2019 Elementary Kicks off with Bughouse and Blitz

While the 2019 National Elementary (K-6) Championship officially kicks off today, the competition has really been underway since Thursday’s ever-popular Blitz and Bughouse events.

24 teams turned out for the 2019 Bughouse Tournament, and when the dust settled, two teams – Dylan Dollata / Reagan Pearl and Neel Bhaskar / Owen Levine – finished at the top of the list with 8/10 points. Three teams followed at 7/10, good for shared 3rd-5th places.

With a later start time of 5pm, instead of 11am for Bughouse, turnout for Thursday’s  K-6 Blitz and K-3 Blitz Tournaments grew to a total of 300 players.

Doruk Emir and Troy Cavanah shared first place in the K-6 Blitz, with each player scoring 11/12. Two players – Alexander Rutten and Evan Park – tied for 3rd-4th place, finishing a half-point behind the leaders with 10.5/12.

Three New York Teams swept the top team trophies in the K-6. Speyer Legacy School took first place, followed by Dalton and Hunter College Campus School.

Anjaneya Rao and Austin Tang tied for first place in the K-3 Blitz at 11/12. There was a 1.5 gap between Rao and Tang and the shared 3rd-5th place finishers Christopher Williams, Krishna Kishore Rallabandi, and Oliver Boydell.

Teams from New York also cleaned up in the K-3 Blitz Team standings. Speyer Legacy School will be bringing home the first place trophy in the K-3 along with the K-6 hardware, while Rodeph Sholom School and PS 166M are the second and third place winners.

The Main Event kicks off today at 12:45pm’s Opening Ceremonies, followed by the first round of all thirteen sections shortly thereafter! Check back with CLO all weekend for updates and photos from Nashville.

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  1. Very good.i find our Neel Bhaskar playing with cheer and confidence.my hearty congratulations to our Neel and all enthusiastic children participating
    In the tournament.
    Best of luck for all future games.
    PS Krishnamurthi

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