The most fun chess event of the year! December 17th. Quick Chess and Bughouse.

Yes, we have saved the best for last.  On December 17th at Washington Middle School there will be three events in one day:

  1. The K-12 Scholastic Quick Chess Championships in the morning
  2. The Hawaii State Quick Chess Championships for all ages in the afternoon, and
  3. The Hawaii Bughouse Chess Championships for all ages in the evening.

For full details, and links to the registration page, read the flyer.

Here are Bughouse Rules and strategies, with a realistic picture of bughouse in action.

Register now for the Hawaii Open, Nov. 11-13

List of Pre-registered Players

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 9th.  After that the late registration fee jumps to $120.  So the early bird gets a much better deal.  There will be over $2000 in cash prizes!

Registration Form

Tournament Flyer

The Hawaii Open is the oldest, biggest and best annual chess tournament in Hawaii.  This year it returns to the beautiful Entrepreneur’s Sandbox at 643 Ilalo Street in Honolulu.

There will be two sections:  Open and Reserve (under 1500).  Each section will have five rounds of USCF rated chess at a time control of Game in 90-minutes with a 30-second delay.  That means games can last up to four hours.  There will be a blitz tournament on Sunday afternoon with a 3-minute time limit and a 2-second increment.  The winners of the three events become the official 2022 Hawaii State Champion, Reserve Champion and Blitz Champion.

The entry fee went up a lot this year, from $50 to $80, but so did the cash prizes.  After expenses, 100% of entry fees are returned to the players.  There will be over $2000 in cash prizes, arranged so that every player has a good chance at winning something substantial.

2022-2023 Scholastic Chess Calendar

The Hawaii Chess Federation and Princess Ruth Ke’elikolani Middle School are happy to announce nine chess tournaments held once a month from September through May. All chess sets, clocks, pens and score sheets will be provided.
All students in grades K-12 are eligible to play. Most tournaments will be five rounds of Game in 40-minutes with a 5-second delay, but three of them will be only four rounds, plus an additional (optional) Blitz tournament, with the time control of 5 minutes with a 3-second delay.
Damian Nash and Robert Turner will be organizing and directing these events, with help from HCF Board members Sean Uezu (Treasurer), Ryan Tongg (VP) and Rob Keough (President).
Here are the important links:
Please pass this information along to coaches, team mates, chess friends, and anyone else who you think might be interested.
A hui hou,
Damian Nash, Rob Turner and the HCF Board

Results of the Hawaii Phoenix Tournament #9

Thirty-eight players participated in the ninth Hawaii Phoenix tournament on September 3rd at the Entrepreneur’s Sandbox.   NM Paul Iinuma started on board one and remained there throughout the tournament.  He won 5-0.

The big surprise of the tournament was Koapaka Satterfield, rated 453, who finished in second place with 4.5 out of 5.  That is partly due to “accelerated pairings” used by the director, to provide closer games for unrated and lower-rated players, and partly because of his great play.  He gained almost 350 rating points in one tournament, finishing over 800.

There was a big tie for third place at 4-1.  David Thaxton and newcomer Manuel Roy Leal lost only to Iinuma.  Kyle and Kevin Ching both had great tournaments, picking up 106 and 180 rating points respectively.  Their older brother Tyler Ching, while “only” at 3-2, went up 185 points in one tournament.

Official USCF Tournament Results

Results of the Kauai Island Tournament #12

Official USCF Results

NM Peter Dyson, who has run the Space Coast Open chess tournament series in Florida for 30 years, took home the $100 cash prize and the gold medal in the Advanced Quick section.  In the double round-robin, he won three games and drew three.  Nicholas Muschek finished second at 3-3 in this very tough double round-robin.  Pictured below are Chad Badgett, Damian Nash, Dyson and Muschek.

Chad Badgett, Damian Nash, NM Peter Dyson and Nicholas Muschek

Jim Serles of Kauai took the $100 cash prize and the gold medal in the Dual-rated section with 4 wins and 2 draws.  One of those draws was with young Rohan Sudagar of Oahu, rated over 800 points lower!  Rohan picked up 88 rating points in the section.  Christopher Bueno of Oahu finished second with 4.5/5.

In the Intermediate Quick section, Charles Simpson of Oahu went up 135 points by finishing in first place with 4 out of 6 points, and taking home $50 and the gold medal.  In the Beginner Quick section Kieran Alston of Kauai swept the field with 4 wins and zero losses, to earn the gold medal and $50.

In the Blitz Arena tournament, event organizer Damian Nash went 5-0, but didn’t claim any cash prizes because he forgot to collect entry fees for the Blitz.  He got lucky against the surprise of the tournament, Jay Hammond of Kauai, who forced the win of an exchange out of the opening, but later yielded to a bishop and queen attack on his king in the endgame.  Jay drew with Nick Muschek who has recently become one of Oahu’s strongest players.

Once again, Ed Hayes did a great job as the tournament director.  All the players, and especially the prizewinners, wish to thank Tom Tanimoto who generously sponsored this little tournament.