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GCA Scholastic State Championship Invitational 2015 Results

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.

2015 High School Champion, Carter Peatman, with Chief TD Greg Maness

2015 High School Champion, Carter Peatman, with Chief TD Greg Maness

 

Congratulations also to 7th Grader Kapish Potula who is our Middle School Georgia State Champion.

7th Grader Kapish Potula with Chief TD Greg Maness

7th Grader Kapish Potula with Chief TD Greg Maness

 

From the K-5 section, 5th grader Pranav Koushik earned the Elementary Georgia State Champion title.

5th grader Pranav Koushik with Chief TD Greg Maness

5th grader Pranav Koushik with Chief TD Greg Maness

 

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.

Saithanusri Averneni and Chief TD Greg Maness

Saithanusri Averneni and Chief TD Greg Maness

 

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

No. Name Rate       Pts Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5
1 Peatman, Carter 2041 4 L6 W13 W3 W7 W2
2 Ghatti, Sanjay 2193 4 W11 W8 W7 W9 L1
3 Avirneni, Saithanusri 1843 3.5 W14 W4 L1 D8 W9
4 Chou, Daniel 1720 3 W9 L3 D8 D5 W7
5 Dasari, Samhitha 1735 3 L7 D12 W14 D4 W8
6 Belegradek, Ilyusha 1736 2.5 W1 L7 L9 D11 W10
7 Meruga, Shanmukha 1927 2 W5 W6 L2 L1 L4
8 Bukkarayasamudram, Raghurama 1836 2 W12 L2 D4 D3 L5
9 Lee, Preston 1859 2 L4 W10 W6 L2 L3
10 Hayes, Nathan 1697 2 D13 L9 D11 W14 L6
11 Khan, Saad 1779 2 L2 D14 D10 D6 D12
12 Pepelyaev, Roman 1543 2 L8 D5 L13 -B- D11
13 Sohani, Sumit 1850 2 D10 L1 W12 -H- -U-
14 Smith, Aviva 1615 1.5 L3 D11 L5 L10 -B-

 

Middle School Results

No. Name Rate Pts Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5
1 Potula, Kapish 1903 4.5 W16 W7 W13 D3 W6
2 Tran, Phat 1912 4 W22 W9 D6 W11 D3
3 Ye, George 1837 4 W19 W28 W15 D1 D2
4 Justice, Drew 1784 4 W30 W5 L11 W13 W12
5 Hartley, Sagan 1650 4 W36 L4 W19 W15 W11
6 Lee, Spencer 1780 3.5 W23 W21 D2 W8 L1
7 Raj, Akshay 1657 3.5 W35 L1 W21 D25 W23
8 Mishra, Prateek 1728 3.5 W26 D25 W14 L6 W20
9 Fu, Michael 1654 3.5 -B- L2 D32 W33 W25
10 Jagadeesh, Sujay 1646 3.5 -H- D17 D26 W32 W14
11 Elsharkawi, Adam 1608 3 W34 W18 W4 L2 L5
12 Panda, Vedic 1775 3 W32 L13 W28 W16 L4
13 Virani, Arish 1639 2.5 W29 W12 L1 L4 D17
14 Mehta, Raj 1458 2.5 D27 W20 L8 W22 L10
15 Peramanu, Suraj 1386 2.5 -B- W31 L3 L5 D27
16 Zhou, Lawrence 1596 2.5 L1 W35 W18 L12 D21
17 Iliev, Kamen 1456 2.5 D31 D10 L20 W28 D13
18 Grattan-Smith, Robbie 1664 2.5 W24 L11 L16 W29 D19
19 Vijayasankar, Siddharth 1579 2.5 L3 W36 L5 W37 D18
20 Srinivasan, Anand 1642 2.5 D33 L14 W17 W26 L8
21 Eisenhauer, Stephen 1608 2.5 W37 L6 L7 W35 D16
22 Jayavel Kumaresan, Kavin 1601 2.5 L2 W24 -H- L14 W33
23 Kumar, Anish 1519 2.5 L6 W38 -H- W27 L7
24 Potluri, Aditya 1451 2.5 L18 L22 -H- W34 W32
25 Creighton, Sasha 1443 2 -N- D8 W27 D7 L9
26 Kelly, Skyler 1495 2 L8 W37 D10 L20 D29
27 Stadter, Matthew 1679 2 D14 W33 L25 L23 D15
28 Zhou, Justin 1620 2 W38 L3 L12 L17 W37
29 Deshpande, Gururaj 1404 2 L13 W30 -H- L18 D26
30 Halley, Atticus 1554 2 L4 L29 L33 -B- W36
31 Senthilkumar, Easwar 1666 2 D17 L15 -N- D36 W35
32 Guo, Maxwell 1499 1.5 L12 W34 D9 L10 L24
33 Gokul, Anshul 1408 1.5 D20 L27 W30 L9 L22
34 Justice, Zoe 1400 1.5 L11 L32 D36 L24 -B-
35 Naren, Nithin 1448 1 L7 L16 W38 L21 L31
36 Dasari, Srihitha 1417 1 L5 L19 D34 D31 L30
37 Karol, Joshua 1387 1 L21 L26 -B- L19 L28
38 Kanaparti, Sreyas 1401 0 L28 L23 L35 -U- -U-

 

K-5 Results

No. Name Rate Pts Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5
1 Koushik, Pranav 1289 4.5 W13 W10 D2 W4 W5
2 Anand, Sanjeev 1309 3.5 W9 W6 D1 D5 D3
3 Bellayaru, Samarth Rao 1132 3.5 D5 D12 W15 W6 D2
4 Lilly, Alex 1296 3.5 -H- W14 W16 L1 W7
5 Rajaganesh, Dhruv 1322 3 D3 W18 W7 D2 L1
6 Zhu, Stephen 1110 3 W8 L2 W12 L3 W15
7 Vankineni, Mahesh 1031 3 -B- W15 L5 W8 L4
8 Mishra, Pranit 1268 3 L6 W17 W9 L7 W10
9 Kadragic, Kenan 1126 2.5 L2 W13 L8 D14 W17
10 Doman, Rachel 1176 2.5 W17 L1 -H- W16 L8
11 Senthilkumar, Girish 1100 2.5 L15 -B- -N- D12 W16
12 Jampala, Monish 1355 2 -H- D3 L6 D11 D13
13 Fiorillo, Sergio 1120 2 L1 L9 D14 -B- D12
14 Dineshkumar, Sanjjithsaai 1335 2 L16 L4 D13 D9 -B-
15 Devalapalli, Pranav 1259 1.5 W11 L7 L3 D17 L6
16 Wood, Daniel 1155 1.5 W14 -H- L4 L10 L11
17 Seemakurthy, Aneesh 1081 1.5 L10 L8 -B- D15 L9
18 Payne, Hunter 1400 0.5 -H- L5 -U- -U- -U-

 

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