School closings and frigid temperatures did not deter the Princeton Day School Chess team from competing both on campus at the monthly PDS tournament on January 6, but also at the Kasparov New York City Championship at the Brooklyn Marriott over the weekend. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reports that in New York the championship team of Winston Ni, Eric Wu, Albert Ming, Kai Shah, and Dodge Martinson competed against more than 1500 players and won the 4th place team in the Junior High Championship section.
Back in Princeton, in the K-1 section, a team of eleven players took the first team plaque at the PDS tournament, led by 1st grader Akshay Pillai and Kindergartner Jamie Wu. In Novice I, Ethan Fede and Shreya Munjai won all four games to tie for first place. Elias Nicozisis, Jay Turchetta, William Broeker, Sahana Jha, and Harkiran Sandhu made up the first place team. Finally, in Novice II, for players rated under 600, Gio Juarez tied for first place with 3.5 and then went on to play in the New York City Championship, where he won four out of five games. Gio, along with Mihir Karande, and Elijah Morris won the first place team plaque at the PDS tournament. Congratulations to our chess team!