Friday, June 25, 2010

Site Revisions

I am working diligently (during the World Cup games), updating "The Chessnut".  The Chessnut website is a webpage dedicated to my family and to the beauty and artfulness of chess.  Bobby Fischer once said, "Chess is Life."  Well then, you must see the parent site of this blog.  (Go to The Chessnut)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Garrett Reynolds decisively wins Erwin Kett Invitational



            Erwin Kett, Hailey, treated students of the WRHS Chess Club to a relaxing day of chess, free from the competiveness of formal tournaments at his house on Saturday, June 19.  Erwin is a long time supporter of the WRHS Chess Club and has volunteered his time and money to support students of the high school in their scholastic chess endeavors.  Invited to participate were WRHS alumni and graduates, and friends of the chess club.  The venue attracted BSU graduate student and two-time State Champion, Garrett Reynolds and other chess notables such as Jeff Roland, Boise and Jeff Baggett, Ketchum.
            The event totaled 18 kids and adults and featured four rounds of G/60 games.  G/60 means that each player gets 1 hour to complete their game.  These were relatively slow time controls for the high school students, but rather fast controls for the adults who are used to playing four to six hour tournament games.  Award sections were broken down into juniors, high schoolers, and adults with all players playing each other in one open section.
            The tournament was Rocky Mountain Chess rated with no significant upsets.  Garrett Reynolds coasted with four wins.  In between rounds, he helped players and analyzed games providing welcomed learning.  Four players tied with three points:  Jamie Lang, Shane Taylor, Jeff Baggett, and Jeff Roland.  Former WRHS Champion, Nick Bruck finished in 6th place with 2.5 points, claimed the top high school position.  Desmond Porth, 1.5 points finished as the top junior.
            Alumni present included WRHS Champion Taylor Walton,  Bughouse Champion Kitt Connor, Blitz Champion Danny Mills, and Tyler Jaramillo.  Souvenir trophies were provided by Adam Porth and lunch for all players was provided for by the Kett’s.  For other local chess events or to support the WRHS Chess Club, contact Adam Porth, 450-9048 or visit the WRHS Chess Club website:  www.wix.com/aporth/WRHS-Chess-Club. 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Erwin Kett Results

Erwin Kett plays in Round 4
**Red = 1st place, Pink = 2nd place, tan = 3rd & 4th place**
Place    Name                           Rate     Score   MMed Solk     Cum    CumOp 
 1         Reynolds, Garrett (1)  1956       4.0       8.0       9.0      10.0     26.0   trophy 
 2         Lang, Jamie (4)           1496       3.0       8.0      10.0      8.0      24.5   trophy 
 3         Taylor, Shane (17)       1000       3.0       8.0       9.5       8.0      24.5  trophy 
 4         Roland, Jeff (2)           1679       3.0       8.0       8.5       9.0      22.0  trophy
 5         Baggett, Jeff (3)          1644       3.0       6.5       7.5       7.0      20.5
 6         Bruck, Nick (9)        1089       2.5       5.0       6.0       5.0      14.5  HS trophy 
 7         Patterson, Kevin (6)    1196       2.0       5.5      10.5      5.0      25.0
 8         Porth, Adam (5)          1220       2.0       5.0      10.5      6.0      25.5
 9         Jaramillo, Tyler (13)    1000       2.0       4.0       8.0       5.0      21.0
 10       Mills, Danny (8)          1096       2.0       3.5       6.5       4.0      17.0
 11       Kett, Erwin (14)          1000       1.5       5.0       8.0       3.5      18.5
 12       Porth, Desmond (15) 1000       1.5     4.5      7.0       3.0      14.0   junior trophy
 13       Walton, Taylor (18)     1000       1.5       4.0       6.5       3.5      16.0
 14       Bruess, Shane (12)      1000       1.5       2.0       5.0       3.5      12.5
 15       Connor, Kitt (7)          1136       1.0       5.5       8.5       4.0      22.5
 16       Katie, Patterson (10) 1019       1.0     5.0       9.0      3.0      19.0  junior trophy
 17       Black, Jason (11)         1000       1.0       2.5       5.5       0.0      15.5
 18       Porth, Dylan (16)   1000       0.5     4.0       6.0       1.5      14.0  junior trophy

Round 4 Erwin Kett Invitational

Garrett Reynolds discovers a great trap against Jeff Roland

Rd Bd Scr White                                 Scr Black
04 101. 1.0 Reynolds, Garrett (4.0,1956) 0.0 Roland, Jeff (3.0,1679)
04 102. 0.0 Patterson, Kevin (2.0,1196) 1.0 Baggett, Jeff (3.0,1644)
04 103. 1.0 Lang, Jamie (3.0,1496) 0.0 Porth, Adam (2.0,1220)
04 104. 0.0 Kett, Erwin (1.5,1000) 1.0 Taylor, Shane (3.0,1000)
04 105. 0.0 Walton, Taylor (1.5,1000) 1.0 Bruck, Nick (2.5,1089)
04 106. 0.0 Connor, Kitt (1.0,1136) 1.0 Jaramillo, Tyler (2.0,1000)
04 107. 0.0 Katie, Patterson (1.0,1019) 1.0 Mills, Danny (2.0,1096)
04 108. 1.0 Porth, Desmond (1.5,1000) 0.0 Porth, Dylan (0.5,1000)
04 1.0 Black, Jason (1.0,1000) BYE



