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History 2017

12/16 National Nominations Grand Prix Leg 2 at University of New Haven

Bartels Hall has two rooms for games, separate room for parents, cafeteria downstairs, ...., a nice place to play at!
Detailed results: Open, U1000, Unrated and new ratings.

12/13 More news from the K-12 National Grade Chess Championship held in Orlando:
Jewish High School of Connecticut (JHSC, located in Stamford) won the 4th place team trophy. JHSC chess team has been represented by Bryan Weisz, Gavriel Genger and Leo Koganov who competed in 9th grade section of the tournament. JHSC is an independent, pluralistic Jewish high school - one that offers a rigorous, comprehensive curricular and co-curricular program in general and Jewish studies, athletics and the arts.
Leo KoganovBryan WeiszGavriel Genger

12/12 IM Jan van de Mortel won the CSCA CT State Blitz (G5 d5) Championship organized by NBCC.

Jan (left of the Christmas tree) playing against dr. Colwell (formerly known as Andrew Colwell)
Jan scored 8/9 (only Nelson beat him), second was Suhas Kodali 7/9, third Nelson Castaņeda Alvarez 6/9.
Detailed results and new ratings are here.

12/11 Connecticut Chess Organization (CCO) files lawsuit against Jim Celone (doing business as Educational Technologies) at CT Superior Court. CCO used this filing to also formally inform CSCA and USCF.

12/10 Connecticut's Maximillian Lu won the 6th Grade and K-6 Blitz Titles at the K-12 National Grade Championships held in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Max conceded only two draws and took clear first in both events. Follow the links for the final report and the complete results.

12/09 Farmington Scholastic Chess Tournament was organized by David Aldi

David (center) plus the winner Nakul Ramaswamy (left) and Akshita Ashokkumar

12/02 CT Scholastic Blitz State Championships was held in Farmington. New Champions are:

  • Elementary: Jordan Lefkowitz
  • Middle School: Daniel Zhou
  • High School: Jithu Sajeevan

Jithu plus Elementary team winner Bugbee school

The playing room at Farmington Public Library
Follow the links for detailed results and new ratings.

11/19 Greater New Haven Fall Open won by GM Lenderman. Detailed results are here.

11/07 National Nominations Grand Prix Points Standings after leg 1.

11/02 CSCA Meeting 10/31: press release.

10/30 Results from first leg of the 2017/18 National Nominations Grand Prix are here.

at Hall High School

10/17 Details for the 2017/18 National Nominations Grand Prix, a CSCA sanctioned tournament series, are here.

10/15 CSCA Approves Adult and Scholastic Tournaments for 2017-18, New Events and Format Changes.

8/8 Results by CT representatives at the national tournaments for state scholastic champions in Norfolk, VA:

  • Denker (High School): Zachary Tanenbaum 23rd/48 with 3.0/6 score
  • Barber (K-8): Bryan Weisz: 16th/48 with 3.5/6 score
  • NGTOC (Girls): Beatrice Low: 25th/42 with 3.0/6 score

4/30 Finals of the NNGP to determine CT Representatives for nationals were played at University of New Haven.
Here are the final three tables, with 4 players each, for Denker, Barber and Girls nominations:

Winners Zachary Tanenbaum (Denker), Bryan Weisz (Barber) and Beatrice Low (Girls)

4/30 CT Scholastic Quick Chess State Championship was played in New Haven. Winners are:

  • Elementary: Jake Lumelsky from Bugbee Elementary in West Hartford,
  • Middle: Preston Deleo from Woodbury Middle,
  • High School: Alex Palvinksi from Barlow High in Redding.

Bartels Hall at University of New Haven.

4/28 Recently, Kevin Zimmerman started chess activities at the South Windsor Public Library.
Here a picture from the 1st South Windsor Public Library Chess League Tournament:

You can contact Kevin via e-mail at

4/5 Press release for CCO Statewide Championships held in West Hartford and New Haven.

4/2 CT Rapid State Championships

Mike Lei Wang (Quick 1876), a high school student at The Franklin Academy in East Haddam, CT swept a very strong field at the first ever CSCA CT Rapids State Championships, held in West Haven. He won all 7 games, in the process beating 2 National Masters and a FIDE Master. Congratulations Mike! (for details see the RESULTS section of this site)

3/19 Press release for Thomas Hartmayer Memorial.
Final standings of NNGP are here.

3/9 Match Simsbury High School versus UConn was played in Storrs.
UConn won 9.5 - 6.5

Team Simsbury with the UConn Husky in front of Gampel Pavilion.

3/4 Ted McHugh III from Simsbury won the 2017 CT State Championship, 2nd/3rd place tie-break went to Nelson Castaneda over Gary Shure. In the Candidates section, the top two finishers qualify for automatic seeding in the championship section next year. Taking first on tie-breaks was Manav Ramprasad with 3.5/4.0 pts, 2nd place was Pranav Jayaganesh. The Class prize winners were: Class B, William Adamson, Class C, Harold Blanchard and Class D, Dhanush Kalandi. Overall, 20 scholastic players competed in the tournament.

Above Ted with black during his game in the last round against Gary Shure.

3/4 The first CT Scholastic Team State Championship was held at Hall High School in West Hartford - 25 teams (of 4 players each) participated. Winners were:

  • Elementary: Bugbee School
  • Middle: King Philip Middle School
  • High: Simsbury High School

Team Bugbee

2/12 Scholastic State Championship at CREC Two Rivers Middle School in East Hartford

On a snowy day many still participated. TD IM Jan van de Mortel in the middle.
Winners individual: 9-12 Zachary Tanenbaum, 4-9 Bryan Weisz, K-6 Robert Ulmer, K-3 Max Ingargiola
Winners team: 9-12 Simsbury High School, 4-9 King Philip West Hartford, K-6 Brunswick Greenwich
More details at the RESULTS section of this site and in the CCO press release
Standings of National Nominations Grand Prix are here.

2/12 Scholastic State High School team trophy winners:

Simsbury High School (outside in the snow storm).

1/26 UConn scholarships
UConn announced $14,000 in UConn scholarships to be awarded at the CT State K-12 Championships Feb 12th. See the amended flyer in the EVENTS section of this site.

1/25 Hebron club in Hartford Courant
A picture of Rob Roy at the Hebron Library. Click here to read the article.

(image by Melanie Savage/Hartford Courant)

1/21 Beatrice Low wins CT Girls State Championship

Press release by CCO is here
Latest standings in National Nominations Grand Prix are here

1/5 Press releases by CCO regarding NNGO round 2 and the CT Blitz Championship