Seaside Bughouse

Sixty-eight bughouse teams with names like Cheeseburger Cats, Buzzing Monkeys, and One Smart Fellow He Felt Smart battled it out to see who would take home the unique and lovely bughouse trophies and who would have to settle for eating worms (gummy worms, that is). The 68 teams were divided into 17 quads for a double round-robin tournament.

Notable results…

  • Most of the teams in the A Quad were named after famous people of dubious character: Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, and Mel Gibson. The fourth team, M&M, was an amusing contrast of players: Chess Master and recent HS graduate, Steven Breckenridge, teamed up with 3rd grader Andrea Botez to form a formidable team. However, Tiger Woods (Calvin Parnon and Caleb Kesey) was on his game and won the section with relative ease.
  • In Quad B, brothers Aaron and Ben Pikus called themselves the generic “A Bughouse Team” but turned in a performance that was anything-but-generic — a perfect 6/6.
  • The only other perfect score was turned in by another pair of “Flabbergasted” brothers, Robert and Tommy Piwonka in the Quad M.
  • One other pair of brothers, David and Jacob DeKlyen, teamed up to become a “Chess Monster” and win their section (Quad Q).
  • Section O ended with all teams at 3/6. After a series of tiebreak matches, the Seahawks (Eric Gibbs and Jordan Lyda) triumphed.
  • Players Prepare For Bughouse

    Full lineups:

