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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.)

7 of the 9 originally scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed, but there will be no more Qualifiers.  The standings are current through MCA Severn on 2016.12.03 & US Chess's March Supplement.

Even if the player did not compete in a Maryland-Sweet-16 Qualifier during the 2016-2017 qualifying season, a K-12 player who is rated 1600+ and is a MD resident (or a student at a school in MD), may qualify by rating for the MS16, if the player contacts MCA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 2017.02.16. 

Click below for the current MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers, 2 Alternates, Backup Alternates, & Full Standings.

Why did MCA decide to grant this rare exception?  The end of the MS16 qualifying season has been anomalous: the final 2 previously scheduled MS16Qs have been cancelled for unorthodox reasons—that is, reasons not directly related to dangerous weather on the days of those MS16Qs. First, MCA Poly & Western February (originally scheduled for 2017.02.25) was cancelled in November when MCA decided to replace it with the resuscitated Mid-Atlantic Team Scholastic Championships. Second, MCA Poly & Western January (originally scheduled for 2017.01.07) was cancelled in December when MCA decided to replace it with Greater Baltimore Scholastic Championships 2016, which had been cancelled because of dangerous weather on its originally scheduled date (2016.12.17).

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 March 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 (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2335 30.5 1
2 Tan, Richard T 2097 25.5 1
3 Liao, Yu Hao 2080 30.5 1
4 Mao, Andrew 2034 27.5 1
5 Malcolm, Douglas 1995 58.0 3
6 Du, Jeffrey 1987 27.5 1
7 Keisler, Philip 1970 21.0 1
8 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1941 22.5 1

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 (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Tarantin, Joseph 1828 85.0 5
2 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1690 77.5 4
3 Veluvolu, Vinay 1712 61.0 4
*4 Malcolm, Douglas 1995 58.0 3
5 Muhammad, Zahir 1728 51.0 4
6 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0 3
7 Koerner, Kathleen 1575 37.5 2
8 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1497 37.0 4

 

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 (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 1861 0.0 0

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 (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
  1 Jayasundera, Shane 1789 0.0 0
  2 Guo, Bradley 1786 24.5 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 (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
  1 Jablow, Zachary 1767 0.0 0
  2 Hung, Benjamin 1756 8.5 1
  3 Amata, Dexter 1732 36.5 3
  4 Mrozek, Tad 1720 0.0 0
  5 Best, Jordan 1672 36.0 3
  6 He, Ryan 1651 8.5 1
  7 Power, Sean 1596 8.0 1
  8 Hu, Michael 1589 22.0 1
  9 Booth, Dylan 1562 27.0 2
10 Joshi, Ariel 1468 5.5 1

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

 

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

 

Place Name USCF Rating (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Sinha, Sahil 2335 30.5 1
2 Tan, Richard T 2097 25.5 1
3 Liao, Yu Hao 2080 30.5 1
4 Mao, Andrew 2034 27.5 1
5 Malcolm, Douglas 1995 58.0 3
6 Du, Jeffrey 1987 27.5 1
7 Keisler, Philip 1970 21.0 1
8 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1941 22.5 1
9 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 1861 0.0 0
10 Tarantin, Joseph 1828 85.0 5
11 Jayasundera, Shane 1789 0.0 0
12 Guo, Bradley 1786 24.5 1
13 Jablow, Zachary 1767 0.0 0
14 Hung, Benjamin 1756 8.5 1
15 Amata, Dexter 1732 36.5 3
16 Muhammad, Zahir 1728 51.0 4
17 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0 3
18 Mrozek, Tad 1720 0.0 0
19 Veluvolu, Vinay 1712 61.0 4
20 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1690 77.5 4
21 Best, Jordan 1672 36.0 3
22 He, Ryan 1651 8.5 1
23 Power, Sean 1596 8.0 1
24 Hu, Michael 1589 22.0 1
25 Koerner, Kathleen 1575 37.5 2
26 Booth, Dylan 1562 27.0 2
27 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1497 37.0 4
28 Joshi, Ariel 1468 5.5 1

 

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

 

Place Name USCF Rating (03/17) Total Varsity Points Number of Tournaments
1 Tarantin, Joseph 1828 85.0 5
2 Rupeshkumar, Shiyam 1690 77.5 4
3 Veluvolu, Vinay 1712 61.0 4
4 Malcolm, Douglas 1995 58.0 3
5 Muhammad, Zahir 1728 51.0 4
6 Merchant, Ali 1720 47.0 3
7 Koerner, Kathleen 1575 37.5 2
8 Zheng, Zhi Kevin 1497 37.0 4
9 Amata, Dexter 1732 36.5 3
10 Best, Jordan 1672 36.0 3
11 Sinha, Sahil 2335 30.5 1
12 Liao, Yu Hao 2080 30.5 1
13 Mao, Andrew 2034 27.5 1
14 Du, Jeffrey 1987 27.5 1
15 Booth, Dylan 1562 27.0 2
16 Tan, Richard T 2097 25.5 1
17 Guo, Bradley 1786 24.5 1
18 Tahmassebi, Bijan 1941 22.5 1
19 Hu, Michael 1589 22.0 1
20 Keisler, Philip 1970 21.0 1
21 Hung, Benjamin 1756 8.5 1
22 He, Ryan 1651 8.5 1
23 Power, Sean 1596 8.0 1
24 Joshi, Ariel 1468 5.5 1
25 Bhanuprasad, Meghana 1861 0.0 0
26 Mrozek, Tad 1720 0.0 0
27 Jablow, Zachary 1767 0.0 0
28 Jayasundera, Shane 1789 0.0 0

  

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