The January Rumble chess tournament was held on January 19 at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, PA.Â Turnout was low due to the Liberty Bell Open being held the same weekend in Philadelphia, but both sections were closely contested and featured many good games.
Kindergartener and 2nd seed Benjamin Lu of Kutz Elementary School won the K-3 section with a perfect 4-0 score, defeating top seed Max Polichuk and 3rd seed Sean Grant in the final two rounds. (For video analysis of the January 12Â game between Max and Benjamin, click here.) Max, Sean, and Nicholas Miklaucic tied for second place with scores of 3-1. The top K-3 team was Whitemarsh Elementary with 5.5 points.
The K-8 section was a bit unusual, as most of our higher-rated regulars were at the Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia.Â The top seed was rated 701, but more than half the players were within 100 points of that, leading to almost every game being very closely contested. A high percentage of the games ended in draws, but Teddy Willis of New Hope Academy powered through with four straight wins to take the tournament. Tying for second place at 3-1 were Daniel Gildenbrand and Devi Majeske, each with two wins and two draws. Goodnoe Elementary, the host school, too team honors with 4.5 team points.
Congratulations to all the winners, and look for one or two of the tournament games to appear in the online training center later this week.