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Dwight Barber

 

 


Revised December 22, 2018
By Ralph Bowman

Mr. Barber learned chess in Norman, Oklahoma from his older brother Dwight, and shortly thereafter joined a school chess club in 7th grade. He played in his first tournament, a scholastic event, in Tulsa that year.

His favorite memory as a chess player happened at the Cerritos Chess Club in Southern California on December 19, 1975. This was a large chess club that often held simultaneous exhibitions (simul) with grandmasters. One of these simuls was with six-time US Champion Grandmaster Walter Browne. The simul started at 9 PM. At 1 AM Dewain looked around the room and notice many empty chairs. He had been concentrating so much on his game that he did not notice there were only seven boards still going. He was up an exchange and a pawn. Taking into consideration how tired he was, Dewain offered a draw and it was accepted. GM Browne’s result for that simul was 57 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses.

He played off and on over his school years. Upon graduation from Northern Arizona University, he started a teaching career in the Buena Park Elementary School District in Buena Park, California where he taught World and American History to 7th and 8th Grade students for 30 years.

During his teaching, the staff at his school was asked to provide a club for the students to volunteer to join. He chose chess and games. Later this was to become the chess club that he continued for 27 years.

Mr. Barber relates these stories about his chess teams:

“As chess coach one of my favorite stories was an encounter with a new student, Andrius Kulikauskas who was later to join my Buena Park Junior High Chess Club. As I had been playing tournament chess for several years, I had reached a level of 1410. During the school day I would play students before school and during lunch. On one particular lunch time Andrius (Andrew) walked in and starting watching my game that I was playing with one of the members of the chess club. While these games were in progress I usually answered questions about homework and graded papers, which was not disrespectful of the chess players whom I played. This multi-tasking kept me busy and able to have fun at chess as well.

When I finished the game I was playing, Andrew asked if he could play me. Usually I have new students play someone in the club first, but I decided to see what this young man knew about chess.

As the game progressed nothing was unusual and I graded papers and talking to students about their work. After several more mechanical moves I noted that I had lost the center and I was a Pawn down. Not to fear I was a “skilled” tournament player and I would pick up the Pawn in the middlegame. Continuing to multi-task I once again looked at the board and noted that I was now a Rook and a Pawn down with a gathering crowd of chess club members. Fortunately, they were not drooling, but seemed very excited. I was excited as well! What is happening here? A student who walked in off the playground had never to this point in my coaching career beaten me. I put aside the papers I was grading and starting really concentrating on the game. In addition, I asked students not to ask questions about their schoolwork till I finished this game. It was not looking good for the old coach. I began concentrating on the game at hand and with good play I won in the endgame. Later on Andrew was to become a US Chess Federation National Chess Master.

The best finish my National team ever achieved was tied for 5th Place at the National Junior High in Terre Haute, IN. Other teams have placed 14th or in the top 25.”

“One particular student who stands out is a young 7th Grade student who told me later in life that he only came to school because chess was available before school and during lunch. I do not know if this was the driving force in his life, but he later graduated from college and went on to teach chess and math. In addition, National Master Joe Hanley decided to open a chess center in Irvine, CA to support all the young people who wanted to learn about the game.”

“Another young 7th Grade student, Ed Motley that should be mentioned was active in Scholastic Chess through High School, received an appointment to West Point. Since I lost track of him I had no idea where he was. As it turned out I was at a National Junior High event nearly 20 years later where I was attending a coaches meeting. When the meeting was completed and I prepared to leave, I heard a voice from behind that said, “How are you doing Mr. Barber? I turned around to see my former student, Ed Motley, in the meeting. I was impressed when he asked me to meet his team that had come to that National event. As I arrived at the team room he introduced me to his players who were having a great time and then he introduced me to his son, a member of the chess team. This happened again in April 2011 at the event in Huntington Beach, CA called the Dewain Barber Scholastic sponsored by NM Joe Hanley.”

In 1974 Mr. Barber attended a meeting in the City of Orange, CA that brought together organized chess from throughout Orange County. Mr. Barber has assisted or organized the Bernard Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament (Bernard Morrison taught chess to Orange County elementary students since 1974) and Miley Staser Scholastic Chess Tournament (who also taught elementary students since 1977) in Southern California.

As Scholastic Chess growth occurred in this country, Mr. Barber was part of that effort. He created “A Guide to Scholastic Chess” which provides information to school-based persons on how to start a chess club. Over 50,000 copies have been distributed and it is currently available on the “Teachers & Coaches” page of the US Chess website. This book is the basis for the US Chess Certified Local Chess Coach (Level I) test. This publication has been given away free since its inception. It is in its 11th Edition.

He has been a member of the U.S. Chess Federation’s Life Member Assets committee, Scholastic Committee, and former member of the Scholastic Council. During this time he asked the US Chess Delegates to create the Scholastic Service Award to recognize persons for their “Many Contributions to Scholastic Chess”. In addition, he helped create the National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC). He has been chairman of the GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions. For more information on his involvement with the Denker Tournament see “GM Arnold Denker: The Legacy”.

Because of his life of teaching and coaching K-8 players, Mr. Barber wanted to create a national tournament specifically geared for the winners of State Championships who were in Grades 8 and under. In 2010 the US Chess Board of Delegates approved the “Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions”. The inaugural tournament was held July 30 to August 2, 2011 in Orlando, FL. The K-8 players played in the same room and at the same time as the players in the “GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions”.

