RRSO Hall of Fame

Aces

2-0 shutouts against match opponents from the other state.

"My husband, after two weeks of dating, asked me, if our relationship were to work out, would I be OK with our first boy being named Ace."
Jennie Finch

Player
2-0 Shutouts
Nick Schoonmaker 3
Tom Nichols 3
Paul Huspeni 3
Jeffrey Xiong 2
Austen Green 2
Kevin Fleming 2
Shaun Graham-Bowcaster 2
Auelio Gonzalez 2
Julie O'Neill 2
Rafael Llanos 2
Roger Baxter 2
Tom Crane 2
Julien Miller 2
Tom Buckley 2

Gladiators

Games won in matches with an opponent from the other state.

"I can't say, 'It doesn't matter if you win or lose.’ It’s not true. You go in to win."
Katarina Witt

"Whoever said, ’It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost."
Matina Navratilova

"I know it’s not a one man team win or lose."
Brett Favre

Name Match Game Wins
Aurelio Gonzalez 12
Bruce Wells 10
Shawn Graham-Bowcaster 9
Nick Schoonmaker 8
Julie O’Neill 8
Roger Baxter 8
Paul Huspeni 8
Tom Nichols 7
Austen Green 6
Chuck Johnson 6
Jim Berry 6
Carl Latino 6
Tom Crane 6

Terminators

Match victories over an opponent from the other state by a 2.0 or 1.5 score.

"Hasta la vista, Baby."
Terminator 2

Name Match Wins
Shaun Graham-Bowcaster 7
Aurelio Gonzalez 6
Nick Schoonmaker 5
Chuck Johnson 5
Bruce Wells 5
Austen Green 4
Mike Richards 4
Paul Huspeni 4
Movses Movsisyan 3
Tom Crane 3
Tom Nichols 3
Julie O’Neill 3
Roger Baxter 3
Raphael Llanos 3
Jim Hollingsworth 3

Warriors

Points scored in RRSO matches with opponents from the other state.

"The team with the most points usually wins the match."
Victor Yaward

Name Match Points
Aurelio Gonzalez 14.5
Shaun Graham-Bowcaster 13
Bruce Wells 12.5
Nick Schoonmaker 11
Paul Huspeni 11
Tom Nichols 9
Tom Crane 9
Roger Baxter 9
Julie O’Neill 9
Chuck Johnson 8
Jim Berry 7.5
Austen Green 7
Carl Latino 7
Jim Hollingsworth 7
Mike Richards 6.5
Kevin Fleming 6
Judson Temple 5.5
Mike Tubbs 5.5
Raphael Llanos 5.5
Carmen Chairez 5.5
Skip Fritze 5.5

The Most Fanatical Chess Players in Texhoma

Out of 249 RRSO chess players - these are the most fanatical.

"Good chess is worth being fanatical about."
Mike Tubbs

"I didn’t choose chess - chess chose me."
Victor Yaward

Aurelio Gonzalez
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 14 straight RRSO's
Bruce Wells
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 14 straight RRSO's
Frank Berry
  • RRSO II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 12 RRSO's
Tom Crane
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 12 RRSO's
Jim Berry
  • RRSO III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 11 RRSO's
Tom Nichols
  • RRSO I, II, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII
  • 11 RRSO's
Paul Huspeni
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI
  • 11 RRSO's
Shawn Graham-Bowcaster
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, VII, VIII, X, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 10 RRSO's
Nick Schoonmaker
  • RRSO II, III, IV, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIV
  • 9 RRSO's
Mike Tubbs
  • RRSO V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 9 RRSO's
Roger Baxter
  • RRSO III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIV
  • 9 RRSO's
Jim Hollingsworth
  • RRSO I, II, III, VIII, IX, X, XI, XIII, XIV
  • 9 RRSO's
Carl Latino
  • RRSO II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XI, XII
  • 9 RRSO's
Julie O’Neill
  • RRSO II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, X, XII
  • 8 RRSO's
Judson Temple
  • RRSO IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI
  • 7 RRSO's
Mike Richards
  • RRSO VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII
  • 6 RRSO's
Chuck Johnson
  • RRSO VIII, IX, XI, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 6 RRSO's
Joe Dean Veal
  • RRSO I, II, VII, VIII, IX, X
  • 6 RRSO's
Carmen Chairez
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI
  • 6 RRSO's
Skip Fritze
  • RRSO III, IV, V, VII, VIII, X
  • 6 RRSO's

Famous RRSO Chess Players

Out of 249 RRSO chess players - these are the most famous.

