The 2015 Washington State Mini-Teams Championship will be held on Saturday, December 5th, in Bellingham. Read the Mini-Teams announcement here!
We finished the annual rollover for the new 2015-16 school year chess season. The grade code for each student has advanced to the next grade level.
And you can read about the highest-rated Washington Top Ten 2015-16 Students here.
We hope everyone has a terrific year in chess!
February 27-28, 2015, Issaquah High School, the stage is set for what’s bound to be one of the greatest State Team Championships this state has ever seen. 32 teams of 5 enter the field, the most we’ve seen in quite some time. Around 70 players enter the all comers field in addition! There were stories abound entering this event, what with Interlake, the top seed, finishing 2nd in KingCo to a Redmond squad led by Master twins Daniel and Samuel He. Young programs that debuted last year are making great strides to test their mettle in the field, like LaCenter and Othello, among others. A strong Ferndale senior squad winning Wesco yet again was poised to make a run. So many stories heading in, two days to decide it all.
The parity of the field was very real. Every match had fascinating games. Whatever the final results were, there were ebbs and flows and great resilience demonstrated. After the Friday rounds are complete, Lakeside A held the lead with 10/10, Interlake A was second with 9.5/10, Redmond third with 9/10, Ferndale A fourth with 8.5/10… the top four seeds holding their place nicely in the first few rounds. It was on Saturday in round 3 that top seed Interlake A demonstrated that they were clearly the best team in the State… facing Lakeside A, Interlake A methodically wore down Lakeside while showing great poise and resolve, winning the match 4.5-0.5. Thereafter, Interlake A beat Redmond 3-2 and Ferndale A by 5-0 to further cement their place as the best in WA in 2015. Bravo Interlake! Kudos on a job well done!
There were many stories in the rest of the field that merit mention, and while I’d love to highlight them all, in the interest of space, I’ll pick just a few. Interlake B ended up with the third best score in the event behind Interlake and Lakeside, a testament to Interlake’s incredible depth. Garfield A, though depleted by the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, proved their strength, narrowly edging Redmond for the 3rd place trophy. Sehome and Seattle Prep A both performed brilliantly to finish 6th and 7th respectively, well above their seeds. KingCo continued to showcase that they’re the best league in WA with all 8 of their teams finishing at least tied for a top 12 spot. Perhaps the coolest story of all, LaCenter, new to chess last year at State, last place last year, performed brilliantly, taking 15th place and tying for 11th!
In the Premier section of all comers, Steven H. of Newport, State Team Champion last year, took clear 1st with 5/5, edging teammate Sai B. (ultimately 4th on tiebreaks) in round 5. Eddie L. of Bellevue took 2nd, Eli W. of Lakeside 3rd, and Ryan T. of Lakeside 5th. In the Reserve section, Heon K. of Kamiak took clear 1st with 5/5, gaining a whopping 279 rating points in the process. Andy E. of Ferndale took 2nd with 4.5, and in a three way tie for 3rd with 4/5 were Tony C. of Othello, Brad H. of LaCenter, and Riley B. of Seattle Prep. Kudos to all the players on a job well done. Have a wonderful year ahead, and we look forward to seeing you at Mini Teams in December 2015!
WHSCA President 2014-15
|7||SEATTLE PREP A||14|
|8||INT. COMM. SCHOOL||14||TIE|
See the WA High School State Team Tournament games and ratings report on RatingsNW.
State Individual 2015 took place at Lakeside School in Seattle January 23-24. Over 90 players competed, with approximately 20 in the Championship, 20 in the Premier (U1600), and 50 in the Reserve (U1200).
The Reserve section, a field filled with Seattle Prep players, nearly 20 of them, saw lots of terrific games and new learning opportunities for players. Ultimately, Michael Patrick, of Seattle Prep, prevailed with a perfect 5/5!
The Premier section was very tightly contested with lots of draws and several close battles that ultimately proved decisive one way or the other. Ultimately it was Aidan O’Neill of Lakeside and Will Rianda of Ferndale who emerged at the top with 4/5 a piece (3 wins and 2 draws each, including 1 draw to each other). This brought us to the greatest spectacle in WA State Chess, the 3 minute 2 second delay speed playoff! Even that game was neck and neck until ultimately Aidan prevailed to take the title.
