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 Cleveland Open

Crown Plaza Cleveland Airport

Aug 11-13, 2017

Ohio Game Spotlight

2017 Gem City Open

Round 5 - 2017 Gem City Open

Mark Kellie - Roger Blaine


Mark Kellie pulled off a nice attack against Roger Blaine in the 5th round of the U1800 section in the Gem City Open.


Upcoming Scholastic State Championship Tournaments




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The purpose of our association is to foster the study and pursuit of the game of chess by conducting tournaments for players, sponsoring teams to represent the state of Ohio in interstate and international play, promote chess organizations in the state of Ohio, and the overall general promotion of chess.