Oregon Class Championships (November 4-5): This year’s edition was held at the Portland Chess Club, sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation, and directed by Grisha Alpernas. This year ten second delay was used on the time control, which mitigates time pressure situations a lot better than the traditional five second delay does. There were thirty-five players. There weren’t enough players in Class C to have a separate section so it was combined with the U1400 section. The based on prize fund was separate for each section except with the Class C and the U1400 sections being combined, the prize fund for these two sections were combined and split evenly and there were prizes for the top three overall ($120-60-30) and the top three rated Under 1400 ($120-60-30). FM Steven Breckenridge won the eight player Master/Expert section with 4.5/5 and won $160. As the top Oregon finisher, Steven qualifies for the Oregon State Championship. However, he definitely would have qualified for the State Championship anyway based on rating. Ethan Wu, who was playing up a section, finished second with 3/5, winning $80 and getting his rating to 2000 for the first time. As the second highest finishing Oregon resident, Ethan qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament. However, he may have qualified for the Invitational anyway from the Fall Open and from his rating. NM Lennart Bjorksten, NM Phillip Seitzer, and Jai Dayal, who was playing up a section, tied for third with 2.5/5 and split the third place prize, each pocketing $14. Konner Feldman won the six player Class A (1800-1999) section with 3.5/5, despite playing up a section. Konner won $120, gained around 35 rating points, got his rating over 1800 for the first time, and achieved his 5th, 2nd category norm and thus was awarded the 2nd Category title. Sean O’Connell finished second with 3/5 and won $60. Andrea Botez and Roshen Nair, who was playing up a section, tied for third with 2.5/5 and split the third place prize, each pocketing $15. James Tsai won the nine player Class B (1600-1799) section with 4/5, winning $180, gaining around 65 rating points, and getting his rating over 1700 for the first time. Kushal Pai, who was playing up a section, finished second with 3.5/5, winning $90, gaining around 95 rating points, and achieving a new peak rating. Alan Rhoades, Abbie Wu, who was playing up a section, and Zoey Tang tied for third with 3/5. They split the third place prize, each pocketing $15. Zoey also gained around 35 rating points. Chad Lykins won the twelve player combined Class C (1400-1599) and U1400 section with 4/5, despite being one of the U1400 players. Chad won $120, gained around 105 rating points, and achieved a new peak rating. Mike Hasuike, Arliss Dietz, Ethan Zhang, Dashiel Shulman, and Austin Tang tied for second with 3/5. Mike and Arliss split the second and third overall prizes, each winning $45. Ethan, Dashiel, and Austin split the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd U1400 prizes, each winning $70. Ethan also gained around 80 rating points while Austin gained around 50 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. David Roshu gained around 50 rating points in the Class C/U1400 section.
Sunday Quads (November 12): This month’s Sunday Quads and Game in 60 were both moved up a week to avoid competing with the Washington Class Championships over Thanksgiving weekend. This month’s Sunday Quads was run by Micah Smith with assistance during registration from Isaac Vega, who also played in the event. There were sixteen players. Things worked out nicely in that we had an even number, didn’t have to figure out where to put a 5-7 player group, and didn’t have to adjust anything to try and avoid family members from having to play against each other. David Murray won quad 1 with 2.5/3 and won a book. Havish Sripada, Cassandra Roshu, and Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet tied for 1st in Quad 2 with 2/3. They all had one win and one loss against each other. They all won a book and a medal as scholastic players who won there section with 2 points. Pierre also gained around 85 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Cassandra gained around 45 points. Jimmy Dee swept quad 3 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and gaining around 65 rating points. William Nobles gained around 40 rating points in quad 3. Henry Westlund, Shashank Dewangan, who was playing in this first US Chess rated tournament, and Perry Rachmuth tied for first in quad 4 with 2/3. They all had one win and one loss against each other. They all won books and Henry and Perry also won medals as scholastic players.
Game in 60 (November 18): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance from Lennart Bjorksten. It got an excellent turnout of thirty-seven players, including a number of players from Reed College, and thus was split into an upper section with the top eighteen rated players and a lower section with the bottom nineteen rated players. LM Austen Green and NM Matt Zavortink tied for first in the upper section with 3.5/4. They drew their matchup in round 4. They split the first and second place prizes, each winning $66. Eric Erard won the 1st U1800/unrated prize of $48 with 2.5/4 and gained around 35 rating points. Raj Kodithyala gained around 65 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 a 2nd category norm as well). Fedor Semenov 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). Dylan Wong, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, swept the lower section with a perfect 4-0 and won $89. Markus Woltjer finished second with 3.5/4 and won $51. Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet won the 1st U1200/unrated prize of $51 with 3/4. Big rating gains and new peak ratings in the lower section were achieved by David Kong (around 150 points to his provisional rating) Riley Waugh (around 95 points to his provisional rating), and Kabir Muthu (around 40 points). There were three other players playing in there first US Chess rated tournament, Wyatt Mischler, Ben Wacker, and Mitch Burdorf.
Tuesday Quads (November 7-21): With Mike Morris out of town, Lennart Bjorksten stepped in to run this month’s Tuesday Quads. There were eight players split into two quads. Gunther Jacobi swept the upper quad with a perfect 3-0. All four of the players in the lower quad, Troy Pendergraft, Brian Berger, Gregory Markowski, and Hugo Hartig, tied for first with 1.5 (they each had one win, one draw, and one loss), a very rare occurrence in quads, despite the fact that ratings are often close in quads.