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2001 Inner-City Games of Greater Las Vegas

Posted in News, Scholastic on July 30th, 2001 by Nevada Chess

During the summer, hundreds of children benefited from chess lessons as part of the Inner-City Games of Greater Las Vegas. Qualification tournaments were held at three schools and t-shirts were awarded to the winners.At the end of July, the finals were held at Rancho High School. 120 children showed up and medals were awarded to the top three players. The Chess Jester (Brad Zentmyer) provided entertainment. Many parents watched and the event was covered by the local papers and television stations.

Special thanks to Greater Las Vegas Inner-City Games and Executive Director Jack Mannion and the staff.

2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team

Posted in News, Scholastic on January 25th, 2001 by Nevada Chess

Two Nevada Chess Players Earn Spots

Congratulations to Philip Wang (age 17, rating 2325) of Reno and Patrick Hummel (age 16, rating 2410) of Las Vegas on qualifying for the 2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team sponsored by the Pressman Toy Corporation of New York, NY.

The complete text of the U.S. Chess Federation press release follows:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 25, 2001
Press Release #5 of 2001
Contact: Tom K. Brownscombe
(845) 562-8350, ext. 130

2001 PRESSMAN ALL-AMERICA CHESS TEAM

The U.S. Chess Federation has announced the names of the junior players who have qualified for the 2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team. The 25 players on this year’s team have met age and rating criteria that place them in the top one percent of more than 46,000 of their fellow scholastic and youth members.

The Pressman Toy Corp., of New York, N.Y, sponsors the Pressman All-America Chess Team each year. This year marks the ninth consecutive year of corporate sponsorship for the annual team contest. Each team member will receive an official 2001 Pressman All-America Chess Team jacket, plus a special Certificate of Achievement.

Age 17 Minimum rating 2300
David C. John 2332 Houston, TX
Philip Wang 2325 Reno, NV

Age 16 Minimum rating 2250
Vinay Bhat 2498 San Jose, CA
Patrick Hummel 2410 Las Vegas, NV

Age 15 Minimum rating 2200
Dmitry Schneider 2463 Hastings on Hudson, NY
Daniel Fernandez 2294 Coconut Creek, FL
A.J. Steigman 2284 Coral Springs, FL
Matthew Hoekstra 2280 Charlotte, NC
Samson Benen 2229 New York, NY

Age 14 Minimum rating 2150
Aaron Pixton 2320 Vestal, NY
Daniel Rensch 2245 Payson, AZ
Asuka Nakamura 2183 White Plains, NY

Age 13 Minimum rating 2100
Joshua Friedel 2152 Goffstown, NH
Ruixin Yang 2102 Tallahassee, FL

Age 12 Minimum rating 2000
Hikaru Nakamura 2300 White Plains, NY
Igor Schneider 2081 Hastings on Hudson, NY

Age 11 Minimum rating 1875
Noah Pang 1920 Cambridge, MA
Max Enkin 1909 Peabody, MA
Laura Ross 1907 Forest Hills, NY
Hana Itkis 1882 Fair Lawn, NJ

Age 10 Minimum rating 1750
Noah Belcher 1887 Bloomingburg, NY
Teddy Coleman 1760 Scarsdale, NY

Age 9 Minimum rating 1650
Aleksandr Dementiev 1653 Decatur, GA

Age 8 and Under rating 1550
Fabiano Caruana 1582 Brooklyn, NY
Michael Thaler 1558 New York, NY

2000 Pressman All-America Chess Team

Posted in News, Scholastic on January 27th, 2000 by Nevada Chess

Two Nevada Chess Players Earn Spots

Congratulations to Philip Wang (age 16, rating 2323) of Reno and Patrick Hummel (age 15, rating 2455) of Las Vegas on qualifying for the 2000 Pressman All-America Chess Team sponsored by the Pressman Toy Corporation of New York, NY.

The complete text of the U.S. Chess Federation press release follows:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2000
Contact: Sharon Brunetti (845) 562-8350
Press Release #7 of 2000

2000 PRESSMAN ALL-AMERICA CHESS TEAM
The U.S. Chess Federation has announced the names of the junior players who have qualified for the 2000 Pressman All-America Chess Team. The 27 players on this year’s team have met age and rating criteria that place them in the top one percent of more than 43,000 of their fellow scholastic members.

The Pressman Toy Corp., of New York, N.Y, sponsors the Pressman All-America Chess Team each year. This year marks the eighth consecutive year of corporate sponsorship for the annual team contest. Each team member will receive an official 2000 Pressman All-America Chess Team jacket, plus a special Certificate of Achievement.

