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MD Sweet 16

By Chris Kim

Update to follow: Jerry T Wu from Gaithersburg, MD has won the 2014 Maryland Sweet 16 chess tournament at UMBC with a perfect 4-0 record, including a 4th round win over Sahil Sinha. Jerry is a freshman at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County. With the victory, he has won a 4-year chess scholarship to UMBC. More details to follow.


Updated 22 February 2014 - Chris Kim

The final 2014 MD Sweet 16 standings have now been released after the last scheduled MD Sweet 16 Qualifier: MCA McDuffie Memorial rescheduled for 22 Feb. The MD Sweet 16 tournament will be held next weekend as a separate section of the UMBC Open on March 1-2, 2014.

Congratulations to those on the list of the 16 qualifiers for the field is as follows pending acceptance to play!:

The top 8 qualifiers by USCF rating (03/2014) are Bendguz Offertaler, Sahil Sinha, Alexander Davydov, Jerry Wu, Ronald Best Jr, David Snyder, Pieter Heesters, and Andrew Mao.

The next 8 qualifiers by MD Sweet 16 Varsity Points are Douglas Malcolm, Nathan Janus, Phillip Wang, Ali Merchant, Zachary Jablow, Benjamin Hung, Bijan Tahmassebi, and Bradley Guo.

Any qualifier who does not intend to participate should contact MCA at

The next five alternates based on 3/2014 USCF ratings: Robert Pekarek Jr, Jeffrey Du, Quil Kibak, Jordan Best, and Justin Hung.

The new standings are at the end of this article (click below to read more).

By Chris Kim

Sunday, March 3 (14:40)

UMBC - Commons 3rd Floor

After the third round, the field has separated a little. We have three players tied for first with 2.5 points. Depending on the final rounds, we may end up with a playoff for first place and a chess scholarship to UMBC.

Round 4 will start at 3pm this afternoon.

Standings after Round 3 (tiebreak order):

2.5 - Sahil Sinha, Bendeguz Offertaler, Andrew Zheng

2.0 - Quil Kibak, Kevin Huang

1.5 - Jerry Wu, Pieter Heesters, Alexander Davydov, Nathan Feldman, Kindan Chintamaneni, Dobrynya Konoplev

1.0 - Douglas Malcolm, Madeline Kim, Robert Pekarek

0.5 - Andrew Mao

0.0 - Aditya Balasubramanian

Updated 23 February 2013 - The standings have now been updated with the final MCA scholastic qualifying event results. The Rally Points have been renamed to Varsity Points to reflect the change in the name of the top section in the local scholastic tournaments.

The 2012-2013 MCA scholastic season is underway, and one of the featured competitions is the Varsity section qualification to the 2013 MD Sweet 16, where 16 of the top Maryland scholastic players will compete in a separate section of the UMBC Open on March 2-3.

The Maryland Sweet 16 Champion receives a 4-year Maryland Sweet 16 Scholarship to UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County).  The fixed-dollar scholarship covers tuition and fees, but not room and board (valued at $39,056 over 4 years in 2012-2013).

All participants in the 2013 MD Sweet 16 are required to play all 4 rounds over the weekend.

The final standings after 8 events are at the end of this article (click below to read more).

Congratulations to Andrew Zheng (2100), who defeated Bendeguz Offertaler (2082) on Board 1 in Round 4 to become the 2013 Maryland-Sweet-16 Champion.  A 5th grader at Pointers Run Elementary School in Howard County, Andrew finished with a score of 3.5/4. With the title comes the 4-year MD-Sweet-16 UMBC Chess Scholarship  to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, valued at $39,056 in 2012-2013.