One of the biggest accomplishments that many chess players hope to achieve is to become a USCF Chess Master. Recently one more CCL member climbed to the top of this huge mountain, which takes an exceptional amount of hard work and commitment. CCL is very proud of:
Another year and another great ending at the Ohio Grade Level Championships. I am just posting the CCL players who are now the 2016 Ohio Grade Level Champions. There were many other strong CCL performances and more details will be coming out in the next CCL Chess School newsletter.
11th grade = Abhi Ramaswamy and Cody Fan; co-champions
9th grade = Sam Massick
8th grade = Vincent Baker
7th grade = Joshua George
6th grade = Alina Niu
5th grade = Michael Lin
4th grade = Matt Wang
3rd grade = Rohan Padhye and Benjamin Yin; co-champions
|Walker Griggs||30.75||8-way tie for 5th|
|Maggie Feng||30.75||8-way tie for 5th|
|Abhi Ramaswamy||958.34||3-way tie for 1st|
|Marissa Li||958.34||3-way tie for 1st|
|Anagh Kulkarni||41.00||6-way tie for 5th|
|Justin Storn||41.00||6-way tie for 5th|
|Adith George||1643.00||1st place|
|Stella Huang||312.00||5-way tie for 2nd|
|Rohan Padhye||944.50||2-way tie for 1st|
|Marissa Li||410.50||1st place|
|Stella Huang||205.50||2nd place|
|Maggie Feng||61.50||2-way tie for 2nd|
Jason had a great tournament and almost won the event. Going into the last round Jason was 1/2 point behind the sole leader. He position was solid, probably a little better, and he saw that the top board was drawn. Jason could have also gone for, or offered a draw and won a medal at the event. But Jason is an amazing fighter and an inspiration to me. His thoughts were not on getting a medal but rather on becoming a world champion. He threw caution to the wind but unfortunately he came out on the losing side.
I am so proud of this young man. While most of us are running for a safe ending, he fights to the end. This was clear to me the very first time that I met him. I was giving a simul at the Queen City Classic and this very young little kid was playing really well against me. He was losing but competing very hard. I thought that I would be nice and offer him a draw for his great effort. He looked at me and said, ‘no thanks’. “What!”, I thought. I went on to win that game but I knew that he was something special. Right after the event I went to his parents and invited them to join CCL. They took be up on my offer and here we are today.