News for 2005-2006
Canadian Closed and Zonal (18-27 August 2006, Toronto,
BC junior player Louie Jiang received "Great
Upsets" award and named "Top BC Player"
at the closing ceremory. Louie's father Patrick Jiang
received "Chess Parent of the Year" award
BC junior player Janak Awatramani won first place
for Grade 1. Janak was the only player from BC. Ontario
and Quebec players dominated top spots of other grades.
Open (Kitchener, Ont., July 15-23, 2006)
BC junior Alexandra
Botez won U1600 section with 7.5/9.0. Other
BC juniors also had outstanding performance in U2000
and Open sections. See their standings,
Canadian Junior and Canadian Youth Championship (Kitchener,
Ont., July 10-13, 2006)
Bindi Cheng won 2006 Canadian Junior Championship
with 6.5/7.0, and Richard Huang won 3rd place. In Canadian
Youth Championship, many BC juniors had outstanding
More BC games online: Supplement,
June 06 (465 new games from Stephen Wright's
show of GM Charbonneau/IM Krush Simuls and
Pairs Exhibition (June 10, 2006).
BC Juniors at Washington Open (Everett, WA, May 27-29,
Competition in this well-run event was very strong,
as many top players (including juniors) from Washington
and Oregon joined the event. GM Gregory Serper, IM Georgi
Orlov and Ignacio Peres tied for first in Open section.
BC juniors Jack Cheng and Vlad Gaciu also played in
Open section (also FIDE rated), Arik Milner in U2000
section, Aviv Milner and Alexandra Botez in U1700 section
and Donovan Zhao in U1400 section. Full standings shown
photo shows some BC and Washington
junior players before the game. In WA Open Scholastic
on Saturday May 27, Janak Awatramani won the 5th place
trophy in grade K-3 group and Donovan Zhao won the second
place trophy in 4-6 group (Standings).
Thanks to Alfred Pechisker for providing one of his
annotated games at WA Open (click
Junior players at Keres Memorial (Vancouver, May 19-22,
BC junior player Fanhao Meng tied with IM Georgi Orlov
for second with 5/7 in Open
section. Bindi Cheng, Lucas Davies,
and Noam Davies tied for 4-9th place with 4.5/7. In
2000 section Richard Huang tied for third
with 4.5/6 followed by Kevin Goodman, Evan Raymer and
Jack Cheng with 4/6. Three junior players in U1600
section also did well: Dylan Parker and
Hafiz Dhanani with 3.5/6 and Donovan Zhao with 3/6.
Thanks to TDs Stephen Wright, Lynn Stringer and
Lyle Craver with assistance from Katherine Davies and
Team BC won 4th place in National Chess Challenge (Moncton,
NB, May 21-22, 2006)
BC's National Chess Challenge trophy winners:
Grade 1 Janak Awatramani, first place.
Grade 3 Alex Sabaratnam, third place.
Grade 4 Tanraj Sohal, third place.
Grade 7 Elliot Raymer, third place.
Grade 11 Jingwei Li, third place.
Team Score: Ontario (90.0), Quebec (79.0), Manitoba (63.5),
BC (58.5) and Alberta (52.0). See Results.
2006 BC Youth Chess Championship (May 13-14, 2006)
Fifty-four players joined this annual event to determine
BC Chess Champions by age group This year's champions
are: Arik Milner (U10 Boys), Jenna Wild (U10 Girls), Joshua
Wild (U12 Boys), Vera Tardos (U12 Girls), Michael Wee
(U14 Boys), Chelsea Ruiter (U14 Girls), Stefan Trandafir
(U16 Boys), Ana Maria Luca (U16 Girls) and George Li (U18
Boys). Tournament director is Stephen Wright with assistant
Katherine Davies. Final
Standings and medal winners
by Stephen Wright and photos
by Andrei Botez.
GM Pascal Charbonneau and IM Irina Krush: a
chess exhibition (June
10, 2006 at Univ.
