On Saturday December 2, more than 100 scholastic chess players from schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York competed at the Princeton Day School campus for the title of 2017 Greater Princeton Champion. Despite a mix-up with the tournament trophies (some were missing, according to chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin), it was a great tournament resulting in a first place title (and trophy) for 1st grader Ethan Fede, who was part of the first place K-1 team of Sloane Schwendinger (4th place), Akshay Pillai, Isabel Takeuchi, Arav Munjal, Aditya Pillai, Nate Mogaka, Petros Chatzigiannis, Jay Srinivas and Mason Merse.
In Novice I, our team of Shreya Munjal, Shaan Srinivas, Elias Nicozisis, William Broeker, Matthew Landhauser, Riya Kumar, Sahana Jha, and Harkiran Sandhu won the third place plaque. In Novice II, PDS players Elijah Morris (4th place), Gio Juarez and Mihir Karande won first place team.
Ten players competed in "closed," the section for over 1000 players, including Lila Field, and Rowan Field placed fourth in the Future Masters section for players rated over 1200. PDS 5th grade student Adrien Cristian won all four games in the "open" section for clear first. Ms. Waitzkin noted, "Adrien has a relentless, attacking style that paid off on Saturday, and his new rating is well over 1000."
PDS Chess National Champion Winston Ni '23 served as a guest Tournament Director and patiently showed first graders how to checkmate, and answered complicated questions about flags falling and No Winning Chances. Congratulations to all of our chess players!