About 600 players have registered to date, not including entries for the blitz and bughouse side events. The organizer encourages everyone to sign up early to decrease the stress of the last minute crunch. All entry fees will increase by $10 after Saturday night. If you haven't already, please register here as soon as possible.
If you're high rated and unsure which age group to play in, here's my advice: This is the state championship, the one tournament each year where you measure yourself against your peers. There's nothing wrong with shooting for the title of state champ! To that end, I only encourage a few elite students, generally those rated above 2000, to "play up" into the super competitive K-12 section. Another logical reason to move up would be if you won state or national titles within the past year.
I have compiled the following list of the top 20 juniors in Northern California. Half are already registered for the CalChess Scholastics and I expect 3 or 4 more to sign up soon. Unfortunately, some other kids have serious academic conflicts--this year's tