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Updated on 2016.02.05 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 & Varsity-Points scoring rules. The MD-Sweet-16 Champion will receive a MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship, valued at $44,024. (There are 2 additional types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)

7 of the 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MCA Severn on 2015.12.05. The next scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MCA Roland Park January on 2016.01.30 in Baltimore (postponed) & the final scheduled one will be MCA Poly & Western February 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 time control used at the Maryland Sweet 16, the Denker Tournament of High-School Champions (for which the MD High-School Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $500), the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (for which the MD Middle-School Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $500), & the National Girls Invitational Tournament (for which the MD Girl Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $500). MCA sets the Varsity floor at 1600 to keep the sections reasonably sized & competitive.

* Ratings are from US Chess's February 2016 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 (February 2016)
(Primary path to qualification. Total # of Varsity Points is immaterial. The player's place would be retained, even if the player were to withdraw from the MD Sweet 16.)

Place Name USCF Rating (02/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments Varsity Points per Tournament
1 Sinha, Sahil 2212 22.0 1 22.000
2 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1 18.000
3 Tan, Richard 2012 22.0 1 22.000
4 Heesters, Pieter 2006 14.0 1 14.000
5 Malcolm, Douglas 1960 51.0 3 17.000
6 Best Jr, Ronald 1934 39.5 2 19.750
7 Hontz, Justin 1929 38.0 2 19.000
8 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1884 27.5 2 13.750

Current 8 Qualifiers by Varsity Points
(Secondary path to qualification. US Chess rating is immaterial. The player's place would be retained (**), even if the player were to qualify by rating [the primary path to qualification] and/or were to withdraw from the MD Sweet 16.)

Place Name USCF Rating (02/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Amata, Dexter 1623 77.0 5
2 Merchant, Ali 1751 66.5 4
3 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1626 62.5 4
4 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1577 61.0 4
5 ** Malcolm, Douglas 1960 51.0 3
6 Janus, Nathan 1738 45.0 3
7 ** Best Jr, Ronald 1934 39.5 2
8 ** Hontz, Justin 1929 38.0 2

Additional Current Qualifiers by US Chess Rating (0-16 players)
(Players qualify either because 1+ of the Current 8 Qualifiers by US Chess Rating is also 1 of the Current 8 Qualifiers by Varsity Points and/or has withdrawn from the MD Sweet 16, or because 1+ of the Current 8 Qualifiers by Varsity Points has withdrawn from the MD Sweet 16.)

1 Keisler, Phillp 1817 29.5 2
2 Du, Jeffrey 1811 17.5 1
3 Mrozek, Tad 1737 14.0 1

Current 2 Alternates by US Chess Rating
(REQUIRED to be in the Tournament Room at 9:30 AM on the Saturday of the MD Sweet 16 to replace any withdrawn or no-show Qualifiers. MCA will pay for their entrance fee to the UMBC Open, which runs concurrently with the MD Sweet 16.)

1 Hung, Benjamin 1728 17.0 1
2 Hung, Justin 1709 17.0 1

MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players Who Do Not Qualify Currently for the MD Sweet 16 (in descending order of US Chess Rating)

1 Veluvolu, Vinay 1628 37.5 2
2 Best, Jordan 1610 31.0 2
3 Booth, Dylan 1598 13.5 1
4 Koerner, Kathleen 1585 14.5 1
5 Tarantin, Joseph 1579 29.0 2
6 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1571 13.5 1

Varsity Players Ineligible for the MD Sweet 16
(Non-Maryland residents who attend non-Maryland schools, former MD-Sweet-16 Champions, & disqualified players)

None

All MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players (in descending order of US Chess Rating)

 

Place Name USCF Rating (02/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2212 22.0 1
2 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
3 Tan, Richard 2012 22.0 1
4 Heesters, Pieter 2006 14.0 1
5 Malcolm, Douglas 1960 51.0 3
6 Best Jr, Ronald 1934 39.5 2
7 Hontz, Justin 1929 38.0 2
8 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1884 27.5 2
9 Keisler, Phillp 1817 29.5 2
10 Du, Jeffrey 1811 17.5 1
11 Merchant, Ali 1751 66.5 4
12 Janus, Nathan 1738 45.0 3
13 Mrozek, Tad 1737 14.0 1
14 Hung, Benjamin 1728 17.0 1
15 Hung, Justin 1709 17.0 1
16 Veluvolu, Vinay 1628 37.5 2
17 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1626 62.5 4
18 Amata, Dexter 1623 77.0 5
19 Best, Jordan 1610 31.0 2
20 Booth, Dylan 1598 13.5 1
21 Koerner, Kathleen 1585 14.5 1
22 Tarantin, Joseph 1579 29.0 2
23 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1577 61.0 4
24 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1571 13.5 1

All MD-Sweet-16-Eligible Varsity Players (in descending order of Varsity Points)

Place Name USCF Rating (02/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Amata, Dexter 1623 77.0 5
2 Merchant, Ali 1751 66.5 4
3 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1626 62.5 4
4 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1577 61.0 4
5 Malcolm, Douglas 1960 51.0 3
6 Janus, Nathan 1738 45.0 3
7 Best Jr, Ronald 1934 39.5 2
8 Hontz, Justin 1929 38.0 2
9 Veluvolu, Vinay 1628 37.5 2
10 Best, Jordan 1610 31.0 2
11 Keisler, Phillp 1817 29.5 2
12 Tarantin, Joseph 1579 29.0 2
13 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1884 27.5 2
14 Tan, Richard 2012 22.0 1
15 Sinha, Sahil 2212 22.0 1
16 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
17 Du, Jeffrey 1811 17.5 1
18 Hung, Justin 1709 17.0 1
19 Hung, Benjamin 1728 17.0 1
20 Koerner, Kathleen 1585 14.5 1
21 Mrozek, Tad 1737 14.0 1
22 Heesters, Pieter 2006 14.0 1
23 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1571 13.5 1
24 Booth, Dylan 1598 13.5 1
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