    Team name TmRat Player 1 Rating Player 2 Rating
    A Charlie Sheen 1743 Alex Piatski 1728 Steven Witt 1758
    A M&M 1710 Andrea Botez 1210 Steven Breckenridge 2210
    A Tiger Woods 1639 Calvin Parnon 1750 Caleb Kesey 1527
    A Mel Gibson 1609 Takuma Sato-Duncan 1529 Erik Skalnes 1689
    B Fried Chicken 1536 Gabriel Skoro 1519 Dhruva Chatterjee 1553
    B The Wasps 1521 David Kruse 1534 Collin Goldman 1507
    B A Bughouse Team 1499 Aaron Pikus 1462 Benjamin Pikus 1536
    B The U.S. Army 1447 Pranav Sharan 1417 Dillon Winter 1476
    1441 Dmitri Murphy 1471 Cameron Kocher 1410
    C Fire breathin rubber flamingos 1405 Zach Koontz 1303 Jimmy Kelly 1506
    C Awesome Possums 1387 Josiah Perkins 1396 Aaron Grabinsky 1378
    C You do that again, you’re dead 1387 Matt Dalthorp 1737 Thomas Kneeland 1036
    D Just 4 Fun 1362 Brian Yang 1452 Leo Deng 1271
    D CGS 1326 Dashiell Shulman 1222 Jonathan Yau 1429
    D Cocky 4th Graders 1325 Liam Booth 1472 Jake Winkler 1178
    D Two and a Half Idiots 1302 Valentin Molchanov 1255 Jacob Slavik 1348
    E Purple Dragons 1241 Marshal Xu 1146 James Chen 1336
    E Victory Over Knight 1221 Elena Allen 1385 Sequoia Allen 1057
    E Purple Ninjas 1189 Seth Talyansky 1357 Everett Carstens 1021
    E Wibblesnobbles 1182 Casey Ford 1181 Tucker Price 1183
    F :/A 1182 Johannes Freischuetz 900 Clemen Deng 1463
    F Discombobulated Flesh Eaters 1169 Jessica Ross 1436 Tanner Flood 901
    F The Three Idiots 1152 Richard Jiang 906 Rory Soiffer 1397
    F Dragon Force Master Tiger Swan 1148 Leo Barrios 1044 Quinn Stearns 1252
    G FBGM 1137 Carson Denison 1266 Gil Parnon 1008
    G Weirdos 1135 Duncan Soiffer 1152 Colin Liu 1118
    G The Snobblewibbles 1125 Alexander Schoen 1054 Alex Petersen 1195
    G The Moching Trolls 1122 Jacob Moch 1136 Alex Leong 1107
    H Checkmate with a Smile 1098 Jolan Hutchinson 1025 Luke Hutchinson 1171
    H Rainbow Curmudgeons 1075 Henry Weiner-Lininger 1008 Tommy Case 1141
    H A 1066 Kory Schneider 943 Ben Larson 1188
    H Galapagos Meerkats 1059 Hunter Murphy 805 Torrey Gage-Tomlinson 1313
    I Killer Bees 1059 John Ornes 1163 Lance Roy 954
    I Purple People Catens 1023 Craig Still 1206 Nicholas Kapple 840
    I Cheeseburger Cats 1016 Nathan Jewell 1271 Alexander Duley 760
    I Forest Park 996 Bryce Lutz 950 Andrew Sheiman 1042
    J Raptus Regaliter 968 Ricardo Marroquin 922 Sam Robbins 1014
    J Guide 967 Griffin Allensis 1033 Kyle Liu 901
    J Buzzing Monkies 961 Hailey Riley 1147 Noelani Daily 774
    J Team Name 938 Riley Baney 1007 Keshav Siddhartha 869
    K LOL My Stomach Hurts 923 Devin Kruse 1028 Erick Trujillo 818
    K Mockingjay 893 Marjorie Sheiman 1007 Dylan Huard 779
    K c to the 4th power 881 Sierra Bechdoldt 830 Zia Wiles 932
    K Discombobulated Belly-Buttons 872 Sarai Perkins 1103 Dovovan Taylor-Blower 640
    L Fire Breathing Duckys of Doom 871 Elliot Roberts 906 Nathan Smith 836
    L Chess Freaks 850 Kaitlyn Davidson 1129 Angelina Morones 570
    L Decker 827 Angela Decker 638 Michael Decker 1015
    L Bob Chess 822 Harvey Beleiciks 782 Tommy Eblen 862
    M Rich Men 791 Marino Santoro 981 Dane Ramirez 600
    M Flabbergasted 790 Robert Piwonka 785 Tommy Piwonka 795
    M Us 776 Evan Kooyman 892 Atticus Crow 659
    M Bughouse Champions 772 Edward Puls 591 Isaiah Lee 953
    N Knights of the Square Table 766 Sean-Michael Riesterer 914 Samantha Riesterer 617
    N Then There Was One 736 Neal Ornes 905 Victoria Kapple 566
    N Crystal Quinn 718 Crystal Still 699 Quinn Reynolds 737
    N Awkward Bumblebees 717 Paul Denison 606 James Peterson 828
    O Seahawks 695 Eric Gibbs 797 Jordan Lyda 592
    O Chess Titans 667 Colby Martinot 686 Jesse Norgren 648
    O Treelanders 626 Lane Crabtree 651 Taylor Rowland 601
    O Screaming Monkeys 622 Kira Dobbins 628 Michael Schuff 616
    P Girl Power 615 Farayah Martinot 625 Andrea Durdel 604
    P Trouble x2 612 Trevor Thibert 727 Cody Campbell 497
    P Yellow Jackets 607 Collin Good 676 Ike Sugitani 537
    P Knights 570 Brandon Good 628 Logan Parrish 512
    Q One Smart Fellow, He Felt Smart 566 Mark Dalthorp 650 Jared Stucky 482
    Q Chess Monster 537 David DeKlyen 400 Jacob DeKlyen 674
    Q The Tornados 471 Jacob Rautenkranz 542 Zachary Rautenkranz 400
    Q Bugs 408 Forrest Fee 400 Riley Fee 416

Seaside Results: Elite Sections

The 2011 OSCF State Chess Championships were the biggest yet. Total participation was 268, exceeding last year’s record 251 by a healthy margin. The high school division (38) grew by 58% over last year’s (24), and the middle school division (88) grew by 21% over last year’s (73), while turnout for the elementary school and primary school divisions was slightly below last year’s record numbers.

All the results are rated and posted at NWSRS. Below are some of the highlights from the Elite sections for each age division.

