Vincent Baker becomes the 16th CCL graduate

Aug 2015 Vincent expert ratingCongratulation to our latest and 16th CCL graduate, Vincent Baker.

  • Vincent earned his CCL graduation and zipped his rating up to 2058.
  • Vincent has just started 7th grade and lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio
  • He is the current Elementary School Champion of Ohio
  • This Who’s Who chess list has been growing with great talent which is clearly characterized by a high value on perseverance, hard work, and passion.
  • 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
    • Ricky Wang
    • Vincent Baker

John Hughes becomes the first, of many, again!

John Hughes, a sophomore at Cornell University, sets another CCL first.  He became the 1st CCL student to earn an IM norm.  John was also the very 1st CCL student, the 1st CCL graduate, the 1st CCL master, and now this.  As has happened with his other accomplishments, I am sure that many of you will soon be following in his footsteps.  John is still an active student in CCL, currently working with IM Goran Vojinovic.

John was playing in the City of  Barcelona (Spain) International Open.  It is a strong tournament. John’s section has 52 players with international titles.  John started in 58th place. After 8 of the 9 rounds he was 6.0 and tied for fifth place.  Most importantly, he has already secured his first International Master norm with a round to spare.

Goran and Gang Clean up at Columbus Open

CCL Coach and IM Goran Vojinovic seldom fails to impress as he has won almost every major Ohio tournament that he has played in.  This time he tied for 1st with GM Bryan Smith.   Following close behind with 4.0 were CCL players Walker Griggs, John Hughes, and Maggie Feng.  They got $300 each for being part of a 5 way tie for 3rd place.  A shout goes out to Blake Baumgartner for a nice draw against GM Sergey Kudrin.

Jason Lai ran away with the money, with a perfect score, in the Premier Section (U-1800).  He was reward with $600 for his efforts.  Also taking home some of the money in that section was: Kian Souayvixay and Sujan Rachuri for tying for 2nd place,  Joshua George for tying for 1st in the U-1600 class prize, and David Carroll for bring home the upset prize.

Another very fine showing by CCL at a major Ohio Open.

Ricky Wang becomes the 15th CCL Graduate

Congratulations to our latest and 15th CCL graduate, Ricky Wang.

  • Ricky earned his CCL graduation at the World Open, in Virginia
  • Check out one of his World Open games at http://cclchess.com/ccl-games/
  • He became first CCL graduate from outside of Ohio
  • Ricky is going into 7th grade and lives in Buffalo Grove, Illinois
  • This Who’s Who chess list has been growing with great talent which is clearly characterized by a high value on perseverance, hard work, and passion.
  • 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
    • Ricky Wang

Chess Camp on Complex Positions

-- A CCL Chess Camp -- 'Complex Positions'

 

Date:  Saturday/Sunday   July 25-26, 2015
Time:    9:30 - 5:00
Where: Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington in Worthington, Ohio

  • Learn how to play complex positions 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.
  • Designed for players with ratings over 1400
  • For more details, email acasden@insight.rr.com