Saturday, October 21, 2017

October 2017 PCL Results

The October 2017 Peninsula Chess League tournament was held on Friday, October 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).  88 kids participated.

Here is the USCF Rating Report.  Some notable rating gains: Tristan Liu (+83), Abhijith Aravind (+91), Jared Gong (+94), Vian Yang (+218), Pranav Kamisetty (+209), Skyler Peterson (+96), Isaia Tuimavave (+85), Erik Leong (+133), and Neil Bhatkhande (+133)

Winning teams:

1st place, Super Team (6 players):  Bowditch
1st Place, Large Team (5 players):  Arroyo/Central
1st Place, Standard Team (4 players):  Ralston
1st Place, Small Team (3 players);  Tierra Linda
1st Place, Mini Team (2 players):  Foster City Elementary

This was Bowditch's first Super Team victory.  Tierra Linda won the small team prize for the second consecutive time.  They and Arroyo/Central were the only repeat winners from last time.

Players with perfect 3.0 scores:  Alan Finkelstein, Jared Gong, Vian Yang, Arthur Li, Joshua Wu, Suraj Yarrapathruni, Akshay Anandh, Aaron Minton, and Prakruthi Radhakrishnan.

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

Team Standings

Team Size 6 Standings
Brewer Island322

BowditchSuraj YarrapathruniSection 33.0102
BowditchAkshay AnandhSection 43.084
BowditchSri Krishna Sai VelichetiSection 12.084
BowditchAbhijith AravindSection 12.084
BowditchZayne AbrahamSection 32.068
BowditchAush BishtSection 42.056
BowditchSiddharth BobbaSection 11.042
BowditchSumedha ChikkerurSection 21.038
BowditchAnkit MuppalaSection 21.038
BowditchVishal DandamudiSection 10.00

Team Size 5 Standings
Brewer Island284
Foster City Elementary284
Kids Connection248
Central Elementary114
Alto International102

Arroyo/CentralCollin LiouSection 12.084
Arroyo/CentralKeenan LiouSection 12.084
Arroyo/CentralNicholas CottrellSection 22.076
Arroyo/CentralJay KothariSection 22.076
Arroyo/CentralBrandon KwanSection 42.056
Arroyo/CentralAlexander CottrellSection 11.042

Team Size 4 Standings
Foster City Elementary260
Brewer Island236
Kids Connection224
College Park179
Central Elementary114
Alto International102

RalstonJared GongSection 23.0114
RalstonAvirral AgarwalSection 22.076
RalstonMatthew FosterSection 42.056
RalstonAnna BautinaSection 42.056
RalstonJacob YuryevSection 11.042
RalstonEvan LeongSection 11.042
RalstonAnders KostrubSection 20.00

Team Size 3 Standings
Tierra Linda248
Foster City Elementary212
Brewer Island188
Kids Connection182
College Park151
Central Elementary114
Alto International102

Tierra LindaAlan FinkelsteinSection 13.0126
Tierra LindaAdam ZweigerSection 12.084
Tierra LindaNeel SijpSection 21.038

Team Size 2 Standings
Tierra Linda210
Foster City Elementary152
Brewer Island140
Kids Connection131
College Park123
Central Elementary90
Alto International74
LP Collins68

Foster City ElementaryAlex ZhaoSection 12.084
Foster City ElementaryAravind AcharyaSection 32.068
Foster City ElementaryPrateek KamisettySection 52.560
Foster City ElementaryLinus ZhaoSection 52.048
Foster City ElementaryAnanya AcharyaSection 51.024

BaysideTristan LiuSection 12.5105
BaysideRohan KumarSection 10.00

Kids ConnectionRobyn NakhimovskySection 32.068
Kids ConnectionJaden CheungSection 11.563
Kids ConnectionAnish PatilSection 31.551
Kids ConnectionAnish DaraSection 11.042
Kids ConnectionAnika DaraSection 51.024

