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:

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:

Blindfold Championship Game - December 18, 2015
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:

2015 Cincinnati City Championship

#NameRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Tot
1Russell Wilson2074W11W7W2W5D3W6 5.5
2Hans Multhopp2211W15W3L1W8W6W7 5.0
3William S Morriss2055W12L2W10W13D1D5 4.0
4Jeffrey Stu Davis1761L7W14W9H---H---W13 4.0
5John B Randolph2216D6W9D8L1W15D3 3.5
6Sergey Berchenko2210D5D8W17W7L2L1 3.0
7John M Miller2058W4L1W15L6W8L2 3.0
8Anthony W Bayless2001W13D6D5L2L7W14 3.0
9Robert Chenault1910D10L5L4H---W12W15 3.0
10David B Rief1590D9H---L3L12W17X16 3.0
11Daniel Cunningham1736L1D13D12H---L14W17 2.5
12James T Lake1719L3L15D11W10L9W18 2.5
13Andrew L Ehrman1706L8D11W14L3W16L4 2.5
14Jonathon Hibbard1339D16L4L13B---W11L8 2.5
15Justin Thom Storn1810L2W12L7W17L5L9 2.0
16Vito Carla1828D14L17H---H---L13F10 1.5
17Paul Poston874H---W16L6L15L10L11 1.5
18Jeff H Benjamin(House Player)1734U---U---U---U---U---L12 0.0