Wayne Christensen Wins 2014 South Carolina State Championship!!
President David Grimaud with Wayne Christensen
Forty-four players competed in the three-section, five-round, 75th Annual South Carolina State Chess Championship over the weekend, Oct. 3-5. In the final round of the tournament, Wayne Christensen drew Eugene Nix and walked away from the chessboard with the extra half (.5) point he needed to separate himself from the rest of the field. Wayne finished the tournament with a total of 4.5 points making him our new South Carolina State Chess Champion for 2014!! Congratulations Wayne!! Other South Carolina section winners receiving first place trophies included Chris Labrecque, winner of the U1800 Section, and Ian Bell, winner of the U1400 Section. Both players finished with 4.0 points. The South Carolina Chess Association would like to thank all players, and spectators who helped make the tournament a success. Special thanks to David Causey for organizing and directing the event!
Congratulations to all of our 2014 Winners!
OPEN SECTION: (1st) Wayne Christensen (SC) 4.5 pts.(T); (2nd) NM Samuel Copeland (SC) 4.0 pts.; Benjamin Caiello (SC) 4.0 pts.(T)
U2200: Keith Eubanks (SC) 3.0 pts.
U2000: (tie) Lawrence Pagtama (NV) 3.0 pts.; Ernest E. Nix, Jr.(SC) 3.0 pts.; Naman Kumar (FL) 3.0 pts.
U1800: (1st): Chris Labrecque (SC) 4.0 pts. (T), (2nd-4th) John Yates (SC) 3.5 pts.; (2nd-4th) Ravi Chokkalingam (SC) 3.5 pts.; (2nd-4th;U1600) Zoltan Szekely (MD) 3.5 pts.; Adam Elsharkawi (GA) 3.5 pts.
U1400: (1st): Ian Bell (SC) 4.0 pts.(T), (2nd) Venkata Guruvelli (SC) 3.5 pts.(T)
U1200: Birney F. Blind (SC) 3.5 pts.
U1000: Ravi Shashwat (SC) 3.0 pts.
Columbia Open Results! NM Sam Copeland Wins!
NM Sam Copeland (L) & Daniel Smith (R)
Fifty-eight players competed in the four-section, five-round, Columbia Open Chess Tournament this weekend, Aug. 15-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia. National Master Samuel Copeland of Columbia S.C. emerged the clear winner of the Open Section with a perfect 5.0! International Master Alexander Matros (SC) and Life Master Klaus Pohl (SC) both came in second with 3.5 pts. each.
U2200 prizes went to the following players (all with 2.5 pts.): Ben Caiello (SC), Leo Rabulan (SC), Keith Eubanks (SC), Dr. Edsel Pena (SC), and Kapish Potula (GA).In the U2000 Section, Adam Shaw (GA) came in first place with 4.5 pts.; Tim Rankin (SC) and Joseph Rochester (SC) came in second - both had 3.5 pts. each. U1800 prizes went to Bob Halliday (SC), James Dill (NC), Mike Eberhardinger (NC) and John Yates (SC). All four players finished with 3.0 pts. each.
In the U1600 Section, the first place prize went to Mia Lopez (NC) with 4.5 pts.; second place prizes went to Gunatej Guruvelli (SC) and Richard Watts (SC) - both with 3.0 pts. each.The U1400 prize went to Leonid Matros (PA) with 2.5 points.
In the U1200 Section, first went to Rares Cristian (GA) with 4.5 points; second went to Ian Bell (SC) with 4.0 points, third went to Venkat Guruvelli (SC) and Ravitej Guruvelli (SC) both with 3.0 points.
The U1000 prize went to Paul Pena (SC) and Henri Murthy (SC) both with 3.0 points each.The South Carolina Chess Association thanks all that made this tournament a success: all those players that participated, especially those from other cities and states that had to stay overnight away from home; those that came to cheerlead and watch the event; those TDs (Tournament Directors) and organizers that worked tirelessly to see the event was conducted in an orderly and fair fashion. Daniel Smith and Jordan Anderson were TDs for the event. Lendel Robinson and Drew Plyler assisted where needed. Board 1 Games Photos Crosstables
Ben Caiello (Left)
State Scholastic HS Champion Ben Caiello Scores 4.0 points at Denker Tournament!
Congratulations Ben!!! Benjamin Caiello finishes the Denker Tournament of National High School Champions in Orlando, Florida with the highest score (4.0) ever received by a representative of South Carolina!! See all six of Ben's games below.
Porter Evette Memorial Tournament Results!
Congratulations to Tim Rankin on his 3-0 first place finish at Saturdays Porter Evette Memorial tournament at Orchard Lake campground near Saluda, NC! Other Greenville Chess Club members participating: Life Master Klaus Pohl, Gene Nix, Dr. Ehab Khalil, his young son Joseph Khalil, and Wendell Burnett. Great showing in memory of our old friend!Crosstables
SC Open Results!
