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December 25, 2012 > Local chess-enthusiasts score well at regional tournament

Local chess-enthusiasts score well at regional tournament

Submitted By Joe Lonsdale


In this tournament, players are matched with opponents in their own grade. Team trophies are given to the top five teams in each grade. A total of 365 players competed in grades K thru 6; 53 competed in Junior High (7 & 8); and 21 high school students (grades 9 thru 12) competed.

Mission San Jose Elementary School (MSJE) was the big winner in the Elementary School Section taking four first place, one second place, and two third place team trophies. MSJE also had three individual winners (State Champions!) and over 30 individual trophy winners.

In the Kindergarten section (27 players) Arma Dhami from Chadbourne School in Fremont won the section with a perfect five wins in five games. Weibel Elementary won the first place kindergarten team trophy. Mission San Jose Elementary (MSJE) took the second place team trophy.

Weibel has a very strong chess program. Based on the results at the elementary school nationals over the last few years, they are clearly one of the top four or five elementary school chess team in the nation. Strong rivals for top honors, Mission San Jose Elementary School, has, however, outscored Weibel at Nationals and State Championships in the last six years, winning over 75 percent of state championship sections.

In the first grade section (29 players) Kevin Pan of MSJE won all five of his games for the only perfect score in the section and the title of first grade chess champion of Northern California. The MSJE team scored 12 points to take the first place team trophy. Weibel Elementary came in second place with seven points.

The MSJE chess team was remarkable in the grade two (59 players) section. Rishith Susarla and Annapoorni Meiyappan each won all five of their games and the title of Grade two State Champion. This is the first time that two students from the same school shared the title of State Champion. The MSJE team took the first place team trophy in grade two with 13 points and Weibel took second place with 12.5 points. Leitch Elementary School, also of Fremont, took third place with eight points.

In the grade three section (73 players), Regnar Elementary School of Cupertino broke Fremont domination to take first place with 12 points. The Regnar team was led by Advait Budaraju who scored the only perfect 5/5 and won the title of grade three Northern CA chess champion. Weibel Elementary came in second with 10 points and MSJE came in third with 9 points.

Individual grade four (73 players) winner was Joseph Stearman of Valhalla Elementary School of Pleasant Hill. Joseph scored a perfect 6 out of 6. MSJE won the team competition with 13.5 points. Weibel was second with 12.5 points.

In grade five (37 players) Anthony Zhou of Weibel was the individual winner with 5.5 points (five wins and a draw). Bullis Charter School of Los Altos won the team Championship with 13 points. Weibel was second with 12.5 points and MSJE was third with 12 points.

In grade six (40 players) William Li of Albany Middle School was the individual winner with 5.5 points. MSJE won the team championship with 13 points, Weibel was second with 10.5 points and Albany Middle School was third with 8.5 points.

The grade seven (37 players) individual winner was Pranav Nagarajsan of Thorton Junior High with 5.5 points. The team Championship was won by Hopkins Junior High of Fremont. All five Hopkins players are graduates of MSJE.

The grade eight individual winner was Allan Beilin with 5.5 points. There was only one school with more than one player in grade 8. That was Albany Middle School which won the championship with 6.5 points.

Because of a lack of players the high school grades (9 thru 12, total 21 players) were combined into one section. Joshua Chen, grade 9, of Campolindo High School, Moraga, was the individual High School winner with 5.5 points. Irvington High school won the team championship with 12.5 points. San Jose High School was second with 5.5 points.

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