Master Chess Camp Results!
IM Alexander Matros conducted a Master Chess Camp in downtown Columbia on Saturday, Novemeber 16th, 2013. Click on the link below for details.
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SCISA Chess Tournament
Students from the South Carolina Independent School Association member institutions competed against each other November 13th, 2013 at the Sumter County
Civic Center. This unrated tournament is very popular with students and parents alike. Approximately 80 high school students signed up for the event.
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74th SC Championship Results!
SC State Champion for 2013 - IM Alexander Matros (right)
Sixty-eight players competed in the three-section, five-round, 74th Annual South Carolina State Chess Championship over the weekend, Oct. 18 - 20. Not usually the case, two South Carolina players with 4.0 scores
met in the final round to determine the championship. International Master Alexander Matros, an associate professor of economics at the University of South Carolina, defeated rising star and scholastic player, Benjamin Caiello,
in the final round to finish with a perfect 5.0 score.
South Carolina players won the other sections as well, with Elijah Neuman and Joseph Rochester winning the Amateur (U1800) Section with 4.0 pts., and Harsha Srijay winning the Reserve (U1400) Section with 4.5 pts.
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 was the Chief TD,
assisted by Jordan Anderson, David Causey, and Drew Plyler. Drew Plyler supervised the online broadcast (DGT boards) to the SCCA (SC Chess Association) website.
OPEN SECTION:(1st) IM Alexander Matros (SC) 5.0 pts
(2nd-3rd) Chris Mabe (NC) 4.0 pts - Benjamin Caiello (SC) 4.0 pts
U2200 SECTION: (1st) Patrick McCartney (NC) 3.5 pts
U2000 SECTION: (1st) Mark Sturman (NC) 3.5 pts
AMATEUR SECTION: (1st-2nd) Elijah Neuman (SC) 4.0 pts ; Joseph Rochester (SC) 4.0 pts
U1600: (1st) John Roberts (SC) 3.5 pts
RESERVE SECTION: (1st) Harsha Srijay (SC) 4.5 pts ; (2nd) Akshita Jindal (SC) 4.0 pts
U1200: (1st) Venkata Guruvelli (SC) 3.5 pts ; (2nd) Zachery Darga (SC) 3.0 pts
U1000: (1st-2nd) Tim Staley (FL) 2.5 pts ; Nathen Ritterson (SC), 2.5 pts
Click here for Photos Click here for Games 2013 Crosstables
In other news, the annual SCCA meeting was held on Sunday, Oct. 20, between Rounds 4 and 5, with David Grimaud reelected as President, Daniel Smith reelected as Vice President, David Causey reelected as Treasurer, and Gene Nix reelected as Secretary. David Grimaud will continue as the state USCF Delegate, and David Causey as its alternate.
Greenville Scholastic Open Results!
Greenville Scholastic Open Trophy Winners 2013
The Greenville Scholastic Open Chess Tournament held at Eastlan Baptist Church concluded Saturday afternoon and the results are in! Eastlan, a new venue for the GSO, provided a spacious playing area complete with hardwood floors, and upper/lower viewing areas for parents, and a staff member on hand to assist with facilities. A total of 66 budding Grandmasters competed in this years 5-round head-to-head G30 competition. Gene Nix presided over the event, most capably assisted by Drew Plyler, while Daniel Smith presented the stately awards. All participants performed like veterans well beyond their years. This was a fantastic group!This years top Winners are...
K-12: Aidan Fejzulai (1st); Michael Burrell (2nd); Gunateja Guruvelli (3rd)
K-8: Alexander Moreno (1st); Kristopher Luo (2nd); Austin Setser (3rd)
K-6: Mohnish Behera (1st); John Wang (2nd); Thames Stokes (3rd)
K-4: Connor Liu (1st); Julian Chong (2nd); Joshua Lagleva (3rd)
K-2: Allen Hong (1st); Henri Murthy (2nd); Elisha Venegas (3rd)
Click here for Photos GSO 2013 Crosstables Letter of Thanks
GSSM September Open Results!
Twenty players, including a strong three-member delegation from Wilmington, NC, fiercely contested the five-round GSSM September Open chess tourney in Hartsville on Saturday, Sept. 21. Mike Lafer, Jr., of Darlington won clear first place with four wins and one draw for 4.5 points. Jordan Anderson of Columbia, GSSM c/o '08, finished in a tie for second place at 4.0 points with the highest seed, Stephen Morales of Wilmington. Evan Zhang, a remarkable fifth grader from Wilmington, won the Biggest Upset trophy by upending the third seed in the tournament, Russell Thurmond of Sumter, who earned fourth place with 3.5. Hartsville resident Randell Ewing, coach of the Thomas Hart Academy chess team, won the First Unrated trophy on tiebreaks with 2.0 points.GSSM Crosstable
Dr. Clyde Smith,
S.C. Governor's School of Science and Mathematics
Farewell to Ron Simpson: Carolina Chess Loses a Treasured Player
The South Carolina Chess Association offers its condolences to the family
and friends of NM Ron Simpson of North Carolina. An active member of their
association, Ron passed away last week after a recurrence of a cancer he had
been battling. His friend, NM Chris Mabe, reports that Ron did not publicize
his problem, because he didn't want it to affect the way other chess players
viewed him, nor worry his friends about his suffering. He chose, instead, to
bravely fight it in silence.
