2017 Greater New York: record-breaking numbers!

All Photos in this article by Vanessa Sun

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The banners celebrating the 15 years of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and welcoming players, parents, and coaches, which numbered well over 2000, to the playing hall

The 2017 Greater New York Championship had a record-shattering attendance, just in time for the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s 15th year anniversary! Players from all over the Tri-state area came to the Marriot at Brooklyn Bridge to enjoy a weekend of chess and fun. Even with the Super Bowl happening the same weekend, the tournament was able to attract more than 1500 K-12 players!

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Garry Kasparov made an appearance, even making the first move in some of the top boards!

There were a variety of tournament sections, based on age and rating band. These were the final winners from the Championship (open) section in High School, Junior High, Elementary, Primary and K-1:

The High School Championship was taken by the highest rated player, FM Ethan Li, who swept the field with a convincing 5.5/6. He was followed closely by Max Li and Dennis Li.

Place Name Rtng Team Grd St Tot
1 FM Ethan Li 2390 LIPAT 11 NY 5.5
2-3 Max Li 2083 EMONJS 09 NY 5
Dennis Li 2158 09 CT 5
4-5 Henry Qi 2210 WTCLARK 10 NY 4.5
Brian Arthur 2058 EMURR 12 NY 4.5
6-9 Daniel Regassa 1936 STUY 11 NY 4
Nicholas Cardenas 2001 TRENHS 11 NJ 4
Tristan Dalhouse 1836 EMURR 11 NY 4
Diante Davis 2016 BCSM 11 NY 4
10-19 Mubassar Uddin 2013 NEST 12 NY 3.5

Meanwhile in the Junior High Championship there was again a clear rating favorite: FM Hans Niemann who took the event with another 5.5/6. He was followed very closely by three players!

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FM Hans Niemann got the job done, but it was not easy

Place Name Rtng Team Grd St Tot
1 FM Hans Niemann 2402 08 CT 5.5
2-4 Alan Zhang 2120 07 NJ 5
Brandon Wang 2108 07 NY 5
Theo Kogan 1668 CGPS 07 NY 5
5-10 Wesley Wang 2257 JERIMS 07 NEW 4.5
Justin Chen 2264 LAB-M 08 NY 4.5
Ankit Raparthi 1900 COLLG 07 NY 4.5
Marcus Sutton 1952 I318K 08 NY 4.5
Katrina Wong 1868 I318K 08 NY 4.5
James Lee 1922 SPEYR 07 NY 4.5

The Elementary Championship section was a hard fought battle, and it all came down to the duel between Nico Chasin against Vincent Tsay in the last round to determine the winner. It was Nico that emerged on top and won the event!

# Place Name Rtng Team Grd St Tot
1 1 Nico Chasin 2107 P41M 04 NY 6
2 2-8 Jason Lu 1905 05 NJ 5
3 Charles Hua 1869 NEST 05 NY 5
4 Vincent Tsay 2127 BUCDAY 06 NY 5
5 Davis Zong 2078 NEST 05 NY 5
6 Leonardo Liu 1753 06 NEW 5
7 William Tse 1641 P33M 04 NY 5
8 Eric Sheng Wu 1782 PRDAY 05 NJ 5
9 9-14 Eddy Tian 2111 04 NJ 4.5
10 Paris Prestia 1860 LLOYDE 05 NY 4.5

The only section that did not have a clear winner was, interestingly, the youngest section! In the K-1  we saw a big five-way tie for first place! Due to the tiebreak system, it was Oliver Boydell that got first:

Place Name Rtng Team Grd St Tot
1-5 Oliver Boydell 1427 UNIS 01 NY 5
Will Luo 888 01 NJ 5
Xan Meister 1420 COLLG 01 NY 5
Ranbeer Arora 1017 COLLG 01 NY 5
Avaan Chamadia 949 P11M 01 NY 5
6-9 Christoffer Lamtan 873 P11M 01 NY 4.5
Jasper Ho 990 SPEYR 01 NY 4.5
Kai Gabriel Tsuboyama 824 NEST 01 NY 4.5
Stephanie Weinberg 760 DALTN 01 NY 4.5
10-18 Kabeer Arora 835 COLLG 01 NY 4

Vanessa Sun, chess player, journalist and enthusiast from New York brings us these beautiful impressions from the Greater New York tournament:

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The players got to tell what they wanted to open with…

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Some requested the normal 1.e4 or 1.d4…

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But this girl made Garry Kasparov open with 1.f4!

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Coaches hard at work: grandmasters Irina Krush and Alex Lendermanyuognersection01

Tough battles in the Elementary section
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Dressed for the occasion, no doubtyoungersection03 battlefortrophy01

The sweet feeling of victory
topboards01Many of the most promising players in the country participated in the event

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The structure might resemble a top level game!
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A proud winnersophie01

Sophie Morris-Suzuki is one of the most promising female players in the countrypride0

Big pride!
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Murrow Chess
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More winners from the High School sectionwomenschess01

U.S. Chess Federation had a strong female presencewinner04

Can’t beat that smile

More information about the tournament and full standings can be found at the Greater New York website.

