FM Bauer: No Evidence of Computer Assistance in Carlsen v. Niemann
After reviewing Carlsen v. Niemann, Sinquefield 2022 in his online game analyses compilation, Connecticut's FM Rick Bauer reported
that he found no evidence of computer assistance in Niemann's play. However, Bauer offered Niemann this advice: "Learn from the tragic life
of Bobby Fischer, who accomplished everything in the chess world at the cost of everything that is most important in life. You also have a
great talent but let it be your servant rather than your master."
Chess News Wire -- September 2022
- Hans Niemann finishes with 3.5/8 in his first supertournament at Sinquefield Cup, facing adversity on and off the board. (9/11)
GM Hans Moke Niemann in final Round at 2022 Sinquefield Cup.
(photo courtesy of Saint Louis Chess Club/Lennart Ootes)
- Joe Bihlmeyer wins 14th Western Massachusetts Chess Association Free Chess Tournament, going 4-0. (9/10)
- Chess.com bans GM Hans Neimann from the platform's tournaments in the wake of the Sinquefield cheating accusations. The platform
released statement that it presented Niemann with their evidence. (9/10)
- Cheating accusations and speculations surface in news and social media over GM Hans Niemann's win against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
Niemann denies any wrongdoing but admits cheating in online play in the past. (9/8)
- NM Nathaniel Moor ties for second in Championship section at 2022 NY State Championship. (9/6)
- GM Magnus Carlsen withdraws from Sinquefield Cup for unstated reasons, igniting broad speculation throughout the chess world. (9/5)
- Connecticut 2021 Player of the Year GM Hans Niemann defeats World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen at 2022 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis.
World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Hans Niemann
square off at 2022 Sinquefield Cup.
(photo courtesy of Saint Louis Chess
GM Alex Fishbein at Hamden Chess Club
GM Alex Fishbein begins the simul at Play More Chess Academy/
Hamden Chess Club.
On September 10, 2022, twenty-eight players and thirty-two participants attended CSCA's and Hamden Chess Club's joint Lecture & Simul event,
featuring GM Alex Fishbein, winner of the first Denker National Invitational and two-time winner of the Irwin Tournament of Senior
Champions. An excellent public speaker, Fishbein presented his lecture, entitled "Creativity in Chess Calculation", including three game
reviews and a glimpse into the Grand Master mind. Fishbein's advice to the audience was: Be creative when selecting your target position and
allow yourself to dream. CSCA would like to thank Rod Groff, Play More Chess Academy and Hamden Chess Club for hosting and co-organizing
this event for the chess community, which also raised funds for CSCA activities.
NECA Approves CSCA Clearinghouse and Website Proposals; Elects CSCA's Gert Hilhorst as Clearinghouse Coordinator
On September 5, 2022 at the New England Chess Association's (NECA) Annual Meeting in Medford, Massachusetts, CSCA proposed the construction
of a new New England Clearinghouse. The NECA Board approved the proposal unanimously and elected CSCA Web Admin and Treasurer Gert Hilhorst
as its new Clearinghouse Coordinator, a position previously held by the late Ken Ballou. The Clearinghouse has been inactive since Mr.
Ballou's passing in spring 2021. NECA also approved the CSCA's supplemental proposal for the construction of NECA's first website. The
proposals were assembled and presented by Gert Hilhorst and CSCA President Alexander Lumelsky. "The CSCA," comments Lumelsky, "is proud to
assist our regional organization in revitalizing its historic events calendar for organizers and players. The Clearinghouse is a crucial
service for New England chess and US Chess. We hope that this project and the new NECA website will bring all New England
chess communities closer together."
Connecticut Chess Journal
NM Arslan Otchiyev: Chess Master, MMA Fighter, Wanderer
Arslan Otchiyev shares the story of his journey and origins from Turkmenistan to Ukraine to the United States. The 2018 Connecticut State
Champion, chess coach and MMA professional prepares a post-COVID return to competition. Complete article
Summer Chess News Wire -- August
- NM Nathaniel Moor finishes in seven-way tie for second in Major section at 54th Atlantic Open in Arlington, VA. (8/29)
- NM Ian Harris and 2022 Connecticut Denker Nominee Nakul Ramaswamy win 57th NBCC Summer Open at Wickham Park in Manchester; 66 players
took part in Connecticut's premier annual outdoor tournament event. (8/28)
