The 2017 Cardinal Open was held January 27th-29th at the luxurious Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village, Ohio, a Cleveland area suburb. The top prize was split by Grandmasters Shabalov and Gurevich who tied for First Place with a total of 4.5 points each in the 5 round event. The biggest highlight of the event was the upset defeat of GM Corrales at the hands of Aristo Liu, the teenage Chess prodigy who was also able to score an upset win against current Ohio Champion Mika Brattain and a draw against Jennifer Yu.

2017 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championships to be held in Columbus

The event will be held December 27-30, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency / Greater Columbus Convention Center.The Pan-Ams are the National Championships of College chess and are always held late December. This past year they were held in New Orleans and had 60 teams with a good portion of the contestants being titled players. This is one of the strongest team tournaments held in the country.

Upcoming Ohio Open Tournaments

2017 Columbus Open

Open Section FIDE Rated!

4 sections and new larger prize structure! Top 50 boards are provided with sets and DGT Clocks (wooden on boards 1-20)... all others are required to bring their own.

June 23-25, 2017 Ohio Union

The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio

2017 Gem City Open

Dayton Chess Club, 18 W 5th St. Dayton, OH 45402

June 2 -4, 2017

Ohio Game Spotlight

2017 Cardinal Open

Round 2 - 2017 Cardinal Open

GM Fidel Jimenez (2636) - NM Aristo Liu(2200)


NM Aristo S. Liu has posted some strong showings as of late. In mid-December, he tallied 5 wins and 2 draws in the National K-12 Grade Level Championship, Grade 8, in Tennessee; next he scored 3 wins and 1 loss in the December 2016 Mustard Seed Tournament, Open Section; then 3 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw in the Akron Chess Club Tournament, Open Section on January 8; followed by 3 wins and 1 loss in the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Chess Tournament for a 5-way tie for second in the Championship Section on January 21.

In the 2017 Ohio Cardinal, Open Section round 1, NM Liu notched a win against NM Mika Brattain, the 2016 Ohio Champion. In round 2, he played as Black against GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez of Missouri, ranked sixth in the state. Play was even up to move 20, then drifted from slightly better to clearly better for Black by move 35. White's move 37 is definitely bad, and from there Black was able to take full advantage of further inaccuracies by White through move 50 to claim a full point. Both players finished the 2017 Ohio Cardinal with 3.5 points.


Upcoming Scholastic State Championship Tournaments

2017 High School Middle School April 29-30, 2017

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