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Welcome to the MU Chess Club!

The MU Chess Club welcomes anyone in the Columbia, Missouri community to participate in our activities. The club was formed in April 1996 by Yves Tan, in response to community interest. It is an officially recognized University of Missouri student organization. Our activities include:

  • Tournaments
  • Informal play
  • Instruction and discussion of chess tactics
  • Promoting chess in the community

Anyone is welcome at these events. There is a wide range of skill levels in Columbia, from beginners to chess masters, and it is our goal to meet the needs of all. Membership is open to members of the Columbia community in addition to students, faculty and staff.

Club Activities and Events

During the school year the MU Chess Club meets every Monday night while school is in session starting at 7:00pm in the MU Memorial Union, room N204 (second floor, north side), 518 S. Hitt Street, Columbia.  Meetings for the Fall 2019 semester will begin on August 19.

Speed Chess Tournaments -- Speed chess tournaments are held each month. Time limits are G/5. Each round consists of two games between paired opponents, one as White, one as Black. Normally 5 rounds are played.

Here are the winners in the speed chess tournaments during the Fall 2018 semester:

August 27:  1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Zaid Khashram.
           September 24:  1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Yogesh Raghunathan.
           October 22
1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Yogesh Raghunathan.
           November 26:  1st place: Yogesh Raghunathan; 2nd place: Ciprian Comsa and Will Drath (tie).

Here are the winners in the speed chess tournaments during the Spring 2019 semester:

February 4: 1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Will Drath.
February 25: 1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Zaid Khasram.   
March 18: 1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Zaid Khasram.
April 22: 1st place: Ciprian Comsa; 2nd place: Zaid Khasram.

Tournaments -- These tournaments are played at the Monday night club meetings.

A Quick Chess tournament was played at club meetings on October 1 and 8, 2018 with two rounds played at each meeting with a time control of Game/30 minutes.  The winner was Ciprian Comsa  with a perfect score of 4-0.  Tied for second with scores of 2.5 were Zaid Khashram, Chris Hassett and Trecen Peeler.

Club Championship

Each year a club championship tournament is played at Monday night club meetings during February and March with a time control of Game/60 minutes per player.  One round is played at each meeting.

In the 2019 championship Ciprian Comsa was the winner with a perfect 3-0 score.  Forteen players competed in the tournament.

Here is the honor role of club champions:

Igor Verbitsky - 2002 Isaac Naveh - 2003 Bryan Hynek - 2004 Roberto D'Agosto - 2005
Shan Siddiqi - 2006 Javier Cepeda - 2007 Justin Hull - 2008 Steve Brietzke - 2009
Barry Manthe - 2010 Tamas Mizik - 2011 Ed Hollander - 2012 Igor Verbitsky - 2013
Chris Shelton - 2014 Chris Hassett - 2015
Blake Splitter - 2016
Barry Walker - 2017
Barry Walker - 2018 Ciprian Comsa - 2019

Simuls -- The club sponsors two simultaneous exhibitions during the each school year, where a strong player takes on all comers. All chess players in the Columbia area are invited to participate.

In the Fall 2018 simul on November 5, 2018 Neil Fox faced ten opponents; he lost to Ciprian Comsa and Royce Jeffries and conceded draws to Zaid Khashram and Charlie Ward but defeated the other six players.

In the Spring 2019 simul on April 8, 2019 Neil faced eight opponents; he lost to Ciprian Comsa but defeated all the other players.

Community Service -- Each year, club members are involved in helping run the annual Columbia Scholastic Chess Tournament.  The 2019 tournament was held on May 4, 2019 at Lange Junior High School. Club members Charlie Ward, Steve Brietzke, Neil Fox and Daniel Hawley served as referees, verifying game results and helping the student players during play as needed. There were 76 scholastic players in the tournament.  Next year's tournament is planned for winter 2020.

Club Officers

President: Zaid Khashram: zgkgy5 (at)
Faculty advisor: Steve Brietzke: brietzkes (at)

Mailing List

Our electronic mailing list MUCHESS-L is used for notices of upcoming club meetings and occasional other announcements of interest to local chessplayers. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to Leave the Subject line blank. In the body of the message, type:

SUBSCRIBE MUCHESS-L Yourfirstname Yourlastname

You should receive a confirmation message within a few minutes.

If you are already subcribed to MUCHESS-L and would like to UNsubscribe, send the one-line message UNSUBSCRIBE MUCHESS-L to the same address. (SIGNOFF MUCHESS-L also works.

Future Missouri Chess Events

For information on tournaments scheduled in the next 3-4 months, visit the U.S. Chess Federation Upcoming Tournaments Web page; otherwise see the Tournament Life section of the USCF's Chess Life magazine.

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Send comments or suggestions on this page to Charlie Ward at czar8196 (at)