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Opportunities missed at the BCS G/45 tournament

NM Bryon Doyle and Class B players Timothy Werby and Sos Hakobyan each scored 3-1 to share 1st-3rd place at the BCS G/45 June 30 at The Berkeley Chess School.  Doyle directed eight players in the open G/45, and six in the blitz tournament following, where he won again with 5-1, tied with NM Michael [...]

July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Games, News|0 Comments

GRANDMASTER SAM SHANKLAND WINS US CHAMPIONSHIP!

  Have you heard the news?!?!? Berkeley Chess School alumnus, Grandmaster Sam Shankland, was recently crowned the 2018 U.S Chess Champion! With 3 of the12 players in the competition rated among the top 10 in the world – GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Hikaru Nakamura & GM Wesley So –GM Sam Shankland finished undefeated, - won [...]

May 1st, 2018|Blog, News|0 Comments

Berkeley Friday Night students win big in Vegas!

Over holiday break a couple of our Friday Night students, Matthew and Suzie Erdenebileg, went to Las Vegas to play in the Annual North American Open. This is the biggest cash tournament in North America (besides the World Open) attracting 800 chess players . Matthew and Suzie played together as a team in the mixed [...]

January 18th, 2017|Blog, News|0 Comments

Masters rise to the top! At our Berkeley Weekender.

Masters Rise to the Top. BCS's 5th Weekender of the year had 8 titled players show up for our 100% guaranteed $1,500 Prize Fund. It was a hard fought weekend, but in the end 4 masters were able to stay ahead of the rest of the field and tie for first. Each took home $162.50 [...]

September 28th, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

Congratulations to Berkeley Chess School alumni: FM Josiah Stearman, and GM Sam Shankland

Congratulations to Berkeley Chess School alumni:   FM Josiah Stearman, who has made FIDE Master at age 12 and    GM Sam Shankland who is now #58 in the world at age 25.     Most of Josiah’s qualifying FIDE games were played locally either at Berkeley Chess Schools Friday night marathon or at the Mechanics  [...]

September 2nd, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

Fun times at our new Dublin summer camp!

We've just completed week 1 of our new full-day chess camp in Dublin. It was a great success, with 18 campers becoming much stronger players. Attending chess camp is the best way to improve, with four hours of lessons per day. And it's fun! Two levels were offered, one for students rated over 600, and [...]

July 11th, 2016|Blog, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NM Josiah Stearman wins Sacramento City Championship with 2595 Performance!

This year's Sacramento City Championship had its strongest line-up ever, with one Grandmaster, two International Masters, and five National Masters! Berkeley Chess School sent two National Masters to compete: 2014 Sacramento Champion Bryon Doyle, and 12-year-old World Youth contender Josiah Stearman. Josiah played extraordinarily well, winning against both of his  opponents on Saturday, starting with a [...]

July 11th, 2016|Blog, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls’ and Women’s Championships a Great Success!

The first Women’s California Chess Championship took place in Berkeley, California on April 2 and 3, 2016. The two-day event was sponsored by Cal Chess, NM James Eade, and The Berkeley Chess School, who hosted the tournament at the local historic landmark Hillside Elementary School. The tournament was well attended by players rated from [...]

April 13th, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

BCS March Weekender

In a field that included many masters, BCS alumnus NM Josiah Stearman scored a clear first with 4.5/5 and picked up 30 rating points! NM Ladia Jirasek took clear second with 4/5 in the March Weekender. In the Under 2000 Section Brendyn Estolas took clear first with 4.5/5 and tied for second were Farid Watson [...]

April 1st, 2016|Blog, News|0 Comments

Berkeley’s Spooky Swiss Tournament

This year Halloween fell on a Saturday. It was perfect timing for our annual Spooky Swiss chess tournament! Once a year we celebrate ghosts and goblins with a four-round tournament divided into three sections based on USCF ratings: Under 400, 400-799, and 800+. Seventy-four players participated, most wearing costumes!

December 2nd, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
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