Thanks to the chess players and families who competed in the 10th Kauai chess tournament at Kukui Grove Mall.
Official wall-charts, standings and pairings are online at
The official US Chess Federation rating report
Open Tournament:
1st place – NM Paul Iinuma
2nd place – Bryson Galapon
1st in lower half – Ed Hayes
2nd in lower half – Dan Abadilla
Blitz Tournament:
1st place – NM Paul Iinuma
2nd place – NCM Rob Keough
1st in lower half – Scott Valkenaar
2nd in lower half – Jay Hammond
Scholastic Tournament:
1st place – Ka’iwi Eu-Parziale and Rohan Sudagar
2nd place – Ethan Pinnock and Paulo Garza
3rd place – Ka’eo Frye and Poasa Garza
1st (K-3) – Grayson Barber
2nd (K-3) – Sur Middleton
3rd (K-3) – Anthony Riola
Scholastic Blitz Tournament
1st place – Rohan Sudagar (8-0)
2nd place – Paulo Garza
3rd place – Sur Middleton
Special Mention – Kindergartner Koa Tinao finished 2-2 against older players.  As soon as he learns the difference between stalemate and checkmate, he will be finishing at the top!

I watched some great games, and saw our young players get stronger with every game they played.  There were some players who had discouraging results, but I heard from their parents they are motivated to play again because the fun outweighed the disappointment.

Mahalo to all the players who helped others learn how to write down moves, report results, and maintain a great attitude.  There was fierce competition and a lot of aloha in the room all day long.  The intensity of focused thinking made the room feel like it crackled with electricity!  It was an honor for me to be in the same room, experiencing that intense energy with all of you.
A hui hou,
Damian Nash