2019 GM Denker Tournament Results
AUGUST 17, 2019
WGM Jennifer Yu Simul WGM Jennifer Yu, current Champion of the US Chess Women’s Championship, conducted a FREE 23 board Simul to begin the US Open in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, August 3. Participants were players from the Denker, Barber and Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (Haring NGTOC) with up to seven participants from each of the three events. There was a special guest participant: Minnie Mouse. All the participants and parents had their pictures taken with the lady from the “Mouse House.” There were no wins. Because of the high ratings of the players there were 9 draws. One was to Minnie Mouse who was coached by WGM Jennifer Shahade. Minnie had to leave early because she had a lunch date with Mickey at the Cheese Factory. Congratulations to the following players: Best Game-Hayes Goodman (RI) and Longest Game-Cindy Jie (FL). Game Analysis and a Meet and Greet The Texas Tech University (TTU) students, WIM Iryna Andrenko, a graduate in Horticulture Science, GM Andrii Baryshpolets, graduate in Agricultural & Applied Economics Ph.D. and Jennifer Yu were available for game analysis and a Meet and Greet party for players. WGM Jennifer Shahade, 2 time US Women’s Champion and US Chess Women’s Director was also on hand to meet the players and help with game analysis. 2019 GM Denker Results
CONGRATULATIONS TO IM BRYCE TIGLON (WA), RATED 2454 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. THE SCHOLARSHIP WAS PROVIDED BY THE US CHESS TRUST. THE OTHER CO-CHAMPIONS WERE IM BEN LI (MI) AND WIM EMILY NGUYEN (TX). THERE WAS A THREE WAY TIE FOR 4TH PLACE INVOLVING NM RITHWIK MATHUR (WI), NM DEX WEBSTER (LA) AND NM FOREST CHEN (TN) WITH A SCORE OF 4.5/6. THERE WAS A FIELD OF 3 IMS, 4 FMS, 3CMS AND 14 NMS.
WCM Sheena Zeng (KS) was the winner of the $500 Ursula Foster Memorial Chess Scholarship for best result under the age of 16.
2018 GM Denker Tournament Results
September 8, 2018GM 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: A win was achieved by a Denker participant, Tinh Son Nguyen (UT), Best Game–Tianhui (Cindy) Jie (FL) and Longest Game–Amanda Lossef (DC).GM Denker Results
CONGRATULATIONS TO IM PRAVEEN BALAKRISHNAN (VA), RATED 2496 WHO SCORED 5.5/6 FOR CLEAR FIRST PLACE. HE RECEIVED THE $5,000 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP TO THE SCHOOL OF HIS CHOICE. FOLLOWING PRAVEEN WAS IM JOSHUA SHENG (CA-S) RATED 2507 AND FM CARISSA YIP (MA), RATED 2408 BOTH WHO SCORED 5/6 TIED FOR 2ND PLACE. FOREST CHEN (TN) RATED 2272 SCORED 4.5/6 TOOK CLEAR 4TH PLACE. TWELVE PLAYERS TIED FOR 5TH PLACE. THIS TWELVE WAY TIE INCLUDED FM MAGGIE FENG (OH), FM YOON-YOUNG KIM (CT), FM BEN LI (MI), FM DAVID PENG (IL), JOSHUA LYNCH (AZ), FM SAHIL SINHA (MD), NM ANDREW TITUS (MN), DIDDHARTH BANIK (CA-N), NM EMMANUEL CARTER (NC), NM JACK EASTON (KS), NM ARSHAQ SALEEM (IA) AND FM ROLAND FENG (WA). THERE WAS A FIELD OF FOUR IMS, 7 FMS AND 12 NMS.FM Carissa Yip (MA) was the winner of the $500 Ursula Foster Chess Scholarship for best result under the age of 16. Further details can be found here: https://www.denkerchess.com/wp-content/uploads/Denker-Standings-2018.pdf
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.
August 1, 2017
This year the result was a four-way tie for the top position. Each co-champion scored 5/6. Praveen Balakrishnan (VA) rated 2478 brought the home state advantage into play. The other three were: Edward Song (MI) rated 2411, Bryce Tiglon (WA) rated 2442 and Zhaozhi [George] Li (IL) rated 2408. Clearly this was one of the strongest fields to participate in the Denker. There was a group of twenty-two Masters among the forty-eight participants. Winner on tie-break was Praveen who will receive a $5,000 College/University Scholarship to the school of his choice.
There was a two-way tie (4.5/6) for Second Place which included Sungho Yim (AZ) rated 2358 and Ryan Sowa (RI), rated 2307. In addition, Third Place has a three-way tie. Leading that group was Gabriel Bick (CA-N) rated 2333. Included were Emmanuel Carter (NC) rated 2259 and Ryan Swerdlin (CO) rated 2245. Praveen Balakrishnan (VA) was also the winner of the $500 Ursula Foster Scholarship for best result under the age of 16. Further details can be found here: https://www.denkerchess.com/wp-content/uploads/Denker-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.
