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  • (Left) 2020 SC Scholastic Championship Playing Hall, Greenville County Square; (Center) Organizer and Chief TD Gene Nix displays the golden trophies; (Right) SCCA Pres. David Grimaud (L) with newly crowned 2020 SC Scholastic Champ Ford Duncan (R). Ford had a perfect score to take top honors in the tournament!
  • (Left) 2019 SC State Championship! - Playing Hall, Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia; (Center) 1st Place Prize - Open Section - Prady Kothapalli (NC) 4.5/5 pts; (Right) SCCA Pres. David Grimaud w/ Eli Moore - 1st Place Winner U1800!
  • SC Wins 2019 Border Battle with NC!! Left: 2019 SC Scholastic Champ Matthew Johnson (L); Center: SCCA Pres. David Grimaud (L) with Matthew Johnson; Right: FM Peter Giannatos (L) congratulates(!?) Matthew Johnson on another perfect border battle performance!
  • Congratulations to all our 2019 SC State Scholastic Winners!! Left: Daryl Dowty watches over Giant chess set play in the Gymnasium; Center: K8 Champs: Eli Moore and Ahan Shi; Right: Top Female & GRIT Award winners: Grace Bajarias and Lefan Xuan;
  • Congratulations SC Championship Tournament Winners 2017!! Left - Playing hall at the new location - Wingate by Wyndham in Lexington SC; Center - Feeling exhilarated, NM Sam Copeland describes his tournament experience to SCCA President, David Grimaud; Right - Daniel Tanco proudly displays his 2nd Place Trophy in the Open Section!

82nd SC State Championships 2021 Scheduled for October

82nd South Carolina State Championships 2021; October 30-31, 2021

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Harbison, 434 Columbiana Dr., Columbia, SC 29212,
(803) 407-6640. Contact hotel for group discount rate, by September 29, 2021.

Great News! Hilton Garden Inn will maintain its discounted rate for SC Chess participants for as long as they have room in the hotel (up until the event)!

Click to view current Player List (early entries)

Click here for more information.

 

13th Annual Klaus Pohl Memorial SC Senior Open 2021 - Scheduled for November

November 6-7, 2021
13th Annual Klaus Pohl Memorial South Carolina Senior Open, 2021
(ages 50+, born before 01/01/1972)

Homewood Suites, 102 Carolina Point Pkwy, Greenville, SC 29607,
864-297-9140; HR: $139 by 22 October 2021. Ask for chess rate.

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Results from Team SC at 2021 US Open - Denker, Barber, Haring, Irwin, and Rockefeller

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Congratulations and a rousing cheer for our South Carolina participants in the US Open! IM Dr. Alexander Matros was within striking distance of first place going into the final round of the Irwin Seniors tournament, finishing 4.0/6; Eli Moore scored 2.5/6 in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions - a tough group! Helena Bajarias finished 3.0/6 in the Haring Nat'l Tournament of Girls State Champions earning two awards for round upsets, one of which was the largest of the event, overcoming a 597-point ratings difference!
Helena went on to play in the 2021 US Open Championship where she finished 3.0/9. Allen Hong finished 2.5/6 in the Barber Tournament of Middle School Champions which included a first-round draw with an Expert, a 487-point difference there. Allen also tied for 4th place in the Weeramantry Blitz tournament's 1400-1799 section, scoring 5.5/8 against all higher-rated opponents! Aadi Agnihotri held his own in the Rockefeller Nat'l Tournament of Elementary State Champions finishing 2.5/6. The combined results put South Carolina in 24th place of 48 state teams represented! Special thanks to on-site parent volunteers Ani & Arati Agnihotri, Liza Marie Bajarias, Mike Moore, Schwan Xuan, coach David Blair, and big-time make-it-happeners David & Maureen Grimaud for their national-level committee work especially with Senior and Women's chess, and for their ongoing leadership of chess in South Carolina! (excerpts taken from Greenville Chess Club News 08-05-21 - Thank you Gene Nix!)

Photo: SCCA Pres. David Grimaud (L), with Helena Bajarias,
Aadi Agnihotri, Eli Moore, and IM Dr. Alexander Matros

Crosstables for our SC State Champions in National Tournaments!
IM Alexander Matros 4.0/6 - Irwin National Tournament of Senior State Champions - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202108036402
Eli Moore 2.5/6 - Denker National Tournament of HS Champions - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202108036212
Helena Bajarias 3.0/6 - Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202108036302
Helena Bajarias 3.0/9 - 2021 US Open Championship - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202108087902.0
Allen Hong 2.5/6 - Barber National Tournament of MS Champions - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202108036312
Allen Hong 5.5/8 - Weeramantry National Tournament of State Champions - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202107316082.3
Aadi Agnihotri 2.5/6 - Rockefeller National Tournament of Elementary State Champions - http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202108036342

"G.R.I.T. " Award Winner Ritika Sanghani - article by David Whatley

 

South Carolina Scholastic Girls Championship Results!

Congratulations to Helena Bajarias on her 3-0 victory in Saturday's SC Girls Scholastic Championship, held online under TD Dean Creech's direction! Helena will represent South Carolina in the 9th Annual WIM Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions, July 31 - August 3, alongside the US Open at the Crown Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill. Ritika Sanghani took second place with 2-1, earning the Girls with Respect, Integrity and Tenacity (GRIT) award from the Whatley family, and will compete online in the 2021 Susan Polgar Foundation Girls Invitational (SPFGI) June 26-27. Charlotte Leys and Eliana Schley also competed - we will see you all in person next year! USCF report: US Chess MSA - Cross Table for SC GIRLS SCHOLASTIC (Event 202106117852)

 

2021 SC State Scholastic Tournament Results! Eli Moore New State Scholastic Champion!!!

On Saturday, April 17th, 2021, ninety-two of the State's brightest young chess players met online to compete for prizes, rating points, and titles. After a tough five rounds of play, Eli Moore came out on top and is our new South Carolina State High School Scholastic Champion of 2021!!! Congratulations Eli!! Eli finished with 4.5/5 points drawing only in the first round against determined competitor Aiden Costanzo (2.5/5).

