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May 27, 2014 > Fremont schools successful at Chess Championships

Fremont schools successful at Chess Championships

Submitted By Joe Lonsdale

Two Fremont schools won major championships at the 2014 National Elementary School Chess Championships held in Dallas on May 9 Ð 11. More than 2,200 students from 107 schools competed in these championships. Seventeen Mission San Jose Elementary School (MSJE) students from Fremont attended these championships. MSJE won first place in the K-3 Championship section, tied for fifth place in the K-1 section and tied for fourth place in the K-5 section. The MSJE Chess team is the 2014 National Primary School Chess Champion.

Gomes Elementary School, also of Fremont won the Elementary school (K -6) division. This is the second time in two years that two major elementary school sections were won by schools from Fremont. Last year Gomes won K-5 and MSJE won K-6. In K-6 Joanna Liu and Jason Zhang each had five wins and a draw in seven games and tied for sixth place. Ganesh Murugappan and William Sartorio also scored points. The Gomes Elementary team is now the National Elementary School Chess Champions. In 2013 MSJE won the Elementary School Section (K-6) and Gomes won the K-5 section.

In the K-1 section Arnav Lingannagari was the top scorer for the MSJE team; Arnav tied for 12th place. Allyson Wong tied for 22nd place. Shreyas Jay, Siddharth Arutla, Ayaan Kassamali and Jolene Liu also competed for the K-1 team.

In the K-3 Section MSJE was the top rated team. Rishith Susarla was the teamÕs top rated player, tying for 7th place. Second grader Kevin Pan and Annapoorni Meiyappan tied for 17th place. Second grader Stephen He won his game in the last round to give MSJE a perfect four point round and a clear first place. Our motto is ÒMSJE owns the seventh round!Ó Atul Thirumalai, Shree Jay, and Amulya Harish each scored in the K-3 Championship section. The MSJE team is the 2014 Primary School Chess Champion.

David Pan was the top rated player on our K-5 team and scored a fantastic 6 out of seven points. David tied for second place. Kavya Sasikumar, Mihir Bhuptani and Jeffrey Liu scored points in this very tough section. The K-5 team tied for fourth place in the tournament. Congratulations to the Chess Team for a great result at the National Championships!

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