NM Justin Wang Wins 2017 Texas Masters

Twelve year old NM Justin Wang topped a field of 17 in the Masters section of the Texas Masters tournament with a score of 6 points in the seven-round event. GM Andrey Gorovets and NM Anish Vivekananthan finished second and third. Thirty-six players participated in tournament held from November 23-26, 2017.

The 2017 Texas Masters was organized by the Dallas Chess Club.

Masters Section

# Name Rtng Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Tot Prize
1 NM Justin Wang 2355 2372 W4 (b) W6 (w) D2 (b) W9 (w) D3 (b) W11 (w) W10 (b) 6.0 1120.00
2 GM Andrey Gorovets 2616 2603 W5 (w) D3 (b) D1 (w) W10 (b) W9 (b) D4 (w) W12 (w) 5.5 560.00
3 NM Anish Vivekananthan 2211 2233 W8 (b) D2 (w) D6 (b) W12 (w) D1 (w) D7 (b) W4 (b) 5.0 350.00
4 Alex M Moore 2059 2073 L1 (w) W11 (b) L5 (w) W13 (b) W10 (w) D2 (b) L3 (w) 3.5 280.00
5 NM Adarsh Hullahalli 2181 2199 L2 (b) W8 (w) W4 (b) D6 (w) W12 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 3.5
6 NM Ronit Kirumaki 2209 2208 W16 (w) L1 (b) D3 (w) D5 (b) W7 (w) U— (-) U— (-) 3.0
7 WCM Sheena Zeng 1968 1967 L14 (b) D13 (w) D8 (b) W11 (w) L6 (b) D3 (w) H— (-) 3.0 108.25
8 Yue Chu 1928 1932 L3 (w) L5 (b) D7 (w) D15 (b) W13 (w) D10 (b) H— (-) 3.0 108.25
9 NM Thomas Kung 2225 2223 X— (-) W12 (b) H— (-) L1 (b) L2 (w) U— (-) H— (-) 3.0
10 Segev Eliezer 2071 2061 H— (-) W15 (b) H— (-) L2 (w) L4 (b) D8 (w) L1 (w) 2.5
11 WCM Camille Y Kao 1985 1964 H— (-) L4 (w) W13 (b) L7 (b) D15 (w) L1 (b) H— (-) 2.5
12 NM Robert Sanchez 2083 2072 W13 (b) L9 (w) W15 (w) L3 (b) L5 (w) U— (-) L2 (b) 2.0
13 Sudhars Ramapriya 1566 1583 L12 (w) D7 (b) L11 (w) L4 (w) L8 (b) W17 (b) H— (-) 2.0
14 NM Dion Su 2196 2200 W7 (w) H— (-) H— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 2.0
15 Anirudh Ganesh 2052 2023 H— (-) L10 (w) L12 (b) D8 (w) D11 (b) U— (-) U— (-) 1.5
16 Sri Avishkar Raghuraja 1658 1656 L6 (b) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 0.0
17 Suhel Ahmed 1475 1459 U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) L13 (w) U— (-) 0.0


