Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Peninsula Chess League Results

The Peninsula Chess League tournament was held on Friday, January 30th, 2015.  This was a 3-round team event, run as an individual swiss tournament with 4 sections (two USCF-rated, two unrated).  84 kids from 22 different schools participated.

USCF Rating Report

Winning teams:

1st Place, Super Team (6 players):  College Park
1st Place, Large Team (5 players):  Fox
1st Place, Standard Team (4 players):  Brittan Acres
1st Place, Small Team (3 players):  Foster City Elementary
1st Place, Mini Team (2 players):  Ralston Middle

Here are the final team standings:

Team Size 6 Standings
College Park446
Brittan Acres396
Foster City Elementary288
Brewer Island206

College ParkFelix LiuSection 13.0126
College ParkAyman Ahmed KhanSection 33.090
College ParkTristan LiuSection 22.068
College ParkTrevor YaoSection 32.060
College ParkTrent YaoSection 32.060
College ParkRohan KumarSection 11.042

Team Size 5 Standings
College Park404
Brittan Acres352
Foster City Elementary288
Brewer Island184
Bowditch Middle100

FoxEvan LeongSection 12.084
FoxJared GongSection 12.084
FoxRussell KimSection 22.068
FoxEthan LiSection 22.068
FoxVikram ValameSection 21.551
FoxSkyler PetersonSection 42.044
FoxJacob YuryevSection 21.034
FoxAidan LiSection 10.00
FoxAustin LiSection 20.00

Team Size 4 Standings
College Park344
Brittan Acres301
Foster City Elementary266
Brewer Island162
Bowditch Middle100

Brittan AcresAlexander CottrellSection 23.0102
Brittan AcresCollin LiouSection 12.084
Brittan AcresSagan McLellanSection 32.060
Brittan AcresJay KothariSection 42.555
Brittan AcresAiden DeffnerSection 21.551
Brittan AcresJackson BaeSection 42.044
Brittan AcresQuinn DugasSection 42.044
Brittan AcresKeenan LiouSection 11.042
Brittan AcresAriane YedidiaSection 11.042
Brittan AcresZachary TysonSection 21.034
Brittan AcresNicholas CottrellSection 31.030
Brittan AcresEthan BaeSection 41.022

Team Size 3 Standings
College Park284
Brittan Acres246
Foster City Elementary236
Ralston Middle212
Brewer Island132
Bowditch Middle100

Foster City ElementaryAlex JiangSection 12.084
Foster City ElementaryAlbert ZhengSection 12.084
Foster City ElementaryAlex ZhaoSection 22.068
Foster City ElementaryPallavi BadriSection 31.030
Foster City ElementaryPranav Ranga KotamrajuSection 41.022
Foster City ElementaryZayne AbrahamSection 20.00

Team Size 2 Standings
College Park216
Brittan Acres186
Ralston Middle170
Foster City Elementary168
Bowditch Middle100
Brewer Island99

Ralston MiddleIsaac BraunsteinSection 23.0102
Ralston MiddleDarren YaoSection 22.068
Ralston MiddleNathan GongSection 11.042

Other schools with at least 2 players:

HeatherDaniel LinSection 12.084
HeatherKevin YangSection 21.034
HeatherSamina GinwallaSection 20.00

WoodlandNathan BederovSection 22.068
WoodlandAdam BederovSection 11.042

Bowditch MiddleVedant YerolkarSection 43.066
Bowditch MiddleAneek PatilSection 21.034
Bowditch MiddleZachary AbrahamSection 10.00
Bowditch MiddleZion AbrahamSection 20.00
Bowditch MiddleKrish ChaudharySection 40.00

SandpiperKyle FongSection 22.585
SandpiperSushant BhopaleSection 43.066
SandpiperNathan ChanSection 42.044
SandpiperRyan YongSection 42.044
SandpiperArin KadakiaSection 21.034
SandpiperPrithvi DixitSection 31.030
SandpiperZain PassiSection 41.022
SandpiperCharl De VilliersSection 30.00

BaywoodEthan MartinSection 22.068
BaywoodDaniel VoylesSection 32.060
BaywoodFrankie PrestaSection 42.555
BaywoodCamden BaxterSection 42.044
BaywoodTyler HillSection 42.044
BaywoodHarrison SilvaSection 31.030
BaywoodErin FinnSection 41.022
BaywoodKieran ParkerSection 20.517
BaywoodCalvin BaxterSection 40.00
BaywoodGeorge MirgorodiskySection 40.00

Brewer IslandNeeharika KumarSection 42.555
Brewer IslandShivani PatilSection 42.044
Brewer IslandTrisha SabadraSection 41.533
Brewer IslandAdam FarrisSection 31.030
Brewer IslandAlina ChenSection 41.022
Brewer IslandKritvi KapoorSection 41.022
Brewer IslandRohan PatilSection 40.00