2022 NBCC Summer Open at Wickham Park (Manchester).
- Michael Uwakwe and Matt Shirvell win Kevin Zimmerman's Get in the Game! tournament at Wilson-Gray YMCA (Hartford). (8/27)
- Joe Bihlmeyer and Rod Groff win HCC's August Advantage tournament at Play More Chess Academy (Hamden). (8/27)
- CSCA to kick off its "A Place to Play" initiative with two free programs, online and in person, starting this fall. More information and
registration coming soon. (8/25)
- CSCA partners with Play More Chess Academy and Hamden Chess Club for lecture and simultaneous exhibition, featuring GM Alex Fishbein,
coming September 10, registration opens soon. (8/22)
GM Alex Fishbein at 2018 National Invitationals,
where he won the Senior title.
(photo courtesy of
- IM Maximillian Lu, a Connecticut 11th grader, was awarded the title of International Master from FIDE, following his 6.5/9
performance and final IM norm at the New York Spring Invitationals in April. (8/22)
Maximillian Lu at 2019 Jr High Nationals.
(photo courtesy of
- Central High School (Bridgeport) hosts DIG's Bridgeport Open, a three-day tournament including lectures, simuls and blitz play with
Super GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, visiting from France. 110 players took part, the greater majority from Connecticut. Connecticut's IM Max Lu
finished second on tie break in the Open with IM Mykola
Bortnyk of Ukraine and New York finishing first. Gert Hilhorst won the U1900. Connecticut's 2022 Rockefeller Nominee, Kushagra Bhargava, won
the U1500. Oscar Perdomo-Santamaria won the U1250. Andrew Rohrs won the U1000. Henry Buczkiewicz was the highest finishing Connecticut
player in the post-event Blitz. (8/21) Complete results.
Super GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave conducts a simultaneous exhibition at
the Bridgeport Open, held August 19-21.
- CSCA releases summer issue of The Chess Community Post, the CSCA quarterly newsletter. (8/19)
- The US Chess Executive Board elected Randy Buaer (IA) as President of US Chess after former President Mike Hoffpauir (VA)
announced his decision not to run for another term; Kevin Prior (FL) was elected Vice President. (8/9)
- CSCA President Alexander Lumelsky appointed co-chair of US Chess States & Affiliates Committee, which was honored as Committee of
the Year at the 2022 US Chess Annual Awards. (8/8)
- US Chess Board of Delegates adopts new rules for Affiliates, expands scope of Professional Players Health and Benefits Plan, and adds 15
Delegate seats to accommodate national representation of smaller states. (8/6)
- Connecticut represented by Karen Aronian and Alexander Lumelsky at 2022 US Chess Annual Meeting. (8/6)
Connecticut Nominees Nakul Ramaswamy (Denker)
and Laurel Aronian (Haring) at the US Chess
National Invitational Tournaments
in Rancho Mirage,
- GM Sergey Kudrin finished fifth at Irwin Invitational with 4.5 out of 6 points. (8/2)
- Kushagra Bhargava finished 20th in the Rockefeller Invitational with 3.5 points and 2nd in the Weeramantry Invitational Blitz Under 1400
section; Nakul Ramaswamy finished 27th in the Denker with 3 points; Laurel Aronian finished 29th in the Haring with 3 points; and Colin Dean
finished 40th in the Barber with 2 points. (8/2)
- Connecticut finished 19th in the 2022 Invitational team standings. (8/2)
Connecticut Chess Journal
Game Reviews from Bridgeport Open MVL Simul by Rick Bauer
FM Rick Bauer (left) reviews the simultaneous exhibition matches of GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave versus top challenger Connecticut's IM
Maximillian Lu and Chloe Gaw of New York, who was the only player to defeat Maxime in the simul event. Complete article here
Connecticut Chess Journal
A Recap of the 2022 Candidates Tournament by NM Ian Harris
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich makes ceremonial first move for
U.S. GM Fabiano Caruana at 2022 Candidates Tournament in Madrid.
(photo courtesy of FIDE/Stev Bonhage)
NM Ian Harris reviews the 2022 Candidates Tournament with event background and games analyses. Games include Nepomniachtchi v.
Firouzja, Nakamura v. Nepomniachtchi, Caruana v. Nepomniachtchi and Liren v. Nakamura, the final round match that decided the all-important
Complete article here.
Summer Chess News Wire -- July
GM Sergey Kudrin at the CSCA Summer Lecture & Simul at Sacred
Heart University on July 23.
- Thirty participate at CSCA's Summer Lecture & Simul, featuring Connecticut's GM Sergey Kudrin, co-sponsored by Sacred Heart
University Chess and CCFC. (7/23)
- Bridgeport Open changes event parameters--interested and registered players should consult latest event announcement. (7/20)
- Citing lack of motivation, GM Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the World Championship cycle and will not defend his title. (7/19)
- 74 Connecticut players participate at 2020 Bradley Open. (7/18)
- GM Ian Nepomniachtchi wins Candidates and will rematch GM Magnus Carlsen in the 2023 World Championship. (7/4)
Summer Chess News Wire -- June
- World Championship Candidates Tournament is in progress from Madrid and can be viewed on Lichess.org, Chess.com, Chess24, St. Louis
Chess Club, YouTube and many more. (6/22)
- CSCA to offer Summer Chess Club, part of CSCA's Place to Play initiative, meeting online via Zoom and Lichess.org July
to August, registration opens soon. (6/22)
- CSCA partners with Sacred Heart University for lecture and simultaneous exhibition, featuring Connecticut GM Sergey Kudrin, on July 23,
registration opens soon. (6/22)
- GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to appear at DIG's Bridgeport Open, August 19-22. (6/22)
- Former Connecticut GM Hans Niemann is one of five recipients of the 2022 Samford Fellowship from US Chess Trust, receiving $25,000, his
second Samford award and in consecutive years. (6/20)
- FM Max Lu, NM Zach Tanenbaum and NM Nate Moor finish 5th, 6th and 7th at Northeast Open in Stamford. (6/14)
- FM Nelson Castaneda wins 2022 Arkadijs Strazdins Cup--named in honor of New Britain Chess Club's 1970-2001 President--organized by NBCC
from May 10 to June 4. (6/13)
CSCA Renews Musicant-Yazgoor Memorial with Help from RedBandit Chess, Norwalk Library
Chris Potts, organizer of the Norwalk Library Chess Club 1992-2019, addresses players and parents at the 26th MYMT awards ceremony.
On June 4, the CSCA, in partnership with RedBandit Chess and Norwalk Library, reignited the annual Musicant-Yazgoor Memorial Tournament at
the Norwalk Public Library. For 25 years, Christopher Potts, former Norwalk Library Chess Club instructor 1992-2019, organized the event
until his retirement from instruction following the 2019 memorial event. In this year's twenty-sixth installment, 38 players took part,
including the 2022 Connecticut Rockefeller Nominee, Kushagra Bhargava. Former library club student and Yazgoor Champion, STD NM Ian Harris
of RedBandit Chess volunteered to direct the competition, which was completed in just three hours. The tournament offered free entry to
Norwalk players and raised funds for CSCA chess programs. The results were as follows:
1. Kushagra Bhargava (Musicant Cup Winner)
2. Aditya Mital (Yazgoor Cup Winner)
3. Vedanta Bhargava
Top 6-8: Ethan Shemo
Top 3-5: Anthony Low
Top K-2: Cody Wu
1. Ishan Chugh
2. Timothy Wang
3. Chandramauli Rathi
FM Yoon-Young Kim Wins NBCC Annual Planet Earth Championship
2022 NBCC Champion Jason Lalor, FM Yoon-Young Kim, NM Suhas Kodali,
TD Norman Burtness, Bob Campbell and Gaetano Bompastore (seated)
at 2022 NBCC Planet Earth Championship.
On May 21, NBCC held its annual Planet Earth Championship at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection in New Britain. Held since 2011
and last held in 2018, due to the pandemic, the tournament drew 37 players in three sections. Voluneer organizers included NBCC President NM
Suhas Kodali, TD Norman Burtness, George Himes, Roger Bessette, Estee Axelrad, NM David Herscovici, NBCC Vice President Lisa Smith and NBCC
and CSCA Historian Bob Cyr. Intended to be played outdoors, the event was forced indoors due to excessive heat. FM Yoon-Young Kim, presently
attending Yale University, was crowned "Planet Earth Chess Champion". Bill Campbell won the U1600 section, and Jeraldin Sundar won the
scholastic section. See rating report here.
Hans Niemann Wins Back-to-Back International Tournaments
Connecticut's GM Hans Niemann continued his international playing tour in Havana, Cuba, winning the 55th Capablanca Memorial Tournament,
held April 19-28, two points ahead of the field. He then flew to Sweden for the 27th Tepe Sigeman Tournament, held May 3-9 in Malmo, and
again finished first, one point ahead of GM Michael Adams. Hans is now just 26 rating points from 2700. See US Chess release and select
CSCA Revives Annual Musicant/Yazgoor Memorial with Help from RedBandit Chess and Norwalk Library
As contemplated in the February 22 edition of the Connecticut Chess Journal, and after months of planning and preparation, the CSCA
is reviving the annual
Musicant/Yazgoor Memorial Tournament, starting with its 26th installment on June 4 at the Norwalk Public Library, co-sponsored by the
library and RedBandit Chess. Senior TD
NM Ian Harris
and local player Daniel Cooper volunteered to direct the event. (See event flyer for complete details.)
The Memorial tournament was
June 2019 by Christopher Potts and the Norwalk Knights Chess Club. Mr. Potts retired from organizing chess shortly after the 2019 event.
GM Kudrin wins Senior Championship; Laurel Aronian wins Girls Title; Dharani Ravi is Women's Champion; NM Tanenbaum wins Inaugural
Collegiate, Yale takes Collegiate Team Title
Round 1 of the inaugural Collegiate Championships at
Round 2 of the Senior and Women & Girls Championships at Exley Science Center, Woodhead Lounge.
On April 30, Wesleyan University and Chess Club hosted the CSCA's inaugural Collegiate Championship, Senior Championship and Women & Girls
Championships. All three events were organized together on the same day and at the same venue. CSCA would like to thank Wesleyan University
Chess Club volunteers for making this combined event possible, as well as TD Doug Fiske for volunteering and assisting STD Ian Harris
throughout the competition. CSCA would also like to thank Rob Roy for donating his prize to the CSCA's programs fund.
Results from all three events can be found here:
CSCA Board Fills Vacancies, Appoints US Chess Delegates
On April 30, the CSCA Board met at the combined Championships at Wesleyan. The Board filled various vacancies and appointed outstanding
Officers and US Chess Delegates. New Board members Parag Joshi, Manchester High School Chess Club Coach and Advisor, Kee Low, father of
eight time Connecticut Haring Nominee Beatrice Low, Bill Sweeney, Sacred Heart University Chess Program Organizer and Advisor, Gabe Borges,
CSCA volunteer and event floor director, and Saurabh Kumar, scholastic chess parent, filled vacant Board seats. NM Mikhail Koganov, player,
coach and chess parent, was voted Vice President. Wesleyan Chess Club's former President, Vibhuv Reddy, was elected Secretary. Ramaswamy
Dharmarajan, father of 2022 High School Champion, Nakul Ramaswamy, was appointed to the vacant US Chess Delegate position. Alexander
Lumelsky was renewed as US Chess Delegate. The Board deferred remaining open seats to executive appointment.
Manchester High Hosts 2022 Connecticut Speed Championships;
NM Zachary Tanenbaum Crowned Connecticut's 2022 Speed Champion
Manchester High hosts CSCA's 2022 Speed Championships.
On April 23 at Manchester High School, CSCA held its first Connecticut Speed Championships, a combined format event of Quick, Blitz and
Bullet chess. The event drew 40 players, mostly from Connecticut. Zachary Tanenbaum won the 2022 Quick and Blitz Championships, and finished
second (top Connecticut player) in the Bullet event, claiming all three titles and the grand title of Connecticut Speed Chess Champion.
Vermont's Ian Dudley finished first in the Bullet Championship.
NM Zachary Tanenbaum, shown here at 2019 Nationals, is
Connecticut's 2022 Speed Champion.
(photo courtesy of US Chess)
Prize winners were as follows:
CSCA thanks Parag Joshi and the Manchester High School Chess Club, staff and players, for their support and assistance in organizing this
tournament. Additionally, CSCA would like to thank NTD Harold Stenzel for driving all the way from Long Island to direct the event.
- Quick: 1-NM Zachary Tanenbaum 2-GM Sergey Kudrin 3-Rajesh Shanmugasundaram (IND) (final standings)
- Blitz: 1-NM Zachary Tanenbaum 2-Rajesh Shanmugasundaram (IND) 3-GM Sergey Kudrin (final standings)
- Bullet: 1-Ian Dudley (VT) 2-NM Zachary Tanenbaum 3-Nakul Ramaswamy (final standings)
- Speed Champion: NM Zachary Tanenbaum
- Top U1800: Michael Santana
- Top U1200: Ian McGregor
- Top Senior: Kevin Zimmerman
- Top Female: Elizabeth Smith
- Upper School (6-12): 1-Nakul Ramaswamy 2-Punyavrat Upadhyay 3-Jason Bai
- Lower School (K-5): 1-James Shemo 2-Adam Clough 3-Vivaan Lodha
- Collegiate Team: University of Connecticut Chess Club
- Upper School (6-12) Team: Hall High School (West Hartford)
- Lower School (K-5) Team: Weston Intermediate School
54 Connecticut Players Compete at Foxwoods 2022;
Jithya Sajeevan Wins U1100 Section
Jithya Sajeevan and Sebastian Lopez
with their prize checks and coach,
Jithu Sajeevan, at Foxwoods.
The 2022 Foxwoods Open was held April 13-17. 54 Connecticut players participated in a total group of 438 competitors. Top Connecticut
results were as follows: GM Robert Hungaski finished 11th of 67 in the Open Section. Connecticut College
Chess Club's President, Jordan Groff, finished 22nd of 90 in the U2200. Connecticut's 2022 High School Champion, Nakul Ramaswamy, finished
fifth of 71 in the U2000. Sahil Vora finished 28th of 55 in the U1800. Karim Naba finished fifth in the U1600. Sebastian Lopez finished
second in the U1400. Jithya Sajeevan won the U1100 section for Connecticut's best finish. Additionally, Jithya and Sebastian won the mixed
doubles title with 11.5 points, a point and a half ahead of the next team. In the Blitz, Connecticut NMs Zachary Tanenbaum and
Nathaniel Moor finished fourth and fifth, respectively. See complete results.
CCFC Owner, Melvin Patrick, Passed Away
CCFC Founder and Owner,
CSCA is informed by multiple sources that Melvin Patrick, owner and founder of the Chess Club of Fairfield County, passed away last
night at a local hospital in Fairfield County. Mr. Patrick's sudden passing leaves a great legacy and influence on the Connecticut chess
community via CCFC, Connecticut's most prominent and successful chess club, and many other chess projects. The CSCA
sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Patrick's family and friends. Obituary at Baker Funeral Services.
Connecticut Chess Journal: "In Their Own Words"
IM-elect Max Lu Breaks Down IM Nikolai Andrianov's London System
Max poses for the camera ahead of a
simultaneous exhibition at CCFC.
Connecticut's IM-elect Maximillian Lu shares his Round 1 match from the New York Spring Invitational last weekend against IM Nikolai
Ahead of this match, Andrianov
did not lose with white since the 2007 Foxwoods Open. Follow link to annotated
game. Max scored his 3rd IM norm at this event.
Simsbury Library Chess and Go Club Celebrates Another Great Year!
Simsbury club players with volunteer coaches Gert Hilhorst (center sitting), Lisa Smith (right standing) and Mike Scudder (left kneeling)
SLCGC Cake Challenge:
chess: Green starts and mates in two moves
go: Black to move and win the white stones
The Simsbury Library Chess and Go Club celebrated its final meeting of this season this Tuesday.
The club is organized at the Simsbury Library by its volunteer chief organizer, Gert Hilhorst.
The club is at least 25 years old and since 2007 meets every other Tuesday from late fall to mid-spring.
In addition to Gert, this year's returning volunteer coaches were Lisa Smith for chess and Mike Scudder for go.
New ratings are here.
2022 State K-12 Championships Draw 230 Players in Fairfield
Allez! Tie break! Punyavrat Upadhyay (left) and Nakul Ramaswamy (right)
square off for the High School title.
The annual CSCA K-12 Championships were held today at the Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Championships drew 230
players, the largest attendance for this tournament in 13 years. The event was organized by the CSCA and the National Scholastic Chess
Foundation and hosted by the Ludlowe Chess Club and their many volunteers. Senior TD NM Ian Harris directed the event. Full story, results
to follow. CSCA's DGT Broadcast from the top boards was
also a smash hit with exciting games and a G/10 tie break between Simsbury High School's Nakul Ramaswamy and Farmington High School's
Punyavrat Upadhyay. Results:
CSCA Presents! ... The Chess Community Yearbook ... VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!
The CSCA is inviting chess clubs and organizations to participate in the annual Chess Community Yearbook. The Yearbook will present a photo
record of Connecticut chess activity. It will be published online on the CSCA website, as entries are received with updates and changes when
available or requested through the end of the year.
... To participate in the Yearbook, please email us, re: “YB”, attaching proposed
photographs of your group, including a group photo, together with a photograph roster, naming the people depicted in the photo in order,
i.e.: left to right or in rows, as well as adding a roster list of all members for the record, whether or not depicted.
... Together with this project announcement, the CSCA is looking for volunteers to assist in Yearbook development. Please email us, if you are interested.
CSCA President Alexander Lumelsky Appointed to US Chess States & Affiliates Committee
In February, the US Chess Executive Board appointed Alexander Lumelsky to its States & Affiliates Committee. The Committee serves advisory,
regulatory and quasi-ethics functions and was created in 2018 as the "States Committee" in response to state chapter applications in
multiple states, including Connecticut. At the 2019 US Chess Annual Meeting, the States Committee was merged with the Affiliates Committee
to form one advisory group in its present name, to address all affiliate issues. In addition to affiliate disputes, the Committee is
presently working on a Bylaws amendment, concerning US Chess affiliates rights and duties, including expanding the functions of State
... Alexander is also a member of the US Chess Bylaws Committee and served on the 2018-20 US Chess Governance Task Force. All three
appointments were bestowed as part of his voluntary advocacy efforts for the Connecticut chess community at the national organization.
US Chess Votes to Sell Tennessee Headquarters as Part of St. Louis Move
At the Special Delegates Meeting this evening, the US Chess Board of Delegates voted to authorize the sale of its Crossville, Tennessee
premises, which served as the organization's headquarters for the past 15 years. Alexander Lumelsky, as Connecticut Delegate
to US Chess, represented Connecticut at the meeting, and wrote and presented the final adopted resolution before the Executive Board and
Board of Delegates. Watch the online meeting here.
... Ahead of the meeting, unofficial sources revealed to CSCA that the premises will be sold soon with multiple
offers having been made, and that the final sale price is expected to meet the 985K property appraisal. Proceeds from the sale will be added
to the Life Member Asset Trust, which is typically applied to US Chess general operations. Meanwhile, US Chess plans to lease its new
headquarters in St. Louis and, according to Executive Board members' representations, is unlikely to purchase again in the future.
CSCA Updates 2022 National Nominations Rules
The CSCA updated the 2022 Rules & Information for nominations of Connecticut players to the US Chess
Tournaments of Champions. Qualification events for Irwin (Senior) and Haring (Girls) nominees are being planned for late April and will be
announced as soon as they are final. Denker, Barber and Rockefeller selections will be made via the 2022 Connecticut State Scholastic Championships on April 3.
Connecticut Chess Journal: "In Their Own Words"
2022 USATE Board Prize Winner Dietrich Moor on his Round 3 Match
Dietrich Moor at the analysis board.
Dietrich Moor reviews his Round 3 match from the 2022 US Amatuer Team East. The game features the Pirc Defense and leads to a
King’s march for the win. Follow link to annotated game. This
game was also submitted for publication in Atlantic Chess News.
CSCA Teams Up With NSCF and Ludlowe M.S. Chess Club to Organize 2022 K-12 Scholastic Championships
The Connecticut State Chess Association is partnering with the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and the Ludlowe Middle School Chess Club
to hold the first Connecticut State Scholastic Championships since March 2020. Ludlowe Middle School (Fairfield) is hosting the event, and
NSCF is organizing the tournament together with Ludlowe Chess Club volunteers and CSCA officers. CSCA is grateful to Sunil
Weeramantry of NSCF and Matthew Tuccillo of Ludlowe Chess Club for their support and determination in helping CSCA overcome COVID
disruptions in 2022. Additionally, the Championships will serve as the 2022 National Nominations qualifying events for nominees to the 2022
US Chess Denker, Barber and Rockefeller Tournaments of Champions, to be held this summer in California. For more information see event flyer, online registration and CSCA's
Event Page for the latest news and updates on this CSCA scholastic
Connecticut Chess Journal: "In Their Own Words"
Jasmine Su: A Tactical Display at the 2021 Empire State Open
Jasmine between rounds at the 59th Baltimore Open
(Lithicum, MD January 2022).
