Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Chess team who competed in two tournaments on February 25 and 26. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that PDS chess players competed at the first-ever New York State Girls Team and Individual Championships, a two-day tournament held at the Hewitt School in New York City. Third grader Rowan Field placed 12th and her sister Lila Field placed 16th in the K-3 Championship section, and the PDS girls were 3rd place team. In K-3 Under 600, first grader Anya Jha won 4 out of 5 games to place 8th and top scoring player grade 1 or below. Second grader Shreya Munjal won her first rated game. Between rounds, games were analyzed by GM Irina Krush and by IM Tatiana Brea in the PDS team room.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, February 26 at Brookdale College in Lincroft, N.J., PDS players were competing in the New Jersey Primary, Elementary and Junior High Championship. Ms. Waitzkin announced, "Our great Elementary players were first place team with 15 1/2 points." Twelve players competed in Primary taking home five place trophies and second place team. Kindergartener Kevin Long was 14th overall in Primary, while grade awards were won by Dhruv Nair, Elijah Morris, Gio Juarez and Jay Srinivas.
In Elementary K-6, sixth grader Winston Ni was second, fifth grader Eric Wu 6th, fifth grader Aadi Shankar 10th and Eric Jaing was first in second grade. Dodge Martinson was fourth in Junior High with four wins out of five games. Players went over games in our team room with coaches and rooted for each other all day. The Primary team was Dhruv Nair, Elias Nicozisis, Elijah Morris, Gio Juarez, Jay Srinivas, Jay Turchetta, Kevin Long, Mihir Karande, Shaan Srinivas, William Broeker, and Yalong Zhang. Congratulations!