After a few rainouts, it’s Downtown Super Sunday today in New Orleans, a day when the downtown tribes of Mardi Gras Indians take to the streets, displaying their amazing costumes and battling to determine who’s the “prettiest.” There has been more rain and flooding this weekend in the city, but the latest word is that the parades are on, rain or shine.
It’s a different kind of Super Sunday in Nashville, where the battles are on the chess board, and trophies (instead of pride) are the quarry. Approximately 2301 (per Jeff Weiwel) players are engaged in the final rounds of the 2019 National Elementary (K-6) Championship, and everyone is hoping to bring some hardware home on the airplane!
Abinav Rajiv Mundayat (photo Zacate)
Abinav Rajiv Mundayat enters today’s play as the sole remaining perfect score in the K-6 Championship. Five players – Ming Lu, Jason Liang, Vyom Vidyarthi, Harry Le, and Daniel Mero – are a half-point behind at 4.5/5.
Mundayat, rated 1988, took his place at the top of the table with this win over Alexander Rutten.
Key Round 6 pairings: Mundayat has Black against first seed Lu. Le takes White against Liang, and Mero has White against Vidyarthi. Betsy Zacate has sent a photo of the top two boards they unfolded; the Lu-Mundayat game is in the foreground.
Top boards, K-6, Round 6 (photo Zacate)
Cooper Ho (photo Zacate)
Jack Yang and Cooper Ho (seen above) share first place in the K-5 going into today’s sixth round. Both players are at 5-0 and face off against each other on the section’s top board. Doruk Emir and Andrew Feng are nipping at their heels, and share =3rd-4th place with 4.5/5.
Yang defeated Caden Qiao in round five.
Meanwhile, Ho was busy beating Jayden Lang.
Key Round 6 pairings: Ho plays White against Yang, while Emir has White against Feng.
Anjaneya Rao (photo Zacate)
Two players – Anjaneya Rao (seen above) and Nikash Vemparala – share first place in the K-3 Championship heading into this morning’s sixth round with perfect 5-0 scores. Omya Vidarthi, Jasper Ho, and Evelyn Qiao trail the leaders at 4.5/5.
Rao defeated Daniel Ziheng Yan last night after Yan made an unfortunate mistake early in the middlegame.
Key Round 6 pairings: Leaders Vemparala and Rao face off, with Vemparala having White. Vidyarthi has White against Qiao, while Ho takes the Black pieces against the top player in the 4.0 score group, Alex Zhang.
There’s a four-way tie for first place in the K-1 Championship, with Sanjeev Ganga, Alexander Braun, Vihaan Jammalamadaka, and Kyle Yiwen Wang all at 5-0 heading into this morning’s play.
Key Round 6 pairings: Wang has White against Ganga, while Braun has the advantage of the first move against Jammalamadaka.
IM Rosen and WGM Nemcova (photo Zacate)
WGM Katerina Nemcova and IM Eric Rosen are on hand in Nashville, analyzing today’s top games in the K-6, K-5, and K-3. The livestream can be seen at our US Chess Twitch channel: http://twitch.tv/uschess
If you’re on-site, you can watch the stream live by going to the Presidential Boardroom B.
NM Ryan Velez (photo Zacate)
Mac Molner vs the world! (photo Zacate)
Ryan Velez’ final seminar – “Preparing for International Youth Events” – took place this morning, and GM Mackenzie Molner will hold his final “All Comers” Blitz session in the Ryman Exhibition Hall C2.
Jen Shahade helps solve puzzles
WIM Blanco and WGM Nemcova are ready for their simul!
Deep in thought…
The Girls Club is still open, and as US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer noted, boys are welcome too!