Yearly Archives: 2018


Berkeley Chess School students do well at State Championship!

On December 8th and 9th, sixty-two BCS students competed in this year’s CalChess Grade-Level State Championship, held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. In this tournament, players compete within their grade for individual, school, and club prizes.  BCS fielded club teams in every grade (except 9th, 11th, and 12th grades) Our small but mighty [...]

December 12th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments wrote a wonderful article about The Berkeley Chess School

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December 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Northern California wins big at North American Youth

Congratulations to the all of the following Northern California medalists at the #NorthAmericanYouth in Mexico. IM LADIA JIRASEK (Gold U18)  WIM ROCHELLE WU (Gold Girls U20 + WGM norm)  WFM KIMBERLY LIU (Silver Girls U20 + WIM Title on 2000 rating)  FM ADRIAN KONDAKOV (Gold U12 + Title on 2100 rating)  CM ERIC LI (Silver U12) CM VYOM [...]

November 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Welcome home, Kevin Walters

Kevin Walters, then and now. 2002 quad in San Leandro, and last week. Kevin Walters was a BCS student and a BCS teacher, before heading to UC Davis. He's returned to the area to continue law school at UC Berkeley, and he played his first game at the new Berkeley Chess Club building last Friday. [...]

November 19th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Nice win by NM Rochelle Wu in Round 1 at the Weekender

[Event "Berkeley Weekender"] [Site "Berkeley"] [Date "2018.11.09"] [Round "3"] [White "Pranav Senthilkumar"] [Black "NM Rochelle Wu"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "54"] [Setup "1"]   1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 a6 6.c5 Nbd7 7.Qc2 g6 8.Bd3 Bg7 9.b4 0-0 10.0-0 Re8 11.Bb2 e5 12.dxe5 Ng4 13.e6 fxe6 14.e4 Rf8 15.h3 Ngf6 16.Rfe1 [...]

November 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boo! (Spooky Swiss prizewinners, pictures, an endgame)

40 players haunted the Berkeley Chess School playing hall Oct, 27 for the Spooky Swiss, directed by Bryon Doyle.   b>Prizewinners 800+ 1  Tobias Stowell  4 2-4  Elias Ross  3 2-4  Ethan Rapuano  3 2-4  James Lin  3 5-7  Sam Reynolds  2.5 5-7  Sam Reynolds  2.5 5-7  Sadhana Arivo  >2.5 Under 800 1  Kyle Cambra  3.5 2-4  Christopher Bei  3 2-4  rhianna jane lope  3 2-4  Joseph Kim Fitzgerald  2.5 5  Jacob Gould  2.5 Under 400 1  Justin Wu  3.5 2  Aradhana Arivoli  3 [...]

October 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Bishops after knights

In the 6th game of the 1909 Capablanca-Marshall match, Black developed his queen bishop prematurely by 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.c3 Bg4. By pinning the f3-knight, ...Bc8-g4 can help Black pressure a white pawn at d4, but White hadn't committed the d-pawn yet, and 5.d3 left little promise for the g4-bishop. The bishop [...]

October 9th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Three share the top prize at Berkeley Open

Facing competition from a free tournament in Oakland and a particularly-fun adults-and-analog-clocks-only event in Carmichael, the Berkeley Open drew 60 players in four sections Sept. 14-16. Bryon Doyle directed. Derek Sijing Wu, who shared 1-3 place in the master section, played the game of the event. Accidents happen White played Nb4-a2+. Black, having declined a [...]

September 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Beautiful Tactical Game at the Berkeley Open!

[Event "Berkeley Open"] [Site "Berkeley"] [Date "2018.09.15"] [Round "3"] [White "NM Derek Wu"] [Black "Michael Anderson"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "54"] [Setup "1"] 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.Bxf6 exf6 5.e3 Be6 6.Bd3 c6 7.Qf3 g6 8.h4 h5 9.Nh3 Bd6 10.Ne2 Nd7 11.Nhf4 Bf7 12.c3 Qe7 13.b4 Nf8 14.b5 Ne6 15.Rb1 0-0 16.Rh3 Ng5 [...]

September 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Solano Avenue Association ‘completely thrilled’ with this year’s Solano Avenue Stroll

The Berkeley Chess School welcomed all comers to our booth at the Solano Avenue Stroll Sept. 9, which attracted more than 300,000 people to see more than 400 vendor booths and 40 entertainment acts. "For an event this size, we call it a success if it goes without major injuries, unusual police activity, or property [...]

September 11th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments
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