The State Warm-Up chess tournament, held annually at the end of February to prepare Philadelphia-area chessplayers for the State Championships in early March, drew 82 players from elementary school up through high school. Top-seeded Austin Henninger won his second K-12 Championship section of the year, again going 4-0. Jerry Mangan (Mother of Divine Providence) and Will Culbertson (Devon Prep) finished second and third, respectively, with 3-1 scores. Jerry's performance was notable as he got a very tough draw, playing three of the top four seeds in the event, and was still able to win most of his games and pick up nearly 200 rating points.
In the K-6 U/700 section nearly half the players were unrated, as 29 new chessplayers tested their mettle in competition or the first time.Â Emerging victorious after four rounds were three players with perfect 4-0 scores: Colin Evans (Springton Manor Elementary), Remi Zheng (Jarrettown Elementary), and Alexander Dornak (Chadds Ford Elementary). Remi's performance was especially impressive as he is only in first grade and had never played in a tournament before! We look forward to seeing Colin, Alexander, and Remi continue to improve as they move up to the championship section in subsequent tournaments.
A close team competition between the host school, Hillside Elementary, Mother of Divine Providence, and Springton Manor ended with a victory for Springton Manor. They clocked in at 13.0 team points for their second straight tournament victory. The only bad news - some of their players are doing so well their ratings will soon be over 700, pushing them up into the Champ section!
We wish all the players good luck at next weekend's State Championships and at the Greater Philadelphia Championships on March 21.
Â The three winners of the K-6 U/700 section: Alex (left), Remi (middle), and Colin (right)
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