2016 Denker Event: Mika Brattain (MA) Clear First
Congratulations to NM Mika Brattain (MA), rated 2458 who scored 5/6 in a field of twenty-three masters which is a record for this event. Mika gave up two draws on his way to the title, Denker Champion of Champions. His two draws were against NM Zhaozhi Li (IL), rated 2362 and IM John Burke (NJ), rated 2480. With a clear point ahead of the field, Mika will receive a $5,000 College/ University Scholarship to the school of his choice provided by the US Chess Trust.
NM Advait Patel lead the field with a six way tie for 2nd Place with NM Bovey Liu (TX), NM Zhaozhi Li (IL), last year’s champion, IM Alexander Velikanov (WI), IM John Burke (NJ) and NM Aaron Grabinsky (OR).
Patel was also the winner of the $500 stipend for the Ursula Foster Award for the best result under the age of 16
Complete results can be found at: http://www.uschess.org/results/2016/usopen/?page=STANDINGS&xsection=denker
New Jersey clear first in State Team Competition
Congratulations to New Jersey on their commanding First Place finish (14/18) ending any doubt that their state team average (2232) was strong enough to take the top spot. Their team was lead by Barber representative, CM Brandon Jacobson (5.5/6). Denker representative, IM John Burke (4.5/6) and National Girls representative Angelica Chin (4/6) completed the effort. Second Place team, Texas with a state team average (2174) was ½ point behind New Jersey followed by Virginia (2227) who took clear Third Place with ½ point below Texas.
State Team winners in the Under Sections were Oklahoma (Under 2100), Oregon (Under 1900) and Nevada (Under 1700).
Christopher Yang & the Brickyard
By Christopher YangAugust 5, 2016
Because I won the PA State High School Chess Championship, I qualified to represent Pennsylvania in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions again. This year, the tournament was in East Indianapolis, a rather desolate area. However, the field was stronger than before, as I came in only as the 15th seed.
Round 1: I was playing an 1800 rated player as Black. I played a small sideline in the opening, but it backfired, giving my opponent a good amount of space. However he was too eager to push his pawns to attack my king, letting me undermine his dark squares and win three pawns.
Round 2: I was playing on board 1 against the second seed after the first seed was upset in round 1. I played a quiet line and had a good position, but was too tempted to attack, failing to see that I could lose a pawn. I continued to defend into a rook and knight endgame, which definitely had drawing chances. However, my opponent outplayed me and eventually won.
Round 3: My opponent was a 2100 rated player, and I had Black again. I developed my pieces way to slowly in the opening, letting my opponent obtain a crushing position. However, he blundered in time pressure and allowed me to win the game.
Round 4: My opponent was the 2100 rated player who upset the first seed. I had a small positional edge and a good grip on the position the whole game. My opponent sacrificed his bishop for two pawns in the endgame for counterplay. It was almost successful because both players missed a chance for him to draw. At the end, I was able to sacrifice my extra piece for his promoting pawn and promote my own pawn.
Round 5: I played the defending champion from last year. I had a slight edge out of the opening and agreed to a draw 20 moves later in a relatively equal position.
Round 6: If I won this game, I would tie for second. If I lost, I would get 14th. A draw would earn me a Life Master norm. I made a dubious opening choice, but recovered and exchanged into an equal endgame. However, I missed one of his resources and simply blundered a pawn and the game.
Overall, I had a successful tournament though my score was the same as last year’s (3.5/6). I gained 12 rating points, putting me back at 2250. There definitely were some lucky breaks, and I can see where I need to improve on next.
As a side note, I did end up visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 are held. The tradition is to kiss the bricks at the finish line if the driver wins the race. Maybe kissing the bricks this time will give me enough luck to get first place next time!
Velikanov Out Points The Field
FM ALEXANDER VELIKANOV (WI) SCORED 5/6 IN A FIELD OF FIFTEEN MASTERS OUT OF 46 PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE CLEAR FIRST PLACE IN THE 2015 GM ARNOLD DENKER TOURNAMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONS. HIS TWO DRAWS AGAINST IM ANDREW TANG (MN) AND NM NICKY KORBA (CA-S) NEARLY LEFT THE DOOR OPEN FOR ONE OF THE NEXT FIVE PLAYERS TO EQUAL HIS SCORE. IN ADDITION, ALEXANDER WAS THE WINNER OF THE ERIK PATCHELL $750.00 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP GIVEN IN MEMORY OF ERIK WHO PLAYED IN THE DENKER.
