State Champions

Organized in 1947, the Tennessee Chess Association held its first Open that year over the Memorial Day weekend. However, from 1948 through 1955-56, the event was held over New Year’s weekend. Since then, the Championship has been held over Labor Day Weekend.

The Champions are listed by decade for ease of viewing. Some of the material on this page is excerpted from A History of Tennessee Chess, by Peter Lahde. For information about purchasing this fine book, contact the author at 2609 Sailboat Court, Nashville, TN 37217 (615) 361-4588.

The 1940′s
1947 – Robert Coveyou*
1948/49 – J.B. Mullinex

The 1950′s
1950 – L. C. Norderer
1951 – Jerry Sullivan*
1952 – L. C. Norderer
1953 – Jerry Sullivan*
1954 – M. Southern* & J. Sullivan
1954/55 – Robert Coveyou
1955/56 – Robert Coveyou*
1956 – Jerry Sullivan*
1957 – Jerry Sullivan*
1958 – Robert Coveyou*
1959 – Robert Coveyou*

The 1960′s
1960 – Jerry Sullivan*
1961 – Robert Coveyou*
1962 – Emanuel Tsitseklis
1963 – Robert Coveyou*
1964 – James Wright**
1965 – Dave Burris
1966 – Dave Burris
1967 – Dave Burris
1968 – Robert Coveyou*
1969 – James Sweets*

The 1970′s
1970 – James Wright*
1971 – Douglas Ralston
1972 – Juan Aristorenas
1973 – John Hurt*
1974 – Kenny Thomas
1975 – Kenny Thomas
1976 – Emanuel Tsitseklis
1977 – Luis Torres
1978 – Marty Appleberry
1979 – Marty Appleberry

The 1980′s
1980 – Leonard S. Dickerson
1981 – C. Jones & K. Thomas
1982 – J. Sentef & P. Harless
1983 – M. Carey & S. Pickard
1984 – J. Moore & L. Dickerson
1985 – Charles Maddigan
1986 – Ronald Burnett
1987 – Ronald Burnett
1988 – Charles Schulien
1989 – Charles Schulien

The 1990′s
1990 – Curt Jones
1991 – D. Sirias, M. Ishee, & J. Wheeler
1992 – Rea Hayes*, R. Burnett, & J. Cale
1993 – Ronald Burnett
1994 – Sam Palatnik
1995 – Sam Palatnik
1996 – Peter Bereolos
1997 – Sam Palatnik
1998 – P. Bereolos, L. Dickerson, & T. Andrews
1999 – Sam Palatnik, & Todd Andrews

The 2000′s
2000 – Sam Palatnik
2001 – Sam Palatnik
2002 – Peter Bereolos
2003 – Peter Bereolos
2004 – Peter Bereolos, Ronald Burnett
2005 – Todd D Andrews
2006 – Todd D Andrews
2007 – Todd D Andrews, Peter Bereolos
2008 – Todd D Andrews, Ronald Burnett
2009 – Ronald Burnett, Patrick Tae, David Justice
2010 – Todd Andrews

The 2010′s
2011 – Ronald Burnett
2012 – Ronald Burnett, Peter Bereolos, Nicholas Tomlin, and Luke Weishaar
2013 – Kenneth Holroyd
2014 – Todd Andrews and John Bick
2015 – Ronald Burnett
2016 – Alex King
* Member, Tennessee Chess Association Hall of Fame.

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