Congratulations to CM Robert Shlyakhtenko (CA-S), rated 2394 who scored 5/6 for a tie for First Place. He received the $5,000 College/University Scholarship to the school of his choice on tie-break provided by the Barber Fund. The other Co-Champion was FM Jason Wang (OH). There was a seven way tie for 3rd Place involving FM Shunkai Peng (OR), NM Danila Poliannikov (MA), CM Samrug Narayanan (MN), NM Dimitar Mardov (IL), NM Raghav Venkat (FL), NM Gus Huston (NY) and IM Arthur Guo (GA) with a score of 4.5/6. There was a field of one IM, 2 FMs, 2 CMs and 10 NMs.
NM Dimitar Mardov (IL) was the winner of the $500 Barber K-8 Camp Award for best result under the age of 12.
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Florida, SoCal and New York Tie for First in Team Competition Congratulations to Florida on their First Place tie-break finish (13/18) with a team average of 2138. Southern California matched their point total (13/18), but lost on the second tie-break with a team average of 2243. New York was also in the hunt with a point total (13/18) and a team average 2268. The Florida state team was composed of their Denker representative, Ryan Hamley (4/6), Barber representative, NM Raghav Venkat (4.5/6), and Haring NGTOC representative, Tianhui (Cindy) Jie (4.5/6). The Southern California state team was composed of their Denker representative, CM Brandon Xia (4/6), Barber representative, CM Robert Shlyakhtenko (5/6) and their Haring NGTOC representative, Julia Sevilla (4/6). The New York state team was composed of their Denker representative, NM Max Jiahua Li (3/6), Barber representative, NM Gus Huston (4.5/6) and their Haring NGTOC representative, WFM Martha Samadashvili (5.5/6). State Team winners in the Under Sections: (Under 2100) Texas. In the (Under 1900) it was Utah and in the (Under 1600) section was New Hampshire. Complete team results can be found here.
Tournament Results GM Awonder Liang Simul
Local GM Awonder Liang conducted a FREE 23 board Simul to open the US Open in Middleton, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 28. Participants were players from the Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) with up to seven participants from each of the three events. In addition, our two guests were the Mayor of Middleton, Mr. Gurdip Brar and Dylan Denker (FL), grandson of GM Arnold Denker. Simul results were 22 wins and one loss. Congratulations to the following players: Win–Tinh Son Nguyen (UT), Best Game–Tianhui (Cindy) Jie (FL) and Longest Game–Amanda Lossef (DC).
Barber Tournament Results
Congratulations to NM Andy Huang (VA), rated 2276 who scored 5.5/6 for clear First Place. He received the $5,000 College/University Scholarship to the school of his choice. Following Andy was FM Anthony Bi He (WA), rated 2337 who had only two draws to capture clear 2nd Place. Third Place was a three-way tie with FM Arthur Guo (GA), rated 2315, NM Alexander Costello (CA-S), rated 2271 and FM Vincent Tsay (NY), rated 2273 were unable to move up. Eight players tied for 6th Place. There was a field of seven Masters and eleven Experts among the fifty-one participants which was the largest group to ever contest the title, Barber Champion of Champions.
FM Arthur Guo (GA) was the winner of the $500 Chess Scholarship for best result under the age of 13.
Virginia clear first in State Team Competition
Congratulations to Virginia on their First Place finish (14.5/18) ending any doubt that their state team average (2213) was strong enough to take the top spot. Their team was lead by Denker representative, IM Praveen Balakrishnan (5.5/6) rated 2496. Barber representative, NM Andy Huang (5.5/6) rated 2276 and National Girls representative Vivian Cao-Dao (3.5/6) rated 1866 completed the effort. The Second Place team was Washington State that had a team average (2310) and was one point behind Virginia. There was a two-way tie for 3rd Place between Southern California and Massachusetts.
State Team winners in the Under Sections: (Under 2100) Arizona. In the (Under 1900) it was Connecticut and in the (Under 1700) section was Indiana. Complete results can be found here.
Congratulations to Christopher Shen (OH), rated 2307 who scored 5/6 in a tie for first place with Justin Wang (TX), rated 2330. Shen and Wang drew each other in Round 5 and it set the stage for the final round where both of them needed a win to stay on top. There was a field of eight Masters and fourteen Experts among the 48 participants. Both Christopher and Justin were declared Co-Champion of this Championship Invitational Event. Winner on tie-break was Christopher who will receive a $5,000 College/University Scholarship to the school of his choice.
There was a five way tie (4.5/6) for Second Place which included Owen McCoy (OR), Aydin Turgut (IL), Justin Chen (NY), Jason Yu (WA) and Pieter S. Heesters (MD). Justin Wang (TX) was also the winner of the $500 Chess Scholarship for best result under the age of 13. Further details can be found here: https://www.barberchess.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Barber-Standings.pdf
Illinois clear first in State Team Competition
Congratulations to Illinois on their First Place finish (14/18) ending any doubt that their state team average (2242) was strong enough to take the top spot. Their team was lead by Denker representative, Zhaozhi [George] Li (5/6). Barber representative, Aydin Turgut (4.5/6) and National Girls representative Marissa Li (4.5/6) who completed the effort. Second Place team, Washington state had a team average (2172) and was ½ point behind Illinois followed by Texas (2180) who took clear Third Place with ½ point below.
State Team winners in the Under Sections were Alabama (Under 2100), Indiana (Under 1900) and Idaho (Under 1700). Complete results can be found here.
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