The Bashkansky family Chess Travel blog

The Bashkansky family Chess Travel blog: parents Guy and Ludmila with children NM Ethan and WIM Naomi

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

High School Championship, Medina All City Tournament

How to win three trophies in one day

High School Championship in Lakeside School

On January 25-26, 2013 Ethan played at the important Washington State High School Individual Championship in Lakeside Upper School, where Bill Gates and Paul Allen used to study.

With approximately 3 hours per game limit, two rounds were played on Friday, Jan 25 evening, and another three on Saturday, Jan 26 for the whole day.  Lakeside School is 30 minutes drive from us, and we ended up driving there and back 5 times, an hour each time, bringing Ethan there and back on both days and feeding him once on Saturday.  Chess parent taxi service ;)

Ethan took the 5th place among all WA high-schoolers (grades 9-12) and a nice trophy, good job!  He continues to be the top player in his grade 9 in Washington State.

The private Lakeside School has a nice old look, with many small buildings scattered in between old trees.  It feels more like a college campus than public high schools with their modern buildings.

Medina All City Tournament

On same Sunday, January 26, 2013 Naomi played at the Medina All City Tournament.  It was a State Qualifier event with team trophies for K, 1-3, and 4-6.

Naomi won the 1st place at this tournament, and her school Spiritridge won the 2nd team place, despite being only 3 players instead of the required 4.  They got just 0.5 point less than the 1st place team.  Naomi continues to be the top player in her grade 4 in Washington State, like Ethan in his grade 9.

To balance body and mind, next day Naomi enjoyed skiing at Snoqualmie Summit West, while Ethan has chosen to dedicate that Sunday to improving his chess skills.

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