North Star AcademyNathan BederovSection 20.00

Alto InternationalNiko NachbarSection 21.038
Alto InternationalKai NachbarSection 51.536
Alto InternationalYarah TehraniSection 41.028
Alto InternationalLenny SchallehnSection 40.00
Alto InternationalFederico IachelloSection 50.00

Brewer IslandPrakruthi RadhakrishnanSection 53.072
Brewer IslandNeil BhatkhandeSection 32.068
Brewer IslandVishwa PasapulaSection 52.048
Brewer IslandDheeraj YarrapathruniSection 52.048
Brewer IslandAashika AnandhSection 52.048
Brewer IslandTrisha SabadraSection 21.038
Brewer IslandAkshita BishtSection 41.028

FoxErik LeongSection 22.076
FoxSkyler PetersonSection 22.076
FoxErick ChengSection 32.068
FoxJustin WongSection 51.536
FoxRyan LeeSection 31.034
FoxAnastasiia PelevinaSection 50.512

College ParkPranav KamisettySection 22.595
College ParkShrisha DandamudiSection 41.028
College ParkNeeharika KumarSection 41.028
College ParkHenry FarrowSection 41.028

Peninsula Liberty AcademyCaden CartagenaSection 21.557

Belmont OaksVian YangSection 23.0114

SCCLCIsaia TuimavaveSection 22.076
SCCLCJeremiah TaloSection 51.536

Central ElementaryAlex ShiSection 42.056
Central ElementaryAeron GurskisSection 31.034
Central ElementaryMichael FowlerSection 51.024
Central ElementaryOrion GurskisSection 30.00
Central ElementaryEverett KeningerSection 20.00

JLS Middle SchoolSharvari VartakSection 32.068

ArundelBaron EdwardsSection 31.034
ArundelAusra EdwardsSection 51.024

BaywoodCamden BaxterSection 31.034
BaywoodCalvin BaxterSection 30.517

SandpiperJoshua WuSection 33.0102

NesbitArthur LiSection 33.0102
NesbitKian BaheriSection 30.517

HeatherNirav AdavikolanuSection 52.048
HeatherVivian HarrisSection 31.034

HighlandsHamilton ZhangSection 32.068

LP CollinsJyosshnaa VijayasenthilnathanSection 31.034
LP CollinsAnn Mary ThomasSection 31.034

CiprianiRostislav BautinSection 42.056
CiprianiRhodes KostrubSection 41.028
CiprianiRenat BautinSection 51.024
CiprianiEdwin HarrisSection 51.024

Brittan AcresAaron MintonSection 53.072

Section 1 (USCF-rated) - Standings after round 3

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Alan Finkelstein14467Tierra LindaW16W6W33.
2Tristan Liu11018BaysideW11W10D42.
3Sri Krishna Sai Velicheti11378BowditchW12W8L12.
4Collin Liou13036Arroyo/CentralD9W5D22.
5Abhijith Aravind1041 P256BowditchW7L4W102.
6Keenan Liou11278Arroyo/CentralW15L1W122.
7Adam Zweiger11737Tierra LindaL5W9W132.0-
8Alex Zhao10975Foster City ElementaryW14L3W112.0-
9Jaden Cheung10582Kids ConnectionD4L7W151.
10Anish Dara11745Kids ConnectionW13L2L51.
11Alexander Cottrell9347Arroyo/CentralL2W16L81.
12Jacob Yuryev10026RalstonL3W15L61.
13Evan Leong10506RalstonL10W14L71.
14Siddharth Bobba8926BowditchL8L13B-1.0-
15Vishal Dandamudi9456BowditchL6L12L90.
16Rohan Kumar10838BaysideL1L11U-

