Norman Chess Club Places 5th at Nationals !

The annual National Junior High (K-9) Championship tournament was held in Grapevine, Texas on April 26-28, 2019. About 1,300 students from the whole nation competed for the championship titles in 6 sections. Nine players from Norman Chess Club participated in the competition in 3 sections. Four of them, representing Roosevelt Elementary School, won the national 5th place team award in section K-8 U750. They are Leon Cai (1st grade), Charley Qiu (1st grade), Emily Cao (2nd grade), and Olli Wang (3rd grade). The 4-player team beaten other 39 teams in this section, including all the Texas teams. Besides the 4 students who won the team award, there were other 5 club members who attended the national tournament as well. They are Ryan Chen (individual award), Lafayette Chen (individual award), Miranda Huang, Michael Huang, and Elson Ding. They all did pretty well in the tournament. The individual and team winner results are posted here by US Chess Federation. The club players also had other fun during the three days' tournament. They obtained the good chance to play instructional games with young chess Grandmaster, Jeffery Xiong. They enjoyed the swimming pool, playtime, and food. What a great event!

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The tournament is rated with USCF rating and the results are published here .

Norman Chess Club Annual Tournament - 2019

On April 20, 2019, Norman Chess Club annual tournament was held at Norman Public Library Central. Elson Ding, Leon Cai, and Ethan Shou won the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies in U500 section, respectively. Ethan Chen won the 1st place trophy of U300. Ryan Chen and Aaron Lu won the 1st place trophies of Open section and U700, respectively. The 2nd and 3rd place trophies of open section were won by Lafayette Chen and Charley Qiu, respectively. Club also held the annual meeting during the lunch break. Club president Zile Cao announced the club annual awards. Lafayette Chen was granted the annual most valuable player (MVP) award. Charley Qiu was granted the annual most improved player (MIP) award.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Yukon K-12 Open

On March 30, 2019, 105 players from over 31 schools and homeschool organizations competed in the Yukon K-12 Open at Independence Elementary in Yukon, OK. Norman Chess Club won the first place team trophy in section K-6 U700. Aaron Lu and Olli Wang ranked the second and third places in this section, respectively. Ryan Chen and Lafayette Chen ranked the second and third places in open section, respectively. Charley Qiu won the U800 fist place trophy. Other four players also played well and won the outstanding performance medals.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

22nd Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship

On March 9, 2019, the 22nd Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship tournament was held at Carl Albert Field House in Midwest City. Total 219 players from over 49 schools, clubs and homeschool organizations competed in this tournament, including 14 players from Norman Chess Club. After 5 rounds of competition, our club won the state team champion in grade K-4 section and Lafayette Chen won the state champion in this section too. Ryan Chen ranked the second place in grade K-6 section. Olli Wang, Michael Huang, Charley Qiu, and Aaron Lu won the 4.0+ point trophies. Kevin Chen, Jasper Xing, and Miranda Huang won the 3.0+ point medals. OSCO also announced the annual most improved players (MIP) in season 2018-2019. Lafayette Chen was awarded the MIP of all sections. Olli Wang was the MIP of K-6 U700 section.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Central Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Open -- 2019

Norman Chess Club (NCC) successfully hosted the Central Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Open in Norman, OK on Feb. 23, 2019. The top 3 winners in section K-4 U400 were Emily Yu, Mitchell Sansam, and Thatcher Snook. Top 3 in section K-6 U600 were Charley Qiu, Clinton Mooney, and Michael Huang. Top 3 in open section were Stuart Flexner-Bury, James Sun, and Raymond Jiang. Elson Ding ranked the 1st place among unrated players and Emily Cao ranked the 1st place among U800 players in open section.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Tulsa University K-12 Open -- 2019

On 26 Jan 2019, six club players participated in the scholastic chess tournament held at the Tulsa University. Kevin Chen, Olli Wang, and Lafayette Chen won the first place trophies of section 1 (K-4 U500), section 2 (K-6 U700), and section 4 (U800), respectively. Miranda Huang ranked the third place trophy of section 5 (U1100). Other two players also played well and won the medals.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Blitz Championship -- 2019

On 19 Jan 2019, Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Blitz Championship tournament was held at Moore High School in Moore, OK. Kevin Chen (grade 2) won the Co-Champion of section 1 (K-4, U500). Charley Qiu (grade 1) and Emily Cao (grade 2) won the Co-Champion of section 2 (K-6, U700). Olli Wang ranked the 3rd place of section 2. The results of state champions can be viewed here .