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."
Michael Jordan

"When you win, nothing hurts."
Joe Namath

"All I want to do, ever, is just play Chess."
Bobby Fischer

Tom Braunlich
  • USCF Original Life Chess Master (requires 300 games above a rating of 2200).
  • Oklahoma State Chess Champion (2006, 2009, 2011)
Aurelio Gonzalez
  • Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2003)
  • Most fanatical chess player in Texas (14 RRSO's)
Frank Berry (deceased)
  • Oklahoma Chess Quarterly Editor (2000-2016)
  • USCF Associate National Tournament Director since 2002
  • FIDE International Arbiter since 2007
  • Chief Tournament Director and Organizer, Frank K. Berry U.S. Championships (2007, 2008)
  • Chief Tournament Director and Organizer, FKB U.S. Women's Championship (2007, 2008)
Jim Berry
  • USCF Executive Board Member 2007-2013
  • USCF Executive Board Vice President 2009-2010
  • USCF Executive Board President 2010-2011
  • Oklahoma Chess Foundation President Since 2003
  • FIDE Arbiter and International Organizer
  • USCF Senior Tournament Director since 1986
Ed Dihrberg
  • Fort Sill Chess Champion (1983)
Sergey Galant
  • Oklahoma State Chess Champion (2002, 2007, 2008, 2014)
Shawn Graham-Bowcaster
  • OCA Open Chess Champion (2009)
  • Number 1 on RRSO Terminators List (Match victories over an opponent from the other state by a 2.0 or 1.5 score)
Kevin Fleming
  • Nebraska State Chess Champion (1991)
Austen Green
  • USCF Original Life Chess Master (requires 300 games above a rating of 2200)
  • Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2005, 2006, 2007)
Jim Hollingsworth
  • Lawton (OK) City Chess Champion (1986)
  • Cameron University Chess Champion (1987)
  • Southwest Oklahoma Speed Chess Champion (1991)
  • Lawton (OK) City Speed Chess Champion (1990)
  • Army Chess Team Member (1989)
  • Fort Bragg Chess Champion (2007)
  • Fort Bragg Chess Co-Champion (2007)
  • OCF Webmaster since 2012
Movses Movsisyan
  • USCF Original Life Chess Master (requires 300 games above a rating of 2200)
  • Oklahoma State Chess Champion (2004, 2005, 2010)
Julie O'Neill
  • Chess Life Editor (October 1989 to October 1990)
  • Number 2 on USCF's Top 100 List (Top Women Seniors)
  • Number 9 on USCF's Top 100 List (Top Women Age 50 and Over)
  • Number 88 on USCF's Top 100 List (Quick Rating Top Women)
  • Number 2 on USCF's Top 100 List (Quick Rating Top Women Seniors)
  • Number 7 on USCF's Top 100 List (Quick Rating Top Women Age 50 and Over)
Nick Schoonmaker
  • USCF Original Life Chess Master (requires 300 games above a rating of 2200)
  • Florida State Chess Champion (1989, 1994)
  • Texas State Chess Champion (2004)
  • Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2004)
  • Number 74 on USCF Top 100 List (Quick Rating Top Age 50 and Over)
Robert Smeltzer (deceased)
  • 2,266 USCF-rated games in one year (1995)
Mike Tubbs
  • Comanche County (OK) Chess Co-Champion (1988)
  • Lawton (OK) City Chess Champion (1975, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1991)
  • Cameron University Chess Champion (1974)
Bruce Wells
  • Oklahoma City Chess Champion (1997)
  • Most fanatical chess player in Oklahoma (14 RRSO's)

En Passant

DAVID WROE CHESS
David Wroe (TX)
Photo courtesy of Frank Berry

In RRSO V, David Wroe scored 1-1/2 crucial points on Board 21 against Tommy Simpson to help Texas preserve a close 22-20 victory over Oklahoma.

RRSO Playing History:

RRSO CHESS V RRSO CHESS VI

ROBERT SMELTZER CHESS
Robert Smeltzer (TX)
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ODEL HALL CHESS
Odell Hall (OK)
Photo courtesy of Frank Berry

Odel Hall's lifetime achievements include a FIDE chess rating of 2050, one master's scalp, and winning records against two Oklahoma State Chess Champions.

RRSO Playing History:

RRSO CHESS VIII

ALBERT RINE CHESS DOJO
Albert Rine (OK)
Photo courtesy of his family

Albert Rine was an avid chess player and served on the boards of both the Oklahoma Chess Association and the Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization.  He shared his love of chess with many students by organizing competitive chess clubs at schools where he taught and by volunteering at Chess Adventure Camp during summers.  A Reserve Civil Affairs Army Major who deployed during the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT); Albert also served with the RRSO Webmaster at Fort Sill and was a tournament director in the Lawton Chess Club

RRSO Playing History:

RRSO CHESS VI

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Ken Breland (TX)
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In RRSO VII, Ken Breland battled a strong Oklahoma chess expert down to the wire.

RRSO Playing History:

RRSO CHESS VII