5th Annual WKU MasterMind Open
from Sam Hunt
This year, the event attracted approximately 200 players that represented 9 states (KY, TN, OH, IN, GA, AL, MI, MO, IL) and nearly 45 different schools. Our guest, GM Maxim Dlugy, was very impressed with the facilities and the turnout. We appreciate how well he interacted with the players. Sean Vibbert, this year's full tuition WKU Scholarship and High School Champion, was able to have lunch with GM Dlugy. Runner-up in the high school section was Reece Thompson from Georgia who won the 2nd place room/board scholarship to WKU. The third place scholarship to WKU, a $500 book scholarship, was won by Taylor Bagley from Lexington, KY after a 7 player g/10 playoff.
A special congratulations goes out to TC Yanish and her 16 students who came all the way from Detroit, Michigan, and to local chess coaches Erica Lussier and Schuyler Read at Dishman-McGinnis who also entered 16 players into the event.
We congratulate all our winners and coaches who made this event really great at our new location: the Kniceley Conference Center. We will host the WKU Open here again next year at this extraordinarily high class location -- if everything works out, then world #1 GM Magnus Carlsen will be our special guest!
Kaidanov to be Honored
Kentucky's own GM Gregory Kaidanov (shown here at a 2009 appearance in Lexington) is to be honored in May by being inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. The announcement comes before Kaidanov is scheduled to once again compete for the title of U.S. Champion in St. Louis. Read more about the event here.
Follow GM Kaidanov and the other top U.S. players vie for the title of U.S. Chess Champion:
Update: Kaidanov wins with Black against Sammour-Hasbun in round 1.
Davis Whaley is King
Davis Whaley (representing the Lexington club) defeated all challengers to stand on top of a field of 4 with a perfect score of 3.0 and win this year's Kings Tournament. Ryan Velez (representing the Louisville club) came into the clubhouse with 2.0 while Chris Bush (representing the Winchester club) and Eric Calero (representing the Highland club) split a point. The Elizabethtown club and the Monday Night at Meijer club were not able to send representatives this year.
Velez Earns a Spot
Ryan Velez defeated Daniel Brennan in the final match of the Louisville Chess Club Championships to earn that club's title and a spot at this year's Kentucky Kings Tournament.
Eric Calero defeated Miami Fugatte in a head to head matchup to win the Highland Championship and qualify for this year's Kings Tournament. More details on the Highland and Louisville playoffs will follow.
The Knights of NKY scholastic tournament on April 20 has so many entries that they are moving it to a bigger location! The tournament will now be held at Scott High School, 5400 Old Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill, KY 41015. See the tournament calendar for more details.
Kentucky Chess Saddened by News of Plane Crash
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Mike Anders was identified as the pilot of the plane which crashed in Florida yesterday (1/4/2013), killing all aboard. Mike was a player, an organizer, a chess book and equipment dealer, and widely regarded as a genuinely nice fellow. Read about what is known here, and read tributes from local chess players here, here and here.
Louisville Open 2012
135 players in 6 sections did battle over the weekend (September 21-23) with many Kentucky players rising to the top. Chris Bush was a top finisher in the Open section, Juan Andino tied 3rd in U1900, Sam Hunt was the outright winner in the U1600 section (pitching a shutout!), and Joshua Nealy tied for a 2nd place finish in the U1300 section. The top scholastic finishers for Kentucky were Ronit Patel, Jack Bradley, John Klein, Mikhail Kovaler, and Abby Adams-Smith. View the event crosstables here.
Brian Wright is Our New Junior Champion!
Brian scored 4 points in 5 rounds to take a clear win in the Junior Closed held in Lexington. It was a strong performance in a strong field which included: Matthew McDonald, Tod Head, Austin Bridges, Garrett Wright, and Om Kanmadikar. Congratulations to Brian and to all of the participants.
Check out the official USCF crosstable here.
Kentucky Kings All Over Again
Want to relive the excitement of the 1st annual Kentucky Kings Tournament? Want to see more of games like the one below? Check out our new page containing game scores from the tournament.
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Chris Bush posted a perfect score of 3.0 to win the first Kentucky King of Kings tournament. At the same time, Joe Farrell scored a perfect 4.0 to win the E-Town club's Spring Tornado tournament and solidify his expert rating. A list of winners and game scores are coming soon. Find the USCF crosstables here and here. Check out the new picture album of the events.
This corrected information for the Kentucky Junior Championship replaces what is published in the Blue Book.
KENTUCKY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.
