Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Peninsula Chess Club Invitational

Yesterday we held the 2nd annual Peninsula Chess Club Invitational.  12 top Peninsula Chess Club players battled in two sections.

In Group A, Collin Liou was the champion, finishing 4.0/5, with Ethan Cartagena second at 3.5.  In Group B, Nathan Gong battled Elliott Regan in the last round for first place.  Elliott went into the last round at 3.5/4 and so only needed to draw against Nathan (3.0/4), but in a tense rook, pawn and knight endgame Nathan prevailed and took the championship.

USCF Rating Report

Final standings:

Group A:

Collin Liou - 4.0
Ethan Cartagena - 3.5
Adam Zweiger - 3.0
Alan Finkelstein - 3.0
Alex Zhao - 1.0
Keenan Liou - 0.5

Group B:

Nathan Gong - 4.0
Elliott Regan - 3.5
Evan Leong - 2.5
Jacob Yuryev - 2.0
Ariane Yedidia - 1.5
Jared Gong - 1.5

Here is a link to the individual games:  2017 Invitational Games

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 2017 PCL Results

The April 2017 Peninsula Chess League tournament was held on Friday, April 21st.  This was a 3-round event, time control G/15; d3 for the USCF sections, and G/18 for the unrated sections.  The tournament was run as an individual Swiss tournament with 5 sections (3 USCF-rated, 2 unrated).  86 kids participated.

Here is the USCF Rating Report.  Some notable rating gains: Ariane Yedidia (924 -> 1030), Niko Nachbar (593 -> 853), Nathan Bederov (655 -> 786), Trisha Sabadra (458 -> 613), and Robyn Nakhimovsky (216 -> 415).

Winning teams:

1st place, Super Team (6 players):  Arroyo/Central Middle
1st Place, Large Team (5 players):  Bayside
1st Place, Standard Team (4 players):  Fox
1st Place, Small Team (3 players);  Tierra Linda
1st Place, Mini Team (2 players):  Peninsula Liberty Academy

This was Arroyo/Central Middle's second Super Team victory.  This was Bayside's first win of any kind in the PCL.  Fox is the only school to have wins in all 9 PCL tournaments.  PLA won the mini team prize for the 4th consecutive time.  Only a miracle win by Ethan in round 3 prevented Kids Connection from winning the mini team title.  If Ethan had lost, Kids Connection would have beaten both Woodland and PLA by 1 point (and Brewer Island by 3 points).

Players with perfect 3.0 scores:  Ethan Cartagena, Alan Finkelstein, Thomas Lu, Niko Nachbar, Trisha Sabadra, Cade Miller, Aaron Kang, Nate Hui, Alexander Shi, and Michael Fowler.

Here are the final team standings (winners in bold):

Team Size 6 Standings
Arroyo/Central Middle454
Brewer Island352
Central Elementary308

Arroyo/Central MiddleCade MillerSection 43.084
Arroyo/Central MiddleCollin LiouSection 12.084
Arroyo/Central MiddleAriane YedidiaSection 12.084
Arroyo/Central MiddleKeenan LiouSection 12.084
Arroyo/Central MiddleJay KothariSection 22.076
Arroyo/Central MiddleDylan WilliamsSection 41.542
Arroyo/Central MiddleJulian WardSection 21.038
Arroyo/Central MiddleZachary TysonSection 21.038
Arroyo/Central MiddleMaya EllisSection 40.00

Team Size 5 Standings
Arroyo/Central Middle412
Brewer Island310
Central Elementary280
Foster City140

BaysideThomas LuSection 23.0114
BaysideAaron KangSection 43.084
BaysideTristan LiuSection 12.084
BaysideAyman Ahmed KhanSection 21.038
BaysideRohan KumarSection 10.521

Team Size 4 Standings
Arroyo/Central Middle336
Brewer Island262
Central Elementary242
Kids Connection231
Brittan Acres204
Foster City140

FoxJared GongSection 22.076
FoxErik LeongSection 32.068
FoxRyan LeeSection 32.068
FoxEvan LeongSection 11.563
FoxKavin MisriSection 52.048
FoxSkyler PetersonSection 21.038
FoxErick ChengSection 31.034
FoxAvi ShekharSection 31.034
FoxNalini KotechaSection 40.00
FoxAnaya MisriSection 50.00

Team Size 3 Standings
Arroyo/Central Middle252
Tierra Linda219
Brewer Island214
Central Elementary200
Kids Connection197
Brittan Acres180
Foster City140

Tierra LindaAlan FinkelsteinSection 13.0126
Tierra LindaSamina GinwallaSection 31.551
Tierra LindaAdam ZweigerSection 11.042

Team Size 2 Standings
Peninsula Liberty Academy202
Tierra Linda177
Arroyo/Central Middle168
Kids Connection161
Brewer Island158
Central Elementary144
Alto International138
Brittan Acres132
Foster City98
Ralston Middle90
College Park84

Peninsula Liberty AcademyEthan CartagenaSection 13.0126
Peninsula Liberty AcademyCaden CartagenaSection 22.076

LaurelElliott ReganSection 11.042

Foster CityAravind AcharyaSection 42.056
Foster CityShricharan SriramSection 41.542
Foster CityAlex ZhaoSection 11.042
Foster CityAnanya AcharyaSection 50.00
Foster CityRaghav VemulapalliSection 30.00