Chess in Africa

After visiting Africa on a tour, GM Maurice Ashley was deeply moved by the extreme poverty, underlying beauty, and promise of hope. Together with Graham Jurgensen, they enlisted the help and patronage of the Paul Allen Foundation, as well as the Kasparov Chess Foundation in the USA and Africa, to take three grandmasters on a training tour for 18 weeks in Africa. Check out the entire article on ChessBase.

Jeffery Xiong is 2017 Samford Fellow

Jeffery Xiong on the December 2016 cover of Chess Life Magazine.

Jeffery on the cover of Chess Life

The FRANK P. SAMFORD, JR. CHESS FELLOWSHIP, marking its thirty first annual award, has selected Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong of Plano, Texas, as its 2017 Fellow. The Samford is the richest and most important chess fellowship in the United States having awarded over two million dollars the past three decades. It identifies and assists the best young American chess masters by providing top-level coaching, strong competition and access to study materials. The Fellowship also supplies a monthly stipend for living expenses so that the winners may devote themselves to chess without having financial worries. The total value of the Fellowship has been increased several times over the years and is now $42,000 annually. The prize is awarded for one year and can be renewed for a second year. The winners’ term begins July 1, 2017.

The entire staff of the Young Stars program congratulates him for being selected for such a prestigious award, and we are proud of him and wish him to excel to become the finest chess player in the United States and the world.

Jeffery Xiong is the top-rated player in the Young Stars program: The Young Stars – Team USA program has been sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) since 2012. A group of young and promising chess players are assessed and evaluated by Garry Kasparov himself, along with KCF President and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. These players are also individually trained by prominent grandmasters and famous coaches, including Alexander Chernin.

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Jeffery in Tata Steel. Photo by Alina l’Ami.

It was also a good day for Jeffery in  Wijk aan Zee’s Tata Steel tournament, as he defeated tournament co-leader Gawain Jones and moves to only half a point behind the leaders.

You can read more about the announcement at uschess.org

 

Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces 2017 Individual and Team Regional Scholastic Championships; Kicks Off 15 Year Anniversary with First of 15 Worldwide Events

New York, NY, Jan. 23, 2017 — Kasparov Chess Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a slate of 15 major events scheduled around the world, the first of which are the Greater New York, Greater Chicago, and Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships, in Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, and Baltimore, MD, respectively. The events are all commencing on Feb. 4th, 2017, and welcome students from K – 12 grades.

The Foundation is sponsoring these tournaments in association with local chess organizations in each region, including Maryland State Chess Association in the Mid-Atlantic, and Renaissance Knights Foundation in Chicago. Additionally, Garry Kasparov will be offering encouragement to players and their families at the Greater New York competition.

The tournament schedules are as follows:

Feb. 4 – 5, Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships at the The New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street (near Borough Hall), Brooklyn, NY 11201; eMail: director@gnyscc.com; visit: http://www.gnyscc.com/ for more information.

Feb. 4, Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute & Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD; eMail: tournaments@mdchess.com; visit: http://www.mdchess.com for more information.

Feb. 4, Greater Chicago Scholastic Chess Championships at the McCormick Place – West Building, 2301 South Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL. For further information, contact Renaissance Knights at david.heiser@renaissanceknights.org; visit: www.rknights.org/greaterchicago; via phone at (773) 844-0701. To register online, visit: http://rknights.org/registration/tournaments/greater-chicago-championships/.

According to Kasparov Chess Foundation President, Michael Khodarkovsky, the tournaments are convenient to the largest population areas within each region, and underscore the Foundation’s philanthropic mission of making chess accessible, fun, and competitive to all children. Let the games begin!

About Kasparov Chess Foundation

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

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Young Stars featured on worldchess.com

FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos has written an excellent article on the continuous, and very recent, success of the Young Star students, focusing mainly on Sevian and Xiong.

Find the article at:

https://worldchess.com/2016/11/26/recent-triumphs-by-two-young-stars/

U.S. Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad

The United States’ gold is the team’s first since 1976. But in that year, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the competition because it was held in Israel. The United States’ previous gold medals were in the 1930s — 1931, 1933, 1935 and 1937 — before the Soviet Union began to dominate the competition.

To read more about the US Men’s Team win at the 2016 Chess Olympiad’s and Kasparov Chess Foundation’s role in helping them get there, check out the complete New York Times article.

America’s Young Chess Champs

As featured in the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 5, 2016 – The Young Stars-Team USA program, a collaboration between the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the Saint Louis Chess Club, is churning out elite players at an impressive rate. Former Soviet chess world champion and political activist Garry Kasparov, now based in New York City, and Michael Khodarkovsky, the foundation’s president, have built a program similar to the one Mr. Kasparov attended as a youth in the Soviet Union. Read the entire article.

