4th Annual Rose City Sectionals (July 7-8): This year the sections were changed from Open, U1900, U1700, U1500, and U1300 to Open, U1900, U1600, U1300 due to the middle three sections not always getting enough players for reasonably sized sections. Due to this the prize distribution was also adjusted and improved as well. This year’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance at registration from Lennart Bjorksten and Geoff Kenway, both of whom also played in the event. It originally got an excellent turnout of forty-eight players. Due to the turnout Mike Lilly came in as a regular player on Sunday, and played in the Open section due to that section having an odd number of players for the rounds on Sunday, and Sophie Beauchet played as a house player in the U1300 section on Sunday to make it fifty. With fifty players, the tournament counts towards the experience requirements necessary for Micah Smith to advance from a Local to Senior US Chess TD, which would allow him to be the Chief TD of FIDE rated tournaments in the US and larger US Chess rated tournaments. NM Owen McCoy, from Eugene, won the twelve player Open section with 3.5/4 and won $185. He was also eligible to choose a trophy as a scholastic player who scored at least 2.5 but declined. This is the second 2-day PCC tournament Owen has won this year as he also won the Portland Spring Open (see the March 2018 archives). NM Phillip Seitzer and Konner Feldman, who was playing up from the U1900 section, tied for second with 3/4. They split the second and third place prizes, each winning $95. Konner was also eligible to choose a trophy but declined. Konner also gained around 35 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Ryan Richardson won the 1st U2050/unrated prize of $75 with 2.5/4. David Bannon, from Alsea, OR (around two hours south of Portland), swept the fourteen player U1900 section with a perfect 4-0, winning $160, the perfect score bonus prize of a $35 discount into next year’s Rose City Sectionals, and gained around 35 rating points and got his rating over 1900 for the first time. Duncan Soiffer, who was playing up from the U1600 section, finished second with 3/4, winning $100 and a trophy and gained around 105 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. David Murray, Christopher Burris, Austin Tang, who was playing up from the U1600 section, and Yu-Cheng Liang, who was also playing up from the U1600 section, tied for third with 2.5/4. They split the 3rd overall and 1st U1750/unrated prizes, each taking home $32.50. Austin and Yu-Cheng also won trophies. Austin also gained around 80 rating point and achieved a new peak rating. Jerrold Richards, from Lyle, WA, over an hour east or Portland, swept the fourteen player U1600 section with a perfect 4-0, winning $140, the perfect score bonus prize, and gained around 210 rating points. Neena Feldman and Patrick Morrissey, who was playing up from the U1300 section, tied for second with 3/4. They split the second and third place prizes, each winning $75. Neena was also eligible to choose a trophy but declined. Patrick also gained 205 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Neena gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Egan Wong, Nikhil Samudrala, and Geoff Kenway split the 1st U1450/unrated prize with 2/4, each taking home $20. Lucas Baker swept the ten player U1300 section with a perfect 4-0, winning $120, the perfect score bonus prize, and gained around 340 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Sammy Davis and Tanay Arora tied for second with 3/4. They split the second and third place prizes, each winning $67.50. Tanay also won a trophy, gained around 55 rating points, and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Vimal Adiraju and Arthur Yang split the 1st U1150/unrated prize with 2/4, each taking home $27.50. Paul Maslen gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the U1300 section. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Oscar Nelson from Astoria.
Sunday Quads (July 15): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Hasuike. There were fourteen players. Due to the turnout, there had to be a six-player Swiss and this was made up of the six highest rated players to try and avoid siblings Zoey and Austin Tang from having to play each other (although they ended up playing each other in the third round since they were the only ones at 2-0). Zoey Tang and Austin Tang drew there matchup in round three after a tough fight and tied for first in the Swiss with 2.5/3. They both won a book as well as a small trophy as scholastic players who won their section with 2.5 points. Austin also gained rating points in his 6th straight US Chess rated tournament, this time gaining around 90 points and achieving a new peak rating. David Ma and Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet tied for first in quad 1 with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round three. They both selected a book and Pierre also selected a small trophy while David declined. Pierre also gained around 105 rating points while David gained around 55 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Lucas Baker swept quad 2 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and adding around 130 points to his provisional rating and achieving a new peak rating. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Derek Heath.
