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
Tom Crane 3
Paul Huspeni 3
Rafael Llanos 3
Tom Nichols 3
Nick Schoonmaker 3
Roger Baxter 2
Tom Buckley 2
Kevin Fleming 2
Shaun Graham-Bowcaster 2
Austen Green 2
Carmen Chairez 2
Auelio Gonzalez 2
Carl Latino 2
Julien Miller 2
Julie O'Neill 2
Rebecca Rutledge 2
Jeffrey Xiong 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
Tom Crane 10
Shawn Graham-Bowcaster 10
Bruce Wells 10
Roger Baxter 8
Carmen Chairez 8
Nick Schoonmaker 8
Julie O’Neill 8
Paul Huspeni 8
Carl Latino 8
Jim Berry 7
Rafael Llanos 7
Tom Nichols 7

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 8
Aurelio Gonzalez 6
Chuck Johnson 5
Nick Schoonmaker 5
Bruce Wells 5
Carmen Chairez 4
Tom Crane 4
Austen Green 4
Paul Huspeni 4
Raphael Llanos 4
Mike Richards 4

Warriors

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

Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken."
Yogi Berra

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

Name Match Points
Aurelio Gonzalez 14.5
Shaun Graham-Bowcaster 14.5
Bruce Wells 13.5
Tom Crane 12
Paul Huspeni 11
Nick Schoonmaker 11
Tom Nichols 9.5
Roger Baxter 9
Jim Berry 9
Carmen Chairez 9
Carl Latino 9
Julie O’Neill 9

Diplomats

Total draws in RRSO matches with opponents from the other state.

"Sometimes a draw is the only thing that will help your team."
Victor Yaward

"In sixteen RRSOs, I have yet to see a grandmaster draw."
Jim Hollingsworth

Name Drawn Games
Shaun Graham-Bowcaster 9
Jim Hollingsworth 8
Mike Tubbs 8
Bruce Wells 7
Paul Huspeni 6
Nick Schoonmaker 6
Aurelio Gonzalez 5
Tom Nichols 5
Judson Temple 5
Joe Dean Veal 5

The Most Fanatical Chess Players in Texhoma

Out of 288 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

Bruce Wells
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI
  • 16 straight RRSOs
Aurelio Gonzalez (deceased)
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV
  • 100 percent attendance - Participated in all 15 RRSOs in his Lifetime
Tom Crane
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI
  • 14 RRSOs
Jim Berry
  • RRSO III, IV, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI
  • 13 RRSOs
Frank Berry (deceased)
  • RRSO II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV
  • 12 RRSOs
Tom Nichols
  • RRSO I, II, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XV
  • 12 RRSOs
Shawn Graham-Bowcaster
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, VII, VIII, X, XII, XIII, XIV, XVI
  • 11 RRSOs
Jim Hollingsworth
  • RRSO I, II, III, VIII, IX, X, XI, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI
  • 11 RRSOs
Paul Huspeni
  • RRSO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI
  • 11 RRSOs
Mike Tubbs
  • RRSO V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI
  • 11 RRSOs

Famous RRSO People

Out of 288 RRSO chess players (plus one) - 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)
  • Editor, Oklahoma Chess Monthly (since 2016)
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
Amy Lee Chilton
  • RRSO III Song Writer and Artist
Carmen Chairez
  • National Chess Master Bill Wall Texas Legacy Award Recipient (2017)
Tom Crane
  • Director, Texas Chess Association Region II (2004-2007, 2010-present)
  • President, Tarrant County Chess Club
  • US Chess Senior Tournament Director
  • Fort Worth Veterans Chess Champion (2018)
Ed Dihrberg
  • Fort Sill Chess Champion (1983)
Sergey Galant
  • Oklahoma State Chess Champion (2002, 2007, 2008, 2014)
Aurelio Gonzalez (deceased)
  • Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2003)
  • Most fanatical chess player in Texas (15 RRSOs)
Jeff French
  • Editor, Texas Knights (2014-Present)
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)
Austen Green
  • USCF Original Life Chess Master (requires 300 games above a rating of 2200)
  • Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2005, 2006, 2007)
Kevin Fleming
  • Nebraska State Chess Champion (1991)
Jim Hollingsworth
  • Fort Hood Co-Champion (1983)
  • Lawton (OK) City Chess Champion (1986)
  • Cameron University Chess Champion (1987)
  • Lawton (OK) City Speed Chess Champion (1990)
  • Southwest Oklahoma Speed Chess Champion (1991)
  • Army Chess Team Member (1989)
  • Fort Bragg Chess Co-Champion (2006)
  • Fort Bragg Chess 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)
Neil Naputo
  • Champion, 2d Infantry Division, Korea (2005)
  • Champion, 8th Army, Korea (2005)
  • Army Chess Team Member (2005)
Tom Nichols
  • Fort Hood Co-Champion (1983)
  • Co-Founder RRSO
Julie O'Neill
  • Chess Life Editor (October 1989 to October 1990)
Nick Schoonmaker
  • USCF Original Life Chess Master (requires 300 games above a rating of 2200)
  • Texas State Chess Champion (2004)
  • Tarrant County (TX) Chess Champion (2004)
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 (15 RRSOs)
Chris Wood
  • US Chess Senior Tournament Director
  • Texas Chess Team Captain (2018)
  • Texas Chess Team Member (since 2016)
  • Tarrant Chess Team Member (since 2017)
  • Webmaster, Texas Chess Association (since 2017)

