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Nevada Boasts K-2 National Champ!

Posted in News, Scholastic on December 20th, 2005 by Nevada Chess

Richard Lee and Michael BaldygaUp against tough competition from schools with a long tradition for playing the game, nine pupils from The Meadows School held their own at the U.S. Chess Federation 2005 National K-12/Collegiate Championship Dec. 2-4 in Houston.The five-member second-grade team finished second in the nation for its grade level, in a field that boasted 21 teams. In the team competition, the three highest scores determine the team’s score. The Southern Nevada team finished a half-point behind the 11-member second-grade team from New York City’s Dalton School, where Josh Waitzkin was once a student. Waitzkin’s journey to his first national championship was portrayed in the 1993 movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer.” The Meadows team also finished ahead of Hunter College Elementary School in New York, which offers a chess course as part of its curriculum.

The second-grade team members are Michael Baldyga, Alex Agrawal, Parker Sachs, Beau Capanna and Asia Thomas.

In addition to the second-grade team trophy, several other pupils from The Meadows School achieved individual accomplishments at the tournament. The individual competition consisted of each player competing in seven rounds, one game per round.

Michael Baldyga, 8, won the second-grade championship, which had 116 entrants. He was the first pupil from The Meadows School to win a national title in chess since Patrick Hummel won his fifth straight championship in 1999. Michael’s brother, Alexander, also finished first in the under 1,000 (points) kindergarten level and 12th in the nation in the overall kindergarten level.

Alex Agrawal also did well in the second-grade level, tying for 11th in the nation.

Richard Lee, 12, tied for second in the sixth-grade level competition, which had 166 players.

Dan Conver, The Meadows chess team coach, began coaching children at the school 10 years ago. Conver said chess players Richard and Michael, in particular, have “unlimited potential.”

Christina Baldyga, Michael and Alexander’s mother, credits Conver for the chess team’s success. “He is a really amazing coach,” Christina said. “He spends so many hours with the kids and gets them motivated.”

Richard, who began playing chess four years ago after it was suggested to him by his parents, Duncan and Irene Lee, plays because he finds it fun and “I like to win.”

The Lees thought their son might be interested in chess because it would be a challenge.

Michael has been playing chess for almost three years, ever since Christina and Mark Baldyga signed him up for the chess program at The Meadows School.

“I am really happy for Michael,” Christina said. “He works very hard.”

In addition to their coaching sessions with Conver, both Michael and Richard play chess against adults with the Clark County Chess Club that meets at University Medical Center.

“Richard has been playing there for eight or nine months, and he is not intimidated,” his father said.

Richard enjoys playing against the adult chess players in the club.

“It’s fun because sometimes I beat them, and they’re better than me,” Richard said. He will compete in the North American Open tournament at Bally’s at the end of this month.

Michael’s mother believes he also has benefited from the experience against adult players.

“The time playing with the adults has taught him to take his time and think of his strategies,” Christina said.

Other Meadows School pupils who participated in the tournament were Cameron Brown, who competed in the seventh-grade level, and Kathryn Gibson, who competed in the fourth-grade level.

Report by Madelon Hynes, Las Vegas Review Journal, December 20th, 2005

Two Nevadans Compete In National Scholastic Championships

Posted in News, Scholastic on December 15th, 2002 by Nevada Chess

Nevada was represented by two players at the National Scholastic Championships held in Atlanta, Georgia on December 13-15, 2002. Michael Patraw played in the K-10 Championship, while Alan Amici played in the K-7 Championship.Michael started off well and was on 2

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.