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2007 Results and Happenings

Simpson, Patrick Tie For First At TACO 34

A total of 24 players competed in the TACO 34 Dec. 15 in Raleigh. FM Ronald Simpson and NM Vann Alan Patrick tied for first in the Open Section with 2.5/3.0 and each took home $98.  Eugene Davenport and Joshua Taylor tied for first in the Under 1800 Section with 2.5/3.0 and took home $83 each.  In the Under 1400 section, Benjamin McDonald and Emil Mayev finished in a tie for first with the same 2.5/3.0 score and took home $75 each. Check out the crosstable.

Large Crowd Turns Out For Southern Scholastic

More than 350 players competed in the 20th Annual Southern Scholastic Dec. 15-16 in Charlotte. In the K-12 Section, Frank Mu, Kevin Huang and Samuel Xin all finished at 4.5/5.0 to share the top spot. Mu got the nod on tiebreaks.

In the K-8 Section, there was another logjam with Joshua Mu, Andrew Dejong, Drew Clary, Chang Sun and James Novak all deadlocked at 4.5/5.0. Mu got the nod on tiebreaks. In the K-5 Section, Ken Chu and Ethan Hollandsworth were 5-0 to share the top spot. Chu got the nod on tiebreaks.

In the K-3 Section, Jefferson Patrell and Noah Quesnel both went 5-0 to tie for first. Patrell got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

Team winners were:
K-12 – Myers Park HS
K-8 – Randolph Middle School
K-5 – Park Road, Winget Park and Barringer (Park Road wins on tiebreaks)
K-3 – Durham Academy

Lovelace, Cibotarica Go 4-0 To Share First Place In Lenoir

A total of 28 players competed at the 2007 Holiday Foothills Chess Tournament in Lenoir Dec. 15. Taylorsville’s Randy Lovelace and Boone’s Alex Cibotarica both went 4-0 to claim the top spot. There were a number of players at 3-1: North Wilkesboro's Chad Eller, Taylorsville's Dennis Davidson, Johnson City’s John Simonsen, Whittier’s Brian Moore and West Caldwell HS’s Matt Embler. Check out the crosstable.

Patrick McCartney Grabs Top Spot At Quaker Steak 5

Patrick McCartney of Stallings posted two wins and a draw to grab first place at the Quaker Steak 5 Dec. 15 in Charlotte. McCartney won $80 for his efforts. Slobodan Sinanovic was clear second at 2-1. Eight players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Cary Students Place High At National K-12 Championships

Cary’s Colin Zhu, a kindergarten student at Morrisville Elementary School, posted a stellar 6.0/7.0 to share first place in the Kindergarten Section of the National K-12 Scholastic Championship, Dec. 7-9, in Houston. Zhu placed second on tiebreaks. Classmate Sam Ferguson placed ninth in the First Grade Section. Check out the results.

Zakir Ahmed Claims Top Prize At Asheboro Open

Greensboro’s Zakir Ahmed went 3-0 to sweep the Championship Section at the Asheboro Open 31 Dec. 8. Jeff Jones was clear second at 2.5/3.0. In the Candidate’s Section, Brandon Reid also went 3-0 to notch first place. There was a logjam in second place at 2-1: Stephen Styers, Michael Taladay, Matt Embler, William Campbell, Kevin Chen, and Michael Clay. Both Ahmed and Reid each took home $131. A total of 22 players participated in the action.  Check out the crosstable.

Schessler, King and Williams Tie In Fayetteville

There was a logjam for first at the Two Knights Swiss Dec. 1 in Fayetteville. Greg Schessler, Paul King and Larry Williams all went 2.0/3.0 in three rounds of G/90 to share first place. Six players competed. Crosstable coming soon.

Zilberter and Taylor Share Top Spot at RAG25 In Raleigh

A total of 19 players showed up for the RAG25 tournament Dec. 1 in Raleigh. In the Upper Section, Lev Zilberter and Joshua Taylor went 3-1 in four rounds of G/25 to share the top spot. The two won $30 each. In the Lower Section, Daniel Su was a perfect 4-0 and won $40. He edged out his father, second-place Jack Su, for the win. Check out the crosstable.

Jay Goss Grabs Top Section At Durham’s Master Trek

Chapel Hill’s Jay Goss posted two wins and a draw to capture the Top Section of the Durham Academy Master Trek Nov. 24. Students competed in eight-player sections. Other section winners were: Calvin Deng, Charles Higgins, Dalton Xue, Yuting Chen, Christo Shin. A total of 53 players competed. Check out the crosstable.

Connor Labean Claims Championship Section In Durham

More than 150 players competed in the Durham Academy Fall Chess Challenge Nov. 17. In the Championship Section, Connor Labean went 3-0 to claim first place. In the K-12 Under 1400, Aaron Balleisen posted a 3.5/4.0 mark for the top spot. In The K-12 Under 1100, Praveen Suthaharan and Dalton He went 4-0 to share first place.

In the K-5 Section, Cheri Agner went a perfect 4-0 to claim first place. In The K-3 Section, Karen Riedel and Max Finkelstein each went 4-0 for first place. In the K-1 Section, Zachary William Saun Hunter went 4-0 to take the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Big Crowd of More Than 200 Compete in Charlotte

More than 200 players competed in the CMSCA Junior Open at West Charlotte HS Nov. 17. Sections were divided by ages, with numerous players going 3-0 in three rounds of G/60. In the 8 and Under, Jay Pakala, Joshua Holcombe, Avery Feagans, Jayden Feagans and Alan Xie all went 3-0. In the 10 and Under, John Xia, Ethan Hollandsworth, Justin Yang, Aaron Murphy, Andrew Whitlock and Raymon Wang went 3-0.

In the 12 and Under, J.P. Flynn and Bendict Liu went 3-0. In the 16 and Under, Zachary Templeton, Robin Yopp, David Spencer, Andrew Dejong and Kenzie Moore went 3-0. In the Under 18, Robbie Broadbent and Ken Chu went 3-0. In the 21 and Under, Dominique Myers, Michael Lauria and Peter Giannatos went 2.0/3.0. Check out the crosstable.