Section 2 (USCF-rated) - Standings after round 3

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Jared Gong8156RalstonW7W11W43.
2Vian Yang6284Belmont OaksW16W5W63.
3Pranav Kamisetty5294College ParkW12W17D102.
4Erik Leong5373FoxW14W9L12.
5Nicholas Cottrell7485Arroyo/CentralW13L2W112.
6Skyler Peterson6825FoxW17W10L22.
7Isaia Tuimavave6347SCCLCL1W16W122.
8Avirral Agarwal6807RalstonL10W15W162.
9Jay Kothari704 P183Arroyo/CentralX18L4W132.0-
10Caden Cartagena853 P254Peninsula Liberty AcademyW8L6D31.
11Sumedha Chikkerur670 P46BowditchW15L1L51.
12Ankit Muppala714 P206BowditchL3W14L71.
13Trisha Sabadra5705Brewer IslandL5B-L91.
14Neel Sijp723 P255Tierra LindaL4L12B-1.0-
15Niko Nachbar848 P244Alto InternationalL11L8W171.0-
16Nathan Bederov7864North Star AcademyL2L7L80.
17Anders Kostrub857 P107RalstonL6L3L150.
18Everett Keninger517 P83Central ElementaryF9U-U-

Section 3 (USCF-rated) - Standings after round 3

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Arthur Li345 P94NesbitW16W12W63.
2Joshua Wu100 P04SandpiperW13W5W123.
3Suraj Yarrapathruni385 P56BowditchW20W14W43.
4Neil Bhatkhande3133Brewer IslandW9W10L32.
5Hamilton Zhang362 P53HighlandsW18L2W132.
6Erick Cheng405 P94FoxW19W15L12.
7Robyn Nakhimovsky412 P142Kids ConnectionL15W19W142.
8Zayne Abraham4086BowditchL14W21W162.
9Aravind Acharya5033Foster City ElementaryL4W11W172.0-
10Sharvari Vartak471 P126JLS Middle SchoolW21L4W152.0-
11Anish Patil281 P122Kids ConnectionH-L9W211.
12Baron Edwards510 P133ArundelW17L1L21.
13Ryan Lee3383FoxL2W18L51.
14Camden Baxter172 P64BaywoodW8L3L71.
15Vivian Harris252 P165HeatherW7L6L101.
16Jyosshnaa Vijayasenthilnathan100 P04LP CollinsL1B-L81.
17Ann Mary Thomas306 P104LP CollinsL12W20L91.0-
18Aeron Gurskis100 P23Central ElementaryL5L13B-1.0-
19Calvin Baxter142 P74BaywoodL6L7D200.
20Kian Baheri100 P24NesbitL3L17D190.
21Orion Gurskis258 P23Central ElementaryL10L8L110.

Section 4 (unrated) - Standings after round 3

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Akshay Anandh6BowditchW8W11W23.
2Matthew Foster6RalstonW9W6L12.
3Anna Bautina7RalstonL11W10W52.
4Rostislav Bautin5CiprianiW7L5W82.
5Brandon Kwan6Arroyo/CentralW14W4L32.
6Aush Bisht6BowditchW12L2W92.0-
7Alex Shi4Central ElementaryL4W14W112.0-
8Shrisha Dandamudi4College ParkL1W13L41.
9Yarah Tehrani4Alto InternationalL2W12L61.
10Neeharika Kumar4College ParkW13L3U-
11Akshita Bisht5Brewer IslandW3L1L71.
12Henry Farrow4College ParkL6L9B-1.0-
13Rhodes Kostrub5CiprianiL10L8W141.0-
14Lenny Schallehn4Alto InternationalL5L7L130.

