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
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: Enter code 399588
Monday 9/26 7PM at Ward: 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!

HCF Scholastic Update

Results from the HCF’s previous 3 scholastic events (Veterans Day, MLK, and Presidents day) are all on our tournament results page.

The final two events of this year’s scholastic calendar are the Girls Championship (3/19) and State Scholastic Championship (3/26), both happening at Washington Middle School. Entry forms can be found on our HCF Calendar page. Contact our State Scholastic Director Guy Ontai at for more info on those events.

2015 October Scholastic Results

This year’s scholastic chess calendar kicked off at Washington Middle School on Halloween, with many players playing their games in costume!

Photo Credit: Eric Floro

Deadpool plays chess!  Photo Credit: Eric Floro

In the Open (K-12) section, Dylan Tucker and Quguang Wang tied for first place, both with 5.5 out of 6.  Host Washington Middle School took top team honors.

In the Novice section, it was Matthew Araki from Voyager Charter school who bested a very large field of 49 players.

This year’s tournament even featured an adult/college section, which was won by Austin Bowman with a perfect 3/3 score.

As always, mahalo to all of the participants and congrats to the winners!  Next up on the HCF scholastic calendar is the Veterans Day Scholastic on 11/11.

Tournament Crosstables

OPEN Section Crosstable
NOVICE Section Crosstable
Adult/College Section Crosstable