The National K-12 Grade Chess Championships took place in Orlando, Florida, USA from the 3rd of December to the 5th December. The event boasted a total attendance of 1725 preregistered players, the highest total since 2003. 289 players competed in the blitz portion of the event, an increase of 79 players since last year. In the K-12 blitz, Andrew Liu from Massachusetts emerged victorious, while Arai Gordon Lee from Kansas won the K-6 Blitz portion.
In the 8th-12th grade individuals division, there was fierce competition – 433 children played in 7 games in Swiss system to determine the winner in each grade. 2 kids from the Sunshine state, 1 from the Grand Canyon state, 1 from the Golden state and 1 from the Empire State were the gold medal winners.
Grade 8 – Danial Asaria wins gold with half a point ahead of the competition in a heated race.
Grade 9 – Truman Hoang has equal points to Runya Xu and Albert Lu, but wins on tiebreakers.
Grade 10 – John Gabriel Ludwig only draw is in the final round of the tournament.
|1||Ludwig, John Gabriel||FL||2414||6.5|
|2||Capocyan, Sam Lander Cabrera||TX||2217||6|
Grade 11 – Only 1 draw in the last round keeps Xiexin Wang away from the perfect score; still, he is 1 point ahead of the competition.
Grade 12 – Justus D Williams has 1 only loss in the third round and wins on tiebreakers versus Aaron Garbinsky.
|1||Williams, Justus D||NY||2383||6|