Reserve Section

# Name Rtng Post Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Tot Prize
1 CM Andrew Tang 1733 1828 W19 (w) D5 (b) W3 (w) L14 (b) W8 (w) W7 (b) W2 (b) 5.5 48.00
2 Eric Wang 1755 1797 W20 (b) W8 (w) D5 (b) W6 (w) W7 (b) H— (-) L1 (w) 5.0 12.00
3 Sri Avishkar Raghuraja 1658 1812 H— (-) W4 (w) L1 (b) W17 (w) W6 (b) D5 (w) W14 (b) 5.0 12.00
4 Vittal Ranganath 1815 1821 L7 (w) L3 (b) W19 (w) W11 (b) W15 (w) W12 (b) W5 (w) 5.0 24.00
5 Nicole Niemi 1906 1903 W9 (b) D1 (w) D2 (w) W10 (b) W14 (w) D3 (b) L4 (b) 4.5
6 Nitin Chikkodi 1812 1813 W15 (b) W11 (w) H— (-) L2 (b) L3 (w) W9 (b) W12 (w) 4.5
7 Ethan Rockwell Lance 1549 1674 W4 (b) D10 (w) H— (-) W12 (b) L2 (w) L1 (w) W11 (b) 4.0 24.00
8 Jia-Syuan Jang 1610 1606 W21 (w) L2 (b) D13 (w) W9 (b) L1 (b) W18 (w) H— (-) 4.0
9 Shashvat Chathapuram 1717 1693 L5 (w) W19 (b) H— (-) L8 (w) W16 (b) L6 (w) W15 (b) 3.5
10 Dhruv Karthik 1762 1738 W18 (w) D7 (b) H— (-) L5 (w) D17 (b) D11 (b) H— (-) 3.5
11 Kabir Ahmed 1664 1644 W13 (b) L6 (b) D12 (w) L4 (w) W18 (b) D10 (w) L7 (w) 3.0
12 Dean Cullen 1782 1741 H— (-) W17 (w) D11 (b) L7 (w) W13 (b) L4 (w) L6 (b) 3.0
13 Pradhyumna Prakash 1280 1357 L11 (w) W16 (w) D8 (b) D18 (b) L12 (w) D15 (b) H— (-) 3.0 24.00
14 Francisco Tort 1937 1913 W16 (b) H— (-) H— (-) W1 (w) L5 (b) U— (-) L3 (w) 3.0
15 Ronit Podder 1466 1458 L6 (w) W18 (b) L17 (b) W16 (w) L4 (b) D13 (w) L9 (w) 2.5
16 Ming-Ruei Jang 1434 1423 L14 (w) L13 (b) W18 (w) L15 (b) L9 (w) W17 (b) H— (-) 2.5
17 Vinh Welsh 1686 1617 H— (-) L12 (b) W15 (w) L3 (b) D10 (w) L16 (w) L18 (b) 2.0
18 Vishnu Ranganath 1295 1294 L10 (b) L15 (w) L16 (b) D13 (w) L11 (w) L8 (b) W17 (w) 1.5
19 Roger Gaiha 1433 1416 L1 (b) L9 (w) L4 (b) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 0.0
20 Sri Yas Raghuraja 703 702 L2 (w) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 0.0
21 Ramapriya Krishnamurthy unr. 750 L8 (b) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) U— (-) 0.0

470 Players Competed in State Grade Championships

The North/Central Texas Grades Championship in Houston hosted 340 players on November 3-5, and the South Texas Grades Championship in Corpus Christi hosted 130 on November 11-12, 2018. Several players achieved perfect scores. Tom Su (K-1-2), Joaquin Aiden Gray Loftin (6), William Howard McNutt (7), and Siddhant Patil (9) achieved perfect scores in the South while Zachary Ethan Liaw (K), Sri Yashvi Raghuraja (1), Shelev Oberoi (6), and Adarsh Hullahalli (11-12) achieved perfect scores in the North/Central.

South Grades Results

North Central Grades Results

The South Grades Championships were organized by the Optimist Coastal Bend Chess Federation, and the North/Central Grades Championships were organized by the Dallas Chess Club.

Army Retiree Rudy Tia Wins Texas Armed Forces Chess Championship

Chess Expert Rudy Tia, a retired Army Sergeant from Killeen, Texas, won the 2017 Texas Armed Forces and Military Veterans Open Chess Championships with a perfect 4-0 score over a 17-player field (including 6 experts). The event was held in North Richland Hills on September 23-24, 2017.  The event was held in the North Richland Hills Library and was sanctioned by the US Chess Federation and the Texas Chess Association.  Serious Chess Players, based out of Haltom City’s American Legion Post 655, was the sponsoring affiliate.  Chris Wood was the Chief Tournament Director and was capably assisted by Lisa Lin (Adjutant) and two volunteers (Dale Chaney and Zachary Graber).  The Chief organizer was Jim Hollingsworth.