High School Elite
With four players rated over 1700 and ten over 1500, the High School Elite section this year was one of the strongest ever. Aaron Pikus (1443) was below the cutoff for the Elite section (1500) but, knowing full well what he was getting into, was determined to play up. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that the lowest-rated player in the section is not supposed to notch a 140 point upset in his first game and then beat the number one and number two seeds in 300 Elo point upsets in his final two games to win clear first. It is indeed unusual for the lowest-rated to do so well in this most difficult of all sections, but it goes beyond the unusual to the truly unique — this is the first time in all of OSCF history that the lowest-rated player in any section has won clear first. By virtue of his victory, Aaron has been chosen to represent Oregon at the prestigious Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Orlando, Florida this summer. Congratulations, Aaron! (NOTE: Brian Hoglund had a lower NWSRS rating than did Aaron, but OSCF uses the maximum of a player’s USCF and NWSRS ratings for section placement and pairings. Brian’s USCF rating (1463) was higher than his NWSRS rating (1423) and higher than Aaron’s NWSRS and USCF ratings.)

Another player who just doesn’t seem to understand that lower-rated players are supposed to lose against their higher-rated opponents is Collin Goldman. Up against the top three players in the section — all of whom were at least 200 points higher rated than him — Collin scored 2.5/3 for a shot at first place. But he fell to Alex Piatski in the final round and had to settle for third, while Alex ended up in second.

Middle School Elite
Last year, Erik Skalnes (1689) finished in fifth place, despite being among the favorites to win. With another year of experience under his belt and several of his closest rivals moving into the HS division, Erik Skalnes (1689) figured to have a much easier march to the top of the cross tables this year at Seaside. However, in the summer of 2010, David Wen (1764) moved to Oregon from Ohio and instantly became the highest-rated middle school player in the state.

At this year’s State Championship, both David and Erik were over 100 points higher rated than anyone else in the section and heavy favorites to finish on top of the heap. Although Erik has somewhat of a bad habit of under-performing in the first round of big tournaments, he cruised through his first two rounds at Seaside to set up a much anticipated third round battle with David, who also won his first two games. The game turned out to be somewhat of an anticlimax, though, with quick liquidation of the pieces resulting in a lifeless, even position. The players agreed to a draw. Both won their final games to finish tied at 3.4/4 and shared 1st place.

Close behind the leaders was Clemen Deng at 3/4. Clemen took the state by storm last season, picking up over 200 rating points. He continued his hot streak through the first round at Seaside but fell to Ben Pikus in the second round. He won the last two rounds, which wasn’t enough to catch the leaders but did pick up a nice third place cup.

Elementary School Elite
Coming into this year’s State Championships, Max Sun was the prohibitive favorite — nearly 250 points higher rated than his closest competitor and well over 300 points higher rated than nearly everyone else. Max had won all four championships he’d participated in and hadn’t lost a single game in the event since 2007. In the first round, though, Leo Deng scored a stunning upset over Max. Leo held on for dear life in drawing the next two rounds and winning his final game, while Max won his remaining games to tie him at 3/4 and once again take home a championship cup. Next year they both move up to the much tougher Middle School division along with Torrey Gage-Tomlinson and Josiah Perkins, who rounded out the top four in the section. Four players tied for 5th-8th: Leonardo Sun (wins 5th on tiebreaks), Liam Booth, Andrea Botez, and Seth Talyansky. All four of these players will be back in the Elementary Division next year.

Primary School Elite
The Primary School Elite section was a six-player round-robin among the six highest-rated players in grades K-2. Last year’s co-champions Colin Liu and Praveer Sharan each finished at 4/5 again this year and again shared the title. Next year, though, Colin is moving up to the Elementary School division, leaving his rival and friend in the Primary School division to fend for himself against up-and-coming players like Ankur Moolky (3.5/4), Pike Jordan, Kyle Liu from this year’s elite section, and a host of players from the other primary school sections. Fourth place finisher Jolan Hutchinson (2/5) will be joining Colin next year in the elementary division.

Primary School Grand Champions Praveer Sharan and Colin Liu on top with Ankur Moolky standing on third place

The View Of Seaside From Coquille

Nancy Keller brought 18 players from Coquille — a total of 4186 kid-miles, edging out Lisa Still’s 3645 kid-miles (27 from from Corvallis). The Coquillies were also the most spirited during the awards ceremony with enthusiastic and appropriately loud support for their teammates. For all their efforts, Nancy and the Coquille squad received an Honorable Mention and trophy at the close of the awards.

Nancy also put together a nice writeup of the event from a Coquille perspective:

And the winners were… but wait, let us describe the event as it was not the Grammies but an event with much more importance for some of the students of Coquille.

The Seaside Oregon State Chess Federation State Tournament is a favorite for many of the players as the Seaside Convention Center is a wonderful environment, they meet and re-aquaint with friends from all over the state, they enjoy the scavenger chess problem hunt between rounds, the playing environment is friendly and professional and most importantly the trophies are HUGE and are filled with candy (for younger players, almost too heavy to hold for pictures).

Only eighteen Coquille chess players, out of the 32 invited, could attend the State Championships last weekend. The recession kept many from attending, as chaperones and finances were limited.

After completing two state team championships (CFS and OHSCTA), the Coquille Chess Club did not have enough money to sponsor all the qualified players for this last state event. Many parents could not afford a day off work, the cost of transporting, or the fee of covering their players’ food cost for the three day trip. Coach Nancy Keller could only cover a limited number of hotel rooms and main tournament registration fees. The players selected to go were based on club lunchtime attendance, after-school club attendance, tournament attendance and enthusiasm for chess. There were near tears as some players were informed they could not go. The Coquille Chess Club does thank Angelina Perkins, Sharon Ross and Amanda Davidson who were able help with transporting and chaperoning so that eighteen could go (the maximum amount that the
carpooling cars could take).

The final players to make the cut were: Jessi Ross (10th grade CHS), Jenni Ross (11th grade homeschool), Isaiah Hill (10th grade CHS), Dane Ramirez (9th grade CHS), Donovan Taylor-Blower (9th grade CHS), Tanner Flood (9th grade CHS), Kaitlyn Davidson (8th grade CVMS), Sarai Perkins (8th grade homeschool), Aaron Grabinsky (7th grade homeschool), Hailey Riley (7th grade CVMS), Noelani Daily (7th grade
UVCA), Mason Collard (6th grade CVMS), Emily Clemons (6th grade CVMS), Josiah
Perkins (5th grade homeschool), JJ Newman (5th grade CVMS), Dustin Neuwirth (5th
grade CVMS), Angelina Morones (1st grade Lincoln), Mackenzie Collard (Kindergarten, Lincoln).

The players left early Friday morning to participate in the Friday evening side-events of Blitz and Bughouse tournaments. There were the first collection of winners as in the Blitz tournament (speed chess where each player has a limit of five minutes for their game), Jessi Ross (11th grade homeschool) won first place. In Bughouse, partners Sarai Perkins (8th grade homeschool) and Donovan Taylor-Blower (9th grade Coquille High School) snagged a first place “buggy” bughouse trophy. Per tradition, all losers had to eat worms–gummy worms.

The main event was held all day Saturday, and it was a frenzy for chaperones as there were many different divisions the Coquille players were in as ages of the players ranged from kindergarten to 10th grade. But even the youngest player for Coquille, Mackenzie Collard, quickly figured out the system of checking pairings, finding tables, playing and then recording results for the five round event. Between rounds, players had the opportunity to do the chess problem scavenger hunt, which Mason Collard won. He received a prize of chess teaching manuals. There was also “Lucky Chess” where a die roll determined which piece was to be moved, a fun variation of chess.

Once again, Coquille was noted for bringing half girls in a sport notoriously dominated by boys. Anyone who though playing a girl was easy, were quickly taught that was not the case as most of Coquille’s trophy winners were girls.

At the awards ceremony at the end of an exhausting day, the final trophy winners were:
Sportsmanship Award for polite behavior: Mackenzie Collard
Third place Primary Intermediate Section: Mackenzie Collard
Fifth place Primary Intermediate Section: Angelina Morones
Fourth place Elementary Elite Section: Josiah Perkins
First place Middle School Prep Section: Noelani Daily
First place Middle School Advanced Section: Aaron Grabinsky
Fourth place Middle School Intermediate Section: Kaitlyn Davidson
Craziest Coach to bring so many spirited kids so far: Nancy Keller


This year’s OSCF State Championship was the biggest yet. In all, 270 kids registered, and an amazing 268 (or 99.3%) of those turned out to play on Saturday. The event went remarkably smoothly, thanks to the hundreds upon hundreds of hours of help from around 100 volunteers. Nearly 100% of the work — from the OSCF board to the TDs to the check-in desk to the chess parents, siblings, and coaches in every corner of the Seaside Convention Center — was volunteer. Huge kudos and thanks to all who volunteered their time, energy, and resources to make the event such a big success. More kids! More chess! More fun!

The OSCF board would like to extend a special note of thanks to the following people:

To Dennis Petersen, who wanted to play in the Friends and Family tournament, agreed to direct with the promise that “it will be really easy” (well, we thought it would!!!), and then ended up not playing because he didn’t want anyone else to have to sit out with a bye. He also had to deal with the conundrum of what to do when some players who signed up were not able to come: he made sure that everyone was seated anyway, that no first round games had to be repeated, and that the section finished ALMOST on time —- a minor miracle after such a rocky start! Dennis is a great guy with a big heart.

Dennis and his company, Legend Products, has been a strong supporter since the very beginning of OSCF’s history. Legend Products has provided all of the fine chess sets that we use, and continues to contribute a few each year in addition to giving us equipment to sell at the chess store. The wooden sets that were sold at a big discount this year are just a sampling of his generosity.

Bing Sun, Katrina Halverson, and Sandip Chattopadhyay, were each in charge of a playing room for the whole day on Saturday, taking time away from their families and all the fun activities of the event and the town to make sure the playing conditions were quiet and fair and that the rounds stayed on schedule. They had tremendous help from Jeff Dobbins, Steve Cousineau, Lynn Wiles, Dennis Peterson, Nick Beleiciks, Roza Kotlyar, Rustam Kocher, Radu Roua, Tony Hann, Steven Breckenridge, Max Booth, Zane Kesey, and Chris Allen.

To Amy Coughlin, who has officially retired from the board but continues to advise us and to serve as our state’s Ratings Coordinator, putting in hour after hour of work throughout the year to make sure that every NWSRS rated event in Oregon has accurate and up-to-date results posted in a timely manner, and that all of our kids ratings reflect their latest efforts.

To Ellissa Parnon, who once again put together an awesome program packed with information about awards, players, schedules, sponsors, and the artistic efforts of some of the children who submitted entries to the T-shirt design contest. Ellissa’s experience and attention to detail not only produced a great program, but also spurred board members to complete tasks that might otherwise have fallen through the cracks in this year when we were scrambling to adjust to the absence of both Kate and Amy.

To Leanne Schuetze, who in addition to helping during registration and at Chess Central on Saturday, worked in the weeks before the tournament to cut, paste, and stuff name tags, create blitz, bughouse, and Friends and Family tickets, and to make sure that all 270 preregistered players had precisely the correct schedule on the back of their name tag so that no one was lost or confused.

To Doreene Carpenter, who did not come to the tournament, but helped in the week before to make sure that information was correctly transferred from the Constant Contact preregistration program, which was a bit bulky for our purposes, to an accurate spreadsheet that reflected each and every player’s preference. Doreene also created the awesome “B” hive tri-fold poster that was on display in the lobby.

To Elizabeth Kerle, who in addition to helping to herd 27 Cheldelin and Mt. View chess players on Friday and Saturday, was also the first volunteer to show up Saturday morning at the ungodly hour of 7:00 am AND was the last to leave, coming back on purpose to help with that final break down and clean up that no one wants to do and that usually falls solely onto the shoulders of already exhausted board members.

To Liz Brown, who not only creates those magnificent trophies, but rents a truck, brings the trophies and the way to Seaside, unpacks them and creates the display that so many of you enjoy during the day.

To Steven Breckenridge, who graduated last year, but came back this year, bringing his extensive chess knowledge and status as a National Master, 3 time OSCF champion, 2007 National Junior High Blitz Champ, and is currently one of the Oregon State 2011 co-champions along with Radu Roua, Daniel Gay, and Brian Esler. Steven analyzed games with a large number of kids during the day Saturday, ran simuls against up to 15 players at a time on Friday evening and Saturday morning, played a simultaneous blitz exhibition match against the winners of the top quads in the blitz tournament on Friday, and helped direct the tournament on Saturday.

To our sponsors, John Bain, Legend Products, Transensory Inc., Phillips Candies, Chess Vision, Northwest Designs, Mozek Games, Clatskanie Chess Club, Pleasant Hill Chess Club, and Coquille Chess Club.

To Kate Taylor, who, though no longer with us, continues to inspire us to create a busy and fun event where sportsmanship is valued and even emphasized, and where children are recognized and rewarded for their efforts and growth in a very special way.

Seaside Sections: Odd Numbers

When there is an odd number of players in a section, each round one player must sit out with a bye. In consolation for having to sit, the odd player with a bye scores a full point for the round. When the section is small and there are not many rounds, that can be serious problem. For example, in a section with nine players and four rounds, almost half the players will get a bye at some point and play only three games! The final results end up being strongly affected by unplayed games — not good!

To help ensure that there are even numbers of players in sections, we may invite a player near the boundary between sections to play up or down. A special priority is for the small, four-round, G/90 and G/60 sections to have even numbers. Don’t be alarmed if you see one player in your section with a rating that is slightly outside the normal, expected range.

Bughouse at Seaside

I’m sure you’ve seen how one or two games of bughouse at a school chess club can raise the energy level in the room by a factor of ten. Now imagine 150 excited bughouse players going at it at the same time. A truly amazing event. Plenty of chaos. A superabundance of fun.

Check-in by 6:00 at the B-hive. Entry fee: $10. Games to begin as soon as possible after that (usually 6:45-7:00).

For more info about bughouse play and full rules, visit our bughouse page at

Blitz at Seaside

Shake off those pre-tournament jitters by playing in the blitz tournament Friday afternoon. Check-in by 4:00 at the B-hive. Games as soon as possible after that (usually 4:30 or 4:45). Blitz is almost exactly like regular chess except you have to make all your moves in just five minutes and if you catch your opponent making an illegal move, you win! Most games end when a king is captured (an emphatic way of saying, “Illegal move! I win!”) or when a player runs out of time.

Brief summary of rules:
1. G/5 time control with no delay. There’ll be a clock on every board, and players must complete all their moves within five minutes. If you run out of time, you lose (unless your opponent doesn’t have enough fire power left on the board to checkmate).
2. “Release move” is in effect. A move is determined when a player takes his or her fingers off the piece.
3. Penalty for illegal moves is loss of game. For example, if your opponent moves into check, you can win by capturing his or her king.

With one exception (“release move” instead of “touch move”), USCF rules governing G/5 blitz are in effect.

Friends & Family Tournament at Seaside

The Friends and Family tournament is open to anyone of any age who is not participating in the championship but knows the rules of chess and would like to play. It will be held in the green Game in 30 room. The format will be either round robin or Swiss, depending on number of participants, and sections may be split by age or rating. There will modest cash awards for top performers and tokens of participation for all. All games will be NWSRS rated, and USCF rules of play apply.

If you would like to play, purchase tickets at the “B” Hive on Friday or the OSCF store in the Skittles room on Saturday Morning. The cost is $10.00. The only information we need is your first and last name (print legibly please) and your approximate rating.

Please report to the playing room at least 5 minutes before the start of each round, and Good luck!

Chess + Foreign Exchange

Chess + Foreign Exchange = Fun for your family & Fun for your club

NW Services PEACE Program has several exchange students, like Lukas from Germany and Anh from Vietnam, who would enjoy playing chess during their school year in the US. Almost anyone can host an international teen. They need a bed, meals and loving support. They have insurance and an allowance for all other expenses.

You can see all student profiles at
New ones will come in through April.

If you can welcome an international chess player to your home and club please contact Nancy.

The Final Top 25 List…

…before State is now posted. Alexandra Botez (Clackamas) tops the list of active NWSRS players at just under 2000. Not surprisingly, over half are from the Portland metropolitan area, but also strongly represented are small Corvallis (four of the top seven), smaller Pleasant Hill (two in top 25), and Eugene (two in top 25). Also cracking the list are Joshua Luce from the rising chess powerhouse of Klamath Falls and Roseburg’s Drew Coughlin.