Queen City Classic Chess In Schools Program
The Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund's mission is to empower children by fostering self-esteem, sportsmanship, and critical thinking through the game of chess. CCPF's Queen City Classic Chess Tournament will celebrate the 15th annual event on March 11th-12th, 2015. Selling out at 700 students the past few years, CCPF relies on committed volunteers like the Cincinnati Chess Club to make the event successful.
Through the success of the QCC Chess Tournament, CCPF saw a growing enthusiasm for chess in the Cincinnati community. Inspired by the many benefits chess offers young minds, CCPF launched the Chess in Schools Program in September, 2013. The program places trained chess instructors in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Greater Cincinnati to teach the game to local students. Providing both in-school and after-school chess lessons, CCPF empowers children by cultivating skills that will serve them throughout their lives: critical thinking, concentration, patience, and sportsmanship.
If you are interested in learning more about the QCC Chess Tournament or Chess in Schools Program, please contact 1-866-PSCHESS or visit www.ccpf.org!
2015-2016 Participating Schools:
- Bellevue Middle School
- Chase Elementary
- Cheviot Elementary
- The Children's Home of Cincinnati
- Dayton High School
- Ethel Taylor Academy
- Evanston Academy
- Glenn O. Swing Elementary
- Holmes Middle School
- John G. Carlisle Elementary
- Latonia Elementary
- Lincoln Elementary
- Midway School
- Mt. Airy Elementary
- Ninth District Elementary
- Pleasant Hill Academy
- Pleasant Ridge Montessori
- Roberts Academy
- Roll Hill School
- Roselawn Condon School
- Sixth District Elementary
- Three Rivers Elementary
- Winton Hills Academy
Blindfold Championship and Chess Bazaar
A blindfold tournament was held on December 4th and 11th, with the final on December 18th during the annual Christmas party and chess bazaar.
Participants included Robert Chenault, Keevin Lee, Hans Multhopp and John Randolph. In a knockout format, Hans and John survived to the final round on December 18th. The night included food for everyone, an auction of chess books and equipment, and the blindfold final. Hans Multhopp donated a chocolate chess set for the final! So pieces were not only captured, but eaten! Here is the blindfold final game:
White: FM Hans Multhopp Black: John Randolph
Notes by Randolph
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2015 City Championship - Russ Wilson Wins
Russ Wilson is the new Cincinnati city champion! In Round 6 the final round, Russ was paired with 14-time champion Sergey Berchenko. Late in this game Sergey was up an outside passed pawn, while Russ had initiative towards Sergey's king and a time advantage. As spectators gathered, Sergey took his king to the center of the board where he had pawns and active pieces to defend it. A draw became possible as the players repeated moves - Russ angling for a path to Sergey's king and Sergey parrying the threats. Sergey broke the repetition and played for the win. Russ maintained the initiative, and broke through to a decisive advantage after Sergey ran very short on time.
Russ defeated three masters on his way to clear first.
Five-time champion FM Hans Multhopp took second, while William Morriss and Jeff Davis tied for third. David Rief, Anthony Bayless and Robert Chenault each took home class prizes.
Here are the final standings:
|#||Name||Rtng||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Tot|
|3||William S Morriss||2055||W12||L2||W10||W13||D1||D5||4.0|
|4||Jeffrey Stu Davis||1761||L7||W14||W9||H---||H---||W13||4.0|
|5||John B Randolph||2216||D6||W9||D8||L1||W15||D3||3.5|
|7||John M Miller||2058||W4||L1||W15||L6||W8||L2||3.0|
|8||Anthony W Bayless||2001||W13||D6||D5||L2||L7||W14||3.0|
|10||David B Rief||1590||D9||H---||L3||L12||W17||X16||3.0|
|12||James T Lake||1719||L3||L15||D11||W10||L9||W18||2.5|
|13||Andrew L Ehrman||1706||L8||D11||W14||L3||W16||L4||2.5|
|15||Justin Thom Storn||1810||L2||W12||L7||W17||L5||L9||2.0|
|18||Jeff H Benjamin(House Player)||1734||U---||U---||U---||U---||U---||L12||0.0|