Brewer IslandTrisha SabadraSection 33.0102
Brewer IslandSuraj YarrapathruniSection 42.056
Brewer IslandShrisha DandamudiSection 42.056
Brewer IslandPrakruthi RadhakrishnanSection 52.048
Brewer IslandDheeraj YarrapathruniSection 52.048
Brewer IslandAbhijith AravindSection 11.042
Brewer IslandAnkit MuppalaSection 21.038
Brewer IslandNeeharika KumarSection 51.024
Brewer IslandVishal DandamudiSection 10.521
Brewer IslandNeil BhatkhandeSection 20.00

WoodlandAdam BederovSection 12.084
WoodlandNathan BederovSection 22.076

HighlandsJaden CheungSection 11.563

Kids ConnectionRobyn NakhimovskySection 32.585
Kids ConnectionAnish DaraSection 22.076
Kids ConnectionAnika DaraSection 51.536
Kids ConnectionAnish PatilSection 31.034

Ralston MiddleAvirral AgarwalSection 22.076
Ralston MiddleAidan GurskisSection 40.514

Central ElementaryAlexander ShiSection 53.072
Central ElementaryMichael FowlerSection 53.072
Central ElementaryMatthew FosterSection 42.056
Central ElementaryOrion GurskisSection 41.542
Central ElementaryEverett KeningerSection 21.038
Central ElementaryAeron GurskisSection 41.028
Central ElementaryKayla StephanosSection 50.512

Hoover ElementaryYu-Ming LiuSection 20.00

Alto InternationalNiko NachbarSection 23.0114
Alto InternationalKai NachbarSection 51.024

FairmeadowSharvari VartakSection 32.068

ChallengerAneesh MardikarSection 32.068

Redwood ShoresKelvin GaoSection 30.517

SerendipityBohan ShaoSection 32.068

LP CollinsAnn Mary ThomasSection 30.517

Borel MiddleChenrui ZhangSection 42.056

College ParkDesmond ChuaSection 42.056
College ParkDylan ChuaSection 41.028

CiprianiRhodes KostrubSection 40.00

SandpiperArianna ZhuSection 41.028

ArundelIsaac CopenSection 42.056
ArundelBailey ChinnanSection 51.536

HeatherNirav AdavikolanuSection 51.536
HeatherMarina MendezSection 51.024
HeatherOlive BurtonSection 51.024
HeatherCooper BurtonSection 50.512

Brittan AcresNate HuiSection 53.072
Brittan AcresArthur LiSection 52.560
Brittan AcresLuke WilliamsSection 52.048
Brittan AcresAnderson BarrileSection 51.024

Notre DameKenta Itami-WolfSection 52.048

NesbitCaleb NagtalonSection 51.024

Individual results:

Section 1 (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Ethan Cartagena14108Peninsula Liberty AcademyW13W5W33.
2Alan Finkelstein12606Tierra LindaW14W11W43.
3Collin Liou11985Arroyo/Central MiddleW12W7L12.
4Tristan Liu11297BaysideB-W6L22.
5Ariane Yedidia9245Arroyo/Central MiddleW8L1W102.
6Keenan Liou11987Arroyo/Central MiddleW10L4W112.0-
7Adam Bederov10508WoodlandW9L3W142.0-
8Evan Leong10535FoxL5W12D91.
9Jaden Cheung8541HighlandsL7B-D81.
10Abhijith Aravind966 P185Brewer IslandL6W13L51.
11Alex Zhao11454Foster CityW15L2L61.
12Elliott Regan10225LaurelL3L8B-
13Adam Zweiger10336Tierra LindaL1L10W151.0-
14Rohan Kumar10257BaysideL2D15L70.
15Vishal Dandamudi9555Brewer IslandL11D14L130.

Section 2 (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Thomas Lu9057BaysideW11W6W33.
2Niko Nachbar593 P163Alto InternationalW9W5W43.
3Nathan Bederov6553WoodlandW7W10L12.
4Anish Dara8744Kids ConnectionW12W8L22.
5Caden Cartagena762 P153Peninsula Liberty AcademyW14L2W132.
6Avirral Agarwal7126Ralston MiddleW15L1W102.
7Jared Gong8335FoxL3W12W112.0-
8Jay Kothari624 P152Arroyo/Central MiddleW16L4W92.0-
9Ankit Muppala762 P95Brewer IslandL2W14L81.
10Julian Ward813 P117Arroyo/Central MiddleW13L3L61.
11Zachary Tyson6845Arroyo/Central MiddleL1W15L71.
12Ayman Ahmed Khan683 P76BaysideL4L7W151.
13Skyler Peterson6464FoxL10W16L51.0-
14Everett Keninger621 P32Central ElementaryL5L9W161.0-
15Neil Bhatkhande487 P192Brewer IslandL6L11L120.
16Yu-Ming Liu777 P53Hoover ElementaryL8L13L140.

Section 3 (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Trisha Sabadra4584Brewer IslandW12W4W53.
2Robyn Nakhimovsky216 P91Kids ConnectionW10D8W32.
3Aneesh Mardikar435 P225ChallengerX14W6L22.
4Erik Leong4842FoxW8L1W112.
5Sharvari Vartak437 P95FairmeadowW11W9L12.
6Ryan Lee4602FoxW7L3W132.
7Bohan Shao316 P33SerendipityL6W10W92.0-
8Samina Ginwalla3865Tierra LindaL4D2W121.
9Erick Cheng477 P63FoxW13L5L71.
10Avi Shekhar421 P45FoxL2L7B-
11Anish Patil293 P81Kids ConnectionL5B-L41.
12Ann Mary Thomas306 P103LP CollinsL1D13L80.
13Kelvin Gao318 P62Redwood ShoresL9D12L60.
14Raghav Vemulapalli2712Foster CityF3U-U-

Section 4 (Unrated 4-8)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Cade Miller4Arroyo/Central MiddleW8W16W43.
2Aaron Kang8BaysideW17W6W33.
3Matthew Foster5Central ElementaryW15W5L22.
4Suraj Yarrapathruni5Brewer IslandW14W12L12.
5Shrisha Dandamudi3Brewer IslandW9L3W112.
6Desmond Chua6College ParkW18L2W102.
7Isaac Copen3ArundelL10W15W132.
8Aravind Acharya2Foster CityL1W18W162.
9Chenrui Zhang6Borel MiddleL5W13W142.0-
10Dylan Williams5Arroyo/Central MiddleW7D11L61.
11Orion Gurskis2Central ElementaryB-D10L51.
12Shricharan Sriram3Foster CityD16L4W171.
13Arianna Zhu4SandpiperX19L9L71.
14Aeron Gurskis2Central ElementaryL4W17L91.
15Dylan Chua3College ParkL3L7W181.
16Aidan Gurskis6Ralston MiddleD12L1L80.
17Nalini Kotecha4FoxL2L14L120.
18Rhodes Kostrub4CiprianiL6L8L150.
19Maya Ellis6Arroyo/Central MiddleF13U-U-

Section 5 (Unrated K-3)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Nate Hui3Brittan AcresW6W11W73.
2Alexander Shi3Central ElementaryX22W13W53.
3Michael FowlerKCentral ElementaryW21W15W103.
4Arthur Li3Brittan AcresW20D10W142.
5Prakruthi Radhakrishnan1Brewer IslandW16W9L22.
6Kenta Itami-Wolf1Notre DameL1W18W162.
7Dheeraj Yarrapathruni2Brewer IslandW19W14L12.
8Kavin Misri2FoxL14W17W192.
9Luke Williams3Brittan AcresW17L5W132.0-
10Bailey Chinnan3ArundelW12D4L31.
11Nirav Adavikolanu2HeatherW15L1D121.
12Anika Dara1Kids ConnectionL10B-D111.5-
13Kai Nachbar1Alto InternationalW18L2L91.
14Marina Mendez3HeatherW8L7L41.
15Anderson Barrile3Brittan AcresL11L3W201.
16Olive Burton3HeatherL5W21L61.
17Caleb Nagtalon2NesbitL9L8B-
18Neeharika Kumar3Brewer IslandL13L6X211.0-
19Kayla Stephanos3Central ElementaryL7D20L80.
20Cooper Burton1HeatherL4D19L150.
21Anaya Misri2FoxL3L16F180.
22Ananya Acharya2Foster CityF2U-U-

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Fox School Scholastic Chess Tournament Results

The 14th annual Fox School Scholastic Chess Tournament was held on Sunday March 19th.  We had a turnout of 138 players.  The results are listed below.

This year the 6th-8th grade section was USCF Quick-Rated.  Here is the USCF rating report (note that the rating report link is not in tie-break order, so cannot be used to determine place prizes).

The top 8 in each section were awarded trophies.  There was also a trophy to the top player rated under 800 in the 6th-8th grade section (won by Andrew Cheng).


#NameRtngTeamGrdRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1Manikanden, Krish584NRTHSH1W8W3W6W2W45.014.517.51554.5
2Korn, Noah10BAYW1W24W14W7L1W114.012.514.51344.5
3Kistenmacher, Henri10HEAT1W13L1W15W14W74.012.514.51146.5
4Sargeant, Graham10FOX1W20W10D11W6L13.51314.512.546
5Sargeant, Connor5FOXKL14B---W20D9W123.599829.5
6Park, Grant147HEAT1W21W9L1L4W143.013.5151050
7Fowler, Michael342CENTRLKW22W12L2W11L33.013141144.5
8Pazdera, Julien10HEAT1L1W19D17W13D93.012.514.5842.5
9Slater, Toby10HEAT1W23L6W21D5D83.010.5119.533
10Nierenberg, Elsie5ARUNKB---L4L14W23W153.088728.5
11Burton, Cooper515HEAT1W15W17D4L7L22.58.514.510.549.5
12Kumar, Sanvi5NESBITKW16L7D13W17L52.57.512.58.538
13Thomas, Joanna5FOSTKL3W22D12L8W212.57126.534
14Fomin, Sofia10HEAT1W5L2W10L3L62.012.516.5849
15Pelevina, Anastasiia10FOX1L11W18L3W16L102.0913638.5
16Nishikawa, Darin5FOXKL12D20W19L15D182.07.5105.527
17Yip, Andrew10FOX1W18L11D8L12H---2.07106.531.5
18Edwards, Ausra5ARUNKL17L15W22D21D162.
19Joe, Audrey10BAYW1H---L8L16D20W232.047419
20Eriksson, Molly5HEATKL4D16L5D19D221.5811.53.532
21Acharya, Ananya5FOSTKL6W23L9D18L131.5811532.5
22Proekt, Joseph5HEATKL7L13L18B---D201.5691.525.5
23Jia, Natalie5FOSTKL9L21B---L10L191.069226
24Proekt, Nora5HEATKL2U---U---U---U---0.004013

Grade 2

#NameRtngTeamGrdRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1Cheung, Jaden746HIGHL1W11W25W2W5W75.013141547
2Lee, Ryan460FOX2W3W19L1W18W94.014161249
3Acharya, Aravind20FOST2L2W24W10W8W64.013141039.5
4Roodman, Aryn20SANC2W24W8W13L6W54.011.512.51342.5
5Gurskis, Aeron20CENTRL2W26W6W7L1L43.01515.51252
6Keninger, Everett621CENTRL2W10L5W15W4L33.01416.51049.5
7Edwards, Baron468ARUN2W18W9L5W12L13.014161152
8Vemulapalli, Raghav271FOST2W23L4W11L3W133.013.515943.5
9Kacholiya, Maya20HEAT2W14L7W20W15L23.012141044.5
10Zhang, Hamilton20HIGHL2L6W23L3W21W143.011.513736.5
11Roodman, Caleb20SANC2L1W27L8W25W183.01111.5737
12Chaparala, Nishant20BREWI2L13W22W25L7W193.09.510.5837
13Leong, Erik484FOX2W12W20L4D14L82.58.514.51044
14Kodige, Vevaan293BRITT2L9W16W26D13L102.5811.5836.5
15Minton, Aaron20BRITT2H---W21L6L9W232.56.59.5728.5
16Thirunagari, Vidhu20SANDP2D21L14D23W22D172.56106.525
17Gurskis, Orion20CENTRL2L19L18B---W20D162.568.54.526.5
18Strechlow, Grant20FOX2L7W17W19L2L112.01014741.5
19Eriksson, Henry20HEAT2W17L2L18W26L122.07.511.5734.5
20Boonyapornnad, Mak20FOX2W22L13L9L17W262.0710631.5
21Jenks, Kian20ARUN2D16L15D24L10W272.06.59.5523.5
22Manrao, Colby20ARUN2L20L12W27L16W252.069426.5
23Wong, Justin20FOX2L8L10D16W24L151.59123.531.5
24Bunin, Zachary20FOX2L4L3D21L23B---1.57.511.51.531.5
25Kumer, Delaney199HEAT2W27L1L12L11L221.08.513.5535
26Huang, Kalissa20HEAT2L5B---L14L19L201.06.59.5333
27McDow, Nicholas20OCEAN2L25L11L22B---L211.058121

Grade 3

#NameRtngTeamGrdRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1Cartagena, Caden762PENIN3W25W9W6W16W35.012131545
2Yao, Trevor808CPARK3W7W4W15L3W104.014171352
3Aradhye, Ishaan805CIPRI3W19W12W16W2L14.014161450
4Kamisetty, Pranav370FOST3W18L2W17W7W114.012141144
5Baxter, Camden100BAYW3W21L15D23W24W83.5910.59.537
6Yuan, Jason422NRTHSA3W20W8L1L11W173.01314.51046
7Li, Arthur30BRITT3L2W20W12L4W163.01314.5844
8Chua, Dylan30CPARK3W10L6W9W13L53.012.5151042.5
9Baxter, Calvin124BAYW3W22L1L8W20W213.01112.5836
10Shao, Bohan316SEREND3L8W26W19W17L23.01111.5938
11Kumar, Neeharika124BREWI3L23W18W25W6L43.010.511.5936.5
12Pazdera, Aidan248HEAT3W27L3L7W23W183.010.511.5834.5
13Harris, Vivian167HEAT3L17D14W21L8W242.5610.5634.5
14Labouisse, Kai30WEST3L16D13L24W22W232.559530
15Yang, Vian628BOAKS3W26W5L2H---U---2.5489.523.5
16Burton, Olive515HEAT3W14W23L3L1L72.01116948.5
17Shi, Alexander30CENTRL3W13W24L4L10L62.01014941.5
18Baheri, Kian30NESBIT3L4L11W26W19L122.08.512.5534
19Mendez, Marina30HEAT3L3W27L10L18W252.0711533
20Stephanos, Kayla30CENTRL3L6L7W27L9B---2.0710327
21Tuzar, Dane30WEST3L5B---L13W25L92.06.510527.5
22Fomin, Anastacia30HEAT3L9L25B---L14W262.047318
23Slater, Benjamin30HEAT3W11L16D5L12L141.510.5146.540.5
24Stiefel, Grace30HEAT3H---L17W14L5L131.5710.5529.5
25Moretti, Lucas30BRITT3L1W22L11L21L191.0813437
26Huang, Katrina30HEAT3L15L10L18B---L221.06.59.5127
27Parihar, Aarav30SEREND3L12L19L20H---U---

Grade 4

#NameRtngTeamGrdRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1Sijp, Neel723HEAT4W11W10W5W3W45.010.5121542
2Kumar, Manya40NESBIT4L4W12W6W5W34.011.5121042
3Johnson, Kyle40HEAT4B---W8W4L1L23.015151142
4Kim, Kara347FOX4W2W7L3W10L13.014.516.51154
5Nelson, Christopher40FOX4W13W6L1L2W103.01414.51044
6Peterson, Skyler646FOX4W9L5L2W13W73.011.512837
7Nguyen, Jason40FOX4W8L4W9W12L63.010.5111031
8Manrao, Andrew40ARUN4L7L3W11W9W123.08.59629
9Tanvir, Ronok40CIPRI4L6W11L7L8B---2.07.510.5426
10Yang, Kevin277HEAT4W12L1W13L4L52.0712841
11Kostrub, Rhodes40CIPRI4L1L9L8B---W132.0510228
12Fazeli-taremi, Dariush40FOX4L10L2B---L7L81.0812234
13Clusin, Audrey40HEAT4L5B---L10L6L111.06.59.5328
14Akka, Benton40CENTRL4U---U---U---U---U---0.00000