I met Ron for the first time at the 1st Annual Carolinas Challenge held in Ft. Mill, SC, in November 2006. I remember that his son played in the tournament as well. However, it was in 2009 when I developed an appreciation for Ron's professionalism and sportsmanship. That was the year he was the state champion for North Carolina and played our champion, NM Philipp Lamby, in the Border Battle of Carolina Champions. Ron proved friendly and was a pleasure to work with. A strong player, his contribution to chess will be missed. Please view this link for the USCF article about him. Ron Simpson: N.C. Chess Fixture
You may also find out more on the NCCA bulletin boards.
President, S.C. Chess Association
Columbia Open: Results
NM Jeffrey Haskel receives Top Prize from Daniel Smith
Other winners were: Gary Branton, Jr. (NC) with 4.5 points in the U2000 section; Jayashree Sekar (GA) and Andrew Manion (SC) in a two-way tie with 4.0 points each in the U1600 section; and Akshat Jindal (SC) who had a perfect 5.0 score in the U1200 section. Click here for Photos
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Calvin Smith Wins First Passing Pawn Tournament!
Chess Camp at Crooked Creek concluded Thursday, August 8th with an
exciting triple tie-break pawn game between Calvin Smith and Gibson
Ward. Calvin was finally able to claim victory after getting one of his
pawns to the eighth rank just one square ahead of Gibson. It was an
exciting ending to a wonderful camp! All campers displayed sportsmanship
throughout. Click here for Photos
The camp was capably instructed by International Master (IM) Alexander Matros, who has developed his own teaching system for beginning players. He is excited about training new students and growing the local chess community. IM Matros was the 2011 S.C. Champion.
A hearty thanks to IM Matros, Jennifer Riddle and the folks at Crooked Creek Park for hosting the event.
Upcoming Event: US Masters/NC Open
The US Masters/NC Open will take place Labor Day weekend (August 29 - September 2) in Greensboro, North Carolina. This Carolinas Chess Festival tournament is going to be an absolutely first rate event with a large unconditionally guaranteed prize fund (along with international title norms in the Masters), low entry fee, and a very comfortable hotel at a discount rate. There will be competition for all comers, from scholastic beginner to Grandmaster!
Scholastic Representation In Madison, Wisconsin
MADISON, WISCONSIN, is the location of a series of chess events centered
around the 114th U.S. Open Chess Championship from July 27 - Aug 4.
South Carolina sent three scholastic players plus family members to three
individual tournaments of six rounds which were held July 27 - 30. All
tournament players where designated by their individual states as being
South Carolina performed as follows:
KEVIS TSAO (Grade 9, 1935) earned 3.0 points in the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions.
AIDAN FEJZULAI (Grade 8, 1326) earned 2.0 points in the Barber Tournament of K-8 State Champions.
NEHA DIAS (Grade 9, 1287) earned 3.0 points in the National Girl's Invitational Tournament of Champions.
In addition, Aidan won a prize for upsetting a player rated 1900, and Neha won a prize for highest score in her class. Neha will also be playing in the US Open.
The USCF Delegates Meeting is also in session this week, and David Grimaud is representing South Carolina by attending workshops during the week. The main meeting will be Saturday - Sunday (Aug 3 - 4). Please send him an email at DWGrimaud@aol.com if you have any questions about or comments related to the meeting.
The SCCA would like to say thank you to its fine, scholastic players and their family members for supporting them. The scholastic level in South Carolina is rising rapidly!
Photo: From left to right: Weiguo Cao (Kevis's father), Kevis Tsao, Ashok Bhargava (Neha's great-uncle), Neha Dias, Aidan Fejzulai (front), Zamir Fejzulai (Aidan's father), David Grimaud (SCCA President and Delegate).
NC wins 2013 Border Battle
2013 Border Battle Participants
North Carolina defeated South Carolina in this year's Border Battle team event with a convincing final match score of 34-18. In the feature match, South Carolina Co-State Champion Ben Caiello defeated a strong competitor in North Carolina's Champion Daniel Cremisi by a score of 2.5 to 1.5. Steve Boshears scored 2.5 in the Class B section by not losing a game and improving his rating to 1751. In the Class C section, Elijah Neumann posted a perfect 4-0 score and increased his rating to an all time high of 1657.
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 24 - 26) at the beautiful Embassy - Verdae Golf Club.
The tournament was held in three sections (Open, U1800, U1400) alongside
an individual scholastic tournament (two sections) for a total of 132
Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi (TX) won the open section with 4.5 points out of five rounds to become 2013 S.C. Open Champion. GM Alonso Zapata (GA) and FM Miles Ardaman (NC) were runner-ups at 4.0 points each.
Lloyd Liu (NC) won first in the U1800 Section with 4.5 points. James Qu (SC) won the U1400 Section with a perfect 5.0. Brett Morrison (GA) of won the Kings Section of the scholastic tournament with a perfect 4.0, with Hunter Street (SC) winning the Knights Section, also with a perfect 4.0.
The South Carolina Chess Association would like to thank both the Greenville Chess Club and the Carolina Chess Initiative for hosting and organizing the strongest and best attended SC Open in years. The hotel setting was marvelous, and the weather didn't hurt.
SC Open Crosstables
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