Updated on 2016.02.28 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.)

9 of the 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The FINAL STANDINGS include the results of the rescheduled MCA Roland Park January on 2016.02.28.

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 March 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. The player's place would be retained, even if the player were to withdraw from the MD Sweet 16.)

Place Name USCF Rating (03/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2232 22.0 1
2 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
3 Tan, Richard 2043 22.0 1
4 Mao, Andrew 2004 26.0 1
5 Heesters, Pieter 2003 14.0 1
6 Malcolm, Douglas 1993 77.5 4
7 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1937 27.5 2
8 Best Jr, Ronald 1936 88.5 4

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 (03/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Merchant, Ali 1751 115.5 6
2 Hontz, Justin 1880 95.5 4
3 Amata, Dexter 1592 95.0 6
4 Janus, Nathan 1797 90.5 5
5 ** Best Jr, Ronald 1936 88.5 4
6 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1626 85.0 5
7 Best, Jordan 1656 80.0 4
8 ** Malcolm, Douglas 1993 77.5 4

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 Du, Jeffrey 1846 66.5 3
2 Keisler, Phillp 1794 29.5 2

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 Mrozek, Tad 1737 14.0 1
2 Hung, Benjamin 1715 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 Hung, Justin 1713 17.0 1
2 Kibak, Quil 1707 23.0 1
3 Veluvolu, Vinay 1666 60.0 3
4 Booth, Dylan 1598 36.5 2
5 Koerner, Kathleen 1585 14.5 1
6 Tarantin, Joseph 1584 58.5 3
7 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1577 61.0 4
8 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 (03/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2232 22.0 1
2 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
3 Tan, Richard 2043 22.0 1
4 Mao, Andrew 2004 26.0 1
5 Heesters, Pieter 2003 14.0 1
6 Malcolm, Douglas 1993 77.5 4
7 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1937 27.5 2
8 Best Jr, Ronald 1936 88.5 4
9 Hontz, Justin 1880 95.5 4
10 Du, Jeffrey 1846 66.5 3
11 Janus, Nathan 1797 90.5 5
12 Keisler, Phillp 1794 29.5 2
13 Merchant, Ali 1751 115.5 6
14 Mrozek, Tad 1737 14.0 1
15 Hung, Benjamin 1715 17.0 1
16 Hung, Justin 1713 17.0 1
17 Kibak, Quil 1707 23.0 1
18 Veluvolu, Vinay 1666 60.0 3
19 Best, Jordan 1656 80.0 4
20 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1626 85.0 5
21 Booth, Dylan 1598 36.5 2
22 Amata, Dexter 1592 95.0 6
23 Koerner, Kathleen 1585 14.5 1
24 Tarantin, Joseph 1584 58.5 3
25 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1577 61.0 4
26 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1571 13.5 1

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

Place Name USCF Rating (03/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Merchant, Ali 1751 115.5 6
2 Hontz, Justin 1880 95.5 4
3 Amata, Dexter 1592 95.0 6
4 Janus, Nathan 1797 90.5 5
5 Best Jr, Ronald 1936 88.5 4
6 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1626 85.0 5
7 Best, Jordan 1656 80.0 4
8 Malcolm, Douglas 1993 77.5 4
9 Du, Jeffrey 1846 66.5 3
10 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1577 61.0 4
11 Veluvolu, Vinay 1666 60.0 3
12 Tarantin, Joseph 1584 58.5 3
13 Booth, Dylan 1598 36.5 2
14 Keisler, Phillp 1794 29.5 2
15 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1937 27.5 2
16 Mao, Andrew 2004 26.0 1
17 Kibak, Quil 1707 23.0 1
18 Tan, Richard 2043 22.0 1
19 Sinha, Sahil 2232 22.0 1
20 Tang, Arthur 2120 18.0 1
21 Hung, Justin 1713 17.0 1
22 Hung, Benjamin 1715 17.0 1
23 Koerner, Kathleen 1585 14.5 1
24 Mrozek, Tad 1737 14.0 1
25 Heesters, Pieter 2003 14.0 1
26 Kokilepersaud, Kiran 1571 13.5 1
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