Thursday, October 17, 2019

Columbia Represents; NM Mike Sailer SC Champion

The Columbia Chess Club came out in full force at the 80th SC Chess Championship on Oct 12-13 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

In the Open Section, Congratulations are in order to NM Mike Sailer (2214) on a great performance to claim SC Champion at the SC Chess Championships! Mike finished the tournament with 3.5/5 points.  This is NM Sailer's second SC Championship and 19th overall. Before moving to South Carolina from North Dakota he claimed the ND championship 17-times. North Carolina resident Prady Kothapalli (2183) won the Open Section going undefeated and scoring 4.5/5.

In the U1800 section, Eli Moore(1800) pushed hard for the win in the last round averting a 4 way tie for first place.  Eli played mature and solid chess on his way to an undefeated 4.5/5 point event.  Dan Quigley(1799) tied for second place with 4.0 points and claimed the section's Senior prize.

In the U1400 section, Eren Bilen, playing in his first weekend tournament, played unrelenting chess on his way to a 4.5 point event and U1400 SC Champion.  Also playing in his first weekend tournament, Krishna Somesula scored 4 points on his way to a sole second place finish.  The event was tension filled. Sections were undecided to the last pawn push, with the top boards in the U1400 and U1800 were the last two games playing.

Upcoming tournaments:
Round 1 Firefly Long tournament Oct 17-Nov 7th.  1 Round per week. 2 Sections Open and U1505.
Midlands Scholastic Chess League I Oct 19 Adult Section

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

80th SC Chess Championships

The 80th SC Chess Championships is upcoming on October 12-13.

5-round swiss, Game 90/+30 incr;   (Rd. 1 is: G75/+30)

Special Saturday only Amateur Tournament (4-round swiss; G30/d5)

Sections:  Open – FIDE-rated
                U1800 (Under 1600 prizes)
                U1400 (Under 1200, U1000 prizes)
                Amateur Saturday Only(1 section)

Schedule:2-day (Sat. – 10:00 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
                Saturday Amateur(Sat. – 10:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.)
                State Affiliate Meeting 1:30 PM Sunday or immediately after Rd 4

Byes:                One half-point byes allowed; must be requested before round 3.No 5th round byes.
Prizes:          $2600 total.  Based on 50 Total Entries
Open $1,000 – $500 – $300 - $250 – $150 – $125 – $125 – $100 – $100 – $100
Under prizes:  U2100, U1850, U1550, U1200:  $151 – 101 each section
Scholastic:  5 trophies in each of the three sections
Entry fee:        $65 received by Oct 9th, 2019; $75 thereafter or on site; Re-entry fee:  $25
        State Affiliate membership required, dues SCCA $10, Other state memberships accepted.
Amateur:  $20 received by Oct. 9, 2019; $25 thereafter or on site.
Enter:        Online ( or mail fee with entry information to:  Daniel M. Smith, 407 White Falls Dr., Columbia, SC 29212.
                Registration on site:  Sat.: 8:30-9:30a.m.
Hotel:        Hilton Garden Inn (803) 407-6640 mention chess, or reserve through our website:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

New Meeting Location FireFly Toys and Games

We are now meeting at Firefly Toys and Games at 736 St. Andrews Rd. Columbia, SC 29210. Meeting time start at 7:00 pm and rated play starts at 7:30 pm. Please register for rated events by 7:15 pm each Thursday evening.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Chess in 2019

Ashland 2019.1 began with Round 1 on Jan 3.  A bakers dozen of players pining for chess action came out to kick the year off right after a long Holiday break.

Round 2 is Thursday Jan 10th Register by 7:15Round starts at 7:30

Four round Swiss.  G60 +30s inc
Two Sections, Open & Amateur (U1505). Sections may be combined based on attendance.

One round a week for four weeks.

Entry fee $2 for club members, $5 for non-members

You do not have to play every round. 

Upcoming Tournaments:

Jan 19 - GSSM Jan Open - Hartsville, SC
Jan 25 - 27 Land of the Sky - Asheville, NC
Feb 9-10  Columbia Open - Columbia, SC
Feb 23 - Reverse Angle - Charlotte, NC