Vancouver, WashingtonVancouver, Washington played host this year to the 2012 US Open as well as the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, and other national events.  Held from August 4th-12th, Hawaii was strongly represented by a few of our best players.

Unfortunately, our High School Champion, Evan Zheng was unable to make the Denker.  In his place, Eldon Nakagawa was able to represent Hawaii.  Eldon did very well, scoring 4/6 against extremely strong opposition.  What’s more, Eldon won the tournament’s best game prize!

In the Barber, Eldon’s brother Ford carried the flag for Hawaii.  Ford also did quite well, scoring 3.5 out of 6, an improvement over his result last year of 3/6.  Full story from USCF Online about this year’s Denker and Barber tournaments is here, including Eldon’s inspired game.  Try to find another game where a knight attempts to sacrifice itself on both g2 and h2!

Of the 517 players in the Open event, four were from Hawaii, including:

  • NM Cornelius Rubsamen (2277) – 6/9
  • Coel Oshiro (1852) – 4.5/9
  • Nicholas Nainoa Wong (580) – 2.5/9
  • Eric Johnston (unrated) – 3/9

Complete crosstables of the US Open and various side events are here.