By Susan Justice
The GCA Georgia State Scholastic Championship Invitational 2015 tournament was held this past weekend, January 10-11 at the Winship Ballroom at Emory University. Thanks are due to the very competent (and always dapperly dressed) Chief TD Greg Maness. Eighteen (18) players competed in the K-5 section, 38 in the K-8 section, and 14 competed in the High School section. Players in the K-5 section were invited if their peak rating reached 1150. Players in the K-8 section needed a peak rating of 1400 while the High School section required a peak rating of 1600. The winner of the K-8 section receives the opportunity to represent Georgia at the Barber K-8 Tournament of State Champions and the winner of the High School section receives the opportunity to represent Georgia at the annual Denker Tournament of High School State Champions. The top female finisher in the High School section receives a stipend to represent Georgia at the All-Girls Nationals.
This year’s High School Georgia State Champion, Carter Peatman, is a player well known in Georgia. Carter played chess frequently at the Atlanta Chess Center during elementary and middle school, where he was especially known for his love of bughouse. He and friend Reece Thopmson (2014 GA representative to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions) would team up and face other bughouse afficionados playing team out — where the winning team kept their seats to face new challengers. Many younger or less experienced players would learn from the formidable bughouse pair by losing time and time again. Carter worked his way up through the chess rankings, breaking 2000 for the first time at the 2014 Georgia Class Championship, where he took first prize in the Premier section going undefeated with three wins and two draws. In the first round of the GSSC, Carter suffered a tough loss to lower rated opponent Iluysha Belegradek, but rebounded to win his remaining four games. He won first place on the head to head tie-break after a round five win against a higher rated Sanjay Ghatti who was undefeated up to that point. Congratulations to Carter for his perseverance and hard work and best of luck to him as he represents Georgia at the Denker Tournament of High School State Champions.
Congratulations also to 7th Grader Kapish Potula who is our Middle School Georgia State Champion.
From the K-5 section, 5th grader Pranav Koushik earned the Elementary Georgia State Champion title.
Saithanusri Averneni took third place in the High School section to finish as the top girl and will represent Georgia at the All-Girls Nationals.
Congratulations to all who qualified and played in the tournament. For pictures of the event, visit the GCA Facebook page. Good luck to all our winners as they go on to the national tournaments!
High School Results
Middle School Results
|22||Jayavel Kumaresan, Kavin||1601||2.5||L2||W24||-H-||L14||W33|
|3||Bellayaru, Samarth Rao||1132||3.5||D5||D12||W15||W6||D2|