The summer of 2019 showcased The Kasparov Chess Foundation’s continuing series of annual popular tournaments in the greater areas of New York, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and California. These annual events only represent part of the foundation’s story. The foundation’s series of regional events allows children of any age and level to participate in a competitive environment where they can learn and build up their skills – eventually becoming strong national players.
The 5th Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championships took place over the weekend of August 10-11th in beautiful and sunny Southern California. The venue was Maple Park Community Center in the city of Glendale. Since August of 2015, Maple Park has been the venue of the most prestigious scholastic event of the summer in Los Angeles. The event was organized by a great cooperation between Beyond Chess and American Chess Academy (ACA). The two long time, well renowned chess training organizations forged a unique and rare partnership 5 years ago. This partnership transposed into the inclusion of California to the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Greater series.
ACA President IM Armen Ambartsoumian and Beyond Chess owner IM Sarah Deng (pictured above) both felt it was important to have a prestigious annual summer event in Southern California. The idea continues to be a success: a solid turnout of over 200 young players participated this year emphasizes the success of the event. Winners were awarded trophies and a $2000 cash prize fund.
Winners in each section were: Pranav Kumarsubha in the K-12 Open, Armen Botoyan in the K-12 Under 1500, Aakash Ahuja in the K-8 Under 1200, Richard Zhou in the JV K-6 Under 900 and Jayden Fung in the JV K-3 Under 600.