Special thanks to SC Chess President David Grimaud, TD & VP Daniel Smith, TD Grant Owen & FM Peter Gianatos, also to all Lichess staff, and support volunteers! Thank you all parents, organizers, and coaches! Here are this year's Winners..

2021 Winners:
HIGH SCHOOL SECTION: Eli Moore 4.5 (1st), Jacob Stoll 4.0 (2nd by tie-break), Ford Duncan 4.0 (3rd), Ahan Shi 4.0 (4th), Matthew Johnson 3.0 (5th), Brandon Tregde 3.0 (6th), Brady Setser 3.0 (7th), Toby Cox 3.0 (8th), Alex Tabakian 3.0 (9th), Quinn Burt 3.0 (10th)

MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION 6-8: Allen Hong 4.0 (1st by tie-break), Caton Tsao 4.0 (2nd), Lincoln Boucher 4.0 (3rd), Cameron Wheeler 3.5 (4th), Eric Shi 3.0 (5th), Zachary Teachman 3.0 (6th), Miguel Shim 3.0 (7th), Spencer Burke 2.5 (8th), Andrew Dou 2.5 (9th), Manith Bannenahally 2.5 (10th)

ELEMENTARY SECTION K-5: Aadi AgnihotrI 5.0! (1st), Justin Peng 4.0 (2nd by tie-break), Ritika Sanghani 4.0 (3rd), Jonathan Gao 4.0 (4th), Callum Leys 4.0 (5th), Michael Benson 4.0 (6th), Anton Oltmann 3.0 (7th), Benjamin Piazza 3.0 (8th), Charlotte Leys 3.0 (9th), Peyton Carithers 3.0 (10th)

PRIMARY SECTION K-3: Tanay Sanghani 5.0! (1st), Robert Shim 4.0 (2nd by tie break), Aaron Wang 4.0 (3rd), Titus Heindl 4.0 (4th), Aran Zhang 3.0 (5th), Aaryav Saha 3.0 (6th), Keys Pfeiffer 3.0 (7th), Elijah Heindl 3.0 (8th), Parker Leong 3.0 (9th), Silas Dewey 3.0 (10th)

TEAM WINNERS:
1st Team High School - D. W. Daniel High
2nd Team High School - Wando High
1st Team Middle School – R.C. Edwards Middle School, Clemson
2nd Team Middle School – Hampton Park Christian School
1st Team K-5 Elementary – Sterling School
2nd Team K-5 Elementary – Charles Pinckney Elementary
1st Team K-3 Primary – Hampton Park Christian School
2nd Team K-3 Primary – Charles Pinckney Elementary

 

Fine Designs Official Event Apparel for 2021 SC Scholastic Chess Championship!

shirtsSC Scholastic Championship T-Shirts, Hoodies, and more!
Choose from a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. Customizeable!
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Fine Designs - Official Event Apparel

 

 

2021 SC Scholastic Chess Championships Announced!

(Note: Changes may occur as more information becomes available; please check back frequently to featured articles for the latest details)

Date: Saturday,  April 17, 2021
(Save $5 by registering early; last day for discount 4/1/2021)

Location: Online via Lichess
(Lichess: Kids can go ahead and create a Lichess account now and play games or puzzles, however they will need to remember the account name and credentials for registering to the state tournament.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Event Page

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(This is a USCF rated event; USCF Membership required)

 

KLAUS A. POHL (1937-2021)

Lifemaster/National Master & Thirteen Time SC State Champion Klaus Pohl has passed away at age 83.

Dear Chess Friends,
We have lost a giant. The link below is to the Dignity Memorial for Klaus Pohl. I invite everyone to see it, and to contribute a memory in greeting to the family. Many thanks, and bless you all. - Gene Nix
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/greenville-sc/klaus-pohl-10031031#remembering

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https://www.facebook.com/officialgreenvillechessclub/

 

81st SC State Championship Invitational 2020 Results!

2020 Champ Matros

The 81st South Carolina Championship (Invitational) brought together five past SC Champions (six if one counts the TD’s shared 1st-3rd that year all the IMs were out of town). After five hard-fought rounds IM Alexander Matros (left) was the clear winner with 4.0/5 pts., followed by NM Mike Sailer 3.5/5 pts. (TB), NM Sam Copeland 3.5/5 pts., LM Klaus Pohl 2.0/5 pts., NM Randal Ferguson 1.5/5 pts., and Stephen Welt 0.5/5 pts. The contests included many exciting shifts of fortune, and that sequence could have, should have, would have looked different but for some time-pressure missteps. See the games here at SCCA!

COVID-19 precautions included daily temperature checks and health screening questions, face masks in the playing hall, inter-round cleaning of boards, pieces, and clocks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and labelled chairs permanently assigned to players.

This year’s event was held (Sat. & Sun.) December 5th and 6th at the Aloft Columbia Harbison Hotel. Thank you Aloft workers and staff for helping make our event a success! Precision Tune Auto Care was this year’s sponsor and provided rooms and accommodations for out-of-town players. Thank you PTAC!! Thanks yet again to SCCA President David Grimaud for supporting and motivating us and for providing the many online updates, images, and pgn games!! In a most difficult and unique year for SC chess, hats off to Gene Nix for making everything go so smoothly. From setup, to coordinating/directing/checking, to keeping players up-to-date along the way and more, Gene did it all - and made it look easy! Thank you, Gene, for your most professional efforts!!

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IM Alexander Matros Wins 2020 SC State Chess Championship Title!

Congratulations Professor Matros! Dr. Matros finished the tournament with 4 out of 5 wins! This is his third SC state championship title having won it previously in 2011 and 2013! Dr. Matros is a professor of economics at the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business.

 

2020 SC State Championship Tournament this Weekend!

South Carolina's top 2020 performers will be battling over the board this weekend for prizes and a shot at being named 2020 SC State Champion. The five round RR invitational will begin Saturday morning at 10am at the Aloft Harbison Hotel in Columbia. Best of luck to our six finalists (determined by invitation or playoff wins) - IM Alexander Matros, NM Sam Copeland, NM Mike Sailer, LM Klaus Pohl, NM Randal Ferguson, and Stephen Welt!

