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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 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.
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