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Iowa scholastic players made a strong showing at the National Junior High School Championships last weekend. Held in Atlanta April 24-27, the event included over 1300 players representing 38 states and 405 teams competing in six different sections:
Iowa had 10 players enter the event chasing both individual and team titles. Iowa City’s Northwest Junior High School fielded four players to compete in the K-8 Championship Section. The team consisted of none other than our current Iowa Barber representative Arshaq Saleem, our K-12 Open Champion, Gokul Thangavel, the highly rated Pranav Krishnamurthy, and our Iowa Girls Champion, Teresa Knecht. Cedar Rapids Prairie competed in the K-9 U1250 section and its first national competition that included a team of Regan Hodina, Andre Vongpanya, Mason Zastrow, and Pete Lande. Joining them in the K-9 U1250 section as individual competitors were Ana Denison of Ames Middle School and Sanmati Thangavel of Horn Elementary.
In the K-8 Championship Section, Iowa City Northwest Junior High School won three of four games in the 7th and last round to finish with 18.5 points and to capture the 8th place trophy. Arshaq Saleem went 5-0-2 to tie for third, claiming the 9th place individual trophy in the K-8 Championship section and Gokul Thangavel went 5-0-3 to finish in a tie for 25th.
In the K-9 U1250 Section, Cedar Rapids Prairie scored 15.5. points to finish 12th in the K-9 U1250 section. .Ana Denison of Ames went 6-0-1 to finish 7th in the K-9 U1250 and Prairie's Regan Hodina finished 5-1-1 to capture the 9th place trophy.
Thursday, prior to the main event, bughouse and speed chess tournaments were held. In the K-9 Bughouse Tournament, Ashaq and Gokul place second out of 43 teams. They then repeated their strong performance in the K-9 Blitz Tournament where Arshaq finished in tie for first, Gokul finished in 10th, and Pranav placed 28th. Although only fielding three players, the three boys collected the 7th place team trophy for the Blitz event.
Northwest Junior High School Summary
K-8 Championship - (298 participants)
K-9 Bughouse Championship - 43 teams
K-9 Blitz Tournament
Cedar Rapids Prairie School Summary
Individual Iowa Players
Among many hats, I serve by appointment as the Scholastic Director for the Iowa State Chess Association. The following attendance and financial summary is provided for the information and benefit to the scholastic chess community.
Overall attendance was down at the IASCA scholastic championship by about 10% from last school year but remains slightly up from two years ago. Financially, scholastic chess raised $625 that will go to the IASCA Scholastic Account used to support the stipends for our student champions to participate at the USCF National Scholastic Championships. These events are held concurrent with the US Open, July 27-August 3 in Madison, Wisconsin. Iowa's representatives are Kushan Tyagi as the High School Champion, Ziwen Zhou as the K-8 Scholastic Champion, and Teresa Knecht as the Girls Champion.
While some of the facility locations are being worked on, the following scholastic chess calendar is proposed for the 2013-2014 school year.