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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.)

8 of the 8 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The Final Standings include the results of 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 March 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 US Chess
ID #
US Chess Rating 2018.03 Total Varsity Points # of MS16Qs
1 Sinha, Sahil 14307325 2355 0.0 0
2 Liao, Yu Hao 15462348 2103 41.5 2
3 Tahmassebi, Bijan 14989940 2042 38.0 1
4 Malcolm, Douglas 14673296 2037 37.5 1
5 Keisler, Phillip 13911945 2014 0.0 0
6 Du, Jeffrey 14354251 2000 29.5 1
7 Jay, Neel 14803101 1964 0.0 0
8 Jayasundera, Shane 15294287 1945 33.0 1

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 US Chess
ID #
US Chess Rating 2018.03 Total Varsity Points # of MS16Qs
1 Holcomb, Emerson 15557394 1789 148.5 8
2 Best, Jordan 13606407 1715 139.0 8
3 Power, Sean Kee 15057148 1916 127.5 6
4 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 14892045 1788 121.5 7
5 Tarantin, Joseph 14385432 1698 112.5 5
6 Booth, Dylan 14931625 1757 109.5 5
7 Mathura, Max 15313760 1772 97.5 6
8 Diep, Andrew 15127811 1636 97.0 7

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.)
NONE

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 US Chess
ID #
US Chess Rating 2018.03 Total Varsity Points # of MS16Qs
1 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 14434035 1899 61.5 2
2 Guo, Bradley 14921922 1862 35.5 1

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 US Chess
ID #
US Chess Rating 2018.03 Total Varsity Points # of MS16Qs
1 Hung, Justin 13915431 1825 0.0 0
2 Zhou, Kevin 13737126 1800 0.0 0
3 Zheng, Carissa 15612136 1752 0.0 0
4 Muhammad, Zahir 14653988 1751 67.0 3
5 He, Ryan 14836300 1724 41.0 2
6 Yuan, Andrew 15396035 1653 0.0 0
7 Cooke, Adam 14367881 1624 93.5 5
8 Granruth, Anthony 15327252 1618 33.0 1
9 Ye, Chen-Chen 15129761 1602 34.5 3
10 Joshi, Ariel 14997631 1575 14.0 1
11 Savla, Saniya 15467523 1552 11.0 1
12 Owens, Ifasoke 14636278 1549 17.0 1

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 US Chess 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 US Chess
ID #
US Chess Rating 2018.03 Total Varsity Points # of MS16Qs
1 Sinha, Sahil 14307325 2355 0.0 0
2 Liao, Yu Hao 15462348 2103 41.5 2
3 Tahmassebi, Bijan 14989940 2042 38.0 1
4 Malcolm, Douglas 14673296 2037 37.5 1
5 Keisler, Phillip 13911945 2014 0.0 0
6 Du, Jeffrey 14354251 2000 29.5 1
7 Jay, Neel 14803101 1964 0.0 0
8 Jayasundera, Shane 15294287 1945 33.0 1
9 Power, Sean Kee 15057148 1916 127.5 6
10 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 14434035 1899 61.5 2
11 Guo, Bradley 14921922 1862 35.5 1
12 Hung, Justin 13915431 1825 0.0 0
13 Zhou, Kevin 13737126 1800 0.0 0
14 Holcomb, Emerson 15557394 1789 148.5 8
15 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 14892045 1788 121.5 7
16 Mathura, Max 15313760 1772 97.5 6
17 Booth, Dylan 14931625 1757 109.5 5
18 Zheng, Carissa 15612136 1752 0.0 0
19 Muhammad, Zahir 14653988 1751 67.0 3
20 He, Ryan 14836300 1724 41.0 2
21 Best, Jordan 13606407 1715 139.0 8
22 Tarantin, Joseph 14385432 1698 112.5 5
23 Yuan, Andrew 15396035 1653 0.0 0
24 Diep, Andrew 15127811 1636 97.0 7
25 Cooke, Adam 14367881 1624 93.5 5
26 Granruth, Anthony 15327252 1618 33.0 1
27 Ye, Chen-Chen 15129761 1602 34.5 3
28 Joshi, Ariel 14997631 1575 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 US Chess
ID #
US Chess Rating 2018.03 Total Varsity Points # of MS16Qs
1 Holcomb, Emerson 15557394 1789 148.5 8
2 Best, Jordan 13606407 1715 139.0 8
3 Power, Sean Kee 15057148 1916 127.5 6
4 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 14892045 1788 121.5 7
5 Tarantin, Joseph 14385432 1698 112.5 5
6 Booth, Dylan 14931625 1757 109.5 5
7 Mathura, Max 15313760 1772 97.5 6
8 Diep, Andrew 15127811 1636 97.0 7
9 Cooke, Adam 14367881 1624 93.5 5
10 Muhammad, Zahir 14653988 1751 67.0 3
11 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 14434035 1899 61.5 2
12 Liao, Yu Hao 15462348 2103 41.5 2
13 He, Ryan 14836300 1724 41.0 2
14 Tahmassebi, Bijan 14989940 2042 38.0 1
15 Malcolm, Douglas 14673296 2037 37.5 1
16 Guo, Bradley 14921922 1862 35.5 1
17 Ye, Chen-Chen 15129761 1602 34.5 3
18 Granruth, Anthony 15327252 1618 33.0 1
19 Jayasundera, Shane 15294287 1945 33.0 1
20 Du, Jeffrey 14354251 2000 29.5 1
21 Owens, Ifasoke 14636278 1549 17.0 1
22 Joshi, Ariel 14997631 1575 14.0 1
23 Savla, Saniya 15467523 1552 11.0 1
24 Hung, Justin 13915431 1825 0.0 0
25 Jay, Neel 14803101 1964 0.0 0
26 Keisler, Phillip 13911945 2014 0.0 0
27 Sinha, Sahil 14307325 2355 0.0 0
28 Yuan, Andrew 15396035 1653 0.0 0
29 Zheng, Carissa 15612136 1752 0.0 0
30 Zhou, Kevin 13737126 1800 0.0 0
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