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MD Sweet 16

by Chris Y Kim

Day 1 (2 rounds) of the 2018 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament has a sole leader - #1 seed Sahil Sinha. We came one game short of an 8-way tie for first place. It has been a competitive two rounds so far in this annual invitational  tournament showcasing the top Maryland scholastic players and is increasing in strength every year. [Former winners of the tournament are not allowed to compete.] This has a potential for an exciting Day 2 tomorrow!

In Ratings order, here are the standings with the USCF ratings:

2.0: Sahil Sinha (2355)

1.5: Yu Hao Liao (2103); Bijan Tahmassebi (2042); Philip Keisler (2014); Neel Jay (1964); Shane Jayasundera (1945); Max Mathura (1772)

1.0: Douglas Malcolm (2037); Jeffrey Du (2000); Shiyam Rupeshkumar (1788); Joseph Tarantin (1698); Andrew Diep (1636)

0.0: Sean Kee Power (1916);  Emerson Holcolm (1789); Dylan Booth (1757); Jordan Best (1715)

 

Here are the pairings for Round 3 that will start at 10:30 Sunday morning (White listed first):

1: Sahil Sinha (2.0) vs Yu Hao (Alan) Liao (1.5)

2: Bijan Tahmassebi (1.5) vs Neel Jay (1.5)

3: Philip Keisler (1.5) vs Shane Jayasundera (1.5)

4: Max Mathura (1.5) vs Jeffrey Du (1.0)

5: Joseph Tarantin (1.0) vs Douglas Malcolm (1.0)

6: Andrew Diep (1.0) vs Shiyam Rupeshkumar (1.0)

7: Jordan Best (0.0) vs Sean Kee Power (0.0)

8: Emerson Holcomb (0.0) vs Dylan Booth (0.0)

 

 

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by Chris Y. Kim & John D. Rockefeller V

Welcome to the 2017-2018 qualifying season for the Maryland Sweet 16 2018 on 2018.03.03-04. 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 $46,072. (There are 2 additional types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)

8 of the 8 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The Final Standings include the results of MD Chess Poly & Western January (NEW DATE) on 2018.02.17.

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

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Richard Tan, a 9th grader from Montgomery County, has won the 2017 Maryland Sweet 16 with a 3.5/4 score with a quick upset win over 2nd place Sahil Singha in Round 3 and a quick draw over 3rd place Yu Hao (Alan) Liao in Round 4 at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. With the win, Tan, who finished in 3rd place last year, has also won a 4-year tournament scholarship to UMBC. Congratulations to Tan and to all those who worked hard to qualify for this closed scholastic tournament!

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by Chris Y. Kim & John D. Rockefeller V

Welcome to the 2017-2018 qualifying season for the Maryland Sweet 16 2018 on 2018.03.03-04. 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 $46,072. (There are 2 additional types of UMBC Chess Scholarships for which high-school seniors from any state are eligible.)

7 of the 8 scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifiers in this qualifying season have been completed. The standings are current through MD Chess Poly & Western January (ORIGINAL DATE) on 2018.01.06. The final scheduled MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier will be MD Chess Poly & Western January (NEW DATE) on 2018.02.17.

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

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Day 1 of the 2017 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament has been completed. This is a brief summary due to time. Round 1 went mostly to form with all but 1 higher rated player winning (Bradley Guo upsetting Andrew Mao). Round 2 was marked by a draw on Board 3 between Yu Hao (Alan) Liao and Bijan Tahmassebi and an upset win by Vinay Veluvolu over Joseph Tarantin. 

Standings after Round 2

2.0 - Sahil Sinha (2335), Richard Tan (2097); Douglas Malcolm (1995)

1.5 - Yu Hao (Alan) Liao (2080); Bijan Tahmassebi (1941)

1.0 - Andrew Mao (2034); Jeffrey Du (1987); Phillip Keisler (1970); Meghana Bhanuprasad (1861); Shane Jayasundera (1789); Bradley Guo (1786); Vinay Veluvolu (1712)

0 - Joseph Tarantin (1828); Dexter Amata (1732); Zahir Muhammad (1728); Zhi (Kevin) Zheng (1497)

 

Pairings for Round 3 starting 10:30 AM Sunday 3/6/2016 (White listed first)

Board 1: Richard Tan (2.0) vs Sahil Sinha (2.0)

Board 2: Yu Hao Liao  (1.5) vs Douglas Malcolm (2.0)

Board 3: Bijan Tahmassebi (1.5) vs Andrew Mao (1.0)

Board 4: Jeffrey Du (1.0) vs Shane Jayasundera (1.0)

Board 5: Bradley Guo (1.0) vs Phillip Keisler (1.0)

Board 6: Meghana Bhanuprasad (1.0) vs Vinay Veluvolu (1.0)

Board 7: Zahir Muhammad (0.0) vs Joseph Tarantin (0.0)

Board 8: Zhi Kevin Zheng (0.0) vs Dexter Amata (0.0)

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