2018 Barber Tournament Results

August 22, 2018

GM Awonder Liang Simul

Local GM Awonder Liang conducted a FREE 23 board Simul to open the US Open in Middleton, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 28.  Participants were players from the Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) with up to seven participants from each of the three events.  In addition, our two guests were the Mayor of Middleton, Mr. Gurdip Brar and Dylan Denker (FL), grandson of GM Arnold Denker.  Simul results were 22 wins and one loss.  Congratulations to the following players:  Win–Tinh Son Nguyen (UT), Best Game–Tianhui (Cindy) Jie (FL) and Longest Game–Amanda Lossef (DC).

Barber Tournament Results

Congratulations to NM Andy Huang (VA), rated 2276 who scored 5.5/6 for clear First Place.  He received the $5,000 College/University Scholarship to the school of his choice.  Following Andy was FM Anthony Bi He (WA), rated 2337 who had only two draws to capture clear 2nd Place.   Third Place was a three-way tie with FM Arthur Guo (GA), rated 2315, NM Alexander Costello (CA-S), rated 2271 and FM Vincent Tsay (NY), rated 2273 were unable to move up.  Eight players tied for 6th Place.  There was a field of seven Masters and eleven Experts among the fifty-one participants which was the largest group to ever contest the title, Barber Champion of Champions.

FM Arthur Guo (GA) was the winner of the $500 Chess Scholarship for best result under the age of 13.

Further details can be found here:


Virginia clear first in State Team Competition

 Congratulations to Virginia on their First Place finish (14.5/18) ending any doubt that their state team average (2213) was strong enough to take the top spot.  Their team was lead by Denker representative, IM Praveen Balakrishnan (5.5/6) rated 2496.  Barber representative, NM Andy Huang (5.5/6) rated 2276 and National Girls representative Vivian Cao-Dao (3.5/6) rated 1866 completed the effort.  The Second Place team was Washington State that had a team average (2310) and was one point behind Virginia.  There was a two-way tie for 3rd Place between Southern California and Massachusetts.

State Team winners in the Under Sections: (Under 2100) Arizona.  In the (Under 1900) it was Connecticut and in the (Under 1700) section was Indiana.  Complete results can be found at: