Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships Results

 

2018

The 2018 Pan-Ams took place from December 27th-30th at San Francisco, California. Once again Sun Devil Chess improved its attendance from the previous year, this time bringing a record three teams. Final standings can be found here.

A-Team

Player Rating Year
Alec Andersen 2172 Junior
Samarth Chakrasali 2211 Junior
Christopher Dilli 2164 Senior
Bryson Gregory 2057 Freshman
  2151 (avg.)  

Despite missing two members of last year's Division II National Championship team, the A-Team maintained almost the same exact rating thanks to the return of a much improved Christopher Dilli and the addition of freshman Bryson Gregory. The team unfortunately failed to replicate the success of last year's team, due to both disappointing play and bad luck with pairings. Faced with a first round matchup against Webster University's A-Team, the best college team in the world, and a second round matchup against a 2546 average team, the A-Team started their title defense with a 0/2 score. The team never managed to recover, finishing with a 2.5/6 score.

B-Team

Player Rating Year
Justin Fink 2076 Freshman
Hunter Waslaski 1993 Sophomore
Jordan Kahl 1908 Junior
Langston Tillman 1897 Freshman
  1968 (avg.)  

The B-team saw big improvements from last year, with a rating increase of 64 points! Returning players Hunter Waslaski and Jordan Kahl both increased their ratings from the previous year, and incoming freshmen Justin Fink and Langston Tillman brought sizable gains to 1st and 4th boards. The team scored an ASU-high 3/6 points, led by their anchor 3rd and 4th boards Jordan and Langston, who each scored 3.5/6. With a draw against a 2499 International Master, Justin had one of the most impressive individual games of the tournament.

C-Team

Player Rating Year
Sean Innes 1909 Freshman
Tyler Woodson 1898 Junior
Patrick Kut 1840 Freshman
Hairi 1693 Graduate
  1835 (avg.)  

For the first time, the Sun Devil Chess Team was able to send a C-team to the Pan-Ams, and the new team did not disappoint. Even with all four players competing in their first Pan-Ams, the team performed at a high level, matching the A-Team with 2.5/6. Arguably the highlight of the tournament for the Sun Devil Chess Team was the C-Team's near upset victory over a 2184 average team. The drawn match included Tyler Woodson's hugely impressive upset win over a 2261 National Master.

 

2017

The 2017 Pan-Ams took place from December 27th-30th at Columbus, Ohio. Thanks to an increase in dedicated team members, Sun Devil Chess was able to send two teams to Ohio. Final standings can be found here.

A-Team *Division II National Champions*

Player Rating Year
Jiarong "Ricky" Teng 2240 Freshman
Samarth Chakrasali 2200 Sophomore
Alec Andersen 2180 Sophomore
Jarod Coulter 1991 Junior
  2153 (avg.)  

Thanks to Ricky arriving from China and having three players near the 2200 mark, ASU's top team saw a decent improvement in average rating from 2016 to 2017. In addition to an increase in rating, the team also saw a massive improvement in results. Just like the previous year, the team took care of business against the teams it was supposed to. Unlike last year, however, the team pulled off an upset victory. The A-team's final round 2.5-1.5 revenge victory over Webster's C-team (avg. 2296) elevated the team to an impressive 4/6 score. With that strong performance, the team finished 13th place and claimed the Division II (U2200) Championship. The team was the highest finishing team without a FIDE titled player.

B-Team

Player Rating Year
Alek Pensky 2018 Freshman
Hunter Waslaski 1961 Freshman
Jordan Kahl 1875 Sophomore
Mohammad Khezrian 1760 Freshman
  1904 (avg.)  

The B-team was a very young team, with Jordan Kahl being the only non-freshman, but youth did not prevent the team from posting a very solid performance. Led by freshman Mohammad Khezrian, who scored an ASU-high 4/6 points and scored an impressive individual upset against an expert player, the B-team scored 2.5/6 points and just narrowly missed out on another division championship for ASU.

 

2016

The 2016 Pan-Ams took place from December 27th-30th at Kenner, Louisiana. Click here for the overall standings.

Player Rating Year
Samarth Chakrasali 2190 Freshman
Alec Andersen 2131 Freshman
Jarod Coulter 2072 Sophomore
Christopher Dilli 2080 Sophomore
Jordan Kahl (alternate) 1852 Freshman
  2118 (avg.)  

Playing against the top chess programs in the country, sophomores Jarod Coulter and Christopher Dilli along with freshmen Samarth Chakrasali, Alec Andersen, and Jordan Kahl scored a respectable 3 out of 6 possible points. In the fourth round, the Sun Devil Chess Team nearly achieved a draw against Webster University C-team (avg. 2451), which finished 5th place overall.





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