Grades 5-8

#NameRtngTeamGrdRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1Aravind, Abhijith966BREWI5W14W5D3W2W74.513.51513.548.5
2Yedidia, Ariane924ARROYO5W17W8W6L1W34.01415.51347
3Narayan, Gabrile473HIILV6W12W9D1W6L23.514.516.512.551.5
4Li, Ethan407FOX5L10W11D7W8W53.512148.543.5
5Li, Caspar186CPARK5W19L1W9W13L43.013141040
6Li, Aidan530RALST7W15W10L2L3W113.012.5141044
7Saban, Annie346KIDS5D11W18D4W12L13.01212.51039.5
8Chua, Desmond60BOWM6W13L2W16L4W123.011.513.5939.5
9Pyalling, Mikhail50TIERRA5W16L3L5W14W133.010.512836.5
10Tuzar, Zackary60WEST6W4L6L12W18W153.01010.5833.5
11Zhang, Derek50CENTRL5D7L4W18X16L62.56.5106.532.5
12Gurskis, Aidan60RALST6L3W14W10L7L82.010.514742.5
13Ginwalla, Samina375TIERRA5L8W17W19L5L92.08.511.5732
14Suits, Derek126FOX5L1L12W17L9B---2.06.511330.5
15Shajeeb, Ruba70LAWSN7L6L16B---W19L102.069425
16Yang, Xander258NUEVA6L9W15L8F11X192.04.57.5421
17Presta, Francois107BAYW5L2L13L14B---W182.048227
18McDow, Jonathan50OCEAN5B---L7L11L10L171.06.59.5426.5
19Kang, Noel50FOX5L5B---L13L15F161.03.56.5321
20Knappau, Honukai274TIERRA6U---U---U---U---U---0.00000

USCF-Rated Section

#NameRtngTeamGrdRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]
1Finkelstein, Alan1202TIERRA6W18W19W4W5D24.514.516.514.551.5
2Cartagena, Ethan1393PENIN8W28W9W3W8D14.514.515.514.552.5
3Liou, Keenan1173CENTRL7W13W14L2W20W94.013.515.51247.5
4Liu, Tristan1074BAYS7W22W15L1W19W84.012141249.5
5Ward, Julian520CENTRL7D6W23W16L1W153.5131510.546.5
6Kumar, Rohan996BAYS7D5W7D11D15W163.512.5151046.5
7Velicheti, Sri Krishna Sai1100BOWD7H---L6W22W17W103.51111834.5
8Liou, Collin1214ARROYO5W12W20W10L2L43.014.516.51252.5
9Leong, Evan1046FOX5W30L2W12W11L33.014.515.51046
10Cottrell, Alexander1041CENTRL6W27W21L8W14L73.011.5121135.5
11Lu, Thomas889BAYS7W25D16D6L9W223.01112.59.538
12Cheng, Andrew697FOST4L8W27L9W21W203.01010.5736
13Chen, Derek641FRANK3L3L17W27W25W193.01010.5630.5
14Kostrub, Anders891CIPRI6W31L3W29L10W243.09.510933
15Gong, Jared844FOX5W29L4W21D6L52.5913.5941.5
16Regan, Elliott1078LAUREL5W24D11L5W23L62.58.514940
17Vyas, Pranav497FOST5L20W13W28L7D182.57.5127.533
18Cottrell, Nicholas754ARROYO4L1W26L20W30D172.56.5126.536
19Dara, Anish904KIDS4W26L1W24L4L132.01115.5841.5
20Yuryev, Jacob969FOX5W17L8W18L3L122.01115845
21Kothari, Jay599BRITT2W23L10L15L12W292.0811634
22Tuimavave, Isaia623SCCLC6L4W31L7W29L112.07.511.5634
23Gong, Nathan1069RALST8L21L5W26L16W312.0710.5429.5
24Kodige, Samay629ARROYO4L16W25L19W28L142.0710633
25Abraham, Zayne383FOST5L11L24B---L13W302.069324.5
26Bobba, Sid492FOST5L19L18L23W27W282.05.58322.5
27Abraham, Zion567BOWD8L10L12L13L26B---1.0811027
28Agarwal, Avirral818RALST6L2W30L17L24L261.07.512434
29Golomb, David161HEAT2L15B---L14L22L211.06.59.5330
30Golomb, Stanley577HEAT4L9L28W31L18L251.05.58.5324.5
31Itami-wolf, Kenta412NOTRE1L14L22L30B---L231.058122

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

April 2017 Peninsula Chess League Tournament

The next Peninsula Chess League tournament will be held on Friday, April 21st, 2017.  This a team-oriented event open to grade K-8 kids who live in the San Francisco Peninsula.

This will be an individual Swiss tournament with 5 sections, but trophies will be awarded based on team performance.