Saturday's results: IM Alexander Matros takes the lead with a perfect 3.0/3!! The final two rounds (4 and 5) will be played tomorrow. Click here for wall chart.

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Online Qualifier Tournament - NM Randal Ferguson Wins! Ford Duncan 2nd!

Congratulations to NM Randal Ferguson and Ford Duncan! NM Ferguson came in 1st place (tie-break) in the Online tournament with reigning scholastic champ Ford Duncan coming in a close 2nd. Both players had perfect scores of 4.0/4 points each! They are now qualified (top two taken) to play in the SC State Championship final December 5-6 in Columbia. Unfortunately, Ford has declined his invitation to play in the final. Stephen Welt, who finished the Online tournament in 3rd place (3.0/4 points - TB), has accepted an invitation to play in Ford’s place. Twenty-Five players competed in the 4 round (round robin) Online Qualifying event held November 21st, 2020. The tournament's technical challenges were handled admirably by the expert staff. Thank you SCCA President David Grimaud and VP Daniel Smith for organizing the tournament. Special thanks to Chacha Nugroho for building the Chessstream website and to Grant Oen for being our (online) floor TD for the event! Congratulations to all six participants (listed below by rating) competing in this year's SC State Championship Tournament!

IM Alexander Matros
NM Sam Copeland
NM Mike Sailer
LM Klaus Pohl
NM Randal Ferguson
Stephen Welt

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Online Qualifier for the Final 2020 SC State Championship - $1125 in prizes

Dear SCCA Members and Friends,

This is the weekend, November 21st, of our four round ONLINE QUALIFIER for the 2020 SC State Chess Championship. The top two (winner and runner-up) will be offered the chance to sit in the final, six person, round robin on December 5 - 6, where each person is guaranteed a cash prize. ($1125 in total prizes)

You can enter the qualifier here: http://chess.stream/southcarolina/

You can find out further details of the State Championship by clicking here. Flyer - 2020 SC Championship

Thanks for your support and participation!

David Grimaud
President
South Carolina Chess Association

 

2020 Senior Championship - IM Alexander Matros Wins!

IM AlexMatros 1stplaceSenior 2020 resizedOver-the-board chess has not gone completely overboard, as proven in Greenville this weekend of November 14-15, wherein International Master Alexander Matros won the 12th SC Senior Championship with 4-1! This year’s event was a closed invitational limited to six contenders, although we had no shortage of seniors eager to meet in real life for tactics more tactile than virtual. The weekend’s adventures began with an emergency change of venue due to lighting problems in the Hampton Inn on Haywood Road, but the management quickly re-routed us to Homewood Suites off Woodruff Road – Thank you Sandra Solomon!

COVID-19 precautions included daily temperature checks and health screening questions, face masks in the playing hall, inter-round cleaning of boards, pieces, and clocks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, and labelled chairs permanently assigned to players.

Life Master Klaus Pohl was first to challenge the IM, and recovered from initial defeat to place clear second with 3.5-1.5. Douglas Holmes held his own by stopping Klaus in a 5th-round draw, and ending the preliminary tie-break calculations at the TD station. This was after having drawn with IM Matros in round four, making for a reasonably effective chess Sunday for any A-player, while claiming a share of 3rd-5th places.  Defending 2019 champion Wayne Christensen and Randal Ferguson each scored 2-3 for their share of 3rd-5th. Roger Johnson’s 1.5 score included draws with IM Matros, defending Senior champion Wayne Christensen, and NM Randal Ferguson.  Well played, gentlemen!

IM Matros’s victory makes him eligible for further national level Senior tournaments. As he is already seeded into the SC Championship final OTB tournament, the Senior spot goes to LM Klaus Pohl. Congratulations!

Hail to the chief, SCCA President David Grimaud, for keeping alive the hope and expectation of a return to traditional chess as soon as it can be made to happen. Thanks again to the Hilton hotel management – Sandra! – for keeping this event on the rails.

Gene Nix organized and directed.

Note: Display more games by clicking on the 3 dots in the upper left corner of the PGN viewer.

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2020 South Carolina State Championship Tournament

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to evaluate and make adjustments in scheduling due to the Covid19 pandemic. Please be aware that this year's SC Championship tournament has changed locations and will now take place in Columbia SC (Alfoft Columbia Harbison) instead of Greenville as previously announced. Our sincere apologies go out to those who have had to cancel plans and reorganize schedules. This year's 2020 S.C. State Championship tournament will be a small limited invitational with six players competing. Three players have been extended an invitation: NM Mike Sailer (defending champion) - 2218, IM Alexander Matros (top rated state player) - 2437, and NM Sam Copeland (second rated state player ) - 2251. The next three players joining the championship round robin event will be determined by placement in the feeder tournaments (2020 Senior Championship and Online Tournament). 

81st Annual South Carolina Championship 2020 – Closed Invitational (Columbia) (edited 11/19/20 pm)

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Date: December 5-6, 2020

Location: Aloft Columbia Harbison, 217 Lanneau Court, Columbia, SC, 29212 - T. 803.407.6166

EF: Waived; invitational limited to six players.

Format: 5RR, Game/75 minutes, 30 second increment.

Bye: None. Invitational format, six-players limit. Please commit to full schedule.

Prizes: $500-$250-$150-$100-$75-$50. Total: $1125

Schedule: Rounds Sat 10-3-7, 5; Sun 10, 3.

COVID-19 Protocol: Players, officials & observers will wear masks; and will answer daily health screen questions and have their temperature checked. We will not shake hands. TD will provide sets and clocks, and will clean these between rounds.

 

Elliott M. Schwartz, 83

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Elliot M. Schwartz of North Myrtle Beach. Mr. Schwartz was a retired attorney, fellow chess player, and family man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Obituary

 

Upcoming Tournaments: Denker, Barber, Rockefeller, Haring, and Senior

Although the 2020 U.S. Open was cancelled as a result of the pandemic, US Chess will run the invitational National Tournaments of State Champions online. Each of our players will be required to use two cameras - one camera built into the laptop/desktop and the other positioned so that the playing area
can be clearly seen. A quality control check will be performed July 16-17 to ensure proper communications between all parties. Good luck to all our SC players!!

 Tournament  Age/Grade  Date  SC Representative
 Denker  grades 9-12  July 25-26  Connor Liu & alternate Ryan McCrea
 Barber  grades 6-8  August 1-2  Eli Moore
 Rockefeller  K-5  August 1-2  Caton Tsao
 Haring  girls K-12  July 25-26  Alexis Williams
 Senior  50+ years old  July 25-26  Wayne Christensen & alternate Roger Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizes:
Denker: 1st $2000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1000, Team $400, Plaques for 1st-3rd, Foster 15U $500

Barber: 1st $2000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1000, Team $400, Plaques for 1st-3rd
Rockefeller: 1st $2000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1000, Team $400, Plaques for 1st-3rd
Haring: 1st $2000, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1000, Team $400, Plaques for 1st-3rd, Foster 12U $500
Senior: 1st $1000, 2nd $600, 3rd $400, 4th $300, 5th $200, Team $400, Plaques for 1st-3rd

 

4H Chess Tournament (on Chess.com) Saturday Morning 10AM

Dean Creech is organizing a 4H Chess Tournament on Chess.com Saturday Morning (5/16). Click here for details and instructions.

Date: Saturday 16 May 2020
Time: 10:00 AM sharp
Location: Chess.com
Type: Standard, 4 Round Swiss System, G15/i10.
Affects chess.com rapid rating only.

 

Strategery Chess Online Tournaments 3/23-3/27

We have a new slate of tournaments and lessons this week with daily prize tournaments every weekday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday lessons will be streamed on our page at facebook.com/strategerycg at 4:30 p.m. followed by tournaments at 5:00 pm.

Every tournament offers a $5 prize for a perfect score. Just login at chesskid.com before the tournament begins and join the tournament in the sidebar.

Any SC scholastic players of ChessKid age who are not in our club and want to play can message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the club.

Strategery Daily Prize Tournament 3-24-20, 12:59PM
Midlands Scholastic Tuesday Rumble 3-24-20, 4:59PM
Strategery Daily Prize Tournament 3-25-20, 12:59PM
Strategery Daily Prize Tournament 3-26-20, 12:59PM
Midlands Scholastic Thursday Rumble 3-26-20, 4:59PM
Strategery Daily Prize Tournament 3-27-20, 12:59PM

We wish you all the best. Stay home and stay safe, everyone.

Best,
Sam Copeland
716-239-0497
Director - Strategery: Chess and Games
strategerycg.com, Facebook, Twitter

62 for MSCL V

In one of the most mature tournaments we've run, we were thrilled to be joined by an outstanding group of 62 players for the Midlands Scholastic Chess League V tournament held Saturday, February 22nd at North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia. MSCL V included more than a dozen new players who tried out this tournament ahead of the SC Scholastic Chess Championship. The games were incredibly well-played and we witnessed great sportsmanship from all players.

Congratulations are in order to Lake Murrary Elementary School, Midlands Scholastic Institute, and Airport High School for winning the Elementary, Middle, and High School team sections respectively.

Congrats to Jacob Gowan for winning the K-5 section, to Eli Moore for winning the K-8 section, and to Bradon Schley, Cain King, Taylor Hollis, and Connor Miles for winning the K-12 section.

Our next Midlands Scholastic tournament will be held on April 22 at Trenholm Baptist Church.

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Sam Copeland
Director - Strategery: Chess and Games
strategerycg.com, Facebook, Twitter

 

Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV Results!!

50 competitive young chess players put their skills to the test in the Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV last Saturday. We were thrilled to see fantastic chess and sportsmanship on display throughout the event and honored to have players participating from across the state. Thanks to all of you for coming out and to our parents and coaches for supporting young students in chess!

K-5 Section:
1st Team - Conway Waldorf

1st Individual - Miguel Shim
2nd - Adam Ortiz
=3rd - Jony Steffee, Jordyn Wells, John Dent, Justin Peng, Jacob Gowan, Michael Benson

K-8 Section:
1st Team: Arrows Academy

1st Individual - Jaden Conner
=2nd - Lincoln Boucher, Daryl Dowty, Evan Steffee

K-12 Section:
1st Individual - Connor Miles
2nd - Franklin Caudle

Adult Section:
1st Individual - Daryl Dowty
2nd - David Laboone
3rd - James Cook

Crosstables     FB Photos

Sam Copeland
Director - Strategery: Chess and Games
strategerycg.com, Facebook, Twitter

 

9th Upstate Scholastic Chess League & 4H Chess Tournament Results!!

The ThinkMove Chess Academy hosted a strong turnout in Saturday’s 9th Upstate Scholastic Chess League Tournament held at Greenville County Square,
301 University Ridge in Greenville. Fourteen rated future Masters and also a dozen non-rated youngsters playing in their first structured chess tournament! The event was held at Bradon Schley and Nikolai Webb led the rated pack with 3.5-0.5 each, followed very closely by Callum Leys and Aiden Costanzo at 3-1, then were Ritika Sanghani, Daryl Dowty III, Jaden Conner, Jacob Schley, Alexander Fyock, Joshua Hunt, Shlok Trivedi, Paola Gonzales (welcome to USCF!), Jonathan Gao, and Charlotte Leys!
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Christopher Caro and Robert Gilbert led the non-rated beginners with 3.5-0.5 each, followed by Mason Prosser at 3-1, then were Miles Lynn, Sean Glenn, Esteban Jiminez, Eliana Schley, Michael Lynn, Miles Jacobs, Harit Dave, Vidhi Trivedi, and Jheel Dave! Thanks to David Blair for assisting in directing, and welcome to the new chess families! Thanks to Patricia Whitener of the 4H program for making the facilities available!

Right next door Dean Creech conducted the 4H Fund-Raiser tournament, in which Roger Johnson’s 2.5-0.5 led a quad that included Senior Life Master Klaus Pohl, Jan Blasenak, and Dean. The prize-winners generously donated their winnings to the 4H program - thank you gentlemen! Crosstables

 

GSSM January Open Chess Tournament Results!!

eli moore

Sixteen players fiercely contested the five-round GSSM January Open in Hartsville on January 18. When the dust cleared, Eli Moore of Winnsboro stood alone atop the heap with a perfect 5.0. (He really should get a shirt with a picture of Yoda saying "Judge me by my size, do you?") Tenth-grader Brandon Tregde of Myrtle Beach, the second youngest player in the field, won clear second place. After losing in the first round to GSSM Chess Club President Theo Pedapolu of Orangeburg, Brandon successfully executed the Swiss Gambit, winning his final four games. GSSM alum and current Duke student Richard Sandvoss of Fort Mill won clear third with 3.5, his only loss coming from Eli. Two other GSSM alumni, Jordan Anderson and Brennan Ravan, directed the tournament very capably. From left in the photo, Richard, Eli, and Brandon. Crosstables

 

GSSM November Open Chess Tournament Results!

Eli MooreBrandon and CecilA remarkable 14-year-old from Winnsboro emerged on top when a strong presence from Columbia, Pageland, and the Grand Strand invaded Hartsville on Saturday, November 9, as eighteen players participated in the five-round GSSM November Open on the campus of the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Eli Moore (shown left with Dr. Clyde Smith) won the first-place trophy clear with 4.5 points, the only blemish on his day a last-round Bishops-of-opposite-color draw with Darris Williamson of Little River. Ian Haigler of Pageland and Jordan Anderson of Columbia tied for second at 4.0. Jordan and fellow GSSM alum/current USC student Brennan Ravan directed the tournament. Darris won clear fourth place with 3.5 points. Tenth-grader Brandon Tregde of Myrtle Beach (far right) earned the first-unrated trophy for the day, and Cecil Clarkson III (right) of Myrtle Beach secured the trophy for biggest upset with a hard-fought victory over Tony Cato of Pageland in the final round.  Crosstables

 

SC Senior Open 2019 Results! NM Wayne Christensen Wins!

NM Wayne Christensen

The 11th Annual South Carolina Senior Open 2019 is now history, and it was historic! Thirty-one contenders from six states made it the best-attended SC Senior Open to date! A majority of seventeen were on the home team, and we had seven friends from North Carolina, three from Georgia, two from Tennessee, one from Alabama, and one all the way from Minnesota! And we had our first married couple to compete!

After four hard-fought rounds, National Master Wayne Christensen (shown left) and National Master Peter Bereolos shared first and second places with 3.5 points each, and Wayne hoisted the trophy as the South Carolina Senior Champion! Senior Life Master Klaus Pohl, Roger Johnson, Bill Corbett, and Frank Redway, all from South Carolina, shared third through sixth places with three points each.

Mike Meekins scored 2-2 to claim the SC Under-1600 trophy, and shared the Under-1600 first through fourth places with Harold Zeltner, Kevin Hyde, and NC Chess Association President Debs Pedigo! Well played, gentlemen!

Ray and Mary Downs made their fourth journey from Alabama for the SC Senior – welcome back! Peter Bereolos of Tennessee is a connoisseur of senior tournaments, and has added South Carolina to his tour for the past three years! Special thanks to Mrs. Maria Blalock for convincing her husband, National master Rex Blalock, to make the drive from Georgia so they both could compete in their first tournament in several years! A number of folks returned to chess after long breaks from rated play – welcome back to the fray! A special salute goes to Dean Creech and Mike Meekins for causing warnings in the online tournament report with results well above their ratings! Local TD Gene Nix organized and directed this year's event. See crosstables for more details.

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Midlands Scholastic Chess League II Results! Nov. 9th

We were THRILLED to have 60 players compete in the Midlands Scholastic Chess League II on Nov. 9th. This is one of our largest tournaments (outside of an Olympiad), and we had a blast watching the players compete and showcase fantastic sportsmanship and team spirit. We've listed the prizewinners below and linked large collection of photos on Facebook, and the full crosstable via US Chess.
Thanks to all the parents and coaches for their support, and we look forward to our next tournament, the MSCL Olympiad, on Dec. 7th! For those looking for more opportunities, do check out our ChessKid tournaments every Tuesday at 5 p.m. There is a five-dollar Amazon card that goes to the winner. We also meet for Kid's Hour on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the St. Andrews Library, and players are welcome to attend the Columbia Chess Club at Firefly Games at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.   
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Team Winners: K-5: Hammond; K-8: Dent;

Top Female: Megan Laboone
Best Debut: Edward Feng, Bryce Meekins, Ethan Li, Andrew Feng, Caden Rogers
Biggest Upset: Thomas Laboone
Youngest Participant: Charlie Jordan

K-5 Individual:
=1st: Miguel Shim, Bryan Zheng (Miguel won an exciting tiebreak blitz game) Video
=3rd: Thomas Laboone, Jony Steffee, Adam Ortiz, Michael Wang, Robert Shim, Megan Laboone, Baylis Wang, Alex Magargle

K-8 Individual:
1st: Lincoln Boucher
=2nd: Henri Murthy, Kevin Chapman

K-12 Individual:
1st: Ryan Mcrae
=2nd: Paulo Hitopolous, Taylor Hollis

Sam Copeland
716-239-0497
Director - Strategery: Chess and Games
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2019 SC State Championship Results! Mike Sailer Defends his Title! Kothapalli takes Top Prize!

mike sailerForty-nine players in over 3 sections competed in this year's 80th Annual South Carolina State Chess Championship over the weekend, Oct. 12-13. This year's championship section included six masters from three different states. Congratulations to NM Mike Sailer (left) on winning the 2019 South Carolina State Championship Title for the second year in a row! Cezarte Ramos Jr.(SC) was state runner-up! Congratulations also to young North Carolinian CM Pradhyumna Kumar Kothapalli (2131) of Charlotte. Kothpalli, after a first round draw to Gene Nix (SC), went perfect through his next four games to take the top prize. Other South Carolina winners receiving first-place trophies included Eli Moore (U1800 Section) and Eren Bilen (U1400 Section). Daryl Dowty Jr. came in first with a perfect score in the newly added SC Amateur Section. This special Saturday only event was created for less experienced players desiring a 1-day only schedule. The South Carolina Chess Association would like to thank all players, parents, and spectators who helped make the tournament a success. Special thanks to Daniel Smith, Gene Nix, Jordan Anderson, and NM Sam Copeland for organizing and directing this year's event! Final results and crosstables below..

Crosstables for 80th SC Championships
Crosstables for SC AMATEUR

Championship Section
1. Prady Kothapalli (NC) 4.5/5 pts
2. Ted Belanoff (NY) 4/5 pts
3. Mike Sailer (SC) 3.5/5 pts - SC State Champion
4. Cezarte Ramos (SC) 3/5 pts - SC Runner Up
*Senior Prize - Klaus Pohl
5th Place 5 way tie with 2.5/5 pts:
Sam Copeland, Klaus Pohl, Leo Rabulan, Leon Cheng, Patrick McCartney

U1800 Section
1. Eli Moore 4.5/5 pts - SC U1800 Champion
2. Tied Alex Hu 4/5 pts - SC U1800 Runner Up
Dan Quigley 4/5 pts

U1600 Prize
1. Devon Stein (SC) 3/5 pts
2. Tied with 2.5/5 pts:
Gilberto Padilla-Ortiz, Corey Burton
*Senior Prize Dan Quigley

U1400
1. Eren Bilen (SC) 4.5/5 pts - SC U1400 Champion
2. Krishna Somesula 4/5 pts - SC U1400 Runner Up
3. Tied..Debs Pedigo (NC) 3/5 pts
Lalith Challari (NC) 3/5 pts

U1200 prize
1. Vincent Mahoney 2.5/5 pts
2. Dean Creech 2/5 pts

U1000 Prize
1. Tied Henri Murthy 2/5 pts; Justin Fuentes 2/5 points
*Senior Prize: Dean Creech 2/5 pts

Special One Day Amateur Section (15 Players)
1. Daryl Dowty Jr. 4/4 (perfect score!) - SC Amateur Champion
2. Daryl Dowty III 3/4 pts - SC Amateur Champion Runner Up
3. Hleb Fedarovich 3/4 Pts
4. Roman Marks 3/4 Pts
5. Franklin Caudle 3/4 Pts

 

Greenville Fall Scholastic, October 5, 2019!

Thirty-eight young future Masters gathered for some contemplative King-hunting at Green Charter School in the Greenville Fall Scholastic chess tournament Saturday, October 5! After five lively rounds, the respective leaders in tiebreak order were:

K-12 (10 players): Harrison Majors, 5.0; Bradon Schley, 3.5; Toby Cox & Mark Ritchie, 3.0; Nikolai Webb, 2.5

K-8 (7 players): Jaden Conner, 4.5; Alexander Fyock, 3.5; Kunal Bakre & Aadi Agnihotri, 3.0; Zachary Taylor, 2.0

K-6 (11 players): Lincoln Boucher, 5.0; Daryl Dowty III, 4.0; Silas Hall & Spencer Burke & Eliana Schley, 3.0; Sarah Slieff, 2.5

(K-4 & K-2 played in one section)

K-4 (9 players): Ritika Sanghani, 4.0; Abhinav Ramireddy & Nandini Jonnalagadda, 3.5; Sreekar Bodepudi & Walker Dennis, 2.5

K-2 (1 player): Ayaansh Kaistha, 3.5

Hampton Park Christian School took the first place team trophy, followed by Green Charter Elementary School in second place.

Four youngsters competed in their first rated tournament! Sixteen schools were there, with Hampton Park Christian’s nine scholars leading the crowd, Green Charter’s five contenders enjoying the home-field. Daniel HS brought three, and Clemson Elementary’s likewise had three, rounding out the leading participation levels! There were also three home-schoolers!

Greenville Chess Club members, Think Move Chess Academy instructors, Green Charter School officials, and numerous enthusiastic chess parents volunteered to keep this event on track and on schedule! These included Dean Creech as primary assistant TD, Will Brown, David Acosta, and David Blair as floor TDs, and Ani & Arati Agnihotri were score-keepers. Sara Hamby with Green Charter provided the venue. SCCA President David Grimaud visited and brought along IM Alexander Matros! Life Master Klaus Pohl assisted with floor TD duties. Thanks also to National TD Kevin Hyde for the loan of many chess sets! Finally, warmest thanks go to the parents and guardians who support and encourage their children in learning chess from an early age! Local TD Gene Nix organized and directed.

Tournament report is online at: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201910050032.0-12407332

 

LM Klaus Pohl in Chess Life Magazine!

In thLM Klaus Pohl croppede October 2019 issue of Chess Life Magazine, Life Master Klaus Pohl describes how he and his family survived the bombing of Dresden in the winter of 1945. The article, written by Al Lawrence, is aptly entitled "Overcoming Obstacles" and is featured in the "Faces Across the Board" section of the magazine. Klaus has won the SC State Championship title an incredible 13 times and also represented South Carolina in the prestigious National Senior Tournament of Champions. The digital version of the October issue is now available online.

 

 

Changes to Barber Tournament of State K-8 Champions - New Rockefeller Tournament

Starting with the upcoming Barber Tournament, the Barber Tournament will now be for grades 6-8 only. A new Rockefeller Tournament of State Elementary School Champions has been created. This will be for grades K-5, only, and have prizes and awards similar to those of the other National State Championship tournaments. This tournament will also be starting in 2020. Please keep this in mind when holding your qualifying events for the invitational tournaments that will be taking place in the summer of 2020.

Jon Haskel,
Barber Committee Chairman

Carol Meyer's Announcement on Twitter

 

Chess in Orlando 2019 - Denker, Barber, Ruth Haring NGTOC, National Senior Tournament of Champions

August 14, 2019

So, Sunday evening (August 4th) several hundred chess players filled the Junior Executive ballroom at the Rosen Centre hotel in Orlando in their various tournaments, including the Haring Tournament of Girl State Champions, the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, the Denker Tournament of State High School Champions, the Tournament of Senior State Champions, and of course round two of the 120th US Open tournament. By 11:30 only two directors remained to see off the completion of the last game in progress at board 156. My opponent resigned shortly before midnight, a small upset victory and my second point in the tournament.

