Monthly Archives: February 2012

Online Registration For State Championship Is Open

Online registration for the 7th Annual OSCF State Chess Championships is open. Check the list of players who have qualified and are invited to the event. We are expecting 300 players for the main event on Saturday, April 28 in Seaside, Oregon. Registering early will help us plan the event to make it the most fun yet.

Play will be divided into sections by age (high school, middle school, elementary school, and primary schoo) and rating. “Grand Champion” titles and large trophy cups will be awarded to winners in the top section in each grade.

ATTN: Middle School Players

NEW THIS YEAR: Winner of the Middle School Open section will earn the honor to represent Oregon in the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions this summer. The Barber is the most prestigious K-8 tournament in the nation, with each state sending only ONE player to the tournament. This year the event is in nearby Vancouver, Washington, just across the bridge from Portland.

In addition to being the most prestigious, the Barber is generously sponsored by Dewain Barber, The U.S. Chess Trust, The United States Chess Federation, Dwight Barber, and American Chess Equipment, Inc., and there are the following, exceptional perks:

  • zero entry fee
  • travel expenses paid
  • half-price entry to the US Open, also in Vancouver, just after the Barber (regular entry fee is around $150)
  • $2200 in scholarships awarded to top finishers

ATTN: High School Players

AGAIN THIS YEAR: The winner of the High School Open section will earn the honor to represent Oregon in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions this summer. The Denker is the most prestigious high school tournament in the nation, with each state sending only ONE player to the tournament. This year the event is in nearby Vancouver, Washington, just across the bridge from Portland.

In addition to being the most prestigious, the Denker is generously sponsored by Mitchell Denker, The U.S. Chess Trust and the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, and there are the following, exceptional perks:

  • zero entry fee
  • travel expenses paid
  • half-price entry to the US Open, also in Vancouver, just after the Barber (regular entry fee is around $150)
  • $2200 in scholarships awarded to top finishers

Wow!

Last weekend there were a record number of OSCF qualifier tournament on a single weekend (5). Two of the tournaments are the largest qualifiers of the year, OHSCTA high school team championships (184 players) and Whitford/Cooper Mtn (169 players), so it’s no surprise that a record number of players competed in qualifiers on a single weekend (390). And the number of state championship finalists swelled from 298 to a near-record 400 with seven more weekends of qualifiers before State.

OHSCTA Results

The Oregon High School Chess Team Association (OHSCTA) held its 48th Annual state high school team championships. This year it was held far from Portland but still attracted 172 players, making it the biggest qualifier of the year!

In the Varsity section, there was a four-way tie for first. By a razor-thin margin, it was Clackamas with the best tie-breaks, but OHSCTA decided to name Willamette, Crescent Valley, and La Salle as co-champs as well.

In the JV section, it was Coquille in first with a perfect 5/5, followed by Willamette with 3.5 Tied for 3rd-4th were Pleasant Hill and Klammath Union.

In the open section, a La Salle team won clear first with 4.5/5. Tying for 2nd-3rd were the Coquille MS team and “mid-western league.”

The individuals section was won by Joshua Duricka of Laurel Ridge Middle School with a perfect 5/5. Tying for 2nd-4th at 4/5 were Colby Perkins and Jamison Hermanson of Ponderosa Jr. High and Joshua Jacob from La Salle College Prep.

Final results (not necessarily in tie-break order).

Varsity Team Standings

# Name Rtng Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 CLACKAMAS 1472 CKS W13 W5 W7 W4 L2 4.0
2 LA SALLE COLLEGE PREP 1247 LSL W12 L3 W13 W6 W1 4.0
3 WILLAMETTE 1134 WLL W15 W2 L4 W12 W9 4.0
4 CRESCENT VALLEY 1411 CVH W10 W6 W3 L1 W5 4.0
5 LAKE OSWEGO 1138 LKO W11 L1 W10 W7 L4 3.0
6 PLEASANT HILL 1221 PLH W16 L4 W8 L2 W12 3.0
7 JESUIT 1249 JSU W14 W8 L1 L5 W10 3.0
8 COQUILLE HS 1086 CQH W9 L7 L6 W11 D13 2.5
9 SCIO HS 520 SIO L8 D14 W16 W13 L3 2.5
10 SHERWOOD 1008 SWO L4 W16 L5 W14 L7 2.0
11 JUNCTION CITY HS 764 JNC L5 L13 W15 L8 W16 2.0
12 DELPHIAN 904 DLP L2 W15 W14 L3 L6 2.0
13 OAK HILL SCHOOL 1058 OHL L1 W11 L2 L9 D8 1.5
14 MARSHFIELD 918 MSF L7 D9 L12 L10 W15 1.5
15 SOUTH UMPQUA HS 759 SUQ L3 L12 L11 W16 L14 1.0
16 SUTHERLIN HS 796 STH L6 L10 L9 L15 L11 0.0