In September 1982 Dewain started his company, American Chess Equipment. He began the company because he had found it difficult for schools to purchase chess equipment at reasonable prices. The company now does business in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. He has committed his company, American Chess Equipment, to continue to sponsor the Denker and Barber tournaments. The company was recently sold to Shelby Lohrman and has continued to be a chess equipment supplier to the chess community.

When asked, “How has the game of chess influenced your life?” the following was his response:

“As a schoolteacher I was seeking something to enrich the lives of young people. Chess became that vehicle. I have seen the positive effects of Chess on thousands of Scholastic players, met dedicated coaches, organizers and had an opportunity to travel around the world meeting people and playing this game. When I was in China I went to a school and meet some teachers who were directing a school program in Chess. They valued Chess as a learning tool as much as I do. As Chairman of the GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions, it has been my pleasure to meet some of the nicest high school students that this country has to offer. The Denker Tournament has been one of the stepping-stones for numerous Grandmasters and I thank GM Arnold Denker and his son, Mitchell Denker for creating and supporting this event. The people I have met in my life in chess have enriched my life many fold.”

Mr. Barber has been a recipient of the following awards:

1995 Recognition for his 20 years of service to Scholastic Chess by the Southern California Chess Federation Board
2000 Teacher of the Year, Buena Park School District
2000 US Chess Scholastic Service Award
2002 US Chess Special Services Award
2003 Volunteer of the Year Award of Junior Achievement of Southern California
2008 U.S. Chess Trust Harold Dondis Award
2010 US Chess Meritorious Service Award
2014 City of Fullerton, CA 40 Year Achievement Award for Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament
2016 US Chess Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime of Dedication to Chess
2018 US Chess GM Koltanowski Gold Medal for exceptional support to chess
2018 Honorary title, “Dean of Scholastic Chess”
2019 US Chess GM Koltanowski Silver Medal for exceptional support of chess

Dean of Scholastic Chess

By Dewain Barber
September 8, 2018

As I sit at home thinking about all of the activities that took place at the 2018 US Open in Middleton, Wisconsin, I “Awonder” if it was skill or luck. Thank you to Awonder Liang for playing in the 2013 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions as a young person. This year he became a Grandmaster and presented a simultaneous exhibition for participants in the Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournaments. This event was part of the opening activities of the 2018 US Open.

The story really began back in 1984 with a phone call that changed my life. We all will have these moments, but I could not have imagined back then all that would happen. I received a call from GM Arnold Denker, who was later to be named the Dean of American Chess. GM Denker simply said to me, “I want to do something for the kids.” At first, I thought he was going to donate his time to do a simultaneous exhibition or volunteer to pass out trophies at one of the Nationals. But as it turned out, he wanted to do a whole lot more than I expected.
He provided an idea or two suggesting an event that brought together every state high school champion. The question was how to select deserving players who would want to travel to this event. Would it be the highest rated player who qualified? Would it be based on age or something else?

As it turned out, we agreed to invite the champion from the high school tournament of each state to play. But, when? Since I was acquainted with the scholastic schedule, I knew that many of the months that might be considered would be out. Fall was the start of the school year, winter would present problems with travel, and spring was devoted to competing in state events and the Scholastic Nationals. The end result was a decision by both of us that summer would work best. But, where? There were few scholastic events available during the summer because most families were on vacation. This would mean starting a new event with no support. Arnold suggested the US Open as a possible site. He had been US Champion and had played in the US Open for many years so it seemed a possibility. The US Open was a very prestigious event with many strong players at all levels and ages wanting to compete so the fundamental question was, “Would the US Chess Federation accept a bunch of high school kids playing at their event?” Maybe yes, maybe no.

Because GM Denker was well known to the adult chess community and the Delegates, he created a motion that I co-sponsored and the delegates agreed by acclimation after he said the words, “This is good for chess.” This action created what is today known as the GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions.

This event has hosted 1,011 high school players, fourteen of which have gone on to become Grandmasters. One of those GMs was Alex Fishbein who won the first Denker event in 1985. What is unusual is that this year he played in the first National Senior Tournament of Champions in which he tied for first. In addition, Alex’s son, Mitch played in this year’s Denker! The Denker Legacy is alive and well.
Four events have followed this initial Invitational offering: GM Polgar Girls, Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, National Girls Tournament of Champions and the National Senior Tournament of Champions. It has been quite a story over these last 34 years. I have been pleased to have been a part of this Legacy with the sponsorship of the US Chess Federation. I would also like to thank the US Chess Trust for their support.

The future is very bright for Scholastic Chess. We are all poised, youth and adult, to fulfill the mandate given to us by the Delegates of US Chess when they revised the mission of our Federation to focus on education of both youth and adults. To carry out the change in the mission mandated by the delegates, in the words of our Executive Board president, Allen Priest, “We have a legal and moral responsibility to change.” This movement of change to an educational organization for all ages started in 2008 with the delegates’ mission restatement. It continued with the filing of revised Articles of Incorporation in 2009. And the IRS recognized the change by granted US Chess 501(c)3 status in 2014, retroactive to 2009.

To further support this change, all we have to do is look at what Allen saw when he visited the US Chess Championship in St. Louis. He stated, “This is a very American Event with merit and opportunity for American participants who represent a diversity from around the world. We are an American institution. Just visit one of our National events and you can see who we really are.”

