|Sat, Apr 4th - Sat, Apr 4th Frederick Chess Club Monthly 1st Saturday Open (CANCELED)|
|Sat, Apr 11th - Sat, Apr 11th Waldorf Chess Club: WCC QUADS #38 (CANCELED)|
|Sat, May 2nd - Sat, May 2nd Frederick Chess Club Monthly 1st Saturday Open|
|Sat, May 9th - Sat, May 9th 2020 Charm City Chess Club Spring Action|
|Sat, Jun 6th - Sat, Jun 6th Frederick Chess Club Monthly 1st Saturday Open|
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 Senior Championship in the next several months 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.
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)
A Celebration of Chess
Friday, December 6
7:00 - 9:30 PM
$5.00 per person (youth & adult)
Coaches attend for free
Join us for an evening celebrating the game of chess. It's the best deal in town!
Food, Fun, Prizes, Simul, Bughouse, Blitz, Challenge a Coach, Game Analysis, Special Guests, Instruction, & More.
RSVP to Glenn Segal at email@example.com by 11/29.
Include name, grade, & school for youth participants.
Pay at the door.
Flyer available by request.
HAMPTON ROADS CHESS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING WITH ROBERT KATENDE
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30-10:30PM
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
3229 MacDonald Road
Virginia Beach, VA
Event is FREE and open to the public (Donations accepted for the Robert Katende Initiative); Autographed Books $20 !5:30-7:30 PM - Movie Showing of Queen of Katwe; Simultaneous Exhibition 7:30-9:00 PM - Inspirational Talk 9:00-10:30 PM - Book Signing for His Book A Knight without A Castle and Photos
by FM Shelby Getz
Winning the 2nd installment of the National Senior Tournament of Champions was quite a
surprise, not only for myself, who was this year's event winner, but for others as well, especially
due to the unique choice of opening I elected to employ with the White pieces, and in this, my
fourth round game, against John, I was permitted to test it out yet again, for its second
deployment in the event, albeit against one of the event’s toughest competitors . I would also go on
to use it as my starting move in the final round to capture the crown.
[Site: Orlando , Florida]
[White: Shelby Getz]
[Black: John Fedorowicz]
[Result: 1/2 1/2]
[Time Control: G/90]
1. a3 This first move for White is officially referred to as Anderssen's Opening, so named after the
19th century German master , Adolf Anderssen , who first employed it to defeat Paul Morphy ,
arguably one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.
Click below for more:
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to Maryland's 2019 Denker, Barber, Haring, & Senior Representatives:
Click below for the Final Standings of the Denker, Barber, Haring, & Senior tournaments—& MD's team standing:
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.
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the MD Girl Chess Champions 2019:
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.