The PDS Chess team tied for second place in the K-9 Championship section of the 2019 National Junior High Championship, held in Grapevine, TX during the weekend of April 26-28. Congratulations to the K-9 Championship PDS chess club team of Kai Shah '22, Albert Ming '22, Winston Ni '23, Eric Sheng Wu '24, Rowan Field '26, Lila Field '27 as well as the K9 Under 1250 player, Leon Zheng '26. For the first time in PDS history, this trophy was brought home by a combination of Upper, Middle and Lower School PDS chess players, making this an extra special team!
The National Junior High Championship is a three-day, seven-round tournament featuring more than 1,250 players from 34 states and six sections. The PDS team played in the highly competitive, top K-9 championship section, which consisted of 162 players. As a team, they played all of the top six players of the tournament, with games often lasting more than four hours. Their games also were broadcast live with analysis from International Master John Bartholomew, Women's Grandmaster Sabina Foisor and Guest Grandmaster Jeffrey Xiong.
Individual highlights: Eric Sheng Wu and Winston Ni tied for 15th place, with five points each. Rowan Field earned the top player trophy in her category, 1400-1599. Winston Ni placed second in the Blitz tournament on Thursday, April 25. Kai Shah and Rowan Field tied their games to National Masters Maximillian Lu and Daniel Hung, respectively. In other chess action, earlier this month, Lila Field placed ninth in the Under 10 category at an All Girls Chess Championship in Chicago. Great work, PDS chess players all!
Contributed by Jairo Moreira, PDS Chess Coach; photo highlights of the seven PDS chess team members who traveled to Grapevine, TX in April for the 2019 National K-9 Championship Tournament.