Exactly a hundred players in four sections competed in the July Joust chess tournament at Floris Elementary School on Sunday. In the K-3 U-400 section, Andy Chen, playing in his first ever rated tournament won all his games to take first place, and his teammate from Colvin Run, Michael Pang won three and drew one to take second. In the 4-8 U-400 section, Justin Li (fresh out of the Tournament Training Class!) went 4-0 to win the section, and to help lead a group of kids from Floris (including Neel Davuluri, Nathan Cheng, Anusha Bhatnagar and Gaurav Mantri) to take home the top team trophy for U-400.
In K-12 U-800, Evan Shi (also fresh out of Tournament Training!) dominated the competition, winning all his games. Saiteja Bevara, Capison Pang, and Jerry Wei tied for second through fourth, each winning three games and drawing one. Floris won this section as well, led by Rahul Gorijala's 2.5, with help from Kavin Ilanchezhian, Ashna Bhatnagar, Rajan Chidambaram, and Shreya Papneja.
Finally, in the K-12 Championship section, Andy Zhang (also just out of Tournament Training!) just beat out Bryan Zhao and John Lin on tiebreaks to take home the first place trophy. They each finished with three and a half points. Greenbriar West won the team competition, led by Andy and with help from Andrew J Song and Revanth Vejju.
This was also a special event because we had Grandmaster Jesse Kraai doing game analysis, which was extremely entertaining and informative.