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K-12 Showdown("Online K-12 Grades")
December 12-13, 2020
Hosted on ChessKid.com and Chess.com
Grades K-5 will be hosted by ChessKid.com
Grades 6-12 will be hosted by Chess.com
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE!
You do NOT have to have a school team to participate in this event. Individuals without teams are welcome to register. There are team prizes, but this is an individual competition.
Click below for Tournament Details:
Read more: 2020 US Chess / ChessKid K-12 Showdown
Mike Regan Interviewed on US Chess's TD Show
US Chess's TD Show Episode 13: The 50-Move Rule
This week's “The TD Show” topic will be "The 50-Move Rule" and will air at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific on Thursday, July 23 on the US Chess Twitch channel at twitch.tv/uschess.
The show will be hosted by NTD Chris Bird and this week’s guest will be NTD Mike Regan. We will provide an overview of the 50-move rule, what it means, when and how players make claims and best practices for handling such claims as a TD.
For folks tuning in live, Twitch will provide some interaction between the show and the audience, allowing you to ask questions in real-time and we’ll also finish each episode with some light-hearted fun in the form of trivia based on the topic discussed. However, if you cannot tune in live, each episode will be archived in the TD Videos playlist at the US Chess YouTube Channel.
Watch MD's Top Players Compete in US Chess's National Invitationals Next 2 Weekends: 7/24-26 & 8/1-2
Super GM Hikaru Nakamura (#2 in the world in 2015) will livestream game analysis on his, US Chess's, & Chess.com's Twitch.tv channels.
Click on link above for more details. Scroll down to "How to Watch".
Cheer on MD's players:
Senior (50+): GM Larry Kaufman (2311)
Denker (grades 9-12): NM Andrew Zheng (2297)
Haring (girls, K-12): Carissa Zheng (1974)
Barber (grades 6-8): Jayant Maheshwari (2059)
Rockefeller (K-5): Hanchi Yao (1636)
Blitz starts Friday night at 7 PM. 3 sections: 2200+, 1600-2199, Under 1600. Analysis by GM Robert Hess.
MD's 2020 Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, Haring, & Senior Representatives IF DETERMINED BY RATING—Updated 4/9
by John D. Rockefeller V
If MD Chess is unable to run MD’s K-12 state championships (HS, MS, ES, & Girl) and the MD Open by early June because of the pandemic, then Maryland's 2020 Denker (HS), Barber (MS), Rockefeller (ES), Haring (Girl), & Senior (50+) Representative & Alternate Representative will be the 2 players with the highest official & established April (or perhaps May) US Chess rating in those grade, gender, & age categories. If you know of a MD resident and/or student who has a higher April rating than those listed below, then please contact MD Chess as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GM Arnold Denker National Tournament of High-School (9-12) State Champions
Dewain Barber National Tournament of Middle-School (6-8) State Champions
John D. Rockefeller III National Tournament of Elementary-School (K-5) State Champions
WIM Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls (K-12) State Champions
- Carissa Zheng (1974)
- Meghana Bhanuprasad (1924)
- Saniya Savla (1769)
- Rachana Bhanuprasad (1603)
- Vaishnavi Vaijaeepay (1587)
- Emily Xing (1584)
- Ashley Zhang (1329)
- See Lists of Top Players by Age & Gender
National Tournament of Senior (50+) State Champions
- Shelby Getz (2389)
- William Morrison (2380)
- Lawrence Kaufman (2311)
- Troy Roberts (2236)
- Larry Gilden (2215)
- Allan Savage (2200)
- Philip Collier (2200)
- Boris Zisman (2161)
- Ludivico Silverio (1838)
- See Lists of Top Players by Age & Gender
Click below for more details:
Read more: MD's 2020 Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, Haring, & Senior Representatives IF DETERMINED BY...
2020 High School Senior Online Rapid - June 13
2020 High School Senior Online Rapid, a free event sponsored by Dewain Barber, the Dean of Scholastic Chess.
Date: Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT
Registration deadline: Friday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT - No exceptions!
* Students with senior student status in the 2019-20 academic year
* Current US Chess membership valid until 6/30/2020 (Click here to join/renew.)
For complete event information (including registration link), see post on Chess Life Online.
2020 Maryland Sweet 16 - Benjamin Shoykhet is Champion!
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)
MD Chess's Mike Regan Interviewed in Perpetual Chess Podcast
MD 12th Grader Sahil Sinha Becomes International Master!
by IM-elect Sahil Sinha
2019 North American Junior (U20) Championship, 2019.06.26-30, IM-elect Sinha (White) vs IM Balakrishnan (Black)
I was looking forward to the 2019 North American Junior (U20) Championship, a prestigious event within the North American continent. Kudos to the Charlotte Chess Center for their amazing efforts in organizing these kinds of tournaments. Prior to this, I happened to have played a few norm tournaments at the Charlotte Chess Center and was just there in the first week of June. Unfortunately, my subpar performance was not sufficient to earn the norm, so I was hoping to make amends and turn in a better performance at this event, which I was competing for the first time and the top 3 finishers would achieve at least an IM norm.
Read more: MD 12th Grader Sahil Sinha Becomes International Master!
MD Girl Champion 2019
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the MD Girl Chess Champions 2019:
- Girl Champion: Meghana Bhanuprasad (1847), 11th grader at Marriotts Ridge High School
- Girl Team Champion: None
The Girl Champion will receive MD Chess's Girl Chess Champion Stipend of $750 to be Maryland's Representative at the National Girls Tournament of Champions.
Click below for the tournament’s Final Standings (MD Chess's Crosstables), US Chess Crosstables, photos (if any), highlight video (if any), & a list of the 10+ annual open tournaments run by MD Chess to any 3 of which the Champion will receive free Early entry.
Read more: MD Girl Champion 2019