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OKLAHOMA CHESS GIANT STEVE WHARRY - RIP      Chess Expert Steve Wharry passed away Monday evening August 1, 2016 in his home.  He suffered from a lengthy illness and was under Hospice care.  He was a devoted friend for all Oklahoma chess players and was organizing and directing chess tournaments to the end.  Our prayers and love go out to his family.  As funeral details arise we will update this website.

Obituary for Stephen Mark Wharry

Reprinted with permission of Moore Funeral Home - Rosewood Chapel
2570 S. Harvard Ave. Tulsa, OK  74114

     Stephen Mark Wharry was born October 23, 1955 in Texas, the state right across the border from where his parents were living at the time in Nara Via, New Mexico.  Within the next few months, due to the fact that Steve's dad worked for the Rock Island Railroad, he would begin a nomadic life, first moving to McPherson and Greensburg, Kansas and then ending up in Guymon, Oklahoma where he missed out on kindergarten and almost failed first grade at Homer Long.  It was at this early age that Steve started to enjoy climbing to the top of things, including on top of the grade school and the house, then later he put on a cape and pretended to be Superman, which must have worked since he didn't suffer any broken bones.  It was in Guymon that Steve kept a pet horned toad and learned the magic of the Four O'Clock, a flower that opened up at four every afternoon.  He also started his career in Cub Scouts, earning all the appropriate awards including Webelos.  It was here that he borrowed his brother's bike and took a ride around the block, only to find himself going too fast on the downhill and landing in a patch of goat head stickers!  And it was here that Mrs. King, his third grade teacher, introduced him to Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House stories.  About midway through fourth grade, it was time to move again, this time to Enid, Oklahoma.

     In Enid, Steve played at home in the summers and went to school otherwise.  It was here he learned to swim at the local YMCA, and where he took up the viola as an instrument and did well enough to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  He continued to be involved in Boy Scouts, earning the Wolf, the Bear and the Lion patch.  He spent many a day riding his bike around, primarily down to the local park, where he played along the creek.  And it was here that he learned that he not only enjoyed singing, but also singing in the Methodist church, with a brief membership in the choir.  It was in these long hot Oklahoma summers that he became enamored of the fudge popsicle, biking down to the local convenience store to pick up a package whenever he got the money together.  It was also here in Enid that Steve's dad decided the family needed to learn to play golf, a sport Steve never played very well but still enjoyed.  After a few years it was time to move onto Wellington, Kansas where Steve's mom and brother were born and where Steve's parents were married.

     In Wellington, Steve finished 6th grade and attended both 7th and 8th.  Here he had to give up the viola since Wellington had no orchestra.  So he took up the French horn and then eventually the tuba, the primary then the later, because the band didn't have one.  He learned to play the tuba well enough to win a Superior rating at the Arkansas Valley festival with "Tubateer Polka". Wellington was a small farming community where Steve and his family had been coming to for years as his maternal grandparents lived about 7 miles south of town where his grandfather was a wheat farmer.  Many a summer was spent in Wellington helping his grandfather harvest wheat and in later years baling hay, putting up silage, wandering around the back forty among the cows, climbing silos, and learning to drive.  It was also here that Steve spent the majority of his Thanksgivings and Christmases.  Boy howdy, did Grandma Meredith know how to cook.

     The first thing his grandfather allowed him to drive on the farm was the riding lawnmower and the second was the farm tractors.  Have you ever tried to pop the clutch of a tractor?  Just can't be done.  In Wellington Steve again biked around town, teaching himself how to shoot a bow.  He got into the habit of going to the bottom of the swimming pool and staring up just to see what it was like.  This most certainly help spawn his love for scuba diving later in life.  Here also, Steve joined Chi Rhos, a youth organization of the First Christian Church, went to Bible camp, and learned that a lot of people switched churches because "they were not getting fed", not the focus he always thought of in church.  Wasn't church meant to be a place where you worshipped and praised God and Christ? Here also, Steve got his first job as a newspaper delivery boy.  The highlight of that job was waiting up until all hours of the night for Saturday's edition which was printed after the results of the local high school results were in.  While waiting, rubber band fights among the huge newspaper rolls were the primary order of business.  This was also where Steve took his love of reading to heart, stopping and buying science fiction and fantasy.  The first book he remembers in this genre was Fantastic Voyage.  After a few years, it was time to move to Liberal, Kansas.

     In Liberal, Steve went to 9th and 10th grades, watched the moon landing on a tv his dad had built years ago and got involved in model making, ships, cars, planes, and rockets.  He continued to work mowing lawns and delivering papers.  Here he was introduced to bowling and read books by Cousteau, which cemented his desire to learn to scuba dive.  It was here that Steve took the next step on the job ladder, getting a job at an outdoor theater, picking up the grounds and cleaning the concession stand.  Steve also joined the DeMolay organization, a youth service organization under the Masonic umbrella.  After another few years, it was off to Iowa.

     In Bettendorf, Steve continued in the DeMolay organization, eventually becoming the Master Councilor, e.g. the president of the chapter, continued to play tuba in the band, and found another job at a drive-in theater cleaning the grounds and the concession stands(There are few jobs like cleaning up the grounds of a drive in theater).  He also got to work some of the shows which allowed him to see a bunch of movies for free.  School progressed normally with him finishing high school with a 3.5 GPA and applying for college.  A swing at the Naval Academy resulted in a short list appointment, which washed out because his eyesight was too bad.  Finally, he opted to go to Iowa State University primarily because in-state tuition was fairly cheap at that time.  Off to Ames, Iowa.

     Initially entering Iowa State as a zoologist, with the intent of becoming a marine biologist, Steve quickly realized it was unrealistic to get any degree from ISU that would have led to any posting in marine science, and with a nearly failing grade in Environmental Biology, a switch in majors was called for.  The switch into chemistry seamed natural after acing the final general chemistry test with little or no studying.  Clearly that showed some aptitude.  He was married to Sharon Sue Russett on November, 23rd, 1974 while still in college.  Going through the rest of the three years was fairly unremarkable, with the expected studying, goofing off, riding his bike around campus, chemical research, etc.  After four years Steve began the interview process getting a plant trip to Louisville, Kentucky.  It quickly became apparent to the interviewers and to Steve that he wanted to pursue an advanced degree.  He got into the chemistry program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

     Once in Evanston, the school, research and teaching occupied the vast majority of his time, with some weekend breaks where he got to show family around the Chicago area, especially the museums.  He quickly learned to love Chicago style pizza and looking over Lake Michigan from his lab as the sun came up.  After four years, the time was up, and Steve got his PhD and a job in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with Phillips Petroleum.

     In Bartlesville, Steve finally had some extra time to seriously take up chess, taught to him by his dad in Wellington, Kansas; computer programming (interesting in its own right); and bowling for a start.  He started as an Analytical Chemist, working with coal liquids, crude oil, polymers, pheromones, sulfur chemicals, and anything the company needed to understand more.  He published a number of papers and made several presentations during this time.  The largest was to well over 200 scientists in New Orleans on ethylene purity.  This time also began a time for travel around the United States for fun and pleasure.  Surviving multiple layoffs, Steve advanced up the ladder becoming a supervisor of an analytical section, first in the spectroscopic area, then the chromatography section and finally, being part of a process analytical group who worked with analytical instruments in the plant.  During these time, EPA and FDA regulations were worked on and Steve helped out on a number of unit start ups, including a major one in Borger, Texas.  It was during these later years Steve visited Norway (his first international trip, unless you were to count that band trip to Winnipeg) to the offshore oil/gas production facility Ekofisk; refineries in Sweeny and Borger, Texas; one in Salt Lake City; a polymer plant in Pasadena, Texas; gas plants in New Mexico and Oklahoma; and joined as a member of the Analytical Section of the Gas Processor's Association, eventually becoming chairman of this Section and helping to teach gas and gas liquids measurements as part of a week-long school at the University of Tulsa.

     Steve still had time to take his hobbies seriously.  Here he became a serious chess player, director, organizer and eventually lead the Oklahoma Affiliate to the United States Chess Federation.  He cycled 20-40 miles each week and finally added scuba diving onto the list in 1993 and went to the Bahamas for his first ocean dive.  With shake ups within the company, Steve renewed his commitment to Christ, joining the First United Methodist Church in Bartlesville, becoming an usher.  In 1999, continued company shake ups prompted Steve to move to Chevron Phillips, a subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum, allowing him more freedom than ever before, and allowing him to focus almost exclusively on polyethylene.  This allowed more focused contributions and more time for hobbies and church.  His faith continued to increase and in 2004 Steve began to spend more and more time in church, joining the choir, Bible study, Sunday school, etc. after his first wife passed away from breast cancer on March 26th, 2004.

     In 2005, Steve met Debbie Hugghins Wharry and they were married On February 25th, 2006.  Steve worked for a few more years and then retired, spending his off-hours working on various activities, including IT for the Bartlesville church, hiking mountains, learning to ski, improving at chess, working around the house, etc.  His last trip to Fiji in 2016 was a scuba diving trip filled with hope and the thankfulness of all the wonders he had seen.

     Memorial Services:  11:00 A.M., Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 at 1st United Methodist Church-Tulsa.  Contributions may be made to 1st United Methodist Church,Tulsa: Music Ministry or Missions.

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FRANK KIM BERRY - RIP     Frank Kim Berry, age 70, passed away from a heart attack Monday evening June 6, 2016 at his home.  Absolute shock and sadness fills the OCF World.  Our prayers and love go out to Lauretha, Jim and the entire Berry family.

Frank Kim Berry (1945-2016) Tribute to a 'Chess Conservationist'

By USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Braunlich

FRANK BERRY - PHOTO BY REBECCA RUTLEDGE     Frank Kim Berry passed away on June 6th of a heart attack, in his home in Oklahoma. Best known nationally as sponsor of two recent U.S. Championships (2007-8) and as one of few American FIDE International Arbiters, Frank was one of those unique chess characters who have kept tournament chess alive in the heartland, organizing and directing events of all sizes for more than 50 years. His kind is a vanishing breed, but one that U.S. Chess would do well to remember.

     Frank's life was diverse and complex.  He had careers in the army (a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne) and in banking (a major stockholder in Southwest Bancorp, a large regional bank that began in his native Stillwater).  Magic was one of his many occupations and he performed regularly at the Magic Castle when he lived in Los Angeles.  He was also a historian with a specialized interest in the Old West, and editor for the county historical society.

