MSJE Head Coach, Joe Lonsdale, Provides a Brief Summary of Fremont’s Achievements At the 2014 National Elementary Chess Championships.
The 2014 National Elementary School Chess Championships were held the weekend of May 9th to 11th in Dallas, TX. More than 2,200 students from 107 schools competed in these championships. 17 MSJE (Mission San Jose Elementary School, Fremont, CA) students attended these championships. MSJE won first place in the K-3 Championship section. The MSJE Chess team is the 2014 National Primary School Chess Champion. MSJE tied for fifth place in the K-1 section and tied for fourth place in the K-5 section.
Gomes Elementary School, also of Fremont won the Elementary school (K -6) division. This is the second time in two years that two of the major elementary school sections were won by schools from Fremont, CA. Last year Gomes won K-5 and MSJE won K-6. In K-6 Joanna Liu and Jason Zhang each had five wins and a draw in seven games and tied for six place. Ganesh Murugappan scored 5 points and William Sartorio scored 4.5 points. The Gomes Elementary team is now the National Elementary School Chess Champions.
In the K-1 section Arnav Lingannagari was the top scorer for the MSJE team with five wins and a draw in seven games (5.5 points). Arnav tied for 12th place and won a large trophy. Allyson Wong scored five points, tied for 22nd place and won a large trophy. Shreyas Jay scored four points and Siddharth Arutla scored 3.5 points. Ayaan Kassamali and Jolene Liu also competed for our K-1 team. Shreyas, Siddharth, Ayaan, and Jolene all won trophies.
In the K-3 Section MSJE was the top rated team, but several teams from New York City were close behind. Rishith Susarla was our top rated player at 1701 and came in with the top score of 5.5 points tying for 7th place and winning a large trophy. Second grader Kevin Pan (1534) and Annapoorni Meiyappan (1508) each scored 5 points tied for 17th place and won large trophies. Second grader Stephen He (rated only 925) was paired against a 1337 third grader from a top New York team in the last round. Stephen won his game to give MSJE a perfect four point round and a clear first place. We usually do well in the last round and our motto is “MSJE owns the seventh round!” Atul Thirumalai, Shree Jay, and Amulya Harish each scored 3.5 points in the K-3 Championship section. The MSJE team is the 2014 Primary School Chess Champion.
David Pan (1839) was the top rated player on our K-5 team and scored a fantastic 6 out of seven points. David tied for second place and won a large trophy. Kavya Sasikumar and Mihir Bhuptani each scored 4 points and Jeffrey Liu scored 3 points in this very tough section. Our K-5 team tied for fourth place in the tournament.
Congratulations to the Chess Team for a great result at the National Championships.
The best chess experiences of a lifetime occur at the Mission San Jose Elementary School Summer Chess Camp. The camp will take place from June 30 through July 24 at MSJE in Fremont, California. In addition to all the great chess teachers detailed above, the 2014 Summer Chess Camp at MSJE will feature all the other highly accomplished Torres Chess and Music Academy coaches as well as a formidable line up of special guest lecturers. Every child who attends all four weeks will receive a camp T-shirt, a personalized study plan, a follow up private lesson with a Torres Chess and Music Academy instructor, and a diploma presented by Susan Polgar. All school aged chess players are welcomed to sign up but this camp is expected to fill up quickly. Sign up today to avoid missing out on all the chess magic the worlds best chess coaches bring to the Mission San Jose Summer Chess Camp in Fremont, California.