Shawn McIntosh Rolls To 3-0 Mark To Take TACO Crown

Cary’s Shawn McIntosh stormed to a perfect 3-0 mark to claim the top prize at the Triangle Area Chess Open (TACO) Nov. 17 in Raleigh. In the Under 1600 Section, John Wehrenberg and Benjamin McDonald each posted perfect 3-0 scores to claim the top spot. Twenty-three players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Matt Embler and William Campbell Tie For Top Honor In Newton

A total of 17 players competed in the Western N.C. Regional High School Scholastic Nov. 17 at Newton-Conover HS. West Caldwell’s Matt Embler and Statesville homeschooler William Campbell tied for top individual honors at 3.5/4.0. In the team race, West Caldwell HS edged out Newton-Conover HS for top overall honor. Check out the crosstable.

Christ School Captures K-12 Team Crown In Fletcher

A total of 120 players competed in the Western North Carolina Team Challenge Nov. 10 in Fletcher. In the K-12 Section, the team from Christ School (Matt Horwitz, Harry Batt, Alex Swendsen and Dylan Morris) took top honors. In the K-8 Section, R.C. Edwards from South Carolina (Zachary Templeton, Jonathan Sarasua, Arjun Grover and John Custer) came in first.

In the K-5 Section, Hendersonville Elementary (Patrick Tobacco, Deiontrae Lawrence, Noah Pellman and Ariel Shefsky) and Veritas Christian Academy (Coleman Enloe, Kyle Tamaray, Annah Prelaz, and Macy Hrncir) tied for first. In K-3, Veritas Christian Academy (Chad Moody, Michael Enloe, Joshua Gilpin and Dathan Witherspoon) took the top spot. Crosstable coming soon.

FM Simpson Has Perfect 3-0 Day In Asheboro

FM Ron Simpson of Raleigh posted a spotless 3-0 score to capture the Championship Section of the Asheboro Open 30 Nov. 10. Simpson pocketed $125 for his efforts. Fayetteville’s Paul King was clear second at 2.5/3.0. In the Candidates Section,  Bryan Metoyer went a clean 3-0 to claim the top spot. William Campbell and William Haigler finished tied for second. Check out the crosstable.

NM Chris Mabe State Champ; More Than 150 Players Compete At N.C. Open

NM Chris Mabe of Charlotte is the new North Carolina chess champion. Mabe finished with a 4.0/5.0 result at the N.C. Open, Nov. 2-4, to claim the title. Mabe tied with NM Rusty Potter of Virginia at the tournament. Both players won $505. Check out photos from the event.

In the Under 2000 Section:  David Noden and Michael Mc Hale tied for first with 4.0/5.0 scores and took home $325 each. In the Under 1800 Section:  Lev Zilberter, Matt Helfst, and James Takagi tied for first with 4.0/5.0 scores and took home $252. In the Under 1600 Section:  Dru Knox finished with a score of 4.5/5 to take first and win $433.

In the Under 1400 Section, Alfred Rucienski finished in first with a perfect 5-0 score and won $356. In the Under 1200 Section:  Kevin Chen and Seth Taylor-Brill finished in a tie for first with a 4.0/5.0 score and took home $240 each. In the scholastic tournament on Nov. 3, Praveen Suthaharan won the K-12 title with a 4-0 score. In the K-6 Section, there was a logjam with Martin Reidel, Daniel Su and Shouri Gottiparthi all finishing at 3.5/4.0 Gottiparthi got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

Cobras Wrap Up Season With Win Over Tennessee

The Carolina Cobras wrapped up the 2007 season with 4.5 wins and 5.5 losses in the U.S. Chess League. The Cobras wrapped up the season with a win over Tennessee. Hillsborough’s John Timmel posted a quick win for the Cobras. UNC Chapel Hill student Adam Holmes followed with a draw – the same for Raleigh’s Udayan Bapat. NM Craig Jones secured the team win by battling for a draw versus IM Ron Burnett, who was up two pawns in the end. Check out these games.

Gorbounov, Dana Claim First Place At TACO 32

Alexei Gorbounov and NM Maurice Dana each posted a 2.5/3.0 result to claim a share of the top prize at the Triangle Area Chess Open 32 Oct. 27 in Raleigh. Each won $90 for their efforts.

In the Under 1800 Section, Gary Maltzman, Salil Saxena and Victor Beaman all posted a 2.5/3.0 score to tie for the top spot. In the Under 1415 Section, Bradley Reese went a perfect 3-0 to claim first place. He took home the biggest check of the day at $120. Twenty-six players participated. Check out the crosstable.

FM Chumachenko Rises To The Top In South Carolina

FM Andrey Chumachenko of Matthews posted four wins and a draw to share the top prize at the South Carolina Championships Oct. 26-28 in Columbia, SC. Check out the crosstable.

Fuerstman, Pealer Share Top Spot At Quaker Steak 4

NM Leland Fuerstman and Shawn Pealer each posted two wins and a draw to claim the top spot at Quaker Steak 4 Oct. 27 in Charlotte. Check out the crosstable.

Jay Goss Grabs Master Trek Top Section in Durham

Jay Goss posted a 2.5/3.0 score to capture the Top Section of the Durham Academy Master Trek Oct. 20 in Durham. Players were group by rating in eight-player sections – playing three rounds of G/60.

