US CHESS TRUST CREATES SCHOLARSHIP
The US Chess Trust, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and major sponsor of the Denker tournament has authorized the creation of a $5,000 College/University Scholarship as an award to the 1st Place finisher in the 2016 GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winner may use this award at any school of higher learning of his or her choice. If there is a tie for 1st Place, the Scholarship will be awarded to the highest finisher on tiebreaks. To redeem this Scholarship, the recipient must present proof of enrollment in a school of higher learning to the US Chess Trust.
Wisconsin and Oklahoma Top State
Congratulations to the 2015 Co-Champions, Wisconsin (team avg-2074) and Oklahoma (team avg-2134) for charging forward with a 13.5/18 score which was a full point above the third place team, Washington State (team avg-2014). In the end Wisconsin (Alexander Velikanov, Kevin Li and Anupama Rajendra) had the best tiebreaks. Oklahoma (Joshua Alexander, Advait Patel and Veronika Zilajeva) were in the hunt, but fell short. Although Washington State (Noah Dennis Fields, Neo Edward Olin and Sangeeta Dhingra) fell a point behind they ended up clear third. Fourth place was also a clear result with Massachusetts (Mika Andy Brattain, Evan Meyer and Ria Dawar) achieving 12.0/18 over the group that had a five-way tie (Arizona, Southern California, Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey) for fifth place.
State Team winners in the Under Sections were Massachusetts (Under 2100), Maryland (Under 1900) and Tennessee (Under 1700). Complete results can be found at: www.uschess.org/results/15/usopen/?page=STANDINGS&xsection=dgtcombined
Velikanov Out Points The Field
FM Alexander Velikanov (WI) scored 5/6 in a field of fifteen Masters out of 46 participants to take clear first place in the 2015 GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions. His two draws against IM Andrew Tang (MN) and NM Nicky Korba (CA-S) nearly left the door open for one of the next four players to equal his score. In addition, Alexander was the winner of the Erik Patchell $750.00 College Scholarship given in memory of Erik who played in the Denker.
Based on tie-breaks the next four had draws in the last round. They had a score of 4.5/6 and appear in this order: IM Andrew Tang, FM Sean Vibbert (IN), NM Tianqi Wang (NC) and NM Vignesh Panchanatham (CA-N). Although Noah Dennis Fields (WA) also had a 4.5/6 he had to win his last round to join the above four.
The Ursula Foster Award went to IM Andrew Tang (MN) for the best score of the U16 qualifiers.