I have no problem embracing this future. As a retired school teacher with 30 years of experience, I had the pleasure of hosting a chess club at my school. During one of those years we had been planning to attend the US Chess National Junior High Championship when I received a note from the office to see the principal. I stopped by his office and was informed the trip was off. I was shocked to learn the reason why: The US Supreme Court had ruled that all public schools could not have events that were not “curriculum-based”. I then went into the Curriculum of the California Common Core State Standards and located 14 statements that supported what chess teaches. I presented the information to the school board of my district and our chess club was designated a “curriculum-based” chess club, the first in California to be given that designation. We were then able to take our trip. Chess can be an important educational component if the chess advisor chooses that direction.

In their Mission Statement one of the core values of US Chess is “Education. Chess is an educational tool aiding in the learning of planning, cause and effect relationships, pattern recognition, and research, all key skills for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).”

Another area of concern is the development of a strong Scholarship Program for Youth. President Priest said, “We now have in place a program that can support scholarships that are earned by scholastic players.” I look forward to working to assist with this goal. I hope that many colleges/universities continue to support scholarships for our chess youth. In addition, we need to seek out donors who clearly see that by donating to the US Chess Scholarship Program, we will be using these funds to support this goal. These funds will be separated and maintained for the future.

I would like to thank the Executive Board and Delegates of the US Chess Federation for honoring me with the title: “Dean of Scholastic Chess”. I will continue to work with everyone to promote scholastic chess.

 

Barber Alumni List

Revised August 15, 2019
NAME STATE YEAR/s
Alexander, Joshua OK 2013
Alter, Justin CO 2016
Amburgy, Ryan OK 2018
Anandakumar, Aravindaswamy NM 2018
Angermeier, Danny MA 2014
Apte, Neel CA-N 2011
Arora, Mayhul WA 2012
Badhe, Om AL 2018
Bagga, Gilman K S KY 2011
Bhattacharyya, Rishav WI 2018
Baker, Vincent Jingwei OH 2016
Balakrishnan, Praveen NJ 2012
Balleisen, Aaron Shapiro NC 2012
Banik, Siddharth G CA-N 2014
Bao, Chris NV 2019
Bian, Alex IL 2013
Black, Gatlin UT 2016
Brar, Tony Carlton ID 2014
Brattain, Mika Andrew MA 2012
Bren, Triton ND 2019
Brewer, Avery Andrew MS 2012, 2014
Brodsky, David NY 2014
Brown, Michael William CA-S 2011
Bukkarayasamudram, Raghurama GA 2012
Burdettee, Ethan WV 2018
Burke, John Michael NJ 2014-15
Cao, Elton OH 2018
Cao, Kevin Y MO 2011
Campbell, Joshua Arden TN 2015
Capocyan, John Patrick TX 2018
Carter, Emmanuel NC 2014
Carter III, William DC 2015
Chandran, Kapil CT 2011-12
Chang, Jeffrey E MD 2012
Checa, Nicolas de NY 2013
Chen, Alex NC 2017
Chen, Andy NJ 2013
Chen, Forest TN 2016
Chen, Jackson CO 2011-12
Chen, Justin NY 2017
Chen, Kevin Bell NC 2011
Chen, Mark Ya HI 2018
Chen, Michael L MI 2014
Chen, Peter L MI 2011
Chen, Steve Mengxi AL 2012
Cheng, Tony R KS 2011
Chikkala, Srikar AR 2011
Choudhry, Arjun SD 2012
Clasby, Derek NJ 2017
Costello, Alexander CA-S 2018
Couvillion, Christian MS 2015
Cremisi, Daniel NC 2013
Daggupati, Balaji CA-N 2016
Dasari, Arjun RI 2017
Datar, Nikhil IN 2016-17
Davis, Christian G DC 2017
Dias, Aditya N SC 2014-15
Do, Vincent IL 2016
Dong, Richard Wu-Huan LA 2016
Donham, William AR 2019
Eckmann, Dalton SD 2015
Egan, Max IN 2018
Farrell, Liam ME 2017
Fejzulai, Aidan SC 2013
Feng, Maggie OH 2012
Feng, Roland WA 2012-13
Fiedorowicz, Owen IA 2018
Fishbein, Matthew E ME 2011-12
Friedman, Max Asher TN 2012
Fuhs, Alexander SD 2013-14
Furfine, Jacob IL 2015
Garside, Finn G NH 2017
Gelb, Nicolo Rainer WA 2011
Ghatti, Sanjay GA 2013-14
Giovannetti, Grant NV 2015
Glashausser, Sho KS 2016
Godage, Vidu Dinal KY 2015
Gollapudi, Jonathan MO 2016
Goodman, Hayes RI 2019
Gough, Turner TN 2017
Govindaraju, Abhinav NH 2018
Grabinsky, Aaron OR 2012
Graham, Jacob VT 2019
Gu, Christopher RI 2011
Gundam, Rohit TX 2019
Guo, Arthur GA 2018-19
Hajiarbabi, Kiana KS 2014
Han, Qiyu MS 2013
Harder, Brady R WI 2011
Hartt, Bill ME 2016
He, Anthony Bi WA 2018
He, Justin ID 2019
He, Tommy O TX 2012
Heesters, Pieter S MD 2017-18
Hereford, Liam KY 2017
Hernandez-Camen, Angel PA 2014
Hilby, Craig CA-S 2012-13
Hoang, Truman FL 2014-15
Holecek, Zachary IL 2011
Hua, Margaret M MO 2012
Huang, Andy VA 2018
Huang, Yixin UT 2018
Huston, Gus NY 2019
Iyengar, Udit CA-N 2012
Jacobson, Brandon NJ 2016
Jalem Jr, Arya TN 2018
Jenkins-Mui, Kai VT 2018
Jiang, Austin Zhiyuan TX 2011
Jiang, Dylan NH 2019
Jiang, Nathan ID 2012
Johnson, Nicolas Godfrey AZ 2011
Kannan, Suganth FL 2012
Karamsetty, Jeevan VA 2011
Karp, Eli M LA 2012
Katz, Gabriel VT 2011-13
Ke, Ivan CA-S 2017
Kelly, Joey Michael KS 2015
Kenney, Sawyer ND 2013
Kidd, J Michael AR 2013-2014
Kim, Benjamin HI 2019
Kim, Yoon-Young CT 2014
Koziol, Cameron RI 2016
Kriss, Stevan KY 2012
Kubisch, Matthew IN 2014
Kumar, Arya NC 2019
Kumar, Krish OK 2016-17
Kumar, Nikhil FL 2016
Kumar, Vijay NE 2019
Lauer, Benjamin NJ 2019
Lassner, Jared FL 2011
Le, Harry NE 2016
Lee, Conrad Christopher MT 2011-15
Levine, Joseph WA 2019
Li, Ben MI 2016
Li, Brandon NE 2011
Li, Dennis Fan CT 2015
Li, Henry DE 2015
Li, Kevin WI 2015
Li, Max Jiahua NY 2016
Li, Zhaozhi IL 2012
Liang, Adream WI 2013
Liang, Albert GA 2016
Liang, Awonder WI 2013
Liang, Justin MI 2017
Ling, Evan Maxwell VA 2015
Liu, Andrew MA 2013
Liu, Aristo S OH 2015
Liu, Bovey TX 2014
Liu, Connor SC 2016
Lodh, Anish IA 2017, 2019
Lohr, Justin VA 2013-14
Lossef, Amanda DC 2018
Lu, Maximillian CT 2016
Luo, Ryan DE 2017
Luo, Terry DE 2018-19
Lyons, Benjamin NE 2015

