Upcoming Event: SC Open
GMs Elshan Moradiabadi and Alonso Zapata have confirmed their participation in the South Carolina Open, which will be held from May 24-26 (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Embassy Suites in Greenville, South Carolina.
5th Senior Open: Results
National Masters Wayne Christensen and Wayne Williams fought to a
last-round draw to share first place in the 5th Annual SC Senior Open
held at the Hampton Inn in scenic Travelers Rest, where twenty-two
venerable chess enthusiasts battled April 20-21. Life Master Klaus Pohl
and Expert Mike Anderson shared third and fourth places. Under 1600
prizes were split between Bill Wetzel and Kevin Hyde. Bob Mahan and
Catherine Dodson traveled all the way from Virginia, and Ms. Dodson is
the first woman to compete in the SC Senior Open. Special thanks to
Marcus Benjamin for stepping in as house-player when the tournament had
an odd number of players.
Senior Open Crosstables
Senior Open Photo Gallery
2013 Scholastic Championships: Results
2013 High School Champion Kevis Tsao
The South Carolina Scholastic Championships were held in Columbia at the Samuel A. Heyward Career & Technology Center on Saturday, March 23. One-hundred forty seven students competed.
HIGH SCHOOL SECTION
Kevis Tsao, a freshman at D.W. Daniel High School in Central, South Carolina, won the high school title with a perfect score. The following players tied for second, each scoring 4.0: Elijah Neumann, Andrew Manion, Morgan Wang, and Neha Dias. Elijah Neumann of Wando High won the second place trophy on tie break, and Morgan Wang of D.W. Daniel High won the third place trophy on tie break.
This year's tournament was appropriately held during the first weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament since the two top seeds faced stiff competition from lower seeds. The highest seeded player, Benjamin Caiello, who is also the state's reigning co-chess champion, stumbled in the third round with a drawn game against much lower rated Robert Melville. This draw forced Caiello to play aggressively for a win in his final round battle with Kevis Tsao, the second highest rated player. Tsao was able to weather Caiello's attack and win the game in fine fashion. Tsao narrowly escaped defeat in his fourth round encounter with Elijah Neumann, who fell into a vicious mating net in a clearly won position. In the end, the second seeded Tsao took home the title.
Tsao is eligible to represent South Carolina in the Denker National Tournament of High School Champions in Middleton, Wisconsin in July. Neha Dias was the top scoring female and is eligible to participate in the USCF Girl's National Invitational this summer.
High School Grade Champions:
12th grade: Andrew Manion, Westwood High School
11th grade: Forrest Wang, D.W. Daniel High School
10th grade: Benjamin Caiello, Home School
9th grade: Neha Dias, Southside High School
D.W. Daniel High School won the team trophy, thereby winning its sixth consecutive team championship. Richland Northeast High won the second place trophy.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION
Aidan Fejzulai, Michael Burrell, Chris Hoogenboom, Benjamin Ragan, and Elias Longenecker tied for first in the middle school section, each scoring 4 points. Aidan Fejzulai , 6th grade homeschooler, won the middle school trophy on tie break. Chris Hoogenboom won the second place trophy on tie break, and Elias Longenecker of St. Joseph's Catholic School took home the third place trophy on tie break.
2013 Scholastic Championships
Middle School Grade Champions:
8th grade: Benjamin Ragan, St. Joseph's Catholic School
7th grade: Alexander Moreno, Bob Jones Academy
6th grade: Michael Burrell
St. Joseph's Catholic School (Greenville) won the team title, and R.C. Edwards Middle School (Clemson) finished second.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4-5 SECTION
Kevin Rogers of Beaufort Academy won the elementary school 4-5 title with a perfect 5.0 score. The following seven players tied for second, each scoring 4 points: Aditya Dias, Jacob Nguyen, James Qu, Jackson Brewer, Joshua Barrow, Vince Apostolico and Thomas Cawood. James Qu of Buena Vista Elementary School won the second place trophy on tie break. Aditya Dias of Charles Towne Center won the third place trophy on tie break.
Elementary School 4-5 Grade Champions:
5th grade: Joshua Barrow, St. Mary's Catholic School
4th grade: Vince Apostolico, Ashley River Elementary School
Charles Pinckney Elementary School (Mt. Pleasant, SC) won the elementary school 4-5 trophy. Clemson Elementary School won the second place trophy.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL K-3 SECTION
Casey Hoogenboom won the elementary school K-3 title with a perfect score. Pierson Tran, Benjamin Williams, Jr., and Whit Suber tied for second, each scoring 4.0. Whit Suber of Beaufort Academy won the second place trophy on tie break. Benjamin Williams, Jr., of Ebinport Elementary School took home the third place trophy on tie break.
Elementary School K-3 Grade Champions:
3rd grade: Thomas Mazzeo, Beaufort Academy
2d grade: Pierson Tran, Mason Prep
1st grade: Mason Williams, Clemson Elementary School
Kindergarten: Allen Hong, Clemson Elementary School
Beaufort Academy won the team trophy, and Charles Pinckney Elementary School took home the second place trophy.
39th Snowstorm Special and Pat Hart Memorial: Results
The Charleston Chess Club hosted its 39th Snowstorm Special in historic Charleston on February 16-17, 2013. NM Klaus Pohl won the event outright for his 10th Snowstorm Special 1st place!
In February 1973, sixteen hardy South Carolina chess players played in a chess tournament (the South Carolina Junior Championship) during the middle of a seven inch snowstorm, one of the worst storms in South Carolina history. To commemorate the snowstorm and the event, the Charleston Chess Club has held an open tournament every February since the great snowstorm. The tournament was dubbed the "Annual Snowstorm Special" and has been held every year except 2002 and 2003.
GSSM January Open: Results
Twenty-one players from the Carolinas assembled in Hartsville on Saturday, January 26, at the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) to contest the GSSM January Open, a 5-round Swiss G/30. Randy Mosteller of Elloree won clear first with a 5.0 score. David Causey of Mt. Pleasant and Clyde Smith of Hartsville tied for second place at 4.0, each losing only to Mosteller. "Randy apparently loves Hartsville," Smith remarked. "This is his third tournament here, and he has two firsts and one second!"