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3 BCS Alumni Among 14 Contenders for US Championship!

Three former Berkeley Chess School Students are among the 14 players in this year's U.S. Chess Championship! Grandmaster Sam Shankland, the 2018 U.S. Champ, and GM Christopher Yoo are 3/6 so far, with GM Hans Niemann 2.5/6 The biggest upset of the tournament so far was in Round 2, with the youngest player in the [...]

October 12th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Samford Fellowship Winners

BCS alumni GM Hans Niemann and GM Christopher Yoo (facing off here in last year's Junior Championship) win 2022 Samford Fellowships! Photo by Crystal Fuller and the SLCC

August 5th, 2022|News|0 Comments

GM Sam Shankland 44 player Simul

On Sunday, July 24th 2022, the Berkeley Chess School hosted a Simultaneous Exhibition by GM Sam Shankland, a BCS alumnus, author, and current member of the U.S, Olympic Team.. Sam is a hometown hero, beginning his chess career in a BCS afterschool class at Glorietta Elementary School in Orinda, and is now ranked 26th in [...]

August 4th, 2022|News|0 Comments

Great competition at the Berkeley Quads!

Feb 16th we held our Monthly Quads in Berkeley with 32 participants Quad 1 was won by the top seed Tobias Stowell with a perfect 3/3 Best game was won by Yasmine Waharte. There is a famous trap in the Kings Gambit that goes 1)e4 e5 2)f4 Bc5 3)fxe5?? Qh5! and game over Black wins. [...]

February 20th, 2019|Blog, News|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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
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