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"Chess gave him a purpose"

Oklahoma says goodbye to longtime player, organizer John Green

Soviet GM Eduard Gruefeld called him the toughest player he faced in his Oklahoma simul.  Joe Veal called him "reasonable and kind... the last of the Oklahoma chess hippies."


The organizer of Oklahoma's only National Chess League team, John Green spent a lifetime playing chess, teaching others, and filling up the margins of chess books with notes. "It seemed to me that chess gave John a purpose," said Veal.

When we learned of Green's passing, we reached out to Oklahoma players so they could share their memories of him. The article, "The Last of the Oklahoma Chess Hippies," is the cover story in the debut issue of Oklahoma Chess Magazine, which hit the stands (our OCM page) today.
Read it here

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John Wilbur Green III

January 20, 1952 – December 8, 2017

Spann's name restored to state championship

Read about it in the debut issue of Oklahoma Chess Magazine

January 20, 2022

The OCA board voted in January to restore Jerry Spann's name to the Oklahoma Open State Championship. Read about it in Issue No. 1 of Oklahoma Chess Magazine, which in 2022 has taken the place of "the old OCM"—Oklahoma Chess Monthly. Also in this issue: a game the late John Green played with NM Tom Braunlich, a recap of the Holiday Open, a cool puzzle from Jerry Casteel, and games featuring Max Barnes, Ryan Amburgy, Stone Burton, Khumar Rezzaq-Shannon, Jerry Casteel, Omar Abouzhar, Vaughn Rees, Rahul Pai, player of the month David Luscomb, and NM Howard Zhong, our current state champion. 

Oklahoma Chess Magazine is a bimonthly journal covering Oklahoma chess news and history. The current issue, plus Frank Berry's "Okie Database" and OCM back issues from 2016 to the present, can be found on our
Oklahoma Chess Magazine page.



Oklahoma chess players at the 13th Southwest Class Championships in Dallas, February 17-21, 2022

Standing: Max Barnes, Chris Amburgy, Ryan Amburgy, Joe Veal, Adley Bufford, Jake Williams, Parker Inglett, Vaughn Rees, Luis Blake. Seated: Elizabeth Braddy, Rebecca Rutledge, Raymond Jiang, Purvit Soni, Viraj Singh, Rishi Rathi (Not pictured: Naren Pullela, Josh Li, Ben Li)

February 25, 2022 There were many pitched battles among the 383 players who competed in the 13th Annual Southwest Class Championships, February 17–21 in Dallas. David Hater was chief tournament director, and Louis Reed led the staff of assistant TDs on the floor. The event was organized by Continental Chess.


Oklahoma was represented in all seven sections of this year's event: Master, Expert, A, B, C, D, and E. Of the 17 Oklahomans who played, three won cash prizes and there was a honorable mention.


Scholastic player Rishi Rathi (Edmond) took first in Class E with a score of 6.0 out of 7. He won $600. In Class C, Parker Inglett (OKC) tied for 1st in the with a score of 5.5, winning $1200 in what was only his third tournament. In Class B, scholastic player Elizabeth Braddy (Edmond) finished with 5.0 out of 7 and won $100.


Amburgy breaks 2300!

Our honorable mention was NM Ryan Amburgy, who won 5.5 out of 9 in the Masters division. With this performance, he attained a milestone few Oklahomans have ever reached: Ryan has achieved a USCF rating over 2300. He is the third person in Oklahoma chess history to achieve this milestone before graduating high school.


On behalf of both OSCO and OCA, I would to thank all the Oklahomans who participated in this hallowed event. My thanks also to Continental Chess for running it. Until next time! 

A 17-player OK contingent at this year's SW Class
by Joe Veal

Oklahoma chess players Purvit Soni, Parker Inglett, Joshua Li, Jake Williams, Elizabeth Braddy, Raymond Jiang, Ben Li, and Vaughn Rees at the 13th Southwest Class Championships, Dallas, 2022

Purvit Soni, Parker Inglett, Josh Li, Jake Williams, Elizabeth Braddy, Raymond Jiang, Ben Li, Vaughn Rees

Amburgy wins Mid-American Blitz!

With a perfect 8.0 score, NM Ryan Amburgy took first place in the Blitz tournament during the 26th Annual Mid-America Open, March 25–27 in St. Louis. He and another Oklahoma player, Maxwell Barnes, competed in the main event's elite Majors section. Rebecca Rutledge (U1500) and Steven Valverde (U1200) rounded out the Oklahoma contingent at the event.