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Nathional Master Harris Appleman Crowned CT Blitz Champion

Dec 24 - On Dec 22, the New Britain Chess Club once again hosted the CT State Blitz Championship. An impressive forty (40) players participated in the event and, after five hours of very spirited and lively competition, returning NBCC member and United States Chess Federation National Master Harris Appelman (better known to many as “Appel”) was crowned the 2009 CT Blitz Chess Champion. Congratulations, Harris!

GM Gildardo Garcia takes 1st, but GM Sergey Kudrin Successfully Defends CT State Championship Title

Sep 19 - The CT State Championships was held at UCONN for the first time this year, and GM Kudrin retains his Title as CT State Champion. GM Gacia won the event, but is not a CT state resident. UCONN School of Engineering awarded $14,000 in Scholarships for the K-12 Section. Results are below: 2009 CT State Open Championship: 1st - GM Gildardo Garcia, 3.5 - 0.5, $700 2nd- 3rd: GM Sergei Kudrin, GM Alexander Ivanov, Dan Rozovsky, 3.0 - 1.0, $333 each. Top U-2000: Gary Cote, 2.0 - 2.0, $200. Reserve U-1800: 1st - Mike Pascetta, 4.0 - 0.0, $250. 2nd - Charles Daly, 2.5 - 1.5, $100 Top U-1600: Kevin Zimmerman, 3.0 - 1.0, $150 2nd: Mike Elwell, 2.0 - 2.0, $100 25 players total. 2009 K-12 CT State Open Championship: 1st: Michael Finnneran, $8,000 UCONN Scholarship, Denker Award $300+ 2nd: Harry Wheeler, $4000 UCONN Scholarship 3rd: Tony Blum, $2,000 Scholarship 4th: Haotian Zheng 5th: James Nitz 1st Team: Southington HS 2nd Team: West Haven HS 3rd Team: Hopkins School 39 players total. 2009 K-8 CT State Open Championship: 1st: Lihkit Ganedi 2nd: Ryan Young 3rd: Ryan Zentner 4th: Adam Piche 5th: Tyler Leite 1st Team: Pierrepont School 2nd Team Harborside 3rd Team: Woodstock 26 players total. 90 players in all 3 events combined.


CT Master Hanon Russell Wins US Amateur East

Jun 28 - Hanon Russell won the U.S. Amateur (East) in New Jersey over Memorial Day Weekend, 5-1 (+4, =2, -0) one-half point ahead of the field. Congratulations Hanon on a great tournament!

New Haven Chess Fest a Success!

Jun 28 - On Sunday June 22, The New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas featured the New Haven Chess Fest on the Green in New Haven. Over 100 chess players from across the state and region participated in the day-long event featuring speed chess, pick-up games, chess instruction, free prizes, T-shirts and more! The weather was great, music and social atmosphere made this a memorable occassion. Unfortunately with only 48 hrs advance notice, there wasn't enough time to get the word out, but thanks to Susan Polgar who featured the event on her chess blog, turnout was better than expected and it looks like this will be an annual event sponsored by Edutech, USCF Sales and the CSCA. Thanks to everyone who helped make this first New Haven Chess Fest a success!

GM Sergey Kudrin Retains Title as CT State Champion!

Mar 18 - Highlights of the 2008 CT State Chess Championship, Mar 8 & 9 at Yale Univ: GM Sergey Kudrin Retains his title as CT State Champion! David Bedoukian becomes U1800 State Champion. Harry Wheeler wins the CT High School State Championship and will represent CT at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions! Alexandra Wiener will represent CT at the Polgar National Tournament for Girls! West Haven High School wins 11th State Team Championship (10 Consecutive Titles)! Michael Finneran wins CT Middle School State Championship! Amity Junior High School is top Middle school team. Ethan Segall K-6 State Champion, Jonathan Baccay K-3 State Champion. Thomas Knoff 1st Grade State Champion, Julian Wang Kindergarten State Champion. For full results, see RESULTS Section of this website.

GM Kudrin Wins 2008 GNHO

Feb 3 - GM Sergey Kudrin (2598) and Master Ernest Colding won all four games in the Open Section at the Greater New Haven Winter Open, with GM Kudrin taking first on tiebreaks. 130 chessplayers participated in the event held Saturday, Feb. 2. First Place U1600 went to Richard Chang(1515), First Place U1200 went to Roy Beavers(1199), First Place U1000 went to Davon Chen (980) and First Place U800 went to Daniel Shavnya(777). Top 3 school teams were Flanders (1st), Micro Society (2nd) and Peck Place (3rd). Check Full Results under Results Section of this website or see


James Nitz Wins 2007 CT Blitz Championship

Dec 18 - 23 players participated in the 2007 Connecticut State Open Blitz Championship held on Saturday, December 15 at the Church of Christ in Manchester. The event was directed by Robert Kozlowski. Robert was assisted by tournament directors Richard Chang and Marcus Komons. There were two sections, an OPEN and an U1600, in this 10 double round Swiss System tournament. After over six hours of competition, and plenty of Pepe's Pizza, James Nitz of Plantsville won the 2007 State Blitz Championship title in a tie-break match(best two out of three blitz games) against Dennis Prawira of Oakville. Winning the U1600 section, holding a commanding lead throughout the tournament, was Julio Echevarria of Hartford. Congratulations to James, Dennis and Julio for there fine efforts, and best of luck to them at the 2008 CT Championships, Mar 8 & 9, at Yale University!

Yale ties Harvard 2.5-2.5

Nov 24 - The Yale and Harvard chess teams reignited their rivalry with their latest duel ending in a 2.5-2.5 tie. Yale hosted the Crimson to a 5-board, G/60 match on Friday the 16th, the evening before ‘The Game’ between the schools’ football teams. The Yale team, comprised of Sophomore Kurt Schneider, Junior Pasha Kamyshev, and Seniors David Lyons, Sam Kahn and Dave Wang, battled a younger but higher rated Harvard squad. Yale Captain Dave Wang pulled out a draw from a rook and pawn endgame on the top board to secure the result. Boards 2 and 3 also drew, while white won on boards 4 and 5 for Yale and Harvard respectively. The match marked the fourth time the two teams have played going back to last year’s Game match- up, which Harvard narrowly won 3-2. Yale struck back, however, beating Harvard in January en route to capturing the Ivy championship title. The teams may face-off again in December at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championships, where the teams drew a closely fought match last year. Yale will host the 2008 CT State Championships at Payne Whitney Gym. For the first time, Top CT College Champion Individual and Team trophies will be awarded.

Jason Xu Wins UCONN $14,000 Scholarship Tournament

Nov 11 - Jason Xu of Essex Jct., VT took 1st place and the $2000 4 year renewable scholarship in the 2nd edition of the UCONN School of Engineering $14,000 Scholarship Tournament October 27th-28th, 2007. Mr. Xu accomplished this feat despite being involved in a minor car accident on the way to the tournament and being forced to take a 1/2 point bye for the 1st round. He then reeled off 4 consecutive wins, including hard fought games against the second and third place finishers. 2nd place finisher Haotian Zheng of Newtown, CT scored 4 -1 to take the $1000 4 year renewable scholarship, while Johnson Pau of Tenafly, NJ scored 3.5 - 1.5 to take 3rd and the $500 4 year renewable scholarship.The other top finishers were Kostyantyn Mazur of Teaneck, NJ 4th, Treva Ayton of New Rochelle, NY 5th, and Bob Scalise of New Britain, CT 6th. In the Middle School Open Alex "Buzz Saw" Fikiet of Storrs, CT zipped through the field with a perfect 5 - 0 score. Finishing close behind in 2nd overall and Top 7th Grade was Leonid Stolov of New Haven, while Ryan Zentner took 3rd overall and Top 6th Grade. Zach Rankin and Daniel Parsons took 2nd 6th and 7th Grade honors respectively. Results may be viewed at: 200710289341 The UCONN SOE would like to thank everyone involved for their support and cooperation in running this event.

GM Kudrin and FM Curdo Tie in UCONN September Grand Prix

Nov 4 - GM Sergei Kudrin and FM John Curdo both scored 3 - 0 to share 1st - 2nd and $550 to take top honors in the UCONN September Grand Prix on September 30th. Doug Fiske and Alex Fikiet each scored 1.5 -1.5 to split Top U - 2000 and $40. Mike Pascetta and Kevin Berry also scored 1.5 - 1.5 to take Top U - 1800 and Top - 1600 honors respectively and $40 each. Tim Grover, making a valiant effort, took the Top U - 1400 prize and $40. In the UCONN SOE September Scholastic on the same day Dave Gaston took 1st while Daniel Torrey and Mike Casey took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the high school section. Daniel Pascetta scored a perfect 5 - 0 to take 1st in the K - 8 section. Zach Rankin followed close behind at 4 - 1 to take 2nd.

GM Ildar Ibragimov Wins 2007 Greater New Haven Fall Open

Nov 4 - GM Ildar Ibragimov (2672) bested a record turnout of chess players to take clear first at the Greater New Haven Fall Open. 150 chessplayers participated in the event held Saturday, Nov. 3. First Place U1600 went to Mike Mauriello(1475), First Place U1200 went to Roy Beavers(1153), First Place U1000 went to Davon Chen (868) and First Place U800 went to Andrew Su (723). CBS News sent a film crew to cover the event, which will be broadcast nationally on their news show 48 Hours. Don't miss it! Check Full Results under Results Section of this website or see

Nelson Castaneda Wins 1st NBCC Arkadijs Strazdins Cup

Jun 2 - The 1st Arkadijs Strazdins Cup chess tournament ended last Tuesday, May 29 at the New Britain Chess Club. The winner of the tournament was FIDE Master Nelson Castaneda. At the club next Tuesday June 5, Marcus and I will present Nelson with the “Strazdins Cup”, a 2 foot high, beautifully engraved trophy!! Nelson won four of his games and drew against FIDE Master Richard Bauer in the final round. As champion, Nelson will also be awarded $100. Tying for share of second place are the following players: Martin Garcia Richard Bauer Daniel Rozovsky Martin, Richard, and Daniel earned 4 points and will each receive $60. The TOP U1700 prize goes to Michael Pascetta and Jozef Madej, each scoring 2.5 points. They each will receive $8.75. The TOP U1400 prize goes to Roy Beavers and Michael Cebrik, each scoring 2 points. They each will receive $17.50. The biggest upset in the tournament was Roy Beavers victory over Andy Strazdins in Round 3, a 342 point rating difference!! Roy will receive $15 for this biggest upset.

Mike Smith Wins 2007 UCONN Championship

Apr 18 - Mike Smith of Preston, CT has won the 2007 UCONN CC Championship Grand Prix, scoring 3.5 - 0.5. Mr. Smith was tied for the lead with Ayman Karsou of Groton at 2.5 - 0.5 heading into the last round. Unfortunately for Mr. Karsou, he ran into Charles Daly, who held him to a well played draw and second place. Mr. Smith received $200 for his fine performance and first place finish, while Mr. Karsou took clear second and $100. Mr. Daly with 2.5 - 0.5 took Top U -1800 honors and $35. Top U - 1600, Top U - 1400 and $35 each were garnered by Ken Montenegro, 2.0 - 2.0, and Roland Rossano, 1.0 - 3.0 respectively. Derek Meredith won the UCONN March Blitz Tournament at the UCONN CC Open House March 15th. Mr. Meredith scored 15 - 5 to secure 1st place. Close behind at 14.5 - 5.5 was the veteran Mark Bourque and at 14 - 6 was Yogesh Raghunathan. Other upcoming events: Scotignello Memorial, starts June 7th UCONN Summer Grand Prix starts July 12th UCONN August Scholastic Open August 19th UCONN Grand Prix Swiss August 19th UCONN September Scholastic Open September 30th UCONN Grand Prix Swiss September 30th UCONN SOE $14,000 Scholarship Tournament October 27 - 28

GM Sergey Kudrin 2007 CT State Champion!

Apr 17 - The 2007 CT Chess Championships was a success for the CSCA, and for CT Chess! GM Susan Polgar featured us on her blog. Susan Polgar Blog Channel 8 Action News, the New Haven Register, the Yale Daily News, the Yale Bulletin & Calendar, and the Yale Alumni Magazine gave us coverage. Photos of scholastic chess players are available online. 600 people were in attendance. Everyone has a great time! Businesses on Broadway and the Mariott Hotel were pleased with our guest's patronage. Letters from the Mayor of New Haven, the President of Yale, and the CT Governor were very supportive of our mission to "Promote Chess in CT." Participants received a commemorative Yale Chess Set, a T-Shirt, a Program, and chess medal. Yale was extremely pleased with our organization and purpose and is looking forward to hosting the tournament again next year. Highlights from 2007 CT Chess Championships: GM Sergey Kudrin is 2007 CT State Champion West Haven High School Wins 10th State Championship Team Title! Michael-David Mangini from Hopkins School is CT Representative to Denker National Tournament of High School Champions Catalina Estrada from Central High School in Bridgeport is CT Representative to Polgar National Tournament for Girls For full results, photo, and selected games, see Results Section of this website. For more details on these events go to CT Events


M. Derek Meredith Wins 2006 Greater New Haven Fall Open

Oct 16 - M. Derek Meredith (2080) bested a field of 28, including a win against GM Kudrin, to take clear first at the Greater New Haven Fall Open. 103 chessplayers participated in the event held Saturday, Nov. 4. First Place U1600 went to Ethan Segall (1449), First Place U1200 went to Tyler Durkee (1081), First Place U1000 went to Danny Chen (864) and First Place U800 went to Alexander Buhimschi (UNR). Check Full Results under Results Section of this website or see

Townsend Cup Results

Oct 6 - Max Enkin (MA - 2252) and Alisa Melekhina (PA - 2104) drew their third round game, and tied for first place in the 27th Townsend Cup tournament with scores of 3.5-0.5. Tournament Director Fred Townsend finished third with a score of 2.5-0.5. Arthur Nagel had the dubious honor of playing all four games into the second time control, and played 20 hours of chess in four rounds. The second Townsend Cup will be retired when one player has three clear wins. No player has won two tournaments outright yet for the second Townsend Cup. Rick Bauer (CT) retired the first Townsend Cup. The 28th Townsend Cup is tentatively scheduled for June 23-24, 2007.

James Nitz wins $2000 UCONN Scholarship Tournament

Sep 25 - James Nitz of Rocky Hill, CT took 1st & the $2000 renewable 4 yr. scholarship on TB's at 4 - 1 at the UCONN School of Engineering Scholarship Tournament; 2nd at 4 - 1 and taking the $1000 renewable 4 yr. scholarship was Haizhou Xu of Essex Junction, VT; 3rd at 3 - 2 and taking the $500 renewable 4 yr. scholarship was Haotian Zheng of Newtown, CT. 4th - 6th were, respectively, Alex Fikiet of Storrs, CT, Willam Turpin of West Haven, CT & Matthew Masino of Wantagh, NY.

2006 Scholastic State Championships - Results May 12 - Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin is the 2006 CT State Champion, successfully defending his title against a field of 21 competitors in the Open Section at this year's CT State Championships, held at Peck Place School in Orange, CT. Alan Lasser and M. Derek Meredith tied for 2nd place with 3.5 wins each. The Top U2000 prize went to Jeff Lawerence, and the Top U1800 prize went to Avery Chen. In the Amateur Sections, the U1600 Champion is Vincent Marsden from Ledyard Middle School, and the U1200 Champion is Christopher Sherry, from West Haven High School. In the Novice Sections, the U1000 Champion is Jehanzeb Kayani from Peck Place School, and the U800/Unrated Champion is Nolan Smyth who is home schooled. Team Prizes went to 1. Flanders Elementary School, 2. Foote School, 3.Peck Place School. Check the Results Section of this website for Full Results.

2006 Scholastic State Championships - Results

Apr 2 - Elementary Reserve Team Championships 1st and state champions Parkway School 2nd Riverfield Elementary School, Fairfield CT 3rd Greenwich Country Day School Elementary Reserve Individual Results 1st Hank Cohen, Rye Neck NY 2nd Henry Kalb, Greenwich, CT 3rd Danny Chen, Woodbridge, CT 4th Douglas Wrotnowski, Greenwich, CT 5th Anne Donnelly, Fairfield, CT Elementary K-5 Team Championships 1st Rippowan Cisque School, Bedford NY 2nd and state Co-champions, Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, CT 3rd and state Co-champions, Riverfield Elementary School, Fairfield, CT 4th Parkway Elementary School, Greenwich, CT 5th Cider Mill Elementary School, Wilton, CT Elementary K-5 Individual Results 1st Likhit Ganedi, Branford, CT and 4th grade state champion 2nd Ethan Segall, Wilton, CT 3rd Leonardo Filgueiras, Stamford, CT 4th Max Barg, Bedford, NY 5th Dinkar Ahuja, East Lyme, CT Elementay K-6 Team Championships 1st place and state champions, Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, CT 2nd East Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield, CT 3rd Peck Place Elementary School, Orange, CT 4th Riverfield Elementary School, Fairfield, CT 5th Cold Spring Elementary School, Hamden, CT Elementary K-6 Individual Results 1st place and 6th grade state champion, Robert Denunzio, Greenwich, CT 2nd William Gregory, Madison, CT 3rd-4th Clark Courtenay, Greenwich, CT 3-4 Chad Wilson, Greenwich, CT 5 Alexandra Wiener, Westport, CT

Christian Antonio Wins High School Championship

Mar 7 - The 2006 CT High School/Middle School Chess Championships took place this past weekend at Peck Place Elementary School in Orange, CT. Turnout was 75 chess players. West Haven High School won their 9th state championship. Peck Place School won the Middle School team championship. 2006 High School State Champion and Denker representative is Christian Antonio, a junior from West Haven High School. 2006 Middle School Champion is William Gregory from The Country School in Madison, CT. 2006 Polgar representative is once again Alexandra Wiener, from Bedford Middle School. Congratulations to all our state champions! For full results, check wallcharts under RESULTS section of this website.

Record Turnout at Greater New Haven Winter Open

Mar 6 - On Sunday, 160 chess players from 40 schools in CT, MA, NY, and RI competed in the 2006 Greater New Haven Winter Open Chess Tournament at Peck Place School in Orange. In the U800/Unrated Section, Rashmi Pashankar from Bethany Community School took 5th place, Pinny Elbaum from Hebrew Day Academy took 4th place, Wilberto Vega from Amistad Academy to 3rd place, Lukas Tolar from Flanders School took 2nd place, and Matthew Schatz from Peck Place School took 1st place. In the U1000 Section, Freeman Demirjian from Peck Place School took 5th place, Jehanzeb Kayani from Peck Place School to 4th place, Benjamin Della Rocca from Cold Spring School to 3rd place, Benjamin Shao from Mary T Murphy School to 2nd place, and Daniel McCabe from Peck Place School took 1st place. In the U1200 Section, Kapil Chandran from Miller School took 5th place, Rodrigo Sapriza from Calf Pen School to 4th place, Ron Scherban took 3rd place, Ryan O'Connor from West Haven High School took 2nd place, and David Portnoy from Amity High School took 1st place. In the U1600 Section, Matt Warnecke from Shaker High School took 5th place, Michael-David Mangini from Scotts-Ridge Middle School took 4th place, William Turpin from West Haven High School took 3rd place, Ethan Segall from Cider Mill School took 2nd place, and Alexander Fikiet from Mansfield Middle School took 1st place. In the Open Section, Stuart Finney took 5th place, Ryan Goldenberg from West Haven High School took 4th place, David Lyons took 3rd place, FIDE Master Akira Watanabe took 2nd place, and Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin took first place. School Team prizes went to Amistad Academy for 3rd place, Flanders School for 2nd place, and Peck Place School took 1st place. The next chess tournament held at Peck Place School will be the CT High School/Middle School State Championships scheduled for March 5.


Yale Defeats Harvard

Nov 22 - The Elis scored a 3-2 victory over arch-rival Harvard Saturday Nov 19 at home. David Wang (2376), Matthew Traldi (2263), Pavel Kamyshev (UNR), Scott Caplan (1941), and David Lyons (1921) played for Yale. Games can be found at Yale will be heading for the Pan American college tournament Dec 27-30 at Miami Dade College in Florida. Best of luck to some very strong Elis!

Chessmaster Oliver Chernin to represent CT in the Online Tournament of State Champions

