The 2023 National Middle School (K-8) Championship, organized by the United States Chess Federation, was held in Round Rock, Texas, from April 21-23, 2023. This renowned scholastic chess tournament attracts participants from across the country, and this year’s event saw 1247 players competing across multiple sections.
Chess Gaja was well represented with 15 students taking part in the tournament, and we’re thrilled to share that our students won 6 medals and achieved an impressive 356-point rating gain! For more details on our students’ outstanding performance, check out our blog.
The K-8 Championship Section report
Chess Gaja has a cohort of young and upcoming players in the academy, and most of them took part in the K-8 Championship section. The students are Vaseegaran, Sudeep, Neil, Lohit, Vijay, Arush, Anish, Arjun, Sahithi, Mihika, and Sanmitha who took part in this tournament.
Vaseegaran’s Impressive Silver Medal Finish
Vaseegaran Nandhakumar won the silver medal in the tournament with an impressive score of 6.5 out of 7 points. He drew only against the top-seeded FIDE master Brewington Hardaway(2430), increasing his rating from 2158 to 2188, a 30-point jump. Vaseegaran is coached by GM,FT Priyadharshan Kannappan in the academy.
We congratulate Vaseegaran on his remarkable achievement at this prestigious national-level chess event in the US.
Neil’s impressive top 20 finish with 82 point rating gain
Neil scored 5 out of 7 points in the tournament, securing two draws against higher-rated players Nikash(2112) and Bobby(2051). His performance gained him an impressive 82 rating points, elevating his rating from 1816 to 1898. Neil also received an individual award for finishing 14th in the final rankings.
Lohit scored 4.5 out of 7 points. Vijay also scored 4.5 out of 7 points. This good performance increased Vijay’s rating by 5 points(1928 to 1933).
Arjun winning the gold medal in the 1600-1699 rating section
Arjun scored 4.5 out of 7 points, including a victory over higher-rated player Ilya(2006). This achievement resulted in a remarkable gain of 178 rating points, taking Arjun’s rating from 1608 to 1786. Additionally, he won the best player award in the 1600-1699 category for his outstanding performance.
Sudeep scored 4 out of 7 points. His notable performance was he drew one of his games against a higher-rated player Aditeya(2146). This solid performance increased Sudeep’s rating by 7 points(1838 to 1845).
Arush scored 4 out of 7 points. This good performance increased his rating by 26 points(1744 to 1770).
Mihika bagging the bronze medal in the 1500-1599 rating section
Mihika scored 3.5/7 in the tournament, including a draw against her higher-rated brother Anish(1744). This performance earned her a rating increase of 5 points from 1627 to 1632. Mihika also won the bronze medal individual prize in the 1500-1599 category.
Anish scored 3 out of 7 points. We are confident that Anish will perform great in the upcoming events.
Sanmita’s Silver medal in the 1300-1399 rating category
Sanmita scored 3 out of 7 points in the tournament, including a victory over higher-rated player Faris(1696). This exceptional performance resulted in a significant 59-point rating gain, taking her rating from 1366 to 1425. Additionally, Sanmita won the silver medal in the 1300-1399 category.
Sahithi scored 2.5 out of 7 points. We wish her the best in future events.
The K-8 Under 1700 section
In the K-8 under 1700 section, We had Chess Gaja student Shriyan participate and score 4 out of 7 points. We wish Shriyan the best in future events.
The K-8 Under 1400 section
In the K-8 under 1400 section, Aarush and Aryan participated. Aarush scored 4 out of 7 points and Aryan scored 3.5 out of 7 points and Aryan maintained his rating of 1141. Wishing the students the best in their future events.
The K-8 Under 1100 section
In the K-8 under 1100 section, Pranav scored 4.5 out of 7 points. This good performance increased Pranav’s rating by 15 points(1098 to 1113).
The K-8 Under 900 section
Tharun scored 6/7 in the tournament and increased his rating by 99 points(926 to 1025). Tharun tied for the 3rd place and on tiebreakers finished 11th in the final ranking list.
6 Medals and 356 points rating gain for Chess Gaja students in the 2023 US National Middle School Chess Championship is an outstanding achievement and we are proud of our students for giving their best!
Well done to all the participants! We wish you the best of luck in your future chess tournaments.
Reach out to us for class details if you are looking to help your child become a U.S Chess Champion.