Reported by Hock San Lee.
Northwest players won numerous trophies at the 2013 SuperNationals V held in Nashville over last weekend, April 5-7, 2013. Bellevue’s Spiritridge Elementary team (Derek Zhang, Naomi Bashkansky, Zachary Zhang, Richard Yang, and Brian Chen) took the 2nd place team award in the K-5 Championship section. Derek also placed 9th individually in that section. In the K-12 Championship section, Seattle’s Lakeside 9-player team won the 5th place trophy. Members include Michael Omori, who tied for 9th-18th place individually, Quentin Chi, Nicolo Gelb, Thomas Thongmee, David Inglis, Nicholas Xing, Justin Yu, Peter Sherman, Alexander Koh. In the K-8 Championship section, Bellevue’s Odle Middle won the 7th place team award. Team members are Jason Yang, Benjamin Cheung, Aditya Kannan, Jack Yu, Emily Bazar, and Cheyenne Zhang. Notable individual winners are Luke Harmon-Vellotti of Idaho (2nd place, K-12 Championship), Bryce Tiglon of Redmond Junior High (6th, K-6 Championship), Anthony He of Christa Mcauliffe Elementary in Sammamish (5th, K-3 Championship), Jason Yu of Open Window in Bellevue (7th, K-1 Championship), Eric Zhang of Endeavour Elementary in Issaquah (11th, K-1 Championship), and Praneeth Somisetty of Tyee Middle in Bellevue (1st, K-6 Unrated).
According to USCF, The SuperNationals V officially broke the attendance record for largest rated chess competition in history with 5335 participants.