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Joseph Wan is a National Chess Champion

Joseph Wan of Nebraska won the k-3 Championship section at the 2011 National Elementary Chess Championships in Dallas, Texas. Joseph scored 6.5/7 and finished a half point ahead of his former California rival Rayan Taghizadeh. Joseph Wan’s championship is a rare win for the state of Nebraska at a United States Chess Federation national tournament.Continue reading “Joseph Wan is a National Chess Champion”

Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level

Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California has, for decades, fielded the most successful chess teams the Golden State has ever produced. Year after year, the relatively small public school’s chess club trains hundreds of students in the art of aggressive chess play. Those who excel at the club are invited to participate in the more exclusive MondayContinue reading “Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level”

Maiti is Unbeatable at the Nationals

California Kindergartener Milind Maiti scored 6.5/7 in the k-1 section of the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships in Dallas, Texas. Milind finished higher than any other kindergartener in the tournament and received a third place trophy that stands taller than he does. I was not surprised by Milind’s result because I have witnessed hisContinue reading “Maiti is Unbeatable at the Nationals”

California’s Top Chess Children Make a Splash at the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championship

The United States Chess Federation ran a very nice article featuring many of the top kindergarten and first graders who are competing in the 2011 National Elementary Chess Championships in Dallas, Texas. As is always the case, California is very well represented by several super talented chess kids. Below is an exerpt from the articleContinue reading “California’s Top Chess Children Make a Splash at the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championship”

National Elementary Chess Championship: Round 1 Brilliancy

Mission San Jose Elementary student Amit Sant destroyed his competition in round 1 of the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championships. I see Amit play every Monday night at the Mission San Jose Elementary Chess Team and his games regularly contain the tactical bravado displayed in the game below.    Christopher Rovinski made his firstContinue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship: Round 1 Brilliancy”

National Elementary Chess Championship

Final preparations are underway for California’s top scholastic chess players who will be competing in the 2011 USCF National Elementary Chess Championship. This years National Elementary Chess Championship will be held in Dallas, Texas from May 5-8. Dallas should be a fantastic site for the 2011 National Elementary Chess Championship because of the University ofContinue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship”

Armenia Adds Chess to the Elementary Curriculum

The Armenian Minister of Education has just announced that chess will become a compulsory part of its elementary curriculum. Starting at the age of six, all Armenian children will receive chess instruction for two hours every week. The total cost of this project will be approximately 1.5 million dollars and will ensure that the smallContinue reading “Armenia Adds Chess to the Elementary Curriculum”

National Elementary Chess Championship

   The 2010 Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship began on 5/7/2010. The best young chess players in the United states have gathered in Atlanta, Georgia to fulfill dreams of becoming a National Chess Champion. Well over 50 of Northern California’s top scholastic chess players have concluded their first day in the 2010  Bert Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship. Continue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship”