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MD Sweet 16

Updated on 2016.02.02 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.)

8 of the 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MCA Roland Park January on 2016.01.30. The final scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MCA Poly & Western February on 2016.02.20 in Baltimore.

Click below for the current 16 Qualifiers, 2 Alternates, & Full Standings.

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Updated on 08.10.2014 by John Rockefeller & Chris Kim

Welcome to the 2014-2015 qualifying season for the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 on 03.07-08.2015. Since 1995 this annual invitational tournament has featured 16 of the top K-12 Maryland residents competing in a separate section of the UMBC Open at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The MD-Sweet-16 Champion will receive a MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship: a fixed-dollar scholarship valued at $41,536, spread over 4 years. (The scholarship covers tuition & fees, but not room & board.) Incidentally, there are 2 other types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for high-school seniors who reside either inside, or outside Maryland.

Of the 9 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers this season, the first scheduled one will be MCA Roland Park September on 09.13.2014 in Baltimore, & the final scheduled one will be MCA McDuffie Memorial on 02.21.2015 in Baltimore.

Click below for the MD-Sweet-16 qualification rules & scoring rules.

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[Under construction - brief update]

By Chris Y Kim

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - updated with some Round 3 results (13:55)

University of Maryland, Baltimore County [Baltimore, MD]

The first day of the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 has come to an end, and there are still 4 players with a perfect 2-0 record: Sahil Sinha, Arthur Tang, Alexander Davydov, and Andrew Mao.

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By Chris Y Kim

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 19:30

University of Maryland, Baltimore County [Baltimore, MD]

An Armageddon playoff for the MD Sweet 16 title was required. Arthur Tang managed a draw with Sahil Sinha on Board 1, while Alexander Davydov defeated Andrew Mao on Board 2 to set up the playoff with Tang and Davydov tied for first with 3.5 points. 

Davydov was ahead on tiebreaks, so he selected White. Format for the Armageddon playoff was White with G/15+5" and Black with G/10+5" and draw odds. In a tight game, Tang was in time trouble and was able to nurse the clock while under 15" even down to 2" at one point while Davydov's time slowly whittled to under 1 minute while gaining a pawn advantage. Tang eventually flagged, and Davydov becomes the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 champion. Congratulations! 

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[Under construction - brief update]

By Chris Y Kim

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 15:00

University of Maryland, Baltimore County [Baltimore, MD]

Round 3 on the second day has come to an end with the battle for the 2015 Maryland Sweet 16 looming in Round 4. On the top two boards of the undefeated players, Sahil Sinha drew with Alexander Davydov while Arthur Tang defeated Andrew Mao. This sets up the title match with Sinha (Black) playing Tang (White essentially with draw odds for at least a share of the title). Davydov can enter a tie for first if he wins and Tang does not win.

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