2017 Hawaii State Open – 11/24-11/26/17

Aloha Hawaii Chess players!   The 2017 Hawaii State Open and Blitz Championships will be held from 11/24 – 11/26.  Further details are forthcoming.


2017 Hawaii Scholastic Chess Champions Crowned!

2017 Hawaii Scholastic High School Chess Champions

We had a record 158 participants in our 2017 State Scholastic Championships on Saturday, March 25th. It was an exciting finish to a great year.

Based on these results, we will be nominating Dylan Tucker to represent Hawaii at the Denker Tournament of State High School Champions, Adriel White to represent Hawaii at the Barber Tournament of State Middle School Champions, and Kate Takenaka to represent Hawaii at the Girls Invitational Tournament of State Champions. All tournaments will be conducted with the US Open in August at Norfolk, VA.

See the attached zip file for complete results, cross tables and prize winners. (Download and open the zip file for the complete set of PDF files).

See a photo gallery from the event on facebook here.

Here’s a summary list of winners:

High School Individual Winners
Co- Champions – Dylan Tucker (1st on tiebreaks) and Hanseong Kim
3rd Place – Patrick Perry

High School Teams:
1st – Mckinley
2nd – Punahou
3rd – Waipahu

Middle School – Individuals

1st – Adriel White
2nd – Gabriel White
3rd – 6th (in order of tiebreaks) – Gyuyun Kim, Ryder Shintaku, Michael Chen and David Qu

Middle School – Teams

1st – Homeschool
2nd – Washington
3rd – Punahou

Elementary School – Individuals

1st – Caleb White
2nd – 5th (in order of tiebreaks) – Mark Chen, Nicholas Chan, Noah Jost and Cale Thompson

Elementary School – Teams

1st – Homeschool
2nd – Punahou
3rd – Maemae

Primary School – Individuals

Co-Champions – Kyle Ching (1st on tiebreaks) and Micaiah White
3rd/4th – Kevin Ching / Tyson Kuo

Primary School – Teams

1st – Homeschool
2nd – Kamehameha
3rd – Punahou

Also, a week earlier, the HCF conducted the annual girls championship.  This event also had a record turnout of 17 girls. Kate Takenaka of Moanalua Middle School emerged with a perfect score to become this year’s champion.

See the attached PDF for complete 2017 Hawaii State Girls Championship PDF Results.


Winter Chess Mini-Camps

Winter Chess Mini-Camps are starting on Sunday, January 22nd!

Here’s the message from our scholastic director Guy Ontai with more details:

Aloha Kakou!

I am pleased to announce the recommencement of our scholastic chess camps. This time around, the camps will focus on preparing participants for the Hawaii State Scholastic Championships in March. Please see below for more detailed information.

What: The camps will be conducted by nine-time Hawaii State Champion Cornelius Rubsamen. Activities include practice games played under tournament conditions, game analysis, and tactics training.

Why: This series of mini-camps is designed to prepare scholastic chess players for the Scholastic State Championships.

Who: All age groups are welcome.

When: Camps are scheduled from 1-4 p.m. on the following Sundays:

Sunday, 22Jan17
Sunday, 05Feb17
Sunday, 19Feb17
Sunday, 05Mar17
Sunday, 19Mar17

Where: The camps will be held at Jarret Middle School, 1903 Palolo Avenue, Room D1.

Fees: $10 per student for each camp attended. Payable on site.

Guy P. Ontai
Scholastic Director, Hawaii Chess Federation
HawaiianDragon@Chess.com
Mobile: (808)371-2145


Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! January 2017 Hawaii Chess Update

Hawaii Chess Players, Parents and Friends:

It’s been awhile since we have updated on the latest Hawaii Chess happenings. Here is a brief roundup of recent news.

Scholastic Chess – Our fall and winter tournaments have been well attended. See complete results from the past few tournaments here.

The next scholastic tournaments are the Presidents Day event (Monday, February 20th), the Girls State Championship (Sat. 3/18) and the State Scholastic Championships (Sat 3/25). See our event calendar for more details and entry forms.

Also, it should be noted that our scholastic director Guy Ontai and state champion Cornelius Rubsamen are putting on a series of chess mini-camps. We will make a separate post with more details on this.

Open tournaments – Our State Open and Blitz Championships were held on Labor Day weekend with many time state champion Cornelius Rubsamen tying for first place in the open with first time winner Paul Iinuma. Cornelius also tied for first in the blitz championship and is blitz champion once again, sharing the title with Hawaii chess veteran Eric Mui. Congratulations to Cornelius, Paul and Eric!

2016 State Open Crosstable/Results
2016 State Blitz Crosstable/Results

A couple of other open tournaments were held including:
State Rapid (G/45) Championship (11/26 – 11/27/16) – Won by Evan Zheng
Statehood Quick (G/10) Championship (8/19/16) – Won by Cornelius Rubsamen
State Action (G/25) Championship (7/4/16) – Won by Cornelius Rubsamen

Click on any of the event names to see the rated crosstables/results.

Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming open tournaments in 2017.

HCF Board – Elections were held at the State Rapid Championships on 11/27/16 and board members remain the same:

President: Beau Mueller
Vice President: Cornelius Rubsamen
Treasurer: Bob Newell
Secretary: Kevin Erick
Scholastic Director: Guy Ontai

Also, two new Hawaii chess regulars have come on board: Heather Flewelling (Liliha) and Fred Haley (Windward). They join Bruce Martin (Maui) and Reynolds Takata (Manoa) as voting members from HCF affiliated clubs.

We hope you have enjoyed our summary update. We wish you all the best in 2017 and many great games this year!


Free Movie Tickets to Advance Screenings of Queen of Katwe!!

*** HCF Members and parents: Claim your Free movie tickets to special screenings of the upcoming Disney film Queen of Katwe!! ****

“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Claim your tickets for the following dates/theaters here:
Monday, 9/19 7PM at Kahala: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/399588 Enter code 399588
Monday 9/26 7PM at Ward: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/716646 Enter code 716646

Free Queen of Katwe Screening Honolulu

Mahalo to Disney and Aloha Agency for generously sharing these free tickets with us! We look forward to seeing you at the screenings!