NesbitTobias SinSection 41.533
NesbitKian BaheriSection 41.533
NesbitShaan SachdevSection 40.00

Individual results:

Section 1 (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Ethan Cartagena6426Peninsula Liberty AcademyW6W9W43.
2Felix Liu9924College ParkX16W5W33.
3Daniel Lin10192HeatherW8W10L22.
4Alex Jiang11312Foster City ElementaryW15W7L12.
5Evan Leong9703FoxW12L2W112.
6Albert Zheng9144Foster City ElementaryL1W12W102.
7Collin Liouunrated3Brittan AcresW14L4W132.0-
8Jared Gong7953FoxL3B-W92.0-
9Keenan Liouunrated5Brittan AcresW11L1L81.
10Nathan Gong10266Ralston MiddleW13L3L61.
11Elliott Regan8933LaurelL9W14L51.
12Ariane Yedidia7333Brittan AcresL5L6W151.
13Adam Bederov8116WoodlandL10W15L71.0-
14Rohan Kumar8305College ParkL7L11B-1.0-
15Aidan Li8145FoxL4L13L120.
16Zachary Abraham7618Bowditch MiddleF2U-U-

Section 2 (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Alexander Cottrell1054Brittan AcresW6W8W53.
2Isaac Braunstein5137Ralston MiddleW14W13W43.
3Kyle Fong836 P35SandpiperD18W12W72.
4Russell Kimunrated4FoxX21W10L22.
5Ethan Martin3225BaywoodX20W9L12.
6Tristan Liuunrated5College ParkL1W15W132.
7Ethan Li1063FoxW15W18L32.
8Alex Zhao6222Foster City ElementaryW19L1W142.
9Darren Yaounrated6Ralston MiddleW16L5W112.0-
10Nathan Bederovunrated1WoodlandX22L4W172.0-
11Aiden Deffnerunrated4Brittan AcresD12W16L91.
12Vikram Valame5984FoxD11L3W181.
13Jacob Yuryev5023FoxW17L2L61.
14Arin Kadakia1053SandpiperL2W19L81.
15Aneek Patilunrated6Bowditch MiddleL7L6W191.
16Kevin Yang3132HeatherL9L11B-
17Zachary Tysonunrated3Brittan AcresL13B-L101.0-
18Kieran Parker3084BaywoodD3L7L120.
19Samina Ginwalla1943HeatherL8L14L150.
20Zion Abraham4296Bowditch MiddleF5U-U-
21Zayne Abraham3723Foster City ElementaryF4U-U-
22Austin Li6064FoxF10U-U-

Section 3 (unrated)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Anish Reddy2Kids ConnectionW12W9W33.
2Ayman Ahmed Khan4College ParkW8W5W93.
3Trevor Yao1College ParkW6W4L12.
4Adam Zweiger4ArundelW7L3W102.
5Daniel Voyles5BaywoodW11L2W82.
6Sagan McLellan4Brittan AcresL3W10W112.0-
7Trent Yao3College ParkL4W14W132.0-
8Nicholas Cottrell2Brittan AcresL2W12L51.
9Harrison Silva5BaywoodW14L1L21.
10Pallavi Badri5Foster City ElementaryW13L6L41.
11Prithvi Dixit3SandpiperL5W13L61.
12Adam Farris5Brewer IslandL1L8W141.0-
13Aarav Penumarthy3Commodore SloatL10L11L70.
14Charl De Villiers3SandpiperL9L7L120.
Section 4 (unrated)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Sushant Bhopale3SandpiperW12W7W103.
2Vedant Yerolkar6Bowditch MiddleW29W11W83.
3Aaron Kang6Bayside STEMW27W9W153.
4Neeharika Kumar1Brewer IslandW20W16D52.
5Jay KothariKBrittan AcresW28W18D42.
6Frankie Presta3BaywoodD15W27W192.
7Jackson Bae4Brittan AcresW14L1W222.
8Skyler Peterson2FoxW19W22L22.
9Quinn Dugas2Brittan AcresW24L3W232.
10Camden Baxter1BaywoodX30W21L12.
11Nathan Chan3SandpiperX31L2W202.
12Tyler Hill5BaywoodL1X29W182.
13Shivani Patil5Brewer IslandL23B-B-
14Ryan Yong3SandpiperL7W24W212.0-
15Tobias Sin2NesbitD6W23L31.
16Kian Baheri1NesbitX32L4D171.
17Trisha Sabadra2Brewer IslandL22W28D161.
18Alina Chen5Brewer IslandW25L5L121.
19Ethan Bae4Brittan AcresL8W26L61.
20Pranav Ranga Kotamraju3Foster City ElementaryL4W25L111.
21Wyatt Binnard5CiprianiW26L10L141.
22Zain Passi3SandpiperW17L8L71.
23Adhya MaheshKSan Mateo Rec CenterW13L15L91.
24Kritvi Kapoor5Brewer IslandL9L14W281.
25Erin Finn1BaywoodL18L20B-1.0-
26Nachiket Mittal1Living WisdomL21L19W271.0-
27Calvin Baxter1BaywoodL3L6L260.
28George Mirgorodisky1BaywoodL5L17L240.
29Shaan Sachdev1NesbitL2F12U-
30Rohan Patil3Brewer IslandF10U-U-
31Ansh Chaudhary1AudubonF11U-U-
32Krish Chaudhary6Bowditch MiddleF16U-U-

