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!


Club Players Performed Excellence in Recent Two Tournaments!

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In the past three weeks, nine players of our club performed excellence in two OSCO tournaments held in Edmond and Midwest City, respectively. They are the Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open On Feb. 18th, 2017 and the 21st Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship on March 4th., 2017. The team, consists of players from Roosevelt elementary school, ranked the second and fifth places in these two tournaments. Zile Cao, the 9th grade student, won the second place trophy of premier section and the individual co-champion of grade 6-9 section, respectively. Their excellent performance represents the progress they have made this school year. Congratulations to them!

3rd Norman Chess Festival.


The 3rd Norman Chess Festival was held in University of Oklahoma Memorial Student Union on Jan 28-29, 2017. The two-day tournament applied 5 round Swiss rule with the game of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment. The slow game might not be a fun for scholastic players but absolutely helps to improve their skills. Our club had several members participating in this tournament. Zile won the second place of section B. Good job!

State Champion!

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Norman chess club attended the 17th annual Oklahoma State Grade Championship tournament held in Tulsa on Nov. 12th, 2016. Zile Cao won the 9th grade Oklahoma State Champion. Ryan Chen ranked top 5 in the 3rd grade section. Ray Hoggard ranked top 6 in the 7th grade section. Patrick Nguyen also played well in the 3rd grade section. He defeated 2 players and drew one. Congratulations to them! Thanks go to all the parents and players who supported this club activity!


Norman Chess Club Stood Out at the 1st OU Junior Scholastic Chess Tournament!

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Norman Chess Club showed up at the 1st OU Junior Scholastic Chess Tournament in Sooner Legends Hotel (Norman) on Saturday November 5th, 2016. Thirteen club players attended this tournament and performed very well. Zile Cao won the first place trophy of the open section. Ryan Chen and Melody Chen tied for the second place of U500 section. Ryan won the trophy through a tie break. Everybody showed a great progress after the hard practice for a couple of months.

Good jobs at Carl Albert H.S. K-12 Open!

Congratulations to our players who won trophy and medals at Carl Albert H.S. K-12 Open held in Midwest City on September 24, 2016. This is the first OSCO tournament for this school year. Our players are all looking forward to the next big OSCO tournament, Oklahoma State Grade Championship, held in Tulsa on November 12, 2016. Go NCC!