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December 21, 2010 > Chess team wins big

Chess team wins big

Submitted By Joe Lonsdale and Bonnie Curtis

On the weekend of December 4 and 5, the 45 members of Mission San Jose Elementary's (MSJE) Chess Team travelled from Fremont to Stockton to compete in the Northern California Grade Level Championships. In this tournament, players competed against those in their own grade level, and team trophies were given to the top five teams in each grade. MSJE was the big winner in the Elementary school section, taking five first places and one second place team trophy.

In the kindergarten section Rishith Susaria, Maxwell Yu, Jonathan Zhang, and Amulya Harish competed for MSJE. Rishith won 3.5 games and tied for third place. Jonathan Zhang won three games and tied for seventh place. Maxwell Yu won 2.5 games and tied for 13th place, while Amulya tied for 20th place. There was no team competition in Kindergarten.

In grade one, Mission San Jose first graders showed that MSJE will be a major chess force for years to come. Soorya Kuppan won four out of five games and tied for second place. Chenyi Zhao and Jeffrey Liu each won three games and tied for 8th place. Ansh Gandhi won 2.5 games and tied for 19th place. Amay Pai, Trisha Jain, Edison Zhang, and Paul Mathew each won 2 games and tied for 20th place. The MSJE team won first place with an impressive 10 points compared to 6 points for the second place team. MSJE did well enough in grade one to have won the first place team trophy and the second place team trophy, if a school was allowed to enter two teams in one grade.

In grade two, the MSJE team won the first place trophy with an impressive twelve points compared to 9.5 points for the second place team. Mihir Bhuptani, Luke Zhao, and John Chan each scored four wins to tie for third place. Marcus Lee and Tommy Koh each won three games and tied for second place. Srinjoy Chatterjee and Anish Kashyap each scored two points in grade two.

In grade three, the MSJE team again took the first place trophy. Alvin Zhang and Ojas Arun each won four games and tied for second place. Edward Liu won three games and tied for 11th place. Kevin Zhu won 2.5 games and tied for 22nd place. Matthew Shen and Max Wang each scored two points.

In grade four, the MSJE team took the second place team trophy. Drake Lin scored five wins to take the second place individual trophy. Anjan Das, Aditya Krishnan, Amit Sant, and Ian Wong each won four points and tied for 5th place. Austin Chen, Nishant Yadav, and Nathan Young each scored 2.5 points. This team lost to Weibel by just one point. Last year Weibel tied for first place at the Nationals in the K-3 Championship section, so they have a very strong grade four team. The 13 points scored by MSJE fourth graders was one of the highest (tied with its grade five team) team scores of any of the MSJE teams, but they fell just short of matching Weibel.

MSJE won the first place trophy in grade five. For the sixth time in six years (starting when they were in kindergarten) the MSJE players in this grade out-performed all northern California schools that competed against them. This team scored 13 points compared to 10.5 points for the second place team. Sayan Das and Steven Li each scored 4.5 and tied for 4th place. Alvin Kong and Eric Zhu each scored 4 points and tied for 6th place. Shalin Shah and John Yao each scored three points. Jain Hiresh, Christian Young, and Tanay Pai also competed for MSJE's championship grade five team.

MSJE's grade six team also won the first place trophy. Armaan Kalyanpur scored 4.5 points and tied for third place. Alex Yin, Erik Wong, and Jonathan Chen each scored 3.5 points to beat a strong Weibel team.

Congratulations to the entire chess team for a great showing at the 2010 Grade Level Championships in Stockton. The next large tournament is the Northern California Scholastic Championship in Santa Clara in April. There will be three championships (K-3, K-5, and K-6) and MSJE's goal is to win all three.

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