Arlington Chess Club

ACC Events

    MAY

  • Friday Ladder:
    May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • DC Chess League: May 5
  • Sat. Action-Plus: May 13
  • Friday Action: May 19
  • JUNE

  • Friday Ladder:
    Jun. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • DC Chess League: Jun. ??
  • Sat. Action-Plus: Jun. 10
  • Blitz: Jun. 16
  • Friday Action: Jun. 23

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Tournament Reports

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
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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.

March 31, 2017

March 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 60 players competed for the Ladder Prize. This month, Xing Jian and Ghezai Menelik fought in the last round with Xing winning to pull him even with Ghezai for the month (4/5). In the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), Mike Fellman fended off the opposition to win the tournament outright (3/3), followed by Dan Killian in second (2.5/3) who took down much higher rated opponents (and gaining over 100 ratings points!). The ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had a solid 43 player turnout and in the Premier Section saw Isaac Chiu win sole first place (4.5/5) followed by Justin Paul in 2nd place (4/5) and Muskee Books in 3rd (3.5/5). In the U1700 section, Akshay Kobla won first place (4.5/5) followed by Briab Milian and Jonah Treitler tied for 2nd-3rd (4/5). Max Yan won the U1400 Class Prize and Brian Tay won the U1200 prize. And finally, due to such a busy regional tournament activity this month, no ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control) was held this month.

March 13, 15, 2017

Women World Championship: Looking back; By Elshan Moradiabadi; ChessBase

After a thrilling Women World Championship that provided entertaining chess rife with drama and excitement, a new World Champion was crowned. Elshan Moradiabadi looks back at some of the highlights of the competition, providing his usual insightful summaries and annotations as well as a focus on the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and lastly the standout qualities in Tan Zhongyi, the new world champion. GM Elshan Moradiabadi provides his analysis of the turning points of missed or hit shots that ultimately decided the title.

March 13, 2017

Oxford defeats Cambridge in 135th Varsity Match; By Macauley Peterson; Chess24

In a centuries-old rivalry, Oxford and Cambridge Universities squared off over the weekend for an 8-board match at the Royal Automobile Club in central London. Oxford won this round 4½-3½, narrowing Cambridge's overall lead to five match wins. The two teams have been competing in a variety of sports, notably rowing, since the 19th century. The first chess match was in 1873 and this is now the 135th — the encounter was suspended during the World Wars. Described as "one of the great traditions of British Chess", the match was attended by various alumni guests including grandmasters. Luke McShane and Jon Speelman — both graduates of Oxford — provided a brief commentary on the games in progress for the chess24 broadcast.

Mar. 3, 2017

Tan Zhongyi is the new Women's World Chess Champion; By IM David Martínez, Chess24

Tan Zhongyi became the new Women's World Champion after defeating Anna Muzychuk in tiebreaks. The 25-year-old has kept the title in China, after showing good technique and an astounding competitive spirit. Tan Zhongyi played no less than 34 games, and overcame a number of highly tense encounters.

March 1, 2017

February 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!

Febuary saw another excellant turnout in our renewed ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), as 16 players fought for glory and a prize! When the dust settled, Nick Theiss and Isaac Chiu finished in first place (8/10) ahead of William Mercellino in sole second (7/10), a full point ahead of four other competitors. While the club hopes to sponsor blitz tournaments most months this year, we expect there will be months when we cannot hold a blitz tournament due to competition for dates with other tournaments. The club saw the usual fist-to-cuffs on the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as over 50 players fought for the Ladder Prize. This month, Tom Hoopengardner and Demetrio Aragon held off the competition (3.5/4) to secure the prize. In an awesome turnout for the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), regular Zach Martn and Daniel Weissbarth tied for first with perfect tournament scores (3/3) followed by 6 players a full point behind. And finally, the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had to be cancelled this month due to construction at our host church for that weekend.

Feb. 23, 2017

Match of the Millennials; By Staff, ChessBase

There's going to be an extraordinary event in July in Saint Louis: eight American players will face some of the best juniors from around the world – four players under 17, two boys under 14 and two girls under 14 years old. "An extra-ordinary opportunity for the best juniors, both Americans and World, to test their skills and fighting spirit in a prestigious event," said GM Efstratios Grivas, who will be one of the trainers selecting the World Delegation.

Feb. 16, 2017

Greater Scholastic Tournaments in America; By Alejandro Ramirez, ChessBase

2017 marks the 15th anniversary for the Kasparov Chess Foundation, and they are celebrating with record-breaking events around the U.S. This past weekend, despite sharing a busy schedule with the traditional Super Bowl, the Greater New York, Greater Chicago and Greater Baltimore Scholastic Chess tournaments brought in over 2000 players! Garry Kasparov himself made an appearance in New York.