THERE WERE FIVE PLAYERS WHO TIED FOR 2ND PLACE. THEY HAD A SCORE OF 4.5/6 AND APPEAR IN THIS ORDER: IM ANDREW TANG (MN), FM SEAN VIBBERT (IN), NM TIANQI WANG (NC), NM VIGNESH PANCHANATHAM (CA-N) AND NOAH DENNIS FIELDS (WA). COMPLETE RESULTS CAN BE FOUND AT: HTTP://WWW.USCHESS.ORG/RESULTS/2015/USOPEN/?PAGE=STANDINGS&XSECTION=DENKER
THE URSULA FOSTER AWARD WENT TO IM ANDREW TANG (MN) FOR THE BEST SCORE OF THE U16 QUALIFIERS.
Wisconsin and Oklahoma Top State
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2015 CO-CHAMPIONS, WISCONSIN (TEAM AVG-2074) AND OKLAHOMA (TEAM AVG-2134) FOR CHARGING FORWARD WITH A 13.5/18 SCORE WHICH WAS A FULL POINT ABOVE THE THIRD PLACE TEAM, WASHINGTON STATE (TEAM AVG-2014). IN THE END WISCONSIN (ALEXANDER VELIKANOV, KEVIN LI AND ANUPAMA RAJENDRA) HAD THE BEST TIEBREAKS. OKLAHOMA (JOSHUA ALEXANDER, ADVAIT PATEL AND VERONIKA ZILAJEVA) WERE IN THE HUNT, BUT FELL SHORT. ALTHOUGH WASHINGTON STATE (NOAH DENNIS FIELDS, NEO EDWARD OLIN AND SANGEETA DHINGRA) FELL A POINT BEHIND THEY ENDED UP CLEAR THIRD. FOURTH PLACE WAS ALSO A CLEAR RESULT WITH MASSACHUSETTS (MIKA ANDY BRATTAIN, EVAN MEYER AND RIA DAWAR) ACHIEVING 12.0/18 OVER THE GROUP THAT HAD A FIVE-WAY TIE (ARIZONA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, MARYLAND, AND NEW JERSEY) FOR FIFTH PLACE.
STATE TEAM WINNERS IN THE UNDER SECTIONS WERE MASSACHUSETTS (UNDER 2100), MARYLAND (UNDER 1900) AND TENNESSEE (UNDER 1700). COMPLETE RESULTS CAN BE FOUND AT: WWW.USCHESS.ORG/RESULTS/15/USOPEN/?PAGE=STANDINGS&XSECTION=DGTCOMBINED
UTD GOES TO RHODE ISLAND
Christopher Gu (RI) with clear first of 5.5/6 in the 30th Annual GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions took the University of Texas at Dallas, four year scholarship with a fine performance against a very strong field. The participants included four Senior Masters and 12 Masters. It was a big challenge to reach higher than 5/6.
Edward Song (MI) was the clear second place finisher with a score of 5/6. There was a three way tie for third through fifth place, each scoring 4.5/6 led by Nicky Korba (CA-S), Christopher Wu (NJ) and Joshua Colas (NY). Tournament results can be found at: http://www.alchess.com/chess/14/usopen/?page=&xsection=denker
NEW JERSEY EDGES FOUR OTHER STATES FOR THE
FIRST STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
This year for the first time a competition was organized among the states. The scores of each state’s Denker, Barber and NGIT representative were combined to identify the state team score. With a total of 13 points, New Jersey (Christopher Wu, John Burke, Kimberly Ding) won the inaugural competition. Tied for second through fifth place with 12.5 was New York (Joshua Colas, David Brodsky, Lilia Poteat), Southern California (Nicky Korba, Joshua Sheng, Annie Wang), Rhode Island (Christopher Gu, Ryan Sowa, Alana Mc Guinness) and Michigan (Edward Song, Michael Chen, Soumya Kulkarni).
2013A DENKER FRESHMAN LEADS THE FIELD
Dr. Tim Redman of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) awarded a four year scholarship to Freshman Kapil Chandran (CT) for his tie-break performance over Freshman Safal Bora (MI) and Sophomore Michael Brown (CA-S). All three players scored 5/6 and were declared Co-Champions in the 2013 Denker Tournament of High School Champions. This year’s field totaled forty-eight players.
Kapil played in the Inaugural Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions in Orlando and followed that up by playing in the Barber last year as an 8th Grade student in Vancouver. In addition, he received the Ursula Foster Award for best player under sixteen this year and will be one of the US representatives in the World Youth.
Safal Bora (MI) had only two draws. The draws were against Kapil and Alexander Katz (NJ). Michael Brown (CA-S) played in the first Barber two years ago and was Co-Champion of that event. Last year Michael played in the Denker in Vancouver and tied for third. These three players as well as seven other players were 2300+ entering this event. This is the strongest Denker top ten in the 29 year history of the event.
