Monthly Archives: May 2014

My Chess Odyssey by Avril Gauthier

Avril Gauthier, National K-5 U900 Champion (spoiler!) reports from Nationals:

During the week I spent playing chess at National Elementary Championship at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas, Texas, I had a great time but it was a LONG tournament. Asian artwork covered the hallway walls and it felt like a museum. Outside, it looked like a park and it was very hot and humid. The campus was my favorite part of the tournament.

Each day, I met with Coach Emil and Coach Georgi along with my teammates from the Seattle area. In the team room, we played Bug House and Blitz chess and had team meetings everyday. Since we were playing G120, we had to play slowly and take our time. In between rounds, to relax I went to the pool, hung out with my friend Ava, watched TV, and my Dad made me take a naps and avoid junk food.

After I had won my first three games, I was really getting worried because I was about to play Minnesota’s 6th best chess player for 5th grade. After winning the game, I set a goal to win six out of seven. I won game 5 by checkmate and game 6 by resignation. I knew then that the 7th round would determine how I would place. If Board 1 had a draw, then I would win, I thought. I waited long hours for standings to be determined.

My friend’s mom pulled out her Samsung and pointed to 1st Place in my division. I saw my name. I had won! I was so happy and excited because I had never had a perfect score before and I didn’t expect my first nationals to be it! I came to Dallas to have fun and maybe win a small trophy. Never did I imagine that I would be going home with a 4′ trophy and a national championship!

I would recommend the Nationals to any chess player; after all, anything could happen.

Avril’s parents, Molly & Joe, wish to thank all of the chess teachers who have helped and encouraged Avril over the past three years: Andrei Botez, April Lutz, Clemen Deng, Jeff Dobbins, Chris Allen, Candidate Master Daniel Gay, LM Pete Prochaska, FM Chuck Schulien, IM John Bartholomew, IM Georgi Orlov, GM Emil Anka, LM Josh Sinanan, and the OSCF.

Results are in at the Elementary Nationals in Dallas!

USCF website mentioned that a new record of 2,224 players played in Elementary National mega-event in Dallas nine sections.

Among them there were six Oregon representative’s: Sharan, Praveer (K5), Zhang, Gavin (K5), Crane, Elliot James (K5), Samudrala, Nikhil (K5 U900), Gauthier, Avril (K5 U900) and Siddiqui, Yusef (K5).

Not long time ago, at the High School Nationals, all the Oregon representative come back with extra rating points, not sure if any other state can brag about something like that. At this nationals, Oregon did it again!

Praveer 1307 => 1493

Gavin 1159 => 1416

Elliot  925 => 1216

Nikhil 752 => 1002 6/7 – tied for 3rd) in K-5 U900 (9th place  after tie breaks)

Avril  957 => 1200 Perfect score 7/7 – USA National Champion Division K-5 U900

Yusef  102  => 288 


(Photo credit Joseph Gauthier )

Silver Knight Chess Club – Mother’s Day Quads

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Your mother can celebrate while you can play in the tournament. Tournament host “Pettite Patisserie” is running a special Mother’s Day Menu the entire day:
–  “Breakfast in Bed” (Pick-up between 7 AM – 9 AM)
–  “Breakfast a la Carte Menu”
–  “Brunch (9 AM – 1 PM)
–  “Lunch and Dinner”  – during and after the tournament 

More info on our website.

Prizes: First place trophy, second & third place medal, fourth place small chess gift – for each section.

Format: Players will be divided in 4 player sections (quads) by NWSRS rating.

Time: Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | 2:15pm – 5:30pm – will start on time and finish on time.

Fee: $17 (Registration closes on Saturday at 21:00 pm) – no late fee.

Eligibility: All scholastic players, K-12.

Location: Petite Patisserie in Happy Valley.  Free parking. Parents and accompanying persons can wait while enjoying coffee and the finest handcraft European pastries from “Petite Patisserie.”

Registration: Pre-registration ONLY. See details at Silver Knights Chess Club website

Contact: Andrei Botez,, (503) 995-2888

Spring 2014 All-Stars list posted

The Spring 2014 All-Stars List has been compiled for rated events completed as of April 30, 2014.  Do let us know if you think that we have calculated something incorrectly; we’ll check to see and add you as appropriate. Congratulations to everyone on the list!

All-Stars lists are published each trimester of the year. You are eligible to participate in the 2014 7th Annual Oregon All-Stars Invitational, which will be held in Salem on October 10, 2014, if you appear on any of the three All-Stars lists published during the year (in January, May, or September).  You are also eligible if you appear on the 2014 Lifetime Achievement list (to be published in September 2014).  Finally — and this is a new addition for this year — you are eligible to attend if you are a member of the Order of the Knight who has played a NWSRS rated game between 9/1/13 to 8/31/14.  If you’re not in one of those categories, keep trying — summer is a good time to make the list, which is calculated by taking the ten highest established NWSRS or USCF ratings per grade for active players during the last four months (so, May-August for the next list).  We hope to be able to see you in October!