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.

Edward Song and Vignesh Panchantham also joined the tie for first.

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.

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.

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.

Hans also found time to relay an important message home.

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.

Francine Silver also had some moving Mother’s Day observations on her instagram account @ChessPhotos.

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On SuperNationals VI Sunday, 5,577 moms willingly used their Mother's Day to let their children follow their passion for chess and participate in the record-breaking largest chess tournament in history! I have seen countless moms and grandmas camped out by the large tournament room all weekend waiting for their little (and not so little!) ones to report the round's results. Hugs were given, tears were wiped, and words of encouragement shared. My own mom wasn't thrilled I was missing being with her in New Jersey today… but when I asked other mothers what made them willing to come to Nashville from around the country on Mother's Day weekend… the response was unanimous… they wouldn't have wanted it any other way! And your kids likely truly appreciate it moms! My 11-year-old, Jack, used his own money to purchase a chess queen pendant necklace at the chess store (genius idea from that crafty group!) and Charlie ran back and forth to the lobby to ask for scissors and tape to construct a sunflower made from a plastic tournament room cup, a straw, and a coffee coaster! Add that to a poem and breakfast in bed (with coffee and breakfast made by the 10-year-old!), and this is the most perfect Mother's Day ever! #SuperNationalsVI #mothersday #uschess #chesstournament #chessphotos #iphoneonly #iphonephotography @drfrancinesilver

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The elementary sections were also fiercely competitive, starting with the K-6 Championships, where Max Lu found that triple crown he was searching for.

The answer: Yes he can!

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.


  1. 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.

    • 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 and you can also find a larger and growing selection of photos from the event on our twitter/facebook.

  2. The Mardov-Zhou game is very impressive for two young players! I’ve lost to Dimitar Mardov, so this makes me feel better 🙂

  3. 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.

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