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May 13, 2014 > Local students sweep chess championships

Local students sweep chess championships

Submitted By Joe Lonsdale

The 2014 Northern California Scholastic Chess Championships were held the weekend of April 26 and 27 at the Santa Clara convention Center. Over 600 students and more the 50 schools competed in these championships. Mission San Jose Elementary school (MSJE) of Fremont was the big winner in the Elementary School Division. MSJE swept all of the Championships sections and won many of the Junior varsity sections and rookie sections.

The closest and most exciting championship was the Kindergarten (K) section. Saint Marks School of San Rafael entered a nine player team in the K section. The MSJE team won first place with 13 points versus 12.5 points by Saint Marks. All of our kindergarten students won trophies.

MSJE won the grade 4-6 section with 18.0 points versus 11.5 points for Bulloch Charter school of Los Altos. MSJE also beat all of the chess clubs in this section. The individual 4-6 championship came down to two MSJE players: 3rd grader Rishith Susarla (Who was Òplaying upÓ in the 4-6 section) and David Pan. David won the final game to finish with a perfect 6-0 score.

Norcal House of Chess (Fremont) was the top club with15.5 points followed closely by Berkeley Chess School with 14.5 points.

The 4-5 Championship section was also won by the MSJE team by a large margin. Kavya Sasikumar was top scorer on the MSJE K-5 team with five wins in six games and tied for second place. Jeffrey Liu and Mihir Bhuptani each scored four points, tied for seventh place, and won trophies. Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran scored 3.5 points and Alex Liu scored 3 points. Both Jaisuraj and Alex won trophies.

MSJE only had three players in the 4-6 JV section but the MSJE team of Siddharth Mukherjee, Alvin Lee, and Nivedha won the first place team trophy. Siddharth scored a perfect 5/5 and won the first place trophy. Alvin won the 7th place trophy and Nivedha won the 23rd place trophy.

Saharsh Goenka and Kevin Ma were the only two MSJE players in the grade 4-6 rookie section. Kevin and Saharsh won all of their games until they had to face each other in the last round. Saharsh won the first place trophy and Kevin tied for second place. MSJE won the first place team trophy in the 4-6 rookie section.

MSJE won the K-3 Championship section with 15 points versus 9.5 points for second place Gomes Elementary of Fremont. Kevin Pan tied for second place and Atul Thirumalai tied for 8th place. Leo Jiang, Stephen He, and Amulya Harish won trophies and tied for 25th place. Allyson Wong, Arnav Lingannagari, Edwin Thomas, Henry Liu, Shree Jay, and Maxwell Yu also competed for the K-3 Championship team.

In the 1-3 JV section Nicholas Jiang finished in second place. Vasu Rao, Dhruv Susheelkar, and Carolyn McNay tied for 13th place.

Vaibhav Wudaru tied for first place in the 1-3 beginner section. Evan Yang and Jack Lee each won three games. Suhan Khan, Lillian Ma, Soham Patti, and Varun Rao also competed for our 1-3 beginner team which took the third place team trophy.

Sandeep Salwan tied for first place the 1-3 rookie division in this section. Monish Jonnadula and Aditi Sagi tied for fourth place and won trophies. Chris Liu also competed for our 1-3 rookie team which won the first place team trophy.

Congratulations to the MSJE chess team for a great result at the State Championships!

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