Disney Ears and Championship Trophies: Results in at K-12

Top finishers in the fourth grade Championship are in a festive mood.
Results are in from the K-12 National Grade Championships, held near Disney World in Orlando. The event attracted over 1800 participants and crowned individual and team Champions in thirteen sections, from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Check out a breakdown of our newly crowned champions, with photos and key games, and look for more stories and details coming to uschess.org later this week. Kindergarten Championship: (Results link)  The most adored videos from this weekend's #K12ChessChamps twitter takeover by IM Greg Shahade are from the Kindergarten section, including this funny one. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939319136852770816 Look for a compilation video on that section, as we extend hearty congratulations to champ Jack Judy (FL) and runner-up Aarush Ajith (NJ), on victory, and on friendship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939977074990833664 1st Grade Championship (Results link)- Congrats to Andrew Jiang of Georgia, who took clear first in the 1st Grade Championship, who told US Chess, "“I love playing chess, I play all the time on chess.com."
Andrew Jiang, Photo Greg Shahade
2nd Grade Co-champs!
2nd Grade Championship (Results link)- Yuvraj Rudra Chennareddy (IL) and Maya Figelman (MA) tied for first in this section with 6.5/7 each. Maya was rated only 1270 going into the event, and drew top seed Steve Wongso in a key game that paved her way to the top. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939666947557527552 NY Collegiate School (1st place trophy on tiebreak) and Oak Hall in Gainesville, FL both scored 15.5 to share top team honors. 3rd Grade Championship (Results Link) Ronen Wilson (VA), Erick Zhao (FL) and Spencer Chin (NY) tied for first in this section with 6.5/7 each, while Dalton in NY earned top team honors. 
Ronen Wilson took the first place trophy in Grade 3 on tiebreak, Photo Greg Shahade
https://twitter.com/USChess/status/940039534674186241 4th Grade Championship (Results Link)- Liam Henry Putnam (NY) earned clear first in this section, a name you may recognize as Liam also tied for first in his SuperNationals section this year, the K-3 Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939966986037157890 Oak Hall in Gainesville, FL won the Team Championship. 5th Grade Championship (Results Link)  Eddy Tian of New Jersey, our budding chess tactics book author scored victory in the 5th Grade Championship with 6.5/7.  PS 41 in New York, led by Nico Chasin, took top team honors. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939602178578305025 6th Grade Championship (Results Link): Maximillian Lu (CT), formerly the youngest chess master in US Chess history, took down the 6th Grade Championships with 6.5/7. Dalton School in New York, led by Nathaniel Shuman, won the first place team trophy. 
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34. R1d7 Qxd7 35. Qxc4 Qxd8 36. Qxe4 Qd1 37. Kh2 Re5 38. Qxf3 Rxe1 39. Qf7 Qd6+
40. f4 Re4 41. Kh1 Rxf4 0-1

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Max Lu won his final round game against Nate Shuman to earn the 6th Grade Championship title. Photo Greg Shahade
7th Grade Championship (Results Link): Logan Wu (TN) took clear first in the seventh Grade Championship with 6.5/7 while Hunter from New York won the Team Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939948180124438528
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Andy Huang, Photo Jim Doyle
8th Grade Championship (Results Link): Andy Huang (VA) scored a perfect 7-0 in the 8th Grade Championship, finishing 1.5 points ahead of his nearest rivals. Davis Drive Middle School of North Carolina won the Team Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/940002507023101952 9th Grade Championship (Results Link): Justin Chen of NY won the 9th Grade Championship, while also leading his school, Stuyvesant to a Team Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939959837168930816
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Ke4 Rc2 34. g4 Rc4+ 35. Kxe5 Rxa4 36. Rxb7 Rxg4 37. Rb2 a5 38. Ra2 a4 39. Rb2
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10th Grade Championship (Results Link): Max Li of NY swept the 10th Grade Championship, while South Miami Senior High School won the Team Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/940002976273502208 Max Li upset pre-tournament favorite Praveen Balakrishnan in round six on the way to the title.
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11th Grade Championship (Results Link): Matthew James Steven captured the 11th Grade title, while Whitney Young High School in Chicago took the Team Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939963732431638528 Our famous bughouse twins also had a very successful weekend. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/940026136821686277   12th Grade Championship (Results Link): Daniel Josef Cremisi (NC) and John Gabriel Ludwig (FL) tied for top honors in the 12th Grade Championship. The Christian Brothers Academy captured the Team Championship. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/939999240704716800 John Gabriel offered some tips for hopeful champs:
John Ludwig, Photo Jim Doyle
"First of all, having a coach is not necessary.  I never had a consistent coach, and I am close to 2500 and an IM.  It is mainly determination and work ethic.  Second, and most importantly, do not see your self-worth tied to chess.  I used to see it this way, but this caused me to be frustrated with myself every time I lost.  Third, never become arrogant with chess.  Be the person that your peers look up to as not only talented, but also an all-around good person." Review our action packed twitter takeover by Greg Shahade from the K-12 Chess Champs, and look for a report from Vanessa Sun on the event, also featuring more photography from Jim Doyle. Browse all results and pairings here, and find top games here.

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

A new record! Photos of every section winner just hours after the conclusion of the event! Great coverage by US Chess on Twitter and online. Congrats to all 1800 players on surviving a Grade Level Championship against the best players in the country!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The kid probably got sick of the stare downs and just gave her the draw...lol

In reply to by Michael (not verified)

No, she was dancing and so he followed suit. He used to be stared down....his first big tournament, he got stared down by opponent's dad until he cried after the game. The dance did the trick this time....;)

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Nice to see the overall coverage..great tournament for all the graders!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] Watch highlights from Greg Shahade’s twitter coverage of the Kindergarten National Chess Championships held last weekend near Orlando, Florida. The annual event crowns champions in thirteen sections, from the youngest featured below, to high school seniors. Find our earlier recap of the event, with photos of individual champs in each section.  […]

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

[…] For more on the K-12 Champs, find our tournament wrap-up, Kindergarten Championships highlight video, and browse full standings and pairings. […]

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