Both John and Maggie have qualified to be official representatives of the US in the 2012 Pan American Youth. For more details, please see http://main.uschess.org/content/view/11771/319/
The June, end of the school year, rating lists are out and it appears that almost all of the top players in Ohio are in CCL.
- In the K-6 list, the top 6 players are in CCL (Maggie, Luke, Chris, Abhi, Ryan, and Vikram) as well as 17 of the top 20 players.
- In the K-12 list , the 2nd and 3rd spots (Walker and John) are in CCL, while the 1st spot player is now graduating.
- In the Girls K-12 list, the top 3 spots are in CCL (Maggie – 5th grade, Emily 4th grade , and Meghana 4th grade), as well as the top 1st (Lainie) and 2nd grade (Ellison) girls in the state.
Last weekend Luke came in tied for 1st in the K-5 division of the National Elementary School Championship. This has certainly been the year of the Xie. Check out all of these accomplishments, and don’t forget that Luke is only a 4th grader. Does anyone know if there has ever been another Ohio 4th grader with a rating in the 1900’s?
- National K-5 co-champion
- Co-champion of the 2012 Central Ohio Junior Invitational
- Ohio Middle School Champion and qualified to play in the National Barber tournament
- Ohio Grade Level Champion
- Qualified to play in the 2012 World Youth Championship!
Not too many of us competed in the Cincinnati Open last weekend but those that did really shined. Maggie came in tied for first in the Open section with CCL Coach Hans. I am not aware of a 5th grader ever winning a major Ohio open tournament before. Abhi came in clear first in the U-1900 section. This is especially nice after just taking clear first in the U-1800 section of the Cardinal Open last January. I think that I may be seeing a trend. Stanley, who has gained over 300 rating points in the past couple of months, took clear first in the U-1600 section, with Emily finishing clear 2nd.
The CCL team Whatitbelike finished 2nd out of 30 international teams in the T52 tournament of the 4545 league. This was an excellent result by a young team, competing in an adult league. Congratulations to the team members: Chris, Matthew, Austin, Cody, Rohit, and Stanley.