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The blitz tournament is unrated with the results posted here .

Cheyenne K-12 Scholastic Open -- 2018

The last OSCO event of 2018 was the Cheyenne K-12 Scholastic Open at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, OK (15 Dec 2018). Total 189 players from over 41 schools, clubs and homeschool organizations participated in this open. Norman Chess Club won the first place team trophy in section II. Charley Qiu ranked the third place of section I. Lafayette Chen and Emily Cao won the first and third place trophies in section II, respectively. Miranda Huang won the second place plaque in section IV. Our players also won several medals. This tournament is a great closing of club activities in 2018.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

19th Albert Rine Memorial OK Grade Championship -- 2018

On November 17th, Albert Rine Memorial 19th Oklahoma Grade Championship tournament was held at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, OK. Total 164 top chess players from over 36 schools, clubs and homeschool organizations in Oklahoma participated in this tournament. Norman Chess Club had 13 players to compete for the state champion title. Zile Cao won the 11th grade state champion. Aaron Lu won the K-1 grade state champion. Michael Huang, and Charley Qiu ranked the second and third places of K-1 grade. Emily Cao ranked the second place of 2nd garde. Lafayette Chen and Olli Wang ranked the second and third places of 3rd grade. Another four players also had top 8 ranking in their sections. As a team, Norman Chess Club won the first place team trophies for K-1 grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. Congratulations!

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

NBA Night !

Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team sponsored Norman Chess Club for watching NBA game on Wednesday night, November 14th, 2018. Total 32 kids and parents had a great night in watching an exciting win for OKC Thunder against New York Knicks.

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9th "Do or Do Not" Tournament

The 9th "Do or Do Not" chess tournament was hosted by University of Oklahoma (OU) Chess Club on October 13, 2018. Six players from NCC participated in the scholastic sections of this tournamnet. Emily Cao (2nd grade) won the first place of section B. Miranda Huang (5th grade) won the first place of section A. They won cash prizes awarded by OU Chess Club.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Cleveland K-12 Scholastic Open Chess Tournament -- 2018

On 15 Sep 2018, the first OSCO Chess Tournament of the year was held at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM) in Oklahoma City. A total of 159 players from over 36 schools, clubs and homeschool organizations played in this competition. The Norman chess club brought 15 young players,and won the first place team trophies for sections 1 and 2. Lafayette Chen (3rd grader) tied for the first place of section 1 at his first ever tournament. Melody Chen and Olli Wang achieved 3rd and 4th places in section 2, Ryan Chen ranked 4th in section 5, and Zile Cao got 2nd place overall in premier section. Great job everyone!

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Norman Chess Club Annual Tournament -- 2018

On June 3rd, 2018, the Norman Chess Club annual tournament was held in Norman public library. The tournament director was Zile Cao and assistant TD were Ray Hoggard, Jerry Xing, and Lucas Nguyen. After 5 rounds of games, Ryan Chen won the first place with a perfect 5.0 score. Melody Chen won the second place. Michael Huang and Olli Wang ranked the first and second places of under 500 section, respectively. The attendants were also awarded (annual performance) for their active participation of club activities and their impressive progress during season 2017-2018.

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The tournament result (crosstable) is linked here

8th "Do or Do Not" Tournament

The 8th "Do or Do Not" chess tournament was hosted by University of Oklahoma (OU) Chess Club on April 28, 2018. Three players from NCC participated in the scholastic section of this tournamnet. Miranda Huang (4th grade) won the first place with perfect 6 wins, including against two players who have the rating of 150~200 points stronger than her. Her final rating increased by 135 points, amazing performance! Aaron Lu (K grade) won the third place and defeated 4 players, including the players of 400+, 500+, and 700+ ratings. His final rating also greatly increased by 128 points. Congratulations to them!

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here .