Then it all happened again the next day about the same way, and near midnight the evening’s last game finished on board 152, and I had another upset win for the third point in as many rounds. My name was on the leaders list just below three Grandmasters, a FIDE Master and three National Masters, all with 3-0.

I played round four inside the cordoned corral on board four(!) against FIDE Master Macon Shibut, and the demonstration boards outside the hall displayed the most swiftly thoroughgoing beat-down of an A-player witnessed that night and likely several nights. And I lost the next four after that, like one of those marathon runners who surges to the front at the start only to fade back the rest of the way.

But I brought home 29 score sheets to study as there were some side events, and through the good offices of David Grimaud I attended the annual delegates meeting and accepted Dr. Clyde Smith’s plaque at the awards luncheon – Congratulations to David and Maureen Grimaud, Dr. Smith, and Sam Copeland on their recognitions acknowledging ongoing hard work in support of scholastic, senior, and womens chess!

And congratulations to our invitational tournament contenders: Charlotte Leys in the Haring tournament, Eli Moore in the Barber tournament, Matthew Johnson in the Denker Tournament, and Senior Life Master Klaus Pohl in the Senior Tournament!
And greetings to the rest of the South Carolina contingent, SCCA VP Daniel Smith, Drew Plyler, Aidan Fejzulai, Shaun McCoy (honorary), and David Acosta, who was GM Timur Gareyev’s roommate and study partner! And parents Michael Moore, Michael Johnson, Matthew Leys, and big brother Callum Leys, who won one of the quads!

Quite a week it was!

Individual Standings  Denker | Barber | Ruth Haring NGTOC | NSTOC
Team Standings
US Open Crosstable

Gene Nix
Greenville Chess Club President

 

South Carolina Wins 2019 Border Battle 21-17!!

Thirty-eight players gathered at the Charlotte Chess Center on Saturday, August 17th for the annual Border Battle between North and South Carolina. With games fiercely contested and point totals running neck-and-neck in the second rounds, South Carolina managed to edge out North Carolina in the end 21-17!!! It was a great win for this year's SC Team!! Congratulations to all our fine players!! Perfect scores (2.0) in this year's event went to Matthew Grant Johnson, Jacob Stoll, Daniel Smith, David Acosta, and Callum Leys. Special thanks to NM Peter Giannotos and the CCCSA for hosting this year's event! Thank you SCCA President David Grimaud, VP Daniel Smith, and to all players making the trip to Charlotte and supporting chess in the Carolinas!!

Crosstables | Chart

 

SC Chess Festival Results! May 18-19

Ben Caiello smallCongratulations to Benjamin Caiello (right), the South Carolina 2019 Rapid and Blitz Champion! Ben won both titles despite early losses which he had to recover from. Ben scored 13/14 in blitz, and 8/9 in rapid. Mike Sailer also scored 8/9, but lost out on tiebreak though he did win the head to head. Next year, Ben will begin graduate school in Pennsylvania, and we wish him the best of luck! This year's event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Columbia SC.
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SC Rapid Chess Championship:
=1 - Ben Caiello and Mike Sailer
3 - Klaus Pohl
4 - Ernest Nix
5 - Jacob Stoll

1 U1600 - Eli Moore
2 U1600 - John Roberts

1 U1200 - Vincent Mahoney
2 U1200 - Mark Ritchie

SC Blitz Chess Championship:
1 - Ben Caiello
2 - Mike Sailer
=3 - Klaus Pohl, Luis Lizardo, Eli Moore (also =1 U1600), Jacob Stoll (also =1 U1600)
=1 U1200 - Vincent Mahoney, Kevin Chapman

SC Chess Festival Bughouse Championship:
1 - Ben Caiello and Marty Anderson
1 Junior - Jacob Stoll and William Wang

Sam Copeland
716-239-0497
Director - Strategery: Chess and Games
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Greenville Spring Scholastic, May 4, 2019 - Results!

Forty-seven young future Masters met up for some pawn-promotions at Green Charter School in the Greenville Spring Scholastic chess tournament Saturday, May 4. After five lively rounds, the respective leaders in tiebreak order were:

K-12 (8 players): Ford Duncan, 5.0; Nikolai Webb, 3.5; Bradon Schley & Sankar Jonnalagadda, 3.0; Will Howard, 2.5; Hayes Brown, 2.0

K-8 (8 players): Toby Cox, 5.0; Mark Ritchie, 4.0; Jaden Conner & Kunal Bakre, 3.0; Shravan Dash & Zachary Taylor, 2.0

K-6 (24 players): Callum Leys, 5.0; Aadi Agnihotri, 4.0; Eliana Schley, Brijesh Abboy, Kavin Michael Raj, Noah Graves, & Lincoln Boucher, 3.0

(K-4 & K-2 played in one section)

K-4 (14 players): Abhinav Ramireddy & Charlotte Leys, 4.0; Silas Hall & Vishnu Abboy, 3.5; Vishwaksen Enugala & Nandini Jonnalagadda, 3.0

K-2 (5 players): Ritika Sanghani, 4.0; Jonathan Gao & Ayaansh Kaistha, 3.0; Karan Michael Raj, 2.0; Justin Peng, 2.0

Green Charter Elementary School took the first place team trophy, followed by Hampton Park Christian School in second place.

Eight youngsters competed in their first or second regular rated tournament! Fifteen schools were there, with Green Charter’s 12 contenders enjoying the home-field, Hampton Park Christian’s 9 close behind, and Clemson Elementary’s 5, Monarch Elementary’s 4, rounding out the leading participation levels! There were also seven home-schoolers!

Greenville Chess Club members, Think Move Chess Academy instructors, Green Charter School officials, and numerous enthusiastic chess parents volunteered to keep this event on track and mostly on time! These included Dean Creech as primary assistant TD, Will Brown and Ani Agnihotri as floor TDs, Arati Agnihotri as score-keeper, and David Acosta as floor TD and representing TMCA! Sara Hamby with Green Charter provided the venue. Life Master Klaus Pohl assisted with floor TD duties and game analysis. Thanks also to National TD Kevin Hyde for the loan of many chess sets! Finally, warmest thanks go to the parents and guardians who support and encourage their children in learning chess from an early age! Local TD Gene Nix organized and directed.

