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.

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


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

  2. 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.

    • 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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