Saturday, January 30, 2016

January 2016 PCL Results

The January 2016 Peninsula Chess League tournament was held on Friday, January 29th, 2016.  This was a 3-round event, time control G/15; d2 for the USCF sections, and G/17 for the unrated sections.  The tournament was run as an individual swiss tournament with 6 sections (3 USCF-rated, 3 unrated).  72 kids from 17 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):  Brittan Acres
1st Place, Standard Team (4 players):  Fox
1st Place, Small Team (3 players):  College Park
1st Place, Mini Team (2 players):  Ralston Middle

This is Brewer Island's first Super Team title.  College Park set a new small-team record with 270 points (out of a possible 378), beating the old record of 236 set by Foster City in January 2015.

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

Team Size 6 Standings
Brewer Island447
Brittan Acres406

Brewer IslandAbhijith AravindSection 22.595
Brewer IslandVishal DandamudiSection 53.078
Brewer IslandSumedha ChikkerurSection 53.078
Brewer IslandAkshay AnandhSection 53.078
Brewer IslandShrisha DandamudiSection 63.066
Brewer IslandAnkit MuppalaSection 52.052
Brewer IslandPrakruthi RadhakrishanSection 62.044
Brewer IslandTrisha SabadraSection 31.034
Brewer IslandKritvi KapoorSection 31.034
Brewer IslandArush BishtSection 41.030
Brewer IslandManav EjjalaghattaSection 51.026
Brewer IslandAkshita BishtSection 51.026
Brewer IslandNeeharika KumarSection 61.022

Team Size 5 Standings
Brewer Island395
Brittan Acres354

Brittan AcresAriane YedidiaSection 22.595
Brittan AcresZachary TysonSection 22.076
Brittan AcresJay KothariSection 32.068
Brittan AcresCollin LiouSection 11.563
Brittan AcresCade MillerSection 52.052
Brittan AcresDylan WilliamsSection 52.052
Brittan AcresClark EttingerSection 62.044
Brittan AcresLuke SchumacherSection 62.044
Brittan AcresNathan HuiSection 62.044
Brittan AcresBrandon KwanSection 41.030
Brittan AcresWilliam GuhrSection 51.026
Brittan AcresAllison WangSection 51.026
Brittan AcresAnderson BarrileSection 51.026
Brittan AcresJacob WallaceSection 61.022

Team Size 4 Standings
Brewer Island329
Brittan Acres302
College Park296
Foster City Elementary142

FoxAvirral AgarwalSection 33.0102
FoxMikael ChengSection 33.0102
FoxErick ChengSection 62.555
FoxJacob YuryevSection 21.038
FoxVikram ValameSection 21.038
FoxRussell KimSection 21.038
FoxEthan LiSection 31.034
FoxRyan LeeSection 61.022
FoxEvan LeongSection 10.521
FoxJared GongSection 20.519
FoxErik LeongSection 30.00
FoxDerek SuitsSection 30.00

Team Size 3 Standings
College Park270
Brewer Island251
Brittan Acres239
Ralston Middle164
Peninsula Liberty Academy139
Foster City Elementary120

College ParkTrevor YaoSection 43.090
College ParkAyman Ahmed KhanSection 43.090
College ParkTrent YaoSection 43.090
College ParkAaron ChunSection 51.026

Team Size 2 Standings
College Park180
Brewer Island173
Brittan Acres171
Ralston Middle143
Peninsula Liberty Academy139
Tierra Linda126
Kids Connection114
Foster City Elementary98

Ralston MiddleNathan GongSection 12.5105
Ralston MiddleIsaac BraunsteinSection 21.038
Ralston MiddleAidan LiSection 10.521

Tierra LindaAlan FinkelsteinSection 12.084
Tierra LindaAdam ZweigerSection 11.042

NesbitTobias SinSection 32.068
NesbitKian BaheriSection 61.022
NesbitRaj KeswaniSection 10.521
NesbitLogan CrusickSection 50.00

Central MiddleKeenan LiouSection 13.0126

BaysideRohan KumarSection 11.563
BaysideTristan LiuSection 20.519
BaysideAaron KangSection 40.00

Peninsula Liberty AcademyEthan CartagenaSection 12.084
Peninsula Liberty AcademyCaden CartagenaSection 62.555
Peninsula Liberty AcademyJonathan FleegeSection 50.00

Kids ConnectionAnish DaraSection 23.0114
Kids ConnectionAnika DaraSection 60.00

SandpiperIshaan AradhyeSection 31.034

Foster City ElementaryPranav KamisettySection 32.068
Foster City ElementaryKaushal NamuduriSection 41.030
Foster City ElementaryAravind AcharyaSection 61.022
Foster City ElementaryAnanya AcharyaSection 61.022

AddisonAlexander MuellerSection 32.068

Bowditch MiddleParth KhannaSection 40.00

CiprianiAnders KostrubSection 52.052
CiprianiRhodes KostrubSection 51.026

BaywoodCamden BaxterSection 60.00
BaywoodCalvin BaxterSection 60.00

Individual results:

Section 1 (USCF-rated 764 - 1293)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Keenan Liou10106Central MiddleW4W7W63.
2Nathan Gong9357Ralston MiddleW9D3W52.
3Ethan Cartagena1293 P127Peninsula Liberty AcademyD5D2W72.
4Alan Finkelstein764 P75Tierra LindaL1W10W82.
5Rohan Kumar9796BaysideD3W8L21.
6Collin Liou1022 P224Brittan AcresD8W9L11.
7Adam Zweiger1124 P155Tierra LindaW10L1L31.
8Aidan Li7926Ralston MiddleD6L5L40.
9Raj Keswani10683NesbitL2L6D100.
10Evan Leong9734FoxL7L4D90.

