By Chris Y Kim
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 19:30
University of Maryland, Baltimore County [Baltimore, MD]
An Armageddon playoff for the MD Sweet 16 title was required. Arthur Tang managed a draw with Sahil Sinha on Board 1, while Alexander Davydov defeated Andrew Mao on Board 2 to set up the playoff with Tang and Davydov tied for first with 3.5 points.
Davydov was ahead on tiebreaks, so he selected White. Format for the Armageddon playoff was White with G/15+5" and Black with G/10+5" and draw odds. In a tight game, Tang was in time trouble and was able to nurse the clock while under 15" even down to 2" at one point while Davydov's time slowly whittled to under 1 minute while gaining a pawn advantage. Tang eventually flagged, and Davydov becomes the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 champion. Congratulations!
Read more: 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 Update - Alexander Davydov wins Championship
The 7th Annual Chesapeake Open was held january 9-11, 2015 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville, MD. The turnout was up 20% from last year with 175 players in seven sections. The Championship section was headlined by 5-time US Champion GM Gata Kamsky. Kamsky drew his third round game against IM Leven Bregadze. Because the tournametn paid prizes based primarly on scores, Kamksy was motivated to work hard to win his last two games. He played a very long game in round 4 against GM Mark Paragua and was able to pull out a win in a very drawish position. In round 5 he was able to do the same thing in his game against IM Akshat Chandra.
Read more: 2015 Chesapeake Open Report
The 3rd Annual Washington International was held from August 9-14 in Rockville, MD. GM Sergei Azarov (BLR) won the A section with a score of 7/9 and took home the $4000 first place prize. A full point behind the winner, six players tied for 2nd: GM Yaroslav Zherebukh (UKR), GM Ioan Cristian Chirila (ROU), IM Akshat Chandra (USA), IM Samuel Sevian (USA), IM Levan Bregadze (GEO), and IM Justin Sarkar (USA).
Read more: 3rd Annual Washington International Final Report
In a survey given to participants at the end of the 53rd Annual Baltimore Open, the event earned a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 82.5%. This high level of satisfaction rivals some of the most well respected companies (Apple - Laptop = 76%, Dillards 75%, Amazon 69%. See more examples). The Net promoter score is the percentage of people who answer 9 or 10 to the question "Would you recommend this tournament to your friends?" minus the number who gave an answer of 6 or below. Highly Likely 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Not at all likely
Read more: 2015 Baltimore Open Survey Results
In a survey given to participants at the end of the 7th Annual Chesapeake Open, the event earned a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 76%. This high level of satisfaction rivals some of the most well respected companies (Apple - Laptop = 76%, Dillards 75%, Amazon 69%. See more examples). The Net promoter score is the percentage of people who answer 9 or 10 to the question "Would you recommend this tournament to your friends?" minus the number who gave an answer of 6 or below. Highly Likely 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Not at all likely
Read more: 2015 Chesapeake Open Survey Results
Players at the 3rd Annual Washington International were given a survey at the end of the tournament. The results were overwhelmingly positive.
Read more: 3rd Annual Washington International Survey Results
Updated on 2015.02.25 by John Rockefeller & Chris Kim
Welcome to the 2014-2015 qualifying season for the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 on 2015.03.07-08. Since 1995 this annual invitational tournament has featured 16 of the top K-12 Maryland residents competing in a separate section of the UMBC Open at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. For more information, click on the MD-Sweet-16 tournament-announcement page on MCA's home page. The MD-Sweet-16 Champion will receive a MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship: a fixed-dollar scholarship valued at $41,536, spread over 4 years. (The scholarship covers tuition & fees, but not room & board.) Incidentally, there are 2 other types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for high-school seniors who reside either inside, or outside Maryland.
Read more: 2015 MD-Sweet-16 Standings (FINAL STANDINGS)
Here's a word cloud summary of the answers to question: "What do we do better than other tournaments" from the survey at the 3rd Annual Washington International.
Read more: Washington International Survey Word Cloud
UMBC CHESS TEAM
This year’s team boasts a strong field of Two Grandmasters: Niclas Huschenbeth, Akshayraj Kore and Three International Masters: Tanguy Ringoir, Levan Bregadze and Nazi Paikidze.
Lessons and lectures will be provided by members of the UMBC Chess Team and are open to everyone with a USCF rating less than 2300.
Read more: UMBC Chess Team Lecture Series
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