En Passant

FRANK BERRY CHESS
Frank Kim Berry (OK)
Photo by Rebecca Rutledge

FRANK KIM BERRY (FKB) PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 6TH (2016) OF A HEART attack in his Oklahoma home.  Best known nationally as sponsor of two recent U.S. Championships (2007-8) and as one of only a few American FIDE international arbiters, Frank was one of those unique chess characters who have kept tournament chess alive in the heartland, organizing and directing events of all sizes for more than 50 years.  His kind is a vanishing breed, but one that US Chess would do well to remember.

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RRSO History (RRSO Tournament Director):

RRSO CHESS VI RRSO CHESS VII RRSO CHESS VIII RRSO CHESS IX RRSO CHESS X
RRSO CHESS XI RRSO CHESS XII RRSO CHESS XIII RRSO CHESS XIV

RRSO History (Oklahoma Chess Team Captain):

RRSO CHESS III RRSO CHESS VI RRSO CHESS VII RRSO CHESS VIII RRSO CHESS IX
RRSO CHESS X RRSO CHESS XI RRSO CHESS XII RRSO CHESS XIII RRSO CHESS XIV

RRSO Playing History (Oklahoma Chess Team Member):

RRSO CHESS II RRSO CHESS III RRSO CHESS IV RRSO CHESS IX RRSO CHESS X

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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 (Texas Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS VII

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Ronnie Burklow (TX)
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RRSO Playing History (Texas Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS V RRSO CHESS VI RRSO CHESS VII RRSO CHESS VIII

TODD CANARY CHESS
Todd Canary (OK)
Photo courtesy of Tom Braunlich

In RRSO I, Todd Canary split his match with a tough Texas opponent and retired from chess soon after.

RRSO Playing History (Oklahoma Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS I

AURELIO AND FRIENDS - PHOTO AND GRAPHICS BY JIM HOLLINGSWORTH
Aurelio "Frank" Gonzalez (TX)
Photo and Graphics by Jim Hollingsworth

Perhaps it is fate that last Easter Sunday our old friend Aurelio “Frank” Gonzalez was strolling through Fort Worth’s Greenwood Memorial Park with his wife Kathy, looking at tombstones and getting ideas for decorating her deceased mother’s grave, when he paused and mentioned, “When I go, I want ‘Checkmate!’ on my tombstone!”  Who could have known then the beloved North Texas player would pass away in only a few weeks?

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RRSO History (RRSO Tournament Director):

RRSO CHESS XI

RRSO History (Texas Chess Team Captain):

RRSO CHESS XI

RRSO Playing History (Texas Chess Team Member):

RRSO CHESS I RRSO CHESS II RRSO CHESS III RRSO CHESS IV RRSO CHESS V
RRSO CHESS VI RRSO CHESS VII RRSO CHESS VIII RRSO CHESS IX RRSO CHESS X
RRSO CHESS XI RRSO CHESS XII RRSO CHESS XIII RRSO CHESS XIV RRSO CHESS XV

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 (Oklahoma Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS VIII

BEN KEMNA CHESS
Ben Kemna (TX)
Photo and Graphics by Jim Hollingsworth

Ben Kemna.  President, Denton Chess Club.  Texas Chess Team Member.  Tarrant County Chess Club Member.

"Of all things, I think chess made him happiest.  Many are the times he would message me on Facebook, late at night, and we would talk about chess."
-- Jim Hollingsworth --

RRSO Playing History (Texas Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS XIII RRSO CHESS XIV

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 (Oklahoma Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS VI

ROBERT SMELTZER CHESS
Robert Smeltzer (TX)
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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 (Texas Chess Team Member)

RRSO CHESS V RRSO CHESS VI