Section 2 (USCF-rated 483 - 728)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Anish Dara550 P203Kids ConnectionW9W5W43.
2Ariane Yedidia7274Brittan AcresW7D3W62.
3Abhijith Aravindunrated4Brewer IslandW5D2W92.
4Zachary Tyson647 P224Brittan AcresW8W6L12.
5Jacob Yuryev7284FoxL3L1W71.
6Vikram Valame6895FoxW10L4L21.
7Isaac Braunstein5907Ralston MiddleL2W8L51.
8Russell Kim4835FoxL4L7W101.0-
9Jared Gong6254FoxL1D10L30.
10Tristan Liu581 P116BaysideL6D9L80.

Section 3 (USCF-rated under 400)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Avirral Agarwal398 P115FoxW9W3W43.
2Mikael Cheng379 P185FoxW8W5W103.
3Jay Kothariunrated1Brittan AcresW6L1W82.
4Pranav Kamisetty330 P42Foster City ElementaryW11W7L12.
5Tobias Sin117 P123NesbitW12L2W112.
6Alexander Mueller304 P82AddisonL3W9W72.0-
7Ethan Li1904FoxW10L4L61.
8Ishaan Aradhyeunrated2SandpiperL2W12L31.
9Trisha Sabadra266 P193Brewer IslandL1L6W121.
10Kritvi Kapoor350 P65Brewer IslandL7W11L21.0-
11Erik Leong165 P121FoxL4L10L50.
12Derek Suits291 P114FoxL5L8L90.

Section 4 (unrated intermediate)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Trevor Yao2College ParkW5W4W73.
2Ayman Ahmed Khan5College ParkW6W7W43.
3Trent Yao4College ParkW7W6W53.
4Brandon Kwan4Brittan AcresX8L1L21.
5Arush Bisht4Brewer IslandL1B-L31.
6Kaushal Namuduri4Foster City ElementaryL2L3B-
7Aaron Kang7BaysideL3L2L10.
8Parth Khanna6Bowditch MiddleF4U-U-

Section 5 (unrated beginner 3rd-5th grade)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Vishal Dandamudi4Brewer IslandW11W8W43.
2Sumedha Chikkerur4Brewer IslandW15W9W53.
3Akshay Anandh4Brewer IslandW8W10W93.
4Cade Miller3Brittan AcresW13W6L12.
5Anders Kostrub5CiprianiW10W12L22.
6Ankit Muppala4Brewer IslandW7L4W142.
7Dylan Williams4Brittan AcresL6W11W132.0-
8Aaron Chun3College ParkL3L1W121.
9William Guhr3Brittan AcresW16L2L31.
10Allison Wang4Brittan AcresL5L3W151.
11Rhodes Kostrub3CiprianiL1L7W161.
12Manav Ejjalaghatta3Brewer IslandW14L5L81.
13Akshita Bisht3Brewer IslandL4W15L71.
14Anderson Barrile2Brittan AcresL12W16L61.0-
15Logan Crusick3NesbitL2L13L100.
16Jonathan Fleege5Peninsula Liberty AcademyL9L14L110.

Section 6 (unrated beginner K-2nd grade)

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Shrisha Dandamudi2Brewer IslandW11W10W43.
2Caden Cartagena2Peninsula Liberty AcademyW6D3W52.
3Erick Cheng2FoxX14D2W82.
4Clark Ettinger2Brittan AcresX15W7L12.
5Luke Schumacher2Brittan AcresW9W8L22.
6Nathan Hui2Brittan AcresL2W9W102.
7Prakruthi RadhakrishanKBrewer IslandW13L4W112.0-
8Kian Baheri2NesbitW12L5L31.
9Neeharika Kumar2Brewer IslandL5L6W121.
10Aravind Acharya1Foster City ElementaryX16L1L61.
11Ananya AcharyaKFoster City ElementaryL1B-L71.
12Ryan Lee1FoxL8W13L91.0-
13Jacob Wallace2Brittan AcresL7L12B-1.0-
14Camden Baxter2BaywoodF3U-U-
15Anika DaraKKids ConnectionF4U-U-
16Calvin Baxter2BaywoodF10U-U-

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and Boys

The Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and Boys will be held in San Mateo on February 27th-28th.

This is a 6-round swiss, G/60 d5 time control, for USCF members.

Register here:

2016 Fox School Scholastic Chess Tournament - FAQ

General FAQ

  • When is the tournament?
    • Sunday, March 13th, 2016.  Pre-registered players should arrive by 10:40am.  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?
  • 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.