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PDS Chess Team at Supernationals in Nashville
PDS Chess Team at Supernationals in Nashville

Eight Princeton Day School chess players competed in the largest Supernationals Tournament ever last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, with 1586 school teams from 50 States, and a total of 5578 K-12 scholastic players competing in 37 sections. Chess coach Bonnie Waitzkin reported that "A high point of the tournament for 6th grader Winston Ni was playing on board one in the K-6 Championship section when World Champion Garry Kasparov made the opening moves for each player." The first board games were televised online and the PDS students played the opening like pros; the game was a draw. In the K-12 U1900 section, the PDS team of Eric Wu '24 and 7th graders Albert Ming, Dodge Martinson and Kai Shah faced challenge after challenge in games lasting 2 to 3 hours, finishing 14th among 37 teams. Sisters Lila Field '27 and Rowan Field '26 had a roller coaster tournament ending in 4 points for each. They finished with better scores than last year and resolved to concentrate on the endgame. Aadi Shankar '24 played in the K-6 U1200 section finishing with 3.5. Congratulations to our Chess Team!

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