Section 5 (unrated) - Standings after round 3

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Aaron Minton3Brittan AcresW5W13W43.
2Prakruthi Radhakrishnan2Brewer IslandW14W12W113.
3Prateek Kamisetty1Foster City ElementaryD10W14W92.
4Linus Zhao2Foster City ElementaryW15W8L12.
5Vishwa Pasapula2Brewer IslandL1W19W122.
6Dheeraj Yarrapathruni3Brewer IslandL9W16W132.
7Aashika Anandh3Brewer IslandL13W17W152.
8Nirav Adavikolanu3HeatherW16L4W102.0-
9Kai Nachbar2Alto InternationalW6D11L31.
10Jeremiah Talo2SCCLCD3W18L81.
11Justin Wong3FoxW19D9L21.
12Anika Dara2Kids ConnectionW17L2L51.
13Ananya Acharya1Foster City ElementaryW7L1L61.
14Renat Bautin3CiprianiL2L3W181.
15Edwin HarrisKCiprianiL4B-L71.
16Michael Fowler1Central ElementaryL8L6B-
17Ausra Edwards1ArundelL12L7W191.0-
18Anastasiia Pelevina2FoxH-L10L140.
19Federico Iachello1Alto InternationalL11L5L170.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Belmont Summer Chess Tournament Results

60 kids entered the 5th annual Belmont Summer Chess Tournament on August 19th.  This was a 5-round swiss, G/15; d3 time control for the two USCF sections and G/18 for the two unrated sections.

Here is the USCF Rating Report.

Advanced Section (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Adam Zweiger11647Tierra LindaW11W4W3W5L24.00.016.514.053.532
2Tristan Liu10238BaysideW12W14W6L3W14.
3Rohan Kumar9858BaysideW15W10L1W2W54.
4Sri Krishna Velicheti11718BowditchB-L1D9W7W63.
5Evan Leong10376RalstonW13W8W7L1L33.
6Vishal Dandamudi8516BowditchW8W12L2W11L43.01.014.511.040.523
7Jacob Yuryev9066RalstonXW13L5L4W113.0-1.010.510.032.522
8Nathan Gong10669CarlmontL6L5W10W9W123.0-
9Caden Cartagena808 P204Peninsula LibertyW14L11D4L8W102.
10Ankit Muppala709 P166BowditchB-L3L8W13L92.
11Niko Nachbar854 P194AltoL1W9W15L6L72.
12Nicholas Cottrell7575ArroyoL2L6B-W15L82.
13Jared Gong8096RalstonL5L7W14L10B-
14Alexander Cottrell10247CentralL9L2L13B-W152.0-
15Avirral Agarwal7547RalstonL3B-L11L12L141.

Intermediate Section (USCF-rated)

PlaceNameRatingGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Noah Korn426 P102BaywoodW3L4W7W6W24.02.016.511.054.532
2Pranav Kamisetty4344Foster CityW12W11W14W4L14.0-1.012.514.039.523
3Sumedha Chikkerur100 P06BowditchL1B-W10W8W44.0-1.011.510.037.513
4Erik Leong4993FoxW15W1W6L2L33.
5Baron Edwards468 P63ArundelUL14W15W11W103.
6Trisha Sabadra5985Brewer IslandW13W10L4L1W73.0-1.013.510.041.523
7Suraj Yarrapathruni100 P06BowditchD14W13L1W12L62.
8Ryan Lee3563FoxL10W12W11L3D92.
9Neil Bhatkhande348 P243AudubonL11L15W13W14D82.
10Hamilton Zhang100 P03HighlandsW8L6L3W15L52.
11Camden Baxter100 P24BaywoodW9L2L8L5B-
12Calvin Baxter124 P34BaywoodL2L8B-L7W152.
13Kenta Itami-Wolf285 P62Notre DameL6L7L9B-W142.
14Kara Kim380 P125FoxD7W5L2L9L131.
15Anish Patil281 P122Kids ConnectionL4W9L5L10L121.
16Ann Mary Thomas262 P133LP CollinsF7U-U-U-U-

