TCA Newsletter April 2014              Volume 57, Issue 1

Tennessee Chess News

Please plan on joining us for the 2014 Tennessee Open State Championship on 
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, 2014. We are very grateful to Volkswagen Chattanooga for hosting this year's event.  The TCA Annual Membership Meeting will be Sunday at 1:00pm, Eastern Time Zone.  For full details, please visit

Individuals interested in learning and playing the game of chess, can participate Saturday, September 6,  2014, from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm at 504 Market Street ( Krutch Park) in downtown Knoxville, TN. This is the first annual Chess in the Park, sponsored by the City of Knoxville Special Events, an event for non- scholastic chess players.  Don't miss the opportunity to observe, learn, and play your hand at chess.  There will be workshops, demonstrations, and give- aways to families participating.  Are you a player looking for a pick-up game or a parent that wants your child to develop confidence, analytical skills or learn how to get a chess club started at your school?  Again, you won't want to miss this free opportunity to ask expert chess instructors and players what it takes to excell in chess and have loads of fun playing your friends and colleagues. 
For more information about this event contact:
Michael O. Moore

Our Scholastic Chessplayers represented Tennessee well at the Nationals events last spring.  
In May, at the 2014 National Elementary Championship in Dallas, these TN players had notable successes:

K-1 Championship (307 players)
Fuller Hessel tied 3rd, placed 11th

K-3 Championship (259 players)  
Logan Wu placed 17th
Tanish Kothapalle placed 24th

K-5 Championship (371 players)
Adam Wang placed 16th

In April, at the 2014 National Junior High Championship, an event with almost 1300 players, these TN players made the top 25:

K-8 U750 (355players)
Jose Miranda placed 12th
Robert Kassees placed 17th
Logan Ogle placed 21st

K-9 U1250 (212 players)
Morgan Elrod-Erickson placed 4th
Suhas Gummadi placed 6th
Chirath Illukpitya placed 9th
Jesus Miranda placed 13th
Hemi Rambha placed 15th
Russell Harper placed 20th
Pranav Mudiam placed 22nd
Hunter Underwood placed 24th

Congratulations to all these TN scholastic players!

Email your TCA Board of Directors
  President- Malcolm Estrada 
  Vice President-  Paul Semmes
  Secretary/Membership-  Chris Prosser
  Treasurer-  Angela McElrath-Prosser
  Scholastic Coordinator-  Harry Sabine 
  Internet Coordinator-  Karoly Mirnics
  East TN Director-  Victor Suich
  West TN Director-  Alan Kleiman
  News Coordinator-  Tiffany Andrews Elliott


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Chess Puzzle

White to move, Mate in 3

From Staunton-Horwitz 1846

Head over to our website to view TN Chessplayer games.  This edition of What A Game features Luke Weishaar, winner of a four year scholarship to Tennessee Tech University from the TN State Team Championship. 

Upcoming Events

8-30-14 - 8-31-14  Tennessee Open 
Chattanooga, TN

Chess in the Park
Knoxville, TN

 Cumberland County 
Fall Open

Crossville, TN 

East TN Scholastic
Fall Open

Milligan College, TN

Nashville Predators
Chess Day

Nashville, TN

1-17-15 - 1-18-15
Tennessee Winter Open
Henry Horton State Park

Individual Scholastic State Championship Qualifiers

Team Scholastic State Championship Qualifiers

For more events: 


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