On January 11-12, several hundred of the most talented young chess players in Norther California attended the Calchess Grade Level State Championship at the SFO Airport Hyatt Regency. Students from the Torres Chess and Music Academy‘s school program at Mission San Jose Elementary School once again dominated every grade they fielded a team in. The only disappointment for head coach Joe Lonsadale was the fact that MSJE sixth graders had another commitment which made it impossible for Mission San Jose Elementary School to have a clean sweep of all the elementary grade levels. Still, it’s hard to be too disappointed when your team wins first place in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade! Mission San Jose Elementary School also had had individual first places in grade 5 (David Pan), grade 2 (Kevin Pan), and grade 1 (Arnav Lingannagari.) All the credit that does not go to the players themselves must be given to head coach Joe Lonsdale, who despite being obviously under the weather, analyzed his kids games for two straight days.
(Editors note: Because there was not a Calchess Grade Level State Championship tournament held during the 2013 calendar year, the previous event was the 2012 Calchess Grade Level State Championship detailed here.)