Kids are often underrated and so it’s normal to see one or two of the top seeds go down in National Scholastics. However at the National Elementary Championship in Nashville, Tennessee, the upsets are getting out of control.
In the K-6, K-5 and K-3, not a single one of the top 3 seeds has made it to 5-0. In fact none of the top two seeds even made it to 4-0!
Only two players have made it unscathed thus far.
Anthony He is 5-0 after winning a tough endgame in the fourth round. What move did Anthony find to easily hold on to his extra pawn?
Jason Wang: Jason is just in fourth grade and is actually undefeated. The playing schedule is so difficult for him that he opted to take a half point bye in Round 5 because his bedtime is8PM and he would not be prepared to play a game that lasts until 11 PM! I hope organizers notice players doing this and ensures that the rounds end no later than 9PM in future National events.
4th grade 2100 player Jason Wang is also 3/3 in the K6 Open.”My hardest game was actually my first round vs a 1300!” pic.twitter.com/EhnWcYMiQa
1. Nastassja Matus: Perhaps she was inspired by Maggie Feng becoming the first girl to ever win a National Championship. As the top U12 girl in the nation, Nastassja hopes to become the second girl to win it all.
2. Gus Huston: Gus and his impressive 5-0 performance are the reason why Dalton currently leads the K5 team standings.
Others to Watch:
Maximillian Lu: Max is the #1 seed and also holds the record for youngest master in U.S. history. He’s just a half point out and is certainly going to be a dangerous opponent for anyone.
None of the top three seeds have 4.5 points, so it looks pretty certain that we will have a surprise winner of the K-3 section.
Harshid Kunka is still 5-0 and outrates all of the other undefeated players by about 300 points. He has played impressively thus far and will be hard to stop.There are still 6 undefeateds here so we could see two co-champions at 7-0. Another section could be added to the K1 in the future to avoid this type of situation.
Meanwhile at the tournament there is an awesome “girls club” where girls can go to hang out and play chess with other girls.
Awesome to see so many girls playing chess! These girls were hanging out and playing in the “girls club” pic.twitter.com/K7cmElK362