Portland Summer Open (June 10-11): This year’s edition was run by Mike Hasuike with assistance from Lennart Bjorksten, who also played in the event, and Mike Lilly. It was Mike Hasuike’s first tournament as Chief TD after having assisted at tournaments around the last six months. Mike also played an extra game against two of the players who received byes. The tournament got an excellent turnout of fifty players, tied with the 2005 edition for record attendance at the Portland Summer Open! IM Ray Kaufman, from Stanwood (an hour north of the Seattle area), won the twenty-eight player Open section with 4.5/5 and won $187.50. Joshua Grabinsky, from Coquille, finished second with 4/5 and won $125. As the top Oregon finisher, Joshua qualifies for the Oregon Invitational Tournament (however, he definitely would have qualified for the Invitational anyway based on rating). Moshe Rachmuth and Kian Patel split the U2000 prize with 3.5/5, each winning $47. Moshe also achieved his 5th, 1st category norm and thus was awarded the 1st Category title while Kian gained around 65 rating points. Michael Olson gained around 80 rating points in the Open section. Kushal Pai and James Wei, from Idaho, tied for first in the twenty-two player Reserve (U1800) section with 4/5. Kushal won their match-up in round 3. They split the first and second place prizes, each winning $109.50. James also also achieved his 5th, 4th category norm and thus was awarded the 4th Category title. Raj Kodithyala and Kabir Muthu split the U1600 and U1400 prizes with 3.5/5, each winning $62.50. They drew their match-up in round 5. Kabir gained around 280(!) rating points while Raj gained around 50 rating points, good enough for both of these players to achieve new peak ratings. Dennis Peterson won the U1200/unrated prize of $62.50 with 3/5 and gained around 160 rating points. Other big rating gains in the Reserve section were achieved by Christopher Morrissey (around 155 points to his provisional rating and a new peak rating), Jordan Henderson (around 90 points), David Roshu (around 80 points), and Austin Tang (around 70 points and a new peak rating). There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Kavish Patel.
Quad 45 (June 17): This month’s edition was run by Micah Smith with assistance at registration from Thomas Rolfs, who also played in the event. There were twenty-four players. We thank Subramanyam Sripada, father of Havish Sripada, for agreeing to play as a house player to make the numbers even and avoid byes. It was his first US Chess rated tournament. The bottom two quads were combined into an eight player, 3-round Swiss to try and avoid some family members from having to play against each other. Due to the bottom two quads being combined, the top two finishers both win the $10 discounted entry, a book, and a trophy or medal if they are a scholastic player. Roshen Nair won quad 1 with 2.5/3. Quad 1 happened to have the four players in the field who were rated in the 1700’s. Roshen gained around 50 rating points, enough to achieve a new peak rating, and won a book and a small trophy as a scholastic player who won his section with 2.5. A week after tying for first in the Reserve (U1800) section at the Portland Summer Open, Kushal Pai won quad 2 with 2.5/3. All four players in quad 2 happened to be rated in the 1500’s. Kushal gained around 40 rating points and won a book and a small trophy. Brian Berger and Ian Fudalla tied for first in quad 3 with 2.5/3. They drew their match-up in round 3. Ian also gained around 50 rating points, more than enough to achieve a new peak rating. Brian and Ian both declined to take a book. David Ma and David Roshu tied for first in quad 4 with 2.5/3. They drew their match-up in round 3. They both won a book and a small trophy. Patrick Morrissey won the Swiss with a perfect 3-0. He gained around 80 rating points, more than enough to achieve a new peak established rating, and won a book. Thomas Rolfs, Havish Sripada, and Arlo Maslen tied for second in the Swiss with 2/3. They all won a book and Havish and Arlo also won medals as scholastic players who finished second with 2 points. We also round the $10 discounted entry prize that they split three ways up to $3.50. Chad Lykins added around 50 points to his provisional rating in the Swiss.
Game in 60 (June 24): This month’s edition was run by Danny Phipps with assistance from Lennart Bjorksten. It was Danny’s first tournament as Chief TD after having assisted at tournaments around the last year. There were twenty-two players so the tournament was run in one section. NM Matt Zavortink swept the field with a perfect 4-0 and won $66. NM Jason Cigan, NM Benedict Smail, Jai Dayal, and Moshe Rachmuth tied for second with 3/4. They split the second and third place prizes, each winning $19.25. Roshen Nair, Christopher Burris, and James Grehan split the U1800/unrated prize with 2.5/4, each taking home $12.83. James, who was playing in his first US Chess rated tournament in around ten years, also gained around 55 rating points and got his rating over 1600 for the first time. Abbie Wu, Sinan Grehan, and Arlo Maslen split the U1500/unrated prize with 2/4, each taking home $12.83. Arlo gained around 100 rating points and achieved a new peak rating while Abbie gained around 60 rating points. Perry Rachmuth gained around 140 rating points and achieved a new peak rating. There was one player playing in his first US Chess rated tournament, Nick Major.