Chess Camp on the Initiative

-- A CCL Chess Camp -- 'The Initiative is Coming'


Date:  Saturday/Sunday   June 6-7, 2015
Time:    9:30 - 5:00
Where: Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington in Worthington, Ohio

  • Learn how to play with the initiative by the one of the world's top International Masters and coaches.
  • Open only to CCL members and members of a Mulligan Chess Club.
  • Lectures, game reviews, camp review book, tournament, and prizes.
  • For more details, email


Jason Wang become 14 CCL graduate – sets new record

Jason Wang graduates CCL
goofing off at the National Elementary School Championship

Congratulations to our latest and 14th CCL graduate, Jason Wang.

  • Jason earned his CCL graduation at the National Elementary School Championship, in Nashville, Tenn.
  • He became the youngest CCL graduate, earning the honor while still in third grade, surpassing Chris Shen’s mark of the beginning of 4th grade.
  • This Who’s Who chess list has been growing with great talent which is clearly characterized by a high value on perseverance and hard work.
  • What is a CCL graduate?  It is an honorary degree that we give to any CCL player who has worked their way through the ranks while in CCL and has made a USCF experts rating (>= 2000).   This group is becoming a who’s who of the top young talent around.  It entitles them to lifetime membership in CCL, based on good behavior, without the requirement of taking lessons (although most still do).  They are allowed to receive email spam from me for the rest of their lives!!
  • Who will be next?
  • CCL graduates are (in order of obtainment):
    • John Hughes
    • Walker Griggs
    • Maggie Feng
    • Rahul Ramaswamy
    • Annorjan Naguleswaran
    • Luke Xie
    • Chris Shen
    • Noah Keating-Adams
    • Sam Massick
    • Anagh Kulkarni
    • Vikram Srivastava
    • Aristo Liu
    • Abhi Ramaswamy
    • Jason Wang

6 from CCL qualify for the 2015 World Youth Championship

This year CCL had 6 players officially qualify for the 2015 World Youth Championship, although they are opening the tournament up to everyone who wants to participate.  The tournament will be in Greece, this fall.

Our official girl qualifiers are:

CCL World Youth Girls
CCL World Youth Girls

Emma Cheng

Meghana Bhanuprasad

Maggie Feng

Our official boy qualifiers are:

CCL World Youth Boys
CCL World Youth Boys

Jason Wang

Aristo Liu
Chris Shen


CCL performs well at National HS Championship


The top CCL finishers in the National HS tournament were Maggie Feng, Chris Shen, and Vikram Srivastava VikramLukeMaggieNHSwho each scored 5.5/7, finishing in a tie for 10th place.  Based on tiebreaks, they finished in 24th, 26th, and 27th places respectively.   I am hopeful for a CCL National HS champion in the future as these 3 players are in 8th, 5th, and 9th grades.

We had a very fine finish by 3rd grader Emma Cheng in the U-1600EmmaNHS section who tied for 2nd place with 5 wins, 1 draw, and 1 bye.  Also of note was a nice tournament by Mark Carroll who gained 157 rating points and Dominic Mayhew who gained 113 rating points.

The complete cross-tables for this tournament can be found at:

CCL dominates at Queen City, again

As was expected, there is no program that can compete with CCL. Although most of the top players in CCL stayed away from the fast time control, enough attended to secure CCL most of the tournament’s top awards.  The top CCL awards in the Open sections were:

K-12 individual – 1st place individual – Luke Xie

K-12 team – 1st place by winning 6 of the top 8 individual spots

Queen City K-12

7-9 individual – 2nd place – Victor Lim

7-9 team – 2nd place

4-6 individual – tie for 1st (Justin Wu, Dakshin Pisini, Aditya Jambhale, Ethan Ferkins, Karthik Kallam, Dominic Mayhew)

4-6 team – 1st place by winning 6 of the top 7 spots.

K-3 individual – 1st place – Ethan Fang

K-3 team – 1st place – top 3 individual finishers

Queen City K-3