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April 27, 2010 > Elementary chess team wins big

Elementary chess team wins big

Submitted By Bonnie Curtis

Mission San Jose Elementary School, under the tutelage of Joe Lonsdale, Nimish Shah and Bharat Kalyanpur, was the big winner in the Elementary School section in this year's Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships held in Santa Clara on Saturday, April 17, through Sunday, April 18.

MSJ won first place in two of the three elementary school championship sections and missed first place in the third section by the smallest possible margin. MSJ graduates led the Hopkins team to a first place finish in the Junior High Championship section.

In the Kindergarten section, Soorya Kuppan won four out of five games and won the fourth-place trophy. Rory Xiao, Edison Zhang, Amay Pai and Jeffrey Pai also competed for MSJ in Kindergarten and all won trophies. There was no team trophy in Kindergarten but MSJ was clearly the top team in the section.

In the K-3 Championship section, the MSJ team of Amit Sant, Drake Lin, Jonathan Ko, Alvin Zhang, Ojas Arun, Mihir Bhuptani and Kevin Zhu won the first-place team trophy.

In the K-3 Junior Varsity section, the team of Luke Zhao, Austin Chen, John Chan, Austin Chen and Ian Wong won the first-place Junior Varsity team trophy.

Anjan Das, Max Wang, Zachery Wen, Ed Liu, Srinjoy Chatterjee, Siddhar Mukherjee, Tommy Koh, Aaditya Jadhav, Nathan Young, Marcus Lee, Nishant Yadav and Kashyap also competed for MSJ in the K-3 competition.

In the K-6 unrated (rookie) section, Sayan Das scored a perfect five out of five and tied for first place. Tanay Pai and Jared Yee also competed in the unrated section.

John Yao scored a perfect five out of five and tied for first place in the K-6 novice (rated under 600) section. Christian Young and Nikil Pathania also competed in K-6 under 900.

In the K-5 championship section, the MSJ team won by a margin of four and a half points over the second-place team. Armaan Kalyanpur and Alec Yin each scored five out of six points and tied for first place in the section. They each won large trophies and the title of Northern California elementary school chess champion.

Congratulations to Alex and Armaan. Shalin Shah scored four out of six points and also won a trophy. Eric Wong and Jonathan Chen also competed for MSJ in this championship section.

In the K-6 championship section, the MSJ team came in second by the smallest possible margin: a half point. Emily Zhu was the top scorer on the K-6 championship team with four points. Alvin Kong was second high scorer with three and a half points. Srinath Goli, Evan Wong, Eric Zhu and Nicholas Wen also competed for the K-6 Championship team.

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