|Sat, Dec 17th - 6th Annual Greater Baltimore Scholastic Chess Championships|
|Sat, Jan 28th - 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Grade Chess Championships|
|Sat, Feb 4th - 9th Annual Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships|
|Sat, Feb 25th - Mid-Atlantic Team Scholastic Chess Championships|
|Sat, Mar 18th - Maryland Elementary School Chess Championships 2017|
|Sat, Mar 25th - Maryland HS & MS Chess Championships 2017|
by Chris Kim & John D. Rockefeller V
Welcome to the 2016-2017 qualifying season for the Maryland Sweet 16 2017 on 2017.03.04-05. Since 1995 this annual invitational tournament has featured 16 of the top K-12 Maryland players competing in a separate section of the UMBC Open at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The MD-Sweet-16 tournament-announcement page contains all tournament details, including qualification rules & Varsity-Points scoring rules. The MD-Sweet-16 Champion will receive a MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship, valued at $45,056. (There are 2 additional types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)
6 of the 8 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MCA Roland Park November on 2016.11.12. The final scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MCA Poly & Western January on 2017.01.07.
Click below for the current MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers, 2 Alternates, Backup Alternates, & Full Standings.Discuss this article in the forums (3 replies).
Going into the last round of the 5th Washington International four players were tied with 6/8 (GM Kamsky, GM Holt, GM Moradiabadi, and IM Kiewra) closley followed by five players a half a point behind and it looked like for the first time there would not be a sole winner of the title. But, in the end the only player in the top score group able to win their game was GM Elshan Moradiabadi giving him sole first place and $4000. Five players were equal second, GM Ilya Smirin, GM Gata Kamsky, GM Conrad Holt, IM Keaton Kiewra, and IM Arthur Shen earning them all $1190.
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to Maryland's 2016 Denker, Barber, & Girls Representatives:
Click below for the Final Standings of the Denker, Barber, & Girls tournaments:
Denis Strenzwilk spent a significant amount of time researching the history of the Maryland Open. Allan Savage was kind enough to send me a hard copy of Denis' list of Maryland Open winners. I've transcribed the information and added the recent champions. If anyone has more information or notices a mistake, please let me know.
Below is the list of all known Maryland Open and Amateur Champions
The Maryland Chess Association will again be hosting the US Cadet Championship this year. This is an invitational for the top under-16 players in the US. This year we will have a field of 10 players. The tournament runs from July 23nd to the 27th at the Rockville Hilton. The live games, standings, and pairings will be at http://uscadet.mdchess.com. The time control is 40/90, SD/20 + 30". The games for the first four days are at 11am and 5:30pm. The final round on Wednesday starts at 10am. The winner receives a scholarship to UMBC and the top three receive free entry to the 5th Annual Washington International. This year's field is balanced and strong. There are only 160 rating points from the 1st to last seed and everyone is rated over 2300. The full field is below.
|John Gabriel Ludwig||2490||FL|
|IM John Michael Burke||2480||NJ|
|FM Craig Hilby||2476||CA|
|FM Praveen Balakrishnan||2424||NJ|
|FM David Brodsky||2357||NY|
|FM Aravind Kumar||2347||CT|
Spectators are welcome.
by Allan Savage
Denis passed away April 14, 2016. He was 75. He got hooked on chess in 1958 while he was a freshman at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. His first USCF tournament was played in DC in 1961 where he acquired a 1600 rating. In graduate school at Clarkson University, he met a group of ardent chess players and reached 1900-2000 strength. Graduating in 1968 with a Ph.D in solid state physics, he moved to Maryland and took a job at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds where he spent his entire working career.
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the 2016 MD Girl Chess Champion: Skylar Hsu (1427), a 4th grader at Pointers Run ES. The Champion will receive the $500 MCA Girl Chess Champion Stipend to be the MD Representative at the National Girls Invitational Tournament & will receive free Early entry to MCA’s Washington International.
Click below for the tournament’s Final Standings (MCA's Crosstables), US Chess Crosstables, photos (if available), & highlight video (if available):