Kentucky Chess Association

The USCF state affiliate for all of Kentucky.

2014-2015 Scholastic Chess Blue Book - Now Available

KCA invites you to visit our link page or open our friendly PDF document to see what's new in our revised Blue Book.

For everyone else -
Have some fun with our calculation puzzle!

Which move is best for white? Your answer may change the longer you study ;)
Practice Russian style with this fun exercise and remember to not use an engine or move any pieces on your board if you want to take the challenge

Congratulations To Our New 2014 Senior Championship

Congratulations goes out to Chris Bush for winning this years 2014 Senior Championship this past weekend in Lexington. Chris finished with a score of 4/5 and was the highest Kentucky finisher of the group in a small but strong field.

With Bush becoming last year's Co-State Champion and this year's Senior Champion - The sky is the limit for what he can accomplish over the board!

Congratulations To Our 2014 State Champions

Looks like a great start for two of KCA's newest board members. Vice President Ryan Velez and Treasurer Davis Whaley officially crowned the Kentucky's Adult Co-Champions of 2014.

Both players had 3 points going into the last round where they agreed to a draw after twenty or so moves.

This was a huge feat coming from an incredibly strong field which included the 2013 Co-Champions Chris Bush and Mark Wagner, Michael Johnson, and recent hall of fame inductee Jerry Baker. This makes 8 straight titles for Davis and the first for Ryan. Congrats to both of these players on a job well done!

Also a big congratulation for our 2014 Kentucky Junior Co-Champions Gilman Bagga and Om Kanmadikar

Each finishing with an outstanding score of 4-1. This makes Gilman's second straight junior championship and Om's first.

A very impressive feat by these young men. Congratulations guys!!!

Oliver Noth Wins Big

Oliver Noth won the top section of the Oaks day tournament. He scored 2.5 out of 3. Oliver was the youngest player in the event playing in the top section with 3 people higher ranked than him. He is holding the Scepter of Victory.

Grant County Teams at the Middle School Championships in Atlanta

These are the Grant Co Middle School Teams. Both the K-8 under 750 and the K-9 under 1250 are shown. The K-8 under 750 team finished 22nd and the K-9 under 1250 finished 16th in the tournament.

Louisville chess players take the National Bughouse Chess Title!

Tod Head a student of Emir Sefo and Matthew McDonald a student of Randas Burns partnered to play bughouse chess. They started the USCF National Junior High Bughouse Championship chess Tournament in Atlanta GA April 24, 2014 on board 25 with a field of 140 players making 70 teams competing and then moving up to board 5 for the second round. After winning both rounds they then moved up to the coveted #1 board. After suffering a loss on round three they were unsure if they would play on that coveted 1 board. Much to their surprise round 4 started with them on board 1 again and that is where they stayed the rest of the tournament dominating and crushing even the NY school IS 318 who usually dominates this category and the other teams with  11 wins and 1 loss. They brought home the victory and are basking in the glory as the #1 K-9 Bughouse Team in the country! Well done boys well done.  

Tod Head and Matthew McDonald were presented their trophy by USCF Tournament Director Joe Yun.

Picture taken by April Head

2014 Blue Book

The 2104 Scholastic Blue Book is now available to view or download! Click here to see.

South Louisville Chess Invitational

At the South Louisville Chess Invitational, held on December 21, 2013, hosted by Crums Lane Elementary, the following individuals were winners:

1) K/4 section, first place Kimberly H. and 2nd place, K/4 section Caleb C
2) K/8 section, first place Sarah S. and 2nd place, K/8 Philip C.

The first place team was Crums Lane Elementary, 2nd place team Wellington Elementary, 3rd place team The Chess Ambassadors and the fourth place team Engelhard Elementary.

Photos of Kimberly H. (1) and Wellington Elementary's Chess Club (2)

Kimberly H. - Winner of K/4 section

Kentucky Top 200

Link to the List of Top 200 Players in Kentucky. (Based on current published ratings for USCF members active in the last year.)

Kentucky Closed 2013

Thanks to Taylor Bagley for sending along these game scores from the Kentucky Closed and Junior Closed 2013 for all of us to enjoy!

The Yussman Hall of Fame

The first exhibits are now in place at the Yussman Hall of Fame - celebrating the historical cornerstones of Kentucky chess.

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:

U.S. Chess Champs

St. Louis Chess Club

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.

Calero Qualifies

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.

Scholastic Players

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 herehere 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. 

Davis Whaley Does It Again!

Davis Whaley scored 6 out of 7 with no losses to clinch the championship!

For more like the game below, see the crosstable and game scores from this championship tournament.

Joe Farrell Wins Them All

Joe Farrell won all 4 rounds to take away the win at the Bluegrass State Games. Check out the crosstables now posted 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.

Get Ahead of the Game

Read about the upcoming Bluegrass Games in this Winchester Sun article.

Championship Info

This is the most recent information based on the discussion in this thread on this subject.

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Bush and Farrell are Perfect

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.

Trinity High School Junior John Marscik Wins Big!

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Update for the 2011-2012 Scholastic Blue Book

 This corrected information for the Kentucky Junior Championship replaces what is published in the Blue Book.



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.

Own the Endgame

with FM Daniel Rensch and the Principle of Two Weaknesses, thanks to the good folks at

Quad C Scholastic

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!

KSCC Scholastic Tournament

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 Isn't Blue Anymore!

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.

TD's and organizers: Do you want to see pictures of your tournament in Picture Book Chess? Find out how with a note to the webmaster.

Louisville Heats Up

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!

Valentines Tournament is Sweet

The Winchester Chess Club hosted a combination scholastic and open tournament in honor of Valentines Day with these winners emerging.

Tuesday in E-Town

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.

Nativity Academy Hosts Winners

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.

Team Honors:

  K/6 K/9
 1st Middletown Elementary (1) Roubiea's Raiders
 2nd Middletown Elementary (2) Western Middle
 3rd Laukhuf Elementary Nativity Academy


Individual Honors:

  K/9 K/6 K/4Unrated 
 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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