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Fox School Scholastic Chess Tournament - FAQ

General FAQ

  • When is the tournament?
    • Sunday, March 15th, 2015.  Pre-registered players should arrive by 10:45am.  For those who haven't registered yet, site registration is 10:00-10:30am.
  • Who can play in the tournament?
    • Any child in 8th grade or below can play in the tournament.
  • Is USCF membership required?
    • USCF membership is NOT required.
  • Where do my entry fees go?
    • All proceeds benefit the Fox PTA.
  • How do I sign up?
  • Are there other tournaments like the Fox tournament?
    • Yes!  The Heather tournament, held in May, and the Baywood tournament, held in the fall, are very similar to the Fox tournament.  Watch for announcements for those tournaments.

Facilities FAQ
  • Where can I park?
    • There are about 50 parking spots at the school.  You are welcome to use the spots marked for staff (as of course it is not a school day).  If you arrive too late, all the spots may be filled, but you should have no problem parking along the streets next to the school.
  • Are there bathrooms?
    • Yes, the bathrooms are outside.
  • Is there food available on site?
    • Yes, food is available on-site.  We will be selling pizza, drinks, and snacks.
  • Are there restaurants nearby?
    • Nothing within walking distance.  There's a small selection of places near Ralston/Alameda de las Pulgas, but we wouldn't recommend trying to drive there and back between rounds.
  • Is there wi-fi?
    • No, wi-fi is not available.  Cell phone service is available, though it can be spotty for some carriers.
  • Is there a playground?
    • Yes, there is a playground available for use by the kids, with basketball courts, baseball fields, monkey bars, and slides.

