The 2011 Washington Class Championships crosstables list 131 players under the direction of Fred Kleist of Seattle. The event was held Nov 25-27 at the Seattle Airport Marriott, Seattle Washington.

The Master section was won by Dereque Kelley with 4.5-1.5. It had 22 players.

The Expert Section had 8 players and was won by David Zick with 4.5-1.5. He had not played any rated chess for about 5 years.

The A Section winner was Becca Lampan with 5-1 over 25 other players.

The B Section drew 30 players with the winner being Matthew Hall.

Class C had two winners at 4.5-1.5, Murlin Varner and Sangeeta Bhingren with 21 players taking part.

Class D of 17 players also had two players scoring 4.5-1.5, Boas Lee and Howard Hare.

Class E winners were Howard Hwa and Kirill Filimonov at 5-1 and 26 players in the section.

As you would expect with players paired against others with nearly the same rating there were quite a few draw games. As usual for Seattle located events most of the players were Washington State residents. There were two from Oregon, 4 from British Columbia and 1 from Minnesota but a former Washington player.

Report by Russell (Rusty) Miller

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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