Sunday is for Champions at Largest Chess Tournament Ever

Results are in at the largest chess tournament in history, SuperNationals VI, held from May 12-14 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN. All 5577 players were part of the largest tournament in history, and on Sunday, the focus turned to the champions. The K-12 Championship was incredibly strong, with a dozen 2400+ players entering the tournament. In the final round, three players were half a point ahead of the pack: Daniel He, IM Kesav Viswanadha and Roland Feng. Roland and Kesav faced each other in the final round, playing to a draw.
Kesav v. Roland in the final round
Daniel He played against Andrew Tang, who won a marathon game. Tang jumped into the winner's circle with this victory, but knocked He out of it.
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-12 Championship Board 2"]
[Date "2017.05.14"]
[White "He, Daniel"]
[Black "Tang, Andrew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2258"]
[BlackElo "2571"]
[PlyCount "176"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:03:45"]
[BlackClock "0:00:53"]

1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 c5 7. Bb2 Nc6 8. e3 b6
9. Nc3 dxc4 10. bxc4 Bb7 11. Qe2 Qc7 12. Nb5 Qc8 13. Rfd1 a6 14. Nc3 Rd8 15. d3
Rb8 16. Rab1 Qc7 17. Ba1 Na7 18. a4 Nc6 19. Ne1 Nb4 20. f4 Bxg2 21. Qxg2 Rd7
22. Rd2 Rbd8 23. Rbd1 Ne8 24. g4 Nd6 25. Nf3 f6 26. h4 Qc6 27. e4 Nf7 28. Ne1
Qc7 29. Ne2 Nc6 30. f5 exf5 31. gxf5 Kh8 32. Kh1 Bd6 33. Nc3 Nb4 34. Nd5 Nxd5
35. cxd5 Bf4 36. Rc2 Bh6 37. Qh2 Qxh2+ 38. Kxh2 Nd6 39. Kg3 Re7 40. Rb1 c4 41.
Rxb6 Nxf5+ 42. exf5 Rxe1 43. dxc4 Rxa1 44. Rxa6 Ra3+ 45. Kg2 Bf4 46. c5 h5 47.
d6 Rd3 48. a5 Rc8 49. c6 Bxd6 50. Ra7 Rd5 51. Rd7 Rd4 52. c7 Rg4+ 53. Kf1 Rxc7
54. Rcxc7 Bxc7 55. Rxc7 Ra4 56. Rc5 Rxh4 57. Kg2 Kh7 58. Kg3 Ra4 59. Kh3 Kh6
60. Kg3 Kg5 61. Kh3 Ra3+ 62. Kh2 Ra2+ 63. Kh3 Ra4 64. Kg3 Rg4+ 65. Kh3 Rf4 66.
Kg3 h4+ 67. Kh3 Rf3+ 68. Kg2 Ra3 69. Kh2 Kg4 70. Kg2 Kf4 71. Rb5 Kg4 72. Rc5
Ra2+ 73. Kg1 Kg3 74. Rc3+ Kf4 75. Rc5 Ke4 76. Rb5 Kf4 77. Rc5 Kg5 78. Rb5 g6
79. fxg6+ Kxg6 80. Kh1 f5 81. Kg1 Kg5 82. Kh1 Kg4 83. Kg1 f4 84. Rc5 Ra1+ 85.
Kh2 f3 86. Rc4+ Kg5 87. Rc8 f2 88. Rg8+ Kh6 0-1