The 2021 Connecticut Rockefeller representative and CSCA Female Player of the Year, Jasmine Su lets her moves nearly speak for themselves in
this beautiful tactical assault in Round 3 at the 7th Annual Empire State Open on December 27, 2021. A slow Sicilian start leads to a must
see finish against a slightly higher rated opponent. Follow link to annotated game.
CSCA Releases 2022 National Nominations Rules
The 2022 Rules & Information for nominations of Connecticut players to the US Chess Tournaments of
Champions, which will be held in California this summer, are announced. The upcoming Scholastic Championships on April 3 will serve as the
qualification event for nominees for the Denker (grades 9-12), Barber (grades 6-8) and Rockefeller (grades K-5) Tournaments. Meanwhile, the
CSCA continues to attempt arrangements for qualification competitions in the Irwin (Senior) and Haring (Girls) categories, and a final
selection method for those tournaments will be available by March 15.
Connecticut Chess Journal: "In Their Own Words"
FM Kapil Chandran on his Round 5 Shoot Out at the US Amateur Team North
Kapil, pictured on the right, with his teammates from the University of
Chicago at 2022 US Amateur Team North.
Connecticut Master Kapil Chandran details an exciting victory over NM Nicholas Ladan of Illinois in Round 5 at the 2022 US Amateur Team
North, which was held in Schaumburg, Illinois, February 18-20. The game starts off as a positional battle focused on piece placement and
central control. Before long, chaos breaks loose, and both players are gunning for checkmate! Follow link to annotated game. Kapil's University of Chicago team finished third with a score of 4.0/5.
US Chess Planning Move to St. Louis
Although not many details are available thus far, US Chess is planning a move to St. Louis, Missouri in the near future. Mound City's
central location was, reportedly, a primary lure. However, the proximity to the St. Louis Chess Club, the Chess Hall
of Fame, several top collegiate chess programs and a home in a city rich with chess history and culture are likely additional benefits.
The organization's current headquarters are located in Crossville, Tennessee. The Board of Delegates is scheduled to meet March 23, to vote
on a resolution to sell the building.
Connecticut Chess Journal: "In Their Own Words"
NM Nathaniel Moor on his Round 1 Win at 2021 State Championship
NM Nathaniel Moor at the analysis board.
The 2021 Connecticut Denker representative Nathaniel Moor shares some notes on his upset win over IM Jan van de Mortel at the 2021
Connecticut State Championship. The game featured the Classical London System and an array of pivotal moments for both players, ending in an
isolated pawn advantage for Nate, which helped him secure the win. Follow link to annotated game.
Justin Lalor Wins NBCC Club Championship; Lisa Smith Wins Reserve
On March 1, 2022, the final round of the 2022 New Britain Chess Club's Club Championship was held. A new member, Justin Lalor, who is an
expert-rated player, became the first non-master to win the club title since 2005. In the reserve, NBCC VP Lisa Smith finished undefeated
to win the section. The event was directed by Mark Bourque, assisted by NBCC President Suhas Kodali. The NBCC Club Championship, held
annually since the 1930s, is a seven week competition held from January to March on club meeting days, using G/75 and G/60 time controls.
Connecticut Chess Journal: Feature
An Interview with the Red Bandit, NM Ian Harris
Three-Time Connecticut Champion and RedBandit Chess Founder, NM Ian Harris.
This week, we sit down with Ian Harris for a Q&A on his journey in chess. The Norwalk native is a former Denker nominee, two-time
President’s Cup winner and three-time State Champion. As the founder of RedBandit Chess and co-founder of Sixty Four Squares, Ian shares
some highlights of his experience and a unique perspective on chess coaching and education. Continue to
Connecticut Chess Journal: Feature
An Organizer’s Autobiography: the Story of the Norwalk Library Chess Club 1992-2019
submitted by Christopher Potts
Christopher Potts at the Norwalk Library Chess Club, awarding the 2009
Yazgoor-Musicant Trophy to Aman Karunakaran.
Chris Potts details the history of the Norwalk Library Chess Club and the origins, tragedies and triumphs of a volunteer commitment that
lasted 27 years. In that time, the club served hundreds of players in the highly diverse Norwalk area and became a staple of the
Connecticut chess community. Among the club's notables are NM Ian Harris, GM Robert Hungaski, NM Zachary Tanenbaum, NM Dennis Li and 2021
Connecticut Female Player of the Year, Jasmine Su. Continue to article.