Revised August 15, 2019
NAME STATE YEAR/s
Madiraju, Suhas NC 2015
Maheshwari, Jayant MD 2019
Mardov, Dimitar IL 2018-19
Mares, Isaiah WY 2018-19
Markin, Arden Quinlan AL 2014, 2016
Mason, Samuel Reed UT 2014
Mathern, Nickolas ND 2015
Mathur, Rithwik WI 2016-17
Matus, Nastassja MN 2018
McConnell, Sullivan CO 2017-19
McCoy, Owen OR 2015, 2017
Mercer, Logan Wilson AL 2015
Meyer, Evan MA 2015
Mishra, Apramay KS 2013
Miyasaka, Marcus Ming NY 2015
Moon, Benjamin GA 2011
Moore, Eli SC 2019
Mu, Grant IN 2019
Mukherjee, Divyam NV 2017-18
Nakagawa, Ford HI 2011-12
Narayanan, Samrug MN 2015, 2017, 2019
Narayanan, Suhaas CO 2015
Narkeeran, Madhaven PA 2018
Nathan, Asher Simon NM 2015-16, 2019
Nathan, Krishna CA-N 2019
Nathan, Jacob ID 2013
Neme, Jackson VT 2016
Ngo, Bach FL 2019
Nguyen, Darian AZ 2015
Nguyen, Emily TX 2016
Nguyen, Trung Q VA 2016
Offertaler, Bendeguz MD 2011
Olin, Neo Edward WA 2015
Omar, Tamm KY 2016
O’Young, Anson NH 2014
O’Young, Coby NH 2011
Palmer, Nicholas WV 2015-16
Panchanatham, Vignesh CA-N 2013
Parasuraman, Surya MI 2015
Parhi, Sanjay WV 2012
Park, Evan PA 2019
Parker, Wesley ME 2013
Patel, Aayan NV 2016
Patel, Advait WV 2011, 2013-15
Paul, Justin VA 2017
Peng, David Tianjian IL 2014
Peng, Shunkai OR 2018-19
Pereira, Royce Trentin NV 2012-13
Pinisetti, Prateek AZ 2012
Poliannikov, Danila MA 2017-19
Poston, Donald Mars NM 2012-13
Poston, Henry W NM 2014
Poteat, Lilia Meilan NY 2012
Potula, Kapish GA 2015
Prabhu, Naveen NC 2018
Prem, Pranav VA 2019
Province, Cael KS 2018-19
Proleiko, Julian MO 2013
Puckett, Devon M TN 2014
Pullela, Naren OK 2019
Qi, Alexander Jianrah UT 2015
Qin, Alexander TN 2013
Qu, Matthew MN 2014
Quirk, Colton MT 2017
Rajasekaran, Vignesh VA 2012
Rajjan, Sanjay NE 2018
Ramaswamy, Abhinav OH 2011
Rangan, Ananth NH 2015-16
Ray, Ujan UT 2017
Riegelhaupt, Cory FL 2011
Rivera, Ricardo AR 2017-18
Rivero, Danilo FL 2013
Roach, Andrew UT 2012-13
Romero, Jonah NM 2017
Rutten, Alexander GA 2017
Saleem, Arshaq IA 2014
Sam, Gabriel CA-S 2015-16
Schillinger, Peter AZ 2016
Schuh, Zachary Landon KS 2012
Sethuraman, Sandeep AZ 2019
Shan, Botao LA 2011
She, Chengyue AR 2015-16
Shen, Arthur NJ 2011
Shen, Christopher OH 2017
Sheng, Joshua CA-S 2014
Sheshappa, Ankith KS 2017
Shi, Jason CT 2013
Shi, Tinglin WI 2012
Shlyakhtenko, Robert CA-S 2019
Shoykhet, Benjamin MO 2017
Siek, Justin ID 2015
Singh, Hersh WI 2018-19
Sinha, Sahil MD 2013-14
Sivakumar, Ragulan VT 2014
Smith, Evan ME 2018-19
Soma, Kiran V KY 2014
Somalwar, Anaiy CA-N 2018
Song, Edward MI 2013
Soori, Isaiah C ND 2014, 2016-18
Sowa, Aiden RI 2012-13
Sowa, Ryan RI 2014-15
Srinivas, Vivek PA 2016
Srivastava, Vikram OH 2014
Su, Kenneth AZ 2018
Sun, Maxwell OR 2013
Sun, Rick AZ 2015, 2017
Swerdlin, Ryan CO 2013-14
Szabo, Marcell WA 2014
Taghizadeh, Rayan CA-N 2015
Talyansky, Seth OR 2014
Tang, Andrew MN 2011-13
Tang, Arthur NH 2012-13
Tang, Henry LA 2019
Tao, Arthur SD 2016
Titus, Andrew MN 2016
Tomlin, Nicholas Alexander TN 2011
Tong, Alexander Dun Yin NC 2016
Trakru, Rohun TX 2015
Tran, Jacey NE 2017
Tran, Minh Binh LA 2018
Tsao, Kevis SC 2011-12
Tsay, Vincent NY 2018
Tu, Landon Zhidi MS 2016-17, 2019
Tucker, Dylan Tornquist HI 2015
Turgut, Aydin IL 2017
Tyagi, Kushan IA 2011
Ulrich, Rachel J WI 2014
Unruh, Harrison UT 2011
Vaidya, Atulya TX 2013
Vaijaeepay, Vaishnavi RI 2018
Velidandla, Sarvagna AL 2019
Venkat, Raghav FL 2017-19
Vibbert, Sean IN 2011
Walthall, Thomas MT 2018
Wan, Joseph IA 2016
Wan, Joseph Cheng-Yue NE 2013-15
Wang, Alex PA 2017
Wang, Jason OH 2019
Wang, Justin TX 2017
Wang, Kevin AL 2013
Wang, Kevin S IN 2015-16
Wang, Quguang HI 2014
Wang, Sir Jalen MI 2012
Ward, Thomas WV 2019
Watanabe, Benjamin UT 2019
Webb, Benjamin SC 2017-18
Webb, Jesse DC 2019
Webster, David C LA 2017
Webster, Dex LA 2013-15
Weisz, Bryan A CT 2017
Wen, David OR 2011
White, Adriel HI 2016-17
Whitehorn, Gregory PA 2011
Williams, Justus D NY 2011
Wlezien, Alexander PA 2012-13
Wolfe, Peter CT 2019
Wong, Nicholas HI 2013
Wright, Brian KY 2013
Wu, Andy Y FL 2014
Wu, Logan TN 2019
Wu, Ryan Boyd MS 2018
Wu, Sijing AL 2017
Xie, Ethan AZ 2013-14
Xie, Luke OH 2013
Xu, Grant Y MA 2011
Xu, Kevin ID 2017-18
Xu, Runya PA 2015
Yadav, Omkar WV 2017
Yang, Kevin S CA-S 2017
Ye, luke MO 2019
Yin, Annie OK 2011
Yip, Carissa MA 2016
Youth, Ian ME 2014-15
Yu, Jason WA 2016-17
Zhang, Connor KY 2018-19
Zhang, Gavin OR 2016
Zhang, Jiahua IA 2012
Zheng, Michael MI 2018-19
Zheng, Andrew MD 2015
Zhong, Howard OK 2012, 2014
Zhou, Daniel CT 2018
Zhou, Iris Yi-Xian MO 2018
Zhou, Jason MO 2014-15
Zhou, Jonathan IN 2012-13
Zhou, Ziwen IA 2013
Zhuravskiy, Seva DC 2012-13
Zhurbinsky, David NJ 2018
Zuo, Albert NM 2011

