2018 HS State Individual

Hi Everyone,

The 2018 HS State Individual Tournament announcement is up and ready to go:

Flyer: nwchess.com/calendar/2018 HS State Individual.pdf (PDF

Registration: nwchess.com/OnlineRegistration/roster.php?tournamentid=257

Register early before the price goes up after Jan 19th, 2018.

Thanks, Josh Sinanan
WCF President

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Upcoming Tournaments by WHSCA

Hello high school chess club advisors and coaches,

Here are the three big State dates for 2017-2018:

State Mini-Teams Championship returns to the greater Seattle area on December 2, 2017, at Interlake High School. Team events are fun events, so bring the entire squad. Inform the middle school players in your district that they are also welcome to attend.

2018 Washington State High School Individual Championship (directed by the WCF) will not be held at Lakeside this year. Rather, Inglemoor High School will host the tourney on January 26-27. Three sections – HS players of all abilities welcome.

2018 State HS Team Championship will take place on March 2-3, 2018. We await site confirmation from Issaquah HS.

Look for updates and registration information at the WHSCA website as it becomes available.

Best regards,
Randy Kaech, for WHSCA
www.whsca.org

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Vacation in May 2017

Please note, Kirk Winges is on vacation May 3 – 24, 2017. No chess tournaments will be rated during this time, and everyone’s NWSRS chess ratings will remain unchanged.

Tournament Directors should continue sending tournament reports as usual. No events will be lost; everything will be rated upon Kirk’s return from vacation.

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Individual Championship Jan 27-28

Dear Washington High School Chess Players,

The Washington State High School Individual Championship is coming up January 27-28, 2017 at Lakeside School in Seattle. The tournament is open to all WA State high school students. Read more in this flyer .

Hope to see you there!
Best Regards,
Josh Sinanan
President, Washington Chess Federation

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Annual Rollover Complete

The annual rollover to the new 2016-17 chess season is complete, thanks to Kirk Winges and his band of merry men.

Here are some new web pages of interest:

Good luck and have fun in the new Pacific Northwest chess season!
Barry Hansen

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Mini-Teams Dec 5th

The 2015 Washington State Mini-Teams Championship will be held on Saturday, December 5th, in Bellingham. Read the Mini-Teams announcement here!

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New Season 2015-16

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.

For last year’s tournaments (2014-15 and earlier) see the Oregon archives here and Washington archives here.

We hope everyone has a terrific year in chess!

Kirk Winges
Barry Hansen

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2015 State Team Championship

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!

Siva Sankrithi
WHSCA President 2014-15

Place Team Points
1 INTERLAKE A 22
2 LAKESIDE A 18.5
INTERLAKE B 17.5
3 GARFIELD A 16.5
4 REDMOND HS 16
5 OVERLAKE 14.5
6 SEHOME 14.5 TIE
7 SEATTLE PREP A 14
8 INT. COMM. SCHOOL 14 TIE
LAKESIDE B 14 TIE
9 FERNDALE A 13.5
10 EASTLAKE 13.5 TIE
11 INGRAHAM 13
12 BELLEVUE 13 TIE
FERNDALE B 13 TIE
13 ISSAQUAH 13 TIE
14 SNOHOMISH 13 TIE
15 LA CENTER 13 TIE
16 OTHELLO A 12.5
17 BLAINE 12.5 TIE
18 KAMIAK 12
19 ROOSEVELT 11.5
23 OTHELLO B 11.5 TIE
20 MARINER 10.5
21 AUBURN-RIVERSIDE 10
GARFIELD B 10 TIE
22 MERIDIAN 10 TIE
23 DECATUR 8
24 O’DEA 7.5
25 SQUALICUM A 7.5 TIE
26 MABTON 6
SQUALICUM B 4

See the WA High School State Team Tournament games and ratings report on RatingsNW.

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2015 State Individual Championship

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.

Siva Sankrithi

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Mini-Teams, Dec 2014

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.

Siva Sankrithi

Final Standings Points Tiebreak
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)

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