Results for all players.
The 62 player event on March 8 at Saint George's School was Spokane's
second largest of the year and drew nearly 15% new players. Tournament
advertising promised a trophy for the team with the most new players. It
was taken home by Mead Educational Partnership. Individual awards also went
to the top unrated players: Riley Madsen (2.5) won a medal and Nathan Gellatly
(3.0) won a trophy.
Northwest Christian K-6 Team Winners
with James Stripes & Coach Ray Arquette
Some are More Equal Than Others
Commentary and pictures by James Stripes, Tournament Director
The top six players at the Rook Madness tournament demonstrated that any
one of them could defeat any of the others. Upsets abounded in the thirteen
player K-12 section that was 1/3 elementary age players.
The top two cash prizes were split ($50 each) between co-champions Ken
McGuire (4.0) and Alex Herron (4.0). Shawn Lewis defeated Ken, the top
rated player, in the first round. Shawn drew Ethan Wu in round three, but
was leading the tournament until he fell to Alex in the last round. Alex
defeated the number two seed, Jack Harris, in the fourth round. His only
loss was to Suhang Liu in round two. Suhang also defeated Jack, but lost to
Ken and Shawn. Shawn and Ethan split the remaining cash ($18 each). Jack
was the victor in Ethan's only loss.
Northwest Christian School won the elementary team trophy. Saint George's
was second and Arcadia Elementary finished third.
In K-6, Logan Faulkner defeated all opponents to win the Grand Champion
trophy. Naomi Hertz (4.0), who lost only to Logan, was the top fifth
grader. The top fourth grader, Ethan Naresh (4.0), lost only to Naomi. John
Field (3.0) had the top upset and earned a trophy.
Evelyn Arquette topped the K-3 section with a perfect 5.0 to win Grand
Champion for that section. Kara Chiang's 4.5 made her the top third grader.
The first place in second grade trophy went to Ryan Waters (4.0), who was
third overall. Two kindergartners scored 2.0. Per Sande had better
tie-breaks so won the first place in grade trophy, while Elizabeth Arquette
took home a smaller trophy. She will be in kindergarten next year. Toby
Kast (2.5) earned a medal for notable upset.
All players scoring 3.0 or better in the elementary sections took home trophies or medals.
Parent/student team award was won by Chris and Maxwell