Revised August 17, 2019
2019 Orlando, FL
NAME STATE
Robert Shlyakhtenko CA-S
Jason Wang OH
Shunkai Peng OR
Danila Poliannikov MA
Samrug Narayanan MN
Dimitar Mardov IL
Raghav Venkat FL
Gus Huston NY
Arthur Guo GA
Sandeep Sethuraman AZ
Bach Ngo FL
Logan Wu TN
Terry Luo DE
Rohit Gundam TX
Krishna Nathan CA-N
Evan Park PA
Sullivan McConnell CO
Michael Zheng MI
Arya Kumar NC
Pranav Prem VA
Joseph Levine WA
Luke Ye MO
Jayant Maheshwari MD
Landon Tu MS
Asher Nathan NM
Anish Lodh IA
Hersh Singh WI
Peter Wolfe CT
Benjamin Lauer NJ
Sarvagna Velidandla AL
Naren Pullela OK
Connor Zhang KY
Eli Moore SC
Chris Bao NV
Grant MU IN
Justin He ID
Cael Province KS
Hayes Goodman RI
William Donham AR
Benjamin Kim HI
Vijay Kumar NE
Benjamin Watanabe UT
Evan Smith ME
Henry Tang LA
Dylan Jiang NH
Thomas Ward WV
Jacob Graham VT
Jesse Webb DC
Triton Bren ND
Isaiah Mares WY
2018 Middleton, WI
NAME STATE
Andy Huang VA
Anthony Bi He WA
Arthur Guo GA
Alexander Costello CA-S
Vincent Tsay NY
Elton Cao OH
Shunkai Peng OR
Danila Poliannikov MA
Nastassja Matus MN
Dimitar Mardov IL
Madhaven Narkeeran PA
Michael Zheng MI
Kenneth Su AZ
Raghav Venkat FL
Anaiy Somalwar CA-N
Hersh Singh WI
Terry Luo DE
Max Egan IN
David Zhurbinsky NJ
Naveen Prabhu NC
Ryan Amburgy OK
Pieter Heesters MD
Iris Yi-Xian Zhou MO
Daniel Zhou CT
John Patrick Capocyan TX
Kevin Xu ID
Sullivan McConnell CO
Aravindaswamy Anandakumar NM
Arya Jalem Jr. TN
Ryan Boyd Wu MS
Cael Province KS
Om Badhe AL
Abhinav Govindaraju NH
Benjamin Webb SC
Owen Fiedorowicz IA
Minh Binh Tran LA
Divyam Mukherjee NV
Isaiah C. Soori ND
Connor Zhang KY
Sanjay Rajjan NE
Ricardo Rivera AR
Mark Ya Chen HI
Amanda Lossef DC
Kai Jenkins-Mui VT
Evan Smith ME
Yixin Huang UT
Vaishnavi Vaijaeepay RI
Isaiah Mares WY
Ethan Burdettee WV
Thomas Walthall MT
2017 Norfolk, VA
Christopher Shen OH
Justin Wang TX
Owen MCCoy OR
Aydin Turgut IL
Justin Chen NY
Jason Yu WA
Pieter S Heesters MD
Justin Paul VA
Derek Clasby NJ
Ivan Ke CA-N
Nikhil Datar IN
Sijing Wu AL
Alex Wang PA
Rithwik Mathur WI
Samrug Narayanan MN
Bryan Weisz CT
Raghav Venkat FL
Rick Sun AZ
Kevin S Yang CA-S
Benjamin Shoykhet MO
Kevin Xu ID
Alexander Rutten GA
Alex Chen NC
Danila Poliannikov MA
Liam Hereford KY
Anish Lodh IA
Ankith Sheshappa KS
Ryan Luo DE
Isaiah C Soori ND
Justin Liang MI
Krish Kumar OK
Benjamin Webb SC
Sullivan MCConnell CO
Landon Tu MS
David C Webster LA
Divyam Mukherjee NV
Turner Gough TN
Jonah Romero NM
Omkar Yadav WV
Liam Farrell ME
Adriel White HI
Christian G Davis DC
Ujan Ray UT
Finn G Garside NH
Jacey Tran NE
Ricardo Rivera AR
Colton Quirk MT
Arjun Dasari RI
2016 Indianapolis, IN
Jacobson, Brandon      NJ
Nguyen, Emily     TX
Zheng, Andrew     MD
Baker, Vincent Jingwei     OH
Nguyen, Trung Q VA
Li, Ben MI
Titus, Andrew MN
Yip, Carissa MA
Do, Vincent IL
Wan, Joseph IA
Alter, Justin CO
Markin, Arden AL
Tong, Alexander Dun Yin NC
Yu, Jason WA
Daggupati, Balaji CA-N
Lu, Maximillian     CT
Srinivas, Vivek PA
Sam, Gabriel CA-S
Mathur, Rithwik WI
Kumar, Nikhil FL
Li, Max Jiahua NY
Zhang, Gavin OR
She, Chengyue AR
Glashausser, Sho KS
Nathan, Jacob ID
Kumar, Krish OK
Le, Harry NE
Gollapudi, Jonathan     MO
Patel, Aayan NV
Nathan, Asher NM
Schillinger, Peter AZ
Chen, Forest TN
Datar, Nikhil IN-Alt
Rangan, Ananth NH
White, Adriel HI
Wang, Kevin S IN
Liu, Connor SC
Dong, Richard Wu-Huan LA
Black, Gatlin UT
Liang, Albert GA
Omar, Tamm KY
Palmer, Nicholas WV
Soori, Isaiah ND
Tao, Arthur SD
Neme, Jackson VT
Hartt, Bill ME
Tu, Landon Zhidi MS
Koziol, Cameron RI
 2015 Phoenix, AZ
Patel, Advait OK
Sowa, Ryan RI
Meyer, Evan MA
Furfine, Jacob IL
Zheng, Andrew MD
Li, Dennis Fan CT
Webster, Dex LA
Burke, John Michael NJ
Sam, Gabriel CA-S
Wan, Joseph Cheng-Yue IA
Xu, Runya PA
Kelly, Joey Michael KS
Liu, Aristo S OH
Olin, Neo Edward WA
McCoy, Owen OR
Hoang, Truman FL
Li, Kevin WI
Miyasaka, Marcus Ming NY
Parasuraman, Surya MI
Narayanan, Samrug MN
Madiraju, Suhas NC
Campbell, Joshua Arden TN
Taghizadeh, Rayan CA-N
Narayanan, Suhaas CO
Zhou, Jason MO
Nguyen, Darian AZ
Ling, Evan Maxwell VA
Sun, Rick AZ
Trakru, Rohun TX