Player FAQ
    • What do I do when I arrive?
      • The first thing each player should do upon arrival is check-in.  Each player will be given a name tag to make sure everyone is in the right place.  Please arrive before 10:45am; earlier is better.  The later you arrive, the longer the check-in line will be.
    • How does my child figure out where to go and who to play?
      • Before each round, we will post the pairings on the walls outside.  Someone will say "The pairings are up!"  The pairings are done per section, so there will be one paper with the K-1 pairings, one for grade 2, one for grade 3, one for grade 4, one for grade 5, and one for grades 6-8.  Find your section, then look for your name.  Next to your name will be your board number, color (white or black), and opponent.  Enter the tournament room, find your board number, and sit at the correct color, then wait for further instructions by the tournament director.
    • Can I talk during the game?
      • No!  You may (but are not required to) say "check", but don't say it too loud.  You may talk to a tournament director if you have a question.  Other than that, there should usually be silence.
    • How do I show good sportsmanship?
      • Glad you asked.  It is traditional to shake hands with your opponent before and after your game, and to say "good game" after the game.  Even if one side is distraught over losing.  Respect your opponent.  Do not taunt them if you take their pieces or if they make a bad move (this means NOT saying something like "I've got your queen!").
    • What is the time control?
      • The time control is G/20 (game in 20 minutes).  This means that each side has 20 minutes to make their moves for the game (so the game should be over in 40 minutes or less).  A chess clock is used for each game. 
    • How do I use a chess clock?
      • To start the game, black pushes down on his side of the clock to start white's timer.  After you make a move, push down on your side of the clock.  Be sure to push down on the clock with the same hand that you used to move the piece.  Do not keep your hand on the clock after you have pressed it.  The clock will show minutes + seconds left for each side.  If the clock goes all the way down to 00:00, then that side has run out of time.  You (the player) are responsible for "calling the clock" -- that is, saying that your opponent's clock has run out of time.  Players in other games and the tournament directors are not responsible (and should not) call the clock in someone else's game.  If one person runs out of time, that person loses unless his opponent doesn't have enough material to checkmate his opponent.  If this is the case, the game is a draw (even if the side that ran out of time has a massive advantage in material).
    • What happens if I forgot to hit the chess clock after I move?
      • Your opponent is under no obligation to tell you that you forgot to hit your clock.  You may lose seconds or even minutes while your opponent silently waits.  If your opponent seems to be taking an unexpectedly long amount of time to move, check your clock!  That being said, I would say it is common courtesy to notify your opponent after a small amount of time has run off the clock.  At least the first time it happens.
    • Can I stop the clock if I have to use the bathroom?
      • No!  If you have to leave in the middle of your game for any reason, you cannot stop your clock.  Your clock will continue to run.  However, keep in mind that 20 minutes is a long time, so if you have to take 1-2 minutes to use the bathroom, you still have plenty of time.  Of course, it would be better if you went before your game started.
    • Is the touch-move rule enforced?
      • Yes!  If you touch a piece, you have to move it (unless you can't make any legal move with it).  If you touch an opponent's piece, you must capture it (unless you can't).  If you want to castle, you should touch your king first; otherwise, if you touch your rook, your opponent could compel you to move your rook (without castling).  Once you let go of a piece, it has to stay there.  The only exception to the touch-move rule is that you may say "adjust" before touching a piece to move it closer to the center of its square.
    • What is the 50 move rule?
      • If both players make 50 moves without moving a pawn or capturing a piece, the game is a draw.  Once a pawn move or capture is made, the count starts over.  It is not automatically a draw; one of the players in the game must claim a draw.  Since it is hard to document how many moves are being made, if a player suspects a claim might be made later, the player should raise a hand and notify a tournament director of their intent to claim a draw later.  The tournament director can then use the clock to determine how many moves have been made, and check the clock later to see how many additional moves have been made.  The player should probably count out loud (softly) how many moves have been made.  One move by black and one move by white only counts as one move, not two!
    • What is the draw by repetition rule?
      • Basically, if the same position has been reached in a game 3 times, the game is drawn.  It is not automatically drawn; one of the players in the game must claim a draw.  Note that it is not the moves that are repeated, but rather the position.  The repeated position does not have to be repeated on consecutive moves, either (though it often is).  Perpetual check is a special case of draw by repetition.
    • What do I do when my game is over?
      • Raise your hand and someone will come over to record the result.  Make sure they record the result correctly (especially if you won).  Then set the board back up and go outside and play until the next round!
    • What do I do after my 5th round game is over?
      • Please wait for the awards ceremony.  All players will receive a trophy or a medal.  If you must leave before the awards ceremony, please make arrangements for someone else to get your trophy or medal.

    Tournament FAQ

    • How many games will my child play?
      • Each child will play 5 games.  Do not leave just because your child loses in an earlier round!
    • What do I do if my child has to leave early?
      • If you do have to leave early for some reason, please notify a tournament director immediately.  Otherwise, we would pair your child against another child for the next round, and that other child would be disappointed not to play against someone.
    • Hey, you said my child would play 5 games, but they only played 4.  Why?
      • If there are an odd number of players in a section, it's impossible to have everyone play in each round.  In that case, one player in each round will be "unpaired", and will receive 1 point (equivalent to a win).  No player will be unpaired more than once.
    • When are the games played?
      • The rounds are scheduled to start at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.  The awards ceremony will start at approximately 4pm.  Times may be pushed back a bit if we get a late start, but we usually manage to catch up to the original schedule by the end of the day.
    • How is each child's score calculated?
      • Each player starts with a score of 0.  They receive 1 point for a win and half a point for a draw.  So the maximum score for a 5-round tournament is 5 (five wins).
      • Why did my child get paired against this other kid?
        • This is what is called a swiss tournament, and pairings are done automatically by computer based on some basic swiss system rules.  In the first round, pairings are somewhat random (they are based on USCF ratings if any children have ratings, but most do not have ratings).  In subsequent rounds, the system tries to pair each player with another player with the same score.  So, if your child wins their first round game, they will probably play against someone else who won their first round game.  More information can be found here:
      • Will my child get a trophy?
        • Trophies are given to the top 5 places in each section (top 8 for K-1 and 6-8).  Depending on all the results, your child will most likely get a trophy if they have a score of 4.0 or more, though this is not guaranteed.  Sometimes players with lower scores will get trophies, as well.  Sometimes a player with one score gets a trophy, while a player with the same score does not.  This is because ties are broken by tie-breaks.  Tie-breaks may also be used to distinguish between first and second place, or second and third, etc.
      • How do tie-breaks work?
        • There are several ways to determine tie-break scores.  Usually these involve looking at each player's opponents and how well those opponents scored.  The computer pairing program calculates all of the tie-breaks based on set formulas.
      • Can I stay in the tournament room?
        • Yes, parents are allowed to remain in the tournament room, but please be quiet!  If the noise becomes too much, we will ask people to go outside (this applies to both adults and children).  Please silence your cell phone or put it on vibrate so as not to disturb the players.