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MD Sweet 16 2017

Richard Tan, a 9th grader from Montgomery County, has won the 2017 Maryland Sweet 16 with a 3.5/4 score with a quick upset win over 2nd place Sahil Singha in Round 3 and a quick draw over 3rd place Yu Hao (Alan) Liao in Round 4 at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. With the win, Tan, who finished in 3rd place last year, has also won a 4-year tournament scholarship to UMBC. Congratulations to Tan and to all those who worked hard to qualify for this closed scholastic tournament!

Day 1 of the 2017 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament has been completed. This is a brief summary due to time. Round 1 went mostly to form with all but 1 higher rated player winning (Bradley Guo upsetting Andrew Mao). Round 2 was marked by a draw on Board 3 between Yu Hao (Alan) Liao and Bijan Tahmassebi and an upset win by Vinay Veluvolu over Joseph Tarantin. 

Standings after Round 2

2.0 - Sahil Sinha (2335), Richard Tan (2097); Douglas Malcolm (1995)

1.5 - Yu Hao (Alan) Liao (2080); Bijan Tahmassebi (1941)

1.0 - Andrew Mao (2034); Jeffrey Du (1987); Phillip Keisler (1970); Meghana Bhanuprasad (1861); Shane Jayasundera (1789); Bradley Guo (1786); Vinay Veluvolu (1712)

0 - Joseph Tarantin (1828); Dexter Amata (1732); Zahir Muhammad (1728); Zhi (Kevin) Zheng (1497)

 

Pairings for Round 3 starting 10:30 AM Sunday 3/6/2016 (White listed first)

Board 1: Richard Tan (2.0) vs Sahil Sinha (2.0)

Board 2: Yu Hao Liao  (1.5) vs Douglas Malcolm (2.0)

Board 3: Bijan Tahmassebi (1.5) vs Andrew Mao (1.0)

Board 4: Jeffrey Du (1.0) vs Shane Jayasundera (1.0)

Board 5: Bradley Guo (1.0) vs Phillip Keisler (1.0)

Board 6: Meghana Bhanuprasad (1.0) vs Vinay Veluvolu (1.0)

Board 7: Zahir Muhammad (0.0) vs Joseph Tarantin (0.0)

Board 8: Zhi Kevin Zheng (0.0) vs Dexter Amata (0.0)

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.)

7 of the 9 originally scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed, but there will be no more Qualifiers.  The standings are current through MCA Severn on 2016.12.03 & US Chess's January Supplement.

Even if the player did not compete in a Maryland-Sweet-16 Qualifier during the 2016-2017 qualifying season, a K-12 player who is rated 1600+ and is a MD resident (or a student at a school in MD), may qualify by rating for the MS16, if the player contacts MCA at tournaments@mdchess.com by 2017.02.16. 

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

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.)

7 of the 9 originally scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed, but there will be no more Qualifiers.  The standings are current through MCA Severn on 2016.12.03 & US Chess's March Supplement.

Even if the player did not compete in a Maryland-Sweet-16 Qualifier during the 2016-2017 qualifying season, a K-12 player who is rated 1600+ and is a MD resident (or a student at a school in MD), may qualify by rating for the MS16, if the player contacts MCA at tournaments@mdchess.com by 2017.02.16. 

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

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.