Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids

The aim of VC Chess Kids is to develop future chess champions and better learners in schools!

The aim of Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids is to develop future chess champions and better learners in schools!

Congratulations Dhruva for finishing 12th Place in the World Cadet Championship in Beijing, China! Despite suffering from flu, Dhruva went on to finish the tournament and could have finished inside TOP 5 had he won the last round. We are proud of your effort!

Completion of World cadet championship.we are happy with the result because during tournament Dhruva got very sick because of Flu. He fought and recovered in the end. He won 7 games 4 loss. Got 12th place in the world. He learned lot from this tournament. Thanks all for your support. Special thanks to CoachJoseph, Coach WGM Katerina Nemcova, Pravin tambe and all family back in India and USA for guidance and support.!!

Congratulations Dhruva Patil for ranking 1st in the World! This is really a special achievement!

Washington International: VC Chess Kids Results

Under 2200 Section:
Dhruva Patil (1975 USCF) scores 5/9 points in the Under 2200 Section winning $250. Dhruva beat WFM Anuprita (2160 USCF) in round 2 with the black pieces. Dhruva lost to players rated, 2140, 2200, 2100, 1900. He went on to win his last 3 remaining rounds beating Aadithya Pillai (1850), Kevin Su (1880), and Yogeshwar Sridhar (1900).

Anish Mariappan finished with 6/9 points and Ananya Ananth scores 5/9 points in the Under 1800 Section.

Congratulations to all our kids.
Fight Like Fischer!

### Panamericano de Ajedrez de la Juventud 2019 - Guayaquil, Ecuador (2019 Pan American Youth Chess Championships)

There were 621 players across 11 sections or divisions by age groups (for male and female) from 25 countries and dependent territories represented. This was Brian's first time competing at Pan-Am. Competing in the age category of Under 12 (U12-A), he qualified as the Official Representative (OR) for the United States, earning this honor from his achievements. That said, there were also pressures and stress that came with that distinction as well.

With a starting rank of #18 out of 76 players in the U-12A section, Brian competed against players from the following countries during the course of the tournament: Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, and USA.

Highlights from the tournament: Brian drew against the #1 ranked U-12 player from Panama, won against the #3 ranked U-12 player from Colombia for the final round, and also won against the #3 ranked (and top seed in the section) U-12 player from Canada in the blitz tournament.

Brian played a good tournament overall but missed the chance to place for a medal; he did finished strong with 6/9 pts placing in the top 10 (#10) in the section, improving his standard FIDE rating.

He also participated in the Pan-Am FIDE Blitz tournament as a side event and improved his FIDE blitz rating as well.

This has been a good experience, honor, a learning opportunity, bonding time and further augments Brian's chess goals as he builds up his international experience and exposure.

#chesslife #chesstravel #nevergiveup #chessparents

Another successful Summer Chess Camp: Endgame Strategy

Brian Tay will be competing and representing the United States in the ### Panamericano de Ajedrez de la Juventud: Guayaquil 2019 (2019 Pan American Youth Chess Championships) which runs from July 20 – 27 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Go Brian! Go USA!

Congratulations to my student Dhruva Patil for being the highest ranked player in his age group in U.S. I’m so happy and proud studying with this kid since he was 4 years old.

Congratulations to our Wednesday Group Student Barzin for winning 5/5 in the Under 2000 Continental Chess Tournament. Barzin was my student since he was a complete beginner and now inching closer to 2000 USCF rating. He won over $1000 over the weekend.

Dhruva Patil

Great job Dhruva!

Amazing performance by Dhruva in International Chesskid chess tournament...Dhruva won individual Gold and Silver in Team. Below is Live commentary video.

Good luck to our two students who will play today in the 1st Ever ChessKid Games!

Link to watch on Twitch at on Saturday (June 1st) at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Article Link:
Go Brian and Dhruva!

Have fun in this special event!