In total, a dozen tournament plaques and titles were awarded. The full list of winners follows:

  • 2017 Texas Armed Forces Chess Champion Rudy Tia.
  • 2017 Texas Military Veterans Open Chess Champion Jhonel Baniel
  • 2017 Texas Legacy Chess Champion John Farrell
  • 2017 Texas Army Chess Champion Jim Stallings
  • 2017 Texas Navy Chess Champion Anthony Hemphill
  • 2017 Texas Marines Chess Champion Dominick Miller
  • 2017 Texas Air Force Chess Champion Fred Pennington
  • 2017 Texas Armed Forces Retiree Chess Champion Mike Donovan
  • 2017 Texas Military Veteran Student Chess Champion Jack Peña
  • 2017 Texas Military Veteran Unrated Co-Champion Nathaniel May
  • 2017 Texas Military Veteran Unrated Co-Champion Robert Todd

At Saturday evening’s Veterans Dinner, Carmen Chairez, from Round Rock, Texas, was recognized as a chess organizer, tournament director, coach, and mentor for young chess players (some of whom achieved Master level status). Mrs. Lois Wall, filling in for her husband, presented Mr. Chairez with the Chess Master Bill Wall Texas Legacy Award.

Several guest speakers greeted the chess playing veterans and retirees at the opening ceremony and the Saturday evening Veterans Dinner.

Stephanie Klick, Texas District 91 Representative, welcomed everyone. “Texas House District 91 has over 50 active duty service members,” She said, “and over 12,000 veterans live here. Our Nation is safer, our State is stronger, and our communities are better places to live and work because of our Veterans. Thank you all so much for being here and for your sacrifices.”

North Richland Hills Place 7 City Councilman Tim Welch’s comments were heartfelt as he talked about the sacrifices his family members made when they served in the Military.  “One out of every five deployments during the Global war on Terrorism was from Texas.  Many from North Richland Hills served when our Nation needed them most.  Many still serve.  Our City is much stronger because of our veterans living here.  Many of our local businesses, such as Lowes, show their appreciation by offering discounts.  In 2005 our City opened Liberty Park to honor the sacrifices our veterans and their families made.  We celebrate Veterans Day and this year it will be on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Liberty Park.  Thank you all for keeping America safe.”

Cecilia Barham, North Richland Hills Library Director, is a wonderful host and welcomed everyone to their beautiful new facility and the “City of Choice.”  For months Mrs. Barham ensured the event was advertised on the Library’s website, social media and in newsletters with 5,000 subscribers.  “For twelve years, we have had the privilege of welcoming chess clubs and tournaments in our old library and this new one.  Being awarded this tournament is absolutely an honor.  Our staff is extremely excited about this event and if there is anything you need, just ask!”

Tom Crane, Texas Chess Association (TCA) Region II Director and the head of chess for 27 North Central Texas counties, pointed out the North Richland Hills Public Library has been a supporter of chess for quite some time.  The scholastic chess program that meets every Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:30 PM has provided the opportunity for thousands of children to play chess since 2004.  Having a facility is everything to chess events and the library also supports the Tarrant County Chess Club by providing the Community Room for monthly tournaments.  The library partnership with chess is essential to continuing the learning, playing and enjoyment of chess and Tarrant County Chess Club recognizes and appreciates this support greatly.

Captain Jon Townsend, Commander of the Fort Worth Naval Air Station, spoke at the Veterans Dinner and described the Base’s various ongoing and contingency operations.  “During Hurricane Harvey, we sheltered Military families and safeguarded all military aircraft normally stationed in Southern Texas.  Having all those lined up on our ramp was an incredible sight and only the tip of the iceberg for the missions our Sailors, Marines and Airmen accomplish every single day.”

Don Kobe, Commander of the American Legion Post 655 in Haltom City, Texas, talked about his post’s new chess club that meets on Thursdays.  “The American Legion,” he said, “is a wonderful opportunity for all Veterans to pursue any passion they are interested in, including chess.”  He also talked about the American Legion’s Four Pillars of Service:  Strong National Security, Taking Care of Veterans, Mentoring Youth, and Patriotism & Honor.  He encouraged all to visit and join their local American Legion post.

Chess Expert Jim Stallings, University of Texas at Dallas Chess Program Director, described his University’s phenomenal growth and its robust chess program.  “We have 7 Grand Masters, 5 International Masters, and three other masters.  For the last 20 years, our teams are consistently ranked among the Nation’s top collegiate chess programs and enjoy great results in international competition.”

Chess Expert John Farrell, one of the organizers of the annual US Armed Forces Open Chess Championship, encouraged all to try playing in that event when their schedule allows.  “This year’s event is at West Point.  If you can make it, I promise you are going to have one of the greatest chess experiences in your entire life!”

