On Saturday, February 27th 2016, young aspiring chess hopefuls from throughout the state converged on Charles Pinckney Elementary School for this year's SC State Scholastic Championship Tournament in Mt. Pleasant SC. 242 players, the most in the tournament history, brought their "A" games to compete for trophies, higher ratings, and the respect of their peers! After five rounds of play, Kevis Tsao's emerged the clear winner with a perfect 5.0 score in the high school section making him South Carolina State High School Scholastic Champion of 2016!!! Congratulations Kevis!!! Kevis will be representing our State in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions later this year. Congratulations also to Neha Dias!! Neha won both the top female trophy and 2016 Whatley Scholarship Award for Female Chess Exellence! Neha will also be representing our State in the 2016 National Girl’s Tournament of Champions! Connor Liu won the middle school section and will be attending the Barber Tournament of K8 Champions! Congratulations Connor!! Thank you parents, organizers, and staff for making this year's tournament such a great success!! Special thanks to the NM Sam Copeland (Strategery Chess & Games) and FM Mike Klein (chess.com/chesskid.com) for providing chess services, demonstrations, and training! Here are this year's winners..
(Above - far left: Kevis Tsao SC Scholastic Champion 2016!, Center - Tournament Hall (attendance breaks new records!), Right: Neha Dias (top female player for 2016 and receiver of the Whatley Scholarship for Female Chess excellence!)
2016 Trophy Winners...
HIGH SCHOOL SECTION: (1st) Kevis Tsao 5.0, (2nd) Caleb Hylkema 4.0, (3rd) Michael Burrell 4.0, (4th) Jonathan Tan 4.0, (5th) Alexander Mareno 4.0, (6th) Aiden Fujzulai 3.5, (7th) Paul Pena 3.5, (8th) Daniel Custer 3.5, (9th) Jericho Ho 3.0, (10th) Benjamin Wyant 3.0
Neha Dias 3.5 - Top Female
MIDDLE SCHOOL SECTION 6-8: (1st) Connor Liu 5.0, (2nd) Gunateja Guruvelli 5.0, (3rd) Joshua Vid Gataric 4.0, (4th) Raviteja Guruvelli 4.0, (5th) Sairam J. Ramesh 4.0, (6th) Aditya Dias 4.0, (7th) Daniel Sobel 4.0, (8th) Matthew Johnson 4.0, (9th) Sam Stalnaker 4.0, (10th) Braeden Reed 3.5
Rebekah Jensen 3.0 - Top Female
ELEMENTARY SECTION 4-5: (1st) Ahan Shi 5.0, (2nd) Alex Tabakian 5.0, (3rd) Pierson Tran 4.5, (4th) Sanjay Kum Ramesh 4.0, (5th) Jace Kraftchick 4.0, (6th) Henri Murthy 4.0, (7th) Brady Setser 4.0, (8th) James Sarasua 4.0, (9th) Whit Suber Jr 4.0, (10th) Paulo Hitopoules 4.0
Siena Boccabella 4.0 - Top Female
ELEMENTARY SECTION K-3: (1st) William Tabakian 5.0, (2nd) Robert Ale Hylton 5.0, (3rd) Allen Hong 4.0, (4th) Agustin Ma Rivero 4.0, (5th) Finn Hayes 4.0, (6th) Benja Williams Jr 4.0, (7th) Anderson Berger 4.0, (8th) Thomas Nguyen 3.5, (9th) Anika El Yamamoto 3.5, (10th) Tyler Kraftchick 3.5
Olivia Watkins 4.0 - Top Female
High School 9-12: (1st) D.W. Daniel High School, Clemson, SC 15.5pts.
Runner-up Pelion High School, Pelion, SC 12.0pts.
Middle School 6-8: (1st) R.C. Edwards Middle School, Clemson, SC 14.0pts
Runner-up Laing Middle School, Mt. Pleasant, SC 13.5pts.
Elementary School 4-5: (1st) Pinckney Elementary School, Mt. Pleasant, SC 17.0pts.
Runner-up Clemson Elementary School, Clemson, SC 16.5pts.
Primary School K-3: (1st) Pinckney Elementary School, Mt. Pleasant, SC 15.5pts.
Runner-up Porter-Guad School, Charleston, SC 13.5pts.
Photos Board 1 Games below