Round 3 Erwin Kett Invitational

Lunch and Fellowship after Round 2

Rd Bd Scr White Scr Black
03 101. 1.0 Reynolds, Garrett (4.0,1956) 0.0 Lang, Jamie (3.0,1496)
03 102. 1.0 Roland, Jeff (3.0,1679) 0.0 Taylor, Shane (3.0,1000)
03 103. 1.0 Baggett, Jeff (3.0,1644) 0.0 Connor, Kitt (1.0,1136)
03 104. 0.0 Mills, Danny (2.0,1096) 1.0 Porth, Adam (2.0,1220)
03 105. 0.0 Jaramillo, Tyler (2.0,1000) 1.0 Patterson, Kevin (2.0,1196)
03 106. 1.0 Bruck, Nick (2.5,1089) 0.0 Katie, Patterson (1.0,1019)
03 107. 1.0 Walton, Taylor (1.5,1000) 0.0 Porth, Dylan (0.5,1000)
03 108. 0.0 Black, Jason (1.0,1000) 1.0 Kett, Erwin (1.5,1000)
03 109. 1.0 Bruess, Shane (1.5,1000) 0.0 Porth, Desmond (1.5,1000)

Notes:  Before Round 3 began, the Kett's cooked an 18 lb. ham and feed everyone a great lunch.






Round 2 Erwin Kett Invitational

Garrett Reynolds crushes me like a noob with a nasty fork

Rd Bd Scr White                         Scr Black
02 101. 0.0 Porth, Adam (2.0,1220) 1.0 Reynolds, Garrett (4.0,1956)
02 102. 1.0 Roland, Jeff (3.0,1679) 0.0 Connor, Kitt (1.0,1136)
02 103. 1.0 Taylor, Shane (3.0,1000) 0.0 Baggett, Jeff (3.0,1644)
02 104. 1.0 Lang, Jamie (3.0,1496) 0.0 Jaramillo, Tyler (2.0,1000)
02 105. 1.0 Patterson, Kevin (2.0,1196) 0.0 Bruck, Nick (2.5,1089)
02 106. 0.0 Porth, Desmond (1.5,1000) 1.0 Mills, Danny (2.0,1096)
02 107. 1.0 Katie, Patterson (1.0,1019) 0.0 Black, Jason (1.0,1000)
02 108. 0.5 Porth, Dylan (0.5,1000) 0.5 Bruess, Shane (1.5,1000)
02 109. 0.5 Kett, Erwin (1.5,1000) 0.5 Walton, Taylor (1.5,1000)

Notes:  Maxx Bates visited to say hello to all his buddies and watch some of the games.




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Round 1 of the Erwin Kett Invitational underway

In foreground:  Katie Patterson plays State Champion Garrett Reynolds


          Rd   Bd Scr   White                            Scr Black
  1. 01 101. 1 Reynolds, Garrett (0.0,1956) 0 Katie, Patterson (0.0,1019)
  2. 01 102. 0 Black, Jason (0.0,1000) 1 Roland, Jeff (0.0,1679)
  3. 01 103. 1 Baggett, Jeff (0.0,1644) 0 Kett, Erwin (0.0,1000)
  4. 01 104. 0 Bruess, Shane (0.0,1000) 1 Lang, Jamie (0.0,1496)
  5. 01 105. 1 Porth, Adam (0.0,1220) 0 Walton, Taylor (0.0,1000)
  6. 01 106. 1 Taylor, Shane (0.0,1000) 0 Patterson, Kevin (0.0,1196)
  7. 01 107. 1 Connor, Kitt (0.0,1136) 0 Porth, Dylan (0.0,1000)
  8. 01 108. 1 Jaramillo, Tyler (0.0,1000) 0 Mills, Danny (0.0,1096)
  9. 01 109. 0.5 Bruck, Nick (0.0,1089) 0.5 Porth, Desmond (0.0,1000)












Notes:  Danny Mills surprised us with a late registration.  Glad to have him back in the mix.  Andrew Uriarte, Maxx Bates, and Miles Hendrix did not show up.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WRHS attends the Twin Falls Championship

Five players from the Wood River Valley attended the four round G/60 Twin Falls Championship this past weekend and faired well.  Taylor Walton(1.0), Desmond Porth(1.0), Adam Porth(2.0), and Nick Bruck(1.5) attended this annual event that featured 18 players from Southern Idaho.  Additionally, Jeff Bagget(3.0) came along for the ride.  Jeff finished in third place behind first place Fred Bartell(3.5) and second place Nathaniel Garrabrandt(3.0).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sports from Hell


Germany is crushing Australia in the World Cup at the moment so here is a link to a chess variant in tribute to the two great sports in the world (soccer chess):
http://www.chessvariants.com/crossover.dir/soccer.html

Here is a link to another interesting chess variant, chess boxing.  Link to chess boxing on NPR:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127772215

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Yellowstone Chess

Old Faithful

Near Mammoth

Lower Falls

On a glacier??

Now, this is out of hand . . .

Obsidian Cliffs

In the rain by a falls and a grizzily bear with 4 cubs. . .

A supporting spouse

Norris Geyser Basin

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The K-bar

Tower Gift Shop

Unknown Pretty Canyon

Mammoth

The giant pee-pee(left) & Mammoth Springs(right)


Watch out for Bisen poop(left) & Norris Geysers(right)

Lowsy Chess Weather(left) & Tower Falls(right)

End Game(left) & Blitz, Desmond 1/Dad 0(right)

"Dad, do we have to?"