All of the other section winners went a perfect 3-0: Elliott Cartee, Fred Ward, Kevin Wu, Thomas Wang and Kenny Xie. A total of 53 players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Sample Stamps Out A Victory At Bleakbeard Open 8

Roger Sample posted a perfect 3-0 score to claim the top spot at the Blackbeard Open 8 Oct. 20 in Morehead City. Thirteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Trower Turns The Tables On The Field At Reverse Angle 4

Charlotte’s Todd Trower posted a 2.5/3.0 score to grab first place in the Top Section of the Reverse Angle 4 Oct. 20 at UNC Charlotte. There was a logjam in the Middle Section as Derek Zhang, David Stamper and Drew Holloway all went 2.5/3.0 to grab the top spot. In the Lower Section, Austin Mitchell made the most of his first tournament – going a perfect 3-0 to claim first place. A total of 27 players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Lovelace Leads The Foothills Field With 4-0 Mark

Taylorsville’s Randy Lovelace posted the only perfect 4-0 score to claim the top prize at the Fall Foothills tournament Oct. 20 in Lenoir. There were a number of players that went 3-1: Alex Cibotarica, Dennis Benfield, Matt Embler and Mike Taladay. Eighteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Morris, Potts Share Top Prize In Fayetteville

Gary Morris and Michael Potts each scored 2.5/3.0 to share the top spot at the Two Knights Swiss in Fayetteville Oct. 13. Six players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

FM Chumachenko Shows Winning Form In Asheboro

FM Andrey Chumachenko of Matthews went a perfect 3-0 to capture the Top Section of the Asheboro Open 29 Oct. 6. In the Middle Section, Mike Eberhardinger and Zachary High each posted a 2.5/3.0 score to share the top spot. In the Lower Section, Dane Simon reeled off three wins to take sole first place. Thirty-two players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Patterson, Blair Claim Top Spots In Greensboro

Joseph Patterson reeled off a 3-0 mark to claim first place in the Top Section at the Greensboro Open Sept. 29. In the Lower Section, David Blair posted a 2.5/3.0 score to claim sole first place. Check out the crosstable.

NM Maurice Dana Claims East Carolina Chess Crown

NM Maurice Dana of Morehead City posted a 5.0/6.0 score in G/25 to claim sole first place at the Fifth Annual East Carolina Chess Open Sept. 29 in Williamston. Lee Bradbury claimed sole second place with a 4.5/6.0 score. Eleven players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Dejong Brothers and Sailer Rule At 64 Squares

Andrew Dejong from Chapel Hill posted a 3.5/4.0 score to grab the K-12 Section at the 64 Squares scholastic tournament in Winston-Salem Sept. 29. In the K-8 Section, brother Max Dejong posted a perfect 4-0 score to take sole first place. In the combined K-3/K-5 Section, Winston-Salem’s Joshua Sailer was a clean 4-0 to take first place. Cary’s Sam Ferguson was the top K-3 player. Check out the crosstable.

McIntosh, High and King Tie For First At TACO 31

There was a three-way tie in the Open Section at the Triangle Area Chess Open 31 (TACO) in Raleigh Sept. 22. Shawn McIntosh, David High and Paul King all tied for first with a score of 2.5/3.0. Each won $70 for their efforts. In the Under 1600 Section, Zachary High took first place with a score of 2.5/3.0. He took home $120. Check out the crosstable.

NM Craig Jones Grabs Top Spot In Open Section At LPO 

NM Craig Jones of Chapel Hill posted a 4.0/5.0 score to grab sole first place in the Open Section of the LPO tournament Sept. 14-16 in Winston-Salem. In the Under 2200 Section, Hillsborough's John Timmel went 4.0/5.0 to grab first place. About 115 players participated.

There was a logjam in the Under 2000 Section, with Peter Suich, Michael Easterwood, Kevin Huang and Frederick Kleist going 4.0/5.0 to share first place. In the Under 1800 Section, Dan Solarez went 4.5/5.0 to take sole first place. In the Under 1600 Section, J.P. Flynn, Russell Scott and Jordan Wood tied for the top spot at 4.0/5.0. In the Under 1400 Section, Derek Zhang posted a 4.5/5.0 score to take first place. Check out the crosstable.

Patrick McCartney Goes 3-0 To Claim Asheboro Open 28

Charlotte’s Patrick McCartney reeled off three wins at G/75 to grab first place in the Championship Section of the Asheboro Open 28 Sept. 8. In the Candidates Section, Jonathan McNeill went 2.5/3.0 to grab sole first place. Twenty players competed. Check out the crosstable.

NM Chris Mabe Ties For First At Rugged Atlantic Open

Charlotte NM Chris Mabe fired off a score of 4.0/5.0 to stake a claim in a four-way tie for first place in the Open Section of the 39th Atlantic Open Aug. 24-26 in Washington, D.C. There was 1 GM and 7 IMs in the field. Check out the crosstable.

James Addison Goes 3-0 To Take Two Knights Swiss

South Carolina’s James Addison went a perfect 3-0 to claim the top spot at the Two Knights Swiss tournament in Fayetteville Aug. 25. Check out the crosstable.

Kevin Huang, Tanner Hogue Claim Top Spot At Fake Copper Blanket

More than 70 players got into the action at the Fake Copper Blanket Aug. 25 in Charlotte. In the Open Section, Kevin Huang and Tanner Hogue posted a 2.5/3.0 score to claim a share of first place. In the Under 1800 Section, J.P. Flynn and Randy Wheeless posted the same score in G/75 to share the top spot.

In the Under 1400 Section, David Spencer went a perfect 3-0 to take first place. In the Under 1200 Section, Dion Norman was also 3-0 to capture the section. In the Under 1000 Section, John Xia was the only player to go 4-0 in G/45 to claim the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson, Paul King Tie For First Place in Asheboro

FM Ron Simpson and Paul King both took byes in the first round, but came back to reel off a pair of wins to share first place at the Lauren Keller Memorial Aug. 25 in Asheboro. In the Lower Section, Matt Embler went a perfect 3-0 to claim first place. Twenty-two players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Baldwin, Helfst Share Top Spot At Mayberry Chess 11

Scott Baldwin and Matt Helfst posted two wins and a draw to tie for first at Mayberry Chess 11 in Mount Airy Aug. 25. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson Goes 3-0 To Grab TACO Title

FM Ron Simpson went 3-0 in the Top Section to win his second straight Triangle Area Chess Open (TACO) Aug. 18 in Raleigh. Simpson won $160 for his efforts.

