Penguin Extravaganza (May 5-6): This is a new annual tournament started by Isaac Vega. The Penguin is his favorite animal, hence the reason for “Penguin” in the name of the event. Isaac wanted to have a top section that did not allow lower rated players to play up so players in the top section would always get strong opposition. He also wanted to have a good number of rounds. We decided to have sections at 1700+ and U1700 and have six rounds at G/60;inc30 since there would likely be enough players for each section with this format, there currently aren’t any other local tournaments in the area with a 1700 section cutoff, and it allows three games to be played on each day at a decently long time control without it being too much. There also aren’t currently any other tournaments in the area with a time control that gives around ninety minutes total for each player. Isaac decided to use the “live” ratings for section eligibility, pairings, and prize eligibility. We decided to use the same entry fee and prize fund as the Portland Spring, Summer, and Winter Opens, which currently have an entry fee of $35 for non-PCC members and $25 for PCC members and a prize fund of $650 based on 40 players. We decided to have prizes for 1st, 2nd, 1st U2100 and 1st U1900 in the 1700+ section and 1st, 2nd, 1st U1500, and 1st U1300/unrated in the U1700 section since for the types of players we expected to come to the event, this would give most of them a decent shot at a prize. Isaac decided not to require state membership at the event since that can hurt attendance. We decided to NWSRS rated the tournament, in addition to rating it in US Chess, mainly as an extra incentive for scholastic players to play. It was decided the tournament would be in May as that is currently the only month without another multi-day weekend tournament locally. Twenty-five players played in the inaugural edition of this tournament. Since the turnout was a lot lower than the based on forty 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. This year’s edition was run by Isaac Vega, who also played in the event, and Micah Smith. We thank Sophie Beauchet, mother of Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet, for agreeing to play an extra unrated game against the player who received a full point bye in the first round of the U1700 section. FM Steven Breckenridge, whom Isaac encouraged to play, won the Premier (1700+) section with 5.5/6 and won $80. Karl Cosner finished second with 4/6 and won $65. Michael Moore, from Corvallis, David Murray, and Christopher Burris split the 1st U2100 and 1st U1900 prizes with 3.5/6, each winning $35. Christopher also gained around 70 rating points while David gained around 35 rating points. Havish Sripada won the Reserve (U1700) section with 4.5/6 and won $65. He also achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category title. Brian Berger, Jacob Hoglund, and Patrick Morrissey tied for second with 4/6. Brian and Jacob split the second place prize, each winning $25, while Patrick won the 1st U1500 prize of $35, gained around 140 rating points, and achieved a new peak rating. Egan Wong won the 1st U1300/unrated prize with 3.5/6, winning $35 and gaining around 45 rating points. Nick Major gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the U1700 section. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category title in the U1700 section.
Game in 60 (May 12): This month’s edition was two weeks earlier than usual to avoid competing with the Washington Open on the last Saturday in the month and from being on the same weekend as the Sunday Quads on the third weekend (putting the Sunday Quads on the second Sunday would have put it on Mothers Day) It was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Mike Morris and Geoff Kenway. Geoff also played in the event. Despite being only two weeks after the previous Game in 60, it 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. We thank Sophie Beauchet for agreeing to play an extra rated game against the two players who received a full point bye in the lower section. Steven Witt and Isaac Vega tied for first in the upper section with 3.5/4. They split the 1st and 2nd place prizes, each winning $66. Isaac also gained around 55 rating points. Brian Lee (from Napavine Wa, around an hour and a half north of Portland), James Nelson (from Albany), and Zoey Tang split the 1st U1800/unrated prize with 3/4, each taking home $16. James also gained around 100 rating points while Brian gained around 45 rating points and Zoey gained around 40 rating points. In the upper section, Abbie Wu and Kushal Pai both gained around 40 rating points and Abbie also achieved her 5th, 2nd Category norm and thus was awarded the 2nd Category title. Havish Sripada, Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet, and Cassandra Roshu tied for first in the lower section with 3.5/4. They split the 1st and 2nd place prizes, each winning $44. Pierre also gained around 85 rating points while Cassandra gained around 70 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Vimal Adiraju won the 1st U1200/unrated prize with 2/4, winning $48 and gaining around 190 rating points and achieving a new peak provisional rating. Egan Wong gained around 85 rating points in the lower section.
Unrated Rapid (May 19): This month’s edition was on the 19th to avoid competing with the Washington Open on the 26th and we thought it would be better to have the Unrated Rapid rather than the Game in 60 on the same weekend as the Sunday Quads since the unrated rapid doesn’t take as long, making it more likely players would play in both of the tournaments scheduled for this weekend, and it gets more players who don’t play in our other tournaments as often, making it less of an issue of scheduling it on the same weekend as another tournament. This month’s Unrated Rapid got a good turnout of twelve players, including TD Lennart Bjorksten who played to make the field even. Included in the field were five National Masters! NM Seth Talyansky, NM Matt Zavortink, and NM Craig Clawitter, who was visiting from California, tied for first with 4.5/6 and each won a book. Due to the spread in ratings, a book was also awarded to the top player under 2000, which turned out to be Isaac Vega with 4/6, and the top unrated player which turned out to be Sammy Davis with 3/6.
Sunday Quads (May 20): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Lilly. There were twelve players in three quads. Unfortunately two family members who wanted to avoid playing each other ended up in the lowest quad together. We usually put the family members in a group of five to seven, if the number of players isn’t divisible by four, or combine two quads to try and avoid family members from having to play each other but there were huge rating differences between the players in quads two and three that we felt it was better not to combine these two quads. Each quad was won with 2.5 points. Zoey Tang won quad 1, winning a book as well as a small trophy as a scholastic player who won her section with 2.5 points and gained around 55 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Havish Sripada won quad 2, winning a book and small trophy and gained around 35 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Havish has at least tied for first in all the PCC tournaments he has played in May as he also won the U1700 section of the Penguin Extravaganza and tied for first in the lower section of the Game in 60. Ishaan Kodarapu and David Kong tied for first in quad 3. They drew their matchup in round 3. They both won a book and a small trophy. Note that next month’s Sunday Quads is on the fourth Sunday in the month, June 24, a week later than usual.
Tuesday Quads (May 1-25): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris. There were twenty-three players which beats the July 2016 edition, which had twenty players, for record attendance at the Tuesday Quads! There were four quads and a seven player Swiss at the bottom. The group in the Swiss decided to play four rounds. Lennart Bjorksten won quad 1 with 2.5/3. Karl Cosner won quad 2 with 2.5/3. Laszlo Szalvay Jr swept quad 3 with a perfect 3-0 and gained around 85 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Gregory Markowski won quad 4 with 2.5/3. David Kim won the Swiss with 3.5/4 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). Nord Winnan finished second in the Swiss with 3/4 and gained around 75 rating points and achieved a new peak rating.