Congratulations to Ramanuja Sreenivasan, who defeated Bendeguz Offertaler on Board 1 in Round 3 to capture the 2012 Maryland Sweet 16 Chess Championship!
The 2011-2012 MCA Maryland Sweet 16 qualification season is now complete, after the 6th event at Liberty Christian school yesterday. The Maryland Sweet 16 consists of 16 of the top Maryland scholastic players, who compete at their own section of the UMBC Open. The winner receives a UMBC Chess scholarship. The 2012 Maryland Sweet 16 will be held Feb 25-26 at UMBC.
Here is the list of the 2012 Maryland Sweet 16 qualifiers:
Top 6 (USCF rating): Charles Yang, Ramanuja Sreenivasan, Dobrynya Konoplev, Bendeguz Offertaler, Andrew Zheng, Saketh Papaiahgari
Next 10 (Rally Points): Ronald Best Jr, Jerry Wu, Madeline Kim, Pieter Heesters, Alex Li, Jordan Best, Jason Zou, David Snyder, Sahil Singha, Aditya Balasubramanian
Top alternate: Zachary Jablow
The 2011 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament is underway this weekend at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and the first two rounds are completed.
The current standings are
2.0: Charles Yang, Ramanuja Sreenivasan, Jeffrey Chang, Ronald Best Jr
1.0: Jake Koenig, Zachary Jablow, Jonathan Chen, Saketh Papaiahgari, Madeline Kim, Jerry Wu, Dobrynya Konoplev, Jason Zou
0.0: Bendeguz Offertaler, Devon Campbell, Alex Li, Jordan Best
The roster for the 2011 Sweet 16 are below. Jake Koenig substituted for David Snyder.
Best, Jordan (3rd grade - Baltimore City0
Best Jr, Ronald (7 - Baltimore City)
Campbell, Devon (8 - Baltimore City)
Chang, Jeffrey (7 - Montgomery County)
Chen, Jonathan (7? - Montgomery County)
Jablow, Zachary (6 - Baltimore County)
Kim, Madeline (8 - Baltimore City)
Koenig, Jake (11 - Montgomery County)
Konoplev, Dobrynya (10 - Howard County)
Li, Alex (7 - Montgomery County)
Offertaler, Bendeguz (8 - Montgomery County)
Papaiahgari, Saketh (9 - Baltimore County)
Sreenivasan, Ramanuja (7 - Montgomery County)
Wu, Jerry (6 - Montgomery County)
Yang, Charles (10 - Montgomery County)
Zou, Jason (7 - Howard County)
Jeffrey Chang wins the 2011 Maryland Sweet 16 tournament at UMBC and with that also wins a 4-year chess scholarship to UMBC. He finished with a win over Ronald Best Jr (runnerup) to finish with a perfect score. Jeffrey is a 7th grader from Takoma Park Middle School in Montgomery County.
Further details to follow. Congratulations!
The annual Maryland Sweet 16 chess tournament has begun today at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with the first two rounds out of four. Apparently this tournament started in 1991. Currently, this tournament is held as a separate section of the Alvin S Mintzes UMBC Open.
The scores after the first two rounds:
2.0 - Charles Yang, Ramanuja Sreenivasan, Jeffrey Chang, Ronald Best Jr
1.0 - Jake Koenig, Zachary Jablow, Janathan Chen, Saketh Papaiahgari, Madeline Kim, Jerry Wu, Dobrynya Konoplev, Jason Zou
0.0 - Bendeguz Offertaler, Devon Campbell, Alex Li, Jordan Best
The field of 16 was complete after last Saturday's MCA scholastic tournament at Liberty Christian with Jake Koenig filling in for David Snyder.
The players this year are
Jordan Best (3rd grade - Baltimore City)
Ronald Best, Jr (7th grade - Baltimore City)
Devon Campbell (8th greade - Baltimore City)
Jeffrey Chang (7th grade - Montgomery County)
Jonathan Chen ( grade - Montgomery County)
Zachary Jablow (6th grade - Baltimore County)
Jake Koenig (11th grade - Montgomery County)
Madeline Kim (8th grade - Baltimore City)
Alex Li (7th grade - Montgomery County)
Dobrynaya Konoplev (10th grade - Howard County)
Bendeguz Offertaler (8th grade - Montgomery County)
Saketh Papaiahgari (9th grade - Baltimore County)
Ramanuja Sreenivasan (7th grade - Montgomery County)
Jerry Wu (grade - County)
Charles Yang (10th grade - Montgomery County)
Jason Zou (7th grade - Howard County)