2017 US National G30 & G60 Championship: Showtime of the Grandmasters

During the weekend of September 23-24, BayAreaChess had the honor and privilege of hosting the 2017 National G/30 and G/60 Championships. The two National Championships attracted no less than 11 grandmasters. GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Zviad Izoria, GM Enrico Sevillano and GM Conrad Holt represented the Bay Area grandmaster contingent.

GM Ray Robson and GM Alex Shimanov traveled from St. Louis to participate. GM Timur Gareyev, GM Meliksek Khachiyan, GM Zbigniew Pakleza, GM Vladislav Kovalev and GM Carlos Matamoros rounded out the other high-profile attendants, traveling from across the US and the world to compete.

The many amazing Grandmasters on the first day together with Chief Organizer Dr. Judit Sztaray and Chief TD NTD Tom Langland

The tournaments attracted a total of 349 players, with 140 participating in the faster G/30 time control, and 209 players in the slower G/60 time control. The scholastic side events also attracted a total of about 200 players. On average, there was about a fifty percent increase in entries from last year’s tournaments!

Tournament hall full with players attending the G/30 National Championship

Boards 1 through 3 were live during the weekend, and pgn files can be downloaded from BayAreaChess’s result pages.

The G/30 championship on Saturday had 5 rounds. As with almost every shorter time control tournament, the National G/30 Championship produced interesting games and a range of surprising results. GM Robson and GM Naroditsky both won their last round games to tie for first. Eeswar Kurli secured his win in the u1900 section with a clear 5/5 record. Ahyan Zaman, a rising talent whose father also competed in the Open section, took clear first in the u1600 section. Tim Erwin placed first with a clear 5/5 record in the u1300 section.

Annotated below is GM Robson’s last round victory against Adrian Kondakov.

Sunday’s G/60 tournament had 4 rounds. Due to the large amount of entries, every section used accelerated pairings. In fact, the final result wasn’t clear until the very last game, a draw between GM Gareyev and GM Shimanov. Their draw led to a 5-way tie for first place in the Open section among GMs Gareyev, Shimanov, Robson, Khachiyan, and Izoria. Chris Xiong won clear first in the A section, upsetting several higher-rated players along the way. Venka Doddapaneni, Anish Somani, and Omya Vidyarthi won clear first in the B, C, and D sections, respectively, all with perfect scores. Section E had a two-way tie of two unrated players, G/30 winner Tim Erwin and Daman Singh.

Annotated below is GM Naroditsky’s decisive game against GM Shimanov. Let it serve as a reminder that everyone makes mistakes in time pressure.

Last Round at the G/30 National Championship: Board1: GM Garayev facing GM Robson, Board2: GM Narodisky facing GM Shimanov and Board 3: GM Kovalev facing GM Izoria

The scholastic side event was quite popular, specially the faster time control, that usually better suits the young players. More than 110 players rated under 1000 competed in 5 sections for the many trophies and medals and, of course, the section titles. School and Club team competition was an added bonus, resulting in Weibel and Harker School teams’ in in G/30 and G/60 Championship, respectively.

Weibel Elementary School, and Harker Lower Campus’ Team accepting the 1st place trophy for their victory at the G/60 and G/30 National Championship, respectively.










The scholastic tournament hall was full with 116 players on the first day of the weekend, competing in the G/30 championship.

Congratulations to the National Champions and to the winners of each section!

Tournament results can be viewed here:

G/30 Championship: https://www.bayareachess.com/events/17/0923sp

G/60 Championship: https://www.bayareachess.com/events/17/0924sp

The next upcoming tournaments are the Bay Area Chess Championship on October 21-23 to be held in Milpitas, CA and the annual California Warfare Championship over the Thanksgiving weekend when we are back at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

More information: www.bayareachess.com/champs and www.bayareachess.com/tg

The tournament was organized by 2017 Organizer of the Year and BayAreachess Executive Director Dr. Judit Sztaray and directed by Chief TDs: NTDs John McCumiskey, NTD Thomas Langland, and STD Jordan Langland. To find out more information about all upcoming Bay Area Chess events, visit www.bayareachess.com or email [email protected].


About the Authors

Dr. Judit Sztaray is the Executive Director of Bay Area Chess. She won the 2017 US Chess award for “Organizer of the Year”.




Vignesh Panchanatham is an International Master, ranked 5th in the U.S. for 17-year-olds.

In addition, he is a 2017 SuperNationals Co-Champion, 2016 National High School Co-Champion, and 2014 Pan-American Youth U16 gold medalist.




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