2014 September Scholastic – Results and Photos

The 2014-2015 scholastic calendar kicked off with the September Scholastic event at Washington Middle School.  Evan Zheng won the individual Open event with a perfect 6/6 score, while the Novice Section was won by Ki Hwan Kim and Kwan Joo Park, who both scored 4.5/5 points.  McKinley High School took top team honors.

McKinley High School - Team Winners


Open Section – Crosstable, Prizewinners and Team Standings from the Open

Novice Section – Crosstable and Prizewinners

Photo Gallery (courtesy of Bert Nakagawa) on Facebook

Details and Entry Form for the 2014 Hawaii State Open and Blitz Championships

The details for the 2014 Hawaii State Open have been finalized, with this year’s events taking place over Thanksgiving weekend ( from November 28-30) in the Washington Middle School library.

Full details and the above entry form/flyer are available for download and printing: Word | PDF.

Coming in March: The 2015 Hawaii Chess Festival!

Hawaii Chess Festival

We are excited to make an announcement about a major chess event happening on Oahu from March 14th-22nd, 2015 — the Hawaii Chess Festival! Mark your calendars.  The Festival will include an International Open, a Chess Day at Magic Island, appearances from top players and much more!  For complete details on the Festival visit www.HawaiiChessFestival.com.  Like the Festival on Facebook for the latest news on the event.

And if you are outside of Hawaii, be sure to enter the Hawaii Chess Flyaway contest!  You could win a flight to the chess vacation of a lifetime!

Charles Sonido Wins Memorial Weekend Open

Rob Keough (left) faces Charles Sonido with Kwan Lau Looking On

Rob Keough (left) faces Charles Sonido, with Kwan Lau Looking on

10 players showed up for the Hawaii Memorial Weekend Open at the Atherton YMCA.  Despite the low turnout there was high drama.  The tournament was won by Charles Sonido, who played well above his 1700 rating, going undefeated with 4.5 points out of 5.  Charles took down three higher rated opponents and gained almost 150 rating points!

For complete results, see the tournament crosstable on the USCF website.  We also posted a small photo gallery from the event on Facebook.

WMS Chess Team Captures National Team and Individual Championship!

2014 WMS Chess Team - National Champions

The Washington Middle School (WMS) Chess Team competed in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2014 K-9 National Chess Championships from April 24-27. The WMS team of Quguang (pronounced chu-gwan) Wang, Kai Zheng, Wun-Min Chen, and Huai Yu Zheng won the K-9 Unrated Team Championship by scoring 25.5 points out of a possible 28 points!

Quguang became the K-9 Unrated National Champion by winning all seven of his games for a perfect score of 7.0. Kai Zheng and Wun-Min Chen, also undefeated with 6.5 points, won the second and third place trophies. Huai Yu earned 5.5 for the 6th place trophy. Patrick Perry competed in the Under 750 rating section and he finished with 6.0 points which earned him the seventh place trophy.

In the Blitz Tournament, WMS finished in 10th overall, and Wun-Min won 1st, Quguang finished 2nd, and Huai Yu earned 3rd place trophies in their unrated class.

Mr. Floro competed in a Friends and Family Chess Tournament in the Coach/Player section with Wun-Min Chen. They both won all four of their games for a perfect combined score of 8.0 points, which earned them a first place trophy. Quguang is now preparing to represent Hawaii in the Dewain Barber Tournament of Jr. High Champions that will be held in Orlando, Florida from July 26-29.

Submitted by WMS Coach Eric Floro.  Congrats to the Quguang and the WMS team!  

See the article in the Star-Advertiser (login required) about their great accomplishment.  

Complete crosstables from the event are on USChess.org