On January 12, forty-three players gathered at Wayne Elementary School in Wayne, PA, to take part in the January Blast chess tournament.Â For the second time in three tournaments, 2nd-grader Max Polichuk and kindergartener Benjamin Lu played in the last round for the K-3 championship.Â Last month Max was victorious, but this time they played to a closely contested draw. Max still took home the first-place trophy on tiebreaks. Tying for third place a half-point back were Kyler Shinkle-Stolar, Jason Hurle, Nicholas Wagner, and Joseph Donato at 3-1. The team winner in the K-3 section was Ithan Elementary School of Bryn Mawr with a score of 8.0 team points.
In the K-8 section, top seed Praneeth Denduluri cruised to a 4-0 score and a 1st-place finish.Â Michael Li, Evan Zaret, Michael Sydnes, Alexander England, and Siddharth Ambatipudi tied for 2nd place withÂ a score of 3-1. The top team was Hillside Elementary School of Berwyn, scoring 8.5 team points.