In the Under 1650 Section, John Wehrenberg and Victor Beaman tied for first with 2.5 scores and pocket $105 each. In the Under 1250 Section, Joseph Bailey takes the section with a 3-0 score and took home $100 for the result. Check out the crosstable.

Trower, McCartney Share First At Quaker Steak 3

Seventeen players participated in the Quaker Steak 3 in Charlotte Aug. 18. In the Top Section, Todd Trower and Patrick McCartney each posted two wins and a draw to split first place and share $150. In the Lower Section, Dominique Myers reeled off three straight wins to capture first place. Check out the crosstable.

Chumachenko, Mabe Tie For First At Virginia Tournament

North Carolina players did well at the Southwest Virginia Open, Aug. 10-12, in Roanoke, Va. In the Open Section FM Andrey Chumachenko and NM Chris Mabe were part of a four-way tie for first with 4.0/5.0.

In the Middle Section, Jonathan McNeill stormed to first place with a 4.5/5.0 score. In the Lower Section, Ben Jones grabbed sole first with a 4.0/5.0 score. Check out the crosstable.

Forty-Two Players Join The Action At RAPA 1

A total of 42 players participated in the day-long RAPA 1 Aug. 11 in Raleigh. In the Open Section, FM Ron Simpson won his six-player section with a perfect 3-0 score. Other section winners at 3-0 were: Eric Noden, Habtom Amare Amde and Ricky Sabhikhi. Check out the crosstable.

In the morning scholastic section, winners of their eight-player sections were: Aaron Balleisen, Jason Lapidus and Zachary Balleisen. Check out the crosstable.

NM Dana Wins The Loot At Blackbeard Open 7

NM Maurice Dana reeled off three straight wins to claim the top prize at the Blackbeard Open 7 Aug. 4 in Morehead City. Seventeen players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Amelia Wheeless Ties For Third At Polgar; Frank Mu Goes 3-3 At Denker

North Carolina's reps finished with a combined 7.5-4.5 score at the two top scholastic invitational tournaments in Cherry Hill, N.J., July 29 through Aug. 3.

In the GM Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, Charlotte’s Amelia Wheeless finished with a 4.5-1.5 score to tie for third – and place fifth on tiebreaks in a field of 49 players. Wheeless won the state’s All Girls Open in Matthews in April to earn the right to play in the tournament.

In the GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions, Charlotte’s Frank Mu battled a rugged field to post a 3-3 score. Mu won the K-12 Open Section at the North Carolina State Scholastic Championship in Durham in February to earn his spot in the 51-player field. Check out the crosstables (not in tiebreak order).

Callis Goes 3-0 To Take Two Knights Swiss Title

Virginia’s Tracy Callis went a perfect 3-0 to claim top spot at the Two Knights Swiss July 28 in Fayetteville. Seven players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Scott Baldwin Has 3-0 Day To Grab Mayberry Swiss

Scott Baldwin posted a perfect 3-0 result to grab first place at the Mayberry July Swiss July 21 in Mount Airy. Check out the crosstable.

Nelson Lopez II Captures TACO 29 Top Section in Raleigh

A total of 48 players competed in the TACO 29 July 21 in Raleigh. In the Open Section, Denker champ Nelson Lopez II grabbed first place with a 3-0 score – winning $170. NM Carlito Agner finished in second at 2.5/3.0.  

In the Under 1725 Section, Charles Yu takes took first place with a 3-0 result. In the Under 1450 Section, Shaina Race was the champ as she posted a 3-0 result. In the Under 1100 Section, Brian Thorstad and Zhao Cheng tied for first with perfect 3-0 scores. Check out the crosstable.

Three-Way Tie At The Top Highlights Asheboro Open

A total of 37 players competed in the Asheboro Open 26 July 14. In the Top Section, Thomas Paradis, Jacob Parrish and Zakir Ahmed all tied for first place with a 2.5/3.0 score. In the Middle Section, Charles Yu went 3-0 in G/75 to grab the top spot. In the Lower Section, Derek Zhang also went 3-0 to claim the top prize. Check out the crosstable.

Chris Mabe Comes Home Big Winner At World Open

NM Chris Mabe of Charlotte was the big winner at the World Open June 30 through July 4 outside of Philadelphia. Mabe posted a sterling 8.0/9.0 score in the Under 2200 Section to take sole first place. Unlike many other sections that had multiple winners, Mabe was one of the few to win his section outright -- taking home a cool $14,000! Another good finish was turned in by FM Matthew Hoekstra of Charlotte, who tied for sixth/ninth in the Under 2400 Section. Connor Labean of Durham tied for fourth/ninth in the Under 1600 Section. Check out the crosstable.

IM Jonathan Schroer Grabs Share Of First At Emory Tournament in Atlanta

There was a logjam for first place in the Open Section of the Emory Castle Grand Prix June 22-24 in Atlanta. IM Jonathan Schroer of Apex managed to grab a share of the top prize. The rest of the crowd wasn’t too bad either: GM Julio Becerra, GM Gregory Serper, IM Emory Tate, IM Ron Burnett and William Stewart of Georgia all tied for first. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson Goes 4-0 To Claim TACO 28 Title

A total of 32 players participated in the TACO 28 June 23 in Raleigh. In the Top Section, FM Ron Simpson turned in a 4-0 mark to grab first place and win $140. In the Under 1800 Section, Eugene Davenport and Victor Beaman tied for first with a 3.0/4.0 mark. In the Under 1400 Section, David Murray and Benjamin McDonald shared first place with a 3.5/4.0 mark. Check out the crosstable.

James Dickson Claims First Place Again

A total of 32 players competed at the Crazy Horse Open June 23 in Charlotte. There were various section, but two groups of three rounds of G/90. In the Top Section, Davidson College’s James Dickson went 2.5/3.0 to grab first place. In the other section, Dominique Myers went a perfect 3-0 to take the top spot. Check out the crosstables.

Ellis Jones Grabs Quad Crown In Mount Airy

Ellis Jones posted a 2.5/3.0 result to grab first place at the Mayberry Quad 9 June 23 in Mount Airy. Four players participated. Check out the crosstable.