Jeff French, Editor of one of Chess Journalists of America’s most acclaimed State Chess Magazines, Texas Knights, talked humorously about the early years when a printing vendor messed up 22 chess diagrams in his first issue as Editor.  “They worked all night getting replacement issues ready for the next day’s mailing deadline.”  Texas Knights is online and has a printed distribution of nearly 200 subscribers.

When the Opening Ceremonies ended, Representative Klick had the last word.

“Everyone, please shake hands.  Start your clocks.  Good luck!”

After the tournament, Tom Crane, TCA Region II Director, had this to say. “In an era where 50% of the people will disagree on everything it’s extremely uncommon when 100% of the people agree on something. One hundred percent of the people who participated in the 2017 Texas Armed Forces and Military Veterans Open Chess Championships agreed that it was meticulously planned, flawlessly executed and was an enormous success. The credit for this goes to Jim Hollingsworth for having the vision and fortitude to create and deliver such a stellar tournament experience that was enjoyed by every participant, speaker and volunteer.”

TCA is Seeking USCF Delegates

TCA is selecting new USCF delegates. If you meet the criteria below and would like to be appointed, please email TCA president Eduardo Rios at riSKIPTHISose@nwcaANDTHISble.net.

Delegates must be over the age of 18, must have a valid USCF and TCA membership, must be a Texas resident, and must commit to attending the USCF business meeting during the US Open (held in Madison, Wisconsin) between July 28 and August 5, 2018. Preference will be given to past delegates who communicate with us by October 10, 2017. Preference will then also be given to new nominees who, if previously appointed as a delegate, canceled at least 90 days before the event.

After October 10th, TCA will accept nominations on a first-come first-serve basis. The TCA Secretary will confirm with all appointed delegates by May 1, 2018 to ensure they are planning to attend. If they cancel then they will need to formally resign and we will appoint the first alternate, etc.

83rd Southwest Open Held in Irving

GM Ruifeng Li and GM Kamil Dragun tied with 6.5 points in the International Section of the 83rd Annual Southwest Open held at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving over Labor Day Weekend. NM Jack Easton, FM Michael Langer, and Kapish Potula topped the U2400 section with 5.5 points each. See the complete results.

2017 North American Junior U20 Championships were also held in Irving. NM Advait Patel won the American Junior Boys section with 8 points, and WFM Naomi Bashkansky won the American Junior Girls section with 8 points. See the complete results.

Eddie Rios Reelected TCA President in 2017 TCA Election

The election results for the 2017 TCA Election are in and are listed below.  The election was conducted online and by paper ballot starting July 15, 2017 and ending August 20, 2017. Fifty-two ballots were cast.

Candidate: President
Dr. Aaron Guerra: 2 votes (4.0%)
Eddie Rios: 46 votes (92.0%)
Luis A. Salinas : 1 vote (2.0%)
Richard Newman: 1 vote (2.0%)

Eddie Rios wins with 92.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 50
Abstentions: 2

Candidate: Vice President
Tom Crane: 1 vote (2.1%)
Forrest Marler: 43 votes (91.5%)
Thomas E. Crane: 3 votes (6.4%)

Forrest Marler wins with 91.5% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 47
Abstentions: 5

Candidate: Secretary
John Hyltin: 45 votes (100.0%)

John Hyltin wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 45
Abstentions: 7

Candidate: Treasurer
Barb Swafford: 51 votes (100.0%)

Barb Swafford wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 51
Abstentions: 1

Answer: Do you read the digital edition of Texas Knights?
Yes – I read the digital edition: 12 votes (27.9%)
No – I don’t read the digital edition: 31 votes (72.1%)

Votes tallied: 43
Abstentions: 9

Answer: Do you download/use the games.pgn files?
Yes – I download/use the games.pgn file.: 14 votes (31.1%)
No – I don’t download/use the games.pgn file.: 31 votes (68.9%)

Votes tallied: 45
Abstentions: 7

Answer: Do you download/use the tactics.pgn files?
Yes – I download/use the tactics.pgn file.: 15 votes (33.3%)
No – I don’t download/use the tactics.pgn file.: 30 votes (66.7%)

Votes tallied: 45
Abstentions: 7

IM Zurabi Javakhadze Wins State Championship

The 2017 Texas State and Amateur Championship Tournament was held in Irving between May 26th and May 29th. The State Championship section had 41 participants with IM Zurabi Javakhadze winning with a score of 6.0/7. The Amateur Championship section had 145 participants with Jhonel Baniel and Stephen A. Hough sharing the top spot with a score of 6.0/7.