A Chess Conservationist

     But chess was his most beloved avocation, and, to try to describe it in one phrase, I would like to suggest he could be called a "chess conservationist."  I'm sure he would ridicule such a pretentious term, but his actions align with the literal definition — one who endeavors to preserve and protect things of value — chess in this case — conserving its past, present, and future in the heartland of the country.  He believed traditional tournament chess was a legitimate and worthy amateur sport, but not one that would ever be commercially viable in the U.S.  (He scoffed at that idea as a dream.)  Therefore it always would require grass-roots organization by devoted volunteers to thrive, and among these he proved to be one of our most prolific examples.  He played this conservationist role three ways:

     Past memories of chess in the Oklahoma region he preserved by researching historical sources for long-forgotten info.  He spent much time in local libraries combing through old newspapers to piece together the history of tournament and club chess, living memory of which had been lost prior to the 1950s but which is more extensive than one might think.  He was able to construct a nearly complete list of state champions going back over 100 years, for instance.  Along the way he dug up some interesting stories and published them in the prolific Oklahoma Chess Quarterly, which he edited with admirable regularity for many years.  He carefully archived a lot of this research in large binders for others to use.

     Preserving regional chess games in a dedicated state database was another of his projects that I think each state would do well to emulate.  His Okie Database (a ChessBase file) contains over 16,000 games played in this state (or by Okie players out of state) dating back to 1914 – including little-known games by Reshevsky, Fine, Steiner, Horowitz, and even the young Bobby Fischer (who played in the 1956 U.S. Open in OKC).  New additions included many annotations by masters and even GMs from his Quarterly.  He was fanatical about collecting all new game scores from current tournaments.  If I held a tournament he would hound me unmercifully if I didn't send him all the game scores within a few days.  He would often pay young players to enter them into this database, updating it every year and making it freely available.

     Of course current chess activity he also conserved by organizing and directing events, of all kinds, large or small, local or national or international.  He was the most active organizer in this part of the country.  Some of his notable events include the original North American Open, several U.S. Women's Championships (and the first U.S. Girls Invitational Championship in 2015), a U.S. Senior Open, a U.S. Junior Invitational Championship, Two U.S. Championships, the "Dream Team Challenge" (in financial support of the successful U.S. Women's Olympiad team in 2004), several international norm events, even an 8-game match between GMs Yury Shulman and Alex Wojtkiewicz in 2005, etc.

     Future chess tournaments he tried to conserve by encouraging and mentoring new volunteerism from players, in particular recruiting new directors.  He believed chess needed all avid players to find ways to "give back" by directing or organizing events of their own, in whatever ways they could.  Those who would take but never give back in chess are like the guy who is always going to other people's parties but never hosting one himself — what Frank would sometimes call, if he was in a surly mood, a "freeloader."  Anyone interested in trying to organize an event would find tons of support from Frank, who often drove far and wide to direct or assist.  A small town with a new little six-member chess club wants to try a tournament? FKB would be there – but always with his main goal to teach them how to do it themselves.  If they were still reliant on him after a couple of events he would simply say, "Do it yourselves", since he had shown them how.

     Frank was often demanding of directors he was mentoring or collaborating with, which sometimes could cause hurt feelings.  His approach to the technical and practical aspects of directing/organizing was rather professional, and his experience was deep.  If he felt a director was doing things poorly, he would say so, and he didn't have a diplomatic bone in his body.

     Similarly, just getting to know Frank was a bit of a minefield for people because of his odd sense of humor.  He had an army-style, trash-talking panache. He liked to prod people, sometimes literally, in order to "get a rise" out of them.  "He rolled you up like a burrito!" he might blurt out to someone who had just lost a game, for example.  He took some joy in deliberately saying things that were not politically correct, or that he knew would rile somebody up, even his friends.  Once you understood this aspect of his personality, it was easy enough to roll with it, and he was a great friend.  But some people never understood it.

     Generosity was another way Frank supported the future of chess.  He put a lot of money into the game, in large and small ways, sometimes under-the-table to help support many talented players who were in need.

FRANK BERRY AT PLAYERS MEETING - 2008 US CHAMPIONSHIPS     On a larger scale, when US Chess suddenly lost its corporate sponsorship for the annual U.S. Invitational Championship in late 2006, Frank stepped up and helped save this tradition with money out of his own pocket for two years, to the tune of six-figure payouts each year.  Frank was wealthy, but not really a rich man and this was a considerable outlay for him. I was saddened when some of the top U.S. players turned up their noses at these events, since the prize money was a step down from the previous years, and since Frank's no-frills approach was different from the luxury venues of the corporate years that they had become used to.  I understand they were mainly angry at US Chess for dropping the ball, but still it resulted in some insults hurled Frank's way when there would have been no event at all without him.  Now that the Championship has a lucrative home in St. Louis, few people remember that FKB kept it alive for two years; long enough for the new patron to be found.

     Traditional chess in the heartland of the country has always been different than in the major metropolitan centers of New York and Chicago.  The scattered chess population and long distances involved make it more difficult and expensive for players to congregate for events.  And yet it still has muddled along thanks mainly to enthusiasts like Frank.  He held that chess was a sport foremost, and only secondarily a social tool.  He lamented what he believed was the recent takeover of U.S. Chess by scholastic chess enthusiasts who changed the organization's mission to primarily focus efforts on using chess to empower people — as the new mission statement now says — and the subsequent diminishing emphasis in the past three decades upon the vigor of the traditional sport itself.  He had seen the sport dwindle due to the aging player base and lack of new blood.  He railed against this trend.  Like many of the Fischer-Boom era player/organizers, who are now retiring, he thought it was anathema when top national chess politicians stated outright that "traditional sport chess is dead" and that the future of chess was in scholastics, social programs, and online play.  It must have seemed to him that his long efforts to conserve the sport were being undercut in the new national paradigm, and that his work might prove futile.  Surely, he believed, tournament chess itself was the main thing that badly needs more empowerment.

     Frank Kim Berry spent his entire chess career making things happen for traditional chess.  He was dedicated to its conservation.  This is worth remembering.

     And yet all this is really only one slice of his chess life.  His twin brother Jim Berry (former US Chess president) is perhaps the only one who could tell it in proper detail and include the many funny stories they both experienced over the years.  I didn't even mention Frank ran a chess center in Los Angeles where he was personal assistant to GM Eduard Gufeld, that he was friends with many international grandmasters and had a huge collection of autographed chess books in many languages, plus what has been described as the world's largest collection of chess posters (from chess matches and tournaments), many in Russian.  He was also a fine Class A player, and once beat Fabiano Caruana in a U.S. Open tournament game.  Of course, the kid was only about 9 years old at the time, but Frank was always happy to add, "Still, I rolled him up like a burrito!"

Condolences, photos and stories may be sent to the family via the Funeral Home's online guestbook at www.pmcfh.com.

Life Legacy

Reprinted with permission of Palmer Marler Funeral Home
North Hwy 177, 4000 N. Washington, Stillwater, OK

FRANK BERRY - CHIEF DIRECTOR OF RRSO XIV     Frank Kimball Berry, 70, of Stillwater, OK passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at his home.  Services have been entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater.  Visitation will be 1 pm to 8 pm Sunday, June12, 2016 in the funeral home chapel.  Family will receive guests from 6 pm-8 pm.  Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am Monday June13, 2016 at Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Stillwater with Rev. Bob Fellows officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

     Frank was born June 15, 1945 in Washington D.C. to George M. and Monica (Bishop) Berry.  He grew up in Stillwater and was a 1963 SHS graduate.  After graduation Frank joined the Army and faithfully served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne.  Upon his honorable discharge from the armed services, Frank returned to Stillwater to attend OSU, where he obtained his B.B.A. in 1971.  He was a retired credit manager with 3M.

     Some of Frank's accomplishments include serving as director of the play, "Broken Statue" in 2011 at Town & Gown Community Theatre in Stillwater, editor of the Payne County Historical Society, and wrangler of the Class of 1963 SHS's monthly meeting at Hideaway Pizza.  An avid chess player/organizer, Frank was the recipient of the U.S. Chess Federation's highest award in 2015.  Frank was also a performing member of the Magic Castle of Las Angeles, the world's most famous magic club.  A SHS student recently won 1st place in a talent contest performing his magic skills coached by Frank.

     Frank is survived by his long term partner, Lauretha Martin of the home; twin brother, James "Jim" Berry, II and wife Ann of Stillwater, OK; three nephews, James Berry, III and wife Meredith of Stillwater, OK, Jay Berry of Edmond, OK, and Jeff Berry of Stillwater, OK; five great-nephews, James Berry, IV, Andrew Berry, Charles Berry, Blake Berry, and Max Berry.

     He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Condolences may be sent to the family via on online guestbook at www.pmcfh.com.

OCF Players in the News


ADVAIT PATEL AND HOWARD ZHONG - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSSWORTH
USCF Original Life Chess Master Advait Patel and National Chess Master Howard Zhong

     In the Championship Section of the 2016 Texas State Championship (Memorial Day Weekend), chess masters Advait Patel (left) and Howard Zhong (right) represented OCF and Oklahoma's chess players well by snaring a combined total of one master and four expert scalps (plus a couple more draws against Texas experts).  They drew their Round Five game against each other.  Afterward, they sat down in the lobby to analyze their game (without looking at score sheets).  Their hands moved so fast it was like watching a three-minute blitz game.  The photographer finally had to ask them to stop moving for a moment so he could snap this photo.  Those two were the only Okies out of 266 total players.  National Master Jack Easton (from Kansas) also played and scored 4.0 points.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth

Advait Patel Sweeps 1st OU Sooner Open

USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER ADVAIT PATEL     Norman, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  

     In the 1st Norman Chess Festival at the University of Oklahoma (May 21-22, 2016), Chess Master Patel swept the 61 player event with a perfect 5-0 score.  His victims included one USCF Original Life Master, two USCF National Masters and one expert.  He received $300 for his exemplary display of chess mastery and excellence.

     Matt Dalthorp had a great tournament.  He beat one expert and achieved his first ever chess expert rating.  With a 3.0 score he split the U-2100 prizes with James Long ($125 each).  Ed Dihrberg also played well.  He drew one strong expert in Round Two and scored 3.0 points.  Ed split the U-1900 prize with Logan Zachare ($125 each).

