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Harvard Chess Club News


HCC's Jennifer Yu Becomes 2x US Women's Champion

In an exhilarating finale, Jennifer Yu '25 clinches a narrow victory against GM Irina Krush. Her win keeps the streak alive and we look forward to next year's event. You can find more on the event here:


Harvard Takes First Place in Inter-Ivy Championship

Our team placed 1st in the Inter-Ivy Championship last weekend. Congratulations to Aaron Jacobson, Michael Isakov,  James Toliver, and Matthew Miyasaka.



Harvard Chess Team wins Ivy League Challenge

Out team took first in this year's Ivy League Challenge. Congratulations to Aaron Jacobson, Jennifer Yu, Prateek Pinisetti, and James Toliver.


Harvard Chess Team Plays in Pan American Intercollegiate Championship

We recently sent our team to Pan Ams where we placed 32nd among college teams. Congratulations to Jason Zhou, Prateek Pinisetti, James Toliver, and Lucas Pao for your performance! We will be resuming spring meetings soon, so look out for more information on that.



Harvard Chess Club Feature

We were recently featured. Check out the article here.


Weekly Meetings Resume

We'll be meeting virtually this semester at 7pm on Saturdays. We encourage anyone interested in playing or learning to join us at these meetings.


Harvard Team goes to Pan-Ams

This fall, our team went to the Intercollegiate Pan American Chess Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. For results, see pairings and standings


Harvard Team goes to World Prestigious University Chess Tournament

This fall, our team went to Tianjin China for the World Prestigious University Chess Tournament hosted in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tianjin University.  For more details, check out Tianjin University's summary.


2019 Ivy League Championships

We participated in the 2019 Ivy League Championships hosted by Hart House Chess Club in Toronto, Canada. For more details check out Hart House.


2019 Spring Meetings Commence

This spring, we'll meet to play chess and hang out every Monday night from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the Quincy House dining hall on Harvard University's campus. Our first meeting is this Monday, February 25!


Harvard Makes the Final Four

The Harvard chess team (GM Darwin Yang, IM Richard Wang, FM Varun Krishnan, NM Bryan Hu) just made the Final Four of collegiate chess at the 2018 Pan American Intercollegiate Championship. Official stories to come.


2018 Fall Meetings Concluded

Stay tuned for information about meetings in the Spring of 2019!


Harvard Beats Yale, 4-1, in 2018 Harvard-Yale Chess Match

The Harvard chess team beat Yale, 4-1, at the 2018 Harvard-Yale Chess match, held on Friday, November 16 at the Science Center. Playing for Harvard were Michael Isakov, Andrew Lu, Daniel Sutton, and Ella Papanek. Board 5 was declared a draw. Thanks to our Yale friends for coming to play!


Recap: Ivy League Chess Challenge, Nov 9-11, 2018

The Harvard chess team finished tied for first, taking home second on tiebreaks, at the first Ivy League Chess Challenge, hosted by the University of Toronto, from November 9-11, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. Playing for Harvard were GM Darwin Yang, IM Richard Wang, FM Varun Krishnan, and NM Bryan Hu. We finished with a 4-1 match record, losing only to the eventual winners, Princeton, 1.5-2.5, who also finished 4-1. The Tigers ended up taking home first on tiebreaks; Michigan also finished 4-1 and finished third on tiebreaks. See full results and standings here.

We give a huge thanks to UofT, the Hart House Chess Club, Panayoti Tsialas, and the planning team for putting together a magnificent challenge featuring 30 incredibly strong players from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Michigan, and the UofT A and B teams.


Please read here a fantastic recap piece put together by the Hart House Chess Club.

See here a recap of the event on Chessbase written by WGM Qiyu Zhou.

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