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Missouri’s States Chess Cup Team

The 2020 Missouri team narrowly missed the playoffs. The 2021 Missouri team intends to win them. The team’s improved depth could be the key to accomplishing this.

Returning members include NM Roman Kozelov (2298), NM Ken Jones (2204), Isaiah Gadson (2159), Nathaniel Fast (2118), Asish Panda (2007), and Ben Boaz (1949). Joining the team this year are NM Julian Proleiko (2259) and NM Doug Eckert (2258).

The States Chess Cup is a national online league in which state teams of four compete each week. The team’s average must not exceed 2200. While there is no ceiling on the individual’s rating, there is a floor of 1800. This means that even if a state puts a player with a US Chess rating of 1700 on board four, their rating will be considered 1800 when calculating the team’s average.

Standings are determined first by match points within a division while game points are used to break ties. A new addition to the league this year is the use of three divisions. Missouri is in the Central Division.

In week 1, Missouri took on Illinois. Missouri fielded Kozelov, Proleiko, Gadson, and Panda with a team average of 2181. Missouri trounced their rival from the previous year, winning 12.5 to 3.5 and grabbing first place in the Central.

If you would like to see NM Ken Jones’ commentary please visit the Springfield, MO. Chess Club’s YouTube channel.

Missouri’s team of Kozelov, Eckert, Gadson, and Panda played Minnesota in week 2. Missouri took an early lead, winning round one 2.5 to 1.5. The match became deadlocked after that. After two rounds, the match was tied at 4 and after the third round the score stood at 6 to 6. The match did not tip Minnesota’s way until deep into the last round, giving them the full match point. The final score was Minnesota’s 8.5 to Missouri’s 7.5.

Missouri would have held onto their game point lead, ensuring that they would win any ties, but the Oklahoma team was forfeited in their scheduled match against Michigan. This not only put Michigan in first with the free match point, but also gifted them 16 game points.

Below is commentary of the exciting week 2 match from Jared Bray and Brian Rude.

The Missouri team of Kozelov, Eckert, Gadson, and Panda will face Ohio tonight (July 12, 2021) at 7:00 on lichess. You can follow the team by searching for their usernames.

Kozelov – chenrip
Eckert – dougie47
Gadson – izgadson
Panda – subham777

Video commentary of the match will also be uploaded to the Springfield, MO. Chess Club’s YouTube page later this week.

Central Division Standings After 2 Weeks (Team – Match Points – Game Points)

  1. Michigan – 2 – 24.5
  2. Minnesota – 2 – 17.5
  3. Missouri – 1 – 20.0
  4. Ohio – 1 – 17.5
  5. Illinois – 0 – 9.5
  6. Oklahoma – 0 – 7.0

2020 States Chess Cup Update

The Missouri team is now on the back end of the 2020 States Chess Cup regular season. These regular season games are played within the Central Division.

Each division will send their top two teams into the playoffs. The two best third place teams will win wildcard spots in the playoffs, but must advance through an extra round.

Our match results so far:

Week 1 versus Iowa – Loss
Week 2 versus Kansas – Win
Week 3 versus Minnesota – Loss
Week 4 versus Oklahoma – Win

Our next match is on October 8 and the team we will field to face Nebraska includes Ken Jones (2204), Isaiah Gadson (2159), Nathaniel Fast (2118), and Asish Panda (2007).

Our remaining matches include Nebraska, Colorado, and Illinois.

The Central division standings after four weeks:

  1. Minnesota – 4
    Iowa – 4
  2. Illionois – 3
  3. Missouri – 2
  4. Colorado – 1.5
  5. Kansas – 1
  6. Oklahoma – 0.5
  7. Nebraska – 0

We are currently second place in game wins which gives us excellent chances of winning any tie-breaks.

We have also gotten some great commentary from Jared Bray, Ben Boaz, and Isaiah Gadson.

Here is the most recent upload to the MCA playlist on the Springfield, Missouri Chess Club’s YouTube channel.

Missouri’s Team for States Chess Cup

A new online chess tournament pitting states against one another will begin in a few short days. The Missouri Chess Association has assembled a strong team that will give Missouri very good odds of reaching the playoffs.

League news can be found here throughout the season.

Anyone with their USCF membership registered under Missouri is eligible to participate and there are no roster limits, so other players might join in as the season progresses. As we prepare for our first match, here is where the team stands.

The Missouri Team
Ken Jones – 2204
Bob Holliman – 2200
Isaiah Gadson – 2159
Nathaniel Fast – 2118
Asish Panda – 2007
Ben Boaz – 1949
Jared Bray – 1928
Matthew Pratt – 1831
Brian Rude – 1761

Each week, Missouri will field four players to represent the state in the Central Division. Commentary of the matches will also be streamed on the Springfield Chess Club’s YouTube page. Following the seven match-ups within the central, the top two teams will advance to the playoffs.

Missouri Team Schedule – All begin at 8:00 Central (Dates may change)
1. vs. Iowa Thursday 9/10
2. vs. Kansas Tuesday 9/15
3. vs. Minnesota Thursday 9/24
4. vs. Oklahoma Monday 9/28
5. vs. Nebraska Thursday 10/8
6. vs. Colorado Tuesday 10/13
7. vs. Illinois Wednesday 10/21

Matches will be held on lichess and everyone is invited to follow Missouri’s progress as we try to make it into the playoffs.

Our lineup versus Iowa, as it stands now, is Bob Holliman, Isaiah Gadson, Nathaniel Fast, and Asish Panda. Good luck guys!