2019 New York State Scholastic Chess Championship

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  • 2019 New York State Scholastic Chess Championship

    The event was held on the weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY....One of the very few important U.S. scholastic events that allows Canadian youngsters to participate anymore. Chess'n Math has been sending youngsters to the event for a long time, but whereas we only invited top players, in the past 3 years ago, we changed our policy and sent out invitations to a larger group of players. The result is that Quebec has close to 50 players in a field of close to 1,400!

    Despite that, the Quebec youngsters took a number of the trophies back across the border! This includes two first place finishes!!

    In the High School Division Shawn coasted to victory and in the Jr High School Kevin took the Championship trophy on tie-break!

    I have not attended this event in a long time, but I must confess, the folks at the Continental Chess Association have come a long way over the decades...whereas the Chess'n Math Association was the North American leader in this field in the 80's, we have not evolved very much since then.

    At this event, players received their pairings by text message...no more crowds at the pairing boards!

    All rounds started on time. Everything was crystal clear...and this despite a time change on Saturday night ! I was impressed!

    We were extremely well received!

    This is what they wrote prior to the event in their magazine:

    '' In recent years, a strong contingent of players from Quebec has added an international flair to the States, as well as strengthening the competition with highly rated and talented players''.

    The Continental Chess Association, which has grown this event from participation of less than 500 players to close to 1,400 players this year, is run by Bill Goichberg ...without a doubt one of the best in the world! Sheesh...I use to play in his events when I was a kid :).

    Bill is a smart fellow (he introduced no smoking in chess tournaments...and many other brillant initiatives over the decades...I totally admire this man!)...he also knows how to hand off to the next generation...Danny Rhode was the event Manager here...he is more than capable and was very helpful! The Rhode family are famous :). Michael Rhode is a lawyer and a chess Grandmaster and his wife Sofia, originally from England and a prominent chess organizer in that country, found her true love on this side of the ocean and continued on the teaching and organizing path in the Big Apple.

    When I met Danny at this event, I had to tell him...I knew your Mom...before you were born :).


    Results (High School) Quebec took 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th place!:
    1 FM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux 14867716 2412 SOPBAR 9 QC W35 W18 W9 W3 W2 D5 5.5 20.5 23 20.5 90 First Place!
    2 FM Qiuyu Huang 15971843 2266 JDEBRE 8 QC W36 W11 W7 W10 L1 D6 4.5 22.5 25 18.5 89.5 Second Place
    3 Max Jiahua Li 14431558 2261 EMONJS 11 NY W17 W26 W19 L1 W10 D4 4.5 20.5 23.5 17.5 87 Third Place
    4 WFM Martha Samadashvili 14920851 2216 EMMA 9 NY W22 W8 L10 W13 W12 D3 4.5 20.5 23.5 16.5 86.5 Fourth Place
    5 FM Vincent Tsay 15297685 2313 MANHAS 8 NY W21 D20 W14 D6 W9 D1 4.5 20 23 16.5 88 Fifth Place
    6 Tyler Taira Tanaka 15368754 2188 LOWCAN 8 QC W37 W31 D13 D5 W19 D2 4.5 18 20 17 81.5 Sixth Place
    7 Ankit Raparthi 14686010 2106 COLLG 9 NY W15 W33 L2 D23 W18 W14 4.5 17 19.5 15.5 77.5 Seventh Place
    8 Gabriel Tinica 14870464 1900 JDEBRE 10 QC W39 L4 D24 W27 W32 W13 4.5 16.5 18.5 14 64.5 Eighth
    Results (Junior High) Quebec took first and 7th place:
    1 1-4 Kevin Zhong 15656398 2236 5 QC W25 (b) W24 (w) W4 (b) D5 (w) D3 (b) W11 (w) 5 21.5 24.5 18.5 93 First Place!
    2 Gus Huston 14921551 2225 7 NY W42 (w) W43 (b) W11 (w) W10 (b) L5 (w) W14 (b) 5 19 21.5 19 83.5 Second Place
    3 Jack Levine 15215230 2079 6 NY W26 (b) D28 (w) W18 (b) W40 (b) D1 (w) W5 (b) 5 19 21.5 17.5 87 Third Place
    4 Kyle B Lancman 15146021 1869 6 NY W48 (w) W35 (b) L1 (w) W37 (b) W12 (w) W10 (b) 5 19 21 17 79.5 Fourth Place
    5 5-8 Nico Werner Chasin 14955471 2325 6 NY W27 (w) W19 (b) W13 (w) D1 (b) W2 (b) L3 (w) 22.5 25.5 18.5 93 Fifth Place
    6 Joshua Luo 14755914 1849 8 NY W36 (w) D9 (b) D12 (w) W33 (b) D19 (w) W18 (b) 18 21 15.5 79 Sixth Place
    7 David Craciun 15971858 2000 7 QC L9 (w) D47 (b) W44 (b) W41 (w) W25 (w) W19 (b) 15.5 17.5 12.5 64.5 Seventh Place
    Marc-André Robert also took 1st under 1400 in this division.

