CCL student, Jason Wang, came in a 2-way tie for 1st place at the 2019 Barber tournament. This tournament is where the Middle School champions of every state come together to determine the champion of champions. It is a very strong event. Jason has always impressed me with his incredible fighting spirit. This tournament was no exception. After losing his first round game, he won his remaining 5 games to finish tied for 1st. His last round game as well as other information on the tournament is posted at https://new.uschess.org/news/invitational-winners-2019-orlando/. Jason’s current rating is 2391. No other CCL student has earned this high a rating at this young an age. Way to go, Jason!
If you are a member of the CCL Chess School or the Mulligan Chess Club, and want to play in the Columbus Chess League this Fall, please sign up at https://cclchess.com/columbus-chess-league/. I will collect your share of the entry fee (about $20) after the teams are formed. Information on this league is published at http://www.neilley.com/chess/league/2019colsleagueflyer.pdf.
All of the pictures below are at least 5 years old and are players who are now rated around 1700 or above. You can click on a picture to see a larger version of it. This was going to be a contest but not until after I implemented it did I find out that if you move your cursor over the picture, the filename (student's name) is displayed. So enjoy the pictures and see if you can guess who they are before moving your cursor over them.
With great pride, the CCL Chess School is glad to announce that Chis Shen came in clear first place in the US Junior Open while Elton Cao came in clear 1st place in the U-15 section. This year’s US Junior Open tournament attracted over 200 players under 21 to compete in four different age categories.
Chris gets the honor to compete in the 2020 US Junior Closed. The winner of the US Junior gets as spot in the US Championship. Hopefully we will soon have CCL graduates in both the US Womans (Maggie Feng) and US Open Championships. He is now going to Philadelphia for the World Open. Chris will have three tournaments in July and won’t be home until August.