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June 3, 2014 > Two national championships in a row

Two national championships in a row

Submitted By Julie Xie

At last yearÕs Super National Chess Championship in Tennessee, the Gomes Elementary School Team from Fremont beat all odds and won the National Championship for the K-5 section.Ê Joanna Liu, Ganesh Murugappan, Jason Shuhe Zhang and William Sartorio barely knew each other when one invitational email from LiuÕs father connected them in January 2013.ÊWithout any head coach, pep talk or even team shirt, they headed for Tennessee after just one meeting.ÊThey persisted under the frustration of a mere 0.5 point out of 4 after the first round.ÊThat was why the victory of the championship felt so special when they added the name of ÒGomes,Ó an unknown in the scholastic chess circle, to the list of Northern California elementary schools that had won a national title over the past 10 years.
Between May 9 and May 11, 2014, the same four children travelled to the 2014 National Elementary Championship Tournament in Dallas, Texas with a mission to renew their glory. Only 77 players were from Northern California.ÊAfter seven grueling rounds in three days, the Gomes team won the K-6 National Championship with 20.5 points, beating the second place from New York by only half of a point.Ê

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