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CHESS Elementary Nationals 2013

USCF Elementary Nationals, Dallas, TX

The National Elementary Championship was held May 9-11, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Eleven Georgia scholastic players traveled to Dallas, Texas to participate in this event. Over 300 Georgia scholastic players had attended the Junior High Championship in Atlanta two weeks previously, which may have accounted for a lower turnout here in Dallas. Over 2200 scholastic players attended, including over 600 New York players and over 780 Texas players, overall a good turnout. There were seven rounds of G/120; d/5.

Congratulations to our Georgia trophy winners:

Arthur Guo (5.5, 1836) – 16th place in the K-6 Championship section

Sujay Jagadeesh (5.0, 1653) – 23rd place in the K-5 Championship section

Matthew Lombardo (5.5, 825) – 30th place in the K-5 Under 900 section

Drew Justice (5.5, 1496) –15th place in the K-3 Championship section

Pranav Devalapalli (5.5, 736) – 16th place in the K-3 Under 800 section

Congratulations to the K-6 Championship Team, Creek View Elementary School from Alpharetta, for earning 9.5 points and taking home 20th place with only the brother-sister team of Arthur Guo (5.5, 1836) and Ingrid Guo (4.0, 1476).

For a complete list of winners and standings, please click here: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2014/elem/?page=RESULTS

The next national scholastic event is the U.S. Open Scholastic Championship in Orlando, FL, which is a one-day event of G/30; d/5 held Sunday, July 27th.

The Hilton Anatole has been a venue for the National Elementary Championship in the past.  It is certainly on the swanky side, a surprising venue that has been well-accepted by elementary players over the years.  There are numerous examples of artwork that grace the commons areas.

The Hilton Anatole has been a venue for the National Elementary Championship in the past. It is certainly on the swanky side, a surprising venue that has been well-accepted by elementary players over the years. There are numerous examples of artwork that grace the commons areas.

Drew Justice (far left) awaits the awards ceremony, giving him 15th place in the K-3 Championship section.

Drew Justice (far left) awaits the awards ceremony, giving him 15th place in the K-3 Championship section.

The Hilton Anatole also includes a vast open area within the campus, providing a safe haven for kids to play.

The Hilton Anatole also includes a vast open area within the campus, providing a safe haven for kids to play.

The venue for the Championship, the Hilton Anatole, is well-known for its many works of art and sculpture there.  The hotel was more pro-active in protecting their statues and there was no damage to hotel works of art this year.

The venue for the Championship, the Hilton Anatole, is well-known for its many works of art and sculpture there. The hotel was more pro-active in protecting their statues and there was no damage to hotel works of art this year.

A faint line in statue betraying an expensive, previous damage.  The statue was said to be worth approximately one million dollars.  It is said that the hotel successfully sued the family involved for a large sum of money to get it restored.

A faint line in statue betraying an expensive, previous damage. The statue was said to be worth approximately one million dollars. It is said that the hotel successfully sued the family involved for a large sum of money to get it restored.

(Photo credits and captions by Fun Fong.)

 

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