2015 Hawaii Chess Festival – Results and Photos

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The 2015 Hawaii Chess Festival was a tremendous success with players from over 10 countries and many U.S. states converging on Hawaii for the many events. There was some great coverage of the event(s) in International chess press, including:

ChessBase

Grandmasters in Hawai’i
Hawai’i GM Challenge – 1 of 2
Hawai’i GM Challenge – 2 of 2

Chess.com

2015 Hawaii Chess Festival Kicks Off; Shankland Leads GM Challenge
Hawaii Chess Festival: Hou Yifan Dominates Sunday, Wins GM Challenge
Women's World Champion Hou Yifan with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley

We encourage anyone interested in seeing pictures from the events to see our various Facebook photo galleries.

We were also privileged to have live Grandmaster video commentary during our Grandmaster Challenge.

Results for the various Festival tournaments, not including the GM Challenge, can be found on the USCF website here. Crosstables and results from the GM Challenge can be found at the ChessBase and Chess.com links above.

2015 Hawaii State Scholastic Championship Results are also on the USCF website. Congratulations to Evan Zheng for winning his second State Scholastic Championship!

Ford Nakagawa taking on 2015 Hawaii State Scholastic Champion Evan Zheng (r)

Thanks to all who participated in what was a very memorable week! We are trying to bring the Festival back again, but are unsure of whether it will be in 2016 or 2017. Stay tuned!


2015 Girls State Championship and Bughouse Results

Congratulations to our 2015 Girls State Champion, Maile Duffy!  Maile topped a field of nine players with a perfect 4/4 score.  You can see the rated results crosstable from the girls event here.

The Girls Championship was held on Saturday, 3/7 at Washington Middle School after a very successful bughouse tournament.  Here is a tournament report from Reynolds Takata, who directed this fun event:

The Bughouse championship had a good turnout.  There were 24 teams for a total of 48 participants.  There were also a few familiar names in the open division.
Here is a list of the winners:
Open:  Fred Haley & Paul Iinuma
High School:  Giorgio Tran & Wun Min Chen [McKinley High School]
Intermediate: Riccardo Tran & Kai Yuan Zheng [Washington Middle School] 
Elementary Division: Xander Henkin & Joh Demura-Devore [Punahou School]
Winner of the random drawing [chess clock]: Samuel Rivers [Kaimuki Christian School]
Winner of the random drawing [chess set]: Janessa Chun [Kaimuki Christian School]
Special thanks to Keahi and Guy for providing the clocks, Eric Floro for securing the site, and to Tessa Ching for helping run the event.  
There was a lot of positive feedback.  Many of the players would want to see the event run on an annual basis.

Upcoming Girls State Scholastic and State Bughouse Championships (All ages)

Join us on March 7th at Washington Middle School for the Girls State Scholastic Championship and State Bughouse Championship (all ages welcome!).

Download the flyer with more details here.


2015 Presidents’ Day Scholastic RATED Results!

Hawaii saw its largest rated tournament since the US Open in 1998 when a whopping 91 players participated in the rated sections of this year’s Presidents Day Sectionals event!

Individual winners included:

High School – Evan Zheng
Middle School – Han Seong Kim
Elementary School – Michael Wei Chen
Primary School – Mark Yi An Chen
Novice Section – Justin Liang

Team Winners :

High School – McKinley High School
Middle School – Washington Middle School
Elementary – Punahou
Primary – Punahou

Results:

ALL Sections – RATED results
Novice Section Results


Windward Chess Club Back in Action!

Windward Chess Club

We are excited to announce that the Windward Chess Club has started back up! After a long hiatus (4 years or so) the club is having its first meeting at Starbucks, across from Zippy’s next to Windward Mall on Wednesday January 28th, from 7-9 PM.

For more info see the club’s Meetup page or contact the Windward Club’s Organizer Frank Alejandro at frank713 (at) yahoo.com.