68th Annual Oregon Open (September 1-3):
Unrated Rapid (September 8): This month’s edition was run by Lennart Bjorksten. There were five players so Lennart played to make the field even. Due to the Oregon State Championship and Invitational being rescheduled for September 14-16 and 22-23, unfortunately it forced this month’s Unrated Rapid had to be rescheduled from the 22nd to the 8th, five days after the Oregon Open finished and on the same weekend as the Sunday Quads. These were likely the reasons for the lower than usual attendance. Due to the attendance, the tournament was run as a round robin with five rounds instead of the usual Swiss with six rounds. FM Shunkai Peng finished first with 4.5/5 and won a book. Lennart was generous and also gave trophies to William Holloran, Havish Sripada, and Saahil Gupta for their performances.
Sunday Quads (September 9): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith and got sixteen players. This is a good turnout considering the tournament was six days after the Oregon Open finished (unfortunately the tournament had to be rescheduled from the 16th to the 9th due to the due to the Oregon State Championship and Invitational being rescheduled for September 14-16 and 22-23). Andrea Botez swept quad 1 with a perfect 3-0. She was eligible to choose a book as well as a trophy as a scholastic player who won her section with three points but declined. Austin Tang and Pierre-Hadrien Beauchet tied for first in quad 2 with 2/3. They drew their matchup in round 2. They each won a book as well as a medal as scholastic players who won their section with 2 points. Pierre also gained around 70 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Ishaan Rao, the lowest rated player in quad 3, swept it with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and trophy and gained around 185 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Andrei Stancescu swept quad 4 with a perfect 3-0, winning a book and trophy and gained around 90 rating points and achieved a new peak provisional rating.
Oregon State Championship and Invitational (September 14-16; 22-23): After the tournament was postponed from February 10-11 and 17-19 due to emergency circumstances, it was rescheduled to September 14-16 and 22-23 (with one round on the evening of Friday the 14th) as these two weekends were the ones that overall worked best in the schedule and for the TD’s running the tournament. This year’s tournament was played at the Portland Chess Club and sponsored by the Oregon Chess Federation. Mike Hasuike was the TD for the rounds one and nine, Greg Markowski did rounds two and three, Mike Lilly did rounds four and five, Mike Morris did rounds six and seven, and Dave Yoshinaga did round eight. Due to the TD’s not being FIDE arbiters, the tournament unfortunately was only US Chess rated and not also FIDE rated. NM Matt Zavortink and NM Owen McCoy tied for first in the Championship section with 7/9 (and no losses). Thew drew their matchup in round eight. For Matt, it’s the second straight year he has won the Oregon State Championship. For Owen, it was the first time he played in the Oregon State Championship and he ties Oleg Zaikov’s record from 2003 for being the youngest player (15 years old) to win the Championship. He also gained around 40 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. Matt and Owen split the 1st ($250) and 2nd ($100) place prizes, each winning $175 and they both get their name inscribed on the State Championship perpetual trophy. FM Shunkai Peng finished third with 5.5/9 and won $50. Ryan Richardson and Karl Cosner tied for first in the Invitational section with 6.5/9. They drew there matchup in round seven. They split the first ($125) and second ($50) place prizes, each winning $87.50. Ryan edges out Karl on tiebreaks and thus wins the seed into the Championship section next year. Karl also gained around 35 rating points. NM Steven Deeth and Roshen Nair tied for third with 6/9. They split the third place prize, each winning $12.50. Roshen also gained around 35 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. We thank Owen McCoy (from Eugene), Corey Russell (from Medford), Joshua Grabinsky (from Coquille), and Paul Shannon (from Bend) for making the long trip two weekends in a row to play in this tournament. See the games from the tournament here
Tuesday Quads (September 11-25): This month’s edition started a week later than usual to avoid starting the day after the Oregon Open finished. It was run by Mike Morris and got ten players. Due to the spread in rating, it was split into a quad with the four highest rated players and a Swiss among the other six players. Robert Tompkins won the quad with 2.5/3 and gained around 40 rating points. Abbie Wu and Brian Berger tied for first in the Swiss with 2.5/3. They drew their match-up in round three. Brian also gained around 50 rating points. Note that next month there are no Tuesday Quads due to the Portland Chess Club Championship.
Game in 60 (September 29): This month’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance from Mike Lilly. It got an excellent turnout of thirty-five players and was split into an upper section with the top seventeen players and a lower section with the bottom eighteen players. We thank Steve Surak and Subramanyam Sripada (father of Havish and Anisha) for each playing an extra rated game against a player who received a full point bye in the upper section. Raj Kodithyala won the upper section with 3.5/4, winning $80 and gaining around 75 rating points and achieving a new peak rating. Zoey Tang and Christopher Burris split the second overall and 1st U1800 prizes with 3/4, each winning $46. Christopher also gained around 85 rating points while Zoey gained around 55 points. In the upper section, Eric Erard achieved his 5th, 2nd category norm and thus was awarded the 2nd Category title. Ethan Zhang swept the lower section with a perfect 4-0, winning $84 and gaining around 45 rating points (his seventh US Chess rated tournament in a row where he has gained rating points) and achieving a new peak rating. Jerrold Richards finished second with 3.5/4, winning $48 and gaining around 85 rating points. Timm Distefano, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, won the $48 1st U1200/unrated prize with 2.5/4. Other big rating gains in the lower section were achieved by Maolong Tang (around 145 points and a new peak provisional rating), Tanay Arora (around 130 points and a new peak provisional rating), Zachary Song (around 120 points and a new peak rating), Ishaan Rao (around 70 points and a new peak rating), and Ishaan Kodarapu (around 40 points).