Oklahoma State Scholastic Blitz Championship -- 2018

On April 14, 2018, Oklahoma State Scholastic Blitz Championship was held in Chandler, OK. All the players competed for the blitz champion title in four sections: K-4, K-6, K-12 U700, K-12 premier. Nomran Chess Club players stood out in this statewide chess event. Zile Cao, 10th grader in Norman North High, won the state blitz champion title in K-12 premier section. Miranda Huang (4th grade) won the K-6 section champion. Emily Cao (first grade) won the co-champion of K-4 section with other two players. Ryan Chen also ranked the third place among players under 1100 in K-12 premier section. The tournament photos are given as follows.

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The blitz tournament is not rated with the regular rating system .

22nd Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship -- 2018

The 22nd Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship was held last Saturday at Carl Albert high school. The Norman Chess club took 15 members and 3 high school volunteers. It was a very tough tournament, with kids from all around the state attending, hoping to snatch the state champion title. Ryan Chen got so close, but lost his final game, earning himself second place in the K-4 section. Miranda and Kevin each got 4 wins out of 5 games, earning themselves a trophy! This was especially outstanding for Kevin because not only is he a 1st grader, this was also his second ever tournament. Emily, Jesper, Melody, Olli, and Patrick did great as well, each winning 3 out of 5 games, and taking home a medal. Other players also played well, including several players who participated in the formal chess tournament for the first time. The overall Norman team tied for 1st place against Tulsa University in the K-4 section, but unfortunately lost to them by tie breakers points. Nevertheless, awesome job everyone! Our club has improved so much over the past 2 years, and I can clearly tell that each and everyone one of our members has been working very hard. Keep up the great efforts and we'll for sure take state next year!

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here.

Edmond Cheyenne K-12 Open -- 2018

On Feb. 3, 2018, seven young players from Norman Chess Club attended the Edmond Cheyenne chess open held in Edmond Cheyenne middle school. Aaron (Wang) and Olli won 4/5 points and tied for the second place in section one. Emily won her second medal in this tournament with defeating 3 opponents. Kevin Chen, the second grade boy, won 2.5/5 points and got 396 official rating in his first formal tournament. Other players also gained valuable experience through challenging high-rating players and made a good progress in their rating. The tournament photos and results are given as follows.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here.

Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open 2018

The first OSCO tournament in 2018, the Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open, was held in Edmond, OK, on 13 January 2018. Norman chess club had ten students playing in this tournament. After hard practice in the winter break, our players have shown good progress. Their chess ratings have all increased a lot, from several tens of points to over 100 points. Ryan won the second place in section 4. Melody and Miranda won the third and forth places in section 1, respectively. Other 5 players also won medals in section 1 or 2. Aaron (Wang) and Emily won their first chess medal in their second formal chess tournament. Two K boys, Charley and Aaron (Lu), had impressive play and got 300+ chess rating in their first formal chess tournament.

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here.

18th Annual Albert Rine Memorial Oklahoma State Grade Championship Tournament

On Nov. 11, 2017, the 18th Annual Albert Rine Memorial Oklahoma State Grade Championship Tournament was held in Ponca City, Oklahoma. This is the top level scholastic chess tournament in Oklahoma. Ten players from our club attended this tournament and showed good performance. The best player was Ryan Chen, who defeated all his opponents and won the state champion of the 4th grade. Olli (grade 2), Matthew (grade 4), and Miranda (grade 4) all won medals. Emily and Aurora ranked the 5th and 6th in K-1 section. Congratulations to them!

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The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published here.



Carl Albert K-12 Scholastic Open 2017

This tournament is the first OSCO tournament of season 2017-2018 and was hosted by Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma on September 23, 2017. Three players from our club have attended this tournament and all performed well. It was also the first time for our new club member, Cooper Williams, to attend a formal chess tournament. He showed his great talent in his first show and defeated 3 experienced opponents. His final ranking was the 17th in section two. Olli ranked the 9th in section one and Ryan ranked the 5th in section two. They all won the medals by defeating 3 or 4 players.



Norman Chess Club 2017 Summer Tournament

On May 13, 2017, the 2017 Summer Tournament of Norman Chess Club was held in Norman Public Library Central. This annual tournament is a tradition of Norman Chess Club. After the tournament, the annual awards of Norman Chess Club were announced (see the details of annual awards in our Blog). Eighteen K-6 club members registered for this tournament. They played 5-rounds 10-min games and competed for the trophies of two sections. Coaches Zile Cao and Ray Hoggard directed this Swiss-system tournament. The section 1 (K-4 unrated) winners are: Jaron Webb (1st), Aswath Rajesh (2nd), Aurora Cai (3rd). The section 2 (K-6) winners are: Ryan Chen (1st), Andrew Wang (2nd), Daniel Wang (3rd). Congratulations to these winners!

