Top K-Senior Chess Players Named City Champions – The Madison Record

MADISON — K-12 chess players enjoyed “live” action at the City Chess Championship.

“Thank you James Clemens High School for allowing us to come back for the City Chess Championship. We were thrilled to play overboard again,” said Ranae Bartlett. Bartlett serves as executive director of the Madison City Chess League or MCCL.

“Longer time checks for all sections are a great way to help our kids compete at upcoming Nationals,” Bartlett said.

Continuing COVID-19 precautions, tournament organizers followed safety protocols, such as punching (instead of handshakes) and wearing masks, which the US Chess Federation is currently observing. The USCF will use these practices in the upcoming national tournament season.

The City Chess Championship is the only school-level championship in the state and offers a cash prize to all players who tie or earn first place. The grade level winners exercised their knowledge to distinguish themselves in the tournament:

* Kindergarten – Austin Pullum, first; Samuel Liao, second; Cali Giuffre, third.

* First year – Co-champions Alice Zou, Milan Malak, Charlie Saulters, James Mchugh.

* Second year — Annabelle Hsu, first; Asher Allison, second; Avyaktha Subramania, third.

* Third year — Esteban Jerez, first; Kylie Zou, second; Theodore Piper, third.

* Fourth year – Daksh Sunil, first; Vedant Siva, second; Mason Park, third.

* Fifth year – Co-champions Jethro Jones, Sophia Jerez, Noah Hsu.

* Sixth year – Co-champions Anna Ai and Tim Lee; Caden Jordan, third.

* Seventh year – Jacob New, first; Joseph Park, second; Daniel Seewald, third.

* Eighth year – Nirvana Rajbhandari, first; Artem Starenki, second; Andrew Yang, third.

* Ninth year – Co-champions Steven Pan, Oviya Gowder, Zachary Calinsky.

Year Ten – Co-champions Rachael Ehrman and Pranaav Satheesh; Jackson Martin, third.

* Eleventh year – Sherwood Dong, first; Victor Lundy, second; Kennedy Gore, third.

* Twelfth year – Edward Calinsky, first.

“SPS Inc. and CEO Nilmini Thompson have sponsored the City Chess Championship since its inception in 2016,” Bartlett said. “Last year and this year, SPS became a grandmaster-level sponsor for MCCL, allowing us to continue this tournament and grow our girls’ chess program.”

“Our seventh through twelfth graders had the longest time control with the 90min/d5sec game. They were to start their first round on Friday evening to finish Saturday with everyone. Excellent training for the next national championships! said Bartlett.

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