JV Team Standings

# Name Rtng Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 COQUILLE VALLEY MS 1272 CQM W3 W6 W5 W7 W2 5.0
2 WILLAMETTE 926 WLL W4 D5 W3 W9 L1 3.5
3 PLEASANT HILL 928 PLH L1 W9 L2 W6 W4 3.0
4 KLAMATH UNION HS 1198 KLU L2 W7 W6 W5 L3 3.0
5 CLACKAMAS 977 CKS W7 D2 L1 L4 W9 2.5
6 LA SALLE COLLEGE PREP 960 LSL W9 L1 L4 L3 W7 2.0
7 LAKE OSWEGO 714 LKO L5 L4 W9 L1 L6 1.0
8 JESUIT 709 JSU L6 L3 L7 L2 L5 0.0

Open Team Standings

# Name Rtng Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 LA SALLE COLLEGE PREP 1 672 LS1 D3 W4 W2 W5 W6 4.5
2 COQUILLE VALLEY MS 850 CQM D5 W6 L1 W4 W3 3.5
3 MIDWESTERN LEAGUE 645 MWL D1 W5 W4 W6 L2 3.5
4 LA SALLE COLLEGE PREP 3 535 LS3 W6 L1 L3 L2 W5 2.0
5 LA SALLE COLLEGE PREP 2 524 LS2 D2 L3 W6 L1 L4 1.5
6 SUTHERLIN MS 789 SUT L4 L2 L5 L3 L1 0.0

Individuals Section

# Name/Rtng/ID St/Tm Cl/Gr Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot
1 Joshua Duricka B 13 W 8 B 17 W 2 B 6
1029 LRMHR487 Laurel Ridge MS LRM 7 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.0
2 Colby Perkins W 14 B 7 W 4 B 1 W 9
1052 PONIR079 Ponderosa Jr HS PON 8 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
3 Jamison Hermanson W 16 B 15 W 9 B 8 W 7
923 PONIQ895 Ponderosa Jr HS PON 8 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
4 Joshua Jacob B 20 W 6 B 2 W 17 B 12
771 LSLMT881 La Salle College Prep LSL 12 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
5 Christine Sarubbi bye —- B 19 W 21 B 14
551 OKLML781 Oakland OKL 12 0.5 U0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 3.5
6 Rachel Cox W 10 B 4 W 15 B 9 W 1
1023 PONIM232 Ponderosa Jr HS PON 8 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
7 Kyle Larkin B 22 W 2 B 10 W 14 B 3
849 SWOJQ190 Sherwood SWO 9 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
8 Chace Kulm 3 W 11 B 1 W 16 W 3 B 17
761 MPHIL843 Myrtle Point MPH 8 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
9 Jd Rivas B 18 W 23 B 3 W 6 B 2
964 MRHLQ991 Marist MRH 11 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
10 Iza Cowie B 6 W 21 W 7 B 16 W 15
620 LOKIP286 Lincoln-Oakland MS LOK 8 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0
11 Tray Norton B 8 W 13 B 21 W 18 B 20
1100 LSLL 0 La Salle College Prep LSL 11 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
12 Skyler Wilson bye —- B 23 B 20 W 4
800 OKLL 0 Oakland OKL 11 0.5 U0.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
13 Kat Derby W 1 B 11 W 20 B 22 W 21
690 OKLMT846 Oakland OKL 12 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
14 Nicole Romine B 2 W 18 W 22 B 7 W 5
711 CQHKS848 Coquille HS CQH 10 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
15 Alex Schor B 19 W 3 B 6 W 23 B 10
483 MRHJV811 Marist MRH 9 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
16 Keyul Patel B 3 W 19 B 8 W 10 bye
467 CKSMU254 Clackamas CKS 12 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
17 Taeyoung Bang B 21 W 20 W 1 B 4 W 8
400 MRHLW247 Marist MRH 11 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
18 Jon Valdovinos W 9 B 14 bye B 11 W 22
480 CBMKU418 Coffenberry MS CBM 10 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
19 Warren Kremer W 15 B 16 W 5 bye B 23
1000 South Umpqua HS SUQ 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
20 Jared Peden W 4 B 17 B 13 W 12 W 11
1200 SUQM 0 South Umpqua HS SUQ 12 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
21 Cameron Elrod W 17 B 10 W 11 B 5 B 13
1000 SUQK 0 South Umpqua HS SUQ 10 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
22 Katelyn Andersen W 7 bye B 14 W 13 B 18
433 SUQJR471 South Umpqua HS SUQ 9 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
23 Layne Trahan bye B 9 W 12 B 15 W 19
400 CBMIT676 Coffenberry MS CBM 8 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

