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MD Sweet 16

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)

 

Day 1 of the 2020 Maryland Sweet 16 has come to a close. There were some upsets in both rounds - notably Ryan He (1941) who has defeated two experts to be one of 3 undefeated players after 2 rounds. He is joined at the top by Shane Jayasundera (1983) and newcomer Benjamin Shoykhet (2061) - previously from Missouri last year.

Tomorrow promises more exciting chess after losing one hour tonight for Daylight Saving Time!

Standings: alphabetical oreder

2.0: Ryan He (1941); Shane Jayasundera (1983); Benjamin Shoykhet (2061).

1.5: Bijan Tahmassebi (2176)

1.0: Andrew Diep (2075); Neel Jay (2087); Jacob Jones (1906); Ted Mrozek (1853); Sean Power (1933); Joseph Tarantin (1917); Chen-Chen Ye (1964)

0.5: Ariel Joshi (1847); Anish Mariappan (1804), Max Mathura (1996)

0.0: Dylan Booth (1890); Gabriel Joshi (1710)

 

Pairings for Round 3:

1: Shoykhet (2061, 2.0) vs Jayasundera (1983, 2.0)

2: He (1941, 2.0) vs Tahmassebi (2176, 1.5)

3: Jay (2087, 1.0) vs Mrozek (1853, 1.0)

4: Power (1933, 1.0) vs Diep (2075, 1.0)

5: Tarantin (1917, 1.0) vs Ye (1964, 1.0)

6. Jones (1906, 1.0) vs Mathura (1996, 0.5)

7. Joshi A (1847 0.5) vs Mariappan (1804, 0.5)

8. Joshi G (1710, 0.0) vs Booth (1890, 0.0)

by Chris Y Kim

Day 2 of the 2019 Maryland Sweet 16 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country (UMBC) exhibited some excitement at the top in addition to the snowy weather. In Round 3, co-leaders Jason Daniels and Bijan Tahmassebi (the top 2 rated players) met on the top board. Daniels prevailed in a tight game with the black pieces. This set up a round 4 matchup with the other co-leader Jeffery Du, who had won his 3rd round match with Ryan He. Both Daniels (White) and Du (Black) fought in a tense match that ended in an agreed draw - leaving both players tied for first at 3.5 points.  

An Armagggedon quick game playoff followed with White having 15 mintues (increment 5) and Black having 10 minutes (increment 5). Daniels (leader on tiebreaks) chose to be Black. With an audience of around 20 watching, Du started with an English opening, and 20 minutes later Daniels emerged as the victor and the recepient of a tuition scholarship to UMBC.  

In tiebreak order, here are the final standings with the USCF ratings:

3.5: Jason Daniels (2187), Jeffrey Du (2043)

3.0: Bijan Tahmassebi (2107)

2.5: Douglas Malcolm (2014), Chen-Chen Ye (1927)

2.0: Andrew Diep (1964), Ryan He (1937), Bradley Guo (1841), Max Mathura (1834), Ariel Joshi (1686)

1.5: Sean Power (1950), Joseph Tarantin (1874), Anthony Granruth (1778)

1,0: Ritz Ballares (1871), Satvik Lolla (1888)

0.5: Emerson Holcomb (1746)

 

 

The players for the MD Sweet 16 are selected using two methods:

  1. The eight highest rated players based on their published March US Chess ratings.
  2. The eight players with the highest number of Varsity Points (see below)

by Chris Y Kim

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Day 1 (2 rounds) of the 2019 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament has a 3-way tie for the lead - the top 3 seeds Jason Scott Daniels, Bijan Tahmassebi, and Jeffrey Du. It has been a competitive two rounds so far in this annual invitational tournament showcasing the top Maryland scholastic players and is increasing in strength every year. [Former winners of the tournament are not allowed to compete.] Half the field played last year. This has a potential for an exciting Day 2 tomorrow with the top two seeds meeting on Board 1 in Round 3! There is a threat of snow for Round 4, which may make the finale interesting.

In Ratings order, here are the standings with the USCF ratings:

2.0: Jason Scott Daniels (2187); Bijan Tahmassebi (2107); Jeffrey Du (2043)

1.5: Ryan He (1937)

1.0: Douglas Malcolm (2014); Andrew Diep (1964); Sean Kee Power (1950); Chen-Chen Ye (1927); Joseph Tarantin (1874); Bradley Guo (1841); Max Mathura (1834)

0.5: Ritz Ballares (1871); Emerson Holcomb (1746); Ariel Joshi (1686)

0.0: Satvik Lolla (1888); Anthony Granruth (1778)

 

Here are the pairings for Round 3 that will start at 10:30 Sunday morning (White listed first):

1: Bijan Tahmassebi (2.0) vs Jason Scott Daniels (2.0)

2: Ryan He (1.5) vs Jeffrey Du (2.0)

3: Douglas Malcolm (1.0) vs Joseph Tarantin (1.0)

4: Chen-Chen Ye (1.0) vs Andrew Diep (1.0)

5: Max Mathura (1.0) vs Sean Kee Power (1.0)

6: Ritz Ballares (0.5) vs Bradley Guo (1.0)

7: Emerson Holcomb (0.5) vs Ariel Joshi (0.5)

8: Anthony Granruth (0.0) vs Satvik Lolla (0.0)

 

 

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