Unrated 4th-8th Graders

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Arthur Li4NesbitW10W2W4W3W55.
2Matthew Foster6RalstonW13L1W6W7W34.
3Akshay Anandh6BowditchW12W7W5L1L23.
4Desmond Chua7BowditchW14W6L1L5W83.
5Anna Bautina7RalstonW11W9L3W4L13.
6Shricharan Sriram4Foster CityW15L4L2W10W93.0-
7Dylan Chua4College ParkB-L3W9L2W133.0-
8Kai Wenzel4AltoL9B-W10W11L43.0-
9Rostislav Bautin5CiprianiW8L5L7W14L62.
10Annie Saban6BowditchL1W13L8L6W152.
11Jyosshnaa Vijayasenthilnathan4CollinsL5W14W15L8L122.
12Shrisha Dandamudi4Brewer IslandL3L15L14B-W112.
13Neeharika Kumar4College ParkL2L10B-W15L72.0-
14Yarah Tehrani4AltoL4L11W12L9B-2.0-
15Alexey Krytsyn8RalstonL6W12L11L13L101.

Unrated K-3rd Graders

PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
1Aeron Gurskis3CentralW5W4W3W2W75.00.015.515.049.032
2Aravind Acharya3Foster CityX14W8W10L1W34.00.012.513.044.022
3Prakruthi Radhakrishnan2Brewer IslandW6W7L1W10L23.01.016.511.053.023
4Aashika Anandh3Brewer IslandW11L1L8W5W103.
5Ananya Acharya1Foster CityL1B-W6L4W123.
6Dheeraj Yarrapathruni3Brewer IslandL3W9L5W11W83.0-
7Nirav Adavikolanu3HeatherW9L3W12D8L12.
8Vishwa Pasapula2Brewer IslandW13L2W4D7L62.
9Kai Nachbar2AltoL7L6W13D12B-2.5-
10Prateek Kamisetty1Foster CityW12W13L2L3L42.
11Andrew Yip2FoxL4L12B-L6W132.
12Orion Gurskis3CentralL10W11L7D9L51.
13Renat Bautin3CiprianiL8L10L9B-L111.
14Ausra Edwards1ArundelF2U-U-U-U-

Thursday, July 20, 2017

5th Annual Belmont Library Summer Tournament - FAQ

General FAQ

  • When is the tournament?
    • Saturday, August 19th, 2017.  Players should arrive by 9:05am.  All players should pre-register online.
  • Who can play in the tournament?
    • Any child entering K-8th grade can enter the tournament.  Players entering 9th grade must be USCF members to play.
  • Is USCF membership required?
    • USCF membership is NOT required to play in the tournament (except for 9th graders), but membership is required to play in the advanced and intermediate sections, which are USCF-rated (the other sections are not rated).
  • Is there any cost?
    • No, it's free!  Prizes are supplied courtesy of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.
  • How do I sign up?

Facilities FAQ
  • Where can I park?
    • The library parking lot should have ample spaces provided you arrive on time.
  • Are there bathrooms?
    • Yes, the bathrooms on site near the tournament room.
  • Is there food available on site?
    • There are only vending machines with snacks.  There is a shopping center nearby with a grocery store and some restaurants, but there is not a lot of time between rounds to eat.  We suggest waiting until after the tournament to have lunch.  The library may provide some snacks, but the kids usually go through these pretty fast.
  • Is there wi-fi?
    • Yes, there is wi-fi available, as well as public computers for use inside the library.
  • Is there a playground?
    • Yes, there is a small playground available for use by the kids, with swings, sand, and a play structure.  It is away from the tournament area, however, so be sure your child gets back to the tournament room in time for the next round.

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 by 9:05am.  The first round will start at 9:15am, so make sure you arrive on time and allow time to park and check-in.
    • 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 and also online at a website to be determined.  Someone will say "The pairings are up!"  The pairings are done per section, so there will be one paper for the advanced group, one for intermediate, and one for beginner.  Find your section (either on the wall or on your smartphone), then look for your name.  Next to your name will be your board number, color (white or black), and opponent.  Find your board number, 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 for the USCF-rated sections is G/15; d3 (game in 15 minutes with a 3 second delay).  This means that each side has 15 minutes to make their moves for the game (plus up to 3 seconds free for each move).  So each game could last up to about 36 minutes.  The time control for the unrated sections is G/18 (game in 18 minutes, no delay), so each game could last up to 36 minutes.  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 15 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 prize.  If you must leave before the awards ceremony, please make arrangements for someone else to get your trophy or prize.

