State Champions Again!

Our club has state champions again for 2018-2019 season. At the 19th Albert Rine Memorial Oklahoma Grade Championship tournament held in Tulsa, OK on November 17th, 2018, Zile Cao (club president) won the 11th grade state champion and Aaron Lu (1st grade) won the K-1 grade state champion. This is an amazing achievement. Congratulations!

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State Champions Of Our Club!

Our club did a great job in recent state chess champion tournaments. In the annual state scholastic champion tournament held last month, Ryan Chen (4th grade) ranked the second place in the K-4 section and our club team tied for 1st place against Tulsa University in the K-4 section. In the annual state blitz champion tournament held last week, Zile Cao (10th grade) won the state blitz champion title of K-12 section. Miranda Huang (4th grade) won the K-6 section champion. Emily Cao (first grade) won the co-champion of K-4 section. Other players also did great jobs in these two championship events. So impressive performance!


Norman Chess Club (NCC) Young Star Rising at Southwest Class Championship Tournament!

The 9th annual Southwest Class Championship tournament was held in Fort Worth, TX during Feb. 15-19. This is a nationwide tournament of United States Chess Federation (USCF). Our club player, Ryan Chen, participated in the competition of class E (U1200). This is his first time to attend formal non-scholastic tournament rated by USCF rating. He played very well in this tournament and got 5 points in total 7 rounds of games. He finally ranked the fourth place and won $100 prize. He gained his first USCF rating of 1197 points in this event. Congratulations to him!

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Young players uprising in new year!

The young players of our club have made great progresses since 2017. Some of them began to attend formal tournaments in 2018 and have made great achievements. Aaron Lu (grade K),  Charley Qiu (grade K), and Kevin Chen (1st grade) got impressive 300+ rating in their first formal tournament. Emily Cao (1st grade) won her first and second chess medals. Aaron Wang (4th grade) tied the second place in his third tournament and has won two medals so far. They are fresh blood for our competitive team. Their excellent performance may encourage other young players to join the competitive games too.



Another State Champion from NCC!

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On Nov. 11, 2017, the top level scholastic chess tournament in Oklahoma, the 18th Annual Albert Rine Memorial Oklahoma State Grade Championship Tournament, was held in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Ryan Chen, the member of Norman Chess Club (NCC), won the state champion of the 4th grade. He defeated all five opponents with 5 points for the clear first place. What a great achievement, another state champion from NCC!

Good Experience in the 83rd Annual Southwest Open

The 83rd Annual Southwest Open was held in Irving, Texas on August 31–September 4, 2017. Our club player, Zile Cao, attended this nation-wide tournament. After 4 days, 7 rounds of long games, he won the first place of “Class B” with $300+ prize. This was a good experience for him to compete with strong players from other states. Playing the long games also improved his skills in deep thinking. Congratulations to him!


Oklahoma Chess Association Annual Championship Tournament


On 24-25 June 2017, Oklahoma Chess Association (OCA) held the 72nd Annual State Championship Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma. National Master, Advait Patel, won the title of 2017 Oklahoma State Champion. The final results are posted in USCF website:

The new OCA board members were elected during the tournament.  The 2017-2018 OCA board members include:

President: Steve Reid
Vice President: Joe Veal
Past President: Jim Bedenbaugh
Treasurer: Jim Gray
Secretary: Charles M. Unruh
At-large: Qing Cao, Rebecca Rutledge, Shaun Graham-Bowcaster

Learn Chess With the Steps Method

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What a great season!


The 2016-2017 season is finally over for Norman Chess Club (NCC). The last club event of this season, 2017 Summer Tournament, was held in Norman Public Library Central on May 13, 2017. After the tournament, NCC announced the club annual awards for 2016-2017 season.

In 2016-2017 season, total 38 K-6 players participated in the activities of NCC. Players not only joined the regular weekly chess meeting, but also attended five Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization (OSCO) tournaments and three other tournaments. They won a lot of trophies and medals in these tournaments.

The great thanks should be first given to our primary sponsor, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. Without their support, our club would not have such a nice home base. We would also like to thank other organizations: Norman Public Library, OU Chess Club, Mathnasium of Norman, and Norman Chinese School. They provided us various helps in the whole season.

Our club would like to appreciate volunteer coaches, who have served for our club. They are Joshua Riesenberg (OU Junior and OU chess club vice president), Zile Cao (9th grade student in Norman North High), Ray Hoggard (7th grade student in Whittier Middle School), Jerry Dong (9th grade student in Community Christian School). Zile and Ray’s voluntary works were well qualified for the National Presidential Service Award. They were also granted the Outstanding Coach Award from NCC.

Zile Cao is currently the head coach of NCC. He has represented the club in 7 tournaments for this season. He won the 9th grade Oklahoma state champion in OSCO State Grade Champion Tournament (2016), the 6-9th grade Oklahoma state co-champion in OSCO annual State Scholastic Champion Tournament (2017), the second place in K-12 section in OSCO annual Blitz Champion Tournament (2017), and the open section champion in the 1st OU Junior Scholastic Chess Tournament (2016).

Ryan Chen, the 3rd grade student in Roosevelt Elementary School, won the K-6th state blitz champion in the OSCO annual Blitz Champion Tournament (2017). He also tied the second place with Melody Chen, another 3rd grade student in Roosevelt Elementary School, for the section one of 1st OU Junior Scholastic Chess Tournament (2016).

The chess team, consisting of our club players from Roosevelt Elementary School, ranked the second place in the Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open (2016).

The club annual awards for student players include:

  1. Outstanding Player Awards: Ryan Chen (3rd grade),  Andrew Wang (3rd grade)
  2. Most Improved Player Awards: Olli Wang (1st grade), Alice Cai (4th grade), Matthew Zhao (3rd grade), Jace Grimes (1st grade)
  3. Best Participation Awards: Melody Chen (3rd grade),  Daniel Wang (2nd grade), Patrick Nguyen (3rd grade)
  4. Annual Achievement Awards:  Aurora Cai (K), Emily Cao (K), Timothy Chang (6), Aswath Rajesh(2), Jaron Webb (4), Jake Wedge (3), Chris Willert (1), Sophia Zhao (2)

What a great season! Congratulations to all these players! Their hard work and excellent performance deserve the awards. I can not wait for the commence of 2017-2018 season. Have a great summer break and see you all in new semester!