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2021 Nevada Scholastics Results

Posted in News, Scholastic on April 17th, 2021 by Alan Losoff

Results will not be final until fair play analysis is complete. This could take 2-3 weeks and may result in different order of players, even those not affected directly by fair play violations.

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2018 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship

Posted in Scholastic on March 19th, 2018 by Tom Brownscombe

On Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 256 young chess players came to the Las Vegas Day School in Las Vegas, NV to compete in the 2018 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship, setting a new attendance record for our state scholastic chess championship. The previous attendance record for the Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship was 235 players, set in 2017. The tournament was divided into four sections: a five round high school section for players in grades 12 and below, a five round middle school section for players in grades 8 and below, a six round elementary section for players in grades 5 and below, and a six round primary section for players in grades 3 and below.

In the high school section, 9th grader Ethan Silva from Advanced Technologies Academy (ATECH) defeated the top seeded player, 10th grader Michelangelo Barozzi from The Meadows School, in the second round. Both players finished with four out of five points, with Silva winning the third place trophy and Barozzi taking home the fourth place trophy. In the fourth round, 10th grade ATECH student Omid Najibzadeh upset third seeded 12th grader Naomi Santiago from Edward W. Clark High School. This set up a final round game between Najibzadeh and 12th grade ATECH student Royce Pereira, in which Pereira prevailed. Royce Pereira is the 2018 Nevada state high school chess champion, and Omid Najibzadeh finished the tournament in second place. Advanced Technologies Academy won the high school team title with 17 team points. Edward W. Clark High School finished second in the team competition with 12.5 points, and Palo Verde High School took home the third place team trophy with 12 points.

In the middle school section, the three top seeded players each won all their games in the first four rounds. In the final round third seeded 8th grader Samira Prieto from K. O. Knudson Middle School played the white pieces against 7th grader Darsh Patel from Davidson Academy of Nevada. Their game ended in a repetition of position in an equal king and pawn ending in which neither player was able to make any progress. Prieto finished the tournament in clear second place with 4.5 points. Meanwhile top seeded 7th grader Chris Bao from the Adelson Educational Campus was pressing an attack against the defending Nevada state middle school champion, 8th grader Divyam Muckherjee from Sig Rogich Middle School. Muckherjee successfully launched a counter-attack, using mating threats to win first a knight and then an exchange. Bao resigned in a rook down endgame. Divyam Muckherjee has won the Nevada state middle school chess championship for the second year in a row. Chris Bao took home the third place trophy for his 4-1 result. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School (SEAS) won the Nevada state middle school team championship with 12.5 team points, and Sig Rogich Middle School earned the second place team trophy with 12 points.

In the elementary section top seeded 4th grader Kagan Uz from Caughlin Ranch Elementary School and second seeded 5th grader Shenlone Wu each won all their games in the first five rounds, so they played each other in the final round for the title of Nevada state elementary chess champion. Wu quickly won Uz’s queen. Even though Uz had two minor pieces for the queen, Wu demonstrated why the queen is the strongest piece in chess and won the game. Shenlone Wu is the 2018 Nevada elementary chess champion with a perfect 6-0 score. The Wu household now boasts two state chess champions, as Shenlone’s older sister, Shenmei Wu, won the Nevada State Girls’ Chess Championship held March 10th, 2018 at the Las Vegas Chess Center. Kagan Uz took home the third place trophy. 5th grader J. D. Gallo from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School had one draw and won five games to finish in second place with 5.5 points. Saint Viator Catholic School won the elementary team championship with 18 points. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School and Las Vegas Day School (LVDS) tied for second place in the elementary team competition with 16 points each. SEAS won the second place trophy on tie breaks, and LVDS captured the third place trophy.

In the primary section, 3rd grader Marius Cutitaru from Robert Taylor Elementary School and 2nd grader Nirav Natha from Foothills Montessori drew their fifth round game against each other and defeated 2nd grader Pranav Mahendran from the Coral Academy of Science and 3rd grader Fred Lewandowski from host school LVDS, respectively, in the final round to become 2018 Nevada state primary chess co-champions. Cutitaru earned the first place trophy based upon his tie breaks, and Natha took home the second place trophy. Saint Viator Catholic School earned the primary team championship title with 16.5 points. SEAS finished second in the team competition with 16 points, and LVDS finished third in the team competition with 14.5 points.

Divyam Muckherjee will represent the state of Nevada in the 2018 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions, which will be held July 28-31 in Middleton, WI. Royce Pereira has earned the right to represent Nevada in the 2018 Denker Tournament of High School Champions, which will also be held July 28-31 in Middleton, WI. Gale Winds, Alan Losoff, Juan Jauregui, and Tom Brownscombe organized the 2018 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship Tournament on behalf of Nevada Chess, Inc. Tom Brownscombe, Alan Losoff, Juan Jauregui, Sabrina Jauregui, Allen Magruder, Janelle Losoff, and Gale Winds served as tournament directors. Complete results for all players can be found at the Nevada Chess website and the US Chess Federation website. We would like to thank all the players who participated in this tournament for their good sportsmanship, and we hope that we will see even more enthusiastic young chess players at the 2019 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship.

Nevada Scholastic Championships

Posted in Events, News, Scholastic on February 9th, 2018 by Alan Losoff
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A USCF Rated Tournament in 4 Sections
Open to Nevada residents or students

March 17, 2018
Las Vegas Day School  3275 Red Rock  Las Vegas

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Nevada State Girls’ Championship 2017.

Posted in News, Scholastic on March 24th, 2017 by Juan Jauregui

The first Nevada State Girls’ Scholastic championship took place today at our center. After five rounds Samira Prieto finished in first place with four points, tied in second to 5th places Nare Khachatryan (a great performance by Nare, she defeated the highest player in the tournament and current High School champion Naomi),  Shemmei Wu, Naomi Santiago, and Jan Stephanie De Leon, all with 3.5. Stephanie took the trophy for the best Under 800 section. Shanti and Riya from Clarence Piggott Elementary took the best team trophy.

Congratulations, and thank you to the players and the parents for making this great event possible.

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Next Saturday , March 25th, the State Scholastic 2017 will take place at the Las Vegas day School, over 200 players are already registered online so far. Read more »

2016 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship

Posted in News, Scholastic on January 30th, 2016 by Tom Brownscombe
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The 2016 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship
will be held at the Las Vegas Day School 3275 Red Rock Las Vegas

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Entry Fees increase after February 25th and again after March 7th.

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2014 Nevada Scholastic Championships

Posted in Events, Scholastic on March 11th, 2014 by Nevada Chess

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Las Vegas Day School

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On line entry will be available up to the start of the tournament. Entries received after Friday  March 21 will incur an additional Late Fee. On site registration starts at 8 a.m.  Players who enter on site after 8:30 a.m. Saturday may not be paired for round 1, and will receive 1/2 point for that round.

2014 State Scholastic Championship

Posted in Events, News, Scholastic on January 20th, 2014 by Tom Brownscombe

Attention scholastic chess players! The 2014 Nevada State Scholastic Chess Championship will be held Saturday, March 22 at the Las Vegas Day School. For more information, click here. If you would like to register for the tournament online, please visit our registration page.