James Dickson Goes 3-0 To Claim Quaker Steak 2 Crown

Davidson College's James Dickson gave it a fine college try June 16 as he rolled off a 3-0 mark to grab first place in the Top Section of the Quaker Steak 2 in Charlotte. Gary Newsom took sole second with a 2.5/3.0 mark in G/75. In the Lower Section, Viktor Ozherelyev and Randy Wheeless each posted a 2.5/3.0 mark to share the top spot. Twelve players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Jones, Mabe Go 3-0 To Top Asheboro Open 25

NM Craig Jones and NM Chris Mabe reeled off three straight wins to tie for first place at the Asheboro Open 25 June 9. In the Middle Section, Bradley Marts posted a 3-0 result in G/75 to grab first place. In the Lower Section, Benjamin Zhang went 2.5/3.0 to take the top spot. Thirty-six players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

NM Maurice Dana Claims Blackbeard Open Loot

NM Maurice Dana went a perfect 3-0 to win the Blackbeard Open 6 in Morehead City June 2. Dana pocketed $120 for his efforts. Benjamin Dana and Kenneth Jackson tied for second with 2.0/3.0 and got $30 each. Eight players participated. Check out the crosstable.

NM Craig Jones Masters The Field At The Chicago Open

NM Craig Jones from Cary was one of the big winners at the recent Chicago Open May 25-28. Jones scored a stellar 6.0/7.0 to share first place in the Under 2300 Section. Check out the crosstable.

Gary Morris Grabs First At Two Knights Swiss

Eight players filled out the Two Knights Swiss May 26 in Fayetteville. Gary Morris took the top spot with a 2.5/3.0 score in three rounds of G/90. Paul King and Joshua Taylor were equal second at 2.0/3.0 Crosstable coming soon.

Horwitz, Xin Tie For Top Section In Charlotte

A total of 52 players participated at the Occam’s Razor 1 in Charlotte May 26. Players were divided into 8-player sections for three rounds of G/60. In the Top Section, Hendersonville’s Matthew Horwitz and Concord's Samuel Xin each posted 2.5/3.0 to share the top spot.

Those winning their sections outright and pocketing $50: Amelia Wheeless, Derek Zhang and Jayden Feagans. In other sections: Anand Singh and Kent Wheeless tied for the top spot in their section; Victor Martinez and Trevor Kastelic tied for first in their section. Check out the crosstable.

In a blitz tournament of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Scholastic Chess Association instructors during the day, Todd Trower grabbed the title with a 5.5/6.0 score. Check out the crosstable.

Lovelace Goes 3-0 To Take First At Groundhog Swiss

Taylorsville’s Randy Lovelace went a perfect 3-0 in G/45 to take first place at the Groundhog Swiss I May 26 in Hickory. In the Lower Section, newcomer John Bell rang out three wins for first place. Eighteen players competed. Check out the crosstable.

NM Craig Jones Claims Top Spot At TACO 27

A total of 29 players participated in the TACO 27 in Raleigh May 19. In the Open Section, NM Craig Jones went a perfect 4-0 to claim the top spot and $160. In the Under 1700 Section, Victor Beaman also went 4-0 to claim $140. In the Under 1100 Section, newcomer Cody Peeples took first with a 3.5/4.0 score and collected $110. Check out the crosstable.

Scott Baldwin Claims Mayberry Quad Title

Scott Baldwin posted a 2.5/3.0 score to win the monthly Mayberry Quad 8 in Mount Airy on May 19. Check out the crosstable.

Chuang, Joseph and Wheeless Go 4-0 At High School Class Tourney

Kevin Chuang of Hibriten HS, Jordan Joseph of Newton-Conover HS and Charlotte Homeschooler Amelia Wheeless each reeled off four straight wins to take top honors at the N.C. High School Class Championship in Newton May 12. A total of 46 players participated in the event. Newton-Conover HS and Hibriten HS tied for the overall team title. Check out the crosstable.

Ivens, Hudson and Williams Tie in Asheboro Open

A three-way tie for first place in the Championship Section highlighted the Asheboro Open 24 May 12. Ken Ivens, Jonathan Hudson, and Larry Williams all finished with 2.5/3.0 to share the crown. Each pocketed $62. In the Candidate's Section, Jonathan McNeill continued his winning ways with a perfect 3-0. He grabbed $125 for the win. Check out the crosstable.

Mabe, Eberhardinger Claims Sections At Reverse Angle 3

NM Chris Mabe went a perfect 3-0 to take the Top Section of the Reverse Angle 3 May 5 at UNC Charlotte. In the Lower Section, Mike Eberhardinger also went 3-0 to take the top spot. Twenty-three players participated. Check out the crosstable.

Matthew Horwitz Claims Top K-12 Spot At Buncombe Scholastic

A total of 73 players competed in the Buncombe County Scholastic Championship May 5 in Arden. In the K-12 Section, Matthew Horwitz went a perfect 4-0 to claim the top spot. Zachary Templeton was the top K-8 player. In the K-5 Section, Alvin Zhang claimed the top spot at 4-0. In the K-3 Section, Adam Lee Jones and Coleman Enloe both went 4-0 to share the top prize. Check out the crosstable.

Stamper, Gmeiner Share K-12 Top Spot in Winston-Salem

A total of 57 players competed in the WSSCA’s Spring 5 April 28 in Winston-Salem. In the K-12 Section, David Stamper and Michael Gmeiner tied at 3.0/4.0. Stamper got the nod on tiebreaks. In the K-8 Section, Brett Sneed went a perfect 4-0 for the top spot. In the combined K-5/K-3 Section Karen Riedel and William Campbell shared first place at 3.5/4.0. Riedel got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

Morris, Zilberter Share Crown In Fayetteville

A total of seven players competed in the Two Knights Swiss April 28 in Fayetteville. Gary Morris and Lev Zilberter tied for the top spot at 2.5/3.0. Check out the crosstable.