Age 18 Minimum rating 2400
Marcel Martinez 2433 Hialeah, Florida

Age 17 Minimum rating 2300
Andrei Zaremba 2426 Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Sean Nagle 2341 Plymouth, Minnesota
Stanislav Ritvin 2331 Newtown, Pennsylvania

Age 16 Minimum rating 2250
Philip Wang 2323 Reno, Nevada
David C. John 2275 Houston, Texas
Noah Siegel 2257 New York, New York

Age 15 Minimum rating 2200
Patrick Hummel 2455 Las Vegas, Nevada
Jordy Mont-Reynaud 2376 Palo Alto, California
Vinay Bhat 2368 San Jose, California

Age 14 Minimum rating 2150
Dmitry Schneider 2460 Hastings on Hudson, New York
Daniel Fernandez 2290 Coconut Creek, Florida
Matthew Traldi 2288 Easton, Pennsylvania
Matthew Hoekstra 2247 Charlotte, North Carolina
A.J. Steigman 2197 Coral Springs, Florida
Samson Benen 2182 New York, New York

Age 13 Minimum rating 2100
Aaron Pixton 2138 Vestal, New York
Asuka Nakamura 2131 White Plains, New York
Daniel Rensch 2127 Payson, Arizona

Age 12 Minimum rating 2000
Joshua Friedel 2128 Goffstown, New Hampshire
Ruixin Yang 2016 Tallahassee, Florida

Age 11 Minimum rating 1875
Hikaru Nakamura 2289 White Plains, New York

Age 10 Minimum rating 1750
Noah Pang 1811 Cambridge, Massachusetts
Max Enkin 1791 Peabody, Massachusetts
Laura Ross 1764 Forest Hills, New York

Age 9 Minimum rating 1650
Noah Belcher 1877 Bloomingburg, New York
Teddy Coleman 1667 Scarsdale, New York

Patrick Hummel Takes Third Place in 1999 Denker Tournament

Posted in News, Scholastic on August 26th, 1999 by Nevada Chess

Congratulations to Patrick Hummel of Las Vegas, Nevada on taking third place in the 1999 Denker Tournament of High School Champions!The complete text of the U.S. Chess Federation press release follows:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sharon Brunetti
August 26, 1999 (914) 562-8350
Press Release #19 of 1999

ZAREMBA, WINER TAKE TOP DENKER HONORS

Andrei Zaremba and Steven Winer tied for first place honors at the 1999 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held Aug. 15-19 in Reno, Nevada. Zaremba, 17, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan and Steven Winer, 18, of Burlington, Vermont each finished with 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 points. Each player qualified for a $375 scholarship.

Patrick Hummel, 15, of Las Vegas, Nevada scored 4 points to finish in third place and also qualified for a $150 scholarship.

The remaining prize winners were Marcel Martinez, 19, of Hialeah, Florida, Vinay Bhat, 15, of San Jose, California, David C. John, 16, of Houston, Texas, Joan Santana, 17, of Teaneck, New Jersey and Riley Yates-Doerr, 18, of Seattle, Washington each with 3 1/2 points. A total of 34 players competed in the event.

The four-year scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) was awarded to Zaremba as the highest finishing 11th grader or below. This year UTD added a scholarship for the girl in 11th grade or below with the highest score. Karen Birkendalh of Salt Lake City, Utah won that honor with 2 points.

The Denker Tournament of High School Champions is open each year to the reigning high school chess champion of each state. Players must meet age and grade requirements, and be certified by their local state federation.

The event was co-sponsored by Grandmaster Arnold Denker (through the Chess-in-the-Schools program based in New York City), the U.S. Chess Trust and the U.S. Chess Federation.

Philip Wang of Reno, Nevada at the 1998 U.S. Open

Posted in News, Scholastic on August 9th, 1999 by Nevada Chess

1998 Cardoza U.S. Open in Hawaii, Aug 1-9, 1998

Philip Wang (2243) of Reno, Nevada, with 6.5 points out of 9, tied with nine other players for the best Under 2300 score in the tournament.

Round one Win against a 1719.
Round two Win against a 1937.
Round three Draw against a 2662 (GM Joel Benjamin).
Round four Lost against a 2588.
Round five Win against a 1997.
Round six Draw against a 2105.
Round seven Win against a 2047.
Round eight Win against a 2400.
Round nine Draw against a 2361.