Lee, Conrad Christopher MT
Qi, Alexander Jianran UT
Lyons, Benjamin NE
Potula, Kapish GA
Giovannetti, Grant NV
Mercer, Logan Wilson AL
Li, Henry DE
Youth, Ian ME
Tucker, Dylan Tornquist HI
Rangan, Ananth NH
Couvillion, Christian MS
Godage, Vidu Dinal KY
Wang, Kevin S IN
She, Chengyue AR
Carter III, William DC
Mathern, Nickolas ND
Nathan, Asher Simon NM
Dias, Aditya N SC
Eckmann, Dalton SD
Siek, Justin ID
Palmer, Nicholas WV
2014 Orlando, FL
Patel, Advait WV
Hernandez-Camen, Angel PA
Liu, Bovey TX
Sheng, Joshua CA-S
Chen, Michael L MI
Burke, John M NJ
Brodsky, David NY
Sinha, Sahil MD
Sowa, Ryan RI
Ghatti, Sanjay GA
Zhong, Howard OK
Kim, Yoon-Young CT
Swerdlin, Ryan D CO
Carter, Emmanuel NC
Peng, David Tianjian IL
Banik, Siddharth G CA-N
Saleem, Arshaq IA
Ulrich, Rachel J WI
Xie, Ethan AZ
Hoang, Truman FL
Wan, Joseph Cheng-Yue NE
Wu, Andy Y FL
Szabo, Marcell WA
Mason, Samuel Reed UT
Angermeier, Danny MA
Lohr, Justin VA
Srivastava, Vikram OH
Zhou, Jason MO
Kubisch, Matthew IN
O’Young, Anson NH
Qu, Matthew MN
Markin, Arden Quinlan AL
Talyansky, Seth OR
Webster, Dex LA
Hajiarbabi, Kiana KS
Puckett, Devon M TN
Lee, Conrad Christopher MT
Poston, Henry W NM
Sivakumar, Ragulan VT
Soma, Kiran V KY
Fuhs, Alexander SD
Brar, Tony Carlton ID
Youth, Ian ME
Wang, Quguang HI
Brewer, Avery A MS
Soori, Isaiah C ND
Dias, Aditya N SC
Kidd, J Michael AR
2013 Madison, WI
Liu, Andrew MA
Tang, Andrew MN
Panchanatham, Vignesh CA-N
Hilby, Craig CA-S
Feng, Roland WA
Checa, Nicholas De T NY
Liang, Awonder WI
Song, Edward MI
Patel, Advait WV
Shi, Jason CT
Sun, Maxwell S OR
Bian, Alex IL
Rivero, Danilo FL
Proleiko, Julian MO
Ghatti, Sanjay GA
Vaidya, Atulya TX
Wlezien, Alexander PA
Zhou, Jonathan IN
Roach, Andrew UT
Xie, Luke Bohua OH
Lohr, Justin VA
Tang, Arthur NH
Swerdlin, Ryan David CO
Sinha, Sahil MD
Zhou, Ziwen IA
Chen, Andy NJ
Liang, Adream WI
Alexander, Joshua OK
Wan, Joseph Cheng-Yue NE
Xie, Ethan AZ
Katz, Gabriel VT
Cremisi, Daniel NC
Poston, Donald Mars NM
Webster, Dex LA
Pereira, Royce Trentin NV
Wright, Brian KY
Mishra, Apramay KS
Quin, Alexander Charles TN
Sowa, Aidan RI
Lee, Conrad MT
Wang, Kevin AL
Han, Qiyu MS
Fejzulai, Aidan SC
Wong, Nicholas N HI
Kenney, Sawyer ND
Parker, Wesley M ME
Zhuravskiy, Seva DC
Fuhs, Alexander SD
Nathan, Jacob Ari ID
Kidd, J Michael AR
2012 Vancouver, WA
He, Tommy O TX
Balakrishnan, Praveen NJ
Brattain, Mika Andrew MA
Feng, Roland WA
Tang, Andrew MN
Wang, Sir Jalen MI
Li, Zhaozhi IL
Fishbein, Matthew E ME
Hilby, Craig CA-S
Chen, Jackson CO
Feng, Maggie OH
Chandran, Kapil CT
Iyengar, Udit CA-N
Chang, Jeffrey E MD
Rajasekaran, Vignesh VA
Katz, Gabriel VT
Shi, Tinglin WI
Nakagawa, Ford HI
Wlezien, Alexander PA
Poteat, Lilia Meilan NY
Tsao, Kevin SC
Pinisetti, Prateek AZ
Zhang, Jiahua IA
Zhong, Howard OK
Friedman, Max Asher TN
Jiang, Nathan ID
Schuh, Zachary Landon KS
Balleisen, Aaron Shapiro NC
Grabinsky, Aaron OR
Hua, Margaret M MO
Roach, Andrew UT
Arora, Mayhul WA
Zhou, Jonathan IN
Karp, Eli M LA
Zhuravskiy, Seva DC
Tang, Arthur NH
Sowa, Aiden RI
Kannan, Suganth FL
Pereira, Royce Trentin NV
Bukkarayasamudram, Raghurama GA
Lee, Conrad MT
Choudhry, Arjun SD
Chen, Steve Mengxi AL
Poston, Donald Mars NM
Brewer, Avery Andrew MS
Kriss, Stevan KY
Parhi, Sanjay WV
2011 Orlando, FL
Brown, Michael William CA-S
Williams, Justus D NY
Gu, Christopher RI
Shen, Arthur NJ
Vibbert, Sean IN
Karamsetty, Jeevan VA
Xu, Grant Y MA
Chandran, Kapil CT
Apte, Neel CA-N
Tang, Andrew MN
Fishbein, Matthew Evan ME
Moon, Benjamin GA
Katz, Gabriel VT
Cao, Kevin Y MO
Tyagi, Kushan IA
Harder, Brady R WI
Chen, Jackson CO
Chen, Kevin Bell NC
Cheng, Tony R KS
Chen, Peter L MI
Jiang, Austin Zhiyuan TX
Holecek, Zachary IL
Gelb, Nicolo Rainer WA
Bagga, Gilman K S KY
Tsao, Kevis SC
Nakagawa, Ford HI
Wen, David OR
Whitehorn, Gregory PA
Zuo, Albert NM
Ramaswamy, Abhinav OH
Lassner, Jared FL
Riegelhaupt, Cory FL
O’Young, Coby NH
Offertaler, Bendeguz MD
Li, Brandon NE
Unruh, Harrison UT
Johnson, Nicolas Godfrey AZ
Tomlin, Nicholas Alexander TN
Patel, Advait WV
Chikkala, Srikar AR
Yin, Annie OK
Shan, Botao LA
Lee, Conrad MT

