Hawaii State Class Championships

When:  Saturday, November 24th. 9am to 6:30pm.

Where:  Moanalua Middle School Cafeteria      

  1289 Mahiole St, Honolulu, HI 96819

Bring:  Board, pieces, clock and pen if you can.

Format:  A four-round Swiss-System, non-elimination chess tournament (where everyone plays four rounds)  It is USCF dual rated (Quick and Classical) and divided into three sections: Open, Reserve (for players rated between 1000 and 1599 or unrated) and Cadet (rated under 1000 or unrated).  

Time Control:  50 minutes for each player with a 10-second delay on each move.

Registration:  $25 entry fee.  Register in advance by email, sending name, contact information and USCF ID number to bobnewell@bobnewell.net before 6:00pm on Friday, 11/23.  Then bring $25 cash only for entry fee, collected 8:00 to 8:30am Saturday, 11/24.  $10 late fee added if you don’t pre-register! ($10 scholastic scholarship available for families who request it in advance.)

Round Times:  9:00, 11:15,  2:00, 4:15. Awards ceremony at 6:30.   Half-point byes available in any rounds. Last-round byes must be arranged before the start of the second round.

Prizes:  Cash prizes based on entries with >70% returned.  $100 minimum guaranteed first place in the Open section.  State residents qualify medals for top three in each rating class: M, X, A, B, C, D, E, u1000, u800, Unrated.  Official state chess champion class titles awarded for M, X, A, B, C, D, E.

Official Ratings:  USCF official ratings from November, 2018  will be used for this event. To see the current list of Hawaii players with USCF ratings click here.  

Parent Tips:  The Cadet section is for younger and beginner players to earn a USCF national rating.  The Reserve section is for experienced teen or adult players who are unrated. Participants must have a current USCF membership and write down all the moves. Players under age 16 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times!

Directions:  From the H-201 Highway take the Puuloa exit North toward Tripler Army Medical Center.  At the first light turn right (East) on Mahiole St. The school is on the right side. Park in the main parking lot and follow the signs to the chess tournament in the cafeteria.

Food: There are several food options at the Moanalua 99 Mall across the H-201 highway from the school.  Lunch break will be approximately 45-90 minutes depending when your second game ends.

Zheng & Iinuma are Hawaii Quick Chess Co-Champions

Paul Iinuma and Evan Zheng are 2018 Hawaii Quick Chess Champions after both scoring 6/7 points in the 16 player open field.

The Reserve/U1400 section had another 12 participants and Martin Frey Hebert claimed the title with a 6/7 score.

Iinuma and Charles Sonido tied for first in the small rated blitz event.

Congrats to the champions, thanks to all the players for participating and special thanks to Damian Nash and Bob Newell who organized/directed the tournament! Also, special thanks to Tom Zheng for providing the beautiful venue!


Open Crosstable

Reserve Rated Crosstable

Blitz Rated Crosstable

2018 Hawaii Quick Chess Championship

The 2018 Hawaii Quick Chess championship is going to be held on Sunday, October 7th across from Ala Moana Mall. See the below flyer for more info. Space is limited so register in advance! Click the flyer to see a larger version.

2018 Hawaii State Open & Blitz Results

44 Players showed up to Kapiolani Hospital for the Hawaii State Open this year.  There was a 3 way tie for first, with now 11-time champion Cornelius Rubsamen (center) sharing this year’s title with Kauai’s Damian Nash (left) and Michael Omori, a UH graduate student. All three players scored 4/5.

2018 Hawaii Chess Champions - Damian Nash, Cornelius Rubsamen and Michael Omori

The reserve section was won by Patrick F. Perry, who scored a perfect 5/5.

Paul Iinuma won the Blitz, scoring an impressive 12.5 / 14!

Mahalo to everyone who came out and congrats to all the winners!


USCF Rated Results – Open

USCF Rated Results – Blitz

Pictures on Facebook

2018 State Open & Blitz Championships

September 1 – 3, 2018
Kapiolani Medical Center, Diamond Head Tower, Conference Rooms 2&3
1319 Punahou St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

Hawai’i State Open Championship

September 1 – 3, 2018 (USCF membership required; available at the door or in advance at https://secure.uschess.org/webstore/index.php (be sure to bring your USCF membership card or something that includes your USCF ID number)). $5 Nuisance Fee for any player who shows up without USCF ID!

5 Round Swiss
Time Control: All rounds at G/115 d/5
EF: $30 if received by 9/1, $40 thereafter. USCF Scholastic or
Youth $5 less
Registration: (Sat. 9/1) 8:00am – 8:45 am
Round Times:

(Sat. 9/1) Round 1: 9:00 am
Round 2: 1:30 pm
(Sun. 9/2) Round 3: 9:00 am
Round 4: 1:30 pm
(Mon. 9/3) Round 5: 9:00 am

Prize Fund: ($750 prize pool *based on 15 players in each section
OPEN: $150 -100 – 50; Expert (U2200) $45; A $45; B $45;
RESERVE (U1600): $100 – $70 – $50; D $45; E/below (including unrateds) $45;

TWO SECTION FORMAT! However, sections may be combined if turnout is low.

Hawai’i State Blitz Championship

September 3rd, 2018 (USCF Blitz Rated!)
7 Round Swiss, B&W against each opponent; all games G/5
EF: $25 if rec’d by 9/1, $30 thereafter. USCF Scholastic or Youth $5 less
Registration: (Mon. 9/3) 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Round Times: 2:00 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 3:40 p.m. 4:05 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Prize Fund: ($350 prize pool *based on 20 players*); $125 (1st), $75 (2nd), $50 (1st U2200), $50 (1st U1800), $50 (1st U1400/Unrated)

(Both tournaments: If we get more than the number of “based on” entrants, the prize fund may or may not be increased and the increase may or may not be allocated on the basis of class size. Hawai’i residents only eligible for title of “champion.” Section-based prizes require at least two competitors in a classification; otherwise, the prize may be rescinded Up to two half-point byes in the Open Championship if requested prior to beginning of Round 3.)

Bring boards, sets and clocks
None will be provided / you must know how to set your clock / you must keep score / you must bring your own writing instrument (or MonRoi device) to use in keeping score / embedded electronic receiving devices are expressly prohibited / cell phones must be turned to silent, off or vibrate / Decisions of the TD are final. No board – No Clock – No Play

Checks/Entries payable:
Hawai’i Chess Federation
c/o Bob Newell
201 Ohua Avenue 3003-2, Honolulu, HI 96815
E-mail: bobnewell@bobnewell.net

Download a printable entry form here.