Super GM Hikaru Nakamura (#2 in the world in 2015) will livestream game analysis on his, US Chess's, & Chess.com's Twitch.tv channels. Click on link above for more details. Scroll down to "How to Watch".
Cheer on MD's players:
Senior (50+): GM Larry Kaufman (2311)
Denker (grades 9-12): NM Andrew Zheng (2297)
Haring (girls, K-12): Carissa Zheng (1974)
Barber (grades 6-8): Jayant Maheshwari (2059)
Rockefeller (K-5): Hanchi Yao (1636)
Blitz starts Friday night at 7 PM. 3 sections: 2200+, 1600-2199, Under 1600. Analysis by GM Robert Hess.
by John D. Rockefeller V
If MD Chess is unable to run MD’s K-12 state championships (HS, MS, ES, & Girl) and the MD Open by early June because of the pandemic, then Maryland's 2020 Denker (HS), Barber (MS), Rockefeller (ES), Haring (Girl), & Senior (50+) Representative & Alternate Representative will be the 2 players with the highest official & established April (or perhaps May) US Chess rating in those grade, gender, & age categories. If you know of a MD resident and/or student who has a higher April rating than those listed below, then please contact MD Chess as soon as possible at email@example.com.
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2020 High School Senior Online Rapid, a free event sponsored by Dewain Barber, the Dean of Scholastic Chess.
Date: Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT
Registration deadline: Friday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT - No exceptions!
* Students with senior student status in the 2019-20 academic year
* Current US Chess membership valid until 6/30/2020 (Click here to join/renew.)
by Chris Y Kim
Day 2 of the 2020 Maryland Sweet 16 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country (UMBC) exhibited some excitement at the top in addition to extra sunshine courtesy of the Daylight Saving Time change. There were three players undefeated after two rounds, and one player, top-rated Bijan Tahmassebi just 0.5 points behind. In Round 3, co-leaders Benjamin Shoykhet and Shane Jayasundera met with Shoykhet prevailing in a long game. Bijan Tahmassebi and Ryan He also were paired, and despite being the longest game of the round, Tahmassebi could not escape the draw result. This set up a round 4 matchup with between the top ranked players - Shoykhet and He with He needing a win to capture the title. The two players played a relatively quick draw - leaving Shoykhet with the 2020 Maryland Sweet 16 titile. Shoykhet is the recepient of a tuition scholarship to UMBC. He has moved from the St. Louis, Missouri area this past summer.
In tiebreak order, here are the final standings with the USCF ratings:
3.5: Benjamin Shoykhet (2061)
3.0: Ryan He (1941)
2.5: Joseph Tarantin (1917); Bijan Tahmassebi (2176); Andrew Diep (2075); Shane Jayasendera (1983); Chen-Chen Ye (1964); Neel Jay (2087)
2.0: Sean Power (1933)
1.5: Anish Mariappan (1804); Jacob Jones (1906); Gabriel Joshi (1710); Max Mathura (1996)
1.0: Tad Mrozek (1853); Dylan Booth (1890)
0.5: Ariel Joshi (1847)
by IM-elect Sahil Sinha
2019 North American Junior (U20) Championship, 2019.06.26-30, IM-elect Sinha (White) vs IM Balakrishnan (Black)
I was looking forward to the 2019 North American Junior (U20) Championship, a prestigious event within the North American continent. Kudos to the Charlotte Chess Center for their amazing efforts in organizing these kinds of tournaments. Prior to this, I happened to have played a few norm tournaments at the Charlotte Chess Center and was just there in the first week of June. Unfortunately, my subpar performance was not sufficient to earn the norm, so I was hoping to make amends and turn in a better performance at this event, which I was competing for the first time and the top 3 finishers would achieve at least an IM norm.
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the MD Girl Chess Champions 2019:
The Girl Champion will receive MD Chess's Girl Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to be Maryland's Representative at the National Girls Tournament of Champions.
Click below for the tournament’s Final Standings (MD Chess's Crosstables), US Chess Crosstables, photos (if any), highlight video (if any), & a list of the 10+ annual open tournaments run by MD Chess to any 3 of which the Champion will receive free Early entry.
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the Maryland High-School & Middle-School Chess Champions 2019:
The HS Champion will receive MD Chess's HS Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to be Maryland's Representative at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions.
The MS Champion will receive MD Chess's MS Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to be Maryland's Representative at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions.
Click below for the tournament’s Final Standings (MD Chess's Crosstables), US Chess Crosstables, photos (if any), highlight video (if any), & a list of the 10+ annual open tournaments run by MD Chess to any 4 of which each of the HS & MS Individual Champions will receive free Early entry.
3 Eulogies Delivered at St. Joseph Church in Baltimore, MD on 2019.03.18.
1. by John D. Rockefeller V
I first met Ralph through a mutual friend, John Sprague, at the Maryland Open in 2010. John knew I had been giving my son, John, chess lessons ever since he turned 2; so, he said I had to meet this other Dad who was doing the same thing with his son, Kevin. When Ralph told me that he was a Fide Master and that his wife, Annett, had been the top Under 16 girl in the former East Germany, I joked that John would never be able to catch up because of Kevin’s insurmountable advantage: in-utero chess training. John and Kevin soon became friends, hanging out at tournaments and going to each other’s birthday parties. When Ralph first invited John to 1 of Kevin’s birthday parties, he made it very clear that I should understand what we were agreeing to. Ralph warned me that I wasn’t being invited to some typical American birthday party that lasts only 2 hours; no, we had been extended a European invitation—which meant we should count on being at the Zimmers’ all afternoon and most of the evening. The other thing I remember learning that day during my first visit to the Zimmers’ house, was that Ralph put hot sauce on everything. According to Ralph, there wasn’t anything that didn’t taste better with hot sauce.
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