TCA Newsletter January 2016     Volume 61, Issue 1

Tennessee Chess News



TN Winter Open Chess Tournament:

Last Call for the 2016 Tennessee Winter Open at the beautiful Henry Horton this coming weekend, January 16 and 17.  $2,000 Prize Fund Unconditionally guaranteed. Ask for CHESS RATE when booking your room or cabin.  Sign up online now at

2016 Nashville City Championship:

Some of Nashville's best chess players gathered at the Nashville Chess Center this past weekend, January 8th-10th to compete for the title of 2016 City Champion.  The tournament has sections for Open, High School, Junior High, Elementary, and Primary covering all ages and skill levels.  The Qualifying events take place from September to December each year leading up to the event, and only the top 6 players make it in to each section.  Congratulations to all the qualifiers that made it that far!  Here are the 2016 City Champions: FM Todd Andrews, Nashville City Champion, Alexander Qin, High School City Champion, Joshua Campbell, Junior High City Champion, Hemi Rambha and Arya Jalem, Elementary City Co-Champions, and Buren Bradley and Ronit Chandra, Primary City Co-Champions. For full results and crosstables, visit  Check out our What a Game! series at in the coming weeks for added games from this event and more.

FM Todd Andrews, 2016 Nashville City Champion   

High School- (from left) John Morphett, Binula Illukpitya, Henrik Hahamyan, Alexander Qin, Sailesh Sitaram, and Turner Gough

Junior High- (from left) Connor Butler, Esha Karam, Tanuj Koli, Colin Tang, Joshua Campbell, and Chirath Illukpitya

Elementary- (from left) Roger Chen, Harry Campbell, Hemi Rambha, Arya Jalem, Dhruv Chandra, and Robert Cheng

Primary- (from left) Ronit Chandra, William Peng, Mason Gibbons, Fuller Hessel, Aziz Sahibnazarova, and Buren Bradley


Deadline January 17, 2016- 2016 TN Open
Deadline May 22, 2016- 2017 TN Winter Open
Deadline September 4, 2016- 2017 TN All-Girls  
Deadline September 4, 2016- 2017 Senior Open

Email your TCA Board of Directors
President Alan Kleiman 
Vice President- Paul Semmes
Secretary/Membership- Chris Prosser
Treasurer- Angela McElrath-Prosser
Scholastic Coordinator- Harry Sabine 
Internet Coordinator- Karoly Mirnics
Middle TN Director- Ron Burnett 
West TN Director- Michael Robertson
East TN Director- Malcolm Estrada

News Coordinator- Tiffany Andrews Elliott
Tournament Coordinator- Christy Kirchner


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Chess Puzzle

From Peng vs. Hessel
2016 Primary Nashville City Championship

White to Move 
Mate in 3 Moves

Visit TCA's website for new additions to our What a Game! series. 

Upcoming Events

1-16-16 to 1-17-16
TN Winter Open
Henry Horton State Park
Chapel Hill, TN

TN Regional Scholastic Individual Qualifiers

TN Scholastic Individual Finals
TN Tech University
Cookeville, TN 

TN All-Girls State Championship
Nashville Chess Center
Nashville, TN

Ron Seaney Memorial Scholastic Tournament
Percy Priest Elementary School
Nashville, TN

2-26-16 to 2-28-16
1st Annual Smoky Mountain Chess Tournament
Pigeon Forge, TN

TN Regional Scholastic Team Qualifier

TN State Scholastic Team Finals  

4-1-16 to 4-3-16
K-12 High School
National Championship
Atlanta, GA

4-15-16 to 4-17-16
K-9 Junior High 
National Championship
Indianapolis, IN

2016 Cumberland County Spring Open
Crossville, TN

TCCS Spring Individual and Team Scholastic
Tri-Cities Christian Schools
Blountville, TN

5-6-16 to 5-8-16
K-6 Elementary
National Championship
Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN

5-13-16 to 5-16-16
2016 TN Senior Open
Crossville, TN

Summer 2016
Scholastic Chess Summer
Camp Series
Nashville Chess Center

9-2-16 to 9-4-16
2016 TN Open 

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