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Edward Song and Vignesh Panchantham also joined the tie for first. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863892736335859712 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863891153355235329
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-12 Championship Board 4"]
[Date "2017.05.14"]
[White "Panchanatham, Vi"]
[Black "Posthuma, Joshua"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2464"]
[BlackElo "2317"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:11:37"]
[BlackClock "0:03:47"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. e4 Bxf1 8.
Kxf1 d6 9. Nge2 Bg7 10. h3 Na6 11. Kg1 O-O 12. Kh2 e6 13. Ng3 Nc7 14. Bg5 exd5
15. exd5 Qd7 16. Qd2 Rfb8 17. Rad1 Rb4 18. Rhe1 Rd4 19. Qe2 Nfxd5 20. Rxd4 Bxd4
21. Qf3 Bxc3 22. bxc3 Ra3 23. Ne4 Ne6 24. Bc1 Rxa2 {[%clk ]} 25. c4 Nd4 26. Qg3
f5 27. Nxd6 Nc7 28. Be3 Nc2 29. Rb1 Nxe3 30. Rb8+ Kg7 31. Qe5+ Kh6 32. Qxe3+
Kg7 33. Qe5+ Kh6 34. Qf6 Kh5 35. Rh8 Rxf2 36. Kg3 Rf4 37. Kxf4 Ne6+ 38. Qxe6
Qg7 39. g4+ Kh6 40. Nxf5# {[%clk ] [%clk ]} 1-0[/pgn]
Roland Feng carries home the first place trophy on tiebreak while Monta Vista High School in California, led by co-champion Kesav, took home top team honors. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863912901249306624 The K-9 Championships were also quite strong. Pre-tournament favorite FM Rayan Taghizadeh shared the title with Wesley Wang, with Rayan taking the Championship trophy on tiebreak. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863909939407978497 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863870321299947520 Wesley led the way for his team Jericho Middle School of New York to capture first place. In the K-8 Championship, Speyer Legacy School won top team while Hans Niemann took clear first individually with 6.5/7, scoring a marathon final game victory over Christopher Shen. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863897240775086080
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-8 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.05.14"]
[White "Nieman, Hans"]
[Black "Shen, Christophe"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2412"]
[BlackElo "2298"]
[PlyCount "211"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:48:06"]
[BlackClock "0:17:34"]

1. d4 d6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. Be3
Re8 9. d5 Nh5 10. g3 Bf8 11. Ne1 Ng7 12. Nd3 f5 13. exf5 Nxf5 14. Ne4 Nxe3 15.
fxe3 Bh6 16. Qd2 Rf8 17. Bg4 Nf6 18. Nxf6+ Rxf6 19. Bxc8 Rxc8 20. Nf2 Rf5 21.
Ne4 Qe7 22. g4 Rxf1+ 23. Rxf1 Qh4 24. Qe2 Rf8 25. Rxf8+ Bxf8 26. Kg2 Be7 27. h3
Kg7 28. b4 b6 29. Qf2 Qh6 30. Qf3 Qh4 31. Qg3 a6 32. Qxh4 Bxh4 33. c5 Be7 34.
c6 b5 35. g5 Kf7 36. Kg3 Kg7 37. Kg4 Kf7 38. Nc3 Ke8 39. h4 Kf7 40. a4 bxa4 41.
Nxa4 Bd8 42. Nc3 Kg7 43. Ne4 h6 44. Kf3 hxg5 45. hxg5 Kf7 46. Ke2 Ke8 47. Kd3
Be7 48. Kc4 Kd8 49. Kb3 Kc8 50. Ka4 Kb8 51. Ka5 Ka7 52. Nf6 Bd8 53. e4 Be7 54.
Nh7 Bd8 55. Nf8 Bxg5 56. Nxg6 Be3 57. Nf8 Bb6+ 58. Ka4 Kb8 59. Nd7+ Kc8 60. Kb3
Bd4 61. Kc4 Be3 62. Kb3 Bd4 63. Ka3 Be3 64. Ka4 Bb6 65. Nf8 Kb8 66. Ng6 Kc8 67.
Nh4 Kb8 68. Nf3 Kc8 69. Nd2 Kb8 70. Nc4 Ka7 71. Na5 Kb8 72. Nb7 Kc8 73. Kb3 Be3
74. Ka4 Bb6 75. b5 axb5+ 76. Kxb5 Be3 77. Kc4 Bd2 78. Kd3 Be1 79. Ke2 Bc3 80.
Kf3 Bd2 81. Kg4 Bc3 82. Kf5 Bd2 83. Kf6 Bc3 84. Ke7 Bb4 85. Ke8 Bd2 86. Nd8 Bg5
87. Ne6 Be3 88. Nf8 Bf4 89. Ng6 Bd2 90. Ne7+ Kb8 91. Kd7 Bc1 92. Ng6 Bh6 93.
Nxe5 Bf4 94. Ng6 Bd2 95. Nf8 Bc3 96. Ne6 Ba5 97. Kd8 Bc3 98. Nf8 Bf6+ 99. Kd7
Bc3 100. Ne6 Ba5 101. Nd4 Bc3 102. Nb5 Ba5 103. Na3 Bc3 104. Nc4 Bb4 105. e5
dxe5 106. d6 {[%clk ]} 1-0

