The National K-12 Grade Championships begin this weekend in Nashville, TN, starting with blitz and bughouse tournaments on December 15, Thursday night. The Main Event, split into 13 sections spans from Dec 16-18. The event will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which will also host SuperNationals VI (May 11-14). Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian will be giving a simul and series of lectures. Vanessa West of US Chess will be reporting live from the event for this site as well as twitter, where you can join the conversation using the hashtag #K12ChessChamps.
Awonder Liang, the youngest American IM ever, won the Kindergarten and 1st Grade Nationals back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.#K12ChessChamps— US Chess (@USChess) December 13, 2016