1st Ever 'ChessKid Games' This Saturday

We are proud to announce that two of our students were invited to play in the 1st Ever ChessKids Games!

Let`s cheer for both Dhruva Patil and Brian Tay!

Link to watch on Twitch at on Saturday (June 1st) at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Article Link: Ten of the most talented American juniors and ten more child prodigies will partner up and face off in the inaugural "ChessKid Games" on June 1. The competition is the marquee event for, the scholastic extension of The 20 players will form 10 teams of two players and will com...

2019 Cherry Blossom Chess Festival: Under 2100 Section

Congratulations to our Prodigy Chess Program student Dhruva Patil (8 Yrs old) for finishing strong 3rd-4th with 5.5/7 points.

He entered the section as the youngest participant, but led for the most part of the tournament. At some point, Dhruva was 5/5 points, but lost the 6th round and drew the last round to the eventual champions.

Dhruva is currently rated 1965 USCF.

We are very proud of you!

Round 1: WON vs. Abhinav Mundayat (K6. National Champion) 2088 USCF
Round 2: WON vs. Anatoly Bishkek - 1946 USCF
Round 3: WON vs. CM Robert Forney - 2018 USCF
Round 4: WON vs. Roman Goldovsky - 2060 USCF
Round 5: WON vs. Eric Sheng Wu - 2019 USCF (2018 Spain World Cadet Championship Representative)
Round 6: Loss vs. Jonathan Xu
Round 7: DRAW vs. Eric Kurtz - 2070 USCF

DMV FIDE Team Event: Round 1

Our team which is named THE PRODIGIES won their match against the TABIYA TECHNOLOGY 2.5-1.5 behind the wins provided by Ian Barruel and Dhruva Dinesh Patil. NM Jason Liang played the top board and drew with NM Collier. Ronen Wilson dropped his game against Victor Guzman.

Ian Barruel out calculated his veteran opponent in a highly tactical attack and counter attacking game.

8 year old Dhruva Patil won a textbook attack against Philip Newcomb.

Annual MD Open:

Congratulations to our students!

Under 1500 Section:
1. Arad Badiee finished solo 1st with 4.5/5 points

Under 1900 Section:
1. Barzin Badiee finished strong 2nd with 4/5 points. Barzin is now over 1900 USCF.

2. Alan Jegan finished with 3.5/5 improving his rating to 1760 USCF.

Under 1700 Section:
1. Kent Slate finished with 3.5/5 points and has improved to 1530 USCF.

Prodigy Chess Program: Advanced Wednesday Class. Friends and rivals meet up! Plenty of interesting match ups and quality games! Compete and learn with each other.

Welcome back Dhruva Patil in Virginia!

We are proud to share the accomplishments of these kids:
5 Individual State Championship Titles
2 Individual National Championship Titles
4 Top Girl Titles
1 Official Representative in the 2019 World Cadet Championship in China

1st Colonial Open: Under 2100 Section:

Congratulations to our Wednesday Advanced student Barzin Badiee for finishing 2nd with 4/5 points. Barzin is few points away from crossing the 1900 USCF rating.

2019 Spring Chess Camp:

Rosa Lee Carter K-5 CHESS:

Congratulations to our Level 2 student Xander Nguyen for finishing tied for 1st with 4/4 points.

He also beat a player who has a USCF rating close to 1700.

Job well done Xander!

2019 Va State Championship: K-3

We are proud to say that 7 of the Top 10 Players in the K-3 Championship Section are students of VC Chess Kids!

Congratulations to all our students!

Our very own Dhruva Patil is the OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE of the U.S. Team For the World Youth Championship In China and Pan American in Ecuador!

We are so proud of you Dhruva!

Big News : Dhruva is USA official representative for World Youth Chess Championship 2019 in China and Pan America in Ecuador

World championship will be played in Weifang, China on Aug 20 - Sept 3 2019

More details :

2019 Va State Championship: K-3 Championship Section

Our student Srinandasai “Nandu” Ari finished strong and clear 2nd with 4.5/5 points.

