Penguin Extravaganza (May 4-5): This year the prize fund for the tournament was raised from $650 based on 40 to $1000 based on 40 and the tournament became a qualifier for the Challengers section of the Oregon Closed. This year’s edition was run by Isaac Vega, who also played in the event, and Micah Smith. We thank Subramanyam Sripada for playing an extra rated game against the players who received a full point bye in rounds two and six (and he gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the process!). FM Steven Breckenridge won the eleven player Premier (1700+) section with 5.5/6 and won $120. It is the second straight year Steven has won the Premier section at the Extravaganza. Zoey Tang, Omurbek Kobonov, and Ryan Lu tied for second with 3.5/6. They split the second overall, 1st U2100, and 1st U1900 prizes, each winning $80. On tiebreaks, Omurbek was the highest finishing Oregon resident and thus wins the seed into the Challengers section of the 2020 Oregon Closed (he likely already qualified from the Portland Spring Open (see the March 2019 archives) but his performance at the Extravaganza gets him in for sure). Ryan also gained around 70 rating points, achieved a new peak rating, and achieved his 5th, 3rd Category norm and thus was awarded the 3rd Category title (his performance was good enough that he achieved 2nd and 1st category norms as well). Omurbek also achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 3rd Category title (his performance was good enough that he achieved 3rd and 2nd category norms as well). Ishaan Kodarapu won the thirteen player Reserve (U1700) section with 5.5/6, winning $90, gaining around 190 rating points, and achieving a new peak rating. Andrey Li, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, and Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet tied for second with 4/6. They split the second overall and 1st U1300/unrated prizes, each winning $52.50. Chad Lykins won the 1st U1500 prize of $45 with 3.5/6. Big rating gains in the Reserve section were achieved by Pace Lykins (around 95 rating points and a new peak rating) and Ken Harry (around 45 rating points).
Game in 60 (May 11): This month’s edition was two weeks earlier than usual to avoid competing with the Washington Open on the last Saturday in the month (see the links page for more on the Washington Open and the Washington Chess Federation who sponsors and runs that tournament) 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 Jon Strohbehn, who also played in the event. Mike also played an extra-rated game in the Open section in round one to avoid a player from getting a full point bye. We thank Subramanyam Sripada for playing an extra rated game in the U1650 section in round one. Ryan Lu won the seven player Open section with 3.5/4 and won $36. Havish Sripada and Abbie Wu tied for second with 2.5/4. They split the second overall and 1st U1850/unrated prizes, each winning $23. Jacob Hoglund won the nine player U1650 ection with 3.5/4 and won $36. Nathan Zhou finished second with 3/4, winning $24 and adding around 50 points to his provisional rating. Saahil Gupta and Jason Jacobsen split the 1st U1450/unrated and 1st U1250/unrated prizes with 2.5/4, each winning $20. Jason also gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating.
Sunday Quads (May 19): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith. It got a good turnout of twenty-six players, tied with last month’s edition and the June 2018 edition for the highest turnout for the tournament since it moved from Saturday to Sunday in August of 2017. We thank Subramanyam Sripada for playing as a house player to make the field even (and he gained around 55 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating in the process!). The field was split into five quads and a 3-round, six player Swiss among the bottom six players. Ryan Lu won quad 1 with 2.5/3, a week after winning the Open section at the Game in 60. He won a book as well as a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5 points. Richard Maliszewski and Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet tied for first in quad 2 with 2/3. Richard won their matchup in round 2. They both won a book and Pierre also won a medal as a scholastic player who won his section with 2 points. Jacob Hoglund swept quad 3 with a perfect 3-0, a week after winning the U1650 section at the Game in 60, and won a book. Saahil Gupta swept quad 4 with a perfect 3-0, gaining around 85 rating points and winning a book as well as a trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 3 points. Arnold Yang won quad 5 with 2/3, winning a book and a medal. Nachiketh Narendran won the Swiss with 2.5/3, winning a book and a small trophy and gaining around 100 rating points and achieving a new peak provisional rating. Arthur Yang and Benjamin Giron tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3. Benjamin also gained around 100 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. There were two players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Saarthak Malakar and Koustav Mazumder. Note that next month’s Sunday Quads are on June 23, a week later than usual.
Tuesday Quads (May 7-28): With Mike Morris out of town at the beginning of the month, Lennart Bjorksten stepped in to run this month’s Tuesday Quads, in addition to playing in the event. There were ten players. Due to the spread in ratings, the field was split into a Swiss with the top six players and a quad with the bottom four players. The players in the Swiss decided to just play three rounds. Lennart Bjorksten swept the Swiss with a perfect 3-0. David Rosenbaum and Mark Ethan tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3. Mark also gained around 70 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while David also gained around 45 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Hugo Hartig won the quad with 2.5/3.