2011 Queen City Classic

10th Queen City Classic was held in Cincinnati on March 11 - 12, 2011. About 730 student chess players coming from several states participated in this biggest scholastic chess event in Midwest. Thirty one of students represented the Dragon Chess Club team at this tournament. A few students from the Dragon Chess Center also joined the OCCS team at the K-3 Open section. After almost seven-hour-long battle of five-round competition, the Dragon Chess Team took home 24 individual trophies and 7 team trophies. The OCCS team also won the second place team trophy at the K-3 Open section. Here is the summary of the results:

Individual Award with trophies:

Non-rated Sections:


Jeremy Grimm - 1st place, 5.0 pts.
Aja Sampath - 2nd place, 4.0 pts.
Yenda Chu - 3rd place, 4.0 pts.
Jordan Chu - 4th place, 3.0 pts.
George Liu - 5th place, 3.0 pts.

1st grade:

Amogh Mahambare - 1st place, 5.0 pts.
Dakshin Pisini - 4th place, 4.0 pts.
Sneha Prabu - 6th place, 3.5 pts.
Shiv Malhotra 8th place, 3.0 pts.

2nd grade:

Yihone Chu - 1st place, 5.0 pts.
Aditya Jambhale - 4th place, 4.0 pts.
Aaron Dedula - 9th place, 3.0 pts.

3rd grade:

Ayush Sunkad - 2nd place, 5.0 pts.
Alvin Anand - 4th place, 4.0 pts.
Brian Pang - 5th place, 4.0 pts.
Ved Sampath - 7th place, 4.0 pts.
Sujan Rachuri - 9th place, 3.5 pts.

4th grade:

Jeremy Koebel - 1st place, 5.0 pts.
Justin Thomas - 5th place, 4.0 pts.
Karen Chu - 9th place, 3.5 pts.

5th grade nonrated:

Saket Nekkanti - 11th place, 4.0 pts.

Rated Sections:

4-6 U700:

Tejas Venkatachalam - 8th place, 4.0 pts.
Pratheek Gandhodi - 9th place, 4.0 pts.

4-6 Open:

Andrew Mao - 2nd place, 4.0 pts.

Team Awards for Dragon Chess Club team and OCCS team:

Non-rated Sections:

kindergarten - 1st place
1st grade - 1st place
2nd grade - 1st place
3rd grade - 1st place
4th grade - 1st place

Rated Sections:

K-3 Open - 2nd place
4-6 U700 - 1st place
4-6 Open - 3rd place


1. The students from the Dragon Chess Club dominated the kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade non-rated sections at this year's Queen City Classic. They swept all the section team champions with big leads and all but one section individual champions in these five sections. The Dragon Chess Club was created in just little over two years ago. Most of students are relative young.

2. The Dragon Chess Club team completely dominated the kindergarten non-rated section. The five players from the Dragon team swept all top five spots. All these five players only lost games to their fellow teammates. It is safely to say that they are the five best kindergarten chess players in Ohio at this time.

3. In other sections, Dakshin Pisini, Aditya Jambhale, and Alvin Anand won all first four games and they lost only one game at the last round to their fellow teammates of the Dragon Chess Club.
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