MCCL brought the largest group of kids from Alabama, and we learned so much! Thanks to our coaches and teachers who worked with our kids all weekend. Thanks to our parents who provided our kids with one of the best chess opportunities to learn and improve their skills. Our students received numerous individual and team awards, so if we have left anyone off the list, please let us know. Here is the coverage of the National event in the Madison Record.
The complete individual and team standings and winners can be found at this link. That is different from the USCF report that produces your new ratings and where students are not listed in tie-break order.
1ST PLACE - RAINBOW ELEMENTARY - K-5 UNDER 1200
It has been four years since Rainbow Elementary brought a national championship team trophy to Madison in the K-6 Under 1000 section. With sixth graders moving up to middle school this year, this time it was in the K-5 Under 1200 section. Team members (L to R): Landon Drummond, Marek Fries, Karsten Wallace, Artem Starenki, Arnav Maskey, and Holland Lang. These students are on the Rainbow Advanced Chess Team that practices two hours each week and solves hundreds of puzzles leading up to Elementary Nationals. They are coached by Will Stevenson.
3RD PLACE - RAINBOW ELEMENTARY - K-1 UNDER 500
Kindergarten teachers Nancy Brandon and Jennifer Smith have worked all year with our beginning players teaching a Learn to Play Chess class, sponsoring Kindergarten Chess Club, and leading the Beginning Competition team practices. The K-1 Under 500 team of mostly unrated players over-performed at Nationals and won 3rd place! Members of the team: Brantley Davis, Olivia Smith, Jackson Campbell, Emory Howell, Eamon Jemison, Isaac Kreusser, Jacob Kuang, and Annabelle Hsu.
5TH PLACE - DISCOVERY MIDDLE - K-6 UNDER 1000
This is the first year for the DMS 6th grade team to compete at Elementary Nationals. They were coached by FM Bradley Denton and team sponsor is Julie Goldston. Members of the team: Swetha Jakka, Owen Lang, Michael Nguyen and Alex Meyers. Not pictured (Shruti Kadam).
6TH PLACE - RAINBOW ELEMENTARY K-3 UNDER 700
This team tied for 5th place, but on tie breaks they ended up in 6th. We are so proud of (L to R): Cooper Meyer, Caden Jordan, Tyce Crosswy, Emma Kuang, Connor Jemison, and Jack Meyer.
18TH PLACE - HORIZON ELEMENTARY K-3 UNDER 700
A young team from Horizon Elementary with three first-time national tournament attendees placed 18th in the K-3 Under 700 section. Team members are (L to R): Eashan Padur, Spandan Dongre, Molly Fruchnicht, Trenton Holcombe, and Samsara Rajbhandari.
11TH PLACE - RAINBOW ELEMENTARY K-5 UNDER 900 TEAM
The K-5 Under 900 team was comprised of four 5th graders. Pictured L to R: Christine Wang, Ethan Van, Ally Kuang (not pictured Caroline Wang).