Crowd of 74 Plays in Immaculata Swiss In Hendersonville

A total of 74 players invaded Hendersonville to compete in the Immaculata Swiss April 28. Players were sorted by rating into 8-player sections for three rounds of G/75. Winners in their respective sections: Matthew Noble, Joshua Mu, Vlad Besirovic, Victor Suich, Adams Nager, Reid Motter, Chris Borges, Bradley Caswell, Walker Mims and Felipe Seivert. Check out the crosstable.

Wheeless Wins All Girls Open; Headed to Polgar Invitational

Charlotte’s Amelia Wheeless went a perfect 4-0 to capture sole first at the 3rd Annual All Girls Open in Matthews April 28. Kelsey Kitchens grabbed sole second at 3.5/4.0. Emily Dehority took the Unrated Section at 3.5/4.0. A total of 24 players participated.

For winning, Wheeless earned the right to represent the state at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls this summer in Cherry Hill, N.J. This will be her second trip to the tournament – placing tenth overall in 2005. Check out the crosstable.

Chumachenko Grabs N.C. Invitational Crown

FM Andrey Chumachenko of Matthews, the state’s highest-rated player, displayed his talents April 21-22 as he rolled to the N.C. Invitational title at UNC Charlotte. Chumachenko posted a 4.5/5.0 result – with a draw to FM Ron Simpson the only blemish on his weekend. Chumachenko pocketed $300 for his efforts. Simpson grabbed sole second during the weekend – going 3.5/5.0 and winning $150.

The N.C. Invitational brings together six of the highest-rated, active players for a two-day round robin. Rounding out the field were: NM Maurice Dana of Morehead City, NM Vann Alan Patrick of Raleigh, NM Chris Mabe of Charlotte and Expert Todd Trower of Charlotte. Check out the crosstable.

Noden Duo Dominates TACO 26 in Raleigh

The father and son team of David and Eric Noden of Cary provided a 1-2 punch at the TACO 26 in Raleigh April 21. David reeled off a 3.5/4.0 score to capture the Top Section while Eric was a perfect 4-0 to win the Lower Section. Twenty-one players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Fuerstman, Paradis Share Crown at Quaker Steak 1

NM Leland Fuerstman of Mint Hill and Charlotte’s Thomas Paradis each scored 2.5/3.0 in G/75 to share the top spot at the inaugural Quaker Steak tournament April 21 in Charlotte. Each player pocketed $60. In the Lower Section, Dominique Myers reeled off a 3-0 result to grab first place. Check out the crosstable.

Baldwin, Jones Share Mayberry Quad Crown

Scott Baldwin and Ellis Jones both turned in 2.5/3.0 results to tie for the Mayberry Quad title April 21 in Mount Airy. Check out the crosstable.

Myers Grabs Share Of Under 1200 Crown in in KC

Charlotte’s Dominique Myers reeled off a stellar score of 6.5/7.0 to capture a share of first place in the Under 1200 Section of the National High School Championships, April 13-15, in Kansas City. There were 310 players in Myers’ section.

In the Championship Section, Charlotte’s Matt Greene was the top North Carolina finisher at 5.0/7.0 for a tie for 30th place. There were 375 players in the top section. Check out the crosstable.

Chris Mabe Goes 3-0 To Claim Reverse Angle Tourney

A total of 24 players competed in the Reverse Angle 2 April 7 at UNC Charlotte. In the Top Section, Chris Mabe reeled off three wins to grab sole first place and pocket $100. Todd Trower took clear second at 2.5/3.0. In the Lower Section, Allen Mullins and Samuel Xin both went 3-0 to claim the top spot. Derek Zhang and Bruce Farley took the Under 1500 prize. Check out the crosstable.

Joshua Jodrey Claims Asheboro Open Top Spot

Jamestown’s Joshua Jodrey went a perfect 3-0 to claim first place at the Asheboro Open 23 April 7. In the Lower Section, Jonathan McNeill went 3-0 to take sole first place. Sixteen players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Dana, Beaman Both Go 3-0 To Take Blackbeard Open 5

NM Maurice Dana and Victor Beaman reeled off three wins to share the top spot at the Blackbeard Open 5 March 31 in Morehead City. A total of 13 players participated in the action. Check out the crosstable.

Jacob Parrish Goes 4-0 To Claim TACO 25

A total of 20 players joined the action at the Triangle Area Chess Open 25 March 24 in Raleigh. In the Open Section, Greensboro’s Jacob Parrish went a perfect 4-0 to grab first place. In the Under 1600 Section, Victor Beaman and Allan Jiang went 3.0/4.0 to share the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

Todd Trower Wins Top Section At Fake Copper Blanket

Almost 100 players competed at the Fake Copper Blanket March 24 at Vance High School in Charlotte. In the Open Section, Charlotte’s Todd Trower posted a 2.5/3.0 score in G/75 to grab first place.

In the Under 1800 Section, Peter Giannatos, Chang Sun and Lenoir’s Mark Gragg, went 2.5/3.0 to share the top spot. In the Under 1400 Section, Ulugbek Ergashev went a perfect 3-0 to take the top spot. In the Under 1200 Section, Dennis Kitchens went 2.5/3.0 to finish in first place. In the Under 1000 Section of four rounds of G/45, Thomas McLean, Christopher Munley and Walter Sypniewski all went 4-0 to share first. McLean got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

GM Jaan Ehlvest Takes U.S. Masters Title

Some of the best players from around the world competed in the U.S. Masters Championship March 10-18 in Hendersonville. GM Jaan Ehlvest captured clear first going 7.5/9.0. FM Ron Simpson was the top North Carolina finisher – going 5.0/9.0. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ray Robson, 12, was the talk of the tournament when he drew Ehlvest in the third round.  He held onto a share of the lead until the sixth round when he lost to FM Kazim Gulamali of Georgia; and dropped to fifth place after a loss to Faik Aleskerov of Azerbaijan in the eighth round.