  • Date:  Friday, April 21st, 2017
  • Time:  6:30-9:00pm
  • Location:  Belmont Public Library
  • Pre-registration is required (
  • There will be 5 sections:
    • USCF advanced section (approx rating 800-1200)
    • USCF intermediate section (approx rating 400-800)
    • USCF beginner section (approx rated under 400)
    • Unrated 4th-8th grade
    • Unrated K-3rd grade
  • Each section will have about 15-20 players.
  • All games in the USCF sections will be USCF Quick-Rated.
  • Time control for USCF sections:  G/15; d3 (game in 15 minutes with a 3 second delay)
  • Time control for unrated sections:  G/18 (no delay)
  • Each player will play 3 games.
  • Individual Swiss format, except players are guaranteed not to play against other players from their school.
  • Round times:  6:45pm, 7:25pm, 8:15pm.  Trophies:  8:55pm
  • Players must play for the school they currently attend, except 5th graders (and below) may play for their elementary school alma mater
  • Trophies will mainly be distributed based on team performance.  Limited individual trophies will be available.  See below for details.
  • Your team has a better chance of winning trophies if your team has more players, so encourage your classmates to register.
  • Players who score a perfect 3.0 in the K-3 unrated section will be asked to play in the 4th-8th grade section in the next tournament.  Players who score a perfect 3.0 in the 4th-8th grade unrated section will be asked to join the USCF for the next tournament.

Team Scoring

Scoring subject to change based on number of sections, but scoring will be something like this for team trophy purposes:
  • USCF advanced section:  42 points per win (21 points per draw).  Expected rating range for section:  800 - 1200 (may be modified to balance sections)
  • USCF intermediate section:  38 points per win.  Expected rating range for section:  400-800 (may be modified to balance sections)
  • USCF beginner section:  34 points per win.  Expected rating range for section:  under 400 (may be modified to balance sections)
  • Unrated 4th-8th grade:  28 points per win
  • Unrated K-3rd grade:  24 points per win
  • USCF members must play in USCF section (exceptions may be made for players rated under 200).
  • Non-members may play in unrated sections, or become members to play in USCF rated sections.  Sign up for USCF membership here (memberships start at $17 per year).
  • Unrated USCF members will be placed in an appropriate USCF section (TD discretion).
  • Rated USCF members may not play below their section, but can optionally play in a higher section even if they are lower-rated.  Exception:  provisionally-rated USCF members may be placed in lower rated section at TD's discretion.
  • The latest USCF Quick Ratings will be used for section and pairing purposes.


Team scores are based on the combined scores of the top players on that team.  Trophies awarded:
  • Best Super team (6 players)
  • Best Large team (5 players)
  • Best Standard team (4 players)
  • Best Small team (3 players)
  • Best Mini team (2 players)
  • To qualify for a team trophy, a team *must* have at least the required number of players.
  • Only the top scoring players on the team get a trophy (i.e., for a standard team, only the top 4 get trophies; ties broken by tie-breaks).
  • A team cannot win more than 1 trophy.  e.g., a team winning the Large team trophy is disallowed from winning the Standard team trophy.
  • There will be trophies for individual players with perfect 3.0 scores, but only to those who didn't already win a team trophy (an individual can't win two trophies).
Example:  Team A has 6 players, with point totals of 126, 102, 85, 75, 66, and 55, so their 6-player total is 509 and 5-player total is 454.  Team B has 6 players, with point totals of 105, 102, 90, 60, 45, 34, so their 6-player total is 436, and 5-player total is 402.  Then Team A wins the 6-player team trophies, and Team B wins the 5-player team trophies (since their 5-player total is best of the remaining teams).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 2017 PCL Results

The January 2017 Peninsula Chess League tournament was held on Friday, January 20th.  This was a 3-round event, time control G/15; d3 for the USCF sections, and G/18 for the unrated sections.  The tournament was run as an individual Swiss tournament with 5 sections (3 USCF-rated, 2 unrated).  91 kids from 26 different schools participated.

Here is the USCF Rating Report.

Winning teams:

1st place, Super Team (6 players):  Brewer Island
1st Place, Large Team (5 players):  Arroyo/Central Middle
1st Place, Standard Team (4 players):  Ralston Middle School
1st Place, Small Team (3 players);  Fox
1st Place, Mini Team (2 players):  Peninsula Liberty Academy

Players with perfect 3.0 scores:  Ethan Cartagena (PLA), Anish Mathan (El Carmelo), Vishal Dandamudi (Brewer Island), Avirral Agarwal (Ralston Middle), Julian Ward (Arroyo/Central Middle), Anders Kostrub (Ralston Middle), Evelyn Su (Brewer Island), and Akshita Bisht (Brewer Island), Orion Gurskis (Central Elementary), Shrisha Dandamudi (Brewer Island), Aravind Acharya (Foster City), and Michael Fowler (Central Elementary).

Here are the final team standings (winners in bold):

    Team Size 6 Standings
    Brewer Island500
    Arroyo/Central Middle447
    Ralston Middle362

    Brewer IslandVishal DandamudiSection 23.0114
    Brewer IslandEvelyn SuSection 43.084
    Brewer IslandAkshita BishtSection 43.084
    Brewer IslandAnkit MuppalaSection 22.076
    Brewer IslandShrisha DandamudiSection 53.072
    Brewer IslandArush BishtSection 42.570
    Brewer IslandNeil BhatkhandeSection 32.068
    Brewer IslandSuraj YarrapathruniSection 42.056
    Brewer IslandAlan SuSection 42.056
    Brewer IslandAkshay AnandhSection 42.056
    Brewer IslandNeeharika KumarSection 52.048
    Brewer IslandSumedha ChikkerurSection 41.542
    Brewer IslandAbhijith AravindSection 11.042
    Brewer IslandTrisha SabadraSection 31.034
    Brewer IslandVarsha MuppalaSection 51.024
    Brewer IslandPrakruthi RadhakrishnanSection 51.024
    Brewer IslandManav EjjalaghattaSection 40.00
    Brewer IslandAashika AnandhSection 50.00