Junior players at Worker's Memorial (Kamloops, April
Vlad Gaciu tied for first with 4.5/6.0 and Alexandra
Botez won U1600 prize with 3.5/6.0 (see standings,
thanks to Andrei Botez)
2006 BC Chess Challenge (April 15, 2006)
There were 204 junior players who joined 2006 BC Challenge
at BCIT. This year's grade champions are: Janak Awatramani
(grade 1), Harrison Lee (2), Alex Sabaratnam (3), Tanraj
Sohal (4), Jack Cheng (5), Gabriel Panaitiu (6), Elliot
Raymer (7), Kristijan Gorgevik (8), Ritik Looned (9),
Lo-Ching Chow (10), Jingwei Li (11) and Lucas Davies
(12). Tournament Director and organizer are Stephen
Wright and Katherine Davies, with help from Toni Deline,
Lynn Stringer, Elizabeth Towers as assistant directors.
Organizers would like to thank all parents who helped
out in many ways during the tournament. Please see trophy
winners list and final
standings. Photos are coming.
Vancouver Regional Chess Challenge (March 25, 2006)
Thanks to TD, organizers and helpers Stephen Wright,
Katherine Davies, Andrei Botez, Gabi Gaciu and Elizebath
Towers, this annual event produced many winners, some
of them are first time tournament players, see standings.
March Sunday Open (March 5, 2006)
Lucas Davies won the Open section and Alexandra Botez
won the U1500 section. Grade 1 player Janak Awatramani
won the U1000 section for the third time (standings).
Interschool Elementary Final and Secondary School Team
Championship (February 25, 2006)
Elementary Team Final: after 6 rounds competition among
the 7 teams, St. George's Team A won the championship
with a score of 22.0 (max 24.0), followed by St. George's
Team B (15.0). Westcot finished third with 12.0. Other
teams in the final are Chartwell, Pauline Johnson, St.
John's, and York House.
The secondary team competition were among 10 teams.
Port Moody won the championship with 19.0 (max 20.0),
followed by Seaqum (15.0) and Winston Churchill (12.0).
The tournament director was Stephen Wright with assistance
from Elizabeth Towers. See final
standings and photos.
February Sunday Open (February 12, 2006)
Thirty players joined the tournament. Vlad Gaciu won
the Open section, Foster Tom won U1500 section and Janak
Awatramani U1000 section. Stephen Wright was the tournament
director, assisted by Marina Milner. Final standing
Annual BC Interschool Elementary Preliminaries (January
After 5 rounds fierce competition among 29 teams, St.
George's A won the preliminary with a score 18 out of
20, followed by St. George's B (14.5), Pauline Johnson
(13.5), Chartwell (13), Westcot (12.5), York House A
(12.5) and St. John's A (12.5). Due to the 3-way tie
of 5-7th places, all top 7 teams have been invited to
participate in the Elementary Finals, to be held at
WPGA on February 25. Thanks to St.
John's School for supporting such
an important annual event and providing a welcome environment
for all players and their parents. The tournament director
is Stephen Wright with assistance from Andrew Young,
Alisa Young, Elizabeth Towers, Sukhbir Bolina and many
helping staff members of St John's School. Final team
standings can be found here.
show is also available (click on the
first slide and wait).
Annual BCIT Scholastic Chess Tournament (January 22,
Eight-seven young chess players (as young as age 5),
including players from Washington state, attended this
well-run event, thanks to TD Stephen Wright and coordinator
Katherine Davies, with help from Andrei Botez, Toni
Deline and Michael Yip as TD assistants. The first place
winners for each section are: Janak Awatramani for K-2,
Alex Sabaratnam for grade 3-4, Jack Cheng for 5-6 and
Lucas Davies for 7-12. Many trophies and medals are
awarded to many players for outstanding performance.
Final standing here.
