National Chess Day was Saturday October 13, 2018.
On that day a Simultaneous Exhibition by Grandmaster James Tarjan was held at the
Vancouver Mall, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver WA near Macy’s entrance
to the mall by the large chess set on the lower level that gets a lot of play.
Play took place over 14 boards and took about 3 hours. A mixture of adults and kids and
one woman took part. This was a free event for players and spectators. The grandmaster
won all his games.
The organizer was Russell (Rusty) Miller e-mail:
ponsors were: Vancouver Mall, Northwest Chess, US Chess provided chess mags,
Chess Butler provided chess books for prizes e-mail:
Schrader, EinsteiWise Academy provided the sets and boards and their website is:
, IQ Credit Union in Vancouver WA provided the pens for
players to keep a score of their game.
Pictures of the event can be found on Russell’s flickr account:
Congratulations to Jason Yu of Bellevue, Washington, who achieved a U.S. Chess rating of 2203 as a result of scoring 5 out of 9 points at the 2nd Annual Seattle Chess Classic, held at Seattle Chess Club August 15-19. Along the way to the title, Jason scored a draw against GM Tarjan and wins against FM Ignacio Perez and LM Viktors Pupols. Way to go Jason!! Here is a link to the crosstable: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201808199902.2
Sophie Velea and Anne-Marie Velea won gold medals at girls under 10 and girls under 14 in 2018 Pan-American Chess Championship in Santiago, Chile.Anne-Marie received also the title of Woman FIDE Master and Sophie received again the title of Woman Candidate Master.
Both of them will represent USA as official representative at World Cadets in Spain and World Youth in Greece. Also they will represent USA at next 2019 Pan-American Chess Championship in Ecuador.
22 countries participated in this tournament. Team USA got 1st place.
Here are the final results of the Seattle Summer Team Matches between Teams Carlsen vs Caruana and Spassky vs Fischer. Pictures from the match can be found on the WCF FB page.
Seattle Summer Team Matches:
Team Carlsen (A) vs Team Caruana (B) (5 v 5)
Team Spassky (A) vs Team Fischer (B) (5 v 5)
Team Carlsen – 17.0
Eric Zhang 2050 4.5 $50
FIDE Master Anthony He 2337 4.0 $8.33
Jason Yu 2156 4.0 $8.33
Joseph Levine 1982 4.0 $8.33
Vignesh Anand 1964 0.5
Avg. rating: 2098
Team Caruana – 8.0
Aaryan Deshpande 2027 2.5 $50
FIDE Master Ignacio Perez 2227 1.5 $8.33
Brendan Zhang 2165 1.5 $8.33
Woman International Master Naomi Bashkansky 2115 1.5 $8.33
Daniel Shubin 1884 1.0
Avg. rating: 2084
Team Spassky – 17.5
Advaith Vijayakumar 1843 5.0 $50
Frank Fagundes 1754 4.5 $12.50
Jacob Mayer 1715 4.5 $12.50
Melina Li 1704 2.0
Ani Barua 1454 1.5
Avg. rating: 1694
Team Fischer – 7.5
Derin Goktepe 1570 2.5 $50
Penguin Master Isaac Vega 1845 2.0 $12.50
Anand Gupta 1622 2.0 $12.50
Pirate Master Davey Jones 1783 1.0
Ryan Min 1486 0.0
Avg. rating: 1661
Congratulations to teams Carlsen and Spassky for defeating their American rivals! One must wonder if this is foreshadowing for the upcoming Carlsen vs Caruana World Championship Match. Someone should let Spassky know that he has finally managed to defeat Fischer!