We are so proud and happy of your victory Nandu!


We fight like Bobby Fischer!

2019 Va State Championship: K-5

Congratulations to our student WCM Chance Nguyen for winning her first ever State Championship (Co-Champ) and the Top Girl Award for 3 consecutive years!

You are simply a fighter!

We are so proud of you!

We Fight Like Bobby Fischer!

2019 State Blitz Championship (Elementary):

Our student Brian Tay is the Champion with a dominating performance of 7.5/8 points.

Brian - You are simply amaaaazing!

Congratulations and Keep it Up!

2019 Pennsylvania State Championship:

Brian had a great result playing in the Open section.

He finished with 3/5 pts including his first win against a National Master (USCF 2200) and shared in the three-way prize money of the combined U2000 and U2200 class prize at the conclusion of the tournament.

Good job, Brian. Keep it up!

March 2019: McNair Scholastic Championship:

Congratulations to our students:

K-12: Chance Nguyen finished 3rd with 3/4 points.
K-3: Xander Nguyen finished 1st with 5/5 points.
K-3: Suhas Devarakonda finished 2nd with 4/5 points.
K-3: Michael Morrison finished with 3/5 points.

We are proud of you!

Our students weekly updates:

2019 George Washington Open:

Congratulations to Brian for finishing 9th with 3.5/5 points in the strong Under 2100 Section. 10 year old Brian started with 3 wins and a draw before losing his last round game against the eventual champion.

Congratulations to Srimayi for finishing with 4/5 points (2 draws and 3 wins) that puts her tied for 3rd.

Brian and Srimayi finished 2nd in the Mixed Doubles winning $$$.

We are so proud of you!

[02/26/19]   Baltimore Open: Under 1600
Chance Nguyen (Wednesday Group Advanced Student): tied for 2nd Place with 4/5 points.

[02/26/19]   Chesapeake Open Under 1500
Pranav Swaminathan - 5.5/7 points

McNair K-5: Congratulations to kindergarten Ryan Liu for finishing 2nd Place with 3.5/4 points!

Jan 2019: Boston Chess Congress: Under 2100

Overall, Brian had a good performance with 3.5/5 finishing #10 out of #56.

On Saturday night, he also played in the blitz tournament, winning $$$ for the U2100 section with 6/8 points!

Brian is now about 1930 rated USCF.

Congratulations and Keep it Up!

Congratulations to our little chess kid Dhruva Patil for finishing the year 2018 as the number 1 in the Under 7 year old in the nation.

We are so proud of you and hope to see more success in the future!

2018 National Grade Level Chess Championship:

Congratulations to all Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids students who competed against the best players in the nation.

2nd Grade: Dhruva - 3rd Place (6/7 points)
2nd Grade: Nehan - 28th Place (5/7 points)

3rd Grade: Owen Levine - 2nd Place (6/7 points)
3rd Grade: Neel Bhaskar - 2nd in under 1000 (4.5/7 points)
3rd Grade: Adhiryan -finished with 4/7 points

4th Grade: Ananya 11th Place - (5.5/7 points)

5th Grade: Brian tied for 2nd-5th (6/7 points)

7th Grade: Aadarsini finishes with 4 points in a very tough section. She beat a 1980 rated, but lost to 2 players rated 2100 and 2000.

***each section has almost 200 players

Praise God for this continuous success!

Thank you parents and students for your never ending trust and support of our chess program.

Instant Training games and rated blitz tournament with 3 Masters and 2 US Experts

Training games and rated blitz tournament with 3 National Masters and 2 US Experts

November McNair Chess:
K-5: Kindergartener Ryan Liu of Loudoun County scored 3/4 points to finish 5th in his section.

K-8: Yuvraj and Xander both finished with 3/4 points.


VC Chess Kid Chance Nguyen just arrived from Spain 🇪🇸 from her World Cadets Chess Championship scored a convincing win against a higher rated opponent.

