Third-Grader Takes 1st Place Win at District-Wide Elementary Chess Tournament
by Walter Clinton | Chess Advisor & Math Curriculum Specialist
The first district-wide elementary chess tournament was held on May 14th, drawing 12 competitors from Inspired Vision Elementary and two from A+ Elementary.
Taking the position of ultimate Chess Champion was third grader, Jayden V., with 4 wins and zero losses. In second place, with 3 wins and 1 loss, was Alan C. of the 6th grade class, and in third place, with 3 wins and 1 loss, was Maximo M., 5th grade.
While it may seem surprising to see a 3rd grader at the top of the list, this is the second tournament in which Jayden won every game he played.
Some other standouts from this event include Maximo “Speedy” M., who is addicted to rapid opening attacks. His three victories each took less than 10 moves. Watching his games is like watching the first few seconds of a one-sided MMA match. Another interesting competitor was 3rd grader Adrian L., from A+ Academy, who in the first round completely overwhelmed one of the pre-tournament favorites in the opening and middle-game, but was only able to get a draw from a vastly superior position in the endgame. He finished the tournament with two draws and two losses.
Special thanks to the many parents in attendance who provided food for the tournament, and to Mr. Windland, Ms. Macias, and Mr. O’Conner for helping manage the event.