     Curtis Williams had an outstanding result in the Reserve U-1700 Section.  He scored 4.5 points and took home the $200 First Prize.  Three players split the Reserve 2nd Place Prixe with 3.5 scores:  Les Kline, Eric Jang and Jim Huang ($33 each).  Francis Irenge scored 4.0 points and claimed the U-155 Prize ($100 generously added by OCF).  Chess Rookie Tianbo Chen, an OU student, got everybody's attention when he swept the U-1200 Section with a perfect 6-0 score ($150).

     International Arbiter and Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this tournament.  He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.  The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with 156 rated events in just twelve years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

1st OU Sooner Open
Open Section

Norman, OK          May 21-22, 2016
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
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Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W06
W02
W04
W03
W05
  5.0  
W18
L01
W13
W12
W09
4.0
W15
W05
D09
L01
D04
3.0
W12
W08
L01
D09
D03
3.0
W14
L03
W07
W11
L01
  3.0  
L01
D07
H
W14
W11
  3.0  
D16
D06
L05
X
W14
  3.0  
W17
L04
H
D10
X
  3.0  
D11
W16
D03
D04
L02
2.5
W13
D11
H
D08
U
2.5
D09
D10
W14
L05
L06
2.0
L04
W17
W15
L02
F
2.0
L10
W18
L02
H
U
1.5
L05
W15
L11
L06
L07
1.0
L03
L14
L12
B
U
1.0
D07
L09
H
U
U
1.0
L08
L12
H
U
U
0.5
L02
L13
H
F
U
0.5

1st OU Sooner Open
Reserve (U-1700) Section

Norman, OK          May 21-22, 2016
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
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Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W14
W13
W06
W05
D03
  4.5  
W08
L05
W14
W16
W06
  4.0  
D10
W23
D07
W04
D01
  3.5  
W15
W02
D09
L03
W11
  3.5  
W16
W11
H
L01
W12
  3.5  
W20
W18
L01
W09
L02
3.0
W19
D09
D03
D11
D08
3.0
L02
W15
W10
H
D07
3.0
W21
D07
D04
L06
W15
3.0
D03
D12
L08
W14
W17
3.0
W12
L05
W13
D07
L04
2.5
L11
D10
W17
W18
L05
2.5
W23
L01
L11
X
H
2.5
L01
W22
L02
L10
W18
2.0
L04
L08
W23
W19
L09
2.0
L05
W20
W21
L02
U
2.0
L23
B
L12
W20
L10
2.0
W22
L06
H
L12
L14
1.5
L07
L21
W22
L16
H
1.5
L06
L16
H
L17
B
1.5
L06
W19
L16
U
U
1.0
L18
L14
L19
B
U
1.0
L13
L03
L15
H
0.5

1st OU Sooner Open
U-1200 Section

Norman, OK          May 21-22, 2016
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
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FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
RD6
TOT
W07
W13
W02
W10
W03
W14
  6.0  
W08
W03
L01
W11
W10
W07
5.0
W06
L02
W14
W05
L01
W08
4.0
W12
W05
L11
W07
H
L01
3.5
W09
L04
D08
L03
W14
W12
3.5
L03
D08
W09
W13
L07
W10
3.5
L01
W16
W12
L04
W06
L02
3.0
L02
D06
D05
W14
W12
L03
3.0
L05
L12
L06
W16
W15
W13
3.0
W16
D11
W13
L01
L02
L06
2.5
W15
D10
W04
L02
U
U
2.5
L04
W09
L07
W15
L08
L05
2.0
W14
L01
L10
L06
W16
L09
2.0
L13
W15
L03
L08
L05
W16
2.0
L11
L14
W16
L12
L09
B
2.0
L11
L08
L13
L07
L12
L15
0.0

ED DIHRBERG AND LOGAN ZACHRE SPLIT THE U-1900 PRIZE - PHOTO BY FRANK BERRY
U-1900 Co-Champions
1st OU Sooner Open

     At the 1st OU Sooner Open, Ed Dihrberg (left) and Logan Zachare (right) both played well.  Ed drew with one strong expert in Round Two.  Logan beat his expert in Round Five.  They both scored 3.0 points and split the U-1900 prize ($125 each).

Photo by Frank Berry


CURTIS WILLIAMS WON THE RESERVE SECTION WITH 4-1/2 POINTS - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Curtis Willams
Reserve Section Champion
1st OU Sooner Open

      Curtis Williams proved he is a REAL chess player with his outstanding result in the Reserve U-1700 Section.  He scored 4.5 points and took home the $200 First Prize.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


TIANBO CHEN WON THE U-1200 SECTION WITH A PERFECT 6-0 SWEEP - PHOTO BY FRANK BERRY
Tianbo Chenn
U-1200 Section Champion
1st OU Sooner Open

     Chess Rookie Tianbo Chen, an OU student, got everybody's attention when he swept the U-1200 Section with a perfect 6-0 score ($150).  Tianbo likes to stand and think when he plays.  With his result it's a good bet lots of OCF chess players will start doing the same.

Photo by Frank Berry


BLAKE TANNER - PHOTO BY FRANK BERRY
Blake Tanner
AKA "Mister Unbreakable"

     At the 1st OU Sooner Open, Blake Tanner (from Arkansas) gained nearly 100 rating points thanks to his solid and nearly unbreakable playing style.  He beat one strong expert in Round Two.  He also achieved draws with two National masters and one other expert.

Photo by Frank Berry


2016 OKLAHOMA CHESS TEAM - WORLD AND RRSO CHAMPIONS - PHOTO BY STAFF - GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH

Oklahoma 17.0    Texas 17.0

Defending Champion Oklahoma Retains the Crown
RRSO XIV the BEST RRSO EVER

"To be a champ,
you got to beat
the champ, ..."

Vince Wilfork
New England Patriots
defensive tackle
just prior to his
fourth Super Bowl

     Davis, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  Texas may have brought its best chess team ever to RRSO XIV, the annual team match between the most fanatical chess players in Oklahoma and Texas.  It still wasn't enough to upend the Oklahoma Chess Team, led by Team Captain Frank Berry, in Davis (OK) on April 16th.  Oklahoma, playing with the white pieces in the first round, built a commanding five-point lead.  But mighty Texas, the Sounthern Conference Champions, came roaring back to knot the halftime score at 8-1/2 to 8-1/2.  From then on one team would go up; then the score was tied; then the other team was up.  It was that kind of a day.  It was that kind of a match.


CHESS EXPERT RITHIK POLAVARAM
Mike Tubbs
Lawton City Chess Champion
1975, 1976, 1977,
1983, 1986, 1991

     The match remained in doubt until the final game.  Chess Expert Mike Tubbs (from Lawton) fought through a tough lost position on Board Seven for a draw.  Had he slacked off and surrendered the full point "..., a temporal rift in the space-time continuum would have resulted with possible catestrophic consequenses for life as we know it."  At least that's what a Texas player claims Mike said after the game.  Also, Texas would have won the match.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


JIM BERRY AND CHUCK JOHNSON - PHOTO BY REBECCA RUTLEDGE - GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Jim Berry
Chuck Johnson

     However, there was one clue Chess Expert Chuck Johnson picked up on.  After watching Chess Expert Jim Berry split his match with a last round win on Board Five, he pulled Jim aside and whispered, "Way to go Jim... YOUR win just ensured the match draw.... because I figure the last two will be drawn."  Chuck was right.

     Chuck won his match and is tied for Third on the RRSO Terminators list.  This is his sixth RRSO.

Photo by Rebecca Rutledge and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


SHANE STONEHOCKER - SCORED AN ACE RESULT IN HIS FIRST RRSO - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Shane Stonehocker
Board Twelve Ace

     Shane Stonehocker (from Lawton) is one of two RRSO rookies who had a YUGE impact on Oklahoma's victory.  This is Shane's first RRSO and his first ACE (a 2-0 shutout against a match opponent from the other state).

     Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


REBECCA RUTLEDGE DEEP IN THOUGHT ON BOARD 17 - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Rebecca Rutledge
Board Seventeen Ace

     Rebecca Rutledge (from OKC) is the other RRSO rookie who had a YUGE impact on Oklahoma's victory.  This is Rebecca's first RRSO and her first ACE (a 2-0 shutout against a match opponent from the other state).

     During the RRSO off season, Rebecca coaches her son, Max, in chess and is his Number One Fan in all of his activities.  She is a big supporter of Oklahoma's arts and volunteer organizations.  She is an active member of OKC's "The Challengers" Chess Club and serves as Executive Director of Youth Chess League of Central Oklahoma, Inc.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


CHESS EXPERT SHAUN GRAHAM-BOWCASTER - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Shaun Graham
Board Six Terminator

     Shaun Graham-Bowcaster (from OKC) won his Board Four match with 1-1/2 points.  He is in the record books as the top RRSO Terminator with seven match victories over an opponent from the other state by a 2.0 or 1.5 score.  This is Shaun's tenth RRSO.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


CHESS EXPERT CHUCK JOHNSON - PHOTO AND GRAPICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Chuck Johnson
Board Four Terminator

     Chess Expert Chuck Johnson (from Tulsa) handily won his match on Board Four with a 1-1/2 points score. His result was crucial for Oklahoma's success. Had he slacked off just a little and split his match Texas would have won. Chuck is in the record books as one of the top "RRSO Terminators" (five match victories over an opponent from the other state by a 2.0 or 1.5 score).  This is Chuck's sixth RRSO.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


FLORIAN HELFF CHESS - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Florian Helff
Board Eight Terminator

     RRSO Rookie Florian Helff (from Norman) had a positive impact on Oklahoma's success.  He won his Board Eight match with 1-1/2 points and achieved his first RRSO Terminator result (beating a match opponent from the other state by a 2.0 or 1.5 score).

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


BRUCE WELLS CHESS - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Bruce Wells
Board Eleven Terminator

     Bruce Wells (from Ardmore) also had a positive impact on Oklahoma's success.  He won his Board Eight match with 1-1/2 points and is tied for Third in the RRSO Terminators category (beating a match opponent from the other state by a 2.0 or 1.5 score).

