Connecticut State Chess Association
a 501(c)(7) nonprofit corporation

2023 Connecticut State Championship

$10,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund!!!

November 12, 2023
Wesleyan University, Fayerweather, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Final Standings, Rating Report and Awards Summary

2023 Connecticut State Championship at Wesleyan University's Fayerweather event hall, November 12.

Funded and sponsored by the Connecticut State Chess Association, co-organized by the Wesleyan Chess Club (WCC) and hosted by Wesleyan University

Special thanks to WCC co-President Collin Holson and WCC Board and members for their support and efforts in the aid of the CSCA in organizing this flagship state tournament event for the Connecticut chess community.

Event Information and Postings:
Official Event Flyer
Online Registration System Posting and List of Current Registrants
Games Broadcast
Pre-Event Notes
Final Standings, Rating Report and Awards Summary

Photo Gallery

Event News and Updates

Nov 13
GM Maxim Dlugy Wins 2023 Connecticut Championship; Record 221 Players Participate

Round 2 of the 2023 State Championship at Wesleyan's Fayerweather event hall.

On November 12 at Wesleyan University, the CSCA held the 2023 Connecticut State Championship. The Association received a total of 241 registrations for this annual tournament, of which 221 participated, setting a new State Championship attendance record. GM Maxim Dlugy won clear first in the Championship section with a score of 3.5/4, becoming the 2023 Connecticut Champion. Two-time defending Champion GM Nico Checa finished in clear second with a score of 3.0/4. The next seven players finished tied with a score of 2.5/4. In the U2200 section there was a three-way tie at the top with Chris Brooks of New York winning first on USCF tie breaks. In the U1700, Philip Adams of Massachusetts won clear first with a perfect score. In the U1200, Sacred Heart University's Mark Khalil won clear first with a perfect score. In the U800, a three-way perfect score tie between Nathan Dandrea, Ryan Cheung and Benny Rosenbloom was decided by two rounds of Armageddon tie breaks. The three, ironically, still finished in USCF tie break order with Nathan winning the section, Ryan finishing second and Benny finishing third. Finally, Wesleyan's Ro Barrett won clear first in the NR (not rated) section with a perfect score. The event's Chief Tournament Director was Senior TD NM Ian Harris, who was assisted by ANTD Frank DelBonis and Local TD Matthew Freeman, as well as floor assistants Jake Lumelsky and Shaina Mezheritskiy. The tournament was organized by CSCA President Alexander Lumelsky and Wesleyan Chess Club co-President Collin Holson with assistance from CSCA Vice President NM Mikhail Koganov and Treasurer Gert Hilhorst, as well as several local club leaders and organizers. The tournament also featured a ceremonial first move by Wesleyan's President Michael Roth and a book signing by Connecticut's 2023 Champion GM Dlugy. See Final Standings, Rating Report and Awards Summary. [See official event page for more.]

Nov 12
GM Maxim Dlugy wins 2023 Connecticut State Championship with a score of 3.5/4 in the Championship section. 221 players participate in the biggest State Championship in Connecticut chess history. Special thanks to Wesleyan Chess Club President Collin Holson for his efforts in co-organizing the event!

Nov 8
GM Maxim Dlugy will hold a book signing between Rounds 1 and 2 at the 2023 State Championship this Sunday. More details to follow.

Nov 7
Wesleyan University President Michael Roth will make the ceremonial first move at the 2023 State Championship.

Nov 7
2023 Connecticut State Championship registration breaks all-time record. The tournament is at 149 participants and growing.

Oct 18
CSCA considering moving the 2023 Honors of the Connecticut Chess Community to the spring Hall of Fame event, due to earlier Championship time and six weeks of tournaments and activities still remaining in 2023. The larger Championship event and changes to the award ceremony also present a challenge for formal presentations on November 12.

Oct 17
Directing team for the Championship will include Senior TDs Ian Harris, RedBendit Chess and Frank DelBonis, Ocean State Chess Association.

Oct 14
CSCA expands State Championship will have a six-board live broadcast. Special thanks to NM Ian Harris, RedBandit Chess and CSCA Web Admin Gert Hilhorst for supplemental equipment and broadcasting services and web support.

Oct 12
Registration is open! CSCA puts forth a record $10,000 guaranteed prize in 32 placements for a single-day event and expands the tournament to six sections from three, including two time controls: G/55 d5 for Championship, U2200, U1700 and U1200, and G/25 d5 for U800 and NR (not rated). It will also be the first time that a non-rated section will be offered, to include players who are not US Chess members, making the event more inclusive of the larger chess community.