See the full results.

Texas State Champion, IM Zurabi Javakhadze

Texas State Champion, IM Zurabi Javakhadze

Scholastic Championships 2017

This year the Texas Scholastic Championships were played in two places at two different times. There was a North/Central State Tournament played in Arlington from March 3rd to March 5th and a South State Tournament played in Edinburg from March 10th to March 12th. Below are some of the Individual results.

North/Central Tournament Results

South Tournament Results

North/Central Scholastic Championship 1st Place Team from Chavez High School, Houston

North/Central Scholastic Championship 1st Place Team from Chavez High School, Houston

2016 Election Results

Ninety-One (91 of 305) ballots were returned which consisted of thirty-two (32 of 194) paper and fifty-nine (59 of 111) electronic ballots.

Voting Results (Paper/Electronic, Total):

PresidentEddie Rios (25/44, 69)
                 Richard Newman (5/6, 11)
                 Forrest Marler (0/1, 1)
                 Vish (0/1, 1)
                 No Vote (2/7, 9)
Vice PresidentForrest Marler (18/48, 66)
                         Anthony Guerra (4/2, 6)
                         Eddie Rios (0/2, 2)
                         R. Lynn Leone (0/4, 4)
                         No Vote (10/3, 13)

SecretaryLori Balkum (19/56, 75)
                 Eddie Rios (0/1, 1)
                 No Vote (13/2, 15)

TreasurerBarb Swafford (18/56, 74)
                 Eddie Rios (0/1, 1)
                 No Vote (14/2, 16)

Thank you to all that participated.  

If you received a paper ballot this year and would like to participate electronically in future elections, please send your name, mailing address and email address to Barb Swafford or Jeff French.

Spring Business Meeting – Agenda and Motions

Texas Chess Association
Spring General Body Meeting
Saturday, March 5, 2016
8:30 p.m.


  • Call to order by TCA President Lakshmana Viswanath
  • Approval of minutes from Fall 2015 Meeting
  • Old Business
    • Financial report – Barbara Swafford (Treasurer)
    • Report from Vish
    • New Business
  • Motion 1 – New Bylaw change motion by Luis Salinas
  • Motion 2 – New Bylaw change motion by Luis Salinas
  • Motion 3 – New Election procedures by Jeff French (Elections Committee)
  • Floor comments
  • Adjournment

Motion 1

Clarification of Article IX section 1 E

Only Texas residents or students enrolled in secondary or primary

schools (including home schools) in Texas may play in this event. In any case no student can play in two different state closed scholastic Championships.

Note that the sentence in bold italics is new and to be added to the bylaws


Students must Physically Live in Texas or Physically go to school in Texas during the school year.


  1. Student goes to boarding school out of state.  Student cannot play in tournament as student does not physically live or attend school in Texas.
  2. Student lives out of state but attends an internet school based in Texas.  Student is not allowed to play as the student does not physically go to school in Texas.
  3. Student lives out of state but attends school in Texas. Student can play provided he does not also play in the other state’s closed scholastic championship.
  4. A student whose parent(s) are in the military and live out of the country, but their official residence is Texas. Can play in the state scholastic as the student has no other state scholastic in which to compete.

Note that case 4 will be a know exception as expressed by a former TCA membership meeting. This body may choose otherwise.

Motion 2

The TCA assigns a committee to determine how the Denker, Barber and the National tournament of Girls Championship (formerly the NGIT) is determined.  The committee will produce a motion for consideration at the Fall TCA membership meeting.


A match will be played in either the first weekend or second weekend in June to determine the representatives.

Possible formats:

A central city in Texas will be chosen for the match. The winner of the North/Central Scholastic tournament will play a match to determining the Denker rep.  The Highest finishing girl in the North/Central scholastic and South Texas scholastic play a match to determining the NGIT rep.  The Winner of MS Champion of both the North/Central and South will play in a tournament to determine the winner of the Barber Champs.

Since a playoff is being held, the committee may possibly want to discuss whether the co-champions should also play in the tournaments.

During the SuperState, the current format can be used. But this should not stop the committee from discussing any possible changes.

Motion 3

Motion 3 Text