In May, 22 of our students traveled down to the music city of Nashville to participate in the 2012 National Elementary (K-6) Championships. The tournament drew more than 2,200 participants from across the country. It was a first trip to a national chess tournament for most of our team members, and by far the largest Anderson turnout to a national chess tournament in recent years. The Anderson team competed against some of the best schools in the nation. Over the course of three days, participants played seven games, some lasting more than three hours. In between rounds, team members reviewed games with Coach Michael Poukchanski and Coach Chris William, played casual chess games, and relaxed and bonded together.
We are excited to share the results for our Anderson teams:
2nd Place Team: K-3 Under 800
8th Place Team: K-3 Championships
11th Place Team: K-3 Unrated
17th Place Team: K-6 Championship
Our team members included:
Grant Caile (3rd), Nolan Caile (3rd), Alison Chan (2nd), Saachi Khanna (2nd), Harrison Krieger (3rd), Hugo Leuchars (2nd), Jeremy Shen (2nd), and Kabir Singh (3rd) earned a 2nd place team trophy out of 58 teams in the K-3 Under 800 section.
Quentin Chen (3rd), Shubh Khanna (3rd), William Knoff (3rd), Dylan Zhang (2nd) and Eric Zhang (2nd) earned an 8th place team trophy out of 35 teams in the highly competitive K-3 Championship section.
Jillian Krieger (1st), Ian Loh (2nd) and Gabriella Ramirez (1st) earned an 11th place team trophy in the K-3 Unrated section for players new to chess tournaments.
Zoe Chan (6th), Riley Gordon (6th) and Charlie Reeder (6th) earned a 17th place team trophy in the most competitive section of the tournament even though they only had three players competing in a tournament in which four players complete a team.
Omri Bergner-Phillips (4th) battled alone in the competitive K-5 Championship section.
Evan Kurtz (1st) and Magnus Leuchars (1st) were a great pair in the competitive K-1 Championship section.
Congratulations to our Chess Dragons !