By Laura Doman
The annual battle of Georgia’s top K-8 school chess teams came to Peachtree Ridge High School on Saturday, March 25. Sixty-six teams from across Georgia were invited to compete for the 2017 Georgia Championship titles in four sections: Pre-Primary (K-1), Primary (K-3), Elementary (K-5), and Middle School (grades 6-8).
The youngest chess players enjoyed a shorter tournament day than their older schoolmates. They competed in four rounds, as opposed to five. They also played each round with four teammates at the chessboard, instead of five. In a field of eight top K-1 teams, the Pre-Primary state championship was claimed by Fulton Science Academy with a perfect score of four points. Trinity School claimed second place with three points, and Fernbank Elementary took third place in a tie-break with two points. Shiloh Point Elementary also finished with two points.
Just like last year, the K-3 section saw a four-way tie for first place, with each team scoring four points. Tie-breaks determined that Dolvin Elementary won the 2017 Primary Georgia Championship, with Parsons Elementary placing second, Fulton Science Academy taking third, and Daves Creek Elementary finishing fourth. Mountain View Elementary finished with 3.5 points and six teams finished with three points each, in the following order: Westminster, Morris Brandon Elementary, State Bridge Crossing, Brookwood Elementary, Cliff Valley, and Sope Creek and Elementary. Congrats to these top finishers in a field of 22 school teams!
The K-5 section had a clear Championship team with Whitefield Academy scoring a perfect five points. Four school teams tied for second place with four points each, with tie-breaks determining their order: Shakerag Elementary, Fulton Science Academy, Daves Creek Elementary, and East Side Elementary. Shiloh Point Elementary, Settles Bridge Elementary, Trinity School, Fulton Academy of Science & Technology, Kittredge Magnet School, and Brookwood Elementary each scored three points in the Championship. With 26 teams, the Elementary section saw the greatest amount of competition!
Ten Middle School teams fought hard for the Championship, with Paideia and South Forsyth Middle School finishing with four points each. Based on tie-breaks, Paideia was proclaimed the 2017 Middle School Champion. Autrey Mill Middle School and Westminster each scored 3.5 points, with tiebreaks determining their third and fourth place finishes, respectively
The complete cross-tables from the Championship are provided below: