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Feb 11 - Connecticut Speed Championships (Willimantic), organized by the Connecticut State Chess Association and hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University and Chess Club. $2,500 in Guaranteed Prizes!!! Awards for Players and Teams! Register now! Review event flyer.

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Chess News Wire -- January 2023

  • NM Derek Meredith wins Western Massachusetts Chess Association's 31st Mid-Winter Classic, held January 28 in Florence, MA. (1/29)
  • Registration is open for the 2023 Women's Championship, April 1 at Hamden Chess Club. (1/26)
  • CSCA opens registration for the all new Connecticut Scholastic Team Championships, March 4 at Manchester High School. Event features 74 trophy prizes and an all new team-focused format. (1/26)
  • After much planning, CSCA opens registration for the 2023 Collegiate Championship and 2023 Senior Championship, to be held simultaneously on February 25 at Wesleyan University. (1/26)
  • CSCA reschedules Thomas Hartmayer Memorial Tournament to April 29 at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford, to be organized jointly with the YMCA, Kevin Zimmerman and the YMCA's Bishop Chess Club. (1/25)
  • CSCA to hold 2023 Connecticut Women's Championship as a standalone event at Hamden Chess Club on April 1. Registration is expected to open shortly. (1/25)
  • Fairfield County Interscholastic Chess League standings through Week 5 of play. Eight matches are outstanding, pending completion and report. (1/23)

  • After a chess-busy first three weeks of January, CSCA membership climbs past 700 individual members, a new record. (1/22)
  • Final event page for the 2023 Connecticut Scholastic Championships, played January 7 at Sacred Heart University, is now available for review, including all available photos, reports, links and updates. (1/22)
  • Twenty-eight participate at CSCA Girls Championship hosted by the Greenwich Academy. This is the event's second highest total since its inception in 2016. That first event, created over much CSCA and community pessimism and organized by Connecticut Chess Organization--an independent nonprofit project founded by current CSCA President Alexander Lumelsky and the late former CSCA Board member and UConn organizer Thomas Hartmayer--exactly seven years ago on January 21, 2016 at the Farmington Main Library, holds the tournament record with 35 participants. The Connecticut Girls event may not be the biggest, but it pre-dates like tournaments in neighboring states. (1/21)

    Mid-Round 1 at the 2023 Girls Championship in Young Auditorium at
    Greenwich Academy.

  • BSA Troop 67 (Montville) to host first tournament at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. (1/19)
  • Eighteen participate at January 15 Wilson-Gray YMCA Tournament, organized by Kevin Zimmerman and East Side Chess together with the YMCA Bishop Chess Club. NM Yelfry Torres won the event with a perfect score. Ocean State Chess Association's Senior TD Frank DelBonis travelled from Rhode Island to direct. (1/16)

  • Sam Rosamond (left) wins January 15 Scholastic at Way of the Board Chess Club in Ridgefield. Eight players participated. (1/15)

  • Connecticut College wins top Small School prize at Pan Am Intercollegiate Team Championship, finishing 17th in the U1800 section. Meanwhile, Yale finished 10th in the Open. Sacred Heart University finished 16th in the U1800. Connecticut's FM Kapil Chandran's University of Chicago-A team finished seventh in the Open. 85 teams from universities across the United States and some from Canada participated in the annual event. (1/8)

    Connecticut College Pan Am team: (left to right) Miles Griffin, Jaron Bernard, William Mears and Adithya Saranathan.

  • CSCA to broadcast six boards from 2023 Scholastic Championships taking place tomorrow, January 7. Broadcast link coming this evening. Round 1 is at 9:30a. (1/6)
  • 51 play in DIG New Year's tournament in Weston on December 31. (1/2)

    Scholastic sections at DIG New Year's tournament in Weston.


Connecticut Chess Journal
The Advent and History of the Fairfield Interscholastic League

by Alvin Hamilton

St. Luke's School's Alvin Hamilton (pictured left) discusses the history of scholastic league play in Fairfield County and the COVID-19-influenced creation of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Chess League, presently in its third year of activities. FCICL meets weekly online and holds an over-the-board individual competition annually. Complete article here.

Lacey Wang Wins 2023 Connecticut Girls Championship!
Zaynab Chasmawala Wins U800!

It was a tournament of upsets at the 2023 Connecticut Girls Championship, held January 21 at the beautiful Greenwich Academy campus, as top seeds fell to rising stars in the first all-Girls competition since the start of the pandemic. Lacey Wang (pictured right), a Woodbridge fourth grader and Hamden Chess Club regular, who entered the event as the third seed, finished with a perfect 4-0-0 to win the 2023 Girls title and become the 2023 Connecticut Nominee to the US Chess Haring Tournament of State Champions. Lacey defeated both top seeds, including a strong performance against the six-time Connecticut Champion and top seed, Beatrice Low. However, the biggest surprises of the tournament came from Kashvi Madhvani of Farmington, as she defeated the second and fourth seeds in the first two rounds, a rating difference of over 600 and 300 points, respectively. Kashvi finished fourth overall, placing Top Under 1200. In the Under 800 Section, Zaynab Chasmawala of Farmington won first place with a perfect score. The event was directed by Senior TD NM Ian Harris and featured the new CSCA tournament administration upgrades, including online and email pairings and standings, in-event email updates to players and parents, and instant pairing of sections with completed rounds. The Open ran slightly ahead of schedule as all rounds went the distance, while the lower section finished in just four and a half hours. The tournament received thirty-two registrations of which twenty-eight participated, making it the second largest Connecticut Girls Championship to date. The CSCA thanks Greenwich Academy administration and staff, the Greenwich Academy Chess Club, Beatrice Low and Kee Low for hosting this event at the prestigious and historic all-girls school. The event page including final standings, reports, photos and updates is available for review.

Norwalk Knights Winter Program is Full
As of 5:40 am this morning, the CSCA Norwalk Library Chess Program, featuring instructor NM Ian Harris is full. All 40 slots are now registered. Players interested in participating, who did not make the cut off should register for the wait list option, added to the registration. Wait listed players will be notified, if they may participate.

IM Max Lu (HS), Jasmine Su (MS), Kushagra Bhargava (ES), Louie Lu (PS) and Rylan Chang (K-1) are Connecticut Champions!

IM M Lu Today at Sacred Heart University, 121 players took part in the 2023 Connecticut Scholastic Championships. The event set several Connecticut records, including a nine-hour completion of a G/55 tournament, a four and a half hour completion of the G/35 sections, participation of the first International Master in a Connecticut scholastic competition, over twenty-two percent female participation and one of the strongest fields in recent memory. Two sections also ended in tie break finales, with Norfeldt Elementary's (West Hartford) Louie Lu edging out Long Lots Elementary's (Westport) Isaac Lantsman for the Primary School title, and New York's Connor Wang defeating fellow New Yorker Ari Drucker in the Elementary section. This was the first tournament held at Sacred Heart's brand new Bowman Hall abbey with its floor to ceiling and in-ceiling windows and Hogwarts-style decor. The final event page and game broadcast, including the exciting NM Nathaniel Moor v IM Maximillian Lu (pictured right) Round 4 face off in the High School section, are available for review.

Click here for 2022 news archive.