In the Sub-Masters, Hendersonville’s Matthew Horwitz went a blistering 8.0/9.0 to take first place in the Under 2200 Section. Concord’s Samuel Xin was clear second. In the Under 1600, Chapel Hill’s David High scored clear first with 8.0/9.0. Check out the crosstable.

Mabe, Helfst Capture Quad Wins At Mayberry Chess 6

Eight players filled two quads at the Mayberry Chess 6 in Mount Airy March 17. In the Top Section, Chris Mabe took sole first at 2.5/3.0. In the Lower Section, Matt Helfst grabbed the top spot at 2.5/3.0. Check out the crosstable.

Paul King, Carter Benge Tie In Fayetteville

Eight players participated in the Two Knights Swiss March 10 in Fayetteville. Local players Paul King and Carter Benge each scored 2.5.3.0 in G/90 to share first place. Check out the crosstable.

Gary Newsom Picks Up First At Asheboro Open 22

Twenty-two players fought it out at the Asheboro Open 22 March 3. In the Championship Section, Gary Newsom continued his winning ways as he went a perfect 3-0 in G/75 for first place. Adam Holmes was clear second at 2.5/3.0. In the Candidates Section, David High went 3-0 to claim the top prize. Ian Haigler was cleared second at 2.5/3.0. Check out the crosstable.

Frank Mu Claims State K-12 Scholastic Crown In Durham 

About 480 players from around the state converged on Durham for the N.C. State Scholastic Championship Feb. 24-25. In the K-12 Open Section, Charlotte’s Frank Mu from the N.C. School and Science and Math in Durham posted a 4.5/5.0 result in G/90 to claim sole first place. He earned a $1,500 college scholarship and the right to represent North Carolina at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions this summer in New Jersey.  

In the K-3 Section, Aaron Balleisen of Club Boulevard Elementary of Durham went a perfect 7-0 in G/60 to take first place. In the K-5 Section, Eric Noden of Fred A. Olds Elementary in Raleigh finished with a 6.5/7.0 score to claim sole first. 

In the K-8 Open Section, Samuel Xin of Harris Road Middle School in Concord went a perfect 5-0 for first place. In the K-12 Under 1300, Ashraf Azihan from Vance High School in Charlotte went a perfect 5-0 to take first place.

There was a five-way tie for first in the K-8 Under 1000. Jack Munley and Christopher Munley of J.M. Robinson Middle School in Charlotte, Thomas McLean of Community House Middle School in Charlotte, Brittney DeWitt of Trinity Homeschool and Tejas Sundaresan of Ligon Middle School in Raleigh were declared co-champions in the event. Sundaresan was placed first on tiebreaks. Check out all of the crosstables.

In the blitz tournament on Feb. 23, Jay Goss of Chapel Hill HS went 9.0/10 to claim the state crown.  

Team Champions:  

K-12 Open – East Chapel Hill HS
K-12 U1300 – East Chapel Hill HS
K-8 Open – Durham Academy
K-8 U1000 – J.M. Robinson MS, Charlotte
K-5 – Durham Academy
K-3 – Davis Drive Elementary, Cary


Gary Newsom Claims Top Spot At Bertucci’s 18

Cornelius’ Gary Newsom went a perfect 3-0 in G/75 to claim the top spot at Bertucci’s 18 in Charlotte Feb. 24. Troutman’s Gary Branton and Keith Eubanks tied for second at 2.5/3.0. Check out the crosstable.

Logjam At The Top At Fayetteville Swiss

There was a four-way tie for the top spot at the Fayetteville Swiss Feb. 24. Gary Morris, Paul King, Jim Hollingsworth and Henry Wactor all went 2.0/3.0 to share first place. Check out the crosstable.

Adam Holmes Wins Championship Section In Durham

Almost 170 players participated in the Durham Academy Winter Scholastic Feb. 17. In the Championship Section, Adam Holmes took first place with a clean 3-0 mark. In the K-12 Under 1400, Hiroki Wakiya was 3.5/4.0 for first place. In the K-12 Under 1100, Alan Lindsey, Chiraayu Gosrani, David Sailer and Jordan Baker were all knotted at 3.5/4.0.

In K-5, Aaron Balleisen and Leon Copeland shared first at 4-0. In K-3, Karen Riedel and Max Finkelstein were both 4-0. In K-1, Vincent Xia and Sam Ferguson tied for first at 4-0. Check out the crosstable.

Baldwin, Suess Grab Quad Wins At Mayberry Chess 5

Eight players showed up to play in two quads at the Mayberry Chess 5 Feb. 17 in Mt. Airy. Scott Baldwin took the Top Section at 3-0 while John Suess took the Lower Section – also at 3-0. Check out the crosstable.

Branton, Hardin Share First Place At Reverse Angle

A total of 24 players participated in the first Reverse Angle tournament Feb. 17 in Charlotte. Players were grouped in 8-player sections of three rounds of G/90. In the Top Section, Troutman’s Gary Branton and Shelby’s Gary Hardin tied for first at 2.5/3.0. In the Middle Section, High Point’s Jeff McAdams took sole first at 2.5/3.0. In the Lower Section, Elinos Whitlock of Charlotte went a perfect 3-0 for the to spot. Check out the crosstable.

Randy Lovelace Goes 4-0 And Claims Winter Foothills Title

Taylorsville’s Randy Lovelace reeled off a 4-0 mark to claim first place at the Winter Foothills tournament Feb. 17 in Lenoir. Alex Cibotarica of Appalachian State and Hibriten HS’s Jayson Miller shared second place at 3-1. In the team event, Hickory Chess Club took first place. Players were treated at free pizza and drinks during the day. Check out the crosstable.Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson Rolls To First In Asheboro Open 21

A total of 30 players participated in the Asheboro Open 21 on Feb. 10. In the top section, FM Ron Simpson turned in a perfect 3-0 to take first place and $180. In a logjam behind him at 2.0/3.0 was Patrick McCartney, Adam Holmes, David Noden and Tracy Callis. In the Candidates Section, Conner LaBean and Ben Blach were both 3-0 for first place. Check out the crosstable.

