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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.

MCA schedules only 2 rounds of G/90 +30 games in the Varsity section at MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers (a.k.a. Local Scholastic Tournaments), to give elite scholastic players the opportunity to compete in games with the same control used at the MD Sweet 16, the Denker High-School National Championship, the Barber Middle-School National Championship, & the National Girls Invitational Tournament. MCA sets the Varsity floor at 1600 to keep the sections reasonably sized & competitive.

* Ratings are from US Chess's December Supplement.
* The March Supplement will be used to determine the Final Standings, regardless of whether the MD Sweet 16 will be held in February or in March.

Current 8 Qualifiers by US Chess Rating (primary path to qualification) (total # of Varsity Points is immaterial) 

Place Name USCF Rating (12/15) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2234 22.0 1
2 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
3 Heesters, Pieter 1983 14.0 1
4 Tan, Richard 1979 22.0 1
5 Best Jr, Ronald 1941 39.5 2
6 Hontz, Justin 1887 17.5 1
7 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1876 27.5 2
8 Malcolm, Douglas 1830 34.0 2

 

Current 8 Qualifiers by Varsity Points (secondary path to qualification) (for players who do not qualify by rating)

Place Name USCF Rating (12/15) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Amata, Dexter 1614 77.0 5
2 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1588 61.0 4
3 Merchant, Ali 1727 44.5 3
4 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1679 42.0 3
5 Janus, Nathan 1788 31.5 2
6 Best, Jordan 1633 31.0 2
7 Keisler, Phillp 1737 29.5 2
8 Veluvolu, Vinay 1742 20.5 1

 

Current 2 Alternates by US Chess Rating (free entry to UMBC Open, which runs concurrently with MD Sweet 16)

Place Name USCF Rating (12/15) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Du, Jeffrey 1796 17.5 1
2 Mrozek, Tad 1770 14.0 1

 

Remaining MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players by US Chess Rating

Place Name USCF Rating (12/15) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1574 13.5 1
2 Tarantin, Joseph 1568 12.0 1
3 Koerner, Kathleen 1503 14.5 1

 

Varsity Players Ineligible for the MD Sweet 16 (non-Maryland residents who attend non-Maryland schools, etc.)
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All MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players by US Chess Rating

Place Name USCF Rating (12/15) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2234 22.0 1
2 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
3 Heesters, Pieter 1983 14.0 1
4 Tan, Richard 1979 22.0 1
5 Best Jr, Ronald 1941 39.5 2
6 Hontz, Justin 1887 17.5 1
7 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1876 27.5 2
8 Malcolm, Douglas 1830 34.0 2
9 Du, Jeffrey 1796 17.5 1
10 Janus, Nathan 1788 31.5 2
11 Mrozek, Tad 1770 14.0 1
12 Veluvolu, Vinay 1742 20.5 1
13 Keisler, Phillp 1737 29.5 2
14 Merchant, Ali 1727 44.5 3
15 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1679 42.0 3
16 Best, Jordan 1633 31.0 2
17 Amata, Dexter 1614 77.0 5
18 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1588 61.0 4
19 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1574 13.5 1
20 Tarantin, Joseph 1568 12.0 1
21 Koerner, Kathleen 1503 14.5 1

 

All MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players by Varsity Points

Place Name USCF Rating (12/15) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Amata, Dexter 1614 77.0 5
2 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1588 61.0 4
3 Merchant, Ali 1727 44.5 3
4 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1679 42.0 3
5 Best Jr, Ronald 1941 39.5 2
6 Malcolm, Douglas 1830 34.0 2
7 Janus, Nathan 1788 31.5 2
8 Best, Jordan 1633 31.0 2
9 Keisler, Phillp 1737 29.5 2
10 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1876 27.5 2
11 Tan, Richard 1979 22.0 1
12 Sinha, Sahil 2234 22.0 1
13 Veluvolu, Vinay 1742 20.5 1
14 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
15 Hontz, Justin 1887 17.5 1
16 Du, Jeffrey 1796 17.5 1
17 Koerner, Kathleen 1503 14.5 1
18 Mrozek, Tad 1770 14.0 1
19 Heesters, Pieter 1983 14.0 1
20 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1574 13.5 1
21 Tarantin, Joseph 1568 12.0 1
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