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MD Sweet 16

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.

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Click below for revisions to the MD-Sweet-16 Qualification Rules that apply to MD Sweet 16 2018.  The revisions give strong players (typically rated 1800+) more opportunities to qualify by rating for the invitational tournament at UMBC.  See the tournament-announcement page for further details.

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 2017.02.16. 

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

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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!

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 2017.02.16. 

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

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