     Bruce is universally recognized as the most fanatical chess player in Oklahoma because he has played in all fourteen RRSO events.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


ROGER BAXTER - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Roger Baxter
Founder and President
The Challengers
Chess Club

     Roger Baxter (from OKC) heroically battled a tough Texas opponent.  During quieter moments he inspired and gave words of encouragement to his teammates.  Universally respected by all Oklahoma and Chess Players; his presence makes any RRSO a better place.  This is Roger's ninth RRSO.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


TOMMY HAY CHESS - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Tommy Hay
RRSO Recruiter

     Tommy Hay (Treasurer of OKC'S The Challengers Chess Club) led Oklahoma's recruiting effort and built an outstanding team. He also split his Board Thirteen match with a player from Waco.  This is Tommy's third RRSO.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


MARIA TUBBS - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Maria Tubbs
RRSO XIV Volunteer

     Maria Tubbs (from Lawton) managed lunch and ensured RRSO XIV chess players did not have to forage the vast Oklahoma wilderness for food.

Photo and graphics by Jim Hollingsworth


CHESS EXPERT JIM HOLLINGSWORTH - PHOTO BY REBECCA RUTLEDGE
Jim Hollingsworth
OCF Webmaster

     Assistant TD Jim Hollingsworth quietly sipped a refreshing can of OCF Cola while playing a game in the Murray County Open.  Some speculate he had mixed loyalties during RRSO XIV.  However, because he is OCF's contracted webmaster, he is technically the Oklahoma Chess Team's only "professional" fan.

Photo by Rebecca Rutledge


CHESS EXPERT FRANK BERRY - PHOTO BY REBECCA RUTLEDGE - GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Frank Berry
Chief TD
RRSO XIV

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this FIDE event.  His Chief Assistant Director was USCF Senior Director Tom Crane.  He was also assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry and Local TD Jim Hollingsworth.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with 154 rated events in just twelve years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

RRSO XIV

Oklahoma
Texas
Bd
Player
Score
Player
Pre
Post
Pre
Post
01
1.0     1.0
2225
2225
2219
2219
02
0.0     2.0
2149
2120
2115
2137
03
1.0     1.0
2117
2111
2014
2021
04
1.5     0.5
2024
2030
1924
1918
05
1.0     1.0
1918
1910
1809
1819
06
1.5     0.5
1851
1861
1798
1787
07
1.0     1.0
1801
1800
1660
1674
08
1.5     0.5
  1725  
  1740  
1658
1648
09
0.5     1.5
1695
1674
1646
1668
10
0.0     2.0
1626
1584
1543
1589
11
1.5     0.5
1520
1528
1416
1407
12
2.0     0.0
1397
1435
1378
1339
13
1.0     1.0
1271
1280
1339
1331
14
0.0     2.0
1487
1461
1612
1635
15
1.0     1.0
  1100  
  1150  
1308
1307
16
0.5     1.5
0818
0823
1058
1053
17
2.0     0.0
  0684  
  0734  
0371
0366
17.0   17.0

RRSO XIV

Oklahoma
Texas
Bd
Player
Score
Player
Pre
Post
Pre
Post
01
1.0     1.0
2225
2225
2219
2219
02
0.0     2.0
2149
2120
2115
2137
03
1.0     1.0
2117
2111
2014
2021
04
1.5     0.5
2024
2030
1924
1918
05
1.0     1.0
1918
1910
1809
1819
06
1.5     0.5
1851
1861
1798
1787
07
1.0     1.0
1801
1800
1660
1674
08
1.5     0.5
  1725  
  1740  
1658
1648
09
0.5     1.5
1695
1674
1646
1668
10
0.0     2.0
1626
1584
1543
1589
11
1.5     0.5
1520
1528
1416
1407
12
2.0     0.0
1397
1435
1378
1339
13
1.0     1.0
1271
1280
1339
1331
14
0.0     2.0
1487
1461
1612
1635
15
1.0     1.0
  1100  
  1150  
1308
1307
16
0.5     1.5
0818
0823
1058
1053
16
1.5     0.5
  0684  
  0734  
0371
0366
17.0   17.0

RRSO XIV

Oklahoma
Texas
Bd
Pre
Post
Player
Score
Player
Pre
Post
01
2225
2225
1.0     1.0
2219
2219
02
2149
2120
0.0     2.0
2115
2137
03
2117
2111
1.0     1.0
2014
2021
04
2024
2030
1.5     0.5
1924
1918
05
1918
1910
1.0     1.0
1809
1819
06
1851
1861
1.5     0.5
1798
1787
07
1801
1800
1.0     1.0
1660
1674
08
  1725  
  1740  
1.5     0.5
1658
1648
09
1695
1674
0.5     1.5
1658
1648
10
1626
1584
0.0     2.0
1543
1589
11
1520
1528
1.5     0.5
1416
1407
12
1397
1435
2.0     0.0
1378
1339
13
1271
1280
1.0     1.0
1339
1331
14
1487
1461
0.0     2.0
1612
1635
15
  1100  
  1150  
1.0     1.0
1308
1307
16
0818
0823
0.5     1.5
1058
1053
17
  0648  
  0734  
2.0     0.0
0371
0366
17.0   17.0

Murray County Open

##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
TOT
W02
U
U
  1.0  
L01
U
U
  0.0  


BRISTOW CHESS CLUB

New Chess Club pops up in Bristow

By Frank Berry

     Bristow, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  In late March 2016, I was contacted by retired Marine and recently laid-off oilworker David Wood about a new chess club he was organizing at theVFW building in Bristow where he was the Senior VP of that VFW lodge.  He wanted me to list his club as active in the OCQ.  I asked him some questions and said I might drop by soon and check it out.

     He was surprised when I showed up that Thursday night.  It was not easy locating the building.  Starting from downtown Bristow (population 4,200) and heading west I had to stop and ask three different people where the VFW buildng was located.  Each one-by-one as I got closer to the site.  About 2/3 of a mile west of downtown I found the VFW building in the park that held the 9-hole golf course, the town hospital, tennis courts and Lake Bristow (known more formally as Lake Mesina).


BRISTOW CHESS CLUB
Bristow Chess Club
Please notify the OCF Webmaster
And provide Player Names

     David Wood was there with about five or six other players. They were playing games and going over a chess problem from one of the two dozen books David had displayed on a table for loan to club members.  He showed me an article and picture the local newspaper had written up on the club a few weeks previously.  David pointed out he'd gotten the club started by posting on social media and by putting up notices in dozens of locations aroundtown and nearby Stroud, 15 miles to the southwest.  One of the players there was from Stroud.  Club hours are from 6 – 9 PM on Thursday nights.  Three chess sets were laid out and two timers were visible.  The lodge had plenty of tables and excellent lighting and parking.  He said the building could possibly be used for a one-day Saturday tourney some day.  After an hour or so I headed back north thru Drumright, Cushing and Perkins to Stillwater; a little over an hour drive.

Back on Top

Advait Patel Sweeps 7th Jerry Hanken Winter FIDE Open

     Tulsa, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  After a five month absence, USCF Original Life Chess Master Advait Patel returned to the OCF and his winning ways by blowing out all competition in the 7th Jerry Hanken Winter FIDE Open (February 13-14, 2016).  His victims included one USCF National Master and three experts.  His 5-0 sweep in the 50 player event was good for $300.

     USCF National Chess Master Alex Zapata scored 4 points and won the $100 2nd Place prize.  With 3.5 points each, Experts Jeff Colbert and James Long split the combined 1st and 2nd U-2100 prizes ($150 each).

     With 3.0 points each, Matt Dalthorp (from Oregon) and Chess Expert Steve Wharry split the 3rd U-2100 prize ($25 each).  USCF Life Member Kevin Swartz (from Nebraska) won the Best U-1900 prize with 3.5 points ($200).  Sheena Zeng (from Kansas) clinched the 2nd Place U-1900 prize with her 2.5 score ($100).

     Three players won $17 by scoring 2.0 points and sharing the 3rd Place U-1900 prize:  Tony Dutiel (from Nebraska), Sam Un (from Kansas) and William Garrett.  Three players finished with a 2.0 score and shared the U-1700 prize ($35 each):  William Brown (from Kansas), Robert Petty (from Arkansas) and Les Kline (from Arkansas).

     Hank Vergi utterly destroyed all competition in the Reserve Section.  His perfect 5-0 sweep earned him $200.  Ryan Amburgy scored 4.0 points and won the Best U-1400 prize ($200).  Jim Huang won the 2nd Place U-1400 prize with 3.5 points ($100).  Jacob Farmer and Bill Triplett (OCF's official Provost Marshall) both scored 2.0 points.  They shared the 3rd Place U-1400 prize ($25 each).

     The 1st Place U-1100 prize ($200) went to Tanner Elias for his impressive 4.0 score.  With 1.5 points each, Gregory Ford and Miriam Ford split the combined 2nd and 3rd U-1100 prizes ($75 each).

     Steve Wharry generously donated additional $$ to the prize fund in this event.


USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER ADVAIT PATEL
Advait Patel
Number One Ranked
in Oklahoma

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this tournament.  He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 150 rated events in just twelve years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

7th Jerry Hanken Winter FIDE Open
Open Section

Tulsa, OK          February 13-14, 2016
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W10
W13
W09
W02
W03
  5.0  
W16
W23
B
L01
W06
  4.0  
W05
W20
H
W08
L01
  3.5  
L23
D21
W20
W14
W08
  3.5  
L03
D17
W22
W10
W13
  3.5  
W15
L08
W13
W09
L02
  3.0  
L19
D11
D17
W24
W14
  3.0  
W17
W06
H
L03
L04
2.5
W11
W19
L01
L06
U
2.5
L01
W18
D15
L05
W16
2.5
L09
D07
D16
D22
W23
  2.5  
H
H
W21
U
U
2.0
W22
L01
L06
W19
L05
2.0
L18
W22
W23
L04
L07
2.0
D21
H
D10
D18
U
  2.0  
L02
D24
D11
W20
L10
  2.0  
L08
D05
D07
D23
D19
  2.0  
W14
L10
H
D15
U
  2.0  
W07
L09
H
L13
D17
  2.0  
W23
L03
L04
L16
W24
  2.0  
D15
D04
L12
H
U
1.5
L13
L14
L05
D11
B
1.5
W04
U
U
D17
L11
1.5
L06
D16
H
L07
L20
1.0
L20
U
U
U
U
0.0

7th Jerry Hanken Winter FIDE Open
Under 1700 Section

Tulsa, OK          13-14 February 2016
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W24
W10
W18
W09
W06
  5.0  
L03
W20
W22
W18
W09
  4.0  
W02
W05
L09
W08
W07
  4.0  
W12
D08
W13
L06
W10
  3.5  
W20
L03
D12
W13
W14
  3.5  
W25
D13
W14
W04
L01
  3.5  
W22
L18
W19
W17
L03
3.0
W23
D04
H
L03
W18
  3.0  
W14
W15
W03
L01
L02
  3.0  
W19
L01
H
W12
L04
2.5
L18
L22
D16
W24
W17
2.5
L04
W23
D05
L10
W22
2.5
W17
D06
L04
L05
D16
2.0
L09
W16
L06
W19
L05
2.0
B
L09
L17
D21
H
2.0
D21
L14
D11
D20
D13
2.0
L13
W25
W15
L07
L11
2.0
W11
W07
L01
L02
L08
2.0
L10
W24
L07
L14
W23
2.0
L05
L02
W25
D16
H
2.0
D16
H
H
D15
U
2.0
L07
W11
L02
H
D12
  1.5  
L08
L12
W24
H
L19
  1.5  
L01
L19
L23
L11
W25
1.0
L06
L17
L20
H
L24
0.5

Bad Weather Can't Stop Oklahoma's
Most Serious Chess Players at the 25th Holiday Open

Johnson, Wharry and Coss are Tri-Champions

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  On December 27, 2016, bad weather could not keep Chuck Johnson, Steve Wharry, Gabe Coss, and eight other serious chess players home during the 25th Holiday Open in Stillwater.  The tournament's "Tri-Champions" (Johnson, Wharry, and Coss) all scored 3.0 points each and shared top honors.  Johnson and Wharry are both USCF chess experts (based on current and past ratings).  On this day Gabe Coss certainly played like one (see the game on page 38 of the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly, Volume 33 - 1, Jan - 2016, Winter Edition).

     The Holiday Open is an annual fun event with many adult players passing through from OKC and Tulsa to visit relatives during the holidays.  There are also youngsters taking advantage of their school's Christmas break.

     This particular one-day Swiss had an interesting twist.  After seeing one of the players was going to sit through the first round with a bye, Bill Triplett (OCF's official Provost Marshall) volunteered to play the guy, but only if he could also play his scheduled opponent too.  So, two boards were set up side-by-side and Bill had twice the fun!

     Of course there is NOTHING in the Rule Book saying one player can't play two simultaneous opponents and have both games rated (the Webmaster checked).  Later, Chess Expert Steve Wharry decided he wanted twice as much fun too.  Both games were rated in in an extra games section.  Just another example of why they say the Oklahoma Chess Foundation is where serious chess players go to have fun.


WORLD CHESS CHAMPION BOBBY FISCHER

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this tournament.  He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 150 rated events in just twelve years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

25th Holiday Open
Open Section

Stillwater, OK          27 December 2015
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
TOT
W07
L05
W03
W02
  3.0  
W10
W04
W05
L01
  3.0  
B
W09
L01
W07
  3.0  
W06
L02
D07
W08
2.5
W08
W01
L02
U
2.0
L04
W10
D08
U
1.5
L01
W11
D04
L03
1.5
L05
B
D06
L04
1.5
W11
L03
U
U
1.0
L02
L06
W11
U
1.0
L09
L07
L10
U
0.0

25th Holiday Open
Extra Rated Games

Stillwater, OK          27 December 2015
Chief TD and Organizer  Frank Berry          Chief Assistant TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
TOT
W04
U
1.0
U
W03
1.0
U
L02
0.0
L01
U
0.0

National Chess Master Alex Zapata Cruises in 4th Fall FIDE OCF Open

Undefeated with 4-1/2 Points Against OCF Masters and Experts

Championship Section Included Sixteen Masters and Experts

NATIONAL CHESS MASTER ALEX ZAPATA
Alex Zapata
National Chess Master
President, OU Chess Club

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  A large number of masters and experts (16) showed up in Stillwater and gave an impressive display of combined chess skill and expertise during the 4th Fall FIDE OCF Open (October 17-18, 2015).  When the smoke cleared, Alex Zapata, National Chess Master and President of the University of Oklahoma Chess Club, had defeated one master and three experts.  His third round draw against National Master Howard Zhong was not enough to keep him from topping the field, with 4-1/2 points, and winning the $300 first prize.  Photo by Frank Berry.


CHESS EXPERT RITHIK POLAVARAM
Rithik Polavaram
Chess Expert

     Texas Chess Expert Rithik Polavaram scored 4.0 by winning his last four games.  His only loss came during the second round against Alex Zapata.  In Round Three he played an impressive win against USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Amburn (seven-time Oklahoma State Chess Champion).

     This was Rithik's second OCF tournament.  He won the Best U-2100 prize ($150).  Photo by Frank Berry.


CHESS EXPERT JOE DEAN VEAL
Joe Dean Veal
Chess Expert

     Chess Expert Joe Dean Veal scored 3-1/2 points to win the 2nd Best U-2100 prize ($100).  After acquiring a win-by-forfeit in Round One he went undefeated, during the final four rounds, against two National Chess Masters and two Chess Experts.

     Photo of Joe Dean Veal taken by Jim Hollingsworth during RRSO X (March 25, 2012).


U-1900 Champion

FLORIAN DI HELFF
Florian Di Helff
2nd U-1900 Honors

     OU Graduate Student Florian Di Helff scored 2.0 points and won the 2nd Best U-1900 prize ($100).

     This was Florian's first USCF (and FIDE) rated tournament and his excellent results should be the envy of most experienced chess players.  He scored a total of four draws against two strong experts and two Class A players.  His only loss was to a Chess Master with seven state titles.  Photo by .


AT THE 4TH FALL FIDE OCF OPEN JARED ELLIS WON THE U-1700 SECTION WITH A PERFECT 5.0 SCORE
Jared Ellis
U-1700 Champion

     Jared Ellis swept the U-1700 Section with a perfect 5.0 score ($200).

     This was Jared's second OCF tournament.  His father and grandfather taught him to play when he was five.  After that most of his chess experience was online.  This past summer he googled and found the Challengers Chess Club in Oklahoma City.

     Jared started playing there on Friday nights.  His playing style helped him quickly gain a reputation for being a tough and serious chess player.  Photo by Frank Berry.


U-1400 Prize Winner

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA STUDENT ALAN MURPHEY WON THE U-1100 + UNR PRIZE AT THE 4TH FALL FIDE OCF OPEN
Alan Murphey
U-1100 + UNR Prize Winner

     Playing in his first rated event, University of Oklahoma student Alan Murphey scored 3-1/2 points and won the Best U-1100 + UNR prize ($100).  Alan says he's played a lot on-line.

     Photo by Frank Berry.


WORLD CHESS CHAMPION BOBBY FISCHER

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this FIDE event.  He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 150 rated events in just twelve years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

4th Fall FIDE OCF Open
Open Section

Stillwater, OK          17-18 October 2015
TD/Org  Frank Berry          Asst TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W02
W15
D03
W05
W06
  4.5  
L01
W26
W10
W15
W11
  4.0  
W09
W07
D01
D11
D04
3.5
X
D11
D06
W12
D03
  3.5  
W14
W08
D11
L01
D09
3.0
H
W13
D04
W16
L01
3.0
W22
L03
H
D14
W16
3.0
W23
L05
H
X
D10
3.0
L03
W19
D24
W21
D02
3.0
D19
D12
L02
W17
D08
2.5
W21
D04
D05
D03
L02
2.5
W24
D10
D15
L04
D13
2.5
D17
L06
H
W26
D12
2.5
L05
W22
D17
D07
H
  2.5  
W26
L01
D12
L02
H
2.0
H
D17
W21
L06
L07
2.0
D13
D16
D14
L10
D19
  2.0  
H
U
U
W23
U
1.5
D10
L09
L26
D22
D17
1.5
H
H
U
U
D25
1.5
L11
W23
L16
L09
H
1.5
L07
L14
D23
D19
H
1.5
L08
L21
D22
L18
W26
1.5
L12
B
D09
F
U
1.5
H
H
U
U
D20
1.5
L15
L02
W19
L13
L23
1.0

4th Fall FIDE OCF Open
Under 1700 Section

Stillwater, OK          17-18 October 2015
TD/Org  Frank Berry          Asst TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W13
W06
W10
W04
W02
  5.0  
W19
D03
W18
W10
L01
3.5
L06
D02
W17
W16
W10
3.5
W15
W17
W08
L01
D05
  3.5  
W14
L10
W07
W09
D04
  3.5  
W03
L01
L12
X
W08
3.0
W09
L08
L05
W13
W12
3.0
W20
W07
L04
W12
L06
3.0
L07
W11
W13
L05
W16
3.0
W12
W05
L01
L02
L03
2.0
L17
L09
W20
L14
W15
2.0
L10
W14
W06
L08
L07
2.0
L01
W20
L09
L07
W14
2.0
L05
L12
W19
W11
L13
2.0
L04
W19
L16
W17
L11
2.0
L18
B
W15
L03
L09
2.0
W11
L04
L03
L15
W20
2.0
W16
H
L02
F
U
1.5
L02
L15
L14
D20
B
1.5
L08
L13
L11
D19
L17
0.5

4th Fall FIDE OCF Open
Selected Photos


UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA CHESS CLUB OWNS 4TH Fall FIDE OCF OPEN
The University of Oklahoma Chess Club owns the 4th Fall FIDE OCF Open.
Photo by Frank Berry
Graphics by someone in their club

CHESS EXPERT RITHIK POLAVARAM, ALEX HEMMAT AND MAXWELL BARNES
     Texas Chess Expert Rithik Polavaram (seated left) won $150 and second place in the Open Section with a 4.0 score.  His only loss came during the second round against National Chess Master Alex Zapata.  In Round Three he played an impressive win against USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Amburn (Seven-time Oklahoma State Chess Champion).

     Colorado's Alex Hemmat (seated right), a tough Class A player, scored three draws in the Open Section.  One of his draws was against USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Amburn (Seven-time Oklahoma State Chess Champion).

