Results are in at the High School National Championships

We have a champion at the Main Event of the K-12 National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. David Peng of Illinois scored 6.5/7 for clear first in the incredibly competitive K-12 Champs, with over 30 National Masters participating. Key to his victory was a round five miniature over fellow 2400+ player Zhaozhi Li.

[Event "National K-12 Championships"]
[Date "2017.11.24"]
[White "Peng, David"]
[Black "Li, Zhaozhi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B90"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2017.08.01"]
[SourceVersionDate "2017.08.01"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nb3 g6 7. Be2 Bg7 8. g4
Nc6 9. g5 Nd7 10. Be3 b5 11. Qd2 Bb7 12. O-O-O Rc8 13. Kb1 Na5 14. Bd4 Nxb3 15.
axb3 Bxd4 16. Qxd4 O-O 17. Bg4 Rc7 18. f4 Nc5 19. h4 Ne6 20. Qe3 b4 21. h5 gxh5
22. Rxh5 bxc3 23. Rxh7 Kxh7 24. Qh3+ Kg8 25. Rh1 1-0

Find full results here, and look for the full story with more photos, game annotations and details on US Chess News.
A parent watches the action at the High School Chess Championships in Columbus, Photo Jim Doyle


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations to David Peng, and the team Champion Thomas Jefferson Colonials (of Fairfax County, Virginia).

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Team championships: Co-champions Thomas Jefferson HS, Alexandria Whitney Young HS, Chicago

In reply to by Sunil Kalghatgi (not verified)

The tiebreaks are what they are, not what one wishes they might be.

In reply to by Brennan Price (not verified)

Ties are not broken for 1st place at nationals. Thomas Jefferson and Whitney Young are both the team champions. National Championship First place individual and team in the K-12 Championship section, including ties, will be the National High School Champion.

In reply to by Dan (not verified)

Tiebreak lives matter

In reply to by Dan (not verified)

Based on the language of the TLA, I stand corrected, although it is not clear that the Scholastic Regulations limit the scope of tiebreaks for teams in the same manner they do for individuals. Congratulations to Whitney Young HS.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

This was the 50th Annual National High School Championship. The tournament's golden edition certainly has grown in size and stature from the first one in 1969, run by Bill Goichberg in New York City, which had 370 players (the highest-rated participant back then was 2206). John Watson was the winner and Lane Technical High School in Illinois was the team champion.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

David Peng. Zhaozhi Li. Whitney Young. National Championship became IL Championship. :-)

In reply to by Chicago (not verified)

There were a lot of other states getting top awards and a number of IL schools not fully represented, so calling it an IL championship seems to require a bit of hubris. Next year in Schaumburg will be interesting since I anticipate more IL schools will show up. I'm wondering if the 2015 record turnout of 1492 will be surpassed in 2019 (TX may need to pull out all the stops to repeat as the state with the most players attending - which may still happen).

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