The Championship section, with a ticket to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions on the line, was one of the strongest fields we’ve ever seen, with 2 Master players, and several Experts headlining the field. Master sophomore twins Daniel He and Samuel He stayed on boards 1 and 2 for the majority of the tournament, demonstrating their strong play consistently. In round 3, Expert Freshman Noah Fields, from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, scored the upset on board 1 against Daniel! Entering round 4, Noah and Samuel were the only two perfect scores, and Noah scored the upset again on board 1 against Samuel! In the final round, Noah faced Senior Expert James Colasurdo of Olympia, a game which ultimately ended in a draw, securing the title of WA State High School Champion for Noah Fields with 4.5/5! The Master bros tied for 2nd with 4 points apiece. Kudos to all on a job well done.
Mini Teams 2014 saw 38 teams of 3 or 114 players competing at Interlake High School in Bellevue in an epic 5-round-Swiss tournament Saturday December 6. Students competed from middle and high schools all over Washington state.
Redmond, seeking to repeat, led by twin National Masters Daniel and Samuel He, once again took care of business, each finishing with perfect 5s to lead the Redmond team to 12.5/15 and the repeat championship!
Two other individuals scored perfect 5s on the day, namely Interlake board 1 Faris Gulamali and Skyline player Kevin Zhao! Other undefeated individuals were Sangeeta Dhingra, ICS board 1, Noah Yeo, Overlake board 1, only drawing each other in the final round, and Ferndale player Will Rianda.
Kudos to all on a great tournament! See report.
|1 – Redmond||12.5|
|2 – Skyline A||11.0||(41)|
|3 – Overlake||11.0||(40.5)|
|4 – Inglemoor A||10.5||(37)|
|5 – ICS||10.5||(36.5)|
|6 – Issaquah A||10.5||(35.5)|
|7 – Heritage Christian||10.0|
|8 – Lakeside||9.5||(40.5)|
|9 – Interlake Saints||9.5||(33)|
|10 – Interlake Dawgs||9.0||(37)|
|11 – Seattle Country Day||9.0||(33.5)|
|12 – Ferndale A||8.5||(37.5)|
|13 – Seattle Prep A||8.5||(37)|
|14 – Sehome||8.5||(36.5)|
Also, medals went to all 5-0 scoring players. This included:
1st board: Daniel He (Redmond)
1st board: Faris Gulamali (Interlake Saints)
2nd board: Samuel He (Redmond)
3rd board: Kevin Zhao (Skyline A)
The 2014 State Team Championship occurred on Feb 28 – Mar 1 at Issaquah High School in Washington State. I published a slideshow of more than 180 photos for your enjoyment, download, sharing, yearbooks and newspaper articles.
Congratulations to our winners:
- Newport High School in first place!
- Lakeside School in second place by one-half point
- Interlake High School in third place.
|SEATTLE PREP A||56||11.5|
|SEATTLE PREP B||42.5||7.5|
You can see your new ratings from the State Championship Results here.
Barry Hansen firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 State Individual Championship was held on Jan 31 – Feb 1 at Bothell High School in Washington State.
Congratulations to our winners:
- Three-way tie for State Champion between James Colasurdo, Michael Wang and Samir Sen, all scoring 4.0 points. This will be resolved in a play-off session to be arranged.
- Premier section winner Max Dixon
- Reserve section winner Jim Kahle
Many thanks to our hard-working WHSCA volunteers for a smooth-running event!
Register now for the state Team Championship coming up soon on February 28 – March 1, 2014 at Issaquah High School.
Happy Holidays! For friends and relatives of high school chess players, this is a good time to think of ways you can help support your favorite chess player. Maybe there are some good books, some software for chess, an upgraded clock or other hardware suitable for Christmas!
Remember, the Washington High School State Individual Championship is coming soon on January 25-26. It will be held at Lakeside School in Seattle. Keep your eye on www.whsca.org for upcoming announcements and further details.
The Mini-Teams tournament is coming this weekend to Interlake High School. Please put a team together, or encourage individuals to register and we’ll put them on a team! Great experience for newcomers before they head into the new league season.
Register by Friday 3pm, 11-16-2012, by e-mail. See Mini-Teams announcement here.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Glad to help.
Best, Dave Ellinger, WHSCA
PS: State Individual: Jan 25-26
State Team: Feb 8-9