     Maxwell Barnes (standing middle) scored a total of two and one-half points playing in both sections.
Photo by Frank Berry
Graphics by Jim Hollingsworth

JARED ELLIS AND JEREMY TUTTLE AT 4TH FALL FIDE OCF OPEN
Jared Ellis (left) won $200 with a perfect 5-0 sweep of the U-1700 Section.
Jeremy Tuttle (right) scored two wins against OCF'S most serious players in the U-1700 Section.
Photo by Frank Berry
Graphics by Jim Hollingsworth

Chess Experts David Luscomb and Jack Easton Share 34th North American Open's Top Honors with 4-1/2 Points Each

Luscomb Crowned 70th Oklahoma State Chess Champion

Championship Section Included Ten Masters and Experts

CHESS EXPERT DAVID LUSCOMB - 2015 OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION

Chess Expert David Luscomb
Oklahoma State Chess Champion

CHESS EXPERT JACK EASTON FROM KANSAS

Chess Expert Jack Easton
Ranked Number 6 in Kansas

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  A large (55) turnout of Serious chess players flooded Tulsa on Labor Day Weekend (September 5-6, 2015) for the 34th annual North American Open (Jerry Spann Memorial).  For Oklahoma's Serious chess players even more was at stake as the event was also billed as the 70th Oklahoma State Chess Championship.  By the time the smoke cleared Chess Experts Jack Easton (from Kansas) and David Luscomb shared undefeated top honors with 4-1/2 points each.  Their combined results are especially impressive as the duo scalped one Senior Master, two National Masters, and two Experts.  They each took home $225 and Luscomb got the State Crown.

     Scoring 3-1/2 points, Chess Expert and twice Arkansas State Chess Champion (2010, 2011) James Long won the 2nd U-2100 prize ($100).  With 2.5 points each, seven players split the combined U-1900 prizes ($35 each):  Jim Berry; Paul Hodgen; Carl Latino; Judson Temple; Richard Ravits; Sheena Zeng; and Bill Qian.

     The large turnout enabled the U-1700 prize fund to be increased by $200.  Erick Zachare won the Under 1700 Section and $200 with 4-1/2 points.  Istvan Szabad was second and scored 4.0 points.  He immediately used his prize ($100) to buy another chess set online for his growing collection of exotic wooden sets from India (about 40 sets so far).  He is definitely a Serious Chess Player with a very understanding wife!  With 3.0 points, Hank Vergi and Todd Easton split the U-1400 prize ($50 each).  Also with 3.0 points, Jared Ellis and Tanner Elias split the U-1100 prize ($50 each).

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this chess tournament.  He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 148 rated events in just twelve years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

     And finally . . . . some readers may wonder where this Author went to school and learned math ("Championship Section Included Ten Masters and Experts")?  The count includes chess veterans Jim Berry and Judson Temple for earning Expert recognition years ago.  The late Grandmaster Larry Evans often said "Once an Expert Always an Expert."  And who's going to argue with Larry Evans?

70th Oklahoma State Championship
34th NAO FIDE Open
(Jerry Spann Memorial)

Tulsa, OK          5-6 September 2015
TD/Org  Frank Berry          Asst TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W15
W13
W09
D03
W07
  4.5  
D17
W19
W07
W05
W03
  4.5  
W23
W12
W06
D01
L02
3.5
D24
D14
W13
D08
W10
  3.5  
L13
W24
W14
L02
W17
3.0
W16
W18
L03
D10
D08
3.0
W20
W25
L02
W19
L01
3.0
L09
W17
W12
D04
D06
3.0
W08
W10
L01
H
U
2.5
W21
L09
W25
D06
L04
2.5
L18
D22
W23
L17
W24
2.5
W26
L03
L08
W24
H
2.5
W05
L01
L04
W20
D18
  2.5  
H
D04
L05
W21
D16
  2.5  
L01
D23
W22
D18
D19
  2.5  
L06
D20
H
W25
D14
  2.5  
D02
L08
B
W11
L05
  2.5  
W11
L06
H
D15
D13
  2.5  
W11
L06
H
D15
D13
  2.5  
L07
D16
D24
L13
W23
2.0
L10
W26
L19
L14
W15
2.0
L19
D11
L15
B
U
1.5
L03
D15
L11
W26
L20
1.5
D04
L05
D20
L12
L11
1.0
B
L07
L10
L16
L21
1.0
L12
L21
H
L23
U
0.5

70th Oklahoma State Championship
34th NAO FIDE Open
(Jerry Spann Memorial)

Under 1700 Section
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W24
D02
W10
W15
W08
  4.5  
W26
D01
H
W10
W09
  4.0  
D17
D07
W11
D04
W14
3.5
W20
D14
H
D03
W18
3.5
W25
L18
H
W24
W15
3.5
L10
W17
W22
W21
D07
3.5
W28
D03
W14
D08
D06
3.5
W27
W13
W18
D07
L01
3.5
W23
L10
W17
W18
L02
  3.0  
W06
W09
L01
L02
W21
  3.0  
L13
W27
L03
W20
W22
  3.0  
L15
L24
W25
W26
W23
  3.0  
W11
L08
H
W16
U
2.5
W21
D04
L07
W23
L03
2.5
W12
H
W16
L01
L05
2.5
W19
H
L15
L13
W28
2.5
D03
L06
L09
W27
W24
2.5
W22
W05
L08
L09
L04
2.0
L16
L21
W28
L22
W25
2.0
L04
W26
L21
L11
W27
2.0
L14
W19
W20
L06
L10
2.0
L18
W25
L06
W19
L11
2.0
L09
W28
D24
L14
L12
1.5
L01
W12
D23
L05
L17
1.5
L05
L22
L12
W28
L19
1.0
L02
L20
D27
L12
H
1.0
L08
L11
D26
L17
L20
0.5
L07
L23
D19
L25
L16
0.0
U
U
U
U
U
0.0

Chess Expert Abhi Mallela Wins Highway Express Open FIDE

Tops Field with Seven Other Experts


CHESS EXPERT ABHI MALLELA
Chess Expert Abhi Mallela

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  Serious chess players from far and wide converged on Stillwater for the 1st annual Highway Express Open FIDE (May 23-24, 2015).   Expert Abhi Mallela (from Kansas City) won 1st Place with 4.5 points ($300).   Jennifer Acon (from Los Angeles) won the U-2100 prize with 4.0 points ($150).

     Zach Walling (from Ponca City) and Chris Dooley (from Oklahoma City) split the U-1900 prizes of $150+100 and each won $125 with 3.0 points.   The U-1700 prizes of $100+80 were split four ways by Les Kline (from Arkansas), Brian Duke (from Talequah), Krish Kumar (from Tulsa), and Stanley Horton (from Missouri) (2.0 points and $45 each).

     In the Reserve (U-1500) Section John Williams III and Rajsekhar Atteri shared "Co-Champion" honors.  Both scored 4.0 points and took home $90 each.

     The Oklahoma Chess Foundation is the Southwest's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this chess tournament.  He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry. The sponsoring affiliate was the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 146 rated events in just eleven years.  Serious chess players interested in joining the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

1st Hwy Express Open FIDE

Stillwater, OK          23-24 May 2015
TD/Org  Frank Berry          Asst TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W17
W02
W08
D04
W06
  4.5  
W26
L01
W27
W19
W16
  4.0  
W25
D14
D05
W12
D09
3.5
W20
W12
D09
D01
D10
3.5
D21
W13
D03
W14
H
3.5
H
X
W14
W08
L01
3.5
B
B
W22
H
U
3.5
W15
W11
L01
L06
X
3.0
D27
W16
D04
D11
D03
3.0
D13
D27
W15
D16
D04
3.0
W30
L08
W25
D09
H
3.0
W24
L04
W26
L03
W21
  3.0  
D10
L05
W23
D15
W18
  3.0  
W31
D03
L06
L05
W20
2.5
L08
W30
L10
D13
W26
2.5
W28
L09
W20
D10
L02
2.5
L01
L26
W30
D23
W25
2.5
D23
W21
H
U
L13
2.0
H
D23
W24
L02
F
2.0
L04
W28
L16
W27
L14
2.0
D05
L18
H
W31
L12
  2.0  
H
F
L07
D28
W27
  2.0  
D18
D19
L13
D17
D24
  2.0  
L12
W32
L19
H
D23
  2.0  
L03
W31
L11
D26
L17
1.5
L02
W17
L12
D25
L15
1.5
D09
D10
L02
L20
L22
1.0
L16
L20
L29
D22
H
1.0
U
U
W28
U
U
1.0
L11
L15
L17
H
U
0.5
L14
L25
H
L21
U
0.5
U
L24
U
U
U
0.0

1st Hwy Express Open FIDE

Under 1500 Section
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W06
W04
D03
H
W07
  4.0  
L04
W10
W09
W05
W03
  4.0  
W09
W08
D01
W07
L02
3.5
W02
L01
D05
W10
W11
3.5
D07
W11
D04
L02
W09
3.0
L01
L07
B
W11
W10
3.0
D05
W06
W08
L03
L01
2.5
W12
L03
L07
L09
B
2.0
L03
B
L02
W08
L05
2.0
H
L02
W11
L04
L06
1.5
B
L05
L10
L06
L04
1.0
L08
H
U
U
U
0.5

1st Hwy Express Open FIDE

Games to Enjoy
2015 OKLAHOMA CHESS TEAM
2015 Oklahoma Chess Team
Photo courtesy of Mike Tubbs Archives

13th Annual Red River Shootout
RRSO XIII

Oklahoma - Texas Team Chess Match
Treasure Valley Casino (exit #55, I-35)
Davis, OK
Event Gawdfather:  Jim Hollingsworth, Ft. Worth
Saturday 18 April 2015    G / 60 + 30 spm
Team Captains:  Frank Berry, Oklahoma    Tom Crane, Texas

Final Score:  Oklahoma wins 15-7

Oklahoma Wallops Texas 15-7 in RRSO XIII

     Davis, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  The Oklahoma Chess Team dominated their rivals from South of the Red River in both rounds of the 13th annual Red River Shootout.  Four OCF players achieved 2-0 scores against their tough Texas opponents:  Expert David Zelnick (from Bartlesville); Expert Chuck Johnson (from Tulsa); Shawn Graham-Bowcaster; and Jan Kvapil (from Norman).  Life Master Advait Patell (from Midwest City) and Four-Time Oklahoma State Champion Sergey Galant (from Oklahoma City) split the Murray County Open crown with 2.5 points each.

