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SciCore Academy and the Oskiper's
rule in chess in the USA

Andreas, Constantine, and Nicholas Oskiper, the triplets of fourth grade who achieved a fourth
national title of chess at the scholastic competition in Florida from Dec. 13 until Dec. 15, 2013.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Katerina Varsou.

LAKE BUENAVISTA, FL.- When last year the  third grade chess team of  Scicore Academy, composed  by the triplets,  Costas, Nicolas and  Andreas Oskiper, reached, for  the third year in a row,  the maximum  title  of the United States, a memorable and difficult to emulate page was written in the history of US chess.

                The press described the event as extraordinary.
A lot of ink was used to highlight the fact.

However, the glorious history of the last three years, has been pulverized  this year by the same protagonists, who have once again demonstrated high quality and a very competitive level  as a team, and once again have surpassed  powerful  teams from  all around the country to become the most consistent school team of all time and rise in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, with the highest national trophy, for the fourth time.

                A total of 1,476 chess players from more than 30 states attended the three days of competition.
            Among them, the reputed teams of  Speyer Legacy School and Columbia Grammar of New York, and many other teams competing  from all over the country.
The Oskipers played methodically, stoically, were never  undeterred and were piling up victory after victory in order to lift themselves in the top of the 201 chess players in this section.


"We are so proud of these marvelous kids who, by the way, are excelent academic students", mentioned Dr. Arthur Poulos, Head master of SciCore Academy in Hightstown, NJ.

What is the  formula? And what’s  the  potion that  these children use to become  insuperable?
"There is no formula, no potion", says the  mother of the champions Dr. Katerina Varsou-Oskiper. “The three always try to be, one better than the other. And if one doesn't do well, the other two lift him up and continue regardless",  she said.

"And do not worry if someone lingers on the chess board or moves around too much", interrupts Andreas, "I don't lose my focus or stimulus" he says .
"And how you do it?”,  asked the author. 
"I tell them to stand and fight, or I will eat them with my cereal in the morning”,  ( ...? ) Andreas jokes .

Nicholas, the only one of the three who was unbeaten in seven games in this event, said :

"No matter how hard my contender plays, I am always attentive to their mistakes and, if I see them,  I take this opportunity and either I prevail,  or balance the game if I'm in inferior position" he wisely commented.

Costas, on whose shoulders has always rested great responsibility, is the precursor in chess for being the first to explore competitions when he was in kindergarten. "Competition is strenuous but we love to compete. We don't always leave the field with a smile, but our mission is to never give up and come back harder when we continue", he said.

Dr. Katerina Varsou- Oskiper and the four times national chess champions of the United States


Just after the rewards

The Oskipers and Miguel Iniguez
training intensely
Personal coach opinion about the Champions:
  Nicholas Oskiper   Constantine Oskiper   Andreas Oskiper  

Nicholas has a great fighting spirit, which makes him push himself to not give up easily. He is always tirelessly trying his best and his confidence has greatly increased during the last three years. He is persistent on his goals and he does not let the difficulties he needs to face in order to achieve them stand in his way.


For all the time I have known Costas, he has demonstrated a great disposition for the game of chess.       I have discovered, as his personal coach, the tremendous will for work and learning and his great commitment and responsibility to achieve his goals. During these years, I have also witnessed his desire to cooperate with his peers, gracefully.


Andreas is organized, efficient, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. I discovered that Andreas has tremendous control of his emotions and great control under pressure, which gives him the capacity to be a great leader. Andreas has demonstrated that he is a 100% team worker and always encourages his teammates.

Some games for the history

Site: Lake Buenavista, FL
Date : 2013.12.13
Round: 2
White: Eric Diao
Black: Nicholas Oskiper
Result: 0-1
ECO: B27 (Sicilian)

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 c5 4. dxc5 Qa5+ 5. Nc3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qxc3+ 7. Bd2
Qxc5 8. Bd3 Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. Bh6 Re8 11. Ng5 d6 12. Qf3 Bg4 13. Qf4 Qe5 14.
Qe3 Nc6 15. Bc4 Be6 16. f4 Qd4 17. Qxd4 Nxd4 18. Nxe6 Nxe6 19. e5 Ng4 20. Bxe6
fxe6 21. Bg5 dxe5 22. fxe5 Nxe5 23. Rae1 Nf7 24. Bd2 Rad8 25. Rf2 e5 26. Bc3
Rd5 27. Ref1 Ng5 28. Re2 Nf7 29. Ref2 Nd6 30. Bd2?

Black to move after 30.Bd2?

30... Ne4 31. Bh6 Nxf2 32. Rxf2
Rd1+ 33. Rf1 Rxf1+ 34. Kxf1 Rd8 35. Be3 a6 36. Ke2 Kf7 37. g3 e4 38. h3 Rd7 39.
Ke1 Ke6 40. Bd2 Kd5 41. Kd1 Kd4 42. Ke2 e6 43. Kf2 Rf7+ 44. Ke2 Rf5 45. Be3+
Kc3 46. Kd1 Rf3 47. Bf4 Kd4 48. Ke2 e5 49. c3+ Rxc3 50. Bxe5+ Kxe5 51. Kf2 Rc2+
52. Ke3 Rxa2 53. h4 Ra3+ 54. Ke2 Kd4 55. h5 g5 56. h6 Ra2+ 57. Ke1 Kd3 58. g4
b5 59. Kf1 b4 60. Ke1 b3 61. Kd1 b2 62. Ke1 b1=Q# 0-1