Alexander Katz (NJ) and Kevin Zhou (VA) tied for 4th/5th place and showed a strong result of 4.5/6 in the tournament.
I would like to recognize our new sponsor, Internet Chess Club (ICC) which provided a two year membership to each participant.
UTD Scholarship goes to Michigan Player
Congratulations go to Atulya Shetty (MI) for winning the UTD Scholarship. His draw in the last round of the 2012 Denker Tournament with Darwin Yang (TX) created this year’s Denker Co-Champions result, Shetty (MI) and Yang (TX). Third through Fifth was a tie between Sam Schmakel (IL), Michael Brown (CA-S), Deepak Aaron (NY), and Kevin Bu (MN). The $500 Ursula Foster Award was won by Darwin Yang (TX), Best Game was awarded to Eldon Nakagawa (HI) and Top Upset congratulations go to Carl Steele (ND). I would like to thank GM Yasser Seirawan for attending the Closing Ceremony and presenting awards. Our event next year will be in Madison, WI at the next US Open. Results will be found at: http://main.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201208075692
Opening Ceremony Remarks
by Mike Nietman, July 31, 2010
On behalf of the USCF Scholastic Council and Committee I’d like to welcome the participants, parents, friends and visitors to the 2010 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions.
I first met Grandmaster Denker in my home town of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. You may know that in 1990 Don Schultz placed the World Youth Chess Festival there and called me up one night to ask, “How would you like to host a World Championship in Fond du Lac?” Of course, I was speechless and worked feverishly with Don to organize a most successful event.
Being Don’s close friend, GM Denker wanted to come along to assist and watch the top notch youngsters play. The US squad was led by Josh Waitzkin, Tal Skaked and gold medal winning Nawrose Nur. The foreign squads numbered about 40 with over 170 players in all including from Hungary, Judit Polgar and Peter Leko, Romania’s Gabriel Schwartzman, and a host of others from six different continents.
Grandmaster Denker came in shortly before the opening ceremony. Many of my volunteers were busy with various tasks so no one could pick him up at the airport. I asked my retired father to go to the Oshkosh Airport, about 15 miles from Fond du Lac, to pick him up. He said he would, and thoroughly enjoyed the stories that GM Denker told him on the drive back to the campus.
During the opening ceremony, GM Denker, with his deep booming voice, and another person alternated calling off the parade of nations as we shined a spotlight on the country’s flag and asked the delegation to stand. Much to our chagrin, when the spotlight shined on the big, red maple leaf, Arnold, reading from a script, called out “Costa Rica”. We caught it on stage and made sure that our friends to the north got their proper due, but later Arnold said, “Canada wasn’t on the script!”
I have many great memories from the event, I saw Judit Polgar at the closing ceremony clutching her stuffed teddy bear while modeling her gold medal. I also remember Hungarian born Arpad Elo visited the tournament to watch Judit play. Everyone including American Coaches, GM Pal Benko and Bruce Pandolfini wanting to have their picture taken with him, and having Arpad Elo speak to the participants before a round. No one was listening to my introduction of him until I spoke his name, then a hush immediately fell over the room. That was quickly followed by huge round of applause. Also, the Romanians asking us if they could doctor their flag after their country had navigated thru a coup seven months before. I saw the East and West German teams unite at the end of the event for a soon to be united country team picture. I heard the Israelis tattling on the Russian girls for discussing a position in the bathroom. I could regale you with my many memories of the event, but it would take us into your first round and Dewain wouldn’t be happy with me.
So, in Grandmaster Denker’s name, go out and make some memories that will last a lifetime!
1991 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standings
Location: Los Angeles, California Dates: 08/05 – 08/09, 1991 TD: Ira Lee Riddle
Alan Stein Takes 7th Denker Tournament
by Ira Lee Riddle, National Tournament Director
From Chess Life, November 1991 with permission.
Alan Stein, of Mountain View, California, took clear first in the 1991 Arnold Denker Tournament of State High School Champions, with a 4 1/2 – 1/2 score. He completed a tournament that was marked by surprises from the first move to the last.
Stein was ranked No. 6 going into the event, with a 2117 rating. He drew in the third round with Brad Skaggs of Kentucky, then reeled off two more wins to claim the title. Right behind him were Corey Russell of Tacoma, Washington and Lewis Eisen of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Josh Manion, of Wisconsin, had been tied at 3 1/2 with Stein after four rounds, but fell to Eisen in the second-to-last game to finish, thus winding up tied for 4th place in the event.
Stein, formerly a master, is no stranger to tough competition. He is a contributor to the California Chess Journal.