Simpson, Jones, and Holmes Tie For First At TACO 24

FM Ronald Simpson, NM Craig Jones and Adam Holmes tied for first in the Open section at the Triangle Area Chess Open 24 Feb. 3 in Raleigh. All three finished at 3.0/4.0 and won $75 for their efforts. In the Under 1600 Section, Victor Beaman and Connor Labean tied for first with 3.5/4.0. Each won $112.50. Check out the crosstable.

Scott Baldwin, Matt Helfst Claim Winston-Salem Winter Swiss


A total of 11 players participated in the Winston-Salem Winter Swiss on Feb. 3. Scott Baldwin and Matt Helfst swept the field to win with perfect 3-0 marks and split the generous $180 prize fund. Seven-time North Carolina Chess Champion David Steele stopped by to watch games and talk with the players. Check out the crosstable.

 

Blach, Stamper Tie In K-12 Section At Winston-Salem Scholastic Winter V


K-12 players Ben Blach and David Stamper both went 3.0/4.0 in G/45 to share first place at the Winston-Salem Scholastic Winter 5 Feb. 3. Blach got the nod on tiebreaks. In the K-8 Section, Leo Poppante went a perfect 4-0 for first place. In the K-5 Section, Sarah Kirchner-Barney was 4-0 for first place. In the K-3 Section, Kevin Wu was a clean 4-0 to grab the top spot. Check out the crosstable.

 

Pair Of GMs Tie For First At Land Of The Sky

 

More than 225 players converged on the prestigious Land of the Sky Jan. 26-28 in Asheville. GMs Alexander Ivanov and Sergey Kudrin each posted a 4.5/5.0 score in the Open Section to share first place. In the Amateur Section, Chapel Hill's Adam Holmes and South Carolina's Roger Johnson posted a 4.5/5.0 score to share first place.

 

In the Booster Section, Chris Michael Thomas and William Taylor both went a perfect 5-0 to claim first place. In the Under 1200 Section, Charlotte's Kelsey Rhea Kitchens went 4.5/5.0 to grab first place. Check out the crosstable.

King, Sample and Walsh Tie For First in Fayetteville

A total of 16 players participated in the Fayetteville January Swiss on Jan. 27. There was a three-way tie for first at the end of the day: Paul King, Roger Sample and Jeffrey Walsh all went 2.5/3.0 for the tournament. Eric Noden won the Under 1600 class prize. Check out the crosstable.

Trower, Baldwin, Claxton Earn First At Mayberry Chess

Eight players filled out two quads at the Mayberry Chess Quad 4 in Mount Airy on Jan. 20. In the top quad, Todd Trower and Scott Baldwin tied for first at 2.0/3.0. In the other, John Claxton took first at 2.5/3.0 Check out the crosstable.

Almost 250 Players Vie For CMSCA Grade Championships

A total of 245 players competed Jan. 20 at the CMSCA Grade Championships at Vance High School in Charlotte. Winners were crowned in individual grade sections.

Winner and co-winners were: Adam Holmes, combined 10th, 11th and 12th grades; Michael Love and David High, 9th grade; Gage Hibner, 8th grade; Samuel Xin, 7th grade; Joshua Horwitz and Marc Tafari, 6th grade; Derek Zhang, 5th grade; Nicole Spencer and Aaron Thomas Murphy, 4th grade; George Nicholas Hawk, 3rd grade; Adam Watkins, 2nd grade; and Ethan Sevigny, combined 1st grade and Kindergarten. Check out the crosstables.

Class Winners Crowned As 150 Players Invade Cary

Almost 150 players battled in out at the Davis Drive 4 Scholastic Tournament Jan. 13 in Cary. There were many class sections with individual winners. In the Championship Section, Nishanth Shah (1327) went 3-0 for first. In the Under 1350 Section, Rodney Folz went 3-0 for first place.

In the Under 1200, Paul Weiner went 3-1 to win on tiebreaks over Caroline Folz, Gabriel Gloss, and Alex Chappell. In the Under 1000, Calvin Deng was a perfect 4-0. In the Under 800, Yiyang He took first place.

In the Under 600, Ryan Terpolilli took first on tiebreaks over Kevin Zen. In the Under 400, Vincent Xia won on tiebreaks over James London and Aaron DeJong. In the Under 400 unrated Tejas Sundaresan won on tiebreaks over his brother Rishi. In the Under 250, Jerry Wu won on tiebreaks over Brandon Ross. In the Under 250 unrated Alex Broz won on tiebreaks over Vishnu Menon. Check out the crosstable.

Simpson, McNeill Go 3-0 To Win Respective Sections In Asheboro

A total of 28 players turned out for the Asheboro Open 20 Jan. 13. In the Championship Section, FM Ron Simpson from Raleigh kept up his winning ways – going a perfect 3-0 to collect $165. In the Candidates Section, Asheboro’s Jonathan McNeill also went 3-0 to grab the top spot and $165. Check out the crosstable.

FM Ron Simpson Claims Top Spot At TACO 23

A total of 31 players greeted the return of chess to Raleigh at the Triangle Area Chess Open 23 (TACO) on Jan. 6. In the Top Section, FM Ron Simpson claimed first place at 3.5/4.0 to win $140. In the Under 1800 Section, Eugene Davenport strolled to first place with a 3.5/4.0 result. In the Under 1400 Section, Joseph Bailey posted a 3.5/4.0 score to take first place. Check out the crosstable.

Matthew Green Tops K-12 Field At 18th Annual Pawndemonium

A field of 110 players raised the roof at Asheville’s 18th Annual Pawndemonium Jan. 6. In the K-12 Section, Charlotte’s Matthew Green went 4.5/5.0 to grab sole first place. In the K-8 Section, David Wang went a perfect 5-0 in G/40 to claim first place. In the K-5 Section, Zacharia Hollister went 6-0 in G/20 to take first place. In the K-3 Section, David Simonsen and Aaron Dejong tied for the top spot at 5.0/6.0. Simonsen got the nod on tiebreaks. Check out the crosstable.

 

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