Jason finished 6-1 at the 2016 National Elementary School Championship to finish in a tie for 2nd place. He did this despite only being in 4th grade and taking a 1/2 point bye in round 5. With two more years of eligibility ahead of him, it looks like he has an excellent chance of eventually winning this prestigious National title. Chris Shen also had a strong showing, finishing with 5.5 points and tying for 8th place. Next year the National Elementary, Junior High, and High School Championships will all be held at the same time and same place (Nashville, Tenn.) and it is called The Super Nationals. Put it on your calendar now, May 12- 14, 2017. All of the CCL competitors are listed below:
K-6 = Jason Wang – tied for 2nd with 6/7, Chris Shen – tied for 8th with 5.5, Amanda Huang 3.0, Matthew Liu – 2.5
K-6 U-1000 = Rohan Kumar 5.0
K-5 = Lainie Massick – 4.5, Evan Wu – 3.5, Triyakshari Venkataraja 3.0, Justin Song 2.0
K-5 U-900 = Rahul Kumar 4.0
K-3 = Rohan Padhye 4.0, Vishnu Mangipudi 3.0
K-1 = Grant Mu 5.0, Eli Dropic 4.0, Lingaadyakssh Venkataraja 4.0
Both Milos and Ivan are rated around 2650 FIDE, which translate to about 2750 USCF. They are not full time coaches but rather are professional chess players, who spend most of their time preparing for and playing in the chess circuit. Milos competed in the previous World Cup. Thus scheduling lesson with them will be on an intermittent basis, when they have available time. You are welcome to use them as a full time coach but I see their real value being for our higher rated players who want to work on a highly theoretical opening, system, or methodology. Both Milos and Ivan have a very high theoretical understanding of chess.
We want to bring the very best to CCL, at every level, and that is what we feel that we are doing by integrating Milos and Ivan into our program.
Marissa Li wins the U-14 section of the National All-Girls Championship. Leading the field by a full point going into the last round. Our Chicago favorite sister, Marissa Li, easily sailed into a 1st place finish at this national championship.
Emma Cheng wins the U-10 section of the National All-Girls Championship. This championship for Emma came shortly after she tied for 1st in the All-Girls K-12 championship in Ohio. Leading the field by a 1/2 point with a perfect 5-0 score, Emma held to a draw with someone that was rated almost 400 points higher than her to clinch the title. There were 118 players in her section. She also finished in 7th place in the Blitz tournament.
Maggie Feng sweeps that field at the Ohio High School Championship. Following last week's clear 1st place win at the National Junior High School Championship, Maggie won the Ohio High School Championship with a perfect 6-0 score. Maggie has earned the right to represent Ohio at the National Denker Tournament this summer. I expect to watch Maggie compete in the U.S. Female National Championship next year.
Vincent Baker came in clear first place in the Ohio Middle School Championship. This has been a very successful year for Vincent who is also the current National 7th grade champion. CCL took the top 5 spots in this event with Vincent being followed by Chis Shen, Justin Storn, Luke Xie, and Jason Wang. Vincent has earned the right to represent Ohio at the National Barber Tournament this summer.
Akron chess coach Kala Bagley and CCL have joined force to help to make Akron a chess force in Ohio. Coach Kala will preform the Pre-CCL function in the Greater Akron area and once her students reach the needed level of chess competence, they will graduate into automatic acceptance into the CCL school. For more information on Coach Kala Bagley and her Akron chess programs, please CLICK HERE.