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A bong-tastic result for Bufford at the National Open

Despite playing what's been called "the worst opening in chess" and "a bad opening that violates nearly all principles," Oklahoma player Adley Bufford scored a solid 4.5/7  in the U1900 division at last week's National Open in Las Vegas. He played played f3 kf2 or f6 kf7 in every game. 

"I'm positive he could have won his section if he'd played something normal," said Max Barnes, who also played in the event. Barnes scored 5.5 out of 7 in the U2100. 

Oklahoma chess players at a tournament

Wishing he could castle? Photo courtesy of Las Vegas International Chess Festival

The June 2024 issue of Oklahoma Chess Magazine is out! Read it here


Oklahoma chess players at a tournament

FM Ryan Amburgy is Oklahoma's state chess champion for 2024-25. He tied for first with GM Viktor Matviishen, who he drew in round four. This is Amburgy's second time to earn the state champion's title; he also won it in 2022. 

Four players finished with 3.5 points in the Championship section: David Phillips, Lafayette Chen, Kelvin Xie, and Arkansas player Havish Kunchanapalli. 

The 78th Jerry Spann Memorial Oklahoma State Championship was held June 1 and 2 in Edmond. A record-setting 125 players participated in this year's event. Josie Braddy was organizer and chief TD. 

Liam Applegate won the Reserve with a stunning 5 out of 5-game sweep. He had been the 24th seed in the 31-player section.  Maxwell Xie, Sean Harvey, and Ben Roberts tied with 4.0 points each. 

Anthony Tuttle won the Amateur with a perfect 5.0 score. Konner Rugg took second place with 4.5. David Brown, Paarth Jain, and Frank Chen split the Top U1000 prize, and Tyler Ellis was the top unrated player.

Results of the tournament are here.

Our thanks to Mike Tubbs and Debasish Roy Choudhury for contributing photos. You can see the rest of them here.

Another tie with Texas at the 22nd RRSO

Oklahoma chess players at a tournament

Wayne Hatcher 2-0'd his Texas opponent. So did Aayush Praveen and Lafayette Chen.

Round one of this year's RRSO ended with Texas ahead by two points. By the middle of round two, Oklahoma had surged ahead. But when the dust settled, so did the score: Oklahoma 15, Texas 15. 

The 22nd Red River Shootout was held May 11, 2024 at the Lake Murray Lodge in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The event is a team match held annually between Oklahoma and Texas. Players are paired with an opponent near their own rating for two games. Thirty players participated in this year's RRSO, which was organized by Tom Crane, the Texas captain and one of the event's founders, and by Oklahoma's team captain, Rebecca Rutledge. 

Another of the tournament's founders, Jim Hollingsworth (TX), also participated this year, as did Oklahoma's Bruce Wells, who has been a part of this event every year since the first RRSO in 2003.

The organizers wish to thank everybody who came out and made this year's RRSO such a great day for all of us. We're already looking forward to the next one. Crosstable is here: RRSO XXII


Chaturanga Open held in OKC

FM Ryan Amburgy and David Luscomb tied for first place at the first Chaturanga Open, held May 4 at the Oklahoma City Chess Club. The India Association of Oklahoma (IAOK) sponsored the event, with proceeds donated to victims of the tornados that swept through Oklahoma last month. The 51-player event was directed by Joel Gargus.

Amburgy and Luscomb both scored 3.5 out of 4 points. Low seed Ivan Ding played up to the top section and fought his way to third, finishing at 3.0 and picking up a whopping 90 points.

Aayush Praveen scored a perfect 4.0 for the win in the U1600. Four players tied for second with 3.0 points each: Chris Amburgy, Eshawn Samadder, Roshan Valentine, and Anurag Roy Choudhury.

In the U1000, Jedediah Marler and Lorenzo Folsom tied for first with 3.5 points apiece. Four players finished with 3.0: Jeremiah Marler, Praveen Lakshmiganapathy, Jonathan Qin, Paarth Jain, and Pallab Ghosh. 

Oklahoma chess players at a tournament

PHOTO: Jay Variathody (left) and Sreedhar Domakonda (right) of the India Association of Oklahoma present FM Ryan Amburgy with the first-place trophy at the Chaaturanga Open, held May 4 in Oklahoma City.

NM Mark Hulsey Wins Oklahoma State Senior Championship

by Tom Braunlich


The Tulsa Midtown Chess Club hosted the annual state championship for seniors this past weekend, which qualifies the winner to play in the prestigious national tournament of state senior champions held alongside the U.S. Open this summer. NM Mark Hulsey won with 3.5 points, tied with veteran master Bill Orton from Arkansas, but of course Mark got the Okie title. Both won $250. The event was generously organized by our Harold Brown, and he directed it as well. There were three masters present and four Class A players (three of whom were former Expert-rated), and it was a very hard-fought tournament. There will be a full report in the next Oklahoma Chess Magazine. Crosstable of the event is here:


Elizabeth Braddy won the top prize at the 2024 Oklahoma Scholastic Chess State Championships, held April 13 at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her win made her the first girl to win the state title and the first girl to qualify for both the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions and the Haring Tournament of Girls State Champions. She chose the Haring and will represent us there for the fifth consecutive year. Oklahoma's other scholastic invitationals representatives for this year are Oscar Wang (Denker), Lafayette Chen (Barber), and Aayush Praveen (Rockefeller). Oklahoma's representative to the Seniors event will be named later this month. Read more about this year's OSCO championships on our Scholastics page.

Oklahoma chess players at a tournament

PHOTO (from left) OSCO Chief Tournament director Josie Braddy with Oklahoma's 2024 Invitationals team:  Aayush Praveen (Rockefeller), Lafayette Chen (Barber), Oscar Wang (Denker), and 2024 state champion Elizabeth Braddy (Haring). 

Elizabeth Braddy state chess champion Oklahoma Scholastic Chess

PHOTO: National Master Chuck Unruh presents the state championship trophy to Elizabeth Braddy at the 2024 Oklahoma Scholastic Chess State Championships.

James Joy wins Eclipse Rapid in Tulsa

James Joy, with a 4-0 score, won the Midtown Chess Club (Tulsa) Pre-Eclipse Day Rapid on Sunday, April 7.  NM Chuck Unruh, David Hughes and Jordan Locust tied at 3-1 for second place.   Fourteen players competed in this tournament, including new US Chess member Arnold Iselin, age 76, who scored 2-2 with a last-round bye. 

This event was part of the Midtown Chess Club monthly tournament series for 2024.  View the results of this event and the rest of MTCC's blitz and rapid tournaments at the link below.

David Luscomb wins the OKC Open

With a perfect 5.0 score, David Luscomb won the Oklahoma City Open, held March 22-24 at the Oklahoma City Chess Club. Garrett Hunt took second in the top section with a score of 4.0. Tied for third at 3.5 were Shaun Graham-Bowcaster and David Buck, who drove up from Texas for the event.

Amir Marquis Jallah, also from Texas, swept the U1600 to win with a perfect 5.0.  Tied for 2nd/3rd with 4.0 points each were Ivan Ding, Rebecca Rutledge, and Arkansas player Nicholas Emlaw.

Fifty-two players participated in the event. Joel Gargus was chief TD and organizer. Some photos are below, and you can see the crosstables here.