    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 9:15am, 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, and 12:15pm.  The awards ceremony will start at approximately 12:55pm and should take less than 10 minutes.  Times may be adjusted slightly, but we expect to stick pretty close to schedule.  We will let everyone know in advance if there are any changes.
    • 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 be 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:
      • Why did my child get black 3 times?
        • With 5 games, about half the players will get black 3 times.  We will do our best to make sure no one gets black 4 times, but it is possible.
      • Will my child get a trophy?
        • Trophies are given to the top players in each section.  Depending on all the results, your child will definitely get a trophy with a score of 5.0, will probably get a trophy with a score of 4.5, and is likely to get a trophy with a score of 4.0, though this is not guaranteed.  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.  Players with a score of 3.0 or less are unlikely to get a trophy, but everyone will get a trophy or prize.
      • 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.  The standings sheet posted after each round will summarize all the tie-breaks used.  Unlike some tournaments, the first tie-breaker we use is head-to-head results.
      • Can I stay in the tournament room?
        • To be determined.  Usually we allow parents to be in the room if they are quiet, but space is extremely limited for this tournament and the room may get very crowded, so we may restrict parent access.

      Thursday, July 13, 2017

      July 2017 Blitz Results

      Peninsula Chess hosted a blitz tournament with 33 players on July 12th at the Belmont Library.  There were two sections, one USCF blitz-rated (6 rounds, G/3; d2), and one unrated (five rounds, G/5; d3).  Congrats to our winners:

      Alan Finkelstein won the rated section with a perfect 6.0 score, with Caspar Li finishing clear 2nd with 5.0 (his only loss coming to Alan).

      In the unrated section, Hamilton Zhang was a perfect 4.0 through 4 rounds.  In the 5th and final round, Aeron Gurskis forced a tie by beating Hamilton, with Anna Bautina also winning to join them at 4.0 (her only loss coming to Hamilton in the first round).  This forced a 3-way playoff (played at G/3; d2).  Anna defeated Aeron and then Hamilton to win the section and the trophy.

      USCF Blitz-Rated section:

      Unrated section

      (I apologize; some of the grades are probably wrong.)

      PlaceNameGradeSchoolRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotalTB(H)TB(S)TB(C)TB(CO)NWNB
      1Aeron Gurskis2Central ElementaryL5W14W11W10W24.
      2Hamilton Zhang3HighlandsW3W6W5W4L14.00.017.514.051.032
      3Anna Bautina6Ralston MiddleL2W16W9W6W54.0-1.012.510.043.032
      4Arush Bisht5Brewer IslandW16D9W7L2W103.50.011.511.041.023
      5Akshita Bisht4Brewer IslandW1W8L2W7L33.
      6Orion Gurskis2Central ElementaryW15L2W8L3W163.
      7Nirav Adavikolanu2HeatherW14W10L4L5W123.0-1.011.510.039.032
      8Anish Patil2Kids ConnectionW12L5L6W13W93.0-
      9Miles Yu3UnknownW13D4L3W11L82.
      10Rohan Gupta3UnknownW11L7W12L1L42.
      11Annie Saban5Kids ConnectionL10W13L1L9W152.
      12Anika Dara1Kids ConnectionL8W15L10W14L72.0-
      13Prateek Kamisetty1Foster City ElementaryL9L11W15L8W142.0-
      14Rhodes Kostrub4CiprianiL7L1W16L12L131.
      15Rostislav Bautin4FoxL6L12L13W16L111.
      16Saira Gupta3UnknownL4L3L14L15L60.

      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-