     The 13th edition of the "REAL" RED RIVER SHOOTOUT was typical of the first twelve; serious and fanatical chess players paired up with equally zealous competition from the other side of the Red River.  Yet, both sides work hard to ensure a fun and enjoyable match for all.  The Home Team, Oklahoma, was overall responsible for coordinating the site, rating the tournament, and administration.  The visiting organizers assisted and even arranged for food to be brought in.  The Texans complimented our players when they graciously handed over the "famous" Traveling Trophy.  The "famous" Traveling Trophy is now filled on its front side with twelve engraved plaques.  The Oklahoma organizers will have to find open space on the sides or back for a thirteenth plaque.

     FIDE Arbiter and Organizer Frank Berry directed this annual team match and the Murray County Open.  He was assisted by Texas Team Captain Tom Crane.  The sponsoring affiliate was the Oklahoma Chess Foundation(OCF), the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 145 rated events in just eleven years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

     One of the Texas senior organizers also remarked how RRSO XIII seemed to be the best run ever.  After the match, some fanatical Texas players stayed behind to encourage OCF players (and participate) in their ten-board simultaneous match against a blindfolded Grand Master.  How did the OCF members do?  Well, that's another story.

RRSO XIII

Oklahoma
Texas
Bd
Player
Score
Player
Pre
Post
Pre
Post
01
2.0     0.0
2089
2111
2100
2100
02
2.0     0.0
2050
2071
2030
2008
03
1.0     1.0
1980
1979
1966
1967
04
1.0     1.0
1886
1886
1897
1896
05
2.0     0.0
1971
1988
1859
1839
06
1.0     1.0
1800
1801
1811
1810
07
1.5     0.5
1705
1715
1639
1628
08
0.0     2.0
1607
1570
1587
1625
09
1.0     1.0
1528
1526
1509
1511
10
1.5     0.5
1170
1161
0853
P03
0884
P05
11
2.0     0.0
1241
P04
1241
P06
0143
0143
15.0   7.0

RRSO XIII

Oklahoma
Texas
Bd
Player
Score
Player
Pre
Post
Pre
Post
01
2.0     0.0
2089
2111
2100
2100
02
2.0     0.0
2050
2071
2030
2008
03
1.0     1.0
1980
1979
1966
1967
04
1.0     1.0
1886
1886
1897
1896
05
2.0     0.0
1971
1988
1859
1839
06
1.0     1.0
1800
1801
1811
1810
07
1.5     0.5
1705
1715
1639
1628
08
0.0     2.0
1607
1570
1587
1625
09
1.0     1.0
1528
1526
1509
1511
10
1.5     0.5
1170
1161
0853
P03
0884
P05
11
2.0     0.0
1241
P04
1241
P06
0143
0143
15.0   7.0

RRSO XIII

Oklahoma
Texas
Bd
Pre
Post
Player
Score
Player
Pre
Post
01
2089
2111
2.0     0.0
2100
2100
02
2050
2071
2.0     0.0
2030
2008
03
1980
1979
1.0     1.0
1966
1967
04
1886
1886
1.0     1.0
1897
1896
05
1971
1988
2.0     0.0
1859
1839
06
1800
1801
1.0     1.0
1811
1810
07
1705
1715
1.5     0.5
1639
1628
08
1607
1570
0.0     2.0
1587
1625
09
1528
1526
1.0     1.0
1509
1511
10
1170
1161
1.5     0.5
  0835  
  0884  
11
  1241  
  1241  
2.0     0.0
0143
0143
15.0   7.0

Murray County Open

##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
TOT
W08
D02
W04
  2.5  
W07
D01
W06
  2.5  
W05
H
U
1.5
W06
D05
L01
1.5
L03
D04
W07
1.5
L04
W09
L02
1.0
L02
W08
L05
1.0
L01
L07
H
0.5
U
L06
H
0.5

Experience Can't be Beat at 6th OCF Jerry Hanken FIDE Winter Open
Orton and O'Hare Dominate


ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER BILL ORTON
Bill Orton
USCF Original Life Chess Master
Arkansas State Chess Champion (2005, 2006, 2015)

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  OCF Tournaments have seen more than their share of young chess prodigies lately.  But at the 6th OCF Jerry Hanken FIDE Winter Open those youngsters and everyone else got a real education from two players with a lot of combined seasoning (highly successful chess players well before 1991).

     USCF Original Life Chess Master Bill Orton scored an unbeaten 4-1.


CHESS EXPERT CIARAN O'HARE - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1996)
Ciaran O'Hare
Oklahoma Chess Champion (1996)
Correspondence Chess Senior International Master

     1996 Oklahoma State Chess Champion Ciaran O'Hare also scored 4 points.  Both players split the $300 1st and $150 1st U-2100 prizes ($225 each).

     OCF President Jim Berry won the $150 U-1900 prize with 3 points.  The $100 U-1900 prize went to Bob Petty (from Arkansas) with 2.5 points.  Gordon Lee (from Kansas) scored 2.5 points and won the $100 1st U-1700 prize.  Three players with 2 points each split the $80 2nd U-1700 prize:  Les Kline (from Arkansas); Sheena Zeng (from Kansas); and Earney Pattrick (from Missouri).

     The 1st Reserve U-1500 prize was won by Ethan Bui (from Kansas) for his perfect 5-0 sweep.  The $80 2nd Reserve prize was split equally by two 3.0 point scorers:  Vera Vancsa (from Kansas) and Caroling Jiang (from Kansas).

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed this five-round FIDE and OCF event. He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 144 rated events in just eleven years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

6th OCF Jerry Hanken FIDE Winter Open

Stillwater, OK          14-15 February 2015
TD/Org  Frank Berry          Asst TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
D20
W12
W08
W03
D04
  4.0  
W13
D11
W05
D06
W08
  4.0  
W15
W04
H
L01
W06
3.5
W19
L03
W12
W11
D01
3.5
W22
D06
L02
W13
W11
3.5
W21
D05
W07
D02
L03
3.0
D16
W20
L06
D09
W15
3.0
W14
L10
L01
W15
L02
3.0
L10
W16
H
D07
W17
  3.0  
W09
L08
L11
W16
D12
2.5
W17
D02
W10
L04
L05
2.5
W18
L01
LO4
W14
D10
2.5
L02
W18
H
L05
W19
  2.5  
L08
D21
W19
L12
W20
  2.5  
L03
W22
W21
L08
L07
2.0
D07
L09
H
L10
W22
  2.0  
L11
D19
H
W21
L09
  2.0  
L12
L13
D22
B
H
  2.0  
L04
D17
L14
W20
L13
1.5
D01
L07
H
L19
L14
1.0
L06
D14
L15
L17
H
1.0
L05
L15
D18
H
L16
1.0

TD Comments:  "4 players from Arkansas.  Good thing the icy weather hit Sunday night instead of Friday night!  This might be the last event at the Quality Inn after 25 years (for contractual reasons we're going elsewhere in Stillwater)."

"Claudia skipped the Goichberg event in Ft Worth to play here.  She is only 17 and already a FIDE Woman Candidate Master.  You can learn more about her at www.claudiamunoz.com"

"Good thing Ciaran won some $$ for his 4 pts in the Open  He's got 3 kids going to OSU this year!"

6th OCF Jerry Hanken FIDE Winter Open

Under 1500 - Reserve Section
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W07
W05
W03
W04
W02
  5.0  
L04
W08
W09
W03
L01
  3.0  
W09
W04
L01
L02
W05
  3.0  
W02
L03
D08
L01
W07
2.5
W08
L01
H
W07
L03
2.5
H
H
U
W09
U
2.0
L01
W09
B
L05
L04
2.0
L05
L02
D04
H
U
1.0
L03
L07
L02
L06
B
1.0

TD Comments:  "The future of OCF and Chess looks bright because of WCM Claudia Munoz (age 17), Joshua Topham (age 16), Joseph Martin (age 13), Caroline Jiang (age 11), Ethan Bui (age 10), Veronika Vancsa (age 9), and Lillian Wu (age 8)."

"Ethan and Veronika are students of Chess Expert Tim Steiner of Kansas City.  The kids live a few miles apart in Olathe, KS."

"This was Joe Martin's 1st tourney."

Three-Peat - Advait Patel Wins Third OCF Event in a Row
Co-Champion with Alexander - 24th OCF Holiday Open


ADVAIT PATEL
Advait Patel
Life Chess Master

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  In over 100 years, only eleven racehorses have won the American Triple Crown.  The twelfth winner is going to need to be named Advait to have a chance.    Oklahoma's top ranked chess player, Life Master Advait Patel, was a perfect 4-0 and tied with Expert Joshua Alexander (also 4-0) in the OCF 24th Holiday Open (December 29, 2014).  Patel scored seven and one-half points for clear first in the 6th OCF FIDE Thankgsgiving tournament in Stillwater (November 28-30, 2014).  In October, he also won the 3rd OCF Fall FIDE Open with a perfect 5-0 score.  Both players split the top prizes ($90 each).

     Experts Joey Kelly (from Kansas City) and Tom Nichols both scored 3.0 points and split the Third Place prize ($30 each).  The Class A prize was split by two players with 3.0 scores, James Long and Shaun Graham-Bowcaster ($60 each).

     Brian Jiang (from Kansas) won the B Class prize with a 3.0 score ($80).  Steve Whiteley (from Texas) won the 2nd B Prize(2.5 points and $40).   Three players scored 2.0 points and split the Class C/D/E prizes:  Donald Winslow, Roger Baxter and OKC Organizer John "Jake" Williams ($40 each).   Ben Brown won the U-1000/UNR prize 2.5 points ($80).  Joshua Long finished 2nd in that category with 1.5 points ($40).

