The Bashkansky family Chess Travel blog

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

Oregon Open 2016

City of Roses
After Naomi's recent stellar performance at the Kings vs. Princes chess tournament -- where she defeated a Lifelong Master, a National Master, a FIDE Master; plus drew with another FIDE Master, and another National Master -- we thought it'd be good for her to show off in some neighboring states as well.

The Oregon Open chess tournament 2016 took place on September 3-5, in the same Hotel DoubleTree as last year's Oregon Open 2015, so we knew the location.  Last year it coincided with the Sasquatch Search fun fest, this year - with a homeschooling conference.  Last year we missed the DoubleTree booking window, this year we got a City View room on floor 13!

After arriving on Saturday morning, Naomi (white) won in Round 1 vs Konner Feldman, and then drew (black) in the afternoon Round 2 vs NM Anthony He, our local star.  On Sunday, in Round 3 Naomi (black) defeated the Canadian wonder Joshua Donkjas, and in Round 4 lost (black again!) to GM James Edward Tarjan, after pugnaciously rejecting a threefold-repetition draw.  On Monday, Naomi lost in Round 5, and Round 6 was a half-point bye.

As for us, the famous Portland Saturday Market (lasting all weekend), and the Art in the Pearl festival happened to be delightful tailor-made tourist experiences for the City of Roses fans.

Not even speaking about the actual roses in the International Rose Test Garden.