Unrated Rapid (March 3): This is a new monthly PCC tournament started this month by Lennart Bjorksten. Lennart enjoyed playing in G/15 tournaments every week when he was growing up and wanted to bring this format to the PCC. It was decided the tournament would be unrated since almost no one cares about their US Chess quick rating and it prevents new and casual players from having to pay for US Chess membership and the club from paying a US Chess rating fee. The inaugural edition of this tournament was put on the 3rd since March 3-4 and 10-11 are the only weekends in March without another PCC tournament and the Chess for Success Championships, generally one of the two biggest scholastic tournaments in the state, are on March 9-10. There were eight players, including TD Lennart who played to make the numbers even. NM Jason Cigan finished first with 5.5/6 and won a book. Since there were four players rated over 2000 and four players rated under 1800, a book was also given to the top finisher under 1800 and this ended up being Havish Sripada, the lowest rated player in the field, who did very well with 3/6.
Sunday Quads (March 18): After being unable to run the Quad 45/Sunday Quads for the first time last month, Micah Smith was back to being the Chief TD this month and was assisted by Mike Hasuike. This month’s edition started the fifth year we have run the Quad 45/Sunday Quads tournament! There were sixteen players in four quads. We thank Sophie Beauchet, mother of Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet, for agreeing to play as a house player to make the numbers even. It was her first US Chess rated event. Abbie Wu and Zoey Tang tied for first in Quad 1 with 2/3, with Zoey winning their matchup in round 1. They both won books as well as medals as scholastic players who won their section with 2 points. David Roshu won Quad 2 with 2.5/3, winning a book, gaining around 45 rating points, and achieving a new peak rating. He was also eligible to choose a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5 points but declined. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet swept Quad 3 with a perfect 3-0, gaining around 70 rating points and winning a book as well as a trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with three points. Arnold Yang, who didn’t mind being in a Quad 3 with three much higher rated players, gained around 75 rating points. Ethan Brown, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, and Arthur Yang, tied for first in Quad 4 with 2/3, with Arthur winning their matchup in round 1. They both took medals and Arthur took a book while Ethan declined. Arthur also gained around 135 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Note that next month’s edition is on the fourth Sunday, April 22, a week later than usual.
Tuesday Quads (March 6-22): With Mike Morris busy with work, Mike Lilly stepped in to run this month’s edition. There were twelve players in three quads. For the second straight month, NM Mike Janniro swept the top quad with a perfect 3-0. David Murray and Brian Berger tied for first in quad 2 with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. Brian also gained around 75 rating points. Michael Kim swept quad 3 with a perfect 3-0, gaining around 125 rating points and achieving a new peak provisional rating.
Portland Spring Open (March 24-25): This year’s edition was run by Mike Janniro on the Saturday and Mike Hasuike on the Sunday. Mike Hasuike also played an extra game against a player who got a full point bye in the last round. Mike Lilly assisted on both days. At the Portland Winter Open last December, we conducted a survey to see if players would prefer a different format for our 2-day tournaments since with the current format for most of our two day tournaments, which had three 4-hour games on the Saturday and two 4-hour games on the Sunday, a lot of players were taking a half point bye for the third game on the Saturday, mainly because playing three 4-hour games in a day with little time off in-between the rounds is quite grueling. The feedback was overall in favor of having just two games on the Saturday and two on the Sunday so we decided to try this format for our four seasonal tournaments. With the reduction to four rounds, the number of half point byes allowed was reduced from two to one. With only two games on the Saturday, the schedule isn’t as tight which allows a long increment to be used with a lot lower probability of a long game disrupting the schedule. We decided to use G/90;inc30 and schedule the rounds at 10am and 2:45pm each day, which worked well at the Rose City Sectionals last year. Since a high proportion of games go around forty moves, G/90;inc30 gives more time for most games than the time control we were using, 40/90,SD/30;d10, without it being too grueling and still allows decent time off in-between the rounds. The reaction on the new format from players at the tournament was positive. This year’s edition got a good turnout of thirty-eight players. There were twenty-seven players in the Open section, with a lot of players playing up, and eleven in the Revere, U1800, section. Owen McCoy, from Eugene, swept the Open section with a perfect 4-0. He won $142.50 and got his rating to 2200 for the first time and thus receives the National Master title. As the top Oregon finisher, Owen also qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament (however, he certainly would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating and will very likely qualify for the higher level State Championship which runs alongside the Invitational). Ryan Richardson, Gavin Zhang, Jai Dayal, and Roshen Nair tied for second with 3/4. They split the second overall and 1st U2000 prizes, each winning $42.50. Roshen also gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Other big rating gains in the Open section were achieved by Hansen Lian (around 150 points and a new peak rating), Brian Berger (around 55 points), and Zoey Tang (around 50 points and a new peak rating). James Inman, from Idaho, and Austin Tang tied for first in the Reserve section with 3.5/4. They drew their matchup in round 3. They split the first and second place prizes, each winning $83.25. Austin also gained around 45 rating points. Fedor Semenov and Nikhil Samudrala split the 1st U1600 and 1st U1400 prizes with 3/4, each winning $47.50. Nikhil also gained around 145 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Luke Wei, from Idaho, won the 1st U1200/unrated prize of $47.50 with 2/4. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Jacob Magers.
Game in 60 (March 31): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Geoff Kenway. Geoff also played in the event while Mike played an extra game against a player who received a full point bye. It got a good turnout of twenty-nine players. With the number of players, it was run in one section. NM Matt Zaortink swept the field with a perfect 4-0 and won $87. Roshen Nair and Michael Moore, from Corvallis, tied for second with 3.5/4. They split the second and third place prizes, each winning $50.75. Brian Berger won the 1st U1800/unrated prize of $50.75 with 3/4. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet won the 1st U1500/unrated prize with 2.5/4, wining $50.75 and gaining around 70 rating points. Other big rating gains and new peak ratings were achieved by Kyle Liu (around 85 rating points) and Henry Westlund (around 80 points). There were two players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Don Westlund and Gavin Brooks.