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FOOL'S MATE ~ April 1, 2017
Hosted by Hope Lutheran Church
Detailed cross-table results

~ Article by James Stripes ~ Photos by Felicia Boyle
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The Fool's Mate Youth Chess Tournament had eleven players sharing first place across four sections. The event was held 1 April 2017 at Hope Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley. Fifty-one youth players representing twenty-three schools competed across the four sections. As the 2016-2017 scholastic chess season's end draws near, near equality on the top boards has become the year's theme. Not only are most of the top players proving themselves capable of beating any of the others, this season has the largest number of players with ratings above 1400 in the past fifteen years.

In the top section, four players came into the event with ratings above 1400, another was just below that mark. In addition, three new players without NWSRS ratings, but with FIDE and New Zealand ratings strengthened the competition. As the FIDE to USCF conversion formula put the newcomers all near 1500, this rating estimate was used for pairing purposes. Benjamin Nylund (number 13 in his age group in New Zealand) finished with 4.5 as did Varun Ambalavanan. They drew each other and beat their other opponents. Tie-breaks gave first place to Benjamin and second to Varun. Tied for third place with 4.0 each were Alex Herron and Mathew Wasson. Alex's only loss was to Benjamin; Mathew's loss was to Alex. First place in high school went to Alex, the highest rated player in the section. Mathew took home a scorebook as his prize. First place in sixth grade went to Kolby Uhlenkott, the top 3.0 on tie-breaks. Also with 3.0 was Ryan Lamb, who took home the trophy for first in middle school. Scoring 3.0, but going home without individual prizes were Kevin Nguyen, Arnav Wadikar, and Timothy Nylund. Gabrielle Lee won the biggest upset trophy.

The road to greatness is strewn with obstacles. When these obstacles are strong opponents, everyone grows in strength. In the K-5 section, the top four rated players were all within a few points of 1100 NWSRS. Three of them tied for first. Ben Barrett won the first place trophy due to the strongest tie-breaks, even though he lost to Tom Albretch, who took home the second place trophy. Vishal Achanta beat Tom, and won first place in grade five. Vishal's only loss was to Ben. Once again a perfect circle of three--each beating and losing to one of the others-- reveals the complexity of tie-breaks. There were two players with 3.0 in that section. Cole Conway won the trophy for first in grade four. Matthew Hou could not compete for a grade level trophy as a second grader playing up, but took home a scorebook as his prize. Tyrel Tyborg won the upset trophy.

Competition was so fierce in the twelve player K-3 section that 3.5 points put each of five players in a tie for first. Mary Wang, the only player without a loss, won the first place trophy. Second place went to Andy Bao. Two of the remaining three won their respective grade level trophies. Joshua Schoenberger was first in grade three and Alex Lucas was first in grade two. The remaining player in the five-way tie at the top, Rishi Achanta, took home a chess book. Shane Teilborg won the upset trophy.

The six-player K-1 section was played as a round robin and produced the only clear first place winner. Owen Worsfold took home the trophy for first as a consequence of winning four of his five games. However, half of the six players tied for second with 3.0 each. Yashas Hithalamane, the only one to beat Owen, won first in kindergarten. Eshan Reddy, playing in his first tournament, won first place in first grade. Henry Cartwright took home a special prize that was not a trophy, but that put a smile on his face.

Anand Wadikar won all three games to finish atop the parents group. Three parents finished with a single loss each. The prize was a book awarded to the Wadikar family for the 6.0 combined score of parent and child. As Shankar Achanta and his top scoring child also finished with 6.0, they took home the latest issue of Northwest Chess.

The Odyssey Program at Libby won the team competition with 13.0 combined top-four scores. The second place team trophy went to Priest River Home School (11.0), the family that recently moved to the area from New Zealand. Farwell (9.5), Cataldo (8.5), and Hope Lutheran Home School (8.5) rounded out the teams with four players.


April 6, 2017
Hosted by St. John Vianney
Elementary School

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Schools with Inland Chess Academy supported chess clubs
in school year 2016-2017

All Saints Catholic School ~ See you at summer camp.
Cataldo Catholic School ~ See you at summer camp.
Eagle Peak School ~ contact school office
Farwell Elementary School ~ See you at summer camp.
First Presbyterian Christian School ~ Apr 10 FLIER Spring 2017
Freeman Elementary School ~ See you at summer camp.
• Freeman Middle School ~ Jan 18 ~ See you at summer camp.
Home School Chess Club ~ Tuesday 3:30 pm, Hope Lutheran Church
Hutton Elementary ~ See you at summer camp.
Libby Center ~ May 5 ~ FLIER Spring 2017
MEAD Home School ~ contact school office

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NW Christian Elementary School ~ April 11 FLIER Spring 2017
Pioneer School ~ ongoing ~ FLIER Spring 2017
Ramsey Elementary, CDA ~ contact school office
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St. John Vianney Catholic School ~ Apr 10 FLIER Spring 2017
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• The Oaks ~ Jan 26 ~ See you at summer camp.

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Tournament Results for 2016 - 2017 School Year
Mar 18 ~ Bishop's Scrifice, Hope Lutheran Church ~ REVIEW and RESULTS
Mar 4 ~ March Madnes, St Georges School ~ REVIEW and RESULTS
Feb18 ~ Rook's Ruckus, First Presbyterian Church ~ REVIEW and RESULTS
F eb 4 ~ Groundhog's Shadow, Hope Lutheran Church ~ REVIEW and RESULTS
Jan 21 ~ Winterfest, Deer Park High School ~ REVIEW and RESULTS
Jan 7 ~ Frosty Pawn, Catalso ~ St. Augustine Parish Center
Dec 29 ~ Holiday Tournament ~ RESULTS
Dec 6 ~ Shadle Park High School Championship ~ RESULTS
Nov 19 ~ Pilgrim Progress, St. Georges ~ RESULTS
Oct 22 ~
Black Knight Joust, St. John Vianney
~ NW Rating update
July Summer Camp 1 day 5 round Tournament ~ RESULTS
July Summer Camp 3 round Tournament ~ RESULTS
June Summer Camp 1 day 5 round Tournament ~
June Summer Camp 3 round Tournament ~ RESULTS

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