Madison Chess Players Enter K-12 Grade National Championship – The Madison Record

MADISON — Seventeen members of the Madison City Chess League honed their knowledge of the game at the K-12 National Chess Championship in Orlando, Fla., the first weekend in December.

Rainbow Elementary School teachers Maria Adams and Rebecca McDaniel, Coach Jonathan Rasberry, MCCL Executive Director Ranae Bartlett and parents coached and encouraged students to play seven rounds over three days of competition.

“Playing in a national tournament can be exhausting, but it’s also a great learning opportunity akin to an intensive chess camp when instructors help our students learn from their games after every round,” Bartlett said. “One of the benefits of MCCL membership is having the support of coaches at state and national tournaments. We thank Alabama Chess Federation President Jonathan Rasberry for coaching our children.”

Discovery Middle School’s sixth-grade team of Cooper Meyer, Kate Meyer and Jack Meyer and seventh-grade Xavier Bruni showed exceptional tournament play. “Some of the longest games were played by Xavier Bruni, who achieved a personal best, ranking fourth in the country in his grade level,” Bartlett said.

Bruni scored higher than the other MCCL members and finished with 5.5 pts and a clear fourth place with his section’s first place winner rated above 2,300.

In other performances, Jimmy Hughes took 15th place as a freshman. “Jimmy’s impressive five-point score in his first national tournament put him in a tie for sixth place,” Bartlett said. “On the tie-breaks, he placed 15th.”

The Blitz Tournament preceded the three-day main event. Esteban Jerez won a first place award among the 800-999 rated students.

For other class award winners, Alice Zou scored four points and won third place among those rated 600-799 points. Jack Meyer scored three points and took first place among players rated below 600. Isaac Kreusser scored four points and placed third among those rated 600-799.

In tag team competition, Rainbow’s sophomore team of Annabelle Hsu, Asher Allison and Dennis Lenski placed sixth in the nation.

Reaching tenth place, the third-grade team from Horizon Elementary School included Kylie Zou and Esteban Jerez. Discovery’s sixth-grade team reached fifth place overall with triplets Cooper Meyer, Kate Meyer and Jack Meyer. “They pulled out a nail biter,” Bartlett said.

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