Record-Breaking Turnout for 2016 All Girls Scholastic Championships

Nearly 450 K – 12 Students Across The Country Competed — And All Are Winners.

New York, NY, April 25, 2016 — Kasparov Chess Foundation held its 2016 All Girls Scholastic Championships this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency, McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, and scored a checkmate in terms of attendance smashing previous records. The Foundation organized and sponsored the tournament in association with local chess organization Renaissance Knights Foundation and the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

In total, 449 players from 27 states were represented at this year’s tournament, which took place on April 22nd – 24th. Following is a partial listing of the winners:

Under 8

Individual: Kally Wen, 6.0, CASJME

Team: Speyer Legacy, New York, NY

Under 10

Individual: Emma Cheng, 5.5 OHDBTE

Team: Weibel Elementary, Fremont CA

Under 12

Individual: Minda Chen 6.0 WASEJA

Team: Dalton, New York, NY

Under 14

Individual: Marissa Li, 5.0 ILLIKN

Team: University Prep Science & Math, MI

Under 16

Individual:  Thalia Cervantes 5.5 MOHOME

Team: Earl Stem, Chicago, IL

Under 18

Individual: Anupama Rajendra 5.5

Team: Hunter College High School, New York, NY

To view the complete results, please visit http://rknights.org/registration/tournaments/all-girls-nationals/pairings/

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 throughout the United States 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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Kasparov Interview in New Dehli’s The Hindu on the Increasing Role of Chess in Modern Society

New Dehli, India, Feb. 20, 2016 – In an article that ran in The Hindu newspaper today, titled “Role of Chess in Modern Society has Increased: Kasparov,” Garry shares his views on chess, entrepreneurialism, and politics. “I see the dramatic increase in the role chess is playing in modern society. Spread of chess in schools around the world is significantly higher than it was ten years ago. But the problem is we don’t have the leadership in the organisation to capitalise on the popularity and bring in corporate sponsorship,” he declared.

To read the entire article, please click here.

2016 Greater Chicago Scholastic

article and photos by Betsy Dynako. Original article published at www.uschess.org

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Kinzie Chess Team, winners of the K-9 championship team prize at the Greater Chicago K-12, Photo: Betsy Carina Dynako

For chess fans, it’s easy to understand how chess can be a gift in a person’s life. Many non-profit organizations, including US Chess, do good work based in support of the royal game all across this country.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation is one of these organizations. Its mission of promoting the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool i
n classrooms and after-school programs is going strong in Chicago. The foundation has the Renaissance Knights to thank for this and for organizing the Greater Chicago K-12 Championship. In addition, a sister championship event was hosted on February 6 in Baltimore.  In January, the Greater New York Championship took place with record breaking participation of over 1200 players. Another championship will be hosted in California later this year. Michael Khodarkovsky, president of the Kasparov Chess Federation, says that the championships, “are spread out throughout the country to make it accessible and affordable to all players and their families.”

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Decatur Classical Chess Club, winners of the K-3 Championship Team Prize at the Greater Chicago K-12, Photo: Betsy Carina Dynako

The Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation is well known nationally for teaming with the Kasparov Chess Foundation to host the annual KCF All–Girls National Tournament, but locally it is known for much more. Renaissance Knights provides after school lessons, camps, other tournament opportunities, and promotes non-violence. With the financial support of the SBB Research Group over the last three years, the Greater Chicago K-12 Championships has gifted free entry into the tournament and complimentary US Chess memberships to 325 children who attend Title I schools. One hundred and eighty players benefited this year.

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Matthew Varga, winner of the 2016 Greater Chicago K-12 Championship, with Sandeep Navalgund and Andrew Cho, Photo: Betsy Carina Dynako

Matthew Varga is one of the success stories of the Renaissance Knights. He has been active in chess through the foundation over the last five years. Currently, he is a student of the Chicago Virtual School. Varga’s commitment to chess paid off as he was crowned the K-12 Varsity Champion at the Greater Chicago K-12 Championship this year. When asked about his victory and other tournaments Varga said, “Renaissance Knights have the best tournaments. They are the most well-run out of all the events that I have been to in the area and other states, as well. They really care about the players and love to see them grow, as I have for the past five years.”

The Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation has been the beneficiary of support from the SBB Research Group for the past two years. This relationship was born out of the suggestion of one of SBB’s employees, Sandeep Navalgund. He is a product of Illinois High School Chess, having played for the Hinsdale South high school team, class of 2001. Navalgund said that chess was important for building his skills in engineering, which are part of his professional repertoire. Founder of SBB, Sam Barnett, is known for actively supporting causes that are important to the people in his organization, so it was no surprise that Barnett was interested in becoming involved in chess after Navalgund made the pitch. Barnett reflected on his support of chess via the Renaissance Knights: “helping hundreds of children is amazing.” Navalgund, Barnett, Andrew Cho, and Ali Weinberg all attended the Greater Chicago K-12 Championship and happily posed for photos with the winners.

With the great support they have received, it’s hopeful that the 180 new US Chess members from the Chicago area will grow with the game and flourish into adulthood. Chess can change lives.

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Bateman Chess Club, 2nd Place Team K-3 JV at the Greater Chicago K-12, Photo: Betsy Carina Dynako

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Carl Sandburg High School, winners of the K-12 JV Team Prize at the Greater Chicago K-12, Photo: Betsy Carina Dynako

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Avery Cooney School, winners of the K-6 Varsity Team Prize at the Greater Chicago K-12, with Sandeep Navalgund and Andrew Cho, Photo: Betsy Carina Dynako

2016 Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic

The 2016 Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic tournament was a big success. Held in  Baltimore, Maryland, the tournament attracted almost 300 participants from K-12. The tournament was held the days of February 6th and 7th. Below are the winners from each grade section as well as pictures of some of the participants. For more information and full list of standings please follow this link to the Maryland Chess Association.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Christopher Wang TAKOME 5.0
2 Dhruva Dine Patil CAMPHE 4.0
3 MICHAEL CHEN STONME 3.5

2nd Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Aiden Yang CROMWE 5.0
2 Daniel Premkumar NORTVE 4.0
3 Thomas Diep CENTEE 4.0

3rd Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Andrew Guo WAYSIE 4.5
2 Gabriel Joshi CLOVEE 4.5
3 Terry Luo OLIVLE 4.0

4th Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Soham Jinsi POTOME 4.5
2 Sumedh Vangara FOXCHE 4.5
3 Shubo Zhang WAYSIE 4.0

5th Grade

# Name Team Grd St Tot
1 Andrew Z Yuan FOXCHE 5 MD 5.0
2 Carissa Ang Zheng SEVENE 5 MD 4.0
3 Srujan Yellanki BUSHYE 5 MD 4.0

6th Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Satvik Sai Lolla ROBECM 4.5
2 Asish Panda NORTHM 4.0
3 Ariel Joshi BRIGGM 4.0

7th Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Dylan G Booth ANNAPM 5.0
2 Zhi Kevin Zheng MOUNTM 4.0
3 Emerson L Holcomb CITYEM 4.0

8th Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Joseph D Tarantin COCKEM 4.5
2 Sangmin Woo COCKEM 4.0
3 Anthony Granruth RIDGEM 4.0

9th Grade

# Name Team Grd Tot
1 Pranav Karthik THOMAH 9 4.0
2 Jacob R Landis WESTYH 9 3.0
3 BENJAMIN TACZAK SEVERH 9 3.0

10th Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Dexter John Amata BALTPH 4.0
2 Amari K Camper BALTCH 3.0
3 Christophe Salley CHESMH 3.0

11th and 12th Grade

# Name Team Tot
1 Ronald Best Jr BALTCH 4.0
2 Kir Kokilepersaud EASTTH 3.0
3 Devon S Johnson BALTCH 3.0

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Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces 2016 Individual and Team Regional Scholastic Championships

New York, NY, Jan. 22, 2016 — Kasparov Chess Foundation welcomes students from K – 12 grades to take part in its 2016 Scholastic Championships Series, spanning across major metropolitan areas of the nation. 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 the Midwest.

The tournament schedules are as follows:

Feb. 6, 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. 6, 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.oror via phone at (773) 844-0701. To register online, visit: http://rknights.org/registration/tournaments/greater-chicago-championships/.  Online Registration at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/RenaissanceKnights#/selectSessions/1088103

According to Kasparov Chess Foundation President, Michael Khodarkovsky, the tournaments are spread out throughout the country to make it accessible and affordable to all players and their families.  For details on each regional Championship, please see links above. 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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Biggest Turnout in History For Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships

1,240+ K – 12 Students Across Greater NY Participated in This Year’s Tournament.