    Elementary Championship Section: Quebec takes 3rd and 5th place:
    1 Caleb Jude Klenoff 15420990 2005 WTORAC 5 NY W86 (b) W27 (w) W42 (b) W47 (w) W6 (b) W5 (w) 6.0 19 21 21 82.5 First Place!
    2 Brewington Hardaway 15728407 2022 SPEYR 4 NY W34 (b) D26 (w) W20 (b) W15 (w) W9 (b) D4 (w) 5.0 21 24.5 18 91 Second Place
    3 Rafael Adam 16559077 1650 TBJ656 5 QC W84 (b) W56 (w) D5 (b) W8 (w) W47 (b) D6 (w) 5.0 20 22 18.5 83.5 Third Place
    4 Daniel Mero 15247388 1690 CGPS 6 NY W60 (b) D76 (w) W63 (b) W16 (w) W7 (b) D2 (b) 5.0 19 21 18 76.5 Fourth Place
    5 Prince Eric Guipi Bopala 15113015 1850 DESSAM 6 QC W53 (w) W19 (b) D3 (w) W17 (b) W26 (w) L1 (b) 4.5 22.5 25.5 18 93.5 Fifth Place
    6 Iris Zhaoying Mou 15794244 2009 DALTN 4 NY W43 (w) W31 (b) W46 (w) W10 (b) L1 (w) D3 (b) 4.5 22 25 18.5 91.5 Sixth Place
    7 Jenny Zhu 15942700 1955 SCARS 6 NY W52 (w) W49 (b) W18 (w) D9 (b) L4 (w) W29 (b) 4.5 20 23 17.5 88 Seventh Place
    8 Kiren Nasta 15255524 1805 SPEYR 6 NY W61 (w) W21 (b) D17 (w) L3 (b) W51 (w) W39 (b) 4.5 19.5 22.5 16 77.5 Eighth Place
    9 Kevin Duong 15813287 1729 NASSES 4 NY W59 (b) W41 (w) W45 (b) D7 (w) L2 (w) W27 (b) 4.5 19 22 17.5 83.5 Ninth Place
    10 Silas Smith 15797197 1821 SACHY 6 NY W54 (b) W37 (w) W29 (b) L6 (w) D27 (b) W26 (b) 4.5 18.5 21.5 17 84 Tenth Place
    11 Vincent Latorre 16970553 1700 TBJ667 5 QC W55 (w) D91 (b) D28 (w) W19 (b) W40 (w) D12 (b) 4.5 18.5 21.5 16 76
    Primary Championship Section: Quebec takes 10th spot:
    1 Tanitoluwa Adewumi 16649696 1473 P116M 3 NY W32 (w) W40 (b) W15 (w) W12 (b) W7 (w) D2 (b) 20.5 23.5 20.5 87 First Place!
    2 Jack Faissal 16250210 1470 NEST 2 NY W38 (b) W58 (w) W14 (b) D11 (w) W22 (b) D1 (w) 5 20 22 19 85 Second Place
    3 Avaan Chamadia 15907570 1711 P11M 3 NY W31 (b) W16 (w) L10 (b) W28 (w) W15 (b) W11 (w) 5 19.5 22.5 17 85.5 Third Place
    4 Colin Dean 15867091 1468 BRUNS 3 CT W63 (w) W57 (b) W24 (w) D5 (b) D13 (w) W12 (b) 5 18.5 20.5 18.5 79 Fourth Place
    5 Oliver Boydell 15727933 1599 SPEYR 3 NY W67 (b) W56 (w) W26 (b) D4 (w) D11 (b) W10 (w) 5 18.5 20 18.5 79 Fifth Place
    6 Michael Li 16125800 1425 CANES 3 NY W49 (b) L14 (w) W38 (b) W31 (w) W19 (b) W13 (b) 5 18 20.5 16 74.5 Sixth Place
    7 Jasper Ho 16038265 1607 SPEYR 3 NY W47 (w) D25 (b) W17 (w) W35 (b) L1 (b) W29 (w) 19.5 22 16.5 79.5 Seventh Place
    8 Henry Nieuwerburgh 16089188 1171 DALTN 2 NY W69 (b) L10 (w) W55 (b) D23 (w) W26 (b) W22 (w) 16.5 17.5 14.5 73 Eighth Place
    9 Aliana Fausto 16089084 1504 P77M 3 NY L53 (b) W60 (w) D47 (b) W37 (w) W36 (b) W23 (w) 14 16 13 60.5 Ninth Place
    10 Yunqi Liu 16970580 1350 CIMF 3 QC W42 (w) W8 (b) W3 (w) L13 (b) W30 (w) L5 (b) 4 21.5 24.5 17 87 Tenth Place
    Last edited by Larry Bevand; Monday, 11th March, 2019, 09:49 PM.

  • #2
    I missed two trophy winners:

    Edouard Slive came 2nd U1600 in the High School Section and Jean de Brebeuf won the Team Championship in the High School Division.

    Since I posted this, I have been receiving e-mails about sending a team from Ontario. I took a look and we are looking at about a 7-hour drive from Toronto. I am game for next year if there is interest. Contact me bevand at chess hyphen math dot org
    Last edited by Larry Bevand; Thursday, 14th March, 2019, 08:22 PM.

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    • #3
      The single day drive from Ottawa is quite comfortable and scenic. We took the High Peaks Byway through Lake Placid, which is a great midway stop (at least from Ottawa or even Montreal).

      From Toronto, GoogleMaps recommends going west, entering the States around Buffalo, then taking the I-90 all the way across. Whereas this is probably the fastest route, for about an hour more, people could consider going over Lake Ontario, entering the States just east of Brockville. That would save people the I-90 tolls, and other U.S. dollar travel costs, and the I-90 is not as interesting.

      Just my personal 2c worth. If the weather is bad, I would take the I-90 route below Lake Ontario, but otherwise, I would plan for over Lake Ontario, and an Olympic Byway through Lake Placid.

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