Washington Players Triumph at 2018 US National Junior Congress

L-R: Daniel Shubin, Anirudh Rajesh, Advaith Vijayakumar

By Vijay Sankaran, Igor & Stephan Jiang

The US National Junior Congress was held at Basis Independent Silicon Valley School, San Jose, CA from Mar 10th – Mar 11th. WA kids participated in U12, U10 and U8 sections representing the Seattle Chess Club. In a tightly contested tournament, all the players who were part of Seattle Chess Club team performed amazingly well with quite a bit of long games.  Seattle Chess Club team was declared the clear winner in the U12 section convincingly with 11.5 points.

A small section of games can be viewed here.

Daniel Shubin won the U12 section with a score of (4.5/5) with 4 wins and 1 draw and was declared a clear National Champion for U12 Section. Congratulations Daniel!

Also, contributing to the team’s score in the U12 section were Advaith Vijayakumar (4.0/5) tied for second place and Anirudh Rajesh (3.0/5).

In the U10 section, Brandon Jiang scored (4.0/5) and tied for 2rd place.  Sayali Gijare finished the tournament with (2.0/5) and won some good games.

In the U8 section Mobius Williamson scored (3.0/5).  This was his first national tournament and he played extremely well.

It was a great effort from the players of WA. The team trophy will be located at the Seattle Chess Club.

Bellevue 8th grader Naomi Bashkansky wins World School Chess Championship!

Naomi Bashkansky has just won the 2016 World School Chess Championship in the Girls Under 13 category, held on December 2 – 12 in Sochi, Russia. With 5 wins (full points) and 4 draws (half-points), she got 7 points in 9 games, and finished in the first place — without a single loss, undefeated.

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As a winner she is awarded the Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title, and is invited (expenses paid) to the 2017 World School Chess Championship in Romania.

Here are the full WSCC GU13 results: http://chess-results.com/tnr251725.aspx?lan=1&art=4&flag=30&wi=821 — note the singular US flag on top!

FIDE report: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/9952-2016-world-schools-championship-finished-in-sochi.html

Naomi’s family chess travel blog post: http://chesstravel.blogspot.com/2016/11/world-school-chess-championship.html

imageIt should also be noted that Daniel Shubin, a 6th grader at Open Window School in Bellevue, participated in the boys U11 section and represented team USA in Sochi. In his first International event, Daniel scored 5 out of 9 (4 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses), an excellent result.  He tied for 21 place out of 66 participants, congratulations Daniel!