OHSCTA: The View From Coquille

by Nancy Keller

The big squad from small Coquille

There were mutterings in the hallway through the Oregon High School Chess Team State Championships. “Who is that little kid with the hat and wow is he good”, “Where is Coquille?”, “I hope we don’t have to play them!”

No one wanted to play Coquille Junior Varsity team as they stomped on all competitors beating 5A and 6A schools in the last three rounds. They remained undefeated and won the Junior Varsity 3A State Championship and the Junior Varsity Overall State Championship.

Coquille Junior Varsity Team had Aaron Grabinsky at their helm playing first board. Aaron has only been playing chess for 2 and half years, but has become a rising star that is catching attention in the chess community. Currently he is ranked 9th in the state of Oregon for scholastic players and he is only in 8th -grade. He may be under-rated as he is the highest ranked players (currently rated 1738) on the south coast which slows his ability to raise his rating. He needs to play higher rated players to raise his rating. He led this year’s team winning all his game in the Junior Varsity division.

Coach Keller is hoping to develop Aaron’s chess skills and get him up to a rating of 2000 considered expert level in the Chess Federation before he graduates. Even higher hopes are to get him to Master Class with a rating of 2200. She has scheduled for him and his strong teammates to attend another National event in April and to participate in the US Open in August.

Josiah Perkins was the little kid in the hat who played second board. As he is in the sixth grade which makes this Junior Varsity event new for him. He has been playing since kindergarten and is currently rated 1375. He likes to wear hats as he feels they are lucky. In another year, he may break into the top 25 scholastic players in the state of Oregon. He won four of five games during this event.

Hailey Riley, 8th grade, is the only girl on the Junior Varsity team but she has some chess power moves. She has many years of chess under her belt which has built her up to a rating of 1225. She gave solid support for the two powerhouse players on the upper boards and won four of her five games.

Kaden Johnson, 7th grade, also supplied a solid foundation for the team. Chess must run in his families genes as his brother, Devin, helped the Coquille Varsity Team become the State Varsity Co-Champions in 2010. Kaden is rated at 1121 and in a few more years he may reach his brother’s strength. Kaden won four of his five games on fourth board.

Donovan Taylor-Blower, 10th grade, was the high school player needed to make the junior varsity team eligible for this event. An enthusiastic player but still developing his chess skills, he was just shy of making the Varsity team and was placed on the Junior Varsity team. He assisted the team in getting an additional 1.5 wins.

The Coquille Varsity Team started well but when matched against Pleasant Hill, their main 3A competitor, they sustained a resounding loss of 0 to 5. They managed to beat 4A Junction City but at the end, received second place for 3A Varsity State Championships while Pleasant Hill took first. Clackamas won this years Overall Varsity Championship, tied with co-champs Willamette, Crescent Valley, and La Salle.

The Varsity Team stood out as it was a rare team with any girls and this year, but four of the five Coquille Varsity positions were girls. Jessi Ross (rated 1385), 11th grade, led on first board. 9th graders Sarai Perkins (rated 1115) and Kaitlyn Davidson (rated 1108) were on second and third board. Senior Ivy Hallmark came out of the cobwebs to give her last year of support for the Coquille Varsity team to take up fourth board and Isaiah Hill (rated 1011) was on fifth board. Isaiah supported his team dramatically with four wins earning him an All Stars Award for Varsity fifth board.

Coquille sent an Open Team this year as there were many enthusiastic Coquille chess players who have been practicing hard but did not make the Varsity Team. They showed that Coquille has sustaining strength in their reserve ranks as they tied for first place. They were Matthew Crim (rated 1065), Dane Ramirez (953), Tanner Flood (899) supported by two middle schoolers JJ Newman (847) and Zach Lathrom (474). Zach was a last minute addition as another player had cancelled. With only 2 months of practice under his belt and had just learned how to record this week, Zach put in an amazing fight to help support his team with 2 wins.

