The Georgia Chess Association held its annual grade level scholastic tournament this past weekend on November 4th at Sutton Middle School. This tournament determined who is the champion for each grade level in the State of Georgia. Plaques and ribbons were given as prizes to the 9-12 graders, and trophies and ribbons were given to K-8. Each 1st place winner for each grade received a $100 stipend towards attendance to the 2017 National Scholastic K-12 Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida (December 8-10).
The format was a 4-round Swiss for the high schoolers (G45, d5) and a 5-round Swiss for K-8 (G25, d5). The tournament was a fun event with the kids playing football and blitz chess between the rounds and the parents and coaches socializing and playing some chess too.
Fulton Science Academy was well represented at the tournament! The following students participated: Vishal B. (11th), Tarun D. (3rd), Samhitha K. (3rd), Pranav D. (7th), Varun G. (3rd), Christopher G. (2nd), Kaitlyn J. (7th), Sydney J. (9th), Aarush K. (3rd), Lucas M. (3rd), Omer O. (2nd), Dheemant P. (4th), Kovid P. (2nd), Alexander R. (5th), Varsha S. (6th), Varun S. (4th), Archer W. (3rd), and Eric Y. (5th).
We are so proud of all our students who participated – competition takes courage and persistence. Many of our students either won the title for their grade or placed in their grade. Here are the students that received a title or trophy in their grade:
Vishal B., Champion, 1st place in eleventh grade
Pranav D., 2nd place in seventh grade (3-way tie for 1st; 2nd on tie breaks)
Varsha S., plus score trophy in sixth grade
Alexander R., Champion, 1st place in fifth grade
Eric Y., 2nd place in fifth grade (3-way tie for 2nd; 2nd on tie breaks)
Varun S., plus score trophy in fourth grade
Varun G., Champion, 1st place in third grade
Archer W., 3rd place in third grade (3-way tie for 2nd; 3rd on tie breaks)
Aarush K., 4th place in third grade (3-way tie for 2nd, 4th on tie breaks)
Lucas M., plus score trophy in third grade
Kovid P., 3rd place in second grade (3-way tie for 2nd; 3rd on tie breaks)
Christopher Gao, plus score trophy in second grade
Omer O., plus score trophy in second grade