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.