Nicole Romine, 9th grade, came as an alternate. Since all players made it and all appeared well, she was placed in the individual section. Despite being rusty at chess, she managed two wins out of five.

Saturday, March 17th, is the Coquille “Green” Chess Tournament at the Coquille High School. Adults and players of all ages and all skill levels are invited. A “pot o’ gold” (gold foiled chocolate) will be awarded to the player best dressed according to the green St. Patricks Day theme. There will be trophies (donated by Oregon First Community Credit Union) awarded to grade levels and school teams. For those elite players rated over 1000, there will be cash prizes according to rating divisions. Registration is 9 to 9:30, play goes from 10 to 5 (10 to 3 for elementary section), fee is $10. Tournament is five rounds (no elimination) and is an OSCF qualifier. Funds help the Coquille Chess Club attend State and National Events. For questions and preregistrations: Nancy Keller (541) 290-8479 or (541) 396-3855 or drnancykeller@yahoo.com.

Whitford/Cooper Mtn

by coach Rustam Kocher, Chief TD

Takuma Sato-Duncan plays a simul against younger players in the skittles room between rounds.

The eighth annual Whitford-Cooper Mountain Scholastic Chess Championships on Saturday, February 25th was the largest conventional qualifier tournament in the state this year with 170 players participating in six sections. Player skills ranged from the Elite 10 USCF-rated section (average rating 1509) to the “Pawns” section with unrated Kindergartners.

Somewhat ominously, the day started with sleet, rain, some snow and blowing winds. However, Oregonians being a hardy bunch, there was only a slight delay in getting the sections running as the last few players were able to make it off snowed-in Sylvan hill and safely make their way to check in.

After the Advanced and Intermediate sections started, the younger players in the novice sections were given a pictorial run through of tournament rules, from en passant, to touch move, to how to correctly adjust a piece.

Advanced Section

The Elite 10 had originally been planned as an Elite 8, but the 8th and 9th rated players had exactly the same rating (1455), so tournament director Rustam Kocher decided to add the 9th and 10th rated players to the section in order to solve the problem. An early start for the Elite 10 allowed them to finish their four rounds before the Intermediate sections wrapped up, indicating perhaps that some of the Elite games were played at a pace which was a little faster than anticipated or desired. The section (and the $100 prize) was won by Ashwin Sah (1531), who won all four matches on the day. Takuma Sato-Duncan won 2nd (and $50) with 2.5, while Aaron Pikus benefited from his brother’s largesse in the form of a draw in game 4 to land 3rd place with 2.5 and $30.

The Kings, on the other hand, took their time playing their rounds, and were the last section to finish. The section was won by Marshall Xu (1333) from Forest Park, with a perfect score of 5.0. Dmitri Murphy, Venkat Doddapaneni and Duncan Soiffer all earned 4.0, and landed 2nd, 3rd and 4th places based on tiebreakers. Forest Park had 25 students at the tournament, and cleaned up the team trophies, however the Kings section proved to be the exception on the day, as Stoller Middle School took first place with 8.5. Whitford was 2nd with 6.5.

Intermediates

In the Rooks section, Forest Park Elementary surprisingly won the team competition in a section populated largely with middle school players. The section was won by Access Academy player Kian Patel (1062), who had a perfect 5.0 on the day. Beau Hamilton (1098), who almost missed the tournament due to a balky alarm clock, ended up with 2nd on the day, and Chris Pham and Daniel Fan took 3rd & 4th, respectively. Snowy Sylvan Middle School took 2nd in the section, while Whitford took home 3rd place.

The Knights was the largest section of the day, with 41 players. Due to the large section, two players ended up with perfect scores on the day, but only Nate Hicken (856) took home the 1st place trophy. Nicholas Liskij (740) from Whitford was gracious in accepting his 2nd place despite the perfect day. Nathanial Lee and Nadia Siddiqui rounded out the top finishers with 4.0 scores on the day. Powered by Nicholas’ 5.0 score, Whitford won the team trophy for the Rooks, with a top score of 12. Forest Park earned 2nd with 10, while Robert Gray MS was hot on their heels with 9.5.

