jerrold also gained around 120 rating points. Hansen Lian did even better, gaining around 150 rating points and achieving a new peak rating.
Tuesday Quads (December 1-30): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris, who also played in the event. It had eleven players and was split into a strong six player upper section in which all the players had official ratings above 2000 and a five player lower section. There were five Tuesdays in December and both sections were run as round robins with five rounds, with every player in the lower section getting one round off. FM Nick Raptis won the upper section with 4.5/5, capping off a month where he won all five of the PCC tournaments outright! Mike Morris finished second with 3.5/5. Gregory Markowski won the lower section with 3.5/4 and gained around 75 rating points. Mike Lilly gained around 80 rating points.