Halfway Home at the 2019 National Elementary

We’ve reached the halfway point at the 2019 National Elementary (K-6) Championship, and Round Four is underway.

While the ratings favorites have, by and large, won the games they need to win in the first three rounds, there has been no shortage of draws and upset wins. Here’s a rundown of the standings in each of the four Championship sections, along with some of the key upsets.

K-6 Championship

11 players have perfect scores in this 146 person field: Vyom Vidyarthi, Alexander Rutten, Zoey Tang, Harry Le, Abinav Rajiv Mundayat, James Oh, Armen Andranigian, Avi Kaplan, Yesun Lee, Aghilan Nachiappan, and Regan Pearl. The top three seeds have all suffered upsets, and sit further down on the leaderboard.

Board 3 and 4, Round 2, 2019 K-6 Championship (photo Betsy Zacate)

Second seeded Jason Liang was held to a draw in round two.

Jason Liang (photo Zacate)

Top seed Ming Lu was forced to scramble for his draw in round three.

Round three also saw Yesun Lee take down third seed Evan Park.

K-5 Championship

There remain twelve perfect scores in the 175 player K-5 Championship: Jayden Lee, Erick Zhao, Rohan Padhye, Brian Tay, Jed Sloan, Jack Yang, Jayden Lang, Caden Qiao, Andrew Feng, Cooper Ho, Ronit Chandra, and Henry He.

K-5 Top Boards, Round 2 (photo Zacate)

Here too upset draws and wins have not been uncommon, beginning with Rex Zhu’s draw against third seed Ronen Wilson in round one.

Fourth seed Troy Cavanah had to work hard for his draw against Dylan Yu in round two.

K-3 Championship

16 players are at 3-0 in this 180 person field: Alex Zhang, Anjaneya Rao, Xan Meister, Omya Vidyarthi, Nikash Vemparala, Carter Ho, Daniel Yan, Jasper Ho, Neeraj Harish, Nate Ziegler, Samuel Qin, Yiding Lu, Aliana Fausto, Rafi Andranigian, Nicholas Bear, and Aaradhya Panda.

Most of the top players have come through the first three rounds unscathed in the K-3. One notable exception is top seed Andrew Jiang, who lost in round three with an mistake right before move forty.

New York Primary Champ Tani Adewumi, who came to national prominence earlier this year, sits at 2-1 in the K-3 Championship section.  Adewumi lost in round one to Otto Restelli, but won in rounds two and three, and is working his way back up the pairing sheet.

K-1 Championship

At 181 players, the K-1 is the largest of the four Championship sections, and a whopping 17 players are at 3-0 as the fourth round of play begins: Krishna Kishore Rallabandi, Sanjeev Ganga, Alexander Braun, Vihaan Jammalamadaka, Kyle Wang, Connor Wang, Leo Yang, Bryson Wolf, Oliver Ohly, Maxwell Meister, Mason Li, Jack Guttman, Jack Judy, Ren Lutfiyya, Samant Sen, David Figelman, and Albert Shi.

No games are available from this section.

In other news…

There’s always more to a US Chess Scholastic National than just the main events. Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner presented a lecture entitled “Reacting to a Threat” this morning.

A scholastic meeting is underway in the Presidental Boardroom A as this goes to press.

And the Girls Club is in full swing!

The livestream with WGM Katerina Nemcova and IM Eric Rosen kicks off tonight with analysis of the round five action. Check out our Twitch channel – twitch.tv/uschess – for all the fun!

Note: all photos courtesy of Betsy Zacate /www.zacatedesign.com

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  1. We’ve corrected the photo attribution. Thanks to all who let us know of the error!

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