Novices

Both Novice sections were large, with many students playing in their first-ever rated tournament. The action was sometimes quick and harried, and at other times slow and introspective. As always, the best action was in the Novice rooms, since you can never tell what is going to happen next.

Forest Park won both the Bishops and the Pawns sections, and both of them by wide margins. Winterhaven landed 2nd in Pawns, while Cooper Mountain took 3rd. In Bishops, 2nd went to Franciscan Earth Montessori , while Rieke Elementary took home 3rd.

Forest Park swept the Pawns 1st-3rd: Jake Moleski, Calvin Ryu and Anna Rosenberg, with only Noah Brown from Winterhaven able to break into the top four.

Bishops were also won by a Forest Park player, Scout Hawkey, while Winterhaven player Jin Yu was able to grab 2nd. Forest Park cleaned up 3rd and 4th with Declan Moore and Joe Schlechter.

In all, almost everyone seemed to have a great time, the sun eventually came out and warmed everyone up, and the Kings section parents even voluntarily helped clean up the Skittles area while they waited for the section to finish. We hope to see everyone back again next year.

–Rustam “Coach” Kocher

Great News For Oregon Middle School Chess

Oregon High School Chess Team Association championships is the premier team chess event of the year. This year’s version was held in Myrtle Creek–about four hours south of Portland. Despite being so far from the big population centers of the state, thirty chess teams and 149 players (mostly HS students) converged on South Umpqua High School to battle it out for state team titles in three divisions: Varsity, JV, and Open. Another 22 players played in the individuals’ section. Results and stories to come…

NEWS
Next year OHSCTA is adding a middle school section. This is a tremendous opportunity for middle school players to compete in a spectacular event with their friends and win a title for their school. The event will be held in the Portland area, probably in March. Details TBA.

NEWS
The Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions is the most prestigious tournament in the country for junior high school aged players. Each state may nominate only ONE player, so even getting an invitation to play in the tournament is a great honor. The winner of this year’s Middle School Elite section at the OSCF State championship in Seaside in April will be chosen to represent Oregon at this national event. As a bonus, this year’s event will be held in Vancouver, Washington in August. There is zero entry fee for the tournament, players are provided travel expenses by the organizer, and scholarships are offered to winners. In addition, Barber players are invited to play in the US Open (also in Vancouver at the same time) for 1/2 off the entry fee. Expect to see representatives from at least 45 different states at the Barber.

Presidents’ Day At Tigard Grange

by Steven Cousineau

Forty-one scholastic chess players took one day of a three day weekend to try five rounds of competitive chess in a new venue. The Tigard Grange building dates back to 1925 but this is the first time in as long as anybody can remember that there were this many young families in the facility playing chess.

The results:

Rooks High
1. Grant Yu – Cedar Park
2. Cameron Kocher – Whitford
3. Colin Liu – Jacob Wismer

Rooks Strong
1. Chase Morgan – Forest Grove
2. Stephen Nguyen – Portland Lutheran
3. Samuel Nguyen – Portland Lutheran

Bishops High
1. Jinho Kim – Bethany
2. Angela Decker – Laurel Ridge
3. Sophia Kahl – Franciscan MES

Bishops Elementary
1. David Han – CF Tigard
2. Sharon Cousineau – CF Tigard
3. Zach Yuzon – CF Tigard

Sportsmanship Awards:
Avi Gupta, Derek Liu, Victoria Liu

Fantastic Notation Award:
Angela Decker

Biggest Upset on the day:
Quinlon Eisenhauer (205 point)

Tigard Presidents' Day Tournament

Rooks High Section Winners: Grant, Cameron, Colin

Rooks Strong Section Winners: Chase, Stephen, Samuel

Bishops High Section Winners: Jinho, Angela, Sophia

Bishops Elementary Section Winners: David, Sharon, Zach

2012 Chess for Fanconi Anemia Research

Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare but devastating genetic disease that affects a cluster of proteins that repair DNA. As a result, patients commonly contract cancer and often have congenital defects as well. Benjamin Morrison has been hosting an annual Chess for FA tournament in Corbett, Oregon to raise money for FA research.

Benjamin recaps this year’s event:
The third annual Chess for FA tournament was a tremendous success! This year’s tournament was attended by eighteen participants from eight different schools throughout the Portland metro area. The tournament raised over $800 for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. The Fund will use the money to support research to find better treatments – and a cure – for Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disease.

