Forty chessplayers in grades K-8 competed in the April Showers chess tournament at Ithan Elementary School in Bryn Mawr. Joseph Donato of Ithan won a chaotic, upset-filled K-3 section with a 4-0 score.Â Joseph's victory was especially impressive because all four of his opponents won all of their other games. Seven players tied for second place at 3-1, with the trophies going to John Peterson of Beaumont Elementary (2nd), Jeremy Miller of Friends School Haverford (3rd), Clayton Johnson of BeaumontÂ (4th), and Michael Sydnes of Ithan (5th). Ithan Elementary (12.0 team points)Â beat our Beaumont (9.0) for the top team prize.
In the K-8 section, the tournament was dominated by the top two seeds, Lucas Knight of New Hope Academy and David Arias of Media.Â Lucas and David won their first three games and drew each other in the fourth round. They were tied at 3.5 points each andÂ 8.5 Modified Median tiebreak points, so it went to the Solkoff tiebreaker, which David won by a score of 10 to 9.5. Rounding out the top five with scores of 3-1 were Benjamin Seligsohn of Benchmark, Yasasvi Hari of Goodnoe Elementary, and Richard Wang of T/E Middle School. Eagleville Elementary was the top team.