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Hans also found time to relay an important message home. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863801641409163264 Hans wasn't the only one to recognize the importance of the day, as TD and photographer Betsy Dynako sent us some artwork by the kids in the K-1 Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863814155387764737 Francine Silver also had some moving Mother's Day observations on her instagram account @ChessPhotos. https://www.instagram.com/p/BUE2ArLDJMs/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BUFGgZwD_vw/ The elementary sections were also fiercely competitive, starting with the K-6 Championships, where Max Lu found that triple crown he was searching for. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863871474150539266 The answer: Yes he can!
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-6 Championship Board 2"]
[Date "2017.05.14"]
[White "Narayanan, Samru"]
[Black "Lu, Maximillian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2098"]
[BlackElo "2279"]
[PlyCount "150"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:04:51"]
[BlackClock "0:08:58"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3
cxd4 9. Nxd4 Bxe2 10. Qxe2 Be7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. h3 Nc6 13. Nxc6 Qxc6 14. Nf3
Rfd8 15. Rfd1 h6 16. Bd4 b5 17. Ne5 Qc7 18. Qe3 Nd5 19. Qf3 Bf6 20. Qe4 Rac8
21. Nf3 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 Nf6 23. Qe2 Rxd4 24. Nxd4 Rd8 25. Rd1 Qd6 26. Rd2 Qb6 27.
Nc2 Rd5 28. Ne3 Rd6 29. Qd1 Ne4 30. Rxd6 Qxd6 31. Qxd6 Nxd6 32. Kf1 f5 33. b3
Kf7 34. Ke2 Ne4 35. Nd1 e5 36. Ke3 Ke6 37. g4 g6 38. f3 Nd6 39. gxf5+ gxf5 40.
Nf2 Nb7 41. Nd3 f4+ 42. Ke2 a5 43. Nf2 Nc5 44. Ne4 Nxe4 45. fxe4 Kd6 46. Kd2
Kc6 47. a3 Kd6 48. Ke2 Ke6 49. Kf3 Kd6 50. Ke2 Kc7 51. b4 axb4 52. cxb4 Kd6 53.
Kf2 Ke6 54. Kf3 Kf6 55. h4 Kf7 56. h5 Kg7 57. Kg4 Kf6 58. Kh4 f3 59. Kg3 Kg5
60. Kxf3 Kxh5 61. Ke3 Kg4 62. a4 bxa4 63. Kd3 h5 64. b5 a3 65. Kc3 h4 66. b6 h3
67. b7 {[%clk ]} h2 68. b8=Q h1=Q 69. Qc8+ Kg3 70. Qg8+ Kf2 71. Qf7+ Qf3+ 72.
Qxf3+ Kxf3 73. Kb3 Kxe4 74. Kxa3 Kd3 75. Kb2 Kd2 0-1

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https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863878426696003584 Also tied for first with 6/7 were Jason Wang, Gus Huston, Raghav Venkat and Sumit Dhar, with Max taking home the 1st place trophy on tiebreak. Gus and Sumit are both students of Dalton School in New York, and they led their team to a landslide victory. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863864695014535168   https://twitter.com/efhuston/status/864084070208344064 K-5 In the K-5 Championship, PS 41 and Mission San Jose Elementary tied for top team, while two players also tied for first individually. Nico Chasin, who led PS 41 to victory also took home the top trophy on tiebreak with Luke Sicong Ye. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863863736184057856
[pgn]

