Results from the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholastic follow:
-HIGH SCHOOL: 1st) Homeschool, 2nd) Kamehameha, 3rd) Aiea
-MIDDLE SCHOOL: 1st) Kamehameha Middle, 2nd) Washington Middle, 3rd) Mililani Middle
-ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 1st) Homeschool, 2nd) Punahou, 3rd) Kamehameha
-OVERALL: 1st) Eldon Nakagawa (Aiea, 11th grade), 2nd) Likeke Aipa (Kamehameha, 12th grade), 3rd) Ford Nakagawa (Aiea, 9th grade), 4th) Roy Yang (Iolani, 9th grade)
-HIGH SCHOOL: 1st) Evan Zheng (Mililani, 11th grade), 2nd) Lucas Beddow (Kamehameha, 11th grade), 3rd) Nathan Cheng (Homeschool, 1th grade)
-MIDDLE SCHOOL: 1st) Homare Takemoto (Washington Middle, 8th grade), 2nd) Nicholas Wong (Kamehameha Middle, 7th grade), 3rd) Michael Llanos (Kamehameha Middle, 7th grade)
-ELEMENTARY: 1st) Gabriel White (Homeschool, 4th grade), 2nd) Pascal He (Punahou, 4th grade), 3rd) Adriel White (Homeschool, 4th grade)
-PRIMARY: 1st) Zachary Kim (Homeschool, 3rd grade), 2nd) Tate Goodman (Punahou, 3rd grade), 3rd) Caleb White (Homeschool, 1st grade)
-NOVICE/BEGINNER: 1st) Ricardo Tran (Washington Middle, 6th grade), 2nd) Youjin Kim (Washington Middle, 7th grade), 3rd) Kai Hirose (Washington Middle, 8th grade), 4th) Justin Hong (Washington Middle, 8th grade)
Links to pdf crosstables/prize reports:
Congratulations to GM Timur Gareev who recently won the 2012 North American Open in Las Vegas, picking up nearly $10,000! Timur flew directly to Vegas from Hawaii, where he gave a chess camp and blindfolded simultaneous exhibition at Washington Middle School.
Special mention should go to Roy Yang, who scored 5.5 in the U1500 section, tying for 3rd-6th place and winning over $1,000! Complete results from the tournament are on the official website. ChessBase also just published my pictorial report from the event on its website.
The “Uzbek Dragon Winter Camp” is now well underway at Washington Middle School. If you missed out on the camp, there is still a chance to meet and play with Grandmaster Gareev! See message below from HCF Scholastic Director, Guy Ontai.
If you haven’t been able to participate in the camp, we have a couple of opportunities for you to join us.
Friday, Camp Quick Tournament (7-SS, G/10 SD)
-Registration at Noon
-Play starts at 1pm
-Camp Participants FREE
-Non-camp players: $20
Saturday, Blindfold Simul
-Registration at 8am
-Starts at 9am
-Camp Participants FREE
-Non-camp players: Adults, $40, Children (17 and under), $25.
Any proceeds will go to charity, so come out and meet Timur!
For more info, contact Guy at gpontai (at) gmail.com
With a larger-than-expected turnout of 17 players, this past weekend’s chess tournament at the Atherton YMCA featured some of the State’s best players.
As mentioned in the previous post, the tournament also counted among its participants a brutally strong International Master from Switzerland, Julien Carron. Boasting a FIDE rating of 2369, IM Carron was the odds-on favorite to win the tournament.
Julien won his first four games, but with tough resistance from all of his opponents. I had the distinction (burden?) of playing him in the fifth and final round. Fully expecting to get annihilated, I essayed 1.c4 and said a prayer.
I’ll post the game with annotations by the weekend, but, as you may have already heard, the result of the game was a shocker — a draw. I still have no idea how I managed it. All I can say now is that I played my heart out. I look forward to sharing the game later this week.
With the draw, IM Carron secured first place in the Open section, winning $90 and the Champion’s trophy. 4 players were tied at 3.5, sharing equal 2nd-5th place – Rob Keough, Scott Kira, Lorenzo Farinas and yours truly. The remaining Open prize money was split equally among the others (as TD, I was ineligible to win prizes).
The U1400 section was fiercely contested. Dylan Marn played very impressive chess and took first place (even giving IM Carron a run for his money in the first round). 2nd-3rd place prize money went to Omea Lau and Eli Akimseu, who both finished with 2.5 points. Great job, guys!
Mahalo to all who came out to play and watch. I hope to hold the tournament again next year and am looking to hopefully do another tournament at the Atherton during Memorial Day weekend. Stay tuned!
17 players showed up for day one of the Hawaii Chess Thanksgiving Weekend Open today, including a very strong newcomer to Hawaii chess, International Master Julien Carron! IM Carron is from Switzerland, and is a visiting astronomy researcher at the University of Hawaii.
Check out the wallchart below to see results so far as well as round 3 pairings for tomorrow. Players — please note that these pairings are tentative and may change.