New Chess Videos - July 14

Coming up this week:

1) LM Sonny Kamberi analyzes an interesting game played by former world champion Bobby Fischer. The game was played in a simul, so Fischer was also playing many other people at the same time.

2) IM Bryan Smith goes over his first two games from the recently completed World Open in Philadelphia. See how the Pennsylvania champion thinks and analyzes!

Tournament Results - June 28

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Thirty scholastic chessplayers gathered in Horsham, PA on June 28 to compete in the June Crush chess tournament. Andrew Luo dominated the K-3 U/1000 section by winning all four games, pushing his rating above 800 for the first time. Scoring 3-1 and tying for 2nd - 5th place were Brennon Paik, Alexander Roth, Matthew Schaeffer, and Andrew Brownlie.

Jerry Li won the 4-8 U/1000 section despite a late start. After a half-point bye in the first round, Jerry won all three of his games to finish in clear first with 3.5/4 points. Max DuBoff, Yasasvi Hari, and Dennis Lee finished a half-point behind with 3 points.

Kevin Zhou won the K-12 championship section by winning all three of his games. Kevin defeated state K-3 champion Wesley Paik and state kindergarten champion Benjamin Lu, moving his rating all the way up to 1177. Kevin has been improving rapidly, and should be in the top 20 nationally for his age group when the next rating supplement comes out.

Chess Videos - June 23

We've now switched to weekly updates of the Online Training Center. This week, we are focusing on some lesser-known opening lines:

- Play the Scandinavian, part I
- Play the Scandinavian, part II
- The Accelerated Dragon for white, part II

Tournament Results - May 31

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Thirty-five chessplayers competed in the Spring Finale chess tournament in Radnor, PA on May 31.   Fifth-grader David Arias of Media went undefeated to win the K-12 Championship section with a perfect score.  Carl Bannwart, representing New Hope Academy, and Max Polichuk, from Richboro Elementary, tied for 2nd -3rd, with 2nd going to Carl on tiebreaks.  New Hope Academy won the team competition.

After Rachel Yakobashvili from Rolling Hills Elementary and Yasasvi Hari of Goodnoe Elementary drew a hard-fought 63 move game in the 4th round, they tied for 1st and 2nd place in the 4-8 U/1000 section with 3.5 points each.  By just half a point on tiebreaks, Rachel was awarded 1st and Yasavi 2nd.  Third through fifth, with 3 out of 4, went to Curtis Sumner from Keith Valley Middle School, Alex Liu from Pocopson Elementary, and William Culbertson of Friends School Haverford, respectively.  Pocopson Elementary won 1st place in the team competition.

Clayton Johnson of Beaumont Elementary won the K-3 U/1000 section with a perfect 4-0 score.  Rounding out the top five were Kyler Shinkle-Stolar of Nether Providence Elementary, Stuart Sumner of Simmons Elementary, Aaron Lee of Eagleville, and Jason Hurle of Ithan.  Ithan Elementary, with 4 players scoring at least 2 points, easily won the team competition.

Tournament Results - May 17

USCF Rating Report

Twenty-six chessplayers battled it out in the May Daze chess tournament in Collegeville, PA on May 17. For the first time in about a year, we made a change to our tournament format, adding a K-12 championship section and limiting the K-3 and 4-8 sections to players rated under 1000. In addition to giving high school chessplayers the opportunity to play in our tournaments, this also allows talented younger players to compete against higher-ranked opponents.

New Hope Academy 8th-grader Lucas Knight continued his strong play, winning the K-12 championship section with a 3-0 score. In the second round, Lucas won the key game of the tournament, defeating top-seeded William Thompson of Swiftwater Intermediate School.

In the 4-8 U/1000 section, all of the players were either rated 100 or unrated, as the higher-ranked players were in the K-12 championship section. Patrick Hyer of Eagleville Elementary won 3.5/4 to take 1st place, a great tournament debut for the previously unrated 4th-grader. Kaelan Kulishoff of Skippack and Eric Shao of Pocopson took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, with 3-1 scores. Skippack Elementary, the host school, took 1st place in the team competition.

In the K-3 U/1000 section, 2nd-grader Jack Saunders of Skippack went 4-0 to capture 1st place. Ankur Bamezai of Pickering Valley and Edward Zhao of Pocopson went 3-1 to finish 2nd and 3rd. The team competition was extremely close, with Skippack (5.5 points) edging out Pocopson (5.0) to win.

Kevin Zhou finishes 5th at nationals!

Congratulations to Eagleville 1st-grader Kevin Zhou, who finished 5th in the nation in the K-1 age category this past weekend in Pittsburgh! Kevin played four opponents that were significantly higher rated than him and beat three of them on his way to a 6-1 score. He gained nearly 200 rating points, which is especially difficult to do at a national championship tournament because many of the players tend to be somewhat underrated. This is a great accomplishment, and we look forward to helping Kevin continue his success in the future.

Complete Results

Tournament Results - Greater Philadelphia Scholastics

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Ninety-nine chessplayers competed in the 2007-2008 Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Championships, held on May 3 at the First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy.

Alex Belkin of Pocono Mountain East HS swept the High School Championship section with a score of 4-0, followed closely by Andrew Ding at 3.5/4. Pocono Mountain East dominated the team standings, finishing with 11 points, 5 ahead of 2nd-place New Hope Academy.

David Grigoryan and David Lakata tied for first place in the Middle School Championship section with scores of 4-1. Grigoryan took first place due to better tiebreaks. Murray Avenue School was the winning team with 6 team points.

In the Elementary Championship section, 3rd-grader Isuru Attanagoda of Virginia beat out Max Polichuk on tiebreaks to take first place. Both players scored 4-1. Isuru was the lowest-rated player in the entire section, making his victory even more remarkable.

Top-ranked Qinhong Chen, the Pennsylvania state K-3 champion, won the primary section with an undefeated 5-0 score.  State kindergarten champion and second seed Benjamin Lu took second, and Rishi Rajendran took third, both with scores of 4-1. Beaumont Elementary ran away with the team prize, scoring 11 team points. Both Qinhong and Benjamin are moving quickly up the national top 100 rating lists, and we have no doubt that they will continue to do so in the future.

Congratulations to Alex Belkin, David Grigoryan, Isuru Attanagoda, Qinhong Chen, and all the other players who competed in the tournament. We wish all the K-6 players good luck at nationals next week!