This year's SC Open Chess Tournament, sponsored by the Greenville Chess Club and organized by Carolina Chess Initiative, was held over Memorial Day weekend (May 23 - 25) at the Hilton Garden Inn in Greenville. The tournament was held in three sections (Open, U1800, U1400) alongside an individual scholastic tournament (two sections) for a total of 131 participants.
The Open Section of this year's tournament ended in a 4-way tie for first place between FM Peter Bereolos (TN), Daniel Cremisi (NC), LM Chris Mabe (NC), and Brian Tarhon (GA) all with 4.0 points each out of five rounds. FM Peter Bereolos won the tie break order to become 2014 S.C. Open Champion along with co-champions Daniel Cremisi (NC), LM Chris Mabe (NC), and Brian Tarhon (GA).
Maxwell Feng (GA) tied with Robert J. Hydzik (TN) for first place in the U1800 Section (both with 4.5 points each). Stephen Anhow Liu (GA), Nikolai Astrov (NC), Ashley Thomas (GA), Akash Kamath (SC) all tied for first place with 4.0 points each in the U1400 Section.
Scholastic Tournament Trophy Winners:
Kings Section (U1000) -1st Alex Hylton (SC) 4.0, 2nd Tommy Pan (SC) 3.5, 3rd Joseph Ault (SC) 3.0, 4th Jeremy Williams (SC) 3.0, 5th Lukas Kolmel (NC) 3.0.
Knights Section (U600) -1st Eduar Murrillo (SC) 3.0, 2nd Anika Potluri (SC) 3.0, 3rd Jeremiah Liu (SC) 3.0, 4th Nikhel Krishna (SC) 3.0, 5th Jamaal Jacobs (SC) 3.0.
The South Carolina Chess Association would like to thank both the Greenville Chess Club and the Carolina Chess Initiative for hosting and organizing the event.Final Standings  Photos  Crosstables
SC Scholastics Championship Tournament Results!
SC State Scholastic HS Champion Ben Caiello (right)
Students from all corners of the state ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade competed in this year’s South Carolina State Scholastic Chess Championship on Saturday, March 22. The event, held at the Heyward School and Technology Center in Columbia SC, featured the largest crowd in recent memory for a Scholastic Championship event with 160 students participating. After hours of tension, the winners emerged. Ben Caiello (right) receives the first place trophy in the High School division after a hard fought fifth round victory over Kevis Tsao. Here are this year’s winners!2014 Trophy Winners...
HIGH SCHOOL SECTION: (1st) Benjamin Caiello 5.0, (2nd) Kevis Tsao 4.0, (3rd) Forrest Wang 4.0
MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION: (1st) Aidan Fejzulai 5.0, (2nd) Aditya Dias 4.0, (3rd) Michael Burrell 4.0
ELEMENTARY SECTION 4-5: (1st) Akshat Jindal 5.0, (2nd) Ravitej Guruvelli 5.0, (3rd) Wilson Porcher 4.0
ELEMENTARY SECTION K-3: (1st) Pierson Tran 5.0, (2nd) Whit Suber, Jr. 4.0, (3rd) Toby Cox 4.0
TROPHY WINNERS BY GRADE: (Kindergarten) Nicholas Lagleva 1.0, (1st Grade) Robert Hylton 4.0, (2nd Grade)
Henry Murthy 3.0, (3rd Grade) Joshua Lagleva 4.0, (4th Grade) Connor Liu 4.0, (5th Grade) Kevin Rogers 4.0,
(6th Grade) Gunatej Guruvelli 4.0, (7th Grade) Kristopher Luo 4.0, (8th Grade) Simeon Radev 3.0, (9th Grade)
Brandon Williams 3.0, (10th Grade) Daniel Custer 3.0, (11th Grade) David Stoner 4.0, (12th Grade) Andrew George 4.0
TOP FEMALE TROPHIES BY SECTION: (K-3) Erika Oltmann 3.0, (4-5) Isha Pattanaik 3.0, (Middle 6-8) Akshita Jindal 3.0,
(HS 9-12) Neha Dias 3.0
TEAM WINNERS: Team Winners (K-12) 1st - D.W. Daniel High School, Clemson, SC; 2nd - Richland Northeast,
Columbia, SC; (K-8) 1st - R.C. Edwards Middle School, Clemson, SC; 2nd - Cario Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
(K-5) 1st - Clemson Elementary School, Clemson, SC; 2nd - Charles Pinckney Elementary, Mt. Pleasant, SC;
(K-3) 1st - Beaufort Academy, Beaufort, SC; 2nd - Charles Pinckney Elementary, Mt. Pleasant SC
FLORIDA BOUND!! Congratulations to Daniel Caiello, Aidan Fejzulai, and Neha Dias! These three students will be representing our state in Orlando FL in July.
