99 children competed in the Summer Blast chess tournament at Franklin Sherman Elementary School. Â In the k-3 unrated section, kindergartener Neil Deng swept the field going 4-0. Â Abhiram Kagitha, a first grader from Oak Hill ES took second place with three wins and a draw. Â In the k-8 U-600 section, Young Qi of Haycock and Lawrence Wang of Wolftrap tied for first place with perfect scores, in the first rated tournament for both players. Â Wolftrap Elementary dominated the team competition as Clark Bowden and Armin Dubert joined Lawrence Wang as the team scored 9.5 points.
In the Championship section, Akshaj Kadaveru took first place after winning an exciting blitz playoff with Nikhil Ramachandran, who got second. Â They both won all four of their matches. Â Alex Jian took third place with three wins and a tie. Â In the team competition, Nysmith School for the Gifted dominated, as Akshaj Kadaveru, Shwetark Patel, Marwan Lloyd, Kritika and Aaditya Singh scored 11.5 points between them.
Upcoming tournaments in the area are:
July Joust (July 24, Virginia Run Elementary School, Centreville, VA)
Howard County Chess Tournament (August 29, Glenwood Community Center, Cooksville, MD)
September Storm (September 11, Montessori School of McLean, McLean, VA)