The non-profit US Chess Federation’s 2019 National K-12 Grade Championships featured 1,785 of the nation’s best scholastic chess players competing from December 13th through the 15th at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. For the first time, we awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals to the individual top-three finishers and a spectacular new trophy for the team champions in each grade level.
The following players and teams won their grade-level Championship Section (where multiple names or teams are listed, there was a tie for first place, and all are considered co-champions):
Kindergarten: Lucas Yang, age 5, of New York, New York. Team: The Speyer Legacy School; New York, New York.
1st Grade: Mason Jin Li, age 7, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania; and Jeremy Tao, age 6, of New York, New York. Team: Dalton School; New York, New York
2nd Grade: Michael Xiao, age 7, of San Jose, California; Leo Yang, age 8, of Sunnyvale, California; and Eden You, age 7, of Elmhurst, New York. Team: Hunter College Elementary School; New York, New York.
3rd Grade: Rohan Rajaram, age 8, of Cupertino, California; and Andrew Jiang, age 9, of Johns Creek, Georgia. Team: NEST+m School; New York, New York.
4th Grade: Yuvraj Rudra Chennareddy, age 9, of Chicago, Illinois. Team: The Speyer Legacy School; New York, New York.
5th Grade: Erick Zhao, age 11, of Gainesville, Florida. Team: Joseph A. Williams Elementary School; Gainseville, Florida.
6th Grade: Bach Ngo, age 11, of Gainesville, Florida. Team: Lincoln Middle School; Gainseville, Florida; and Westglade Middle School; Parkland, Florida.
7th Grade: Wyatt Pak, age 12, of Brooklyn, New York. Team: I.S. 318; Brooklyn, New York.
8th Grade: Nathaniel Shuman, age 13, of New York, New York. Team: Dalton School; New York, New York.
9th Grade: Raghav Venkat, age 15, of Wellington, Florida. Team: Hunter College Campus School; New York, New York.
10th Grade: Elton Cao, age 15, of Dayton, Ohio. Team: Jericho High School, Jericho, New York.
11th Grade: International Master Hans Niemann, age 16, of New York, New York. Team: Newark Academy; Livingston, New Jersey.
12th Grade: Ansh Milinkumar Shah, age 17, of Edison, New Jersey. Team: Edgemont High School; Scarsdale, New York.
Many other individual and team winners in divisions below the championship sections also brought home gleaming trophies and medals. For a full list of top finishers, please go here and click on “Results and Pairings” in the left margin: http://www.uschess.org/
This was the last scholastic national championship of 2019, and US Chess looks forward to the 2020 spring national scholastics season when the National Elementary, Junior High, and High School events will be held. As US Chess fulfills its mission of “empowering people through chess one move at a time,” our scholastic nationals help us achieve our goals of growing the game, engaging the educational community about the benefits of chess, and continuously improving our operations and member services.
US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer notes, “Our National K12 Grades Championships focus our attention on all that is great about chess including good sportsmanship, exciting games, and visiting with friends old and new from all over the country. With both individual and team components to this event, players have the opportunity to give their best not just for themselves but also for their team. The joy that players show when they celebrate their own games after each round and their friends’ achievements during the awards ceremony never fails to give me goosebumps.”