Daniel Caiello at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions
Aidan Fejzulai at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions
Neha Dias at the National Girl's Invitational Tournament
Tori Whatley Will Join Nation’s Top Ranked Chess Program At Webster University!
Congratulations Tori!! Tori is heading to St. Louis, Missouri in August where she’s been accepted to study at Webster University and be a part of their number #1 ranked,
Division 1, College Chess Team. She is also receiving a $14,000 per year scholarship from the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) program. This is an exciting time for Tori and her family!
Click here to read the entire article from the Edgefield Daily.
Tori also holds a record of five appearances at the Susan Pulgar Girl’s Invitational Tournament. Read more...
Southern Girls Regional Chess Championship
This all girls tournament is being held in Charlotte on May 3rd. Prizes include Trophies, Medals, and a $500 Scholarship Prize for 1st. Click
here for more information
or see calendar of events.
2014 National Scholar-Chessplayer Award
Are you a High School Junior or Senior looking for scholarship money? If you are a current USCF member and have shown outstanding merit in academics, sportsmanship, and chess,
you are eligible to apply for a 2014 National Scholar-Chessplayer Award. Click
here for more information.
USCF link to full article ***Note: Deadline to apply is March 1st***
SC Senior Championships 2014
Lake Murray Elementary School Tournament Results!
Lake Murray Elementary School hosted a five round G15 non-rated chess tournament on Saturday, Jan. 25th.
This marked the second year in a row that LMES has worked alongside the SCCA in order to generate interest in
chess by providing students with both classroom and tournament experience. The event, held in the school cafeteria,
was considered a major success by everyone involved with over 60 students from LMES and neighboring schools participating
- a threefold increase over last year's attendance. Parents and students were treated to short chess related films in the
Dockside Theatre while waiting between rounds. Jessica Jones, AGP Elementary School teacher and LMES Chess Club leader presided
over the event while SCCA Vice President Daniel Smith handed out the awards. Diligent Tournament Directors included Greenville
Chess Club President Gene Nix, SCCA Vice President Daniel Smith, George Boykin, and David Gongre. Parent volunteer John Swieringa
helped as well. Students also had an opportunity to meet two State Champions; Gene Nix Co-State Champion 2012, and reigning State
Champion IM Alexander Matros. It's always great to see young happy faces and the school was loaded with them Saturday. I helped
provide computer services - greatly aided by Daniel Smith. Thank you Principal Thompson and staff for you steadfast support.
Thank you Rachael Ham of ColaDaily.com for your nice very article. Read Rachael's Article here.
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Top Individual Trophies:
1. Seth Bailey 5.0 pts
2. Issac Smith 5.0 pts
3. Matthew Ployhart 4.0 pts
Top Grade Winners:
5th Grade: Everett Newbry
4th Grade: Ryan Moser
3rd Grade: Gibson Ward
Chess Set Drawing Winner: Cole Thornsberry
GSSM January Open Results!
Fourteen players competed in the five-round GSSM January Open in
Hartsville on January 18. James MacDougall of West Columbia and Ian
Morton of Florence shared first place with scores of 4.5, having drawn in
a titanic third-round battle. Three players shared third place with three
wins: Randy Mosteller of Ellloree, John Sullivan of Florence, and
Nicholas Thomas of Central. GSSM junior John McElvenny earned recognition
for the biggest upset, upending Brandon Alverson of Clemson despite a
ratings difference of 823 points. Click here for Wall Chart
Dr. Clyde Smith,
S.C. Governor's School of Science and Mathematics
Boy Scouts Play for Merit Badges!
Boy Scouts Troop 9 hosted their second annual Chess Merit Badge Tournament January 18 at United Methodist Church in Greenville, following
a morning of lessons presented by Scout Masters Chuck Small and Jeff McDermott. Twenty-four Scouts earned their merit badges and took home new sets,
with a heavily weighted set awarded as first prize to Ben Wyatt, who went 4-0, followed closely by Manuel Unda with 3.5 points.
Both winners, along with Ben's brother Sam Wyatt (3 points) are USCF members who competed in October's Greenville Scholastic Open.
Greenville Chess Club President Gene Nix directed the tournament, which progressed smoothly largely due to the enthusiastic assistance
of GCC members Joseph and Shannon Rochester, who collected results, reset the tables, and resolved various triple-check situations and
answered technical questions. Dr. John McCrary, past USCF President, helped to develop the chess merit badge program. Warmest thanks to the
Boy Scouts for including chess in their character-building program, and thereby encouraging the growth of the game with the next generation of
leaders, and for inviting the Greenville Chess Club to assist! Click here for Wall Chart
President, Greenville Chess Club