New York, NY, Jan. 11, 2016 — Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) held its 2016 Greater New York Scholastic Championships on Sat., Jan. 9th and Sun., Jan. 10th, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. According to Chief Arbiter, David Hater, the tournament attracted 1,242 students from across the New York Metropolitan area, representing the biggest turnout in the tournament’s 50-year history.

Below is a list of Varsity individual and team winners. For the complete list of results, please visit our tournament web site at www.gnyscc.com.

Following are Varsity individual and team winners:

High School  

Individual: Ethan Li (5 1/2 out of 6)

Team: Stuyvesant (16 ½ points in a tiebreak over NEST)

Junior High

Individual:  Justin Chen (5-1 tiebreak over Akash Kumar, Ariun Rai, and Max Li)

Team:  IS 318 (17 ½ points)

Elementary

Individual: Davis Zong Jr.  (6-0)

Team:  NEST (18 ½ points)

Primary

Individual: Lucas Foerster-Yialamas (6-0)

Team:  Dalton (18 ½ points)

K1

Individual: Daniel Luo (6-0)

Team:  Dalton (14 ½ points)

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As an added treat for participants, the Foundation Chairman, Garry Kasparov was on hand to sign books, stand for pictures, and offer encouragement to the students.   To view more images, please visit www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

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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Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 50th Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships

Sat., Jan 9 – Sun., Jan. 10, 2016 at the New York Marriott Hotel At The Brooklyn Bridge

New York, NY, Dec. 28, 2015 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation is hosting and sponsoring the 2016 Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships. America’s longest-running, rated scholastic chess tournament will take place on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 9th – 10th at New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, located at 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (about 5 minutes drive south of the Brooklyn Bridge, near Borough Hall), near subways: Jay Street Metrotech (A, C, F & R trains), Hoyt Street (2 & 3 trains), Borough Hall (4 & 5 trains) and Court Street (R train).

This year represents the tournament’s half-century anniversary and has been under the management of the Kasparov Chess Foundation since 2005. To honor this year’s achievement, former World Chess Champion and Foundation Chairman, Garry Kasparov, will be at the event both days, autographing books, taking pictures and offering his encouragement to the students.

The competition is divided into five 5 or 6-round Swiss-style tournaments with in all fourteen separate sections, over the two-day weekend event. All Championship sections, including K-1 Championship, will be over two days: 3 rounds on Saturday January 9 and 3 rounds on Sunday January 10! Championship section games start at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm both days. Awards ceremonies at about 6:30 pm Sunday (possibly earlier).

Non-Championship section rounds start at 10 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm Saturday or Sunday. Awards ceremonies at about 6 pm. Championship section eligibility is not limited by rating. The other sections are limited as their names indicate. See here for more details about the rating based section eligibility rules.

Ideal for the beginner as well as top-rated competitive players. The non-Championship games are 30 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move. Championship games are 60 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move (non-delay clocks get no additional time.). The games are rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The January 2016 USCF Rating List is used (but unofficial ratings at www.uschess.org are usually used if players would otherwise be unrated on the January 2016 official rating list).

Any number of players may participate from a school to help compete for team prizes (2 or more from the same school make a team), but at most the four top-scoring players from the school produce its team score. Players without school teams compete for individual prizes. Prizes are awarded to the top-scoring players and schools. You can win both team and individual prizes.

Online Registration is available at http://www.gnyscc.com/registration.html; $55 per player through Dec. 26, $65 after that through January 2nd (if you enter four or more players from the same school, on the same registration, a discount of $5 per player will be given), $75 per player through January 7th, but no team discount after January 4th. The on site fees are $85 per player (beginning the evening of Friday 8th until 8:30 am on the day of the tournament), and then $100 per player from 8:30-9:00 am.

For answers to any questions, please email us at chesscentr@gmail.com or call 347-201-CCNY (2269). Students are requested to bring clocks, while sets and boards will be supplied by Little House of Chess, http://www.littladehouseofchess.com.

The five tournaments follow:

K-1 CHAMPIONSHIP

2 sections, open to all born after 1/9/08 AND ALSO in grade 1/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: K-1 Championship, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 6 K or below (you can win both a plaque and trophy). 2. Saturday: K-1 Under 400, open to players rated Under 400 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

PRIMARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/9/06 AND ALSO in grade 3/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Primary Championship, open to all. Trophies to the 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Saturday: Primary Under 1000, for players rated Under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies to top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Primary Under 500, open to all rated under 500 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPIONSHIP

2 separate sections, open to all born after 1/9/00 and in grade 9/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Junior High Championship, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Saturday: Junior High Under 1000 for rated players under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 4 to 6.

ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP

4 sections, open to all born after 1/9/03 AND ALSO in grade 6/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Elementary Championship, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: Elementary Under 1400 for rated players under 1400 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 1000 for rated players under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 600 for rated players under 600 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, for players born after 1/9/96 and in grades K-12: 1. Saturday and Sunday: High School Championship, open to all. Trophies for the 12 top-scoring players and top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: High School Under 1900, for Under 1900 rated players or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: High School Under 1200, for rated players Under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 7 to 9.

In every tournament, anyone scoring 4 or more in non-Championship sections, or 5 or more in Championship, who doesn’t win a trophy receives a medal instead! All sections also have trophies for the 6 top scoring teams. Even more prizes, including Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes, can be won! Please check www.gnyscc.com for details.

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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KCF Annual Gala: 30 year celebration of Kasparov’s triumph

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The KCF is about Chess Education above all else

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The stage is set for the annual KCF gala – and a special one this year!

It is hard to believe that already thirty years have passed since the historical triumph of Kasparov over Karpov in their 1985 World Championship match. The elegance of Garry’s last game, including one of the most talked about rook maneuvers in any Sicilian, has inspired young players for more than a generation. This week, at the Kasparov Chess Foundation annual gala, we had the opportunity to relive this triumph.

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Young challengers warming up for the big game

Held at the heart of Manhattan, a lovely evening brought together celebrities, leaders of the world’s financial industry and philanthropists in celebration of an achievement that shaped chess to its core. The highlight of the gala was a 30-board simultaneous exhibition, which was given by Garry Kasparov himself.

After the opening stage was completed, and just as in a celebrity soccer game, Garry brought in three young debutants, passing on the torch to the new generation of chess champions: instead of getting a torch, they took over Garry’s positions on the simul. The three grandmasters come from the very prestigious and successful Young Stars program – a collaboration between the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

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The man himself in action! Here he is greeting before the game a student from KCF’s program at Harlem Children’s Zone.

The three promising players took ten boards each, taking the position where Garry left off. Kayden Troff, former World Champion u-14, had significant challenges on his boards, as more than a couple of masters were in his section, but he was able to dispatch them with sound positional play.

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Kayden putting on the finishing touches on his game

Sam Sevian, also a former World Champion but in the u-12 category, took advantage of many of the mistakes that the players had made in the opening against Garry.

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Sam showed he is a ruthless attacker – just like Garry!

Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong, from Texas and silver medalist in the u-10 World Championships back in 2010, was far less patient than his fellow prodigies. He tore apart the competition, and even had time to kibitz on the other two grandmasters while they finished their games. Sam and Jeffery are the highest rated grandmasters under the age of 16 in the World.

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Jeffery was the first one to finish his ten games

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The Young Stars showed their class and finished off what Garry started. Each participant of the simultaneous exhibition received the set they played on with Kasparov’s autograph on the chess board. Memorabilia for life!

The final part of the gala was a cozy and intimate dinner on one of the top floors with the stunning view on New York’s landmarks, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. It was attended by Garry’s family, close friends and KCF supporters. Garry showed a video with clips from his match in 1985 and explained his feelings and his preparation, certainly a unique insight on what was going on through his mind thirty years ago, when he became the youngest World Champion in history – a record not broken yet.

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Garry’s emotional words truly moved us, like a time machine, to that match back in 1985

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The banner from the 1985 match

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The winner: Garry Kasparov

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A young Kasparov focusing!

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Another first-class event in Manhattan organized by KCF’s President,Michael Khodarkovsky

It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have taken part in such a special event. I consider myself very lucky, for it is rather ironic that this touching celebration for an iconic figure like Garry Kasparov, who brought so much pride and glory to Soviet and Russian Chess, took place in New York, and not in Moscow!

Photo credits to Derick Bryant, Daryl Stith and Garry Kasparov’s archive.

