Monday, April 18, 2011

we had a good weekend

the K-8 team: David, Danny, Rashawn, Jakob, Randy, and James
the K-9 team: D'Andrea, Shawn, Joel, Justus

National Junior High (K-8) Champion James A. Black, Jr.  
IS 318 won clear first in the National Junior High School Chess Championships, in the K-8 and K-9 Open sections simultaneously. James Black tied for first in the K-8 Open and won on tiebreaks. Danny Feng tied for 3rd and placed 6th with 6/7; David Kim and Rashawn Williams placed 9th and 12th with 5.5/7. Shawn Swindell finished 11th in the K-9 with 5/7.

IS 318 also won the Under 750 section with 24/28 points, and Mubassar Uddin and Jiayu Tang shared first individually with perfect scores. Jiayu only got to go to Ohio because we had two extra seats on the bus and Galvin told me to pick the two best kids from my early morning class. :) This was his 4th tournament.

We came third in the Under 1000 and Under 1250.

IS 318 won the blitz team championship by 9 points. James Black won clear first with 11/12 and Justus Williams, Joel Ogunremi, and Danny Feng were half of a 6 way tie for second place with 10/12.

Black Feng (James Black and Danny Feng) won the bughouse tournament; David and Randy finished second. JP Garcia played with Aaron Schein of Horace Mann; they finished 4th, and D'Andrea and Joel were 5th.

National Under 750 Champion Mubassar Uddin does his tactics worksheet.

Maya McGreen does hers.

Paul Tough (author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America) hung out with us for the weekend.

Danny Feng, right, (1996) shows William Yu (475) how to use Chessbase

Joel and Earl

Galvin congratulates the kids. Matan is listening in the back right corner
a bughouse dispute
more photos here. I should have some games and positions later this week.


Anonymous said...

I want to know about the time you spent with Paul Tough. Love the man's writing.

charles said...


Anonymous said...

Ms. Vicary, you are changing the world, one kid at a time. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Such tiny trophies, though...

gurdonark said...

Great results! Congratulations to your chess players (and to you).

Anonymous said...

I like the picture of the 1900 player helping the 400 player. I hope that attitude stays with him the rest of his life.

Rick Massimo