Maggie Makes History!

Ohio's own Maggie Feng finished the U.S. Junior High School Championship with a score of 6.5/7 and became the first girl in history to win the K-9 Chamionship. Some past winners include Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, so Maggie finds herself in great company. With this result Maggie is hoping to get her rating high enough to qualify for the U. S. Womens's Closed Championship in 2017. Her current rating is already higher than a few of this year's competitors so I'd say that her chances are good.

2016 Cincinnati Open

The 2016 Cincinnati Open was played on April 1-3 at the Blue Ash Hilton Garden Inn and attracted 90 players. Each section was well populated and competitive, although the tournament overall was devoid of any remarkable upsets. In the Open Section the inimitable Chuck Diebert provided some interest. He was responsible for both losses suffered by the eventual prize-winners, defeating Blake Baumgartner in round 1 and Scott Ramer in round 2 ...

Upcoming Ohio Open Tournaments

2016 Gem City Open

June 3-5, 2016 Dayton Chess Club

2016 Columbus Open


Ohio Game Spotlight

In Memory of Dennis Gittrich

Round 2 - World Open 1999

Dennis Gittrich (1841) - Andrew Koenigsberg (1970)

It is with a sad heart that we announce that Ohio has lost one of it's own. Dennis Gittrich passsed away unexpectedly Monday May 23, 2016 at the age of 65. Dennis was a long time tournament player from Columbus and his son Eric is an OCA trustee. Please keep Eric and his family in your thoughts and prayers!

Enjoy this game that I found in the Mega Database... Wow! What a shellacking Dennis put on this higher rated player in only 11 moves!!!



Congratulations to

Solon High School Chess Team !

      The Solon high school chess team has now won 3 consecutive Ohio state chess championships in a roll “3 Peat”, and 4 out of the last 5. Over the weekend in Wilmington Ohio, the following students; Alex Barto, Zach Barto, Jasen Lai, Alan Liu, Joel Jaffe, Daniel Guo, Ian Golias, Malcolm Golias Neel Mehta, Roger Poduska, & John Xiang represented the high school chess team in the 2016 Ohio State High School Chess Championships Alan Liu and Joel Jaffe individually finished in 2nd & 3rd place respectfully scoring 5 out of 6 points each while Danial Guo finished in 4th place with a score of 4.5 points allowing Solon to capture 3 of the top 4 individual spots. Ian Golias and Jasen Lai each received trophies for their outstanding performances by scoring 4 points. The accomplishments of the HS chess team makes them one of, if not the best scholastic chess teams(s)in Ohio history. Over the last 6 years students the Solon high 2016 graduating class have won 8 individual Ohio State Championships, 10 Ohio team state championships, and finished in the top 3 or top 5 as a team three times in national competition. They are the best chess players in one school graduating class in northeast Ohio.

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