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Titles Used in this Website

"Once an Expert Always an Expert"
American Chess Grandmaster Larry Evans

     This page shows all titled OCF players as well as additional trivia.  In this website HTML span tags are used.  So whenever a mouse moves over these names a comment box will appear with this information.  We feel this provides respect for the player's accomplishment and additional enjoyment for website users.

     These titles are based on Lifetime Achievement rather than current rating status.  For example, today a player may only have a current rating of 1833 and is categorized as a lower echelon Class A in a rated tournament.  However, sometime in the past the player was rated 2064 AND IS AN EXPERT FOR LIFE.

     Larry Evans wrote about this in Chess Life several decades ago.  And he was right.  Look at the US Chess website information for any player.  If a player achieves Master ranking for just one event (and then drops below 2200 forever) they receive a National Master Certificate AND ARE A CHESS MASTER FOR LIFE.

     Tournament Directors are too busy to worry about titles and their pairings are based only on current USCF ratings.  However, those working on this website have the luxury of resources (Chess Life magazines dating back to 1970) and time to verify.

     NOTE:  This list is updated often.  If we missed anyone please send an email to the Webmaster:  Jim Hollingsworth

     We're OCF and we recognize SERIOUS CHESS PLAYERS FOR LIFE.

  • Life Senior Masters
    • USCF LIFE SENIOR CHESS MASTER JEFFREY XIONG
  • Original Life Masters
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER TOM AMBURN - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 1999)
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER TOM BRAUNLICH - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1980, 2006, 2009, 2011) - USCF ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR (2008) - USCF VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH (JULY 2008) - LOCAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - OCF EDITOR SINCE 2016
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER JONATHAN CHIANG
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER AUSTEN GREEN
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER KEITH HAYWARD
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER MICHAEL LANGER
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER MOVSES MOVSISYAN - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2004, 2005, 2010)
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER ADVAIT PATEL - MISSOURI OPEN CO-CHAMPION (2014) - OCA OPEN STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2015, 2016) - OKLAHOMA STATE SCHOLASTIC CHAMPION (2016)
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER BILL ORTON - ARKANSAS STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2005, 2006, 2015)
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER JIM ROHRBAUGH - SAN ANTONIO CITY CHESS CO-CHAMPION (1998, 1999)
    • USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER NICK SCHOONMAKER - TEXAS STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2004) - FLORIDA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1989, 1994)
  • National Masters
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER D L P BALLARD - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1964, 1966) - BEAT BOBBY FISCHER IN SIMUL (1964)
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER JACK EASTON
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER KEVIN FLEMING - NEBRASKA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1991)
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER SERGEY GALANT - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2002, 2007, 2008, 2014)
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER MARK HULSEY - VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CHALLENGERS CHESS CLUB
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER ABHISHEK MALLELA - MISSOURI CLASS CHAMPION (MASTER/EXPERT) (2012)
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER MIKE RICHARDS
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER GEORGE TRAMMEL - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1991, 1992, 1993, 1997)
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER ATULYA VAIDYA
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER JOHN WILSON
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER ALEX ZAPATA
    • NATIONAL CHESS MASTER HOWARD ZHONG
  • Experts
    • CHESS EXPERT FRANK ADAMS
    • CHESS EXPERT JOSHUA ALEXANDER
    • CHESS EXPERT ORGIL BATSAIKHAN
    • CHESS EXPERT GLENN BAUMANN - THE ONLY RRSO PLAYER WHO HAS PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2013) - USCF CLUB TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - CHIEF DIRECTOR OF OVER 30 RATED TOURNAMENTS SINCE APRIL 2009
    • CHESS EXPERT FRANK BERRY (DECEASED) - FIDE INTERNATIONAL ARBITER - INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZER FOR FIDE - USCF ASSOCIATE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
    • CHESS EXPERT JIM BERRY - FIDE ARBITER - INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZER FOR FIDE - USCF SENIOR TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
    • CHESS EXPERT JEFF COLBERT
    • CHESS EXPERT JOHN COPE
    • CHESS EXPERT JACK EASTON
