Tournament Results

154 Players Compete in the 23rd Annual North/Central Texas Grade Championships

The North/Central Texas Grade Championships brought 154 scholastic players to Houston on the first weekend of November. Organized by the Dallas Chess Club, the tournament named champions named individual and team champions for grades kindergarten – 12th grade.

Team Winners

Kindergarten: TH Rogers – Houston
Grade 1: TH Rogers – Houston
Grade 2: River Oaks Elem – Houston
Grade 3: Commonwealth Ele – Sugar Land
Grade 4: W University Elem – Houston
Grade 5: Alcuin School – Dallas
Grade 6: TH Rogers – Houston
Grade 7: West Briar MS – Houston
Grade 8: Coppell MS North
Grade 9: Westwood HS – Austin
Grade 10: United HS – Laredo
Grade 11: Highland Park HS
Grade 12: United HS – Laredo

Full K-5 Team Results | Full 6-12 Team Results

Individual Winners

Kindergarten: Wenqiao Chen
Grade 1: Zekai Bryson Wu
Grade 2: Kyle Yiwen Wang
Grade 3: Joshua Meng
Grade 4: Luca Chang
Grade 5: Christian Karlseng
Grade 6: Sri Avi Raghuraja
Grade 7: Vinh Welsh
Grade 8: Rohun Trakru
Grade 9: Shelev Oberoi
Grade 10: Anish Vivekananthan
Grade 11: Jacob Buergler
Grade 12: Nathaniel Fernandes

Full K-5 Results | Full 6-12 Results

Complete Results at US Chess.

2019 TCA South Texas Girls State Championship

Texas Chess Association’s 2019 Texas Girl’s State Championships were held on Saturday, October 5th, at the South Texas Academy for Medical Professions campus in Olmito, located just north of Brownsville. 156 participants participated in the one-day event. Girls as far away as Austin and Houston played. When the day was done there were new champions in each of the five divisions!

Five divisions had championships! In the Kinder -1st division the undefeated champion was Mia Ramirez from Garden Park Elementary, Brownsville. In the Primary division we had the first of two co-champions. Both had 4.5 points; Addison Gonzalez from NL Trevinio in Edinburg, and Sahithi Kommuri from Colony Meadows Elementary, Sugarland. In the Elementary division Sunny Zhang from Olmito Elementary, Olmito, won the outright title with a perfect score of 5 points! Co-champions were crowned in the Middle School division with Emily Ham from Morris Middle School in McAllen and Violette Uviedo from Manzano Middle School in Brownsville; both gaining 4.5 points.

In the High School division, Lauren Tovias from Harlingen South of Health Professions in Harlingen, was the outright winner with 4.5 points. Lauren also won the $3,000 scholarship which was graciously offered by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The high school senior plans on attending the university next fall and wants to be a future member of the UTRGV Collegiate National Championship team.

Many thanks to the beautiful school, the wonderful volunteers, the hard-working TD crew, and especially to Noemelch Lumang, who’s help was timely throughout the process.

Team Champions

  • High School- Veterans High School Brownsville.
  • Middle School- Manzano Middle School.
  • Elementary- Our Lady of Sorrows McAllen and Ben Brite Elementary Brownsville.
  • Primary- Our Lady of Sorrows McAllen.
  • Kinder-1- Garden Park Elementary Brownsville.

Individual Champions

  • High School- Lauren Tovias, 4.5/5.
  • Middle School- Emily Ham and Violette Uviedo (Co-Champions), 4.5/5.
  • Elementary- Sunny Zhang, 5.0/5.
  • Primary- Addison Gonzalez and Sahithi Kommuri (Co-Champions), 4.5/5.
  • Kinder-1- Mia Ramirez, 5.0/5.

 

GM Shtembuliak Evgeny Wins Southwest Open

GM Evgeny Shtembuliak won the International Section of the Southwest Open with 7.0 points in nine rounds. GM Jeffery Xiong tied for second with GM Kamil Dragun and GM Hvhannes Gabuzyan with 6.5 points. NM Benjamin Frenkel topped the Under 2300 section with 6.0 points in seven rounds. Gabriel McDonald placed first in the Reserve section with 6.5 points in seven rounds. Walton Downs won the Novice section with a perfect seven points. The 85th Annual Southwest Open was held in Irving, Texas over Labor Day weekend. Shtembuliak is a student at Texas Tech University.

GM Evgen Shtembuliak won the International Section of the 2019 Southwest Open and was the top Collegiate Player

GM Evgen Shtembuliak won the International Section of the 2019 Southwest Open and was the top Collegiate Player

NM Benjamin Frenkel won the Under 2300 section at the 2019 Southwest Open

NM Benjamin Frenkel won the Under 2300 section at the 2019 Southwest Open

Gabriel McDonald won the Reserve Section of the 85th Southwest Open

Gabriel McDonald won the Reserve Section of the 85th Southwest Open

Walter Downs won the Novice section at the 2019 Southwest Open

Walter Downs won the Novice section at the 2019 Southwest Open


In the scholastic side event, Cole Blakemean of Keller High School won the K-12 Championship section with a perfect five out of five, while Rayansh Pande topped the K-12 Under 1000 section.

Results

Nicole Niemi Wins 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Championship

Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Nicole Niemi, 2019 Texas Women's Chess Champion; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association President; Nicole Niemi, 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Champion; and Maritta Del Rio Sumner, Distinguished Visitor.

Nicole Niemi (from Garland) won 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Champion on tie-breaks over Woman International Master Alexey Root, Ph.D. (from Denton), the 1998 Texas Women’s Chess Champion. Both ended the four-round event with 3.5 points.

Both players performed as exemplary champions throughout this Championship, in the North Richland Hills Library, during the period of August 17-18, 2019. Both finished with 3.5/4 points after their hard-fought draw on Board One in the final round. The games is available on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/texaschesschamps/video/469029679.

The 2019 Texas Women’s Chess Championship was held in the North Richland Hills Library.

See Wall Chart at USCF (Not in tiebreak order.)

Cameron Wheeler Wins State Championship

Cameron Wheeler and Lucas Revellon

Cameron Wheeler, 2019 Texas State Champion and Lucas Revellon, 2019 Texas Amateur Champion

IM Cameron Wheeler’s 6.5 points (out of seven) topped the field of 46 in the championship section of the 74th Texas State and Amateur Championships held at the DFW Airport Marriott South in Fort Worth from May 24-27, 2019. IM Zurab Javakhadze was second with six points. GM Julio Sadorra and NM Jack Easton were third with 5.5 each. Lucas Revellon won the amateur section with 6.5 points out of seven.

Championship Section Results | Amateur Section Results

The tournament was organized by Dallas Chess Club.