2016 Denker Event:  Mika Brattain (MA) Clear First

 Congratulations to NM Mika Brattain (MA), rated 2458 who scored 5/6 in a field of twenty-three masters which is a record for this event.  Mika gave up two draws on his way to the title, Denker Champion of Champions.   His two draws were against NM Zhaozhi Li (IL), rated 2362 and IM John Burke (NJ), rated 2480.  With a clear point ahead of the field, Mika will receive a $5,000 College/ University Scholarship to the school of his choice provided by the US Chess Trust.

NM Advait Patel lead the field with a six way tie for 2nd Place with NM Bovey Liu (TX), NM Zhaozhi, Li (IL), last year’s champion, IM Alexander Velikanov (WI), IM John Burke (NJ) and NM Aaron Grabinsky (OR).

Patel was also the winner of the $500 stipend for the Ursula Foster Award for the best result under the age of 16

Complete results can be found at:  http://www.uschess.org/results/2016/usopen/?page=STANDINGS&xsection=denker

New Jersey clear first in State Team Competition

 Congratulations to New Jersey on their commanding First Place finish (14/18) ending any doubt that their state team average (2232) was strong enough to take the top spot.  Their team was lead by Barber representative, CM Brandon Jacobson (5.5/6).  Denker representative, IM John Burke (4.5/6) and National Girls representative Angelica Chin (4/6) completed the effort.  Second Place team, Texas with a state team average (2174) was ½ point behind New Jersey followed by Virginia (2227) who took clear Third Place with ½ point below Texas.

State Team winners in the Under Sections were Oklahoma (Under 2100), Oregon (Under 1900) and Nevada (Under 1700).

Complete results can be found at:   http://www.uschess.org/results/2016/usopen/?page=STANDINGS&xsection=dgtcombined