Oregon Class Championships (November 3-4): This year’s edition was sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation and run by Micah Smith with assistance at registration from Mike Morris and Lennart Bjorksten. Lennart also played in the event. Due to the DoubleTree Hotel not being available for the event, it was run at the Portland Chess Club. This year the format was changed to have two rounds on the first day instead of three, as many of the other tournaments in the area have done, so the first day wouldn’t be as grueling. It also allows a longer time control to be used on the first day without it being too much. The time control was changed to 40/90,SD/30;inc30, the time control currently used at most elite events but not currently used at any local tournament, since not many tournaments in the area currently use a (roughly) 5-hour time control (most of the 2-day tournaments currently use a roughly 4-hour time control) and we thought it would be good to have another tournament in the area that does. The thirty second increment was chosen because most players prefer increment to delay. The prize fund was raised to $2000 and made based on 50 players. Making the prize fund based on 50 players overall instead of based on 10 in each section like in the past makes it so a player in a higher section won’t win less money than a player who finishes in the same place in a lower section just because their section happened to get less players, as has happened in previous years. A U2200 prize was added in the Master/Expert (2000+) section and a U1200/unrated prize was added in the Class D and below (U1400) section. Also added were bonus prizes of free entry into next year’s Oregon Class Championships for any player who goes 4-0 and a trophy for scholastic players who score at least 2.5 (we had some nicer and bigger trophies for scholastic players who scored 3.5 or 4). The Northwest Chess online registration system was used to make the registration process easier for the TD’s. This year’s edition got forty-one players. We thank Maolong Tang for playing an extra rated game against the player who got a bye in round one in the Class C (1400-1599) section and Sophie Beauchet for playing an extra rated game against the player who got a bye in round three in the Class D and below section. NM Phil Seitzer won the eleven player Master/Expert (2000+) section with 3.5/4, winning $164 and qualifying for the Oregon State Championship. LM David Bragg, from the Seattle area, Roshen Nair, who was playing up from Class A, and Konner Feldman who was also playing up from Class A, tied for second with 2.5/4. They split the second and third overall and 1st U2200 prizes each winning $66.97. Roshen also qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament on tiebreaks (although he likely would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating). Roshen and Konner were also eligible to select a trophy and Roshen did so while Konner declined. Konner also gained around 35 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Roshen achieved his 5th, 1st category norm and thus was awarded the 1st Category title. Brent Baxter, from Olympia, won the five player Class A (1800-1999) section with 3.5/4 and won $164. Davey Jones, from Seattle and who was playing up from Class B, finished second with 3/4 and won $82. Kushal Pai, who was also playing up from Class B, finished third with 2/4 and won $57.40. William Holloran swept the eight player Class B (1600-1799) section with 4-0, winning $164 and free entry into next year’s Oregon Class Championships and gained around 85 rating points. Eric Erard finished second with 3/4, winning $82 and a trophy. Steve Buck, from Tacoma, and Yu-Cheng Liang, who was playing up from Class C, tied for third with 2/4, each winning $28.70. Larsen Winger, who was playing up from Class D, won the eleven player Class C (1400-1599) section with 3.5/4, winning $164 and gained 160 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Neena Feldman and Patrick Morrissey, who was playing up from Class D, tied for second with 3/4. They split the second and third place prizes, each winning $69.70. Neena was also eligible to select a trophy but declined. Patrick also gained around 75 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Neena gained around 65 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Felicity Wang won a trophy and achieved her 5th, 4th Category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category title. Cassandra Roshu and Gregory Post tied for first in the six player Class D and below (U1400) section with 3/4. They split the first and second place prizes, each winning $123. Cassandra was also eligible to select a trophy but declined. Gregory also gained around 85 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Nick Major, Victor Diego, and Sudarshan Gokul tied for third with 2/4. They split the third overall and 1st U1200/unrated prizes, each winning $39.64. Victor also gained around 35 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating.
Unrated Rapid (November 10): With Lennart Bjorksten unable to direct this month’s edition, Mike Morris stepped in to direct in addition to playing in the event. There were four players so it was run as a double round robin. Andrea Botez won with 5/6 and won a book.
Sunday Quads (November 18): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance from Mike Lilly. It got a good turnout of twenty-two players. Due to the spread in ratings, the Swiss of six was made up of the six lowest rated players. Konner Feldman and Zoey Tang tied for first in quad 1 with 2.5/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. They both won a book as well as a small trophy as scholastic players who won their section with 2.5 points, although Konner declined to take a small trophy. Austin Tang won quad 2 with 2.5/3 and won a book and small trophy and gained around 60 rating points. David Roshu swept quad 3 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book as well as a trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 3 points and gained around 60 rating points. Ryan Lu won quad 4 with 2.5/3 and won a book and small trophy and gained around 55 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Ishaan Rao swept the Swiss with a perfect 3-0 and won a book and trophy. Cassandra Roshu and Nesara Shree tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3. Nesara also gained around 215 rating points and achieved a new peak rating.
Tuesday Quads (November 6-20): This month’s edition was run by Mike Morris and had eight players in two quads. NM Jason Cigan won the upper quad with 2.5/3. Chad Lykins swept the lower quad with a perfect 3-0 and gained around 170 rating points and achieved a new peak rating.
Game in 60 (November 24): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance from Mike Lilly. There were nineteen players so it was run in one section. We thank Subramanyam Sripada for playing an extra rated game against his own daughter in round two, in which she received a full point bye (and he added around 45 points to his provisional rating in the process). Michael Moore, from Corvallis, finished first with 3.5/4 and won $60. Charles Smith, from Seattle, and Austin Tang tied for second with 3/4. They split the second overall and 1st U1800 prizes, each winning $38. Raj Kodithyala, Kushal Pai, Havish Sripada, and Brian Berger split the third place prize with 2.5/4, each pocketing $8. Brian also gained around 55 rating points. Egan Wong, Cassandra Roshu, Andrei Stancescu, and Anisha Sripada split the 1st U1500/unrated prize with 2/4, each pocketing $9. Andrei also gained around 155 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Cassandra gained around 65 rating points. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Jesse Mazur. Starting next month the Game in 60 will always have two sections at Open and U1650 since most players prefer two sections, players will know what the format is beforehand, and it allows players to play up (for a $5 play-up fee). The prize fund will be as follows: $300 based on 30 entries (any play-up fees are added to the prize fund and the prize fund is adjusted proportionally if there are a different number of players). Open section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1850/unrated-$35; U1650 section: 1st-$60, 2nd-$40, 1st U1450/unrated-$35, 1st U1250/unrated-$30.