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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

Berkeley Bishop Kick Off Party

On October 18th, all BCS students rated USCF 600 and up were invited to our Berkeley Bishops Kickoff Party! The Berkeley Bishops is our traveling chess team, facing off against other programs since 1984.This year’s party featured pizza, games, and special lectures

October 22nd, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments

BCS Students Shine at G/60 National Championships.

On the weekend of September 26th-27th The Bay Area hosted the G/60 National Championships. G/60 means all games are played in sixty minutes or less, per person. Many of our Berkeley students made the trip down to San Jose in order for the chance to compete for a national title. In the Under 1000 Section [...]

September 30th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
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