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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Fox School Scholastic Chess Tournament - FAQ

General FAQ

  • When is the tournament?
    • Sunday, March 19th, 2017.  Pre-registered players should arrive by 10:30am.  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.
    • USCF membership is required to play in the 6-8th grade USCF section.  You may join here:  Note that unrated 6th-8th graders can still play in the unrated 5th-8th grade section.
  • 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 unrated grade 5-8, and one for USCF-rated 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 for the unrated sections 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).  The time control for the rated section is G/17 d3 (game in 17 minutes with a 3 second delay).  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, 12:10pm, 1:15pm, 2:10pm, and 3:05pm.  Times are structured this way to allow players time to have lunch.  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 places in each section.  How many trophies depends mostly on how many entries there.  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.