Hayhurst Wins Second Consecutive Chess for Success Regional Championship
Entering the final round in a tie for first place, Hayhurst went on to win 7 of the last 10 points to finish well ahead of Winterhaven, Ainsworth, Duniway, and Abernathy, winning its second consecutive Chess for Success Regional Championship.
Pace won top individual honors with a perfect score of 5/5, including an upset over the tournament’s top seed in Round 4. Yuval finished second in K-4 with a score of 4/5 and was the team’s second qualifier for the this year’s Chess for Success Individual Championship.
Annika, Benjamin, Dylan, Jude, and Levi posted plus scores of 3/5. Jasper finished with an even score of 2.5. Charlie and Miles (playing his first tournament) were close behind with 2/5 and 1.5/5.
Hayhurst Chess Upcoming Events
Three (yes three!) championship events remain. There are several other great opportunities to compete and learn.
- Chess for Success State Championship in Portland, February 8-9. (Invitation Only)
- Mike Sheehan Memorial Tournament in Scapoose, March 2 (Open to all)
- OES Aardvark Tournament in Portland, March 16 (Open to all)
- Portland Chess Club Sunday Quads, March 17 (Open to kids and adults. Good if your playing strength is is greater than 600.)
- OSCF Team Championship at Hayhurst, March 23 (Open to all)
- FREE Spring Break chess lessons and quads, Portland, March 25-29. (Learn a new opening every day, then play a quad tournament! Great way to qualify for Seaside. Note each day has a different time. See the OSCF calendar for details.)
- OSCF Individual Championship in Seaside, April 12-13 (Open to all kids who have played 15 total rated games and 8 or more rated games this year. How to Qualify.)
Great Results from Spring Tournaments
Nearly 30 Hayhurst students have participated in tournaments so far this year. Several have racked up awards and seen their ratings slowly increase. Below are especially strong performances.
Chess Odyssey Quads (January 11)
- Charlie Small (1st place)
Catlin Gabel Chess Festival (January 12)
- Benjamin Giron (U900) plus score
- Yuval Haim (U600) 2nd place
- Eli Abrahams (U600) plus score
Hope Chinese MLK Tournament (January 21)
- Pace Lykins (Open) even score
- Jasper Defrain (U1000) plus score
- Yuval Haim (U600) 1st place
- Levi Chang (U600) plus score
- Chase Walter (U600) plus score
President’s Day Tournament (February 16)
- Pace Lykins (Open) 3rd place
- Dylan Amato (U900) plus score
- Kai Parker (U600) even score
- Eli Abrahams (U600) even score