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by Chris Y. Kim & John D. Rockefeller V

Welcome to the 2017-2018 qualifying season for the Maryland Sweet 16 2018 on 2018.03.03-04. 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 $46,072. (There are 2 additional types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)

7 of the 8 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MD Chess Poly & Western January (ORIGINAL DATE) on 2018.01.06. The final scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MD Chess Poly & Western January (NEW DATE) on 2018.02.17.

Click below for the current MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers, 2 Alternates, Backup Alternates, & Full Standings.

MCA schedules only 2 rounds of G/90 +30 games in the Varsity section at MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers (a.k.a. Local Scholastic Tournaments), to give elite scholastic players the opportunity to compete in games with the same time control used at the Maryland Sweet 16, the Denker Tournament of High-School Champions (for which the MD High-School Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $750), the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (for which the MD Middle-School Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $750), & the National Girls Tournament of Champions (for which the MD Girl Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $750). MCA sets the Varsity floor at 1600 to keep the sections reasonably sized & competitive.

Ratings are from US Chess's February Supplement. (Players' published/official US Chess ratings in March will be used to determine the Final Standings, regardless of whether the MD Sweet 16 will be held in February or in March.)

Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by US Chess Rating
(Primary path to qualification. Total # of Varsity Points is immaterial. The player's place would be retained, even if the player were to withdraw from the MD Sweet 16.)

Place Name USCF ID USCF Rating (02/18) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 14307325 2353 0.0 0
2 Liao, Yu Hao 15462348 2103 41.5 2
3 Tahmassebi, Bijan 14989940 2054 0.0 0
4 Du, Jeffrey 14354251 2000 29.5 1
5 Keisler, Phillip 13911945 2000 0.0 0
6 Malcolm, Douglas 14673296 1995 37.5 1
7 Jay, Neel 14803101 1992 0.0 0
8 Jayasundera, Shane 15294287 1961 0.0 0

Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by Varsity Points
(Secondary path to qualification. US Chess rating is immaterial. The player's place would be retained (*), even if the player were to qualify by rating [the primary path to qualification] and/or were to withdraw from the MD Sweet 16.)

Place Name USCF ID USCF Rating (02/18) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Holcomb, Emerson 15557394 1716 110.5 7
2 Best, Jordan 13606407 1696 106.0 7
3 Power, Sean Kee 15057148 1846 94.5 5
4 Tarantin, Joseph 14385432 1755 86.0 4
5 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 14892045 1788 85.5 6
6 Booth, Dylan 14931625 1748 76.5 4
7 Mathura, Max 15313760 1713 68.5 5
8 Muhammad, Zahir 14653988 1757 67.0 3

Additional Current MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by US Chess Rating (0-16 players)
(Players qualify either because 1+ of the Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by US Chess Rating is also 1 of the Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by Varsity Points and/or has withdrawn from the MD Sweet 16, or because 1+ of the Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by Varsity Points has withdrawn from the MD Sweet 16.)

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Current 2 MD-Sweet-16 Alternates by US Chess Rating
(The FINAL 2 MS16 Alternates are required to be in the Tournament Room at 9:30 AM on the Saturday of the MD Sweet 16, ready to replace any Qualifier who were either to withdraw at the last minute or not show up for Round 1. MCA will pay for the 2 MS16 Alternates' entrance fee to the UMBC Open, which runs concurrently with the MD Sweet 16. In case a Qualifier were to withdraw from a later round of the MS16, MCA prefers (but will not require) that the 2 MS16 Alternates compete in every round of the UMBC Open that overlaps with a round of the MS16.)

Place Name USCF ID USCF Rating (02/18)
1 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 14434035 1929
2 Guo, Bradley 14921922 1834

Current MD-Sweet-16 Backup Alternates (in descending order of US Chess Rating)
(The FINAL MS16 Backup Alternates are not required to be on site at the MS16, as MCA will not pay for their entrance fee to the UMBC Open. MCA will contact a MS16 Backup Alternate shortly before the MS16 only if the Backup Alternate is needed to replace a withdrawn Alternate.)

Place Name USCF ID USCF Rating (02/18)
1 Zhou, Kevin 13737126 1806
2 Hung, Justin 13915431 1796
3 He, Ryan 14836300 1785
4 Zheng, Carissa 15612136 1667
5 Yuan, Andrew 15396035 1653
6 Cooke, Adam 14367881 1629
7 Granruth, Anthony 15327252 1602
8 Ye, Chen-Chen 15129761 1594
9 Diep, Andrew 15127811 1581
10 Joshi, Ariel 14997631 1564
11 Savla, Saniya 15467523 1552
12 Owens, Ifasoke 14636278 1549

Varsity Players Ineligible for the MD Sweet 16
(Non-Maryland residents who attend non-Maryland schools, former MD-Sweet-16 Champions, & disqualified players)

Place Name USCF ID
1 Tay, Brian 15880655
2 Carter III, William 15303591

All MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players (in descending order of US Chess Rating)

Place Name USCF ID USCF Rating (02/18) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 14307325 2353 0.0 0
2 Liao, Yu Hao 15462348 2103 41.5 2
3 Tahmassebi, Bijan 14989940 2054 0.0 0
4 Du, Jeffrey 14354251 2000 29.5 1
5 Keisler, Phillip 13911945 2000 0.0 0
6 Malcolm, Douglas 14673296 1995 37.5 1
7 Jay, Neel 14803101 1992 0.0 0
8 Jayasundera, Shane 15294287 1961 0.0 0
9 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 14434035 1929 32.5 1
10 Power, Sean Kee 15057148 1846 94.5 5
11 Guo, Bradley 14921922 1834 35.5 1
12 Zhou, Kevin 13737126 1806 0.0 0
13 Hung, Justin 13915431 1796 0.0 0
14 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 14892045 1788 85.5 6
15 He, Ryan 14836300 1785 14.5 1
16 Muhammad, Zahir 14653988 1757 67.0 3
17 Tarantin, Joseph 14385432 1755 86.0 4
18 Booth, Dylan 14931625 1748 76.5 4
19 Holcomb, Emerson 15557394 1716 110.5 7
20 Mathura, Max 15313760 1713 68.5 5
21 Best, Jordan 13606407 1696 106.0 7
22 Zheng, Carissa 15612136 1667 0.0 0
23 Yuan, Andrew 15396035 1653 0.0 0
24 Cooke, Adam 14367881 1629 64.5 4
25 Granruth, Anthony 15327252 1602 0.0 0
26 Ye, Chen-Chen 15129761 1594 34.5 3
27 Diep, Andrew 15127811 1581 59.0 5
28 Joshi, Ariel 14997631 1564 14.0 1
29 Savla, Saniya 15467523 1552 11.0 1
30 Owens, Ifasoke 14636278 1549 17.0 1

All MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players (in descending order of Varsity Points)

Place Name USCF ID USCF Rating (02/18) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Holcomb, Emerson 15557394 1716 110.5 7
2 Best, Jordan 13606407 1696 106.0 7
3 Power, Sean Kee 15057148 1846 94.5 5
4 Tarantin, Joseph 14385432 1755 86.0 4
5 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 14892045 1788 85.5 6
6 Booth, Dylan 14931625 1748 76.5 4
7 Mathura, Max 15313760 1713 68.5 5
8 Muhammad, Zahir 14653988 1757 67.0 3
9 Cooke, Adam 14367881 1629 64.5 4
10 Diep, Andrew 15127811 1581 59.0 6
11 Liao, Yu Hao 15462348 2103 41.5 2
12 Malcolm, Douglas 14673296 1995 37.5 1
13 Guo, Bradley 14921922 1834 35.5 1
14 Ye, Chen-Chen 15129761 1594 34.5 3
15 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 14434035 1929 32.5 1
16 Du, Jeffrey 14354251 2000 29.5 1
17 Owens, Ifasoke 14636278 1549 17.0 1
18 He, Ryan 14836300 1785 14.5 1
19 Joshi, Ariel 14997631 1564 14.0 1
20 Savla, Saniya 15467523 1552 11.0 1
21 Sinha, Sahil 14307325 2353 0.0 0
22 Tahmassebi, Bijan 14989940 2054 0.0 0
23 Jayasundera, Shane 15294287 1961 0.0 0
24 Granruth, Anthony 15327252 1602 0.0 0
25 Hung, Justin 13915431 1796 0.0 0
26 Zhou, Kevin 13737126 1806 0.0 0
27 Jay, Neel 14803101 1992 0.0 0
28 Yuan, Andrew 15396035 1653 0.0 0
29 Zheng, Carissa 15612136 1667 0.0 0
30 Keisler, Phillip 13911945 2000 0.0 0
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