On March 11 and 12, four players from the Drexel Chess Club spent the weekend before Week 10 competing at the annual Pennsylvania Collegiate Chess Championship. Although they arrived with a small team, they put up a valiant effort, finishing second with a final score of 11 points. They were only 0.5 points behind first-place winners Shippensburg, who were the defending champs.
The team was led by Paul, who finished with a great score of 4.5 points out of 5 in the U1400 section, finishing as the top collegiate player in the section, and tying for first overall in the section. He won a trophy and a cash prize for his efforts.
Additional contributors were Josh, who scored 3/5 in the U1800 section and finished as the top collegiate player in that section, Angelo, who scored 2/5 in the difficult Open section, and Nate, who scored 1.5/5 in the U1400 section.
Great job to the entire team for performing well and keeping the Drexel tradition of competing at states alive!
On Thanksgiving weekend, nine players from the Drexel Chess Club competed in the 46th Annual National Chess Congress. Though the competition was fierce, the club finished second among student and alumni teams with a score of 19 points, led by Connor’s score of 5.5/6, which won first place in the U1200 section.
In addition, Brian and Nathania tied for second in the mixed doubles. Brian scored 5/6 in the U1400 section, while Nathania scored 4/6 in the U1200 section, for a combined score of 9.
Finally, Brian, Kayode, Josh, and Kent participated in the blitz tournament on Saturday night. Brian won the prize for best Unrated player with a score of 4, and Josh scored 4 points as well.
Overall, the entire team performed admirably, and represented the club and university well. All team members, along with section and score, are in the table below:
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The championship squad. L-R: Paul, Aravind, Josh, Kent
On October 10th, 2015, four members of the Drexel Chess Club traveled to Shippensburg University for the PA State Team Championships. Not only did we win the collegiate title, but we won first place overall in the tournament. While small, the tournament was highly competitive, and after pulling out a hard-fought draw against Shippensburg Community, we emerged as the champions. We hope to return next year to defend our title!
Team Members: Aravind Ponukumati, Kent Huang, Josh Cohen, Paul Milano
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On November 23, 2014, the Drexel Chess Club hosted a Fall Blitz Tournament! The club hopes to make this an annual event open to both the Drexel and Philadelphia community.
The time control for the tournament was game in 10 minutes, so games were fast and furious! In the end, Ray Robison placed clear first with a total score of 5/6, and David Miller placed second with a total score of 4.5/6. The top club member was Mikhail Sher with a score of 4/6. Other club members who participated were Mohammad Falamarz, Justin Trulear, Devin Peck, Spencer Honadel, Paul Milano, Zach Pendzick, and Xiujuan Wang. Congrats to all!
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With his performance at the Holly Heisman Memorial Tournament, William has earned the 4th Category title! Great job!
Also at the Holly Heisman Tournament, Zhouhai picked up a Level 2 norm, making him one performance of Level 3 or higher away from the 3rd Category title! Let’s see if we can get that before the end of 2014!
Members of the club had a great showing at the Holly Heisman Memorial Tournament at the JCC Kaiserman, which was held to help women in need!
In the U1500 section, Will swept his games to finish in clear first with a perfect 5/5! Josh, after taking a half-point bye in the first round, won each of his four following games to finish in clear second with a 4.5/5.
In the Open section, Zhou finished 3/5, with all of his wins coming against higher-rated players, and was the highest-placed U1600 player in the section!
All players won prizes, and it was a great day for a great cause!
As you can see, Drexel Chess has gotten a little bit of an upgrade! Since we are in a transition period, expect all of the information from the old site to be transferred over the next month or so. By the start of the fall semester, the transition should be finished and our focus should be back on chess!