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
In a survey given to participants at the end of the 60th Annual Maryland Open, the event earned a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 79%. 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.
Read more: Survey Results from the 2014 Maryland Open
When I was working at Supernationals last spring as a TD, I got into a discussion with my section assistant TD about how little things have changed in the way we record results at tournaments. The current processes that we use at both our local tournaments and at National events is labor intensive, slow, and prone to error. After returning home, I thought about what would be needed and spent time in the summer and fall coding up an Android app and a matching program on the pairing computer.
Read more: TD Assistant
After a random lot drawing on Friday evening, July 18, here are the schedule and pairings for the 2014 US Cadet Chamipionship (July 19-23).
Time Control: 40/90, SD/30; +30 (30 sec increment from move 1)
Sat (7/19) 11:00 am: Round 1 (meet in playing room at 10:30am for announcement/photos)
For rest of schedule and pairings - see below
Read more: 2014 US Cadet Pairings & Schedule
On may17th and 18th many of the top senior players in the Md., DC and Va. area came to the Catonsville Chess Club to play in the Md. Senior Open Championship. With such notable players as FM Shelby Getz, FM Boris Zisman, NM Denis Strenzwilk and defending champion Leif Kazoo Karell among others, the competition was going to be tough. After several hard fought games, Leif Kazoo Karell was able to successfully defend the title with a perfect 4-0. Clear second with 3.5-.5 was FM Shelby Getz. Tied for third with 3-1 were Denis Strenzwilk (top age 70+),Boris Zisman, Neal Goldberg, Wilbert A Brown(top age 60-69) and Bobby Hughes Sr.(top u2000).Tied for top u1700 were Ken Saylors, Steven Lee Pettit, Frank Huber and Mira Karell(I wonder who the best player in the Karell household really is.) Finally Gary C. Coulter and Klaus J. Waibel tied for top u1400.Also thanks to TD's Sathish Nath and Joe Summers for doing their customary excellent job. Last but not least thanks to Joe Summers and the Catonsville Chess Club for once again hosting the Senior tournament.
The Washington International will be returning this year after a very successful first two years. For the first two years the tournament has attracted a strong field, and player feedback has been positive. A critical component of the tournament's success was the financial support we received from the chess community. We are evolving the tournament with the goal of this being the open tournament with the best playing conditions in the US. Several of this year's players have said just that. Once again, we need the help of the chess community. Our biggest need is for sponsors and donors to help cover the costs of bringing in the foreign titled players who allow US players to earn GM and IM norms.
Read more: Supporting the 3rd Annual Washington International
The MCA will again be hosting the US Cadet Championship this year. This is an invitational for the top under-16 players in the US. This year we have expanded the field to 10 players. The tournament starts July 19th at the Rockville Hilton and the games will be broadcast live at http://uscadet.mdchess.com. The winner receives a scholarship to UMBC and the top three receive free entry to the Washington International. The full field is below.
Read more: 2014 US Cadet Starts July 19
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the Maryland schools whose teams shined brightly at the 2014 US National Junior-High-School Championships:
Roland Park E/MS placed 1st in the K-8 Under 1000 section;Cross Country E/MS tied for 30th in the K-8 Under 1000 section;Cross Country E/MS placed 2nd in the K-8 Under 750 section;Baltimore Montessori School placed 12th in the K-8 Under 750 section;North Bend E/MS tied for 16th in the K-8 Under 750 section;Cross Country E/MS placed 8th in the Blitz K-9 Championship section.
All of these teams were funded by the Baltimore Kids Chess League.
Several individuals achieved noteworthy results:
Alan Xiao won the Under 1400 trophy in the K-9 Championship section;Dexter Amata tied for 3rd in the K-9 Under 1250 section;Kamran Guchemand placed 2nd in the K-8 Under 1000 section;Ifasoke Owens tied for 17th in the K-8 Under 1000 section;Kendal Best placed 15th in the K-8 Under 750 section;Cody Durham tied for 15th in the K-8 Under 750 section;Dexter Amata tied for 10th in the Blitz K-9 Championship section.
Click below for the tournament’s USCF Crosstables:
Read more: MD Teams & Individuals Shine at 2014 National JHS Championships
Congratulations to the 2014 Maryland Junior Open Chess Co-Champions: Sahil Sinha (2088), Alexander Davydov (1945), Jeffrey E. Chang (2158), Zachary Jablow (1755), Jeffrey Du (1678), Jerry T. Wu (2018), & Andrew Zheng (2205)—all of whom earned 3/4 points in the Championship section. The Co-Champions will share the 2014 MCA Junior Open Chess Champion Stipend of $500 to attend the US Junior Open & will receive free entry to MCA’s Maryland Open on April 25-27.
Click below for the tournament’s Final Standings, USCF Crosstables, pictures, & highlight video:
Read more: 2014 Maryland Junior Open Chess Co-Champions