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Greenville Scholastic Open Results!!

Greenville Scholastic Open

Forty-three future Masters came to Eastlan Baptist Church in Greenville for the annual five-round GSO Saturday, November 15. Top results were: Aidan Fezjulai (5.0), Michael Burrell (4.0) and Joshua Goley (3.0) in K-12; Connor Liu (5.0), Manuel Unda (3.0) and Brady Setser (3.0) in K-8; Toby Cox (4.5), Suvan Pattanaik (3.5), and Isha Pattanaik (3.5) in K-6; Hong Allen (5.0), Benjamin Williams (4.0), and Patrick Howland (3.5) in K-4; and Daryl Dowty III (2.5), Anika Yamamoto (1.5), and Nicholas Lagleva (0.5) in K-2. K-2 and K-4 were combined into a common section.

Warmest thanks go to Chief Assistant Drew Plyler for making the trip from Columbia with extra sets and for tracking and verifying game results, and to the following for setting up tables and putting them away, and for diligently keeping order in the playing hall: Dr. Wayne Goddard, Ms. Marlana Burrell & son Michael, and Expert Will Brown. Big thanks to Ms. EC Setser for her most welcome assistance with registration and for answering parents' questions on scholastic chess opportunities in South Carolina. Thanks to Expert Tim Rankin for bringing the World Championship broadcast to the enthralled masses and assisting as floor TD, and to Life Master Klaus Pohl for his patient explanation to the top boards of the correct procedure with which to offer a draw. Masters Sam Copeland and Wayne Williams observed the proceedings in support of the future of South Carolina chess. Eastlan Baptist Church Secretary Mrs. Phyllis Fox ensured all facilities were functional and comfortable. A special most grateful mention goes to Mr. Venkat Guruvelli, who steadfastly refused to concede to the technical difficulties that temporarily afflicted my printer-laptop connection, thereby saving much face and writer's cramp for the TD.

Fourteen new USCF members played their first rated games this weekend. We especially thank the parents who taught their children the Royal Game and who then played with them, and who turned out early and traveled far for this experience.

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GSSM November Open Results!!

They came, they saw, they conquered. That was the experience of several representatives of the Columbia Chess Club at the GSSM November Open on Saturday, November 15. Twenty players assembled on the GSSM campus in Hartsville for a five-round Swiss style. Leo Rabulan won clear first place, going perfect while Daniel Quigley and Chris Lebrecque tied for second, each one losing only to Leo. Another Columbian, GSSM alumni Jordan Anderson, finished fourth on tie-breakers. In addition, two current GSSM students emerged from the tourney with some hardware. Adam Blocker won the trophy for biggest upset and Joshua Bingham won the First Unrated trophy. My special appreciation to GSSM senior Gordon Zhang for serving most capably as Assistant TD during a busy day for all of us.

Dr. Clyde Smith, Physics Teacher
S. C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
401 Railroad Ave.
Hartsville, SC 29550


31 Players Attend MSCL II !!

Midlands Scholastic Chess League II

Special thanks to NM Sam Copeland, the Strategery Chess Group, and all participants for making the Midlands Scholastic Chess League II tournament a big success!! Thirty-one players attended the event held at the Jewish Community Center in Columbia on Saturday, November 8th.

Ian Bell, Gunatej Guruvelli, and Alex Hylton won their respective high school, middle school, and elementary school sections. Ian Bell and Alex Hylton each achieved perfect 4/4 scores while Gunatej Guruvelli achieved 3/4 playing in a larger merged high school and middle school section. His only loss was to Ian Bell. Ravitej Guruvelli, Austin Setser, and Paul Daniel Pena also finished with excellent 3/4 scores in the middle school section. Gunatej's victory on tiebreaks was well deserved as he played on board 1 all four rounds, and he only lost in the last round against the high school victor, Ian Bell. Pelion High and Lexington Middle won team prizes.

Another fine result was turned in in the adult section by Senor Joey Dean who also coaches the Pelion High team. He managed to win all three of his games, and he added over 100 points to his provisional rating to clear 1500! Thanks to all who came out and supported the event! Next month, MSCL III will be held at Pelion High School on December 6th. Hope to see you there!

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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!

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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.

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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.

Ben Caiello's Games

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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!


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.

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SC Scholastics Championship Tournament Results!

2014 HS Scholastic Champion
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

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Tori Whatley
Tori Whatley

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

April 19-20th at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center. Click here for flyer.
See also: Chess for Seniors Website

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 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

Gene Nix,
President, Greenville Chess Club