It’s official. Aaron Grabinsky has won the 2013 Oregon Junior Closed Championship (OCF) held at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis on November 16-17. It was the strongest field on record and was the first time that there were no players from the Portland or Salem metropolitan areas. Coquille’s Aaron Grabinsky won with a final score of 4/5 and pushed his rating up to 2166. When Aaron crosses the 2200 mark (later this year?), he’ll become the only current Oregon junior with the National Master title and only the third Oregon scholastic player to do so in over a decade. With two and a half years of high school left, the sky’s the limit for Aaron.
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Congratulations to all the competitors for their accomplishments — not only qualifying for this great event but also for playing with such creativity and energy and for maintaining good cheer and sportsmanship, win-lose-or-draw.