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.
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!
Welcome new coaches to our club! Joshua Riesenberg is an officer of OU chess club. He volunteers to teach chess in our club. Samantha Okroi, who is from Norman North High School, also volunteers to teach chess for beginners. They will work with our current coaches, Zile Cao and Qing Cao, to make our club better. Welcome!
Wow! Can not believe the new semester has already begun. Our club’s regular weekly meeting also started tonight. Look at the new place for our club’s activities, so spacious and comfortable! Thanks a lot for our partner, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church! Young chess lovers are welcome to join us. They will find a great fun in our club.
This tournament was directed by the chess club at the University of Oklahoma (OU) on 6 August 2016. It was a tournament kind of different from other common tournaments. All the players were divided into small groups of four or six players based on their ranking. Therefore, they faced the opponents with the similar level. Zile challenged the players with higher ranking than him. He lost to one player with 300+ higher but won two games against other two. His final result was the second place of his group. Qing got undefeated (all draws) in his three rounds. Bryan also got two wins and one draw in a group of 6 players (5 rounds). Ray won 4 games and drew one in 6 rounds and won the first place in his group. Congratulations to them!
It was amazing that our club successfully ran the 2016 summer tournament in Norman public library on 31 July 2016. All the players showed the significant progress they made during the summer. Congratulations to Bryan Joo, Ryan Chen, and Andy Wang who ranked the top three in this tournament. Thanks to all the parents who contributed to the tournament as well as the summer activities of our club! This tournament is a perfect ending of our summer activities in chess. We are looking forward to the exciting chess activities in the coming school year.
Source: OU Chess Club