2nd Annual Neil Dale Memorial Open (January 6-7): This year’s edition was run by Mike Morris with assistance from Mike Janniro. It got a good turnout of thirty-nine players. Joshua Grabinsky, from Coquille, finished first with 4.5/5 and won $234. As the top Oregon finisher, Joshua also qualifies for the 2019 Oregon Invitational Tournament (however, he certainly would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating and may qualify for the higher level State Championship which runs alongside the Invitational). FM Steven Breckenridge, NM Lennart Bjorksten, and Michael Moore, from Corvallis, tied for second with 4/5. They split the second, third, and 1st U2100 prizes, each winning $110.50. Brian Donnell, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament in almost fifteen years, won the 2nd U2100 prize of $58.50 with 3.5/5. Andrea Botez and Roshen Nair split the 1st and 2nd U1900 prizes with 3.5/5, each winning $68.25. Roshen also achieved his 5th, 2nd Category norm and thus was awarded the 2nd Category title. Eric Erard, Zoey Tang, Alex Yeo, and Kushal Pai split the 1st and 2nd U1700 prizes with 3/5, each winning $34.13. Kushal also achieved his 5th, 3rd Category norm and thus was awarded the 3rd Category title. Austin Tang and Michael Schuff split the 1st and 2nd U1500 prizes, each winning $68.25. Michael also gained around 105 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Austin gained around 90 rating points, achieved a new peak rating, and achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category title (his performance was good enough that he achieved a 3rd Category norm as well). Nick Major won the 1st U1300/unrated prize with 2/5, winning $78, gaining around 110 rating points, and achieving a new peak rating. Thomas Schuff won the 2nd U1300/unrated prize of $58.50, the upset bonus prize of $50 by beating a player 967 points higher rated, gained around 130 rating points, and achieved a new peak rating. Other big rating gains and titles were achieved by Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet (around 120 points and a new peak rating), Cassandra Roshu (around 75 points and the 4th Category title), and Nicholas Richardson (around 50 points and a new peak rating).
Sunday Quads (January 21): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Lilly. It got a good turnout of twenty-two players. There had to be a group of six and it was made up of the players ranked 9-14 to try and avoid some family members from being forced to play against each other. This would have been the players that would have made up the group of six anyway as it makes all the sections the most even as possible in terms of rating. The bottom two quads were also combined into a Swiss to try and avoid some family members from having to play against each other. Since the bottom two quads were combined, the top two finishers both receive the $10 discounted entry, a book, and a trophy or medal if they are a scholastic player. Moshe Rachmuth swept quad 1 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Eric Erard and Fedor Semenov tied for first in quad 2 with 2/3, with Fedor winning their matchup in round 3. They both won books as well as medals as scholastic players who won their section with 2 points. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet and Cassandra Roshu tied for first in the six player Swiss with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. They both won books as well as small trophies as scholastic players who won their section with 2.5 points. Cassandra also gained around 60 rating points while Pierre gained around 50, good enough for both of these player to achieve new peak ratings. Ryan Zhang and Thomas Schuff tied for first in the eight player Swiss with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 3. They both won books as well as small trophies. Thomas also gained around 90 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. John Kong gained around 55 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the eight player Swiss. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Peter Lytle. Note that next months edition is on the fourth Sunday, February 25, a week later than usual.
Game in 60 (January 27): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance from Micah Smith. Mike has agreed be the Chief TD of the Game in 60 on a regular basis so Lennart Bjorksten can run his new rapid tournament once a month. This month’s edition got an excellent turnout of thirty-six players and thus was split into two sections of eighteen at the midpoint of the field based on rating. FM Shunkai Peng swept the upper section with a perfect 4-0 and won $84. NM Jason Cigan, Owen McCoy (from Eugene), and Ryan Richardson tied for second with 3/4 and split the second place prize, each winning $16. Isaac Vega and Brian Berger split the 1st U1800/unrated prize with 2.5/4, each winning $24. Brian also gained around 60 rating points while Isaac gained around 55. Austin Tang, Havish Sripada, and Ethan Zhang tied for first in the lower section with 3.5/4. Austin and Havish drew each other in the last round while Ethan had a half point bye in round 2. They split the first and second place prizes, each winning $44. Havish also gained around 160 rating points and a new peak rating while Ethan gained around 90 rating points and a new peak rating. Michael Kim, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Patrick Morrissey, and Pace Lykins split the 1st U1200/unrated prize with 2/4, each winning $16. Pace also gained around 85 rating points and a new peak rating. John Kong gained around 40 rating points and a new peak provisional rating in the lower section.
PCC Annual Membership Meeting (January 27): The annual membership meeting elects the club’s board of directors for the current year and allows anyone to propose ideas on improving the club. This year’s meeting took place after the Game in 60. A number of club members and others attended the meeting which is quite unusual. Everyone on the board agreed to continue in their current position and no one else volunteered to be on the board so the board remains the same with Lennart Bjorksten as President, Micah Smith as Vice-President, Mike Morris as Treasurer and Secretary, Mike Janniro as Post 1, and Mike Hasuike as Post 2. The other main thing to come out of the meeting was that Mike Lilly proposed and will be leading an effort to bring a national event to the Portland area.
Tuesday Quads (January 9-30): This months edition was run by Mike Morris and started a week later than usual due to his availability. It got a nice turnout of twelve players and was split into three quads. NM Jason Cigan and NM Lennart Bjorksten tied for first in quad 1 with 2/3. Jason won their matchup in round 3. David Murray swept quad 2 with a perfect 3-0. Arliss Dietz and Chad Lykins tied for first in quad 3 with 2/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. Nick Major added around 35 points to his provisional rating in quad 3. Note that starting next month, the on-site registration time is going back to 7:15-7:30pm and the round times are going back to 7:30pm to accommodate those who can’t get to the club earlier.