Arlington Chess Club

ACC Events

    SEPTEMBER

  • Friday Ladder:
    Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • DC Chess League: Sep. 8
  • Blitz: Sep. 15
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Sep. 23
  • Friday Action: Sep. 29
  • OCTOBER

  • Friday Ladder:
    Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Blitz: Oct. 13
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Oct. 21
  • Friday Action: Oct. 27
  • DC Chess League: TBD

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Tournament Reports

August 31

August Wrap-Up

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Aditya Ponukumati (7.5/10) again battled through tough competition to secure first place ending a half point ahead of Nikolas Theiss and Bora Yagiz who tied for second (7.0). In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), nearly 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, we had a 5-way tie for first (3/4) between X. Jian, D. Franco, C. Shoemaker, T. Vanderplas and E. Guo. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Isaac Chiu (3/3) held off a field of 16 players including Andy Rea in second place (2.5/3.0) and 6 players tied for third (2/3) to win the tournament. And finally, the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) was not held this month.

August 26

The World Cup starts in 1 week! Predictions?; Colin McGourty; Chess24

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the 128-player field for the most enjoyable and democratic event in the chess calendar when the World Cup starts next Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia. The huge knockout will see almost a month of non-stop action, with the complete world elite fighting for a $120,000 top prize and two places in the 2018 Candidates Tournament. We preview the action, look at who may win and give you a chance to predict the outcome yourself.

More Pre-Cup:
Chess.com

August 15

All Sinquefield Cup interviews; Macauley Peterson; ChessBase

Ever wanted to see what the players said on the live commentary, but didn't have the time to go searching for their post-game interview (or whether they even had one)? Well, we've put together a quick reference for you! Here you'll find all player interviews from the Sinquefield Cup 2017. Every...single...one, linked for ease of use.

August 14

U.S. Open: It's Lenderman!; Staff; ChessBase

Lenderman wins the U.S. Open in Norfolk, Virginia, with 8.0/9. From considering quitting professional chess a few months ago, to qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Championship, it's been a stark turnaround for the 27-year-old grandmaster from Brooklyn. “Apparently the game of chess doesn’t want me to leave yet.”

August 2, 2017

7 questions before the 2017 Sinquefield Cup ; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

Magnus Carlsen will have the black pieces against Fabiano Caruana as the 2017 Sinquefield Cup starts in St. Louis today, with live commentary in English and Spanish available here on chess24. The big question is, can the World Champion win his first classical chess tournament in over a year? We ask that and more as we preview an event that sees ten of the world’s top players compete for $300,000 in the third stage of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour.

August 1, 2017

July Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), nearly 70 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, Dr. E. Von York, Sr. (3.5/4) edged out M. Hiban (3/4) for the win. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had nearly 55 players show with venerable L. Gilden (4/5) tying for 1st with A. Samuelson and Tan Nguyen. An U2000 prize was split by N. Jay, G. Davis and C. YU (3/5). In the U1700 section, F. Huber, S. Scala and M. Vivek tied for 1st (4/5) with S. Sapre and S. Sachion tying for the U1400 prize and K. Su and M. Harikumar tying for the U1200 prize. The ACC Blitz tounament (5 double-swiss rounds, G/3 +2) had 16 members compete with L. Gilden (7.5/10) edging out N. Theiss (7/10) for the 1st place win. And finally, the ACC Action tournament was not held due to the plethora of competing events this month.

August 1, 2017

Alex Yermolinsky wins US Senior Open; By Alex Yermolinsky; ChessBase

After years of eligibility to participate in the US Senior Open, GM Alex Yermolinsky finally caved in' and added his name to the roster when it coincided in date and location with a summer chess camp he was teaching at. This event came down very much to him and coleague GM Dmitry Gurevich, as they dueled for the title, but they were not alone. Still, it was not just a chance to compete, but also to catch up with old friends.

July 31, 2017

World juniors crush the USA in St. Louis; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

Extra segment: Segment #2

World Junior Champion Jeffery Xiong said “they managed to blow us out of the building” as his US team was crushed 30.5:17.5 in the Match of the Millennials by a world team featuring the likes of Praggnanandhaa and Abdusattorov. What had looked and begun as a balanced contest was all but decided on the third of four days, when the world racked up a 10.5:1.5 score. Vishy Anand and Wesley So were on hand to award the trophies as they returned to St. Louis for the Sinquefield Cup, which starts on Wednesday.

July 27, 2017

Kasparov opens USA vs. World match in St. Louis; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

“Now we have the future,” said Garry Kasparov as he opened the Match of the Millennials in St. Louis. The event sees US and Rest of the World teams compete in U14 and U17 age categories, with some of the world’s top juniors such as 11-year-old Praggnanandhaa and 12-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov getting their first feel for the intense scrutiny of elite events. The match is also notable in terms of chess politics, with Kasparov and St. Louis working together with FIDE under acting President Georgios Makropoulos.

July 26, 2017

Morozevich entertains at 50th Biel Chess Festival; By Colin McGourty; Chess24

The 50th Biel Chess Festival has brought some chess legends back into the limelight, with former champions Anatoly Karpov and Vlastimil Hort playing in the opening rapid knockout, while 65-year-old Rafael Vaganian is playing in the main 10-player round-robin. Perhaps the highlight so far, however, has been 3-time Champion Alexander Morozevich. He’s played three spectacular games, even if his sacrifice in Round 1 backfired against Hou Yifan, who currently leads with Ruslan Ponomariov and Etienne Bacrot.

