From Dec 27-30 2017, the Harvard traveling chess team finished as the 7th best school(and 11th best team) in a field of 41 schools (and 58 teams) at the 2017 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championship in Columbus, Ohio.
Going into the last round, our four-person team had 4.0/5.0 match points and a chance to qualify for the Final Four of College Chess, but we couldn’t pull off the upset against #2-seeded St. Louis University, which featured an average USCF rating of 2702!
Harvard competed against colleges that field the world's elite players and that specifically recruit for chess. With our lineup, our 4.0/6.0 result was good enough for =8th and 11th on tiebreaks, and we finished tied for the top spot out of non-chess-scholarship schools.
Congrats to GM Darwin Yang and IM Richard Wang for both drawing super-GMs rated in the top-100 in the world in the last round, and to FM Varun Krishnan and NM Bryan Hu for scoring key victories in our individual victory against the University of Michigan, which was the top-seeded non-scholarship school going in to the tournament.
Overall, it was good to be back at Pan-Ams for the first time since 2013!
Playing for Harvard were NM Bryan Hu, Kendrick Nguyen, Bary Lisak, Annie Zhao, and Alex Su. Congrats to Yale on a hard-fought match and thank you to our Bulldog chess friends for hosting!
Ohio State University will be hosting the 2017 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championship from December 27-30, 2017.
As the 2017-18 roster of the travelling Harvard Chess Club team members is the strongest undergraduate lineup Harvard has even seen in its long and storied history, we are looking to compete in Pan-Ams and establish Harvard as a chess power. In order to do so, we need to raise funds for travel, lodging, and entry fees.
Stay tuned for updates on our progress through our journey to bring collegiate chess glory back to Cambridge, MA!
This year's exclusive HCC shirts have arrived and are open to purchase! Please see the T-Shirts tab under the Team page for more information and contact Bryan Hu at email@example.com to place your order. There are a limited quantity available, so get yours before they run out.
Please include "Harvard Chess Club Shirts" in the subject line and choose a shirt size of S, M, or L. All proceeds will help fund the team's travel to 2017 Pan-Ams.
Harvard Chess Club ran and hosted the inaugural Harvard Chess Clash, a G/20, four-round Swiss tournament with a $100 prize fund, played in the Bullitt Room of Quincy House.
Congratulations to Brian Salomon for a perfect 4.0/4.0 in the Open section, while Holger Droessler and Ofer tied for second place a point behind. The Reserve section witnessed a four-way tie for first place, as Sam Bieler, Steve Stepak, Lan Leschly, and Belino Xhafa all posted 3.0/4.0.
Read a recap of the event with pictures here, kindly put together by Steve Stepak of the Boylston Chess Club.
For the third year in a row, Harvard has won the annual Harvard-Yale match, this time by a score of 5-0. This marks the first time in recorded history that the match has ended in a whitewash.
Playing for Harvard were GM Darwin Yang, IM Richard Wang, NM Varun Krishnan, NM Bryan Hu, and Ellen Xiang. Congrats to the Harvard team for yet another victory!
On the eve of the Harvard-Yale football game, a much different version of The Game takes place: five chess players each of the best that the Crimson and Bulldogs have to offer go head-to-head in a five-board chess match. The tradition dates back for decades.
In 2015, Harvard defeated Yale in New Haven by a score of 4-1 to take the Wolff Cup. Playing for the Crimson were NM Varun Krishnan, NM Bryan Hu, Ellen Xiang, Taylor Bagley, and George Qi. This marks the second year in a row that Harvard has defeated Yale!
On November 21, 2014, the Friday night before the Harvard-Yale football game, Harvard's chess team faced Yale's team. The match and football game took place at Harvard this year.
Playing on Harvard's team were (in order of board number): NM Jake Miller, Michael Thaler, George Qi, Aaron Landesman, and Joanne Koong. Holger Droessler played for tiebreaks. Playing on Yale's team (in order of board number): Robert Hess, Mitchell Powell, Josh Divine, Achutha Raman, and Melina Sanchez, with Ian Gonzalez playing for tiebreaks.
Michael Thaler, Aaron Landesman, and Joanne Koong won which gave Harvard a 3-2 win. Additionally, Holger Droessler won his board. A huge congrats to the Harvard chess team on their fine victory!
Harvard inched out MIT 8-7 in the Harvard vs. MIT chess match that took place on MIT's campus on November 9, 2014.
Playing for Harvard were: George Qi, Aaron Landesman, Holger Droessler, Vincent Nguyen, Mike Griffin, Steve Stepak, Rugsit Kanan, Jon Ascherman, Connor Roberts, Alexander Su, Deng-Tung Wang, Yue Huang, Raghu Dhara, Cole Henderson, and Henry Yi.
Tomorrow, Harvard will face MIT in a chess match at the MIT Stratton Student Center (W20-208). The event will take place from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. We wish our players the best of luck! Stay tuned for results.
We will be having our first meeting of the year this upcoming Wednesday, September 10 in Quincy Dining Hall from 8-10 pm. Newcomers, oldtimers, we hope to see you all there! For directions or further questions, please refer to the meetings page.
Come check out the Harvard Chess Club at the Activities Fair on Friday, September 5 from 4pm-7pm. Officers will be present to discuss information regarding meetings, tournaments, and more! Boards will be set up for casual blitz play. If you're interested, definitely pay us a visit!
Harvard's chess team won clear first for Mixed Doubles Champions at the 2014 World Amateur & U.S. Team East in New Jersey. Congratulations to Almir Dzhumaev, Joanne Koong, Nisha Deolalikar, and Rugsit Kanan for their hard work. Full results can be viewed at the tournament website.
Earning 3 points out of 6 with 3 wins and 3 loses, Harvard received first place U2000 at the annual Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship in Lubbock, Texas held over December 27-30. This year marked the 60th anniversary of the intercollegiate tournament. There were 42 teams and 175 players in competition. Congratulations to Aaron Landesman, Jake Miller, Vincent Nguyen, and Indira Puri for their hard work! Full results can be viewed at the tournament website.
The Harvard chess squad pulled off a 3.5 - 0.5 win over Yale in Lubbock, Texas at the annual Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship held over December 27-30. The top three boards secured stunning victories along with a draw on the fourth board to solidify the triumph. Full results for the tournament will be posted soon!
We will be having our first meeting of the year this Wednesday in Quincy Dining Hall from 8-10 pm. Newcomers, oldtimers, we hope to see you all there! For directions or further questions, please refer to the meetings page.
Come check out the Harvard Chess Club at the Activities Fair today from 4pm - 7pm. Officers will be present to discuss information regarding meetings, tournaments, and more! Boards will be set up for casual blitz play. If you're interested, definitely pay us a visit!