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:
Abhi Ramaswamy and Dakshin (Doctor Shin) Pisini won the U-2100 and U-1700 sections respectively, Both players were a full point ahead of their competition, Abhi scoring 5-0 and Dakshin scoring 4.5-.5. I don’t keep track of this stat but it seems like Abhi has won more class sections in major Ohio tournaments than anyone in CCL. Cross tables are available at http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201807154352.0-13755673
Below are a list of CCL top 3 finishes at this event.
Open – tied for 3rd: Walker Griggs, Vincent Baker, Elton Cao
U-2100 – sole 1st place – Abhi Ramaswamy
U-1700 – sole 1st place – Dakshin Pisini
tied for 3rd: Victoria Baker
U-1300 – tied for 3rd – James Oram
CCL had many strong performances at the Ohio HS and MS Championships and all of the results are posted at http://buckeyechess.com/2018HS_MS.html .
In the HS Championship, CCLians Maggie Feng and Aristo Liu came in 1st and 2nd place respectively. Maggie is planning on playing in the Champion of Champions Denker tournament (1 HS player from each state) later this summer. If she changes her mind, the offer will drop down to Aristo.
In the MS Championship, CCLians Elton Cao and Aryan Balyan came in 1st and 2nd place respectively. Elton is planning on playing in the Champion of Champions Barber tournament (1 MS player from each state) later this summer. If he changes his mind, the offer will drop down to Aryan. CCLian Chris Shen won the Barber tournament last year.
I took all of the pictures at the end of the tournament, so some CCL students had already left. The top picture is all CCL students still there at the end of the prize ceremony. Below is a slideshow of the pictures that I took at the end of the tournament.
Head CCL pic, IM Atanas Kizov (pictured below) made the long trip from Macedonia to help CCL at this weekend's National HS Championship in Columbus, Ohio. Last weekend he held a chess camp to ready those who were interested and this coming weekend he will be in the large skittles room at the National HS Championship to review the games of all CCL players who participate.
Pictured below left are the trophy winners (l-r Karthik Kallam, Druvin Mutalam, James Scarbrough and Isaac Partee) from this chess camp. In the A section, Karthik Kallam dominated the opposition with a very strong 5.5/6. There was a 3-way tie for 2nd place between Isaac Partee, Matt Wang, and Lainie Massick. The tie breaks went respectively to the order just listed with Isaac taking home the 2nd place trophy. In the B section there was a 2-way tie at 5-1 between Druvin Mutalam and James Scarbrough, with Druvin having the better tie-breaks. Drivin got the 1st place trophy while James took home the 2nd place trophy. Atanas is giving a free chess lesson to both 1st place finishers.
CCL Ablaze (Maggie Feng, Chris Shen, Forest Chen, Aristo Liu) and CCL Blasters (Vincent Baker, Anagh Kulkarni, Abhi Ramaswamy, Alan Casden, Aryan Balyan) tied for first along with a team from Dayton at the 2018 MidWest Open Chess Festival. Our all girls team, CCL Empowered (Emma Cheng, Adeti Mohanselvan, Sneha Prabu, Hemma Bagley), tied for the top U-1600 team. The first picture below is CCL Empowered. The 2nd picture, is just a random picture were we called for any CCL player who was were around us.