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Fall Open 2021

Fall Open 2021

WCM mkkuhner
| Oct 2, 2021

The Fall Open was played at the temporary home of the Seattle Chess Club, Orlov Chess Academy on Green Lake.  Having gotten a taste of playing face-to-face at the Women's Championship, I couldn't resist. The tournament has traditionally been ...

Chasing the WA Women's Chess Championship

Chasing the WA Women's Chess Championship

WCM mkkuhner
| Sep 17, 2021

I've wanted to win the WA Women's since I first played in it in 2015.  The closest I came was sitting on second board hoping for a particular result on first board; didn't happen.  Several times I've played exceptionally badly, because S...

Rising Stars Camp Tournament

Rising Stars Camp Tournament

WCM mkkuhner
| Sep 5, 2021

This blog entry covers the camp tournament:  for the camp lessons, see the previous installment. The instructions for participants  laid out the camp tournament protocol in detail.  For each of the seven days, we needed to organiz...

Rising Stars Chess Camp

Rising Stars Chess Camp

WCM mkkuhner
| Aug 31, 2021

In the early summer things got interesting in my day job.  My boss' scientific paper came back from the reviewers with positive reviews, but they wanted to see an experiment to show that the computational method worked.  Unfortunately, t...

WA Senior Championship 2021

WA Senior Championship 2021

WCM mkkuhner
| Jul 15, 2021

After the National Tournament of State Senior Champions I played two absolutely terrible tournaments, the Oregon Open and the WA Women's Championship.  The latter was crowned by a game where I took a pawn with my rook and the young woman inst...

National Tournament of State Senior Champions 2020

National Tournament of State Senior Champions 2020

WCM mkkuhner
| Jul 15, 2021

Winning the (online) Washington State Senior Championship qualified me for travel support to the National event, which was scheduled alongside the US Open in August 2020.  I was unsure whether I wanted to go, to be honest, and felt relieved w...

WA State Senior Championship:  Intimidation

WA State Senior Championship: Intimidation

WCM mkkuhner
| Oct 5, 2020

The WA State Senior has been running for several years now, but I'd never played in it before:  I don't find adult-only tournaments particularly exciting.  But this year the organizers asked nicely--it was proving difficult to find playe...

Anatomy of a Slump

Anatomy of a Slump

WCM mkkuhner
| Jan 24, 2020

I returned to tournament chess after a very long absence in 2014.  USCF gave me a provisional rating based on my 2100 FIDE rating (I don't know what happened to my previous USCF rating) and it promptly crashed to around 1800--no wonder, as I'...

Seattle City Championship 2020:  A New Beginning

Seattle City Championship 2020: A New Beginning

WCM mkkuhner
| Jan 21, 2020

As I said when I wrote this tournament up last year, no one pays any particular attention to the Seattle Championship; it's just a fancy name for an ordinary weekend Swiss.  For reasons that will become apparent, I'm a bit sorry I said that. ...

Evans Memorial 2019:  No Dice

Evans Memorial 2019: No Dice

WCM mkkuhner
| Dec 6, 2019

In my previous two visits to Reno I'd been within striking distance of the hefty Class A prize both times.  This time, though, I couldn't shake the memory of multiple bad tournaments in a row, and I wasn't optimistic.  I might have chick...

WA State Championship 2019

WA State Championship 2019

WCM mkkuhner
| Sep 24, 2019

The Washington State Championship is a two-weekend, nine-round tournament, with four sections of ten players each.  I had watched anxiously for over a month to see if I would even get in, as my rating was near its low-water mark and the compe...

Winter Not-So Classic 2018

Winter Not-So Classic 2018

WCM mkkuhner
| Sep 14, 2019

Yes, this blog is nine months late.  Work has been making me crazy, and also I found these games particularly difficult to annotate--or indeed to look at.  I've decided to present it with incomplete annotations, as otherwise it might be ...

WA Class Championships 2018

WA Class Championships 2018

WCM mkkuhner
| Apr 9, 2019

The Washington Class Championship is traditionally a big tournament, the second-biggest of the year, and is held in Lynnwood, a suburb about 20 miles north of Seattle.  Normally I've commuted, but this year my husband suggested I get a hotel ...

Western States Open 2018

Western States Open 2018

WCM mkkuhner
| Jan 10, 2019

I knew that I was facing a crisis at work in December through March--a new class to teach, a grant submission deadline, and a realistic chance of needing a new job--but I snatched some time in October to go to the Western States Open in Reno, Neva...

Sentenced to Chess:  Seattle Classic 2018

Sentenced to Chess: Seattle Classic 2018

WCM mkkuhner
| Nov 6, 2018

A nine round tournament.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Playing for five days straight is exhausting, keeping in playing form becomes a real struggle -- I don't know why I love this format, but I do. This iteration was graced by the...

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