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



Luke Xie becomes CCL’s 5th Master

Congratulations to 7th grader Luke XLuke at Queen Cityie for becoming the 5th CCL student to earn a national masters rating of over 2200.  Preceding Luke was John Hughes, Walker Griggs, Maggie Feng, and Chris Shen.  Luke earned his master’s rating by winning the Queen City Classic, sweeping the field 5-0.  Click here to see his last round win vs. fellow CCL student, Vikram Srivastava, when they were both 4-0 and competing for the title.

CCL comes up on top in Ohio HS and MS Championships

Vikram and Aristo

Our latest Ohio 2015 Champions:
High School – Vikram Srivastava
Middle School – Aristo Liu

Without a lost game among them, Vikram and Aristo represented CCL well at the state HS and MS championships.  Now Vikram has earned the right to represent Ohio at the National Denker tournament while Aristo has earned the right to represent Ohio at the National Barber tournament. Last year Vikram won the Middle School Championship and competed in the Barber tournament. Complete results are posted at .

The Midwest Open Team Festival (MOTCF) was also held last weekend where CCL teams won Silver, Bronze, and U-1600.


Emma on The Good Morning Columbus Show

Emma Cheng, interviewed by NBC NEWS, regarding her upcoming bout with Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The Dispatch Gets it Right

My hats off to Lori Kurtzman from the Dispatch who got the story right, from beginning to end. Her insights, concern for accuracy, and ease to talk with, was a marvel to me.  Thank you so much for telling this story correctly. Here is her story:

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Both Ethan and Emma represented CCL very well, showing great composure dealing with all of the news media and cameras back stage. Since Emma was the initial, and the local player, much of the focus was on her.  However Ethan performed equally as well, both in his chess and in his behavior.  Thank you both, for confirming that CCL is a program with class.

This was not really a fair chess match as although Arnold may be a good chess player among his peers, he does not really compete with us.  Here are the first few moves of the game where Arnold, playing white against Emma, was down by a pawn and bishop after only 7 moves!