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed the four-round OCF event. He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.  One-third of the event's 39 players were rated over 1900, including two masters and seven experts.  The average rating was 1700.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 143 rated events in just eleven years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

24th OCF Holiday Open

Stillwater, OK          28 December 2014
Chief TD:  Frank Berry, FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
TOT
W20
W12
W17
W03
  4.0  
W22
W24
W18
W11
  4.0  
W21
W19
W04
L01
  3.0  
X
W16
L03
W22
  3.0  
W32
D08
D09
W18
  3.0  
W36
D09
W13
H
  3.0  
L10
W34
W19
W17
  3.0  
W26
D05
D11
H
2.5
W27
D06
D05
D14
2.5
W07
L11
W26
D15
2.5
W33
W10
D08
L02
2.5
W31
L01
W27
D16
2.5
W35
H
L06
W23
2.5
W37
L18
W21
D09
2.5
W39
L17
W28
D10
2.5
W25
L04
W20
D12
  2.5  
W28
W15
L01
L07
2.0
W23
W14
L02
L05
2.0
W34
L03
L07
W32
2.0
L01
W32
L16
W31
2.0
L03
W36
L14
W33
  2.0  
L02
W29
W25
L04
  2.0  
L02
W29
W25
L04
  2.0  
W29
L02
L03
H
1.5
L16
W31
L22
H
1.5
L08
W33
L10
H
1.5
L09
W35
L12
H
1.5
L17
X
L15
D29
1.5
L24
L22
W35
D28
  1.5  
U
U
W39
U
1.0
L12
L25
W36
L20
1.0
L05
L20
W34
L19
1.0
L11
L26
W37
L21
1.0
L19
L07
L32
W39
1.0
L13
L27
L29
H
0.5
L06
L21
L31
D37
0.5
L14
L23
L33
D36
0.5
F
U
U
U
0.0
L15
F
L30
L34
0.0

Re-Peat - Advait Patel Wins Second OCF Event in a Row
6th OCF FIDE Thanksgiving Champion


ADVAIT PATEL
Advait Patel
Life Chess Master

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  Winning an OCF event is nice, however winning two in a row is even nicer.  Oklahoma's top ranked chess player, Life Chess Master Advait Patel, scored seven and one-half points for clear first in the 6th OCF FIDE Thankgsgiving tournament in Stillwater (November 28-30, 2014).  In October, he also won the 3rd OCF Fall FIDE Open with a perfect 5-0 score.  His $400 prize will come in handy for Christmas shopping.

     The $300 Second Prize went to undefeated Life Chess Master Michael Langer from Texas for his seven point score.  Joe Dean Veal and David Luscomb split the combined U-2100 prizes (5.0 points and $150 each).  Logan Wu (from Tennessee) and Rithik Polavaram (from Texas) split the combined U-1900 prizes (5.0 points and $150 each).

     BEST U-1700 was Bob Petty (from Arkansas) (3.5 points and $200).  Derek Grimmill (from Kansas) won 2ND BEST U-1700 (3.0 points and $100).  OKC Organizer John "Jake" Williams won the Reserve Title with 6.0 points ($100).

     The Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF) has a well deserved reputation for being the Serious Chess Players Capital of Oklahoma.  It also is becoming the State's top magnet for younger chess players seeking to improve against strong competion.

     Thirteen future young grandmasters gathered at the 6th OCF FIDE Thankgsgiving tournament in Stillwater and scored very impressive results:  Casey Stafford, Age 14 (3.5 points in the Reserve Section); Kiana Hajiarbabi (From Kansas and Iran), Age 14 (4.5 points in the FIDE Section); Howard Zhong, Age 13 (5.0 points in the FIDE Section); Jack Easton (From Kansas), Age 13 (4.5 points in the FIDE Section); Advait Patel, Age 12 (7.5 points and $400 in the FIDE Section); David Li (From Texas), Age 12 (4.0 points in the FIDE Section); Kevin Liu (From Texas), Age 12 (4.0 points in the FIDE Section); Billy Qian (From Kansas), Age 10 (2.0 points in the FIDE Section); Sheena Zeng (from Kansas), Age 10 (2.5 points in the FIDE Section); Tanish Kothapalle (From Tennessee), Age 10 (4.5 points in the FIDE Section); Logan Wu (From Tennessee), Age 9 (5.0 points in the FIDE Section); Naren Pullela, Age 9 (2.0 points in the FIDE Section); and Rithik Polavaram (From Texas), Age 8 (5.0 points in the FIDE Section).

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed the eight-round, FIDE-rated, OCF event. He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 141 rated events in just eleven years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

6th OCF FIDE Thanksgiving - 6 Grand Prix Points

Stillwater, OK          28-30 November 2014
TD/Org  Frank Berry          Asst TD  Jim Berry
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
RD6
RD7
RD8
TOT
W16
W12
W15
D02
W04
W06
W03
W09
  7.5  
W10
W09
W27
D01
D03
W05
W04
W06
  7.0  
W11
W06
H
W05
D02
H
L01
W10
5.5
W17
H
W07
W18
L01
H
L02
W12
5.0
W20
D07
W14
L03
W15
L02
D09
W13
  5.0  
W29
L03
W20
W17
W09
L01
W11
L02
  5.0  
W26
D05
L04
D10
W17
H
W18
D08
  5.0  
L24
W27
L09
W23
W12
D14
W15
D07
  5.0  
W23
L02
W08
W13
L06
W15
D05
L01
4.5
L02
D19
W28
D07
W21
D18
W14
L03
4.5
L03
W30
L13
W22
W26
W24
L06
H
4.5
W22
L01
L17
W19
L08
W27
W21
L04
4.0
W21
L15
W11
L09
D14
H
W17
L05
4.0
W30
W24
L05
W16
D13
D08
L10
H
4.0
W27
W13
L01
W24
L05
L09
L08
W18
4.0
L01
W29
H
L14
L24
H
W26
W21
4.0
L04
W21
W12
L06
L07
W26
L13
W22
4.0
D19
W28
W24
L04
H
D10
L07
L15
3.5
D18
D10
H
L12
D25
H
D22
D20
3.5
L05
W23
L06
H
H
L21
W27
D19
3.5
L13
L17
W30
W25
L10
W20
L12
L16
3.0
L12
D26
H
L11
W28
H
D19
L17
3.0
L09
L20
H
L08
L27
B
W28
H
3.0
W08
D14
L18
L15
W16
L11
U
U
2.5
H
H
U
L21
D19
W28
U
U
2.5
L07
D22
H
W28
L11
L17
L16
H
2.5
L15
L08
L02
W30
W23
L12
L20
L28
2.0
B
L18
L10
L26
L22
L25
L23
W27
2.0
L06
L16
H
H
U
U
U
U
1.0
L14
L11
L21
L27
U
H
H
U
1.0

6th OCF FIDE Thanksgiving

Reserve Section - Under 1500
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
RD6
RD7
RD8
TOT
W02
W05
L04
W03
W07
H
D06
W05
  6.0  
L01
W07
L03
W08
D05
W04
W04
W03
5.5
L05
W08
W02
L01
W04
W06
W07
L02
5.0
W07
W06
W01
W05
L03
L02
L02
W06
5.0
W03
L01
W06
L04
D02
W07
B
L01
4.5
W09
L04
L05
W07
B
L03
D01
L04
3.5
L04
L02
W08
L06
L01
L05
L03
H
1.5
H
L03
L07
L02
H
U
U
U
1.0
L06
H
H
U
U
U
U
U
1.0

Number One for a Reason
Advait Patel Sweeps OCF Fall FIDE Open


ADVAIT PATEL
Advait Patel
Life Chess Master

     Stillwater, Oklahoma (Oklahoma Chess Quarterly).  As the old song goes ("You don't tug on Superman's cape.")  Oklahoma's top ranked chess player, Life Chess Master Advait Patel, may as well start wearing a big S on his chest.  At the 3rd OCF Fall FIDE Open, Patel capably dispatched all five of his opponents.  The prize for his "exhibition" against Oklahoma's most serious chess players was a tidy $300.

     National Chess Master Howard Zhong from Norman scored 4 points to secure the $100 Second Prize.  The U-2100 prizes were combined and split by Chuck Johnson and Kevin Liu (3.5 points and $125 each).  Aadarsh Srivatsav and Shawn Graham-Bowcaster scored 3 points each and split the U-1900 prize ($125 each).  Zach Walling claimed the U-1700 prize of $150 with 3 points.  John Taylor scored 3.5 points to power his way to the Reserve Title ($100).

     FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE Frank Berry directed the five-round, FIDE-rated, OCF event. He was assisted by FIDE Arbiter Jim Berry.

     The US Chess Federation's first Silver Affiliate, the Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF), is the State's top magnet for Serious Chess Players.  OCF is the most active Chess organization in Oklahoma with over 140 rated events in just eleven years.  Serious chess players wanting to join the fun should subscribe to the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly or check out chess websites such as USCF's Upcoming Tournaments webpage and the OCF's Tournaments webpage as well as other high quality sources for Chess information.

3rd OCF Fall FIDE Open - 6 Grand Prix Points

Stillwater, Oklahoma           October 11-12, 2014
Chief TD:  Frank Berry, FIDE International Arbiter and International Organizer for FIDE
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
W23
W03
W02
W10
W04
  5.0  
W12
W06
L01
W05
W10
  4.0  
W16
L01
W24
D06
W12
  3.5  
D09
W21
W14
W07
L01
  3.5  
D07
W09
D10
L02
W18
3.0
W13
L02
W22
D03
D07
3.0
D05
W22
W15
L04
D06
  3.0  
L10
L16
W17
W22
W14
  3.0  
D04
L05
W23
D11
W16
  3.0  
W08
W11
D05
L01
L02
2.5
W24
L10
D12
D09
H
2.5
L02
W17
D11
W21
L03
2.5
L06
D18
W19
L14
W23
2.5
H
W19
L04
W13
L08
2.5
W17
H
L07
D16
U
2.0
L03
W08
H
D15
L06
2.0
L22
D13
L21
W24
L05
1.5
H
L14
L13
L23
W24
1.5
H
U
H
L17
H
1.5
H
L04
W18
L12
L17
1.5
W18
L07
L06
L08
H
1.5
L01
L24
L09
W19
L13
1.0
L11
W23
L03
L18
L19
1.0

3rd OCF Fall FIDE Open

Reserve Section
##
Player
FED
PRE 
POST
RD1
RD2
RD3
RD4
RD5
TOT
L05
W03
W02
W04
D02
  3.5  
W03
W05
L01
H
D01
3.0
L02
L01
W07
W05
W04
3.0
W06
W07
H
L01
L03
2.5
W01
L02
D06
L03
W07
2.5
L04
B
D05
H
U
2.0
B
L04
L03
H
L05
1.5