Xiong: World Champion

It has been an amazing series of tournaments for young Jeffery Xiong. Starting with his days at the Dallas Chess Club many years ago, it was clear that this young player had an enormous potential. However, his meteoric rise has surprised almost everyone. After having an excellent result in the U.S. Championship, Jeffery followed it by winning the Capablanca Memorial, the U.S. Junior and has now added a World title to his name: World Junior Champion of 2016!

His hard work has certainly paid off, and it has come with some fantastic aid. Jeffery has taken the spotlight of a very competitive and challenging group: the Young Stars. The Young Stars – Team USA program has been sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) since 2012.

A group of young and promising chess players are assessed and evaluated by Garry Kasparov himself, along with KCF President and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. The lead coach for this program is the world famous Alexander Chernin. This was designed as a 5 year program commenced in 2012. Jeffery’s championship is a culmination of the 5 year program. Other stars include Kayden Troff and Sam Sevian, who won the World Youth Championship under 14 and 12 respectively, Awonder, twice World Youth under 8 and 10, Carissa Yip tied for first at the World Youth under 12, and Ashritha Eswaran who was the 2015 Continental Girls Junior champion under 20.

American chess is becoming quite a superpower: Jeffery and Sam Sevian are the highest rated players born in the year 2000, while John Burke and Ruifeng Li are the highest rated players born in the year 2001!

A big part of Jeffery’s success can of course be attributed to his first coach, GM Babakuli Annakov as well as his current help in India, GM Vladimir Georgiev.

This is the seventh time an American wins this prestigious event:

1957- William Lombardy

1976 – Mark Diesen

1979 – Yasser Seirawan

1985 – Maxim Dlugy

1990 – Ilya Gurevich

1997 – Tal Shaked

Even though the World Junior is an u20 tournament, Jeffery has won it at the tender age of 15, definitely the youngest American to do so and we are figuring out if the youngest in history: we will updated the story when we have confirmation.

His style throughout the event has been true to his roots: uncompromising and dynamic play, never afraid of taking risks.

Jeffery’s new rating will be just shy of 2650. The only comparable player is Wei Yi with his 2720, but the Chinese player is over a year older than the American.

The first seed, Vladislav Artemiev, was able to win his last round and obtain second place. Third place on tiebreaks went to the Indian Narayanan Sunilduth, but it was a narrow margin over a surprise of the tournament: FM Xu Yi from China who gained a massive 67 rating points. A group of players tied for fifth at 8.5, not even including the Iranian terror who had dominated his opponents in the last couple of months and making a 70+ rating point jump: Parham Maghsoodloo!

You can read all about it either at the articles on chessbase.com or chess.com

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Jeffery in action in India

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Jeffery took out Nasuta Grzegorz in round 10
Xiong-vs-AravindhA key victory in round 8 against GM Chithambaram Aravindh

 

Young Stars Xiong and Liang 1-2 at U.S. Junior

With a prize fund higher than most national championships, you can expect that the U.S. Junior will attract several talented players. Leading the pack was Jeffery Xiong, with his massive 2641 FIDE, but it was not all smooth sailing for him. Second place Awonder Liang, only 13 years old, chased him the entire way.

ChessBase.com has a big write up that you can find here.

More tournaments, more success

It feels as if the Young Stars program is producing fantastic result after fantastic result, and that might just be the case. We published not too long ago a piece on Sam’s and Jeffery’s performances in their recent events, as well as Awonder’s fabulous result in the Continental Championship.

Jeffery has made the headlines yet again. A fabulous result in the 45th Capablanca Memorial, held in Havana, Cuba, this month granted him the first place in the Premier section of the tournament and another 13 rating points to his name.

51st Capablanca Mem Prem Varadero CUB Wed 8th Jun 2016 – Mon 20th Jun 2016
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
Rk Name Ti FED Rtg Pts TB1
1 Jeffery Xiong GM USA 2627 6.5 25.75
2 Isan Ortiz Suarez GM CUB 2578 6 25
3 Kamil Dragun GM POL 2599 6 23
4 Yuniesky Quesada Perez GM CUB 2631 5.5 22.75
5 Yuri Gonzalez Vidal GM CUB 2555 4.5 17
6 Yusnel Bacallao Alonso GM CUB 2554 4 19
7 Samuel Sevian GM USA 2603 4 16.75
8 Camilo Gomez Garrido IM CUB 2546 3.5 15
9 Angel Arribas Lopez GM ESP 2544 3 11.5
10 Ivan Morovic GM CHI 2572 2 7.25

ChessBase.com did a big expose, including analysis of two of his fantastic wins, and can be found here: ChessBase Article.