Last weekend Luke (4th grade) won the Ohio Middle School Championship on tiebreaks over Abhi (6th grade and defending champion). In 4th place was Maggie (5th grade) and in 5th place was Arjun (7th grade). Across all 4 of these players only a half of a point was lost to a non-CCL player. Luke is planning on taking advantage of his resulting invitation to play in the Barber tournament.
Last weekend Walker and John defeated everyone in their path before meeting in the last round, while leading the rest of the field by a whole point. A long struggle ended in a draw resulting in Walker coming in 1st place on tiebreaks over John, both finishing with 5.5/6. Walker is planning on taking advantage of his resulting invitation to play in the Denker tournament.
CCL now has 4 players who have qualified for the 2012 World Youths! They are Maggie, Chris, Meghana, and Emily! Luke got his rating up to 1895 last weekend which means that he only needs 5 more rating points to qualify.
Maggie Feng earned her National Experts title last weekend in Pittsburg, playing in 16th Annual Pittsburg Open. She came in tied for 1st in the U-2100 section. This result gained her 50 rating points, bringing her rating up to 2012 (no I did not put the year in by mistake). Not only is Maggie now a National Expert, she is the only female National Expert in her age group in the whole country. She has also become only the 3rd CCL graduate in CCL history, joining both Walker and John to achieve our own special CCL award. Congratulations to some very special achievements by this amazing young chess player.