    • CHESS EXPERT SHAUN GRAHAM-BOWCASTER - OCA OPEN STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2009) - USCF CLUB TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
    • CHESS EXPERT TRAVIS GUENTHER
    • CHESS EXPERT ZACHARY HASKIN - USCF LOCAL DIRECTOR
    • CHESS EXPERT JIM HOLLINGSWORTH - USCF LOCAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - FORT BRAGG CHESS CHAMPION (2007) - FORT BRAGG CHESS C-CHAMPION (2006) - SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA SPEED CHESS CHAMPION (1991) - ARMY CHESS TEAM MEMBER (1989) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY CHESS CHAMPION (1987) - LAWTON CITY CHESS CHAMPION (1986) - CO-FOUNDER OF RRSO (THE ANNUAL TEAM MATCH BETWEEN THE MOST FANATICAL CHESS PLAYERS IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS) - ALSO KNOWN AS THE RRSO GAWD FATHER
    • CHESS EXPERT GEORGE HULBURD - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1968, 1970, 1974)
    • CHESS EXPERT COURTNEY JAMISON
    • CHESS EXPERT CHUCK JOHNSON - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2016) - 5-0 IN RRSO MATCH VICTORIES OVER OPPONENTS FROM THE OTHER STATE
    • CHESS EXPERT SUCHINDER KALYAN
    • CHESS EXPERT CARL LATINO - INVENTOR OF CHESS VALET
    • CHESS EXPERT KEVIN LIU
    • CHESS EXPERT JAMES LONG - ARKANSAS STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2010, 2011)
    • CHESS EXPERT DAVID LUSCOMB - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2015)
    • CHESS EXPERT ARTHUR D MITCHELL
    • CHESS EXPERT CLAUDIA MUNOZ
    • CHESS EXPERT TOM NICHOLS - CO-FOUNDER OF RRSO (THE ANNUAL TEAM MATCH BETWEEN THE MOST FANATICAL CHESS PLAYERS IN OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS)
    • CHESS EXPERT MICHAEL NUGENT
    • CHESS EXPERT CIARAN O'HARE - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (1996) - ICCF CORRESPONDENCE CHESS SENIOR INTERNATIONAL MASTER (SM)
    • CHESS EXPERT TARAS ODUSHKIN
    • CHESS EXPERT TOM PATTON
    • CHESS EXPERT FRED PENNINGTON
    • CHESS EXPERT RITHIK POLAVARAM
    • CHESS EXPERT HIREN PREMKUMAR
    • CHESS EXPERT TRES RORING
    • CHESS EXPERT DAVID SCOTT - WINNER OF 2014 MISSOURI CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS (ABOVE 1600 SECTION)
    • CHESS EXPERT JUDSON TEMPLE
    • CHESS EXPERT JAMES TYNER - OKLAHOMA STATE CHESS CHAMPION (2012)
    • CHESS EXPERT MIKE TUBBS - LAWTON CITY CHESS CHAMPION (1975, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1991)
    • CHESS EXPERT STEVE WHARRY - FIDE ARBITER
    • CHESS EXPERT BENJAMIN WHEELER
    • CHESS EXPERT ATREYA VAIDYA
    • CHESS EXPERT JOE DEAN VEAL - CLUB TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
    • CHESS EXPERT DAVID ZELNICK
    • CHESS EXPERT IVAN ZUNIGA
  • Others
    • ROGER BAXTER - PRESIDENT OF THE CHALLENGERS CHESS CLUB (OKC)
    • CARMEN CHAIREZ - VOLUNTEERED AS CHIEF DIRECTOR OF 19 CHESS TOURNAMENTS - WAS A DRIVING FORCE IN THE EARLY SUCESS OF THE OLD WATAUGA CHESS CLUB AS WELL AS THE ARLINGTON CHESS CLUB BEFORE BEING PROMOTED TO A NEW JOB IN WASHINGTON DC (AROUND 2007) - GUIDED AND MENTORED MANY YOUNG PLAYERS INCLUDING USCF ORIGINAL LIFE CHESS MASTER AUSTEN GREEN
    • TOM CRANE - PRESIDENT OF THE TARRANT COUNTY CHESS CLUB - USCF SENIOR TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - CHIEF DIRECTOR OF OVER 150 RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS SINCE NOVEMBER 2002 - IT WAS HIS IDEA THAT LEAD TO THE CREATION OF RRSO - HIS DEDICATION AND HARD WORK ENABLES RRSO TO THRIVE SO MANY YEARS AFTER ITS FOUNDING
    • JOHN DE VRIES - VOLUNTEERED AS CHIEF DIRECTOR OF FOURTEEN RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS LAST DECADE - TREASURER OF THE WACO CHESS CLUB - HAS A LARGE FOLLOWING FOR A PERIODICAL NEWSLETTER CONTAINING SELECTED CHESS GAMES
    • AURELIO GONZALEZ - USCF CLUB TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - TREASURER OF THE TARRANT COUNTY CHESS CLUB - UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE MOST FANATICAL CHESS PLAYER IN TEXAS BECAUSE OF PLAYING IN ALL FOURTEEN RRSO EVENTS
    • TOMMY HAY - USCF LOCAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - TREASURER OF THE CHALLENGERS CHESS CLUB
    • PAUL HUSPENI - PLAYED IN THE FIRST ELEVEN RRSO'S BEFORE MOVING AWAY IN LATE 2013
    • HELEN JAMISON - USCF CLUB TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - CHIEF DIRECTOR OF NINETEEN SECTIONS IN RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS SINCE AUGUST 2008 - MOTHER AND CHESS COACH OF CHESS EXPERT COURTNEY JAMISON
    • JULIE O'NEILL - CHESS LIFE EDITOR (SEPTEMBER 1989 TO OCTOBER 1990)
    • NITA PATEL - USCF LOCAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - CHIEF DIRECTOR OF OVER 70 RATED CHESS TOURNAMENTS SINCE SEPTEMBER 2004
    • ALEX RELYEA - FIDE ARBITER - USCF ASSOCIATE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR - SCORED THE VERY FIRST GAME WIN IN RRSO HISTORY
    • ROBERT SMELTZER (DECEASED) - STILL HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST RATED CHESS GAMES PLAYED IN ONE YEAR (2,266 GAMES)
    • ROBERT VAN HOUSEN - CLUB OFFICER AND WEB MASTER FOR THE OLD WATAUGA CHESS CLUB (NOW KNOWN AS THE TARRANT COUNTY CHESS CLUB)
    • BRUCE WELLS - OKLAHOMA CITY CHESS CHAMPION (1997) - UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE MOST FANATICAL CHESS PLAYER IN OKLAHOMA BECAUSE OF PLAYING IN ALL FOURTEEN RRSO EVENTS

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