Thursday, April 7

CalChess H.S. Champion Nicholas Karas

Congratulations to Nicholas Karas for taking clear 1st in High School at the CalChess Scholastic Championships on April 2-3. Although I taught Nicholas (photo at left) for the last few years, much of the credit goes to his first teacher, NM Daniel Schwarz, for inspiring him. Now finishing the final year of high school, Nicholas became my fifth student in six years to qualify for the Denker Invitational held each summer at the US Open. Good luck in Orlando!

Two of my younger students shared top honors in the Junior High division. Kudos to Neel Apte and Kyle Shin for taking home the 1st and 2nd place trophies on tiebreaks. They already tied for 1st in Elementary last year, with Neel also earning 1st place. In fact, Neel (photo at right) has captured three titles in a row, starting with 4-5 in 2009.

Unfortunately, the Saratoga High School streak of consecutive team championships ended at six in a row. Mission San Jose High School won easily this year.

2011 CalChess Scholastic Individual Champions
  • 9-12 - Nicholas Karas
  • 6-8 - Neel Apte, Kyle Shin and Hunter Klotz-burwell
  • 4-6 - Cameron Wheeler
  • 4-5 - Abhishek Handigol, Alvin Kong, Siddharth Banik and Eric Zhu
  • 1-3 - Ben Rood
  • K - Balaji Daggupati
2011 CalChess Scholastic Team Winners
  • 9-12 - Mission San Jose High School
  • 6-8 - Horner Junior High School
  • 4-6 - Regnart Elementary School
  • 4-5 - Mission San Jose Elementary
  • 1-3 - Mission San Jose Elementary
Check out the great photos at ChessDryad by Richard Shorman and Mark Shelton.

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