[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-5 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.05.13"]
[White "Polavaram, Rithi"]
[Black "Chasin, Nico Wer"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2093"]
[BlackElo "2211"]
[PlyCount "98"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:13:08"]
[BlackClock "0:59:53"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 Re8 6. a3 Bf8 7. Ng3 d5 8. Qc2
b6 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. O-O g6 11. b3 c5 12. Bb2 Nbd7 13. Rad1 Rc8 14. Qb1 Qe7 15.
Rfe1 Bg7 16. Bf1 h5 17. f3 h4 18. Nh1 cxd4 19. exd4 dxc4 20. bxc4 h3 21. Ng3
Rcd8 22. Nce4 hxg2 23. Bxg2 Nb8 24. Qa1 Nh7 25. Rd2 f5 26. Nf2 Qc7 27. d5 Bxb2
28. Qxb2 Qxc4 29. dxe6 Nc6 30. Rc2 Qf4 31. Qa2 Re7 32. Rc4 Nd4 33. Nh3 Nxf3+
34. Kh1 Qh6 35. Ra1 Rd2 36. Rc2 Rxg2 37. Rxg2 Nh4 38. Nf2 Bxg2+ 39. Kg1 Ng5 40.
Qe2 Ngf3+ 41. Qxf3 Bxf3 42. Re1 Bd5 43. Rd1 Nf3+ 44. Kf1 Nxh2+ 45. Ke2 Rxe6+
46. Kd3 Qe3+ 47. Kc2 Rc6+ 48. Kb2 Qb3+ 49. Ka1 Qa2# 0-1[/pgn]
In the K-3 Championship, Dimitar Mardov and Liam Putnam tied for first with 6.5/7 each, with Mardov taking the first place on tiebreak. Dalton School of NY won the K-3 team title. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863880050407616516
[pgn] [Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-3 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.05.14"]
[White "Mardov, Dimitar"]
[Black "Zhou, Liran"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1965"]
[BlackElo "2072"]
[PlyCount "109"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:01:46"]
[BlackClock "0:00:09"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. f4 d6 7. Be3 Nf6 8. Qf3
Be7 9. O-O-O O-O 10. g4 b5 11. g5 Ne8 12. a3 Bb7 13. Bh3 Nc6 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15.
f5 exf5 16. Bxf5 g6 17. Bh3 a5 18. Nd5 Bxd5 19. exd5 b4 20. Rd3 Ng7 21. Rf1 f5
22. gxf6 Bxf6 23. Qe2 bxa3 24. Rxa3 Qb7 25. c3 Qe7 26. Qd2 Rae8 27. Bh6 Qd8 28.
Ra4 Re5 29. Raf4 Rh5 30. Bxg7 Kxg7 31. Bg4 Re5 32. Kb1 Qb6 33. Qg2 Qb7 34. Qf3
Qe7 35. Be6 Rh5 36. Qg2 Re5 37. h4 Qb7 38. Qf2 Qe7 39. Qb6 Rh5 40. Rc4 Bd4 41.
Qxd4+ Re5 42. Rxf8 Kxf8 43. Qb6 Re1+ 44. Ka2 Kg7 45. Rc7 Kf6 46. Rxe7 Kxe7 47.
Qc7+ Kf6 48. Qf7+ Ke5 49. Bd7 Re4 50. Qxh7 Kxd5 51. Qg8+ Ke5 52. Qe6+ Kf4 53.
Qxd6+ Ke3 54. Bc6 Rf4 55. Qe5+ {[%clk ]} 1-0
[/pgn]
https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863901650024628225 In the K-1 Championship, Andrew Jiang tied for first with Steve Wongso, both with perfect 7-0 scores, while Durham Academy took down top team honors. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863915957596672001 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863824767069106176 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863886630993657856 Browse full results here and the US Chess twitter feed from the event by Greg Shahade here. Also go to facebook to find more photos from Jim Doyle, who will also be contributing work to Chess Life Magazine. Look for more coverage coming soon to US Chess.

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Would have love to see more general photos of black kids. While many may not have placed in the tournament, there were a large of blacks in attendance.

In reply to by Dale (not verified)

I agree!

In reply to by Dale (not verified)

At US Chess we are committed to showing the diversity of our chess community and value your feedback. We will continue to cover this event on uschess.org and you can also find a larger and growing selection of photos from the event on our twitter/facebook.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The Mardov-Zhou game is very impressive for two young players! I've lost to Dimitar Mardov, so this makes me feel better :-)

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Any idea when the last time someone won all three events at the championship level in the same tournament- bughouse, blitz and classical? Just from stamina alone that's a lot of chess and pretty impressive.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Would have been nice if article listed the states from which the players mentioned came from.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] over 1500 teams that competed at SuperNationalsVI, a group with blue bowties stood out. University Prep Science & Math Middle School in Detroit […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] American kids is on a huge roll, with US Chess just hosting the largest tournament in history at the SuperNationals. At the top, we have 90 Grandmasters, and the gold medal Olympic team. Earlier this year, I caught up […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] full results on the K-1 Champs here, and see our SuperNationals VI wrap-up here. Find Betsy Dynako’s bonus material, VI Ways You Know You’re at the K-1 at […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] USCF news page had an extensive writeup of the final Championship rounds under the headline “Sunday Is For Champions.” The summary includes news about the K-8 Championship bracket, reporting that it was won by a […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] information page had an intensive writeup of the last Championship rounds beneath the headline “Sunday Is For Champions.” The summary consists of information about the K-8 Championship bracket, reporting that it was […]

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[…] USCF news page had an extensive writeup of the final Championship rounds under the headline “Sunday Is For Champions.” The summary includes news about the K-8 Championship bracket, reporting that it was won by […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I have to play in Nico's section in the National K-5 champs next week ;(

In reply to by Max Barnes (not verified)

i mean k-6

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