Cardoza US Open, 3 Aug 98, Round 3
White-Philip Wang Black-Joel Benjamin
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.g3 e5 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O h6 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.Rd1 Be7 10.h3 O-O 11.Be3 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Qa3 Bg6 14.b4 Nce4 15.Rac1 Rfe8 16.Bf4 Qc8 17.Qb2 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 Ne4 19.Qb3 a5 20.b5 a4 21.Qf3 Bf6 22.bxc6 bxc6 23.Qa3 Ra6 24.Nb5 Be7 25.Nxd6 Bxd6 26.Bxd6 Nxd6 27.Qxd6 Rxe2 28.Rd2 Rxd2 29.Qxd2 c5 30.a3 Kh7 31.Kh2 Rb6 32.Rc3 Rb3 33.Bd5 Qf5 34.Kg2 Qb1 35.Re3 Qa1 36.Re7 Qd4 37.Qe2 Rxa3 38.Bxf7 Bxf7 39.Rxf7 Rc3 40.Rf4 Qd3 41.Qxd3+ Rxd3 42.Rf5 Rc3 43.Rxc5 a3 44.Ra5 Rxc4 45.Rxa3 1/2-1/2

[Event “Cardoza U.S. Open”]
[Site “Kona USA”]
[Date “1998.08.08”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Garbett,Paul”]
[Black “Wang,Philip”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B33”]
[BlackElo “2242”]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nb1 O-O 12.a4 bxa4 13.Rxa4 a5 14.Bc4 Rb8 15.b3 Bg5 16.O-O Kh8 17.Nbc3 f5 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Bd3 g6
20.Bxf5 gxf5 21.f4 Bf6 22.Kh1 Nd4 23.Nxf6 Rxf6 24.Nd5 Rh6 25.fxe5 Qh4 26.h3 Rg8 27.Qd2 dxe5 28.Ne7 Rg3 29.Rxd4 exd4 30.Qf4 Qxh3+ 0-1

[Event “Cardoza US Open”]
[Site “Kona USA”]
[Date “1998.08.09”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Martinez,Marcel”]
[Black “Wang,Philip”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A26”]
[WhiteElo “2361”]
[BlackElo “2243”]
1.d3 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 f5 5.O-O Nf6 6.c4 e5 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Rb1 h6 9.b4 O-O 10.b5 Ne7 11.Ne1 g5 12.Nd5 f4 13.e3 Ng6 14.Bd2 Kh8 15.Qc2 g4 16.exf4 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 exf4 18.Be4 fxg3 19.hxg3 Ne5 20.Kg2 Nf3 21.Be3 Ng5 22.Bd5 Qf6 23.Qe2 Qg6 24.Rh1 Nh3 25.Qd2 h5 26.Rf1 Bf6 27.Nc2 Bg5 28.Qc3+ Kh7 29.Rbe1 Bf5 30.Bxg5 Nxg5 31.Re7+ Kh6 32.Rd1 Rae8 33.Rxe8 Qxe8 34.Ne3 Nh3 35.Qd2 Kg7 36.Re1 Be6 37.Re2 Bxd5+ 38.Nxd5 Qg6 39.Nxc7 Rf3 40.Ne6+ Kg8 41.Qa5 Qxe6 1/2-1/2

Information provided by Ken Horne and Hal Terrie

Note: for those sharp-eyed readers who noticed that Philip’s rating is given as 2243 at the top and 2242 in the Round 8 game score … it is 2242 in June Rating Supplement which is what was used at the beginning of the tournament, but it is 2243 in the current (August) Rating Supplement.

1999 Scholar Chessplayer Award Winners Announced

Posted in News, Scholastic on June 9th, 1999 by Nevada Chess

Nevada Chess Player Earns Award

Congratulations to Philip Wang (age 16, rating 2323) of Reno on winning one of the Scholar Chessplayer awards.

The complete text of the U.S. Chess Federation press release follows:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beatriz Marinello
June 9, 1999 (914) 562-8350
Press Release #14 of 1999

1999 SCHOLAR CHESSPLAYER AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The U.S. Chess Federation has announced the winners of the 1999 Scholar Chessplayer Award.

The Scholar Chessplayer competition is open to high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics, chess and sportsmanship.

The USCF Scholastic Committee selects the finalists. The U.S. Chess Trust sponsors the awards.

The 1999 winners are:

Philip Wang is a senior at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, Nevada. Philip, 16, is a USCF National Master with a rating of 2323. He plans to attend Stanford University.

Jordy Mont-Reynaud is a junior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto. Jordy, 15, is a USCF National Master with a rating of 2327. He plans to attend Stanford University.

Brandon Ashe is a senior at North Hollywood High School in Chatsworth, California. Brandon, 16, holds a USCF rating of 2079. He plans to attend Stanford University.

David Pruess is a senior at the College Preparatory School in Berkeley, California. David, 18, is a USCF National Master with a rating of 2276. He plans to attend the University of California Berkeley.

Anthony Rozenuasser is a senior at Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California. Anthony, 17, holds a USCF rating of 2136. He plans to attend the University of California Berkeley.

Steve Winer is a senior at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont. Steve is a USCF National Master with a rating of 2352. He plans to attend Haverford College.

1999 Nevada State Assembly Honors Patrick Hummel

Posted in News, Scholastic on May 17th, 1999 by Nevada Chess

On May 17th, 1999, the Nevada State Assembly honored Patrick Hummel for his accomplishments!

The complete text of the Assembly Resolution follows:

Assembly Resolution No. 8-Assemblymen Beers, Anderson, Angle, Arberry, Bache, Berman, Brower, Buckley, Carpenter, Cegavske, Chowning, Claborn, Collins, de Braga, Dini, Evans, Freeman, Gibbons, Giunchigliani, Goldwater, Gustavson, Hettrick, Humke, Koivisto, Lee, Leslie, Manendo, Marvel, McClain, Mortenson, Neighbors, Nolan, Ohrenschall, Parks, Parnell, Perkins, Price, Segerblom, Thomas, Tiffany, Von Tobel and Williams

May 17, 1999

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Read and Adopted

SUMMARY-Congratulates Patrick Hummel of Las Vegas for winning chess championship. (BDR R-1731)

EXPLANATION – Matter in bolded italics is new; matter between brackets [omitted material] is material to be omitted. Green numbers along left margin indicate location on the printed bill (e.g., 5-15 indicates page 5, line 15).

ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION-Congratulating Patrick Hummel, a ninth grader at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, for winning the 1999 National High School Championship of the United States Chess Federation.

1-1 Whereas, With over 80,000 members, the United States Chess
1-2 Federation is the official sanctioning body for tournament chess in the
1-3 United States and for United States participation in international chess
1-4 events; and
1-5 Whereas, At 12 years of age, and after only 32 months of playing
1-6 chess, Patrick Hummel attained the coveted chess title of United States
1-7 Chess Federation Master, an accomplishment achieved for the first time by
1-8 anyone that age in the history of chess in America and rarely equaled in the
1-9 world history of the game; and
1-10 Whereas, Patrick Hummel won three straight National Grade School
1-11 Chess Championships in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades and the 1997
1-12 National High School Action Chess Championship; and
1-13 Whereas, Patrick Hummel scored 6 1/2 out of a possible 7 points and
1-14 finished first in a championship field of 340 players to win the prestigious
1-15 1999 National High School Championship co-sponsored by the United
1-16 States Chess Federation held April 9 through April 11 in Sioux Falls, South
2-1 Dakota, a feat even more noteworthy as he is one of only three persons ever
2-2 to win this tournament at the age of 14 years; and
2-3 Whereas, The weekend following the tournament in South Dakota,
2-4 Patrick won the Nevada Scholastic Chess Championship in Reno which
2-5 was sponsored by Nevada Chess, Inc., the Nevada affiliate of the United
2-6 States Chess Federation, and as a result of this win, he will represent
2-7 Nevada at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, hosted by
2-8 Nevada for the first time and scheduled to be held this August at the Sands
2-9 Regency Hotel Casino in Reno; and
2-10 Whereas, Winning the Nevada championship gained Patrick Hummel
2-11 enough rating points to earn him the title of Senior Master, the highest title
2-12 awarded by the United States Chess Federation, and by this achievement
2-13 Patrick became the second youngest Senior Master in the country; and
2-14 Whereas, Patrick Hummel is a freshman at The Meadows School in
2-15 Las Vegas where he is a straight A honors student who has also
2-16 distinguished himself in the field of mathematics by becoming the
2-17 MATHCOUNTS 1997 Southern Nevada Champion, the 1998 Nevada
2-18 Champion and a National Finalist at the 1998 competition in Washington,
2-19 D.C., and has also completed the American High School Mathematics
2-20 Examination which qualifies him to compete in the 17th Annual American
2-21 Invitational Mathematics Examination; and
2-22 Whereas, Patrick Hummel balances his life with a wide range of
2-23 activities, including swimming on The Meadows swim team, working out at
2-24 the gym, playing the trumpet and studying Mandarin Chinese; and
2-25 Whereas, Patrick’s parents, Paul and Carla Hummel, and the students
2-26 and faculty of The Meadows School are very proud of this outstanding
2-27 chess Master and multi-talented young man; now, therefore, be it
2-28 Resolved by the Assembly of the State of Nevada, That the
2-29 members of the Assembly of the 70th session of the Nevada Legislature
2-30 congratulate Patrick Hummel on his achievements in the game of chess,
2-31 especially his most recent winning of the 1999 National High School
2-32 Championship; and be it further
2-33 Resolved, That this body hereby urges the residents of the State of
2-34 Nevada to recognize Patrick Hummel as a model of what can be
2-35 accomplished when a person of any age pursues a goal with determination
2-36 and dedication; and be it further
2-37 Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly prepare and transmit a
2-38 copy of this resolution to Patrick Hummel.

Disclaimer

This information is prepared as an informational service only and should not be relied upon as an official record of action. For official records, please refer to the printed version of the appropriate official publication which may be obtained from the Legislative Bill Room (775-687-3560)

The above was taken from the website of the Nevada State Legislature.