Seven Saint George’s students participated in the local King’s Klash youth chess tournament on Saturday, Nov. 19. “Two won awards, five of the seven qualified for the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship, and all had fun,” reported SGS chess coach James Stripes. See a Photo Gallery of the competition.
Noah Hochheimer (3.5) finished 2nd in the middle school section, while brother Luca Hochheimer (2.5) won the biggest upset in the elementary section. State elementary qualifier pins were awarded to Roman Zhan (3.5), Melody Ji (3.0), Yanek Zhan (3.0), and Kayaan Puri (3.0). Also participating was Vivaan Puri (1.0). It was the first tournament for Roman, Kayaan, and Vivaan.
Saint George’s team won the Elementary Team trophy. “Our team score (top three players) of 10 beat Hope Lutheran’s 9 and Freeman’s 7,” said Stripes. Although 6th graders played in the middle school section, their scores counted towards the elementary team competition. Well done, Dragons!