Quad 45 (December 3): Due to not wanting to have a tournament on New Year’s Eve or Christmas eve, the December Game in 60 was moved up to the third Saturday in December. This meant the Quad 45 couldn’t be on its usual third Saturday and had to be moved up earlier. We decided to put the Quad 45 on the first Saturday in December so the bigger two-day Winter Open could be on the second Saturday and not be the week right after the Washington Class Championships and the Thanksgiving weekend. This month’s Quad 45 was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Danny Phipps at registration. There were seventeen players who were split into three quads and a five player Swiss with the bottom five players. Ryan Richardson, Danny Phipps, and Ethan Wu tied for first in Quad 1 with 2/3. They all went 1-1 against each other. They all won books (although Danny declined to take a book) and Ethan also won a medal as a scholastic player who won his section with 2. Michael Moore won Quad 2 with 2.5/3, winning a book and a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5. He also achieved a new peak rating and has gained rating points in his last five US Chess rated events. Nicholas Richardson won Quad 3 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and a bigger trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 3. Abbie Wu won her section at the Quad 45 for the second straight month, this time with 2.5/3. She won a book and a small trophy. There were three players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Arun Dodla, and brothers David Kong and John Kong.
Portland Winter Open (December 10-11): This year’s edition got thirty-seven players. Mike Janniro was the TD on Saturday and Mike Morris was the TD on Sunday. FM Corey Russell, from Medford, and Ethan Wu tied for first in the fourteen player Open section with 4/5. They split the 1st and 2nd place prizes, each winning $116. Ethan also gained around 90 rating points which was more than enough to achieve a new peak rating. As the top Oregon finisher on tiebreaks, Corey qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament. However, he certainly would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating and will certainly qualify for the higher level Oregon State Championship which runs alongside the Invitational. If Corey qualifies and plays in the Oregon State Championship, then Ethan qualifies for the Invitational as the “tiebreak loser”. Danny Phipps and Jake Winkler split the U2000 prize with 2.5/5, each taking home $35 (One other player would have split in the U2000 prize but he withdrew from the tournament which makes him ineligible for prizes based on PCC policy and the US Chess rulebook recommendation). Danny also achieved his 5th, 1st Category norm and thus was awarded the 1st Category title while Jake achieved his 5th, 2nd Category norm and thus was awarded the 2nd Category title. Other big rating gains in the Open section were achieved by Brian Berger (around 70 points) and Ari Bluffstone (around 45 points, more than enough for a new peak rating). Eric Erard won the twenty-three player Reserve (U1800) section with 4.5/5 and won $93. He gained around 110 rating points which was enough to put his rating above 1700 for the first time. He also achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm (his performance was good enough that he achieved 2nd and 3rd Category norms as well) and thus was awarded the 4th Category title. James Nelson, from Albany, finished second with 4/5 and won $70. Geoff Kenway and David Roshu split the U1600 and U1400 prizes with 3.5/5, each winning $47. David also gained around 65 rating points. Cassandra Roshu and Abbie Wu split the U1200/unrated prize with 3/5, each taking home $24. Cassandra also gained around 140 rating points while Abbie gained around 180. Other big rating gains in the reserve section were achieved by John Kong (around 75 points to his provisional rating), David Kong (around 40 points to his provisional rating), and Noah Gladen-Kolarsky (around 35 points to his provisional rating). There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Rikeem Sholes.
Game in 60 (December 17): This month’s edition, which was two weeks earlier than usual to avoid being on New Year’s Eve or Christmas eve, was run by Lennart Bjorksten with assistance from Michael Hasuike at registration. Michael also played an “extra game” against the player who received a full point bye in round 1. There were thirteen players so it was run in one section. The lower than usual attendance was likely due mostly to the poor weather. Several people called the club asking if the Game in 60 was even taking place due to the weather. Gavin Zhang swept the field with a perfect 4-0, winning $39 and gaining around 60 rating points. Ethan Wu, Andrea Botez, and Ian Fudalla tied for 2nd with 3/4. They split the 2nd, 1st U1800/unrated, and 1st U1500/unrated prizes, each winning $23.83. Ian also gained around 70 rating points which was more than enough to achieve a new peak rating. Jerrold Richards finished with 2.5/4 and took home the 3rd place prize of $19.50 and gained around 40 rating points. Other big rating gains were achieved by Cassandra Roshu (around 60 points) and Ryan Walch (around 45 points).
Tuesday Quads (December 6-20): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris. There were eight players who were split into two quads. Karl Cosner won the upper quad with 2.5/3 while Brian Berger won the lower quad with 2.5/3. Abbie Wu gained around 35 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the lower quad.