Feb. 11, 2017

Women's World Championship Starts in Tehran; By Elshan Moradiabadi, ChessBase

After an almost non-stop stream of controversy regarding the Women World Championship, whether because of the infamous Hajibgate, or simply the country itself, the grand championship has finally begun its cycle to determine the next title-holder. The opening proceedings were somewhat overshadowed by the recent demise of Romanian IM Cristina Foisor, who remained in the roster as a tribute. Here is the amply commented report on the opening.

February 1, 2016

January 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!

January 2017 saw the return of the blitz tournament to the Arlington Chess Club. We had an excellant turnout in our renewed ACC Blitz tournament (5 double-rounds [10 games] at a G/3 +2 time control), as 15 players fought for glory and a prize! When the dust settled, Willie Marcelino stood well ahead in first place (8.5/10) followed by Andrew Tichenor in sole second (7/10), a half point ahead of three other competitors. While the club hopes to sponsor blitz tournaments often this year, we expect there will be months when we cannot hold a blitz tournament due to competition for dates with other tournaments.

The club had another large turnout for the ACC Ladder (30/90, SD/60, d5), as nearly 60 players fought for the Ladder Prize. This month, newcomer Wael Shreiba ran over his opposition (3/4) while narrowly edging out long-time member Roberto Aguirre (2.5/4) to secure the prize. In an awesome turnout for the month, the ACC Action-Plus tournament (5 rounds, G/45, d5) had nearly 50 players compete over boards of 64 squares. With the higher than usual turnout, the club added a class prize in the Premier section. Big surprise (not!), Andrew Samuelson returned to his winning ways and ran the boards (5/5) to collect top prize in the Premier section. He was followed by young Andy Huang in sole second (4/5) and Zach Martin in sole third (3.5/5). The Premier class prize went to young Bradley Guo who also picked up just over 100 rating points! In the U1700 section, two up and coming young players, Jason Liang and Sachin Satishkumar, tied for 1st-2nd (4/5), followed by a 3-way tie for 3rd just a half point behind. Though she qualified for both, Neha Konduru snagged the U1200 Class prize leaving a 5-way tie for the U1400 prize. Note: under USCF prize rules, any player that qualifies for more than one cash prize will be awarded the highest prize (to include accounting for split prizes). And finally, for the ACC Action tournament (3 rounds, G/30, d5), we had another great turnout as 16 players competed. Nikolas Theiss outlasted many higher rated opponents to win sole 1st place (3/3) while Andy Huang and Isaac Chiu tied for 2nd (2.5/3). Even with adding a new event, the club had a huge turnout for all of our events. We thank everyone who played at ACC this month!

November 11-30, 2016

**SPECIAL** 2016 World Chess Championship (Updated After Each Round)

Essential Links:

-- Before the Match: Pre-Match,
-- Pre-match Press Conference Presser,
-- What the Experts Say: Pre-Analysis,
-- Sergey Karjakin Bio: Wiki-Bio,
-- Magnus Carlsen Bio: Wiki-Bio,
-- Karjakan on Winning Candidates: Video,
-- Interview: Karjakan (Chess 24): interview,
-- Speelman: How Will Karjakan Fare?: here,
-- Kramnik's & Gelfand's Pre-match Views: here,
-- Carlsen's Pre-Match Views: here,

-- Official Website: New York,
-- Schedule: Day-By-Day,
-- Rules: Rules,
-- Get Tickets: Buy Now,
-- Opening Ceremony: Flags,

-- Broadcasting Lawsuit Part 1 Lawsuit-1,
-- Broadcasting Lawsuit Part 2 Lawsuit-2,
-- Karjakin: The Inside Story Karjakin's Story,
-- New York Times: NYT,
-- Washington Post: W-Post,
-- Who Will Win Match?: ChessBase.


Round - Tiebreaks: Carlsen Remains the Champion!

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Round 12: The Match Goes into Tiebreaks

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Round 11: A Tense Draw

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Round 10: Carlsen Evens the Score

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Round 9: A Tense Draw

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Round 8: First Blood! Karjakin Wins!

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Round 7: Karjakin Switches from 1.e4 to 1.d4

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Round 6: Comfortable Draw

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Round 5: Magnus "Screws Up"?

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Round 4: Carlsen Is Better but Can't Convert

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Round 3: Karjakin Escapes

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Round 2: No Berlin, No Thriller

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Round 1: Carlsen Starts with the "Trumpowsky"

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