Nov 16 - 50 State Champions, 1 U.S. Championship Qualifier The America' Foundation for Chess and the Internet Chess Club are pleased to announce the running of the second State ‘Champion of Champions’ event, the winner of which will win through to a guaranteed spot in the 64-player field battling it out for the $250,000 U.S. Chess Championship to be held next March at the NTC Promenade in San Diego. Oliver Chernin, who finished 2nd in this year's CT Open behind GM Sergey Kudrin, will be representing CT. All dates are ICC server time; this is New York Time (EDT). 1. Qualification tournaments November 19, 15:00: Eastern Conference (Zone 1 and 2). November 20, 15:00: Western Conference (Zone 1 and 2). 2. Finals December 3, 15:00: Semi Finals (winners of Zones 1 and 2). December 4, 15:00: Finals. (East vs. West) II. PLAYING SYSTEM 1. Qualification tournaments Both Eastern and Western Conference will be a double-round all-play-all tournaments split into two zones with a time control of 3 1 (three minutes initially plus one second added per move). The games will be unrated on ICC and seedings will be based on USCF ratings. In the event of one conference group not having sufficient numbers, the ICC will have the right to mearge two groups into one large group with both the winner and runner-up meeting in the semifinal. 2. Qualification to the Finals In both Eastern and Western Conference, the top two finishing players from each zone will qualify for their conference semifinals, the winners of which will play in a final which will have one player from the Eastern Conference and one from the Western Conference. 3. Finals Each round of the finals (semi finals, finals) will be played in two rounds, alternating colors, with a time control of 60 minutes initially plus 3 seconds added per move. If a match of two games ends 1-1, there will be two games with a time control of 3 1 between those two players to determine the winner. Should this tiebreak match also end 1-1, there will be an 'armageddon game': White will receive 5 minutes against Black's 4 minutes, no time increments. Black will advance on draw in that game. The responsible ICC tournament director will draw lots in order to determine colors in this armageddon game. In the semi finals, pairings will be: Eastern Conference Zone 1 winner vs. Eastern Conference Zone 2 winner (SF1) Western Conference Zone 1 winner vs. Western Conference Zone 2 winner (SF2) In the finals, the winner of SF1 will meet the winner of SF2 and colors in the first game will be determined by the responsible ICC tournament director drawing lots. Should a tiebreak match be necessary, colors in the first tiebreak game will always be the same as they were in the first regular game of that match. III. PRIZES Prizes for the tournament are as follows: 1st: 250 US-Dollars 2nd: 150 US-Dollars 3rd/4th: 50 US-Dollars each. The winner will be seeded into the OTB 2006 US Championships in San Diego

GM Kudrin wins 2005 Fall GNHO

Nov 16 - GM Sergey Kudrin dominated a field of 21 in this year's Fall Greater New Haven Open, winning all four games. Ryan Goldenberg (1913) finished second, and Walter Driscoll (1729) took 3rd on tiebreaks. Mike Mauriello (1132) of West Haven High School won the U1600 section, Lucian Gagliola (1126) of Notre Dame High School won the U1200 section, Cameron Bloomer (989) of Hopkins School won the U1000 section, and Robin John (UNR) of Bailey Middle School won the U800 section. In the Scholastic sections, Foote School won the First Place Team trophy, with Peck Place School finishing 2nd and Hopkins 3rd. 130 chess players participated in the event. For wall charts check RESULTS section of this website.

CSCA Board Meeting Scheduled for Sat., Sept 10

Aug 25 - The CSCA will hold its annual Board Meeting Saturday, Sept 10 from 11am to 3pm at the Case Memorial Library in Orange, CT. All CSCA members are welcome. Bids for the CT State Championships and the CT Scholastic Championships will be considered. If you have an item you would like added to the meeting agenda, please email to no later than August 30. Thank you.

Ryan Goldenberg places 20th at Denker Tournament of High School Champions

Aug 25 - Ryan Goldenberg from West Haven High School placed 20th on tiebreaks as this year's CT representative to the annual Denker Tournament of High School Champions. Ryan tied with 3.5 points for places 10-20. For more results check Denker Results

Alexandra Wiener places 34th at National Polgar Tournament for Girls

Aug 25 - Alexandra Wiener of Westport placed 34th on tiebreaks as this year's CT representative to the annual National Polgar Tournament for Girls. 11 year-old Alexandra was the youngest participant in the tournament and tied with 2.0 points for places 33-43. She also took 2nd Place in the chess problem-solving contest! Nice going Alexandra. We look forward to your continued success! For more results check Polgar Results

GM Sergey Kudrin Wins 2005 CT Open Championship

May 16 - Grandmaster Sergey Kudrin is the 2005 CT State Champion, besting a field of 37 competitors in the Open Section at this year's CT State Championships, held at Peck Place School in Orange, CT. GM Ibragimov, Masters Chernin, Watanabe, Bauer, Privman & Figler tied for 2nd - 7th place with 3.5 wins each. The Top U2000 prize went to Ian Harris and Anthony Purpora. The Top U1800 prize went to Cameron Bishop, who also finished 8th overall. In the Amateur Sections, the U1600 Champion is William Turpin from West Haven High School, and the U1200 Champion is David Zhao, also from West Haven High School. In the Novice Sections, the U1000 Champion is David Portnoy of Amity High School, and the U800/Unrated Champion is David Shang from East Lyme Middle School. Check the Results Section of this website for Full Results.