Revised August 15, 2019
PARTICIPANT STATE YEAR
NM Siddharth G Banik CA-N 2014
NM Mika Andrew Brattain MA 2012
NM David Brodsky NY 2014
NM Michael William Brown CA-S 2011
NM John Michael Burke NJ 2014-16
NM Kevin Y Cao MO 2011
NM Kapil Chandran CT 2012
NM Nicholas de T Checa NY 2013
NM Justin Chen NY 2017
NM Michael L Chen MI 2014
NM Alexander Costello CA-S 2018
NM Roland Feng WA 2013
NM Jacob Furfine IL 2015
NM Sanjay Ghetti GA 2014
NM Christopher Gu RI 2011
IM Arthur Guo GA 2018-19
FM Anthony Bi He WA 2018
NM Tommy O He TX 2012
NM Pieter Heesters MD 2018
NM Angel Hernandez-Camen PA 2014
NM Craig Hilby CA-S 2013
NM Andy Huang VA 2018
NM Gus Huston NY 2019
GM Brandon Jacobson NJ 2016
NM Ivan Ke CA-N 2017
NM Joey Michael Kelly KS 2015
NM Joseph Levine WA 2019
NM Ben Li MI 2016
NM Awonder Liang  (GM 2017) WI 2013
NM Andrew Liu MA 2013
NM Bovey Liu TX 2014
NM Terry Luo DE 2019
NM Dimitar Mardov IL 2019
NM Rithwik Mathur WI 2016-17
WFM Nastassja Matus MN 2018
CM Lu, Maximillian CT 2016
NM Sullivan McConnell CO 2019
NM Marcus Ming Miyasaka NY 2015
CM Samrug Narayanan MN 2019
WFM Emily Nguyen TX 2016
FM Trun Q Nguyen VA 2016
NM Vignesh Panchanatham CA-N 2013
NM Evan Park PA 2019
NM Advait Patel WV 2014-15
NM Justin Paul VA 2017
NM David Tianjian Peng IL 2014
FM Shunkai Peng OR 2018-19
NM Danila Poliannikov MA 2019
NM Gabriel Sam CA-S 2015-16
NM Sandeep Sethuraman AZ 2019
NM Arthur Shen NJ 2011
NM Christopher Shen OH 2017
CM Robert Shlyakhtenko CA-S 2019
NM Edward Song MI 2013
NM Rayan Taghizadeh CA-N 2015
NM Andrew Tang MN 2012-13
NM Andrew Titus MN 2016
FM Vincent Tsay NY 2018
NM Aydin Turgut IL 2017
NM Raghav Venkat FL 2019
NM Sean Vibbert IN 2011
NM Joseph Wan IA 2016
FM Jason Wang OH 2019
NM Justin Wang TX 2017
NM Justus D Williams NY 2011
NM Logan Wu TN 2019
NM Runya Xu PA 2015
NM Kevin S Yang CA-S 2017
NM Carissa Yip MA 2016
NM Andrew Zheng MD 2015-16
CM David Zhurbinsky NJ 7/10/1905

