Tournament Reports

June 2018

Portland Summer Open (June 9-10): Starting with this year’s Portland Spring Open, we changed the format of our four seasonal tournaments to have two rounds per day at G/90;inc30 (see the Portland Spring Open report in the March 2018 archives for more on the new format and why we changed to this format). This year’s edition was run by Micah Smith. Mike Hasuike assisted all weekend long and Lennart Bjorksten assisted during registration in addition to playing in the event. There were thirty-three players. Included in the field was Ryan Velez from Kentucky, who is running for the US Chess executive board and happened to be in town (unfortunately he could only play on Saturday as he had a flight back home Sunday morning). We thank Sophie Beauchet for agreeing to play an extra rated game against the players who received a full point bye. FM Shunkai Peng swept the seventeen player Open section with a perfect 4-0 and won $123.75. As the top Oregon finisher, Shunkai also qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament (however, we will almost certainly qualify for the higher level State Championship which runs alongside the Invitational). LM Carl Haessler and Jerry Sherrard tied for second with 3/4. They split the second place prize, each winning $41.25. Moshe Rachmuth and Andrea Botez split the 1st U2000 prize with 2.5/4, each winning $31. Ari Bluffstone gained around 35 rating points and achieved his 5th, 2nd category norm and thus was awarded the 2nd Category title. Saahil Gupta gained around 150 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Jon Strohbehn won the sixteen player Reserve (U1800) section with 3.5/4, winning $82.50 and gaining around 80 rating points. David Roshu and Egan Wong tied for second with 3/4. They split the second overall and 1st U1600 prizes, each winning $51.75. Egan also gained around 110 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). Jerrold Richards and Ishaan Kodarapu split the 1st U1400 and 1st U1200/unrated prizes with 2/4, each winning $41.25. Ishaan also gained around 145 rating points and achieved a new peak rating.

Unrated Rapid (June 16): This month’s edition was run by Lennart Bjorksten and got a good turnout of twelve players. Dubier Matos Castillo swept the field with a perfect 6-0 and won a book. Due to the spread in ratings, a book was also awarded to the top player rated under 1600 or unrated, which turned out to be Lucas Baker with 3.5/6, and the top player rated under 1000 or unrated, which turned out to be Prajna Sripathi with 2/6. Note that next month there is the Portland Rapid Championship in place of the Unrated Rapid.

Sunday Quads (June 24): This month’s edition was a week later than usual to avoid being on Father’s Day. It was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Hasuike and got an excellent turnout of twenty-six players, the most we’ve had since moving the tournament from Saturday to Sunday. Due to the number of players there had to be a group of six and due to there being five unrated players, the group of six was put at the bottom. William Holloran swept quad 1 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and achieving a new peak rating. James Tsai and Arliss Dietz tied for first in quad 2 with 2/3, with Arliss winning their matchup in round 3. They both won a book. Arlo Maslen and Daniel Anderson tied for first in quad 3 with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 3. They both won a book as well as a small trophy as scholastic players who won their section with 2.5 points. Daniel also gained around 50 rating points. Tanay Arora, a scholastic player who just moved to the area from Arizona, and Arnold Yang tied for first in quad 4 with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 1. They both won a book as well as a small trophy. Arnold also gained around 100 rating points while Tanay gained around 85 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Nesara Shree swept quad 5 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and a trophy as a scholastic player who won her section with 3 points. She also added around 50 points to her provisional rating. Arthur Yang gained around 40 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in quad 5. Todd Anderson swept the Swiss with a perfect 3-0 and won a book. Son Le and Sammy Davis tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3. In addition to Todd, Son, and Sammy, there were two other players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Jacob Boxer and Peter Merbach.

Tuesday Quads (June 5-26): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and got a great turnout of seventeen players. It was split into three quads and a group of five among the five lowest rated players. The group of five decided to play five rounds, with each player getting a bye for one of the rounds. NM Lennart Bjorksten won quad 1 with 2.5/3. Karl Cosner and Robert Tompkins tied for first in quad 2 with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. Robert also gained around 35 rating points. Arliss Dietz and Nord Winnan tied for first in quad 3 with 2/3, with Arliss winning their matchup in round 3. Nord also gained around 55 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. John Hornickle and Arnold Yang tied for first in the five player section with 4/5, with Arnold winning their matchup in round 2. Arnold also gained around 130 rating points. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Aran Graham. Note that next month’s Tuesday Quads starts on July 10, a week later than usual.

Game in 60 (June 30): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Jon Strohbehn, who also played in the event. It got a great turnout of thirty-three players and was split into a seventeen players upper section and a sixteen player lower section. We thank Sophie Beauchet for playing an extra rated game against two of the players who received a full point bye. FM Nick Raptis won the upper section with 3.5/4 and won $79.50. LM Carl Haessler and David Roshu tied for second with 3/4. They split the second overall and 1st U1800/unrated prizes, each winning $45.50. David also gained around 135 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Brian Lee gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the upper section. Jon Strohbehn swept the lower section with a perfect 4-0, winning $74.75 and gaining around 85 rating points. James Tsai, Austin Tang, and Cassandra Roshu tied for second with 3/4. They split the second place prize, each taking home $14.25. Lucas Baker won the 1st U1200/unrated prize of $42.75 with 2/4 and added around 215 points to his provisional rating. Vimal Adiraju gained around 125 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the lower section. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Mark Roybal.