The tournament was, once again, NWSRS rated. The pairing program required for rating was donated by SwissSys. Prizes were donated by Jazzy Bagels, Off the Charts Games, iCandy, and Coldstone Creamery and food & beverages were donated by Wall Street Pizza and Odwalla Juice. Corbett School District donated the use of the tournament space.The tournament received publicity from the Outlook newspaper, Chess for Success, and the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation.

The tournament consisted of five rounds with Swiss system pairings. The tournament ended with four players all having four out of five possible points, Nathan Smith, Joshua Wentzel, Blaise Gilbride (the winner of the first Chess for FA tournament), and Dan Perry. One game in the first round, between Spencer Gilbride, Blaise’s older brother, and Austin DeWolfe, ended in a stalemate after Spencer promoted two pawns to knights. “I was having fun,” Spencer said after the game. “I wanted to have a giant army of knights.”

The Facts
Money raised: over $800
Participants: 18
Schools: 8

Thank you for participating and helping make this year’s tournament such a success!

Thanks,

Benjamin

Portland Area League: Final Results and Standings

The Portland Area League met on February 8th to play the 6th round of their three Division Round Robin. Division A League-leading Clackamas won on the odd boards to down Westview by a score of 3 to 2. Lake Oswego kept Wilson in the back of the pack by winning by a score of 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. LaSalle won the three middle boards to down Sylvan by a score of 3 to 2. Sylvan won the battle of the middle schools by downing Access Academy by a score of 3 to 2. In Division B, League-leading Cleveland could only draw their match against LaSalle #2. Sherwood had to forfeit their match against Lincoln due to transportation problems. Clackmas #2 and Lake Oswego played even on the first three boards, but they took the match by a score of 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 when the Lakers did not have players for the two bottom boards. Wilsonville won on first board against Access #2, but gave the match away by a score of 4 to 1 due to no shows. Division C leader Sherwood #2 was also a no-show (due to transportation problems) so they unfortunately forfeited their match against Cleveland #2. Sylvan #2 beat Wilson #2 by a score of 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. LaSalle #3 won on the first board against Jesuit #2 and took the rest by forfeit.

The Portland Area League met for the final matches of their season on February 15th. The League had been scheduled for 14 rounds, but decided to cancel the last round so that they would be completed prior to the Oregon High School Team Championship. Each of the final matches in Division A would determine a teams final standings. The Crusaders of Jesuit slipped by the Trojans of Wilson by a score of 3 to 2 taking 5th and leaving Wilson at the end of the pack. The LaSalle College Prep Falcons faced off against the kids from Sylvan. LaSalle needed a win to have any chance at moving up in the standings. Sylvan needed a win to place ahead of LaSalle. LaSalle took the match early winning on the bottom three boards. Sylvan won on the top board and the last game to finish was on board #2 when Sylvan’s Leo Deng who at one time had 2 minutes remaining on his clock to LaSalle’s Charlie Summers’ had 20 minutes remaining. The post ion was very complicated with Charlie having a Queen and two Rooks against Leo’s Queen, Rook, and Knight with both players having numerous pawns. Rooks were exchanged and Leo’s clock was under a minute and Charlie’s under five. With less than 30 seconds left on each clock Charlie’s Queen left the defense of his King to hunt down some pawns. With 11 seconds left Leo found a mating net as Charlie’s clock ran out of time. The Lakers of Lake Oswego needed to win their match against Westview to have any chance of catching Clackamas and to also stay ahead of LaSalle. Westview needed to win the match to keep from slipping further down the standings. The Lakers down the Wildcats of Westview by a score of 4 to 1. Division Leading Clackamas lost on board won but won the rest to take first place.

In Division B Wilsonville was a no-show against Clackamas #2. The Cardinals of Lincoln edged out Lake Oswego #2 by a score of 3 to 2. LaSalle #2 ecked by Access #2 by winning on boards 1 and 3 and drawing on boards 4 and 5. The Cleveland Warriors proved their dominance in this section by blowing out the Bowman of Sherwood by a score of 5 to 0.

Division C Wilson #2 played even against Cleveland #2 on the first three boards but got the last two by forfeit winning the match by a score of 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Jesuit #2 took down Access #3 by a score of 3 to 1. Sherwood #2 won the top two boards against LaSalle #3 but gave away the last 3 games by forfeit.

