TheÂ State Warm-Up chess tournament was held onÂ March 1Â at Wayne Elementary School in Wayne, PA. 53 players competed (a record high!), many of whom will be traveling to Central Pennsylvania next weekend for the state K-12 championships.
Beaumont Elementary took first place in the K-3 section with a whopping 11.5Â team points.Â They beat out Ithan Elementary (6.0), The Philadelphia School (5.0), and Eagleville Elementary (5.0).Â First-grader Kyler Shinkle-Stolar of Nether Providence Elementary was the only 4-0 score of the day, winning clear first place and pickingÂ up nearly 200 rating points. (Now we know why he usually plays in the K-8 section!)
In the K-8 section, a strong contingent from Mother of Divine Providence won the team prize with 8.5 points.Â Ithan Elementary (5.5), The Philadelphia School (5.0), and Eaglesville (4.5) again took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Competition for the top individual awards was hard-fought, with the 4th-8th grade students facing a tough challenge from a large group of younger players playing up in the higher section. In fact, seven of the top ten rated players in the K-8 section were in grades 3 and below! In the end, the winner was fourth-grader Pranav Ranganathan from Pickering Valley Elementary, taking clear first place with a score of 3.5/4.
Look for videos of some of the games from the State Warm-Up to get posted on the Online Training Center later this week!