Updated on 11.23.2014 by John Rockefeller & Chris Kim
Welcome to the 2014-2015 qualifying season for the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 on 03.07-08.2015. 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. 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.
5 of the 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MCA Susquehanna on 11.08.2014. Of the 4 remaining scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers this season, the next scheduled one will be MCA Severn on 12.06.2014 at the Severn School (Severna Park, MD), & the final scheduled one will be MCA McDuffie Memorial on 02.21.2015 in Baltimore.
Click below for the MD-Sweet-16 qualification rules, scoring rules, current Qualifiers & Alternates, & full standings.
Read more: 2015 MD-Sweet-16 Standings (2014.11.23)
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
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
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
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
Below is a sample email that our texting/emailing program will send to player requesting email notification of pairings:
Read more: Sample of new Email Pairings Notification