January Sunday Open (January 8, 2006)
Thanks to TD Stephen Wright and coordinator Katherine
Davies, the first event of year 2006 attracted 42 players,
including some new players to tournament chess and players
from Washington state. In U1000 section, Michael Levine
and Kyle Zheng tied for first with 5.0/6.0. After playoff
Michael won the first place trophy, Kyle the second.
Brothers Quincy Welsh and Karson Welch tied for third
place with 4.0/6.0. One took the third place trophy
and the other cash prize. In U1500 section, Tanraj Sohal
won the first prize with 4.0/4.0, followed by new player
David Luo with 3.0/4.0. Jakab Tardos and Hafiz Dhanani
tied for third place with 2.5/4.0. In Open section II,
Clyde Chen and David Pash tied for first with 2.5/3.0.
Noam Davies and Michael Yip tied for first with 2.5/3.0
in Open section I. Final standing here.
Thomas Hook Cup (Dec. 10, 2005)
Forty young chess players, half of them are first timers
to play CFC rated tournament games, joined this fun event.
Foster Tom, who won all of his five games, took the first
place trophy. 2nd place winner: Marko Mitrovic, 3rd place
winner: Mitchell Lam. Melissa Jin received the trophy
for the tournament's top girl. U900: Alejandro Torres-Lopez,
U600: Paul Lee and K-1: Reuben Szijjarto. Many players
won medals for their outstanding performance. See complete
report, standings and photos here.
BC-Washington Scholastic Match (Dec. 10, 2005): BC 30.5;
WA 17.5, this trophy
stays in BC
In the 15th BC-Washington International Chess Match,
Team BC won convincingly. Thanks to organizers Katherine
Davies, Bill Lee (BC) and Karen Dixon (Washington) and
TD Stephen Wright, 48 top junior players from both sides
of the border had many good games. See results here
online. Two slide shows here.
BC Juniors at Washington Class Championship (November
In FIDE rated Master/Expert Top Section, three BC young
chess master/experts had a strong showing: in Master
Section Lucas Davies was clear second place winner with
4.0/6.0. In Expert Section Noam Davies had a score 3.0/6.0
and Louie Jiang with 2.0/6.0. In C/D Section, Alexandra
Botez finished with 4.5/6.0, a top 2 finishing. In E/Unrated
section, facing a few unrated adult players, Donovan
Zhao had 3 wins and 2 loses. Photos here
November Sunday Open (November 20, 2005)
In U1000 section, six years old Janak Awatramani won
the first place trophy after playoffs. Dennis Wang was
the second place winner. After many more rounds of playoff
games, Michael Levine won the third place trophy. Kyle
Zheng and Narek Bobloyan received cash awards. In U1500
section, Alexandra Botez and Donovan Zhao tied for first
with 3.0/4.0. Hafiz Dhanani and Kai Somers (new to BC
chess) shared the third and U1000 prizes with 2.5/4.0.
In open section, Lucas Davies, Noam Davies, Michael Yip
and Clyde Chen all tied for first with 2.5/3.0. See Standings
by Stephen Wright and U1000 playoff photos (1,
by Andrei Botez.
Thanks to Katherine Davies and Stephen Wright for organizing
and directing this event.
Chess Tournament for Kids (K-8), November 19, 2005:
Thanks to TD Luc Poitras, fourty-two young players from
14 schools had great fun. A lot of medals were given in
prizes and 11 talented chess players received chess books
as prizes. The next tournamnent will be scheduled in February.
Please check the event page of this web site for more
BC Junior Championship (November 11-13, 2005)
This tournament had three sections: junior U1000 (Booster),
U1500 and an open section (unrated) adult can play. David
Choi took the first prize in U1000 section with a score
4.5/5.0. Alex Sabaratnam won the U1500 section with a
score 3.5/4.0. Luc Poitras won the Open section with score
3.0/3.0. Congratulations to all players for their efforts
and performance! Thanks to Katherine Davies, Stephen Wright
and Andrei Botez for organizing and directing the tournament.
See results and
BC games online (Dec., 1989 - July,
2005) 6,570 games compiled by Stephen Wright.