July 22, 2017

Awonder Liang, Akshita Gorti are U.S. Junior champs; By Alejandro Ramirez; ChessBase

The 2017 U.S. Junior Championship and Girls Junior Championship were held in Saint Louis, in the same hall as the prestigious Sinquefield Cup and U.S. Championship. After ten days of gruelling chess, we had two very different tournaments. Akshita Gorti dominated the Girls section from beginning to end, while the Juniors had an absolutely last-minute result, in which GM-elect Awonder Liang prevailed. | Photos: Austin Fuller, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

July 7, 2017

The World Computer Championships: A History; By David Levy; Chess.com

The history of chess programs competing in tournaments is exactly 50 years old. … The World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) normally takes place every year, with no restriction on the computer hardware on which the programs may run. This event aims to find the world’s best chess software/hardware combination.

July 4, 2017

Controversial Finish To Canadian Championship; By Mike Klein; Chess.com

The 2017 Canadian Chess Championship was turned upside down this weekend, literally. Black advanced several passed pawns in the game's waning moments and was the first to promote. Note that he was not first to "queen" despite that being his intention. With six seconds remaining, Black played ...d1, scrambled to find a Black queen, and with none in sight, grabbed a captured rook. He announced "queen" and turned it upside down on d1 before pressing his clock with four seconds remaining. That's when the on-looking Chief Arbiter intervened by waving his hands and stopping the clock.

July 1, 2017

June Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had a great turnout in our events this month. In the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), over 60 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, Roberto Aguirre (4.5/5) was a full point ahead of Jason Northcutt (3.5) for the win. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Sam Mikhelson (3/3) held off a field of 16 players, including a 5-way tie for second, to secure the prize. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had over 40 players show with venerable Larry Gilden (4/5) holding off the young Nguyen brothers, Trung and Tan (3.5) in the premier section. In the U1700 section, Pranav Chinthakuntla (4.5/5) also swept through the opposition for the first place prize followed by a 3-way tie for second by Max Yan, Jonah Treitler and Charles Willis (all 3.5). Andrew Welbaum earned the U1400 Class Prize and young newcomer Amber Tien won the U1200 prize. And finally, in the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Aditya Ponukumati (7.5/10) battled through tough competition to secure first place ahead of a 4-way tie for second (6.5).

June 1, 2017

May Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

The club had another good turnout this month for the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as nearly 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, young newcomer Sungjoon Kim (3/4) beat out 7 other club members (2/4) for the win. In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Bora Yagiz ran the tables to win 1st place (2.5/3) in a field of 10 players. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had good player turnout and in the Premier Section Ronnie Coleman and Aditya Ponnukumati tied for first place (4/5) followed a half point behind by Cosmo Zheng in 3rd place (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Zahir Muhammed tied for 1st with Daniel Ricciotti (4/5) followed closely by Satvik Lolla in sole 3rd (3.5/5). Young Dominic Earle won the U1400 Class Prize for the second month in a row and newcomer Shaka Green won the U1200 prize. And finally, in a busy month, there was no room to run the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control) - it will return on June 16!

April 30, 2017

April Wrap-Up; By ACC President

ACC events continue to be a great value with lots of quality competition at every rating level. All of our events are $1-$9 per game. Come check us out!

Again this month, the club had another large turnout for the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as over 50 players competed for the Ladder Prize - even in a short 3-week month. This month, young Tony Lin tied with Jason Northcutt and new club member Sungjoon Kim (2/3). In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Isaac Chiu and Abraham White tied for 1st (3/3) in a field of 12 players. The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had a solid 50 player turnout and in the Premier Section we saw the return of Trung Nguyen who tied with Alexander Moises for first place (4/5) followed a half point behind by a 3-way tie for 3rd place (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Parth Jaiswal swept the boards and won first place (5/5) followed by Akshay Kobla in sole 2nd (4/5) and a 5-way tie for 3rd place (3.5/5). Newcomer Dominic Earle won the U1400 Class Prize and Jason Robinson won the U1200 prize. And finally, in the ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), Franco Jose held off the opposition to win (7.5/10) followed closely by Saigautum Bonam and Stan Fink tied for 2nd (7/10).

April 29, 2017

Baden-Baden claim 11th Bundesliga in 12 years; by Colin McGourty; Chess24

Baden-Baden have won the 2016-7 German Chess League with two rounds to spare, after the team that boasts Caruana, MVL, Aronian and Anand among its ranks won its 13th match in 13 this season. Sunday’s showdown with 2016 winners Solingen will now be a formality as far as the title is concerned, though we can expect to see top players in action and Baden-Baden will still be chasing a perfect 100% score. The women’s Bundesliga is going down to the wire, though Schwäbisch Hall are big favourites after a narrow win in Round 13.

April 10, 2017

Wesley So is the 2017 US Champion; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
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World no. 2 Wesley So got the one he wanted on Monday in St. Louis as he won the US Championship on his third attempt. Alexander Onischuk put up a heroic fight in the rapid playoffs but lost his way in complications in the first game and then needed to win the second to force Armageddon. He came incredibly close, but ultimately couldn’t stop Wesley snatching the $50,000 first prize.

April 10, 2017

Foisor triumphs as 2017 US Champ; By Colin McGourty; Chess24
Also see: Chess.com

Sabina-Francesca Foisor described herself as “sad and excited at the same time” after winning a brilliant attacking game that made her the US Women’s Champion in the same year her mother passed away. Nazi Paikidze lost with White to 15-year-old Jennifer Yu, who has taken giant killing to a whole new level.

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