Final Round Begins at National Elementary

The seventh and final round of the 2019 National Elementary (K-6) Championship has started! And boy, weren’t the players anxious to get their games going?

Here’s a quick update on final round standings and pairings for the Championship sections. Remember to check in with our livestream – – to follow the action as it happens!

K-6 Championship

Board 1 in the K-6, Round 7 (photo Betsy Zacate)

Vyom Vidyarthi and Abinav Rajiv Mundayat are the only two players at 5.5/6, and so their final round matchup might well determine the Championship. Vidyarthi has White.

The Speyer Legacy School (NY) holds a half-point lead over Mission San Jose Elementary (CA) in the Team Standings, 17.0 to 16.5. Success Academy Hudson Yards (NY) is in third at 16.0.

K-5 Championship

K-5 Top Boards, Round 7 (photo Betsy Zacate)

Cooper Ho is the only remaining K-5 player with a perfect 6-0, and he meets Doruk Emir, who is alone in second place with 5.5/6. They meet in the final round, with Ho taking the Black pieces.

Perennial powerhouse Dalton (NY) is tied with Joseph A. Williams Elementary (FL) in the K-5 Team competition. Both have a team score of 17.5 points. PS 33 Chelsea Prep (NY) is in a distant third place with 13.5 team points.

A win would be a fitting send-off for longtime Dalton coach David MacEnulty, a former recipient of the US Chess Scholastic Service Award. He retires on June 1st.

Will his team give him the going-away present he so desires? Check back in with CLO later tonight to find out!

K-3 Championship

With a three-way tie for first, everything is still up for grabs in the K-3. Anjaneya Rao (5.5/6) has White against Omya Vidyarthi (5.5/6) on board one, while Niklas Vemparala (5.5/6) meets Alex Zhang (5.0/6) on board two.

The Speyer Legacy School (NY) leads PS 77 – Lower Lab School (NY) by just half a point (15.0 to 14.5) in the K-3 Team standings. Dalton (NY) is in third place with 14.0 points.

K-1 Championship

Braun vs Ganga, Round 7 (photo Betsy Zacate)

Alexander Braun is alone at the top of the K-1 standings with an unblemished 6-0 record. He meets Sanjeev Ganga, who trails by half a point at 5.5/6, in the last round. Kyle Yiwen Wang is also at 5.5/6, and he plays Connor Junda Wang, who is at the top of the 5.0 score group.

Hunter College Campus School (NY) holds a one point lead over Dalton (NY) in the K-1 Team competition, 17.0-16.0. Three teams – Oak Hall (FL), Collegiate School (NY), and Avenues: The World School (NY) – are all vying for third place with 15.5 team points each.

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