Updated 22 February 2014 - Chris Kim

The final 2014 MD Sweet 16 standings have now been released after the last scheduled MD Sweet 16 Qualifier: MCA McDuffie Memorial rescheduled for 22 Feb. The MD Sweet 16 tournament will be held next weekend as a separate section of the UMBC Open on March 1-2, 2014.

Congratulations to those on the list of the 16 qualifiers for the field is as follows pending acceptance to play!:

The top 8 qualifiers by USCF rating (03/2014) are Bendguz Offertaler, Sahil Sinha, Alexander Davydov, Jerry Wu, Ronald Best Jr, David Snyder, Pieter Heesters, and Andrew Mao.

The next 8 qualifiers by MD Sweet 16 Varsity Points are Douglas Malcolm, Nathan Janus, Phillip Wang, Ali Merchant, Zachary Jablow, Benjamin Hung, Bijan Tahmassebi, and Bradley Guo.

Any qualifier who does not intend to participate should contact MCA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The next five alternates based on 3/2014 USCF ratings: Robert Pekarek Jr, Jeffrey Du, Quil Kibak, Jordan Best, and Justin Hung.

The new standings are at the end of this article (click below to read more).

 

Welcome to the 2013-2014 qualifying season for the 2014 Maryland Sweet 16. 

The MCA scholastic season is underway, and one of the featured competitions is the Varsity section qualification to the MD Sweet 16, where 16 of the top Maryland scholastic players will compete in a separate section of the UMBC Open on March 1-2, 2014.

The Maryland Sweet 16 Champion will receive a 4-year Maryland Sweet 16 Scholarship to UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County).  The fixed-dollar scholarship covers tuition and fees, but not room and board (valued at $39,056 over 4 years in 2012-2013).

The rules for qualification and scoring have changed this season.  The number of MD Sweet 16 Varsity Points is weighted by the strength of the field: the number of VP = # of players + 1 - (place finished), rather than # of players / (place finished). In order to provide the opportunity for longer games akin to those at the MD Sweet 16, the Denker High School National Championship, & the Barber Middle School National Championship, MCA schedules only 2 rounds of Game 90/inc 30 games at its MD Sweet 16 Qualifiers. To keep the sections reasonably sized and competitive, MCA has raised the floor of the Varsity section from 1100 to 1400. More details can be found by clicking here.

 Top 8 MD Sweet 16 Qualifiers by Rating (Final - 2/22/2014)

Place Name USCF Rating (03/14) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Offertaler, Bendeguz 2120 19.0 1
2 Sinha, Sahil 2066 29.0 1
3 Davydov, Alexander 1967 14.5 1
4 Wu, Jerry 1944 30.5 1
5 Best, Ronald 1901 36.5 3
6 Snyder, David 1809 40.5 2
7 Heesters, Pieter 1805 19.5 1
8 Mao, Andrew 1764 33.5 2
         
9 Jablow, Zachary 1752 67.0 5
10 Pekarek, Robert 1689 42.5 4
11 Du, Jeffrey 1653 36.5 3
12 Kibak, Quil 1644 41.5 3
13 Malcolm, Douglas 1642 111.0 9
14 Wang, Philip 1621 74.0 6
15 Janus, Nathan 1610 76.5 6
16 Best, Jordan 1586 34.0 4
17 Hung, Justin 1532 52.0 4
18 Liu, Elvin 1528 23.5 1
19 Merchant, Ali 1525 69.5 6
20 Hung, Benjamin 1510 67.0 5
21 Campbell, Devon 1489 25.0 2
22 Guo, Bradley 1469 56.0 4
23 Kim, Charlotte 1421 7.0 1
24 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1408 64.5 5
25 Dipetro, Joseph 1390 33.5 4
26 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1373 6.0 1
27 Tan, Richard 1367 11.0 1
28 Regan, Christopher 1304 5.5 1
29 Tarantin, Joseph 1231 16.5 1


MD Sweet 16 Qualifying Standings by Varsity Points (Final - 2/22/2014)

Place Name USCF Rating (03/14) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Malcolm, Douglas 1642 111.0 9
2 Janus, Nathan 1610 76.5 6
3 Wang, Philip 1621 74.0 6
4 Merchant, Ali 1525 69.5 6
5 Jablow, Zachary 1752 67.0 5
6 Hung, Benjamin 1510 67.0 5
7 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1408 64.5 5
8 Guo, Bradley 1469 56.0 4
9 Hung, Justin 1532 52.0 4
10 Pekarek, Robert 1689 42.5 4
11 Kibak, Quil 1644 41.5 3
12 Snyder, David 1809 40.5 2
13 Best, Ronald 1901 36.5 3
14 Du, Jeffrey 1653 36.5 3
15 Best, Jordan 1586 34.0 4
16 Dipetro, Joseph 1390 33.5 4
17 Mao, Andrew 1764 33.5 2
18 Wu, Jerry 1944 30.5 1
19 Sinha, Sahil 2066 29.0 1
20 Campbell, Devon 1489 25.0 2
21 Liu, Elvin 1528 23.5 1
22 Heesters, Pieter 1805 19.5 1
23 Offertaler, Bendeguz 2120 19.0 1
24 Tarantin, Joseph 1231 16.5 1
25 Davydov, Alexander 1967 14.5 1
26 Tan, Richard 1367 11.0 1
27 Kim, Charlotte 1421 7.0 1
28 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1373 6.0 1
29 Regan, Christopher 1304 5.5 1
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