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18 PDS Chess Players Battled the Best in NJ Elementary and Junior High Championship
18 PDS Chess Players Battled the Best in NJ Elementary and Junior High Championship

Last Sunday in Linwood, NJ, 300 of the best chess players in the state engaged in the five-round New Jersey Elementary & Junior High Chess Championship tournament. Even the most experienced players found this contest particularly challenging given the short 30-minute time controls. The PDS Primary K-3 Team placed second and the Elementary Team K-6 placed fourth in the overall standings, with several PDS players winning their segments. "It was a grueling but also a great experience for the kids," noted PDS chess program director Jairo Moreira.

Congratulations are in order for all of the PDS players, with some special shout-outs to the following contestants:

Eric Wu won the Junior High section with 4.5 out of 5 possible points!

Giovanni (Gio) Juarez won all five games to tie for first place in the Primary section.

Leon Zheng won four of five games for 9th place in the elementary section.

Anya Jha placed second among 3rd grade contestants.

Ethan Fede placed second among 2nd grade contestants.

Jamie Wu won first place among 1st grade contestants.

Teddy Aitken-Davies placed third among 1st grade contestants.

Congratulations to all of the hardworking PDS chess team members who competed, including Harkiran Sandhu, Shreya Munjal, Rohan Madhok, Akshay Pillai, Aditya Pillai, Chloe Wang, Hrshveer Sandhu, Arav Munjal, Sloane Schwendinger, Nathan Tang and Alex Tang.

Kudos to PDS Chess Program Director Jairo Moreira, all of the coaches and these passionate PDS chess players!