Connecticut Teams Compete at U.S. Amateur Team East
Wintry Knights at 2022 USATE: (right to left) Ian Harris, Mikhail Koganov,
Oliver Chernin, Hanon Russell.
USATE is a regional tournament, annually organized by Steven Doyle and the New Jersey State Chess Federation. Over 250 teams and 1000
players participated this year. Connecticut's Moderna Chess Openings: Omicron Variation (Zach Tanenbaum, Nathaniel Moor, Bryan Weicz, Jack
Klein) took the Connecticut State Prize with a score of 4.5/6. Other Connecticut teams included Connecticut College, Sacred Heart
University, NBCC's Chess Nuts Roasting on an Open File (James Nitz, Mario Guevara-Rodriguez, Jithu Sajeevan, Norman
Burtness), and Wintry Knights (Ian Harris, Mikhail Koganov, Oliver Chernin, Hanon Russell). See complete results and event info.
Connecticut Chess Journal: "In Their Own Words"
NM Zach Tanenbaum on his Round 3 Match at 2021 State Championship
Zach provides incite into his Round 3 game with GM Sergey Kudrin at the 2021 State Championship. The recent meeting between these two of the
top fifteen Connecticut players featured the Sicilian Defense, Dragon Variation and a Bishop and Knight v. Rook endgame. Follow link to annotated game.
New Chess Club and Program at The Sherman School
The Sherman School chess club and program participants with Mr. Trinchillo, program organizer.
The Sherman School has launched an after school chess club and program. The program is organized by teachers, Steven Trinchillo and Shannon
Lathrop, and sponsored by the Sherman Parents Teacher Organization. The program gained immediate popularity with 29 student members and
received a Student Success Grant for equipment and other program needs. The club plans to participate in state and regional tournament play
soon. The town of Sherman is the northernmost and least populated town in Fairfield County, and the school is a pre-K to 8th grade public
school. (Reported by Steven Trinchillo, The Sherman School.)
Free Online Chess Program for Bridgeport Youth
Starting in January, DIG, a children’s activities company, is providing Bridgeport youth ages 10 and under free online chess classes 5 days
per week. The program is sponsored by DIG owner Dan Starbuck Pelletier’s nonprofit organization, Starbuck Foundation, a nonprofit for
Bridgeport youth programs. The program averages 15 students per class.
February CSCA Events Cancelled; Events Planning Continues for Spring
Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 and the response from scholastic and collegiate institutions affecting potential venues, CSCA tournaments
planned for February 2022 are cancelled. CSCA will continue efforts to schedule/reschedule events for March and April. Thus, all
early spring events remain tentative, and additional information will be available, as soon as venues are finalized. This includes the
annual Scholastic Championships, which are now contemplated for an April date. Meanwhile, if National Nominations cannot be awarded via
tournament play, a registration for rating-based selection will be established by March 15 for any and all categories not covered by then
GNYSCC Cancelled due to COVID Spike
The Kasparov Foundation cancelled the 2022 Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships, planned for February 5 and 6, due to the
resurgence of COVID-19 in New York City. The fifty plus year annual event is traditionally held at the Brooklyn Marriott and draws at least
1,500 scholastic players. Last year, it was held online.
Yale Finishes Just Short of Final Four at Pan Am Intercollegiate
Yale players (left to right) Yoon-Young Kim, Maxim Yaskolko
and Dexter Webster at Pan Am Intercollegiate.
Yale University was one of three schools to compete at the 2022 collegiate tournament for selection to the Final Four of chess. The Yale
players were GM Nicolas Checa, FM Yoon-Young Kim, Dexter Webster and Maxim Yaskolko. Through five rounds the team finished 4-1-0 and a
chance to qualify for the Final Four, if a victory over one of the traditional collegiate juggernauts of Texas Tech-A could be secured in
the final Round 6. The only loss to that point was 3:1 to Final Four regulars and former President Cup winners University of Texas at
Dallas-A in the third round. However, the Round 6 ended with Texas Tech 2.5 Yale 1.5. Yale needed a full point to beat the odds and secure
an unlikely Final Four bid. However, with that result, Yale officially finished 9th. Texas Tech, along with last year's runner up, St.
Louis, and former repeat champions UTD and Webster moved on to the President's Cup/Final Four event. All four collegiate finalists are well-
established competition chess programs, which offer scholarships and engage in recruiting for top chess talent, nationally and
internationally. Other Connecticut schools participating in the event were Connecticut College and Sacred Heart University. Complete team