Portland Rapid and Blitz Championships (July 21): This is the third year we have run these tournaments. There was no “Unrated Rapid” tournament in July due to the Rapid Championship. This year it was decided that these tournaments wouldn’t be rated since almost no one cares about their US Chess quick and blitz ratings, it prevents new and casual players from having to pay for US Chess membership and the club from paying US Chess rating fees, and the money saved on the rating fee allows the prize funds to be increased. The Rapid was expanded from five to six rounds to match the format of the Unrated Rapid and due to this the blitz was reduced from a nine round double Swiss to an eight round double Swiss so the day wouldn’t be as long. This year’s edition was run by Micah Smith. Due to the turnout for each tournament being lower than the based on twenty prize fund, each prize was reduced proportionally but then rounded up to end in a zero or five to make each prize a little bigger and so we wouldn’t have to give out any weird amounts of money. There were fourteen players in the Rapid, the most we’ve had so far. NM Ralf Schnabel finished first with 5/6 and won $50. Ralf and his family were visiting from Germany and he and his two kids played in both tournaments. Bennett Schnabel finished second with 4.5/6 and won $35. Luise Schnabel and Dubier Matos Castillo split the 1st U2000 and 1st U1800 prizes with 4/6, each winning $25. Sammy Davis and Mark Fudalla, split the 1st U1600 and 1st U1400 prizes with 3/6, each winning $20. Ian Fudalla brought his brothers Mark and Stephen to the tournament. There were twelve players in the blitz, seven of whom had played in the rapid. NM Ralf Schnabel also won the blitz, going 13/16 and winning $40. NM David Koval, who plans on returning to tournament play after around a twelve year absence, finished second with 11.5/16 and won $30. Ben Lin and Ramanthan RM split the 1st U2100 and 1st U1900 prizes, each winning $20. Sammy Davis won the 1st U1700 prize of $15 and Alasdair Crawford won the 1st U1500 prize of $15.
Game in 60 (July 28): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Jon Strohbehn, who also played in the event. There were twenty-eight players so it was run in one section. Notably absent from the event was regular Brian Berger. We thank Sophie Beauchet for playing an extra rated game against the player who received a full point bye. Isaac Vega swept the field with a perfect 4-0, winning $84, gaining around 55 rating points, and achieving the 1st Category title through earning his 5th, 1st Category norm. Kushal Pai finished second with 3.5/4, winning $56, gaining around 75 rating points, and achieving a new peak rating. Michael Moore (from Corvallis), David Murray, Zoey Tang, Jack McClain (from Eugene), and Abbie Wu tied for third with 3/4. They split the third overall and 1st U1800/unrated prize, each taking home $18.25. Jack also gained around 80 rating points. Yu-Cheng Liang won the 1st U1500/unrated prize of $49 with 2.5/4. He also gained around 40 rating points and achieved a new peak rating and has now gained rating points in his last seven US Chess rated events. Other big rating gains and new peak ratings were achieved by Nick Major (around 140 points) and Ishaan Kodarapu (around 45 points). There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, David Sha.
Tuesday Quads (July 10-31): This month’s edition started a week later than usual to avoid starting on the night before the 4th of July. It was run by Mike Morris and got a good turnout of twelve players. The bottom two quads were combined into an eight player Swiss and they decided to play four rounds with there being four available Tuesdays in July. Ryan Richardson won the quad with 2.5/3. Robert Tompkins gained around 45 rating points in the quad. Brian Berger won the Swiss with 3/4. Richard Harnden, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, and Nick Major, who gained around 105 rating points and achieved a new peak rating, tied for second in the Swiss with 2.5/4.