The Junior High Champion, the top finisher in the Action (G/30), the High School Champion, the High School Runner-Up, and the top two finishers in the Ky Open “Open” section will be invited for a total of six players. If any of these qualifying events are not held, then replacements or alternates will be selected based on finishing order in the Kentucky Open “Open” section. A junior player is defined as someone who will be under 21 years of age for the entire calendar year.
Please make a note of the change.
Lexington was host to 164 players for the Quad C Scholastic Tournament on Sunday, February 26. Perfect scores in K-12 went to Taylor Bagley, Elliott Beach, and Max Zahn. Also posting all wins were Brian Wright and Garrett Wright in K-8. Brian She, Kevin Jing, and Nicholas Tan went without losses in K-5, and Rylan Thomas held that honor in K-3. And Ryder Cochran bested all comers in K-1. See the official crosstables with all the winners here. Forget video games. These students can play chess!
Highland Middle School in Louisville hosted 131 players in 4 sections of scholastic action on Saturday, February 25! Tod Head scored a perfect 5 points to top the K-12 section. Aaron Oster matched that feat to lead the K-5 section. Iman Dashti posted 4.5 for the top finish in K-3. Tommy Kolb, Samuel Leigers, Gavin Scoy, and Karthik Nadimpally each earned 4 points and a share of the honors in K-1. You're never too young to be a chess champion! See the official crosstables here.
Randas Burns turned in a perfect score of 4.0 to win the open section of the Winter Blues Open in Elizabethtown on Saturday, February 25. Gelvic Cubar, Jerry Weldin, and Rodney Wright shared the 2nd and 3rd spots. Sam Hunt and Benedict Muncy split the honor of top under-1700 player.
In a very competitive under-1400 section: Dave Brock, James Biggs and Alex Long battled hard to end up splitting all the prizes. Nathan Kaissieh and Rayane Chatrieux were each recognized as top player under-1000.
By all reports, it was a great new tournament that was enjoyed by everyone. Even the food seemed to be a big hit. A hat tip to Johnny Owens for organizing and directing the tournament. Check out our Picture Book Chess for photos of the action. And even see a video of the event produced by Gelvic Cubar with footage by Johnny Owens. Find the complete crosstables here at the USCF. See all of the prizes that you could have won here.
Louisville is seeing big turnouts for weeknight tournaments! You can see crosstables for 43 players for Monday at Meijer's, February 6 and 7 players for Thursday Chess Magic, February 23. Chris Bush, David Morrison, Aaron Trachtenberg, and Bill Nall all posted perfect scores to win the 4 sections at the Monday tournament!
The Winchester Chess Club hosted a combination scholastic and open tournament in honor of Valentines Day with these winners emerging.
Gelvic Cubar and Johnny Owens split a point and the top finish in February's Tuesday in E-Town with 2.5 points each. Find the USCF crosstable here.
Lots of winners crowned the recent Nativity Academy Urban Chess Tournament held in Louisville. Congratulations to them, and to all of the participants in this year's tournament. Playing chess is always a winning move.
|1st||Middletown Elementary (1)||Roubiea's Raiders|
|2nd||Middletown Elementary (2)||Western Middle|
|3rd||Laukhuf Elementary||Nativity Academy|
|1st||Sam Wilson||Seth Downy||Sean Harris||Jacob Hill|
|2nd||Kyle Bale||Sarah Seavers||Garrett Lee||Kemuel Torres|
|3rd||Kevin Jackman||Taylor Hunt||Akhil Rokkan||Ragland Woodford|
|4th||Evan Hickerson||Salih Omerovic||Joshua Harris||Carlos Medina|
|5th||Ryan Delaney||Joshua Lee||Keshawn Adams||Anand Rahul|
Corbin Seavers wrote to say:
The Potter's House Scholastic Chess Club is making great progress in raising financial and material support to start a scholastic chess team at Wayside Christian Mission. The chess team at Middletown Elementary, coached by Ken Harris, graciouisly donated 8 chess sets to the effort. A local business, Webb's Market, is giving thoughtful consideration to making a financial contribution that would cover instructional materials and a small stipend for a coach. We also received a matching donation challenge...for every dollar donated up to a total of 60 dollars, our anonymous donor will match the donation. That 120 dollar total will go towards purchasing team shirts for the Wayside team. So if you make a deductible donation to THE POTTER'S HOUSE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB (P.O. Box 2241, Louisville, KY 40201) for the Wayside team it will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of 120 dollars.
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