Tournament report is online at: US Chess MSA - Cross Table for GREENVILLE SPRING SCHOLASTIC 2019 (Event 201905048162)

Gene Nix
Greenville Chess Club President
Tournment Organizer and Director

 

NM Mike Sailer Wins 2019 Columbia Open!

Congratulations to National Master Mike Sailer of Columbia SC! Mike finished with 4.5 points in the five-round event giving him a clear first place. LM Klaus Pohl (SC) finished second with 4.0 points. Ernest (Gene) Nix, Jr. (SC) and Eli Moore (SC) tied for third with 2.5 points each. There was a three-way tie for the top spot in the U1600 section. Marty Anderson (SC), Brennan Ravan (SC), and Danny Ross Simmons (SC) all finished with 3.5 points each. Fifteen players competed in this year's event held at the Hilton Garden Inn (Feb. 9-10) in Columbia.

Crosstables

 

Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV Results! Feb. 16th

In a last warm up before this year's SC State Scholastic Championship (March 9th), forty-six competitors met at North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia to test their wits over the chess board at the Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV! Our compliments to these talented competitors on a delightful set of games and their excellent sportsmanship.

Here are your MSCL IV Winners...

K-8: 1st-Jacob Stoll 4.0/4, 2nd= Bradon Schley, Kevin Chapman, Helena Grace Bajarias, Sai Kummari, Evan Steffee 3.0/4
K-5: 1st-Cameron Wheeler 4.0/4, 2nd- Manith Bannenhally 3.5/4, 3rd= Daryl Dowty III, William Bao, Frances Grice, Ashish Maddipati, Collin Smith 3.0/5

Biggest Upset: Ashish Maddipatty; Top Female: Grace Bajarias; Best Debut: Francis Grice, Youngest Participant: Charlie Jordan

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Matthew Johnson wins 45th Snowstorm Special!

With a perfect 4-0 score, Matthew Johnson won the 45th Snowstorm Special on February 16, 2019, and joins the list of accomplished players who have done the same. Matthew was the second highest rated player in the tournament, but only had to beat the third highest rated player, Gary Firestone, in the final round to complete his sweep. Gary had upset the highest rated player, Ian Barnett, in the 3rd round, which set up the battle of “B” players in the final round for 1st place. Gary and Ian finished 3-1 and shared 2nd place. This year's 45th Snowstorm Special tournament was held at The Church of the Holy Cross Parish Hall, Daniel Island SC.

Crosstables

 

8th Annual South Carolina Senior Open Results! May 14-15

Twenty-five elder fighters from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee converged on the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Greenville, SC, to resolve the matter of senior dominance at the chess board. Accelerated pairings left only four perfect scores going into the Sunday rounds, and after sitting next to each other on boards one and two all weekend, Masters Klaus Pohl and Randal Ferguson settled the question in round four in an exciting duel that kept the TD studying tie-break scenarios until Klaus took over the position. So, Life Master Klaus Pohl took first place with 4-0; Expert Mike Anderson was second with 3.5 points; Gary Newsom and Ralph Lombard shared third-fourth with 3 points; National TD Kevin Hyde’s 3-1 took top honors for the Under-1600 prize, and Harold Zeltner won second Under-1600 with two points. We had some new faces, so to speak, with Father Jeffrey Kendall of Round O, SC, and Joe Page of Morrisville, NC, playing in their first rated tournament - welcome to the fray!. Special thanks to Kevin Hyde for sharing his expertise on several finer points of tournament direction. Local TD Gene Nix officiated.

Gene Nix
Greenville Chess Club President

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Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV Results!

In possibly our most competitive tournament yet, we had 40 of the Midlands best and brightest chess players compete across three sections. Thanks to Rade Musulin and Daniel Smith for assisting with direction and to the parents and coaches who support their chess players!

K-5 - 1st: Gibson Ward, 2nd: Will Edwards, 3rd: Henri Murthy, Jonathon Williams, and Conner Brown
1st Place Team K-5: Harbison West,  2nd Place Team K-5: Byrd and Lake Murray

K-8 - 1st: Dawson Coutsos, 2nd: William Nettles, 1st Place Team K-8: Chapin Intermediate

K-12 - 1st: Ravitej Guruvelli, 2nd: Gunateja Guruvelli, Paul Pena, Kenneth Jackson, and Alejandro Rivera

New individual prizes were claimed by...
Top Female: Olivia Watkins
Best Debut: Michael Kuckuka
Biggest Upset: Jonathon Williams (Over Calvin Smith for 387 points)
Youngest Participant: Blake Watkins

In the Adult section, James MacDougall claimed first with a perfect score. Michael Mayfield took second and Charles Stevenson and Truman Price shared third.

Thanks to all, and we hope to see you again on May 14th for the MSCL V at Pelion High School!

NM Sam Copeland
Strategery Chess & Games

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Midlands Scholastic Chess League III Results! Highest Attendance in League Series!

Sixty-one talented young players turned out for the Midland Scholastic Chess League III tournament on Saturday, February 6th, 2016. The event, held at at North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia, once again broke new attendance records for the series!!!  Congratulations to all of the students who participated and thanks to all the parents and coaches who support scholastic chess in Columbia! The top finishers are as follows...
1st Individual K-12 - Paul Daniel Pena
1st Individual K-8 - Daniel Sobel
1st Individual K-5 Messiah Cornelius
1st Team K-12 - Charles Pinckney Elementary and Pelion High School tied with CPE having the better tiebreak.
1st Team K-8 - Pleasant Hill Middle School
1st Team K-5 - Midlands STEM Institute.

Congratulations to McKenzie England, Jericho Ho, Omar Hamdan, Blake Lawson, Daniel Sobel, Kevin Reeves, Messiah Cornelius, Matty Ferrario, Katie Maldonado, and Taylor Hollis on being projected to gain more than 100 rating points! We hope to see you at the SC State Scholastic Championships on February 27th in Charleston, SC! Our next tournament will be April 9th at Ashland United Methodist Church; registration will be available this week!

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