COQUILLE — In the past few months, Coquille’s top three chess players have had a lot of ups and downs.
In March, the Grabinsky brothers played in Reno, where Joshua won first place in the Class A division and his rating tipped over 2000 from a 1938 starting rating, putting him at expert level. Aaron scored sixth out of 55 in the open division. His rating increased from 2364 to 2372. His goal is to jump above 2400, and he needs that in his international rating as well so he can earn the prestigious title of International Master. Aaron’s FIDE rating sits at 2332 and is updated quarterly, so we are not sure where he stands at this time. At his current FIDE rating, Aaron is ranked number 150 for U-18 in the world and ranked number 11 for U-18 in the USA.
In May, Josiah Perkins joined the Grabinsky brothers at the Washington Open in Seattle. Aaron scored 4 out of 6. His rating went up only one point to 2373. Joshua scored 3 out of 6 and his rating dropped to 1981, back in the A class and out of Expert class. Josiah raised his rating from 1690 to 1700 with his score of 4 out of 6. When he crosses 1800, he will reach Class A.
In June, the three played in the International Chess Festival in Las Vegas. They won plenty of prizes in the three side tournaments of blitz (speed chess). Aaron was in a three-way tie in the Walter Browne Memorial Blitz, and won second in the two other blitz tournaments. Joshua won second in one while Josiah won second in another.
But in the main tournament, Aaron stumbled as he only won 2 out of 6 games. In the Open section he played in, there were 20 grandmasters, but he also lost to an Expert level. Aaron’s rating dropped to 2361.
Joshua and Josiah both scored 3.5 wins out of 6 in their divisions. Joshua ended at 1997, just a sneeze away from breaking into Expert again. Josiah ended at 1759 for his rating, climbing towards that Class A division.
August will be another opportunity for these three outstanding chess players. Aaron will be competing for a $5,000 scholarship as the Oregon representative in the Denker National High School Championships in Indianapolis. Immediately after the Denker, all three will be playing in the US Open for chess at the same location for a week. Then they’ll take a 4 1/2 hour drive up to Windsor, Ontario as they compete in the North American Youth Open the following week. Hopefully all three can break into the next rating class.