Event: USA NATIONALS 2013,
Site: Lake Buenavista, FL
Date: 2013.12.15
Round: 7
White:Timothy Chen
Black: Constantine Oskiper
ECO: C17 (French)

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. Nf3 h6 6. Bf4 Nc6 7. Bb5 a6 8. Bxc6+
bxc6 9. O-O Ne7 10. Qd3 $2 a5 11. a3 Ba6 12. Qd2 Bxc3 13. Qxc3 Bxf1 14. Kxf1
cxd4 15. Nxd4 O-O 16. Nxc6 Nxc6 17. Qxc6 Rc8 18. Qb5 Rxc2 19. Qb3 Qc7 20. Qg3
Rc8 21. Bxh6 Qc4+ 22. Kg1

Black to move after 22.Kg1

22... Rc1+ 23. Rxc1 Qxc1+ 24. Bxc1 Rxc1# 0-1


Site: Lake Buenavista, FL
Date: 2013.12.13
Round: 1
White:Andreas Oskiper
Black: Joshua Lee Kelley
ECO: D11 (Slav Defence)

1. d4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 Bf5 4. Bg2 Nd7 5. O-O Ngf6 6. c4 e6 7. Nc3 Bd6 8. c5
Bc7 9. Nh4 Bg4 10. h3 Bf5 11. Nxf5 exf5 12. Bg5 O-O 13. Qc2 h6 14. Bd2 g6 15.
Bxh6 Re8 16. Bg5 Qe7 17. e3 Qf8 18. b4 b6 19. Qa4 Nb8 20. Bxf6 b5 21. Qc2 Nd7
22. Bg5 Re6

White to move after 22...Re6

23. Nxd5! cxd5 24. Bxd5 Ree8 25. Bxa8 Rxa8 26. d5 Qb8 27. Bf4 Bxf4
28. exf4 Qb7 29. c6 Qc7 30. Qd3 Nf6 31. Qxb5 Re8 32. Rac1 Qb8 33. Qxb8 Rxb8 34. c7 Rc8 35. d6 a6 36. Rfd1 Nd7 37. Re1 Nb6 38. Rc6 Nd5 39. d7 Kg7 40. dxc8=Q 1-0

Link to the Standings:

Article written by Miguel Iniguez
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SciCore Academy Won For Third Year In a Row The Nationals  
  Andreas, Nicholas and Constantine Oskiper, the triplets of third grade whom achived a third national
title of chess at the scholastic competition in Orlando, FL. from Nov 30 until Dec. 3/2012

  ORLANDO, FL.- For very first time in the history of chess a team of triplets conquered for third year in a row the National title of the United States, when Andreas, Costas and Nicholas Oskiper,  ended with the maximum trophy at  the championship in Orlando, FL,  where more than 1,200 players from 42 states intervened for three days.

The triplets, in representation of the private school SciCore Academy of Hightstown NJ, combated stoically against powerful teams and succeed it spectacularly, accumulating 16 points, one point ahead of Dalton, Columbia Grammar and Nest, of New York.
SciCore Academy also competed in 6ht grade  with Rishi Rajendran and Ruchir Raturi, whom got 10th by teams. Individually, Rishi become number two in the country, and Ruchir got third place under 800.
"It was hard competition from begin to end” mentioned Dr. Katerina Varsou, mother of the triplets. But I know my kids very well and I predicted that they will prevail” 
The triples, crowned for third consecutive year, are adding the title number three to those  won  in 2010 in first grade and 2011 in second grade. 

The leader of the team Costas, who individually placed on second in the country, with score of 6/7 was little sad anyway, because “ I was aiming to my individual title as well but I unguarded my king after a little distraction” 
Nicholas, who ended with 4.5 points out of 7, was the nemesis of the top ranked of the event,  and he defeated him professionally. “It feels good to beat the strongest chess player because our team builds up its confidence.” he said
Andreas, completed 5.5/7 and his main job was motivating the team before each of the rounds. “We operate as a very organized team and I am the one who encourages my brothers always. We need it”, said the winner of the 6th. place individually.

Ruchir Raturi, a new incorporation to rthe
powerful team of SciCore Academy
  This extraordinary performance makes proud to Dr. Arthur Poulos, Head Master of SciCore Academy, of having the initiative of imparted chess to the whole school starting in Pre-K until 12th Grade.  “Chess is good for the mind and helps students in other academics subjects. That’s why we decided to have chess as mandatory in the school.” he said.
Dr. Katerina Varsou and the
three times champions of the
United States
At SciCore Academy, multiple New Jersey state champion in chess, everybody has the opportunity of been introduced to chess with the option to specialize and work harder for competitions in the after-school chess club, led by Miguel Iniguez, Scicore's head chess teacher and founder of many of the best chess schools in the NY and NJ area.

A link to the results here

Rishi Rajendran, multiple
chess champion


SUMMER CAMP 2013 in ACTION Pictures!
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SciCore Academy National Champion 2010-2011

First graders Nicholas, Costas and Andreas from SciCore Academy, obtained the First Place
at the National Chess Scholastic in Lake Buenavista, FL in December 11/2010.

See the full results here

United States Chess
Champions 2010-11
preparing they strategies
for the upcoming competitions.
The picture to the right
shows the hard work of
the champions.

Celebrating our recent victory

After School Chess Program 2013-2014

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