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The tournament results are posted here ( section 1 and section 2).

2017 Oklahoma State Blitz Championship

The 2017 Oklahoma State Blitz Championship went on in Midwest City, Oklahoma on April 8th., 2017. Six club players participated in this championship tournament. Most of them were the first time to play the blitz game in a formal tournament and learned good experience of blitz game. This tournament had total four sections for K-12 players from the whole state. Ryan Chen, the 3rd-grade student, won the state blitz champion of section II (K-6, U700). Zile Cao, the 9th-grade student, won the second place of section IV (K-12, 700+). Other players also played very well. Alice Cai and Andrew Wang beaten three opponents and won the medals in section I (K-4, U500). Good jobs!



21st Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship

On March 4th., 2017, eight club players participated in the most important OSCO tournament of school year 2016-2017, the 21st Annual Oklahoma State Scholastic Chess Championship in Midwest city, Oklahoma. All of them played very well in this highly competitive tournament, which represents the highest level of Oklahoma scholastic chess. Six players of grade 1, 2, 3, and 4 formed the team of Roosevelt elementary school and ranked the fifth place of grade k-4 section in Oklahoma. Zile Cao won the individual co-champion of grade 6-9 section. What a great tournament! The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published at here.



OSCO series: Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open on Feb. 18th, 2017

On Feb. 18th, 2017, the Ida Freeman K-12 Winter Open was held in Edmond, OK. Eight players from Norman Chess Club played in this OSCO tournament. Our club ranked the second place of team award in the section one. Andrew Wang, who got 4 points, lead the team win. Zile Cao won the second place trophy of premier section. All other players also won the medals in section one or two. Congratulations to them! The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published at here.



The 1st OU Junior Scholastic Chess Tournament in Norman on November 5th, 2016.

On November 5th, 2016, 13 players from Norman Chess Club attended the 1st OU Junior Scholastic Chess Tournament held in Norman City. All the players player very well and won either medal or trophy. Zile Cao won the first place of open section. Ryan Chen and Melody Chen tied for the second place of U500 section. Congratulations! The tournament is rated with CXR rating and the results are published at CXR website.



OSCO series I: Carl Albert H.S. K-12 Open at Midwest City

On September 24, 2016, Norman Chess Club attended Carl Albert H.S. K-12 Open at Midwest City. This was the first OSCO tournament of school year 2016-2017. The NCC players attending this open all won medal or trophy. Congratulations to them! The tournament results can be found at CXR website.



"Do or Do Not" Chess Tournament at OU

On August 6, 2016, the first "Do or Do Not" Chess Tournament at OU was directed by the Chess Club at the University of Oklahoma. Norman Chess Club members were present at this tournament and performed well.



Norman Chess Club 2016 Summer Tournament

The Norman Chess Club 2016 Summer Tournament was succesffully held in Norman Public Library on July 31, 2016. Bryan Joo, Ryan Chen, and Andy Wang were the top three players in this tournament. The cross table was posted at here.



The Challengers July 9, 2016 Open

On July 9, 2016, the Challengers July 9, 2016 Open (USCF event ID: 201607094442) was held in Moore, Oklahoma. This event was sponsored by the Challengers Chess Club of Oklahoma City. The results can be found on USCF website (click here).



NCC was present at the 71st Oklahoma Open State Championship

On 18-19 June 2016, NCC members attended the 71st Annual Tournamne of Oklahoma Open State Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Chess Association (OCA) former president, National Master Chuck Unruh, directed the tournament. OCA president, Jim Bedenbaugh, directed the OCA annual board meeting with the OCA annual election. NCC representative, Qing Cao, introduced NCC to OCA board and members and got positive support from OCA and OSCO.



NCC Summer Chess Class

NCC offers free chess class in Norman during summer 2016. About 20 students have enrolled the summer chess class. We meet twice a week in June and July.

  • Wednesday class: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Sunday class: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Instructor: Zile Cao
  • Class Assists: Qing Cao and Lucas Nguyen