The 501(c)3 US Chess Federation’s 2022 National High School (K-12) Championship (NHS) took place from April 8-10 at the Renasant Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to continuing concerns about the pandemic and travel difficulties tied to severe weather on the east coast, attendance was lower than the typical range of 1400-1600 competitors, but still, 1,067 players from 40 states competed in this national championship event. This was the first in-person NHS since 2019. The first NHS was held in 1969.
The Individual Championship ended in a seven-way tie for first. All seven are National High School Co-Champions (but listed in tie-break order):
IM Arthur Guo, 10th Grade, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
Vishnu Vanapalli, 9th Grade, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, North Carolina
FM Gus Huston, 10th Grade, The Dalton School, New York, New York
IM Anthony He, 11th Grade, Tesla Stem HS, Redmond, Washington
NM Bijan Tahmassebi, 12th Grade, Winston Churchill HS, Potomac, Maryland
FM Nico Chasin, 9th Grade, Columbia Grammar and Prep, New York, New York
Advaith Karthik, 10th Grade, Cox Mill HS, Concord, North Carolina
by Chris Y Kim (President)
December 6, 2021
Over-the-board chess run by the Maryland Chess Association (MCA) resumed with the 66th Maryland Open (2021) held at the Marriott North Bethesda over the December 3-5, 2021. This was the first over-the-board tournament run by MCA since March 2021. The tournament was organized and directed by Michael Regan and his team and received very positive feedback. This tournament has differed from those in the past, as all players 12 and older were required to be vaccinated from the COVID-19 virus and the tournament was under a mask mandate from Montgomery County, the hotel and MCA. All players and spectators were required to wear masks for all the games as well as in the playing venue. A total of 170 players played - a very good turnout given difficulties in advertising the event and short preparation time.
Thomas Barthell from PA won the Championship section 4.5/5.
Bijan Tahmassebi was designated the 2021 Maryland State Champion (highest Maryland finisher in the Championship section) with 3.5/5 on tiebreaks over Neel Jay. Both players are still high school students!
Emerson Holcomb was deignated the 2021 Maryland Amateur Champion (highest Maryland finisher in the U2000 section) with 4.5/5.
The next MCA Open event will be the 59th Baltimore Open held from January 28-30, 2022 at the Sheraton BWI.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
by John D. Rockefeller V
Congratulations to the players who represented Maryland at the 2021 U.S. Open Invitationals, held during the U.S. Open:
As a team, Maryland’s players placed 15th out of the maximum of 52 state affiliate teams. See the U.S. Open Invitationals’ state team standings.
MD’s state representatives were eligible to play in the FM Sunil Weeramantry National Blitz Tournament of State Champions, held several hours before the U.S. Open Invitationals. Separated into 4 sections by rating, players can compete against players from any of the U.S. Open Invitationals. See the Weeramantry results.
by John D. Rockefeller V
Because the pandemic prevented MD Chess from running MD’s K-12 state championships (HS, MS, ES, & Girl) and the MD Open, Maryland's 2021 Irwin (50+), Denker (HS), Haring (K-12 Girl), Barber (MS), & Rockefeller (ES) Representatives & Alternate Representatives at the U.S. Open in New Jersey from July 31 - August 3 will be the 2 players with the highest of the following 3 ratings: official & established US Chess June Regular rating, June Online Regular rating (based on 4+ games), and June Online Quick rating (based on 4+ games). If you see any errors in the lists below and/or know of a MD resident and/or student who should (but does not yet) appear in 1 of the lists below, then please contact MD Chess IMMEDIATELY at firstname.lastname@example.org. Invitations to represent Maryland will be emailed on approximately June 14. Replies will be due 3 days later on June 17.