by Chris Kim & John D. Rockefeller V

Welcome to the 2016-2017 qualifying season for the Maryland Sweet 16 2017 on 2017.03.04-05. 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 $45,056. (There are 2 additional types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)

6 of the 8 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MCA Roland Park November on 2016.11.12. The final scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MCA Poly & Western January on 2017.01.07.

Click below for the current MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers, 2 Alternates, Backup 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 $750), the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (for which the MD Middle-School Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $750), & the National Girls Tournament of Champions (for which the MD Girl Chess Champion will receive an MCA stipend of up to $750). MCA sets the Varsity floor at 1600 to keep the sections reasonably sized & competitive.

Ratings are from US Chess's December Supplement. (Players' published/official US Chess ratings in March 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 MD-Sweet-16 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 (12/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Tan, Richard T 2076 25.5 1
2 Keisler, Philip 1999 21.0 1
3 Malcolm, Douglas 1978 58.0 3
4 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1911 22.5 1
5 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1744 53.0 3
6 Hung, Benjamin 1744 8.5 1
7 Veluvolu, Vinay 1734 61.0 4
8 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0 3

Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 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 (12/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
* 1 Veluvolu, Vinay 1734 61.0 4
* 2 Malcolm, Douglas 1978 58.0 3
* 3 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1744 53.0 3
4 Tarantin, Joseph 1664 49.0 3
* 5 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0 3
6 Koerner, Katherine 1570 46.0 3
7 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1572 37.0 4
8 Amata, Dexter 1593 36.5 3

  

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Qualifiers by US Chess Rating is also 1 of the Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by Varsity Points and/or has withdrawn from the MD Sweet 16, or because 1+ of the Current 8 MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers by Varsity Points has withdrawn from the MD Sweet 16.)

Place Name USCF Rating (12/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Best, Jordan 1681 36.0 3
2 Booth, Dylan 1624 27.0 2
3 He, Ryan 1596 8.5 1
4 Joshi, Ariel 1540 5.5 1

Current 2 MD-Sweet-16 Alternates by US Chess Rating
(The FINAL 2 MS16 Alternates are required to be in the Tournament Room at 9:30 AM on the Saturday of the MD Sweet 16, ready to replace any Qualifier who were either to withdraw at the last minute or not show up for Round 1. MCA will pay for the 2 MS16 Alternates' entrance fee to the UMBC Open, which runs concurrently with the MD Sweet 16. In case a Qualifier were to withdraw from a later round of the MS16, MCA prefers (but will not require) that the 2 MS16 Alternates compete in every round of the UMBC Open that overlaps with a round of the MS16.)

 

Place Name USCF Rating (12/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Hu, Michael 1534 22.0 1
2 Power, Sean 1511 8.0 1

Current MD-Sweet-16 Backup Alternates (in descending order of US Chess Rating)
(The FINAL MS16 Backup Alternates are not required to be on site at the MS16, as MCA will not pay for their entrance fee to the UMBC Open. MCA will contact a MS16 Backup Alternate shortly before the MS16 only if the Backup Alternate is needed to replace a withdrawn Alternate.)

Place Name USCF Rating (12/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
         

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

1. Muhammad, Zahir (DC) 

2. Citrone, Augustine (PA)

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

Place Name USCF Rating (12/16) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Tan, Richard T 2076 25.5 1
2 Keisler, Philip 1999 21.0 1
3 Malcolm, Douglas 1978 58.0 3
4 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1911 22.5 1
5 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1744 53.0 3
6 Hung, Benjamin 1744 8.5 1
7 Veluvolu, Vinay 1734 61.0 4
8 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0 3
9 Best, Jordan 1681 36.0 3
10 Tarantin, Joseph 1664 49.0 3
11 Booth, Dylan 1624 27.0 2
12 He, Ryan 1596 8.5 1
13 Amata, Dexter 1593 36.5 3
14 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1572 37.0 4
15 Koerner, Katherine 1570 46.0 3
16 Joshi, Ariel 1540 5.5 1
17 Hu, Michael 1534 22.0 1
18 Power, Sean 1511 8.0 1

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

Place Name USCF Rating (12/16) Total Varsity Points
1 Veluvolu, Vinay 1734 61.0
2 Malcolm, Douglas 1978 58.0
3 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1744 53.0
4 Tarantin, Joseph 1664 49.0
5 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0
6 Koerner, Katherine 1570 46.0
7 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1572 37.0
8 Amata, Dexter 1593 36.5
9 Best, Jordan 1681 36.0
10 Booth, Dylan 1624 27.0
11 Tan, Richard T 2076 25.5
12 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1911 22.5
13 Hu, Michael 1534 22.0
14 Keisler, Philip 1999 21.0
15 Hung, Benjamin 1744 8.5
16 He, Ryan 1596 8.5
17 Power, Sean 1511 8.0
18 Joshi, Ariel 1540 5.5
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