CCL continues to show that there is no program even close to the strength of CCL in the State of Ohio.
Aryan Balyan defeated Justin Storn in the final round with the black pieces to win the Queen City Classic with a clear 1st place score of 4.5. It was a fascinating game where Justin sacrificed a minor piece for for two pawns and an apparent attack. However, the attack did not really exist as Aryan's knight dominated the position. You can see this game at https://cclchess.com/ccl-games/. The team pretty much had the team championship locked up after 3 rounds, almost doubling the score of the 2nd place team. CCL trophy winners in the top section where Aryan Balyan, Karthik Kallam, Arjun Krishna, Om Borkar, and Udbhav Raghukanth.
In the 7-9 section both Atharva Sapre and Dhruti Shah came in tied for 2nd place and the team came in 2nd place.
In the 4-6 section, Matt Wang sweep the field with a perfect 5-0 score. Matt is adding this win to his grade level championship for a coming of age year for Matt. Druvin Mutalam came in tied for 2nd while both Aditya Mehta and Aniket Shetty coming in tied for 5th. CCL won the team trophy by almost 3 times the score of 2nd place.
We only had two players in the K-3 section, Colin Park and Jashwin Pisini, yet we still manged to come in 3rd place as a team. Colin came in 3rd place with a 4-1 score.
Complete results are posted at https://ccpf.proscan.com/programs/queen-city-classic-chess-tournament/final-results/ . Below are the team pictures of those who were still available when the team trophy was given out, as well as a photo or the Storn-Balyan game. Team trophies were raffled off at the end of the tournament.