He earned a $400 scholarship for his first place finish. Russell will be entering his junior year in high school, and hopes someday to major in computer science in college. His hobbies, aside from chess, include politics, current events, music, and volleyball. Eisen, going into his senior year, is uncertain about his future plans, but would like to major in either pre-med or somewhere in the chemistry/bio-chemistry fields. Eisen also enjoys sports, especially tennis and bowling. Eisen also enjoys sports, especially tennis and bowling. Eisen and Russell will each receive a $250 scholarship.
Top-seeded Matt Morgan of Virginia was one of the many upset victims in this event. He was upended in the second round by Eisen, and then in the third round by Curtis Cooper of New Mexico. Morgan did come back with two victories in the final rounds to have a plus score at 3-2, good enough for 10th place. Second-seeded Nate Graham of Minnesota suffered a similar fate, losing in the second round to Josh Manion of Wisconsin and in the third round to Jason Phillips of Alabama. Thus, after three rounds, the top two seeds each had only one win and no draws. Graham wound up with 2 1/2 points and 15th place.
Finishing in 4th-7th places, in tie-broken order with 3 1/2 points, were Alon Bochman of New York, Manion, Ilya Figelman of Massachusetts, and Adam Caveney of Georgia. Each will receive a $25 scholarship.
A total of 30 players participated in this, the 7th Denker Tournament. (Fourteen of the participants also played in the U.S. Open.) Funding for the players’ expenses ($5500) was provided by the American Chess Foundation and by Arnold Denker. Additional contributions came from the U.S. Chess Trust, the Southern California Chess Federation, Dewain Barber, Paul Shannon, Arthur Dake, and Marjorie Metzger. Seven of the players were winners in a special drawing and given complimentary tickets to the luncheon with world champion Garry Kasparov.
The chief tournament director was Ira Lee Riddle, assisted by Alan Benjamin and Dewain Barber.
by Ira Lee Riddle, National Tournament Director
1990 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standings
Location: Jacksonville, Florida Dates: 08/05 – 08/09, 1990 TD: Ira Lee Riddle
19891989 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standings
Location: Rosemont, Illinois Dates: 08/06 – 08/10,1989 TD: Ira Lee Riddle
Kraai Takes 1989 Denker Tournament
by Ira Lee Riddle Reprinted from Chess Life, November 1989 with permission. Jesse Kraai of Santa Fe, New Mexico emerged as the clear winner of the 1989 Arnold Denker Tournament of State High School Champions. The event was played during the 1989 U.S. Open in Chicago. Kraai, who scored 4 1/2 out of 5, entered the final round with a full point lead over six others, needing only a draw to win the $1000 prize. His game against Lael Kaplan of Washington, D.C. continued for over 60 moves, into the sudden-death time control, before Kraai earned his final half-point.
Three Juniors Split Denker Championshipby Ira Lee Riddle
From Chess Life, January 1989 with permission. The 1988 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions ended up in a three-way tie with Vivek Rao (Pennsylvania), Robby Adamson (Arizona) and Ilya Gurevich (Massachusetts) all scoring four points out of five at the Swiss system tournament, run in conjunction with the 1988 U.S. Open in Boston. A record 38 players took part in the event’s fourth incarnation.
Rao and Gurevich were paired in the final round; Adamson was paired against Jesse Kraai of New Mexico, who was tied with Rao and Gurevich after four rounds. After Adamson won and Rao and Gurevich agreed to a draw, they waited for the results on the next two boards to see if there would be three, four or five co-champs. The other games ended in draws, and only tri-champs were crowned.
Rao drew in round one, when he found himself in time trouble against Andy Berger (Missouri). Running from one end of the floor to the other to also play in an Action Chess side event can create problems. When asked if he were playing in another side event the next day, Rao commented, “I may be stupid, but I’m not dumb.” He easily won his next three games to tie for first after four rounds.
Adamson lost in the second round to David Wright (Indiana), then roared back with two wins to put himself just behind the co-leaders.
Gurevich was forced to begin with a half-point bye, as he was flying home from Romania, where he had just taken second place in the World Under-16 tournament. He won his next three games to put himself into a three-way tie after four rounds, and drew against Rao in the final game.
