Unrated Rapid (October 6): With Lennart Bjorksten out of town, Mike Lilly stepped in to run this month’s Unrated Rapid. There were six players and the players decided to have the tournament run as a round robin with five rounds instead of the usual Swiss with six rounds. NM Jason Cigan topped the field with 4.5/5. Justin Brockman finished second with 4/5 and showed he is a lot better now than his old rating of 1681, from seventeen years ago when he was a kid, indicates. Mike was generous and awarded a book to everyone who played.
National Chess Day-Portland Fall Open (October 13-14): This year’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Mike Lilly and got a good turnout of thirty-eight players. Mike Hasuike also played an extra rated game against the two players who received a full point bye in the Open section and Sophie Beauchet played an extra rated game against the two players who received a full point bye in the Reserve section. Starting with this year’s Portland Spring Open, we changed the format of our four seasonal tournaments to have two rounds per day at G/90;inc30 (see the Portland Spring Open report in the March 2018 archives for more on the new format and why we changed to this format. FM Steven Breckenridge and NM Joshua Grabinsky, from Coquille, tied for first in the eighteen player Open section with 3.5/4. They drew their match-up in round four. They split the first and second place prizes, each winning $203. Omurbek Kobonov, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, won the 1st U2000 prize of $95 with 3/4. Zoey Tang gained around forty rating points and achieved a new peak rating in the Open section. Eric Erard won the twenty player Reserve (U1800) section with 3.5/4 and won $143. Austin Tang, Greg Markowski, Ethan Zhang, Egan Wong, and Adhith Srikanth tied for second with 3/4. They split the second overall and 1st U1600 prizes, each winning $34. Adhith also gained around 45 rating points. Jerrold Richards, from Lyle, WA, around 75 miles east of Portland, Ishaan Kodarapu, Arnold Yang, and Riley Jones, from Coquille, split the 1st U1400 and 1st U1200/unrated prizes with 2/4, each winning $36. Riley also gained around 140 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. There were two other players playing in their first US Chess rated tournament, Victor Diego and Athmay Anantha.
Sunday Quads (October 21): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith. It got a good turnout of nineteen regular players and two house players. It was split into four quads and a Swiss among the bottom three regular players and the two house players (The house players were Malli Chilakala, father of Arnav Chilakala, who played round one (which was his first US Chess rated game) and Sophie Beauchet who played rounds two and three (and gained around 45 rating points). Zoey Tang won quad 1 with 2.5/3 and won a book as well as a small trophy as a scholastic player who won her section with 2.5 points. Egan Wong won quad 2 with 2.5/3 and won a book and small trophy and gained around 70 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Nick Major swept quad 3 with a perfect 3-0 and won a book and gained around 40 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Mark Wang swept quad 4 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 80 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating. Andy (Shengdong) Li, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, swept the Swiss with a perfect 3-0 and won a book and trophy. There was one other player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Arnav Chilakala.
Game in 60 (October 27): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance at registration from Brian Berger, who also played in the event. There were twenty-six players so it was run in one section. We thank Subramanyam Sripada, father of Havish, for playing an extra rated game against the player who got a full point bye in the first round. Zoey Tang, Isaac Vega, Raj Kodithyala, and Austin Tang tied for first with 3.5/4. Zoey and Isaac drew against each other in round three and so did and Raj and Austin. They split the first, second, third, and 1st U1800 prizes, each winning $54. Austin also gained around 120 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Egan Wong, Ishaan Rao, Maolong Tang, Mark Wang, and Victor Diego split the 1st U1500/unrated prize with 2/4, each taking home $10. Victor also gained around 285 provisional rating points, Maolong gained around 90 provisional rating points, Mark gained around 85 provisional rating points, Ishaan gained around 65 rating points, and Egan gained around 40 rating points. These gains were enough for all of these players to achieve new peak ratings. Andrei Stancescu gained around 85 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Havish Sripada achieved his 5th, 3rd Category norm and Yu-Cheng Liang achieved his 5th, 4th Category norm and thus they were awarded the 4th and 3rd Category titles, respectively.
Portland Chess Club Championship (October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30): The annual Portland Chess Club Championship, which is open to all PCC members, usually takes place in October (sometimes starting the last Tuesday in September if there are only four Tuesdays in October) in place of the Tuesday Quads. With Mike Morris out of town for much of October, Mike Lilly and Greg Markowski stepped in to run this year’s Club Championship in addition to playing in the event. This year the delay on the time control was expanded from five to ten seconds, which helps mitigate time pressure situations better. The TD’s also required all the games to be played on Tuesday. The standard start time was 7:30pm but by agreement players could schedule their game in rounds 2-5 as early as 6pm. This year’s edition got a good turnout of seventeen players. NM Jason Cigan and NM Mike Janniro tied for first with 4/5, with Mike winning their matchup in round 2. This is the second year in a row Jason has at least tied for first in the Club Championship. Jason and Mike split the $50 first place prize and both get their name inscribed on the Club Champions Plaque. Abbie Wu and Brian Berger split the 1st U1800/unrated prize of $25 with 3/5. Brian also gained around 50 rating points. Chad Lykins gained around 45 rating points while Nord Winnan gained around 35 rating points.