    Team Size 5 Standings
    Brewer Island430
    Arroyo/Central Middle409
    Ralston Middle334

    Arroyo/Central MiddleJulian WardSection 33.0102
    Arroyo/Central MiddleCollin LiouSection 12.084
    Arroyo/Central MiddleAlexander CottrellSection 12.084
    Arroyo/Central MiddleNicholas CottrellSection 22.076
    Arroyo/Central MiddleKeenan LiouSection 11.563
    Arroyo/Central MiddleAlex DilsSection 21.038
    Arroyo/Central MiddleZachary TysonSection 21.038
    Arroyo/Central MiddleAkash DevalcheruvuSection 31.034
    Arroyo/Central MiddleCade MillerSection 40.00

    Team Size 4 Standings
    Brewer Island358
    Arroyo/Central Middle346
    Ralston Middle296
    Central Elementary268

    Ralston MiddleAvirral AgarwalSection 23.0114
    Ralston MiddleAnders KostrubSection 33.0102
    Ralston MiddleNathan GongSection 11.042
    Ralston MiddleMikael ChengSection 21.038
    Ralston MiddleAidan LiSection 21.038
    Ralston MiddleAidan GurskisSection 41.028

    Team Size 3 Standings
    Brewer Island282
    Arroyo/Central Middle270
    Ralston Middle258
    Central Elementary212
    College Park200
    Kids Connection134
    Bowditch Middle63

    FoxEvan LeongSection 12.084
    FoxRyan LeeSection 32.068
    FoxErick ChengSection 32.068
    FoxMak BoonyapornnadSection 52.048
    FoxJustin WongSection 52.048
    FoxJacob YuryevSection 11.042
    FoxJared GongSection 21.038
    FoxSkyler PetersonSection 21.038
    FoxEthan LiSection 31.034
    FoxErik LeongSection 31.034
    FoxKara KimSection 30.517
    FoxAddya AgarwalSection 50.512

    Team Size 2 Standings
    Ralston Middle216
    Brewer Island198
    Arroyo/Central Middle186
    Peninsula Liberty Academy164
    College Park144
    Central Elementary144
    El Carmelo138
    Alto International124
    Kids Connection110
    Tierra Linda105
    Foster City96
    Foster City Elementary84
    Bowditch Middle63

    Peninsula Liberty AcademyEthan CartagenaSection 13.0126
    Peninsula Liberty AcademyCaden CartagenaSection 21.038

    Tierra LindaAlan FinkelsteinSection 12.084
    Tierra LindaAdam ZweigerSection 10.521

    BaysideTristan LiuSection 11.563
    BaysideRohan KumarSection 10.00

    LaurelElliott ReganSection 11.042

    WoodlandAdam BederovSection 12.084
    WoodlandNathan BederovSection 21.038

    Foster City ElementaryAlex ZhaoSection 12.084
    Foster City ElementaryZayne AbrahamSection 30.00

    Bowditch MiddleSri Krishna Sai VelichetiSection 11.563
    Bowditch MiddleDesmond ChuaSection 40.00
    Bowditch MiddleZion AbrahamSection 20.00

    Kids ConnectionAnish DaraSection 22.076
    Kids ConnectionMannansh NayyarSection 31.034
    Kids ConnectionAnika DaraSection 51.024

    College ParkTrevor YaoSection 22.076
    College ParkTrent YaoSection 32.068
    College ParkDylan ChuaSection 42.056

    Alto InternationalNiko NachbarSection 22.076
    Alto InternationalYaarah TehraniSection 52.048

    El CarmeloAnish MathanSection 23.0114
    El CarmeloKavya MathanSection 51.024

    SCCLCIsaia TuimavaveSection 20.00

    CiprianiIshaan AradhyeSection 21.038
    CiprianiMitchell FeldmanSection 41.028
    CiprianiNathan FeldmanSection 51.024
    CiprianiRobbie FeldmanSection 50.512
    CiprianiRhodes KostrubSection 40.00

    BaywoodCamden BaxterSection 31.034
    BaywoodCalvin BaxterSection 30.517

    ArundelBaron EdwardsSection 32.068

    Notre DameKenta Itami-WolfSection 32.068

    Central ElementaryOrion GurskisSection 53.072
    Central ElementaryMichael FowlerSection 53.072
    Central ElementaryEverett KeningerSection 32.068
    Central ElementaryAeron GurskisSection 42.056

    NesbitKian BaheriSection 41.028

    Borel MiddleLogan WallSection 42.056

    AudubonChristian SalamancaSection 50.00

    HeatherNirav AdavikolanuSection 52.048
    HeatherOlive BurtonSection 52.048
    HeatherCooper BurtonSection 52.048

    Foster CityAravind AcharyaSection 53.072
    Foster CityAnanya AcharyaSection 51.024
Individual results:

Section 1 (USCF-rated 888-1371)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Ethan Cartagena13718Peninsula Liberty AcademyW13W11W23.
2Alan Finkelstein11766Tierra LindaW16W4L12.
3Alex Zhao11194Foster City ElementaryL11W13W62.
4Adam Bederov9288WoodlandW7L2W82.
5Collin Liou12165Arroyo/Central MiddleD10W15D92.
6Alexander Cottrell9906Arroyo/Central MiddleW14W12L32.0-
7Evan Leong10955FoxL4W16W112.0-
8Keenan Liou11227Arroyo/Central MiddleD15W10L41.
9Tristan Liu10947BaysideL12W14D51.
10Sri Krishna Sai Velicheti10757Bowditch MiddleD5L8W121.5-
11Abhijith Aravind945 P155Brewer IslandW3L1L71.
12Jacob Yuryev8885FoxW9L6L101.
13Nathan Gong10808Ralston MiddleL1L3W161.
14Elliott Regan11205LaurelL6L9W151.
15Adam Zweiger10306Tierra LindaD8L5L140.
16Rohan Kumar10647BaysideL2L7L130.