The cross table for the three divsions follow:

Division A
Clackamas
Lake Oswego
LaSalle
Sylvan
Jesuit
Access Academy
Westview
Wilson
CKS
XX
D2.5
L1
L2
L2
L1
L2
L1
WVW
W3
W4
W4
L2
D2.5
W3
XX
D2.5
WHP
W4
W3.5
W4
W4
W3
W3
D2.5
XX
LSL
W4
W3
XX
L2
L2
L0
L1
L1
SLV
W3
D2.5
W3
XX
L2
L2
W3
L1
JSU
W3
W3
W3
W3
XX
L1
D2.5
L2
LKO
D2.5
XX
L2
D2.5
L2
L0.5
L1
L1.5
ACC
W4
W4.5
W5
W3
W4
XX
L2
L2
MPts
6.5
6
5
3.5
2.5
2
2
0.5
GmPts
23.5
23
22
18.5
17.5
10.5
14
11

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Division B
Cleveland
Lincoln
Sherwood
Clackamas #2
LaSalle #2
Access Academy #2
Wilsonville
Lake Oswego #2
LS2
D2.5
W4
D2.5
W3.5
XXX
L2
W3
L2
CLV
XXX
L1.5
L0
L1
D2.5
L0.5
F0
L0
LHP
W3.5
XXX
LF
L2
L1
L1
L2
L1.5
CK2
W4
W3
W3
XXX
L1.5
L2
F0
L2
WLN
WF5
W3
W3
W5
L2
W4
XXX
W5
LK2
W5
W3
W5
W3.5
W3
W4
F0
XXX
SWO
W5
W5
XXX
L0
D2.5
L1
L2
L0
AC2
W4.5
W4
W4
W3
W3
XXX
L1
L1
MtchPts
6.5
6
4.5
4
3
2
1
1
GmPts
29.5
23.5
17.5
18
15.5
14.5
8
11.5

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Division C
Sylvan #2
Sherwood #2
Wilson #2
LaSalle #3
Clevleand #2
Jesuit #2
Access Academy #3
SW2
L2
XXX
L0
W3
W3
L1
L1
CL2
W4
LF
W3.5
W5
XXX
L2
LF
SL2
XXX
W3
L1.5
L0
L1
L1.5
L0
AC3
W5
W2
W4.5
W3.5
W2
W3
XXX
JS2
W3.5
W2
W3
W5
W3
XXX
L1
WH2
W3.5
W5
XXX
L1,5
L1.5
L2
L0.5
LS3
W5
L2
W3.5
XXX
F0
L0
L1.5
MtchPts
5
4
4
4
3
1
0
GmPts
23
14
16
18
10.5
9.5
4

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The League also recognizes individual performance. The top performers by board were:

Board #1. Clemen Deng an 8th Grader at Sylvan with 11.5; Phillip Weiss a Freshman at Lincoln with 10.5, Bryce Eng a Senior at Jesuit and Dillion Murray a Freshman at Gresham playing for Wilson both with 9 wins.

Board #2: Leo Deng a 6th Grader at Sylvan with 11, Ben Halverson a Junior at Cleveland wih 9.5, and Charlie Summers a Junior at LaSalle College Prep with 9 wins.

Board #3: Varun Sah a Sophmore at Jesuit with 10, Cameron Fish a Junior at Cleveland with 9.5, Kyle Larkin a Freshman at Sherwood and Kevin Rhine a Junior at Clackamas with 8.5 wins.

Board #4: Kevin Phuong a Senior at Clackamas, Lamson Vu a Junior at Westview, and Kian Patel a 7th grader at Access Academy each with 10.5, and Luke Meyer a Junior at Lincoln with 9.5 wins.

Board #5: Sagnik Bhadra an 8th Grader at Sylvan with 10, Bryan Lucero a Junior at Clackamas with 8, and Curtis Bush a Junior at Sherwood with 7.5 wins.

The Portland Area League is growing and we would like to see even more growth next year.

Season Schools Teams Students Participating
2008/9 11 12 84
2009/10 12 14 103
2010/11 11 16 129
2011/12 13 24 177

This season we also offered an “extra rated game” section for those students that were brought as alternates or for those whose league opponents were no-shows and 115 students participated in these games.

If your Middle School or High School has a chess club you really should consider joining in on the fun. If you don’t have an active chess club at your school that can join the League we also accept individaul players which will be assigned to teams based upon various factors. We will start up matches again for the next school year in November of 2012 so we really need to have teams and individuals committed to play by October 15, 2012. If you would like to join for next year or just want to know more about the League contact Ed Addis at chessalot@aol.com.