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MD Sweet 16

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.

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by John D. Rockefeller V

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 why MCA has decided to grant this rare exception.

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Day 2 of the 2016 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament has started, and Round 3 has been completed. With draws on the top boards, the field has become more bunched, setting up an exciting Round 4. Depending on the results of the top Boards, we could have an outright winner, or a playoff that could involve 2-5 players. A playoff between two players will be an Armageddon game. If there are 3 or more players, then a Blitz Playoff will take place.

Standings after Round 3 (in tiebreak order)

2.5 - Richard Tan; Peter Heesters; Andrew Mao

2.0 - Sahil Sinha; Arthur Tang; Ronald Best Jr; Jeffrey Du; Justin Hontz

1.5 - Douglas Malcolm

1.0 - Bijan Tahmassebi; Dexer Amata; Shiyam Rupeshkumar; Nathan Janus

0.5 - Vinay Veluvolu; Ali Merchant

0 - Jordan Best

 

Pairings for Round 4 starting 3 PM Sunday 3/6/2016 (White listed first)

Board 1: Richard Tan (2.5) vs Pieter Heesters (2.5)

Board 2: Andrew Mao (2.5) vs Sahil Sinha (2.0)

Board 3: Arthur Tang  (2.0) vs Justin Hontz (2.0)

Board 4: Ronald Best Jr (2.0) vs Jeffrey Du (2.0)

Board 5: Bijan Tahmassebi (1.0) vs Douglas Malcom (1.5)

Board 6: Shiyam Rupeshkumar (1.0) vs Nathan Janus (1.0)

Board 7: Dexter Amata (1.0) vs Ali Merchant (0.5)

Board 8: Jordan Best (0.0) vs Vinay Veluvolu (0.5)

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Pieter Heesters, a 6th grader from Baltimore City, has won the 2016 Maryland Sweet 16 with a 3.5/4 score with a quick passed-pawn win over Richard Tan in Round 4 at University of Maryland - Baltimore County. This match was the second completed in Round 4 putting pressure on Andrew Mao (3rd round co-leader) to defeat top-rated Sahil Sinha to force a playoff. Sinha was able to win to clinch sole second place. With the win, Heesters has also won a 4-year tournament scholarship to UMBC. Congratulations to Heesters and to all those who worked hard to qualify for this closed scholastic tournament!

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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.

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