Section 2 (USCF-rated 567 - 820)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Anish Mathan6972El CarmeloW13W7W53.
2Vishal Dandamudi6255Brewer IslandW10W12W43.
3Avirral Agarwal6186Ralston MiddleW6W16W93.
4Trevor Yao759 P53College ParkX18W8L22.
5Anish Dara7604Kids ConnectionW15W9L12.
6Ankit Muppala723 P65Brewer IslandL3W11W132.
7Niko Nachbar621 P83Alto InternationalB-L1W102.
8Nicholas Cottrell6834Arroyo/Central MiddleW11L4W142.0-
9Alex Dils664 P94Arroyo/Central MiddleW14L5L31.
10Mikael Cheng7596Ralston MiddleL2W17L71.
11Jared Gong7945FoxL8L6W121.
12Zachary Tyson7145Arroyo/Central MiddleW17L2L111.
13Aidan Li5897Ralston MiddleL1B-L61.
14Caden Cartagena820 P123Peninsula Liberty AcademyL9W15L81.
15Skyler Peterson6644FoxL5L14W161.
16Nathan Bederov6843WoodlandX19L3L151.0-
17Ishaan Aradhye5933CiprianiL12L10B-1.0-
18Isaia Tuimavave6236SCCLCF4U-U-
19Zion Abraham5678Bowditch MiddleF16U-U-

Section 3 (USCF-rated under 526)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Julian Ward270 P37Arroyo/Central MiddleW10W5W73.
2Anders Kostrub100 P06Ralston MiddleW12W6W33.
3Neil Bhatkhande278 P162Brewer IslandW8W4L22.
4Everett Keninger100 P02Central ElementaryW9L3W122.
5Ryan Lee442 P232FoxW15L1W142.
6Baron Edwards305 P32ArundelW11L2W162.
7Kenta Itami-Wolf100 P01Notre DameX18W13L12.
8Trent Yao525 P35College ParkL3W16W102.0-
9Erick Cheng437 P33FoxL4W11W172.0-
10Ethan Li4865FoxL1W15L81.
11Trisha Sabadra5174Brewer IslandL6L9W131.
12Mannansh Nayyar4514Kids ConnectionL2W17L41.
13Erik Leong3182FoxW14L7L111.
14Camden Baxter100 P03BaywoodL13B-L51.0-
15Akash Devalcheruvu100 P36Arroyo/Central MiddleL5L10B-1.0-
16Kara Kim334 P24FoxD17L8L60.
17Calvin Baxter100 P03BaywoodD16L12L90.
18Zayne Abraham3835Foster City ElementaryF7U-U-

Section 4 (Unrated 4-8)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Evelyn Su5Brewer IslandW6W12W53.
2Akshita Bisht4Brewer IslandX16W14W43.
3Arush Bisht5Brewer IslandW11D10W122.
4Aeron Gurskis2Central ElementaryW9W8L22.
5Logan Wall6Borel MiddleW15W7L12.
6Dylan Chua3College ParkL1B-W102.
7Suraj Yarrapathruni5Brewer IslandX17L5W112.0-
8Alan Su3Brewer IslandB-L4W152.0-
9Akshay Anandh5Brewer IslandL4W15W142.0-
10Sumedha Chikkerur5Brewer IslandW13D3L61.
11Kian Baheri3NesbitL3W13L71.
12Aidan Gurskis6Ralston MiddleW14L1L31.
13Mitchell Feldman4CiprianiL10L11B-1.0-
14Manav Ejjalaghatta4Brewer IslandL12L2L90.
15Rhodes Kostrub4CiprianiL5L9L80.
16Desmond Chua6Bowditch MiddleF2U-U-
17Cade Miller4Arroyo/Central MiddleF7U-U-

Section 5 (Unrated K-3)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Orion Gurskis2Central ElementaryW12W19W93.
2Shrisha Dandamudi3Brewer IslandW15W18W73.
3Aravind Acharya2Foster CityW13W20W53.
4Michael FowlerKCentral ElementaryW20W14W63.
5Yaarah Tehrani3Alto InternationalW21W8L32.
6Mak Boonyapornnad2FoxW10W21L42.
7Nirav Adavikolanu2HeatherW14W15L22.
8Olive Burton3HeatherW11L5W122.
9Cooper Burton1HeatherW18W13L12.
10Neeharika Kumar3Brewer IslandL6W17W162.0-
11Justin Wong2FoxL8W16W172.0-
12Varsha Muppala1Brewer IslandL1B-L81.
13Prakruthi Radhakrishnan1Brewer IslandL3L9W201.
14Anika Dara1Kids ConnectionL7L4B-
15Kavya Mathan1El CarmeloL2L7W211.
16Nathan Feldman1CiprianiW19L11L101.
17Ananya AcharyaKFoster CityB-L10L111.
18Robbie Feldman2CiprianiL9L2D190.
19Addya Agarwal2FoxL16L1D180.
20Christian Salamanca2AudubonL4L3L130.
21Aashika Anandh2Brewer IslandL5L6L150.