|Sat, Dec 19th- 5th Annual Greater Baltimore Scholastic Chess Championships|
|Sat, Jan 16th- 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic K-12 Grade Chess Championships|
|Sat, Feb 6th- 8th Annual Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships|
|Sat, Mar 12th- Maryland Elementary School Chess Championships 2016|
|Sat, Mar 19th- Maryland HS & MS Chess Championships 2016|
Updated on 2015.11.23 by Chris Kim & John D. Rockefeller V
Welcome to the 2015-2016 qualifying season for the 2016 Maryland Sweet 16 on 2016.03.05-06. Since 1995 this annual invitational tournament has featured 16 of the top K-12 Maryland players competing in a separate section of the UMBC Open at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The MD-Sweet-16 tournament-announcement page contains all tournament details, including qualification rules & MD-Sweet-16-Varsity-Points scoring rules. The MD-Sweet-16 Champion will receive a MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship, valued at $44,024. (Additionally, there are 2 types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)
6 of the 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MCA Roland Park November on 2015.11.14. The next scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MCA Severn on 2015.12.05 in Severna Park, & the final scheduled one will be MCA McDuffie Memorial on 2016.02.20 in Baltimore.
Click below for the current 16 Qualifiers, 2 Alternates, & Full Standings.
Heading into the last round of the 4th Annual Washington International, the race for A section champion was down to just two players. After starting out 4-0, GM Gata Kamsky had drawn three games out of four, allowing GM Arun Prasad Subramanian (IND), whom he defeated in round 3, to join him in the lead with a score of 6.5. A full point behind the leaders at 5.5 were GM Sergei Azarov (BEL), GM Michael Roiz (ISR), GM Victor Mikhalevski (ISR), IM Akshat Chandra (USA), FM Ruifeng Li (USA), and FM Nicolas Checa (USA). Kamsky's last round apponent was Li who had already earned an IM norm and only needed a draw to get a GM norm. Li's problems were that Kamsky needed a win to ensure at least a tie for first and that Kamsky had white.
As part of our increased security to prevent the use of electronic devices, MCA has purchased a thermal camera that can be used with cell phones.
This will allow us to monitor with out having to disturb the players.