West Haven High School Wins 2005 New England High School Chess Championships

May 4 - This past weekend, the West Haven Renegade Knights traveled to the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Hotel to compete in the New England Scholastic Chess Championships. From a very competitive field drawing the top 56 chess players from the nine top high school chess teams in New England, West Haven took a clear first place with 19.5 points, with convincing victories over Vermont's Fair Haven High School (2nd place with 15.5 points) and Rhode Island's Central Falls High School (15 points). Lowell High School of MA took 4th place and Saugus High School of MA placed 5th with 13 points.

GM Ildar Ibragimov Wins 2005 Greater New Haven Winter Open

Feb 14 - On Sunday, Feb 13 GM Ildar Ibragimov (2701) won the Open Section of the 2005 Greater New Haven Winter Open in Orange, CT. Kebadu Belachew (1969) took 2nd overall and FM Akira Watanabe (2391)and FM Haoyuan Wang (2334) tied for 3rd. Congratulations to Westwoods School 1st Place Team, Flanders School and Clark Lane MS 2nd Place Teams, and Peck Place School 3rd Place Team. For full results Check Edutech


Yale Chess Team Ties Harvard

Nov 23 - On Saturday, Nov 20, the Yale Chess Team traveled to Cambridge for a match against long-standing rival Harvard. The result was a 2-2 tie. "Although we were going into the game hoping for a win, we still did better than the 35-3 loss in football," said Yale Chess Club president Scott Caplan. "FM Akira Watanabe lost on board 1 as did I on board 4. FM Dave Wang (captain) and Matt Traldi won on boards 2 and 3, leaving the match a tie. With no pre-arranged plans for a tie-breaker, we decided that the tie-breaker would have to wait until next year." As far as Yale's chess season is concerned, it's one of their best showings since '87 (when Yale won the Pan-Am). Nice job, guys. Still Still Still Still the strongest finish Yale has had against Harvard in a long time.

Akira Watanabe wins the 2004 Fall Greater New Haven Open

Nov 23 - On Sunday, Nov. 7 FM Akira Watanabe, 3-time champion of Japan won the Open Section of the 2004 Greater New Haven Fall Open in Orange, CT. He tied GM Ildar Ibragimov with 3.5 wins, drawing the last game against Ibragimov. The first place trophy was decided on tiebreaks. For full results, check out 2004 F Fall GNHO.


Akira Watanabe wins 25th Townsend Cup

Nov 23 - On Octber 26, top-seed Akira Watanabe (2395) of Yale defeated second-seed Nelson Castaneda (2327) in the third round, and took a draw against third-seed Glenn Budzinski three outright first places eight years ago. Only Stephen Muccioli, Richard Bauer and Akira Watanabe each have one leg on the second Townsend Cup. Richard Chang of South Windsor won the Re the Reserve Divi the Re the Reserve Division, and John Posavetz of Madison won the Novice Division.

Ted McHugh of CT. Wins Semifinals in Tournament of State Champions!

Nov 22 - USCF state champions from Eastern and Western states competed on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19, 2004. Ronald B Burnett of Tennessee, Edward McHugh of Connecticut, Mark Ginsburg of Arizona, and Oleg Zaikov of Oregon advanced to compete in the Semifinals. Ronald Burnett of Tennessee d defeated Oleg Zaikov of Oregon 1.5/.5 and Edward McHugh of Connecticut defeated Mark Ginsburg of Arizona 2/0 in the semi-finals on Saturday, September 25, 2004. Ronald Burnett defeated Ed defeated Ed defeated Edward McHugh 1.5/.5 in the finals on Sunday, September 26, 2004. Congratulations to Ted on a great showing for CT! For GM Larry Christiansen's play-by-play coverage, check out Ginsburg vs. McHugh .

GM Ildar Ibragimov sweeps Foxwoods and the Connecticut Open!!

May 25 - GM Ildar Ibragimov sweeps Foxwoods and the Connecticut Open!! No one has ever done this before (to my recollection)! Will he comp complete the "Triple Crown" of Connecticut chess at the Bradley Open?