2019 Co-Champions–Robert Shlyakhtenko (CA-S) & Jason Wang (OH)
2018 Andy Huang (VA)
2017 Co-Champions–Christopher Shen (OH) & Justin Wang (TX)
2016 Brandon Jacobson (NJ)
2015 Advait Patel (OK)
2014 Advait Patel (WV)
2013 Co-Champions–Andrew Liu (MA), Andrew Tang (MN), Vignesh Panchanatham (CA-N) & Craig Hilby (CA-S)
2012 Tommy He (TX)
2011 Co-Champions—Justus Williams (NY) & Michael William Brown (CA-S)


There will be a $500 Chess Scholarship to be awarded to the highest finisher under the age of 12 (as of the first day of the tournament). If there are fewer than two eligible participants, the award will go to the top finisher under the age of 13 as there must be at least two eligible players. If there are ties, the winner will be decided by tie-breaks as the award will not be split

Past Winners:

Middleton, WI 2018 Arthur Guo (GA)

Norfolk, VA 2017 Justin Wang (TX)

Indianapolis, IN 2016 Brandon Jacobson (NJ)

Phoenix, AZ 2015 Advait Patel (OK)

Orlando, FL 2014 Unknown

Madison, WI 2013 Unknown

Vancouver, WA 2012 Tommy He (TX)-Foster Award

Orlando, FL 2011 Unknown


A Guide To Scholastic Chess, 11th Edition



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