2021 K-12 Grade Championships Results

By Daniel Lucas |  December 5, 2021  |   News

2021 National K-12 Grade Championships

1,235 players compete in Orlando, Florida in a triumphant return of over-the-board national scholastic chess

K12 Grade Championships










(Note: A selection of games will be added soon.)

The 2021 National K-12 Grade Championships featured 1,235 of the nation’s best scholastic chess players competing from December 3rd through the 5th at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. In these COVID times, masks were required for everyone, and all US Chess staff and contractors were fully vaccinated. This was the first major national scholastic championship held in person since the 2019 National K-12 Grade Championships.

US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer stated, “We are thrilled that we were able to bring over-the-board national scholastic chess back after such a long, unfortunate, layoff. The National K12 Grade Championships brings the chess community from across the United States together under one roof in the spirit of competition and camaraderie, and for this year in Orlando this was especially meaningful.”

The following players and teams won their grade-level Championship Section (where multiple names or teams are listed, there was a tie for first place, and all are considered co-champions; they are listed in tiebreak order). There were a few players and teams that did not appear at the awards ceremony.

All photos by Ana Vivas unless otherwise noted

Kindergarten: Wang, Winston Huang of Michigan; and Katta, Sriansh of North Carolina. Team: The Speyer Legacy School; New York, New York.


1st Grade: Chetlapalli, Vishnu of Texas; and Yu, Yang of North Carolina. Team: Oak Hall; Gainesville, Florida.


2nd Grade: Yue, Tariq of Pennsylvania. Team: The Speyer Legacy School; New York, New York.


3rd Grade: Guo, Ethan of California. Team: Anderson School; New York, New York.


4th Grade: Paragua, Megan Alt of New York; and Wang, Connor Junda of New York. Team: P.S. 10; Brooklyn, New York.


5th Grade: Jiang, Andrew, of Georgia (photo courtesy of Jiang family). Team: Washington School; Millburn, New Jersey.


6th Grade: Liu, Eric Chang of Texas; Chang, Luca of Texas; Aravindakshan, Sahana of New Jersey; Colville, Julian of California; and Boydell, Oliver of New York. Team: I.S. 318; Brooklyn New York.


7th Grade: Hardaway, Brewington of New York. Team: Lincoln Middle School; Gainesville, Florida (not pictured); and I.S. 318; Brooklyn, New York.


8th Grade: Xu, Raymond S of Massachusetts; Shukla, Aniket of Florida; and Wu, William of Florida. Team: Edgemont High School; Scarsdale, New York.


9th Grade: Chasin, Nico Werner of New York. Team: Columbia Grammar & Prep; New York, New York.


10th Grade: Huston, Gus of New York; and Lu, Jason of New Jersey. Team: Dalton School; New York, New York.


11th Grade: Venkat, Raghav of Florida. Team: Stuyvesant High School; New York, New York.


12th Grade: Kothapalli, Pradhyumna Kumar of North Carolina. Team: Stuyvesant High School; New York, New York.


Many other individual and team winners in divisions below the championship sections also brought home gleaming trophies and medals. Additionally, Bughouse and Blitz National Championships were determined. For a full list of top finishers, please go to the following URL and click on “Results and Pairings” in the left margin: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2021/k12/index.php .

US Chess looks forward to the 2022 spring national scholastics season when the National Elementary, Middle School, and High School events will be held. As US Chess fulfills its mission of “empowering people through chess one move at a time,” our scholastic nationals help us achieve our goals of increasing the use of chess in education; expanding the social, recreational, and rehabilitative applications of chess; and continuously improving our operations and member services.