Tournament Results - Pennsylvania K-12 State Championships

Official Results

The weekend of March 6-8, hundreds of scholastic chessplayers converged on Carlisle, PA for the 2009 Pennsylvania Scholastic Chess Championships. Many Silver Knights players were in attendance in the K-3, K-6, and K-6 U/800 sections, including six of the top ten finishers in the K-3 section:

- Benjamin Lu (1st grade; Kutz Elementary) scored 5-0 and finished in a tie for 1st place. Benjamin is also the national 1st grade champion.

- Remi Zheng (1st grade; Jarrettown Elementary) was 4-1 and finished in 4th place. This was only Remi's 2nd chess tournament!

- Kevin Zhou (2nd grade; Galveston Elementary) also went 4-1 to finish in 5th place. Kevin tied for first place at last year's national 2nd grade championship.

- Jacob Guynee (3rd grade; Churchville Elementary) scored 4-1, good for 7th place.

- Praneeth Ramesh (3rd grade; Pickering Valley Elementary) went 4-1 and finished in 8th place.

- Joshua Hagerty (3rd grade; Simmons Elementary) went 4-1 and finished in 10th place.

- A team of four players from Ithan Elementary (Jake Fortay, Jason Hurle, Jacob Calamaro, and Ben Verbofsky) finished in 4th place in the K-3 section, scoring 12.0 team points.

state_daniel_fried_liver.jpgCoach Daniel shows Jason, Jake, Remi, and Remi's sister the Fried Liver Attack. (Jason seems to be more interested in the camera than the chess game...)



Coach Daniel plays a game with Kevin.




state_praneeth.jpgPraneeth has an unusual way of preparing himself for a big game. Does this really look like one of the 10 best K-3 chessplayers in the state?