National HS: The Main Event Begins

The 2019 National High School Championship is underway tonight, with Round 2 being played as this goes to press.


Most of the top boards came through Round 1 unscathed in the Championship section, although there were more than a few draws. Blitz Champ and Championship fourth seed IM Bryce Tiglon was held to a draw by Hemachandra Rambha, of whom we will have more to say shortly!

Bryce Tiglon 2019 NHS (photo Rosen)

Among other leading players, WGM Jennifer Yu could only draw against Rishi Narayanan, and both Christopher Shen and Sahil Sinha were also nicked for half points by Marissa Li and Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran respectively.


IM Eric Rosen is roaming the tournament site, taking pictures for CLO and Chess Life. He sent in these candids from the playing hall.


While “the play’s the thing,” there was a lot more going on in Schaumberg today than just the tournament itself.

The Girls Club, hosted by new US Chess Women’s Program Director and WGM Jennifer Shahade, is open to all female players along with their families and coaches. Today GM Jeffery Xiong stopped by for a meet and greet, and Shahade was on hand for analysis and a lecture.


Both Shahade and WIM Carolina Blanco will participate in simuls in the Girls Club on Saturday, and WCM and Utah State Representative Stephanie Pitcher will join the Club via livestream.

Not to be outdone, GM Vladimir Georgiev gave a 19 board simul in the morning, and then was available for “All Comers” blitz in the afternoon. Hemachandra Rambha was one of two players to defeat the Grandmaster, an auspicious omen that portended his draw against Tiglon. Niko Pompe, a sixth-grader from Illinois, also earned a win against the GM.

NM and US Chess Executive Board member Ryan Velez gave the first of his three Educational Seminars. Friday’s session, titled “My First Tournament,” was well-attended and well-received.

Ryan Velez, Friday Seminar


GM Mesgen Amanov, a Chicago resident, leading scholastic coach, and CLO author, will team with WGM Shahade for a livestream from Schaumberg beginning with Round 5 (Saturday, 7pm CST). Amanov and Shahade will cover the top boards, and special guests may drop in. Be sure to tune in to to catch all the action and join in the comments!


Keep up with everything that is going on at the National High School here at CLO and on US Chess social media:

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Use the hashtag #HSChessChamps for your posts and tweets!


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