Twenty-six chessplayers battled it out in the May Daze chess tournament in Collegeville, PA on May 17. For the first time in about a year, we made a change to our tournament format, adding a K-12 championship section and limiting the K-3 and 4-8 sections to players rated under 1000. In addition to giving high school chessplayers the opportunity to playÂ in our tournaments, this also allows talentedÂ younger playersÂ to compete against higher-ranked opponents.
New Hope Academy 8th-grader Lucas Knight continued his strong play, winning the K-12 championship section with a 3-0 score. In the second round, Lucas won the key game of the tournament, defeating top-seeded William Thompson of Swiftwater Intermediate School.
In the 4-8 U/1000 section, all of the players were either rated 100 or unrated, as the higher-ranked players were in the K-12 championship section. Patrick Hyer of Eagleville Elementary won 3.5/4 to take 1st place, a great tournament debut for the previously unrated 4th-grader. Kaelan Kulishoff of Skippack and Eric Shao of Pocopson took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, with 3-1 scores. Skippack Elementary, the host school, took 1st place in the team competition.
In the K-3 U/1000 section, 2nd-grader Jack Saunders of Skippack went 4-0 to capture 1st place. Ankur Bamezai of Pickering Valley and Edward Zhao of Pocopson went 3-1 to finish 2nd and 3rd. The team competition was extremely close, with Skippack (5.5 points) edging out Pocopson (5.0) to win.