Inaugural Greater California Scholastic

by Jerry Yee

193 kids participated in Glendale, California on the weekend of August 15-16 in the Inaugural 2015 Greater California Scholastic Championships. The event was sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and organized by two of Southern California’s most prominent and successful chess education programs, Beyond Chess and the American Chess Academy (ACA). Beyond Chess and ACA have enjoyed the most competitive scholastic chess rivalry in the area for several years now, dominating at California’s annual Super States event every year.  FB_IMG_1440187140389_resized

In March, it was Beyond Chess co-founder IM Sarah Lu who approached ACA’s Armen Ambartsoumian and Jerry Yee about teaming up and organizing a big summer youth event. The three agreed there was a void in the summer the last few years and that it was worth considering. Soon after their meeting, Ambartsoumian contacted KCF President Michael Khodarkovsky about sponsoring the inaugural event. It would be the first west coast scholastic event sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation.

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Trophies for the winners

The event was the result of several months of planning with concerns about the event possibly conflicting with the vacations of many local chess families in the month of August. The two day event’s good turnout put those concerns to rest and further illustrated that scholastic chess in the Southern California area continues to thrive, even in the summer!

The venue was Glendale’s iconic Maple Park Community Center, a beautiful modern two story building with a basketball gym that can accommodate up to 275 chess players if needed. There is also a spacious cafeteria for families to enjoy their lunch. The building is surrounded by playgrounds and grass fields, an ideal setting for a scholastic chess tournament. ACA has been organizing chess tournaments at Maple Park since 2011.

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Armen Ambartsoumian with Jennifer Lee, winner of K-6 u900
A challenge for this event was having more than one time control so that it could also accommodate higher rated players who prefer more time on their clocks. The solution? The two K-12 sections had 6 rounds with a time control of game in 60 and the three JV sections had 5 rounds with a time control of game in 30 in a double Swiss format. This allowed for the tournament and award ceremony to conclude after 5 rounds for the three JV sections just before the start of round 6 for the two K-12 sections. The plan looked good on paper at least…

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Jerry Lee and Armen Ambartsoumian with Spencer Morgan K-3 u600

The event ran smoothly in Day 1, but experienced two unforeseen power outages due to a local electrical transformer exploding in the neighborhood on a very warm Day 2. In the middle of the second power outage, the JV final standings were calculated manually and the JV award ceremony took place in the basketball gym’s sweltering heat in what felt like sauna like conditions at 230pm in the afternoon. The second outage lasted for most of the final 3 hours of the event. When power and air conditioning was finally restored around 5pm, round 6 was concluding. It was time for the K-12 award ceremony to begin as things concluded in a festive, happier atmosphere and a much cooler gymnasium!

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Armen with Vendant Shahk, winner K-12 u1500

The event’s chief TD was yours truly and even with my extensive experience, many thanks have to go to WGM Tatev Abrahamyan and IM Sarah Lu for their efforts in dealing with the manual calculation of pairings and standings during the power outages. Special thanks also go out to KCF President Michael Khodarkovsky for approving the sponsorship of this event. The Kasparov Chess Foundation’s continuing support of scholastic events like this throughout the country help give children in the U.S. the opportunity to compete in chess tournaments with larger turnouts.

While there may have been some bumps along the way, it was still a great and very memorable summer weekend of competitive scholastic chess in Los Angeles and the organizers are already looking forward to this event again in the summer of 2016!

Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces Inaugural 2015 Greater California Scholastic Championships

New York, NY, Aug. 5, 2015 — Kasparov Chess Foundation is proud to announce the first Greater California Scholastic Championships, to take place on Aug. 15 – 16, 2015, at the Maple Park Community Center, 800 E. Maple Street, Glendale, CA.  The Greater California event joins KCF’s Regional Scholastic Championship Series, including Greater Chicago, Greater Mid-Atlantic, and Greater New York tournaments.

The Foundation is sponsoring its first West Coast tournament in association with American Chess Academy and Beyond Chess.  The Greater California Scholastic Championships welcomes students from K – 12 grades, in public, private, and home school.  The tournament is broken up into two sections, as follows:

K – 12 Section: 6 Rounds, G/60

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015: 10am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015: 10am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm (Trophy Ceremony)

JV Section: 5 Double Rounds, G/30

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015: 10am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015: 10am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm (Trophy Ceremony)

Fee:  $60 by Aug. 5th, $75 thereafter.  Make checks payable to American Chess Academy, and mail to “ACA” 411 N. Jackson St., Apt. 101, Glendale, CA 91206.

Contact: Armen americanchessacademy@gmail.com; email: artmik@charter.net; Phone: (818) 640-5974.

Prizes: 60 Trophies will be handed out, along with a $2,000 gift card prize fund.

Flier:  To view our flier, please click on this link – http://bit.ly/1W27Aaq

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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