2018 World Cadet Chess Championship:
VC Chess Kid Brian Tay finished with 6.5/11 points. Solid performance against world class competitions.

2018 World Cadets Chess Championship In Spain 🇪🇸!

Good luck to our 2 students who will represent Team USA!

Brian is back to back Virginia K-3 and K-5 Co-Champion. Brian is Ranked 80th out of 200 players in this World Youth Championship.

Chance is the back to back K-3 and K-5 Virginia Top Girl!

One other student was invited, but decided not to participate this year. He is the current Number 2 in the Age 7 and under in America today.

I’m so blessed to have a chance to study chess and get to know these kids.

Go VC Chess Kids! Go USA 🇺🇸!!!

DMV Chess League Season 3:

The Blind Monkeys (2.5) - VC Chess Kids (1.5)

(0) Philip Keisler (2050) - Ian Barruel (1961) (1)
(1) Stephen Jablon (1973) - Aadarsini Ayypan (1571) (0)
(1) Jamie Kowalski (1711) - Srimayi Merugu (1438) (0)
(.5) James Custodio (1561) - Chance Nguyen (1382) (.5)

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Amazing chess results for USA in the Olympiad!

Fabiano Caruana had big pressure on his shoulders as Wesley So had lost his game to Teimour Radjabov and Hikaru Nakamura had drawn against Arkadij Naiditsch. Everything was now down to Fabiano Caruana and Samuel Shankland to save USA in the match. Fabi played a fabulous heavy piece middlegame and dragged Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's king out in the open and checkmated him! This result helped USA to equal the scores and Shankland's victory helped the team to seal the match. USA beat Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 in an absolute thriller.

Our chess students` weekend results:

McNair Chess:

Quad: Chance Nguyen (will represent USA in the Girls Under 10 in Spain this November) finished 1st with 3/3 points.

K-3: Kindergartener Ryan Liu in his first ever tournament finished 1st with a score of 4.5/5 points

K-5: 3rd grader Srinandasai “Nandu” Ari finished 5th with 3/4 points.

K-8: 4th grader Akshaj Kalidindi finished 2nd with 3.5/ points. 3 wins and a bye.

Arlington Chess Club Open section:
VC Chess Kid Brian Tay (will represent USA in the Boys Under 10 in Spain this November) finished with a solid 3/5 points.
Lost to 2142
Lost to 1966
Won - 1900
Won - 1837
Won - 1992

VC Chess Kid Barzin Badiee defeated a 2100 and 1970 rated guys.

South Florida Open:
VC Chess Kid online student Dhruva Patil (7 yrs old) won against a U.S. Expert (rated 2008 USCF) and now improves his rating to 1750. Dhruva was also invited to represent USA in the Boys Under 8 in Spain this November.

McNair Chess September K-3 Section: Today marked the 1st ever tournament of VC Chess Kid student Ryan Liu and he showed something special. Ryan scored 4.5 out of 5 points and finished 1st.

Ryan first attended our classes sometime in May when he is close to being an absolute beginner and has been attending since then.

Congratulations Keep it up! We are proud of your victory!

August 24-26, 2018 Atlantic Open Chess:

Congratulations to our 2 Wednesday Group students:

Under 1700: AADARSINI MURUGAN AYYAPPAN - 3.5/5 points. Improves her rating to 1650 USCF.
Under 1300: Pranav Swaminathan - 4/5 points

South Florida Open Under 1800: Congratulations to our online student Dhruva from Florida for finishing 1st in the tough Under 1800 section. This tournament is open to both kids and adults.

After this tournament, 7 year old Dhruva has crossed the 1700 USCF rating. Being one of the top young players in the nation today, Dhruva was invited by the US Chess Federation to represent the USA Team in the World Under 8 years old this November in Spain.

We are wishing you all the success! Go Dhruva!

Dhruva won strong tournament trophy with cash prize $158 (10,900 rs)

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