Caro-Kann W: Robby Adamson B: Jesse Kraai 1988 Denker Tournament of High School Champions 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Qc7 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O e6 13. Qe2 Bd6 14. Nf5 O-O-O 15. Nxd6+ Qxd6 16. Ne5 Rhf8 17. Bf4 Nd5 18. Bg3 Qb4 19. Rd3 N7b6 20. Rhd1 f5 21. c4 f4 22. Rb3 Qa5 23. Bh4 Qxa2 24. Ra3 Nc3 25. Qc2 Qxa3 26. bxa3 Nxd1 27. Bxd8 Black Resigns
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer Variation W: FM Ilya Gurevich B: FM Vivek Rao 1988 Denker Tournament of High School Champions 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Bf4 Bd7 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. Qe1 Be7 12. Kb1 Qa5 13. f3 Rd8 14. Bc4 b5 15. Bb3 Qc7 16. a3 a5 17. e5 dxe5 18. Qxe5 Qxe5 19. Bxe5 O-O 20. a4 b4 21. Ne2 Nd5 22. Bxd5 Bxd5 23. b3 Rc8 24. Rd3 Rfd8 25. Rhd1 f6 26. Bd4 Bc5 27. Nf4 Kf7 28. Bb2 Re8 29. Nxd5 exd5 30. Rxd5 Re2 31. R5d2 Rce8 32. c3 Rxd2 33. Rxd2 Re1+ 34. Ka2 Ke6 35. h3 h5 36. Rc2 h4 37. cxb4 Bxb4 38. Ba3 Bxa3 39. Kxa3 Rg1 40. Rc5 Rxg2 41. Rxa5 Rg3 42. Rb5 Rxh3 43. a5 Rh1 44. Kb4 Ra1 45. f4 draw
Rao, the highest-rated player in Pennsylvania, has been accepted at Harvard University. Adamson is a senior in high school in Tuscon, Arizona, and plans to attend law school. He twice won titles in the National Junior High School Tournaments. Gurevich, an FM at 16, is a junior in high school. He also plans on a college education, but his plans are undecided at the moment.
The surprise of the tournament was 8-year-old David Peterson of Austin, Texas, who won the Texas Junior Championship ahead of 25 high school students and many junior high/elementary students. David tied for first at 4-1 and then won a double round-robin playoff. He is the highest rated junior in Texas, and could conceivably be in the tournament for a total of 11 years!
Two Knights Defense – Wilkes-Barre Variation W: Darryl Terrell B: David Peterson 1988 Denker Tournament of High School Champions 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kf1 Qe7 7. Nxh8 d5 8. exd5 Bg4 9. Be2 Bxe2+ 10. Qxe2 Nd4 11. Qd3 Ne4 12. Qxe4 Qf6 13. g3 Bxg3+ 14. Kg2 Qf2+ 15. Kh3 Nf3 16. Qa4+ c6 17. hxg3 Ng5+ 18. Kh4 Nf3+ 19. Kg4 Nd4 20. Rh5 g6 21. Rxe5+ Kf8 22. Qa3+ Kg7 23. Nxg6 hxg6 24. Qe7+ Kg8 25. Qh4 Nf3 26. Qe7 Nxe5+ 27. Qxe5 Qf1 28. Nc3Black resigns
The tournament was directed by NTD Ira Lee Riddle of Warminster, Pennsylvania, who was assisted by Larry Schmidt. Funding was provided by the USCF.
1988 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standings. Location: Boston, Massachusetts Dates: 08/08 – 08/12, 1988 TD: Ira Lee Riddle
1987 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standings Location: Portland, Oregon Dates: 08/03 – 08/08, 1987 TD: Ira Lee Riddle
1986 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standing Location: Somerset, New Jersey Dates: 08/03 – 08/08, 1986 TD: Michael Somers Jr
Edelman Tops Field of High School Champions
by Frank Elley
Reprinted from Chess Life, November 1986 with permission.
Danny Edelman of New Rochelle, New York, continues to enlarge his collection of national championship trophies. The reigning national high school co-champion won the Arnold Denker National Tournament of High School Champions, held from August 3 to 8 at the U.S. Open in Somerset, New Jersey.
Edelman scored 5 – 1 in this Swiss system event, drawing only with the two second-place finishers, senior masters Vivek Rao and Ilya Gurevich, who tallied 4 1/2 – 1 1/2. His final round battle with world under-14 champion FM Gurevich was dramatic indeed. Gurevich, in a better position, picked up a Rook and mistakenly placed it on a square where it was en prise. When he extended his hand to resign, Edelman grabbed it. But before Gurevich could speak, the champ accepted his “offer” of a draw.
In addition to his championship trophy (all the hardware was provided by Fidelity Electronics), Edelman received a $1,000 college scholarship. Edelman is a former national eighth grade champion (1983), national junior high champion (1984), and national high school champion (1985).
Six players tied for forth through ninth places at 4 – 2. They were, in tiebreak order, Tim Radermacher, Benjamin Finegold, Joseph Waxman, Erik Ronneberg, Chuck Lovingood, and Andrew Witte. The final trophy for 10th place went to Andy Serotta, who had the best tiebreaks among five players scoring 3 1/2 – 2 1/2.
This was the second year for the Denker Tournament, which brings together high school champions from across the country. Each participant received $200 to help cover travel and living expenses. This year’s event drew 32 players from 30 states. (Northern and Southern California are separate state chapters, and Pennsylvanian Vivek Rao was seeded as national high school champion, since he posted the superior tiebreaks from that event.)
The tournament, which was co-sponsored by the USCF and by the New Jersey State Chess Federation, was directed by Michael Somers, who was assisted by veteran NM Edgar McCormick.
1985 Tournament of High School Champions: Tournament of High School Champions Location: Hollywood, Florida Dates: 8/5 – 8/11, 1985 TD: Ira Lee Riddle
Fishbein Tops Field of High School Champions
by David Gertler Reprinted from Chess Life, November 1985 with permission.Alex Fishbein of Wyoming** scored 5 1/2 – 1/2 to take top honors at the first Tournament of High School Champions. Thirty-two players from 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the Dominican Republic played in this U.S. Open satellite event, which was held from August 5 to 11.
Fishbein earned a $1,000 scholarship by his fine showing. After a first round draw, he closed out strongly, beating masters Ronald Burnett of Tennessee, Danny Edelman of New York, and Adam Lief of California in the final three rounds.
Carl Magnuson of New York finished second with five points, outdistancing many far better-known players. Michigan’s Ben Finegold captured third place in tiebreaks, ahead of Edelman, Burnett, Lief, Vivek Rao of Pennsylvania, Brian Gannon of Minnesota, Scott Moore of Missouri, and John Kirby of North Carolina. All scored four points.
GM Yasser Seirawan highlighted the event by giving a simultaneous exhibition against the participants. Edelman was the only player to make Yasser turn down his King.
The tournament came about largely as a result of GM Arnold Denker’s energetic lobbying and organization. In recognition of these efforts, the USCF Delegates determined that it henceforth be known as the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions.
George Cunningham, Steve Miller, and Ira Lee Riddle directed the event. Its success indicates that this showplace for future stars will be around for a long time to come.
Here is how Fishbein locked up the big prize:
W: NM Alex Fishbein
B: NM Adam Lief
1985 Tournament of High School Champions
Nge7 9. Qe2 f5 10. h4 O-O-O 11. b4 Bb6 12. O-O h6 13. a4 g5 14. hxg5 Ng6 15.
Bh2 a5 16. Na3 Be8 17. b5 Nb8 18. c4 d4 19. c5 Bxc5 20. Rfc1 b6 21. Nc4 Kb7 22.
gxh6 Rxh6 23. Ng5 Qe7 24. Nh3 Nh4 25. Nd6+ Ka7 26. Rxc5 Qg7 27. Bg3 bxc5 28.
Qd2 Kb6 29. Nc4+ Kb7 30. Qxa5 Nf3+ 31. gxf3 Rxh3 32. Kg2 Rxg3+ 33. fxg3 Qf8 34.
Nd6+ Rxd6 35. exd6 Qxd6 36. b6 Nc6 37. Qa6+ Kb8 38. b7 Kc7 39. Rb1 Nb8 40.
Qxd6+ Kxd6 41. a5 Black resigns
**Alex Fishbein said that he represented Colorado in the tournament although he spend the summer before the event in Wyoming.
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2010 Denker Simul-Steven vs Hikaru By
As I read the cover story in the April, 2013 issue of Chess Life about GM Hikaru Nakamura, I reflected back on the young boy I met many years ago. He certainly has come a long way. I would like to tell you about an incident that took place at the 2010 US Open in Irvine, CA where I was hosting the GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions. I had decided to have a simultaneous exhibition prior to the competition and invited seven of the Denker representatives to each play six young, area students. The room was set up so I checked registration to see if all of the young players were seated correctly and my Denker participants were ready.
I noticed an empty student chair at the simul area reserved for those players who would face IM Steven Zierk. I was surprised because I had spoken to all of the participants in advance and now one player was missing. I started the simul and after a couple of moves US Champion GM Hikaru Nakamura came down the hall. I thought it would be great to introduce him to the assembled parents, coaches, Denker representatives and student participants. Tony Rich of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis came up to me and offered the following idea: How about we see if we can place Hikaru at the empty chair opposite Steven and see how long it takes for Steven to realize that he is not playing your average “kid”. Tony persuaded Hikaru to participate in this prank. We mentioned to him that he needed to look down and not show his face. There was a chance this would work because most of Steven’s opponents were high school students. When Steven was at the end of his group ready to start another round of moves, we had Hikaru move quickly into place. As Steven approached Hikaru’s board he recognized the chair was filled and reached out to shake hands with his opponent. As Steven raised his head he immediately realized who his opponent was. His startled reaction caused him to jump back as they were shaking hands.
After several moves, I stopped the entire simul and addressed the “young man” playing against Steven. “Excuse me, but you look a little older than the other participants?” He nodded his head and then I asked, “Have you played in high school before?” He replied, “Yes.” At that point I introduced Hikaru to the audience and there was a huge round of applause. I asked everyone to continue, expecting Hikaru to step away from the board and depart the room. He continued for a few more moves and then shook hands with Steven and stepped to the edge of the room.
Shortly thereafter the student who was originally scheduled to play Steven walked into the room. We escorted him to his board and he proceeded to set up the pieces and began to play against Steven. When told about the resetting of the pieces Hikaru later commented, “I had a slight advantage. It is a shame that the young player did not continue the game.”
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Kraai Takes 1989 Denker Tournament
by Ira Lee Riddle
Reprinted from Chess Life, November 1989 with permission.
Jesse Kraai of Santa Fe, New Mexico emerged as the clear winner of the 1989 Arnold Denker Tournament of State High School Champions. The event was played during the 1989 U.S. Open in Chicago. Kraai, who scored 4 1/2 out of 5, entered the final round with a full point lead over six others, needing only a draw to win the $1000 prize. His game against Lael Kaplan of Washington, D.C. continued for over 60 moves, into the sudden-death time control, before Kraai earned his final half-point.
Kraai will be a senior this year and he plans to attend college after he graduates. He has previously won two other national titles but he credits much of his improved play to attending a summer chess camp and studying with GM Edmar Mednis.
His fourth-round game against Mike Gilner of Georgia put him into a full point lead.
Jim Schuyler of New York, the top-rated player, found himself out of the money when he failed to answer his alarm clock for the third round. (This was a constant problem, as one player forfeited on time in the second round, three in the third round, one in the fourth round, and
- 1989 Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions Standings
# Name ID Rtng St Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot 1 Jesse Kraai 12442362 2186 NM W12 W9 W4 W10 D6 4.5 2 Jason Fulman 12207830 2156 MA L29 W26 W23 W12 W11 4 3 Vladimir Karasik 12499191 2147 CO W19 W17 D11 D6 W9 4 4 Jeff Phillips 12473421 2079 UT W26 W29 L1 W22 W10 4 5 James Schuyler 12168140 2329 NY W21 W22 F— D11 W18 3.5 6 Lael L Kaplan 12419191 2128 DC D23 W7 W13 D3 D1 3.5 7 R O Mitchell 12468945 2086 TN D28 L6 W32 W14 W15 3.5 8 Sam Hamilton 12467226 2094 OR W24 L11 D19 D13 X— 3 9 Mike Sailer 12451516 2058 ND W33 L1 W29 W16 L3 3 10 Michael A Gilner 12118910 2036 GA W20 X— X— L1 L4 3 11 Daniel I Miller 12473672 1993 AL W14 W8 D3 D5 L2 3 12 Paul D Rohwer 12488602 1983 NE L1 W33 X— L2 W25 3 13 Matt W Carter 12483692 1871 CA D16 W21 L6 D8 W22 3 14 Kyle E Hammond 12519507 1571 SD L11 B— W17 L7 W27 3 15 Robby Adamson 12150400 2280 AZ D27 W32 D16 D18 L7 2.5 16 David A Simons 12404886 2103 MO D13 W28 D15 L9 D19 2.5 17 Jason R Wysocki 12466148 2088 MI W30 L3 L14 D26 X— 2.5 18 Henry Yu 12422743 2032 IN L25 W20 X— D15 L5 2.5 19 Theodore P Bandy 12479709 1941 PA L3 W30 D8 D27 D16 2.5 20 Charles J Green 12441356 1735 CT L10 L18 W31 D23 W29 2.5 21 Harold Mouzon III 12409691 2110 VA L5 L13 W28 F— W30 2 22 Alexander Mc Kenna 12498580 2038 NJ W31 L5 W25 L4 L13 2 23 James V Viele 12466291 1980 KY D6 D27 L2 D20 D26 2 24 Ted F Langreck 12496167 1933 OH L8 W31 F— W32 F— 2 25 Kimani A Stancil 12481381 1813 MD W18 F— L22 X— L12 2 26 Jeff S Jakubowsky 12447895 1802 MN L4 L2 W33 D17 D23 2 27 Andrew A Mc Manus 12259840 2128 CA D15 D23 F— D19 L14 1.5 28 Carlos W Reina 12460035 1893 NC D7 L16 L21 W33 F— 1.5 29 Jonathan A Eaton 12456531 1886 IL W2 L4 L9 D30 L20 1.5 30 William L Penland 12482493 1555 FL L17 L19 B— D29 L21 1.5 31 David N Rowland 12477843 1512 KS L22 L24 L20 B— D32 1.5 32 David La Barr 12499910 1389 WI B— L15 L7 L24 D31 1.5 33 George F Fraley 12491821 1767 TX L9 L12 L26 L28 B— 1