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April 8, 2011 > Fremont chess wins big in state championships

Fremont chess wins big in state championships

Submitted By MSJ Elementary chess coach Joe Lonsdale

This year's Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held at the Santa Clara Convention Center the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3. Over 1,200 students competed in these championships. As has been the case for much of the last 20 years, Fremont teams dominated this tournament.

Mission San Jose Elementary School, coached by Joe Lonsdale Nimish Shah and Goutam Das, was the big winner in the Elementary School Section. MSJ won first place in two of the three elementary school championship sections. In the first to third grade and fourth to fifth grade championships, MSJ won by large margins; they took second in the fourth to sixth grade championship. (Weibel Elementary School was second to MSJE in both 1-3 and 4-5; Weibel came in third in the 4-6 competition.)

MSJ Elementary graduates led the Mission San Jose High School team to a first place finish in the High School Division. This victory by Mission High broke a string of five straight victories in the high school section by Saratoga High School. Irvington and American high schools were sixth and ninth in the high school section respectively.

Fremont teams swept the Junior High School competition. Horner Junior High was first; Hopkins Junior High finished second; and Thornton Junior High took third.

Mission San Jose Elementary also did very well in the kindergarten section. Henry Liu won four out of five games and tied for fourth. Edwin Thomas scored 3.5 points (three wins and a draw), won a trophy, and tied for ninth place. Amulya Harish, Rishith Susarla and Jonathan Zhang each won three games, won trophies, and tied for 12th place. Aditi Rajkumar, Maxwell Yu, Prakrit Ramachandran (a younger brother that will start kindergarten at MSJE next year) and Sanjana Rathore all competed in the kindergarten section for and won trophies. There was no team trophy in Kindergarten but MSJE was clearly the top team in the section.

In the K-3 championships, MSJE totally dominated, holding onto first from the opening round, clinching the title before the final round began. MSJE entered 10 players in this very tough section and scored 15 points, 4.5 points ahead of second-place Weibel. (The team score is the total points scored by the top four players on a team.) The second four players on the MSJE team scored 12 points. If these players were allowed to be a second MSJE team they would have won the second place team trophy.

Soorya Kuppan and Ojas Arun led the MSJE K-3 Championship team with four wins out of six games. Soorya and Ojas each won trophies and tied for seventh in this section. Chenyi Zhao and John Chan each scored 3.5 points and tied for 18th. Luke Zhao, John Chan, Edward Liu and Alvin Zhang each scored three points and tied for 24th.

In the K-5 championship section, MSJE won by a gigantic margin of 5.5 points, topping second-place Weibel 18.5-13. Alvin Kong and Eric Zhu each scored five points and tied for first place in this very tough section. Amit Sant and Steven Li also won individual trophies in this section. Shalin Shah, Anjan Das, Drake Lin, Ian Wong and Aditya Krishnan also competed for MSJE in this section.

In the K-6 championship section, MSJE finished second, behind Cupertino's Regnar Elementary. Armaan Kalyanpur tied for fourth place and was the top scorer for MSJ with 4.5 points out of a possible six; Alex Yin scored four points and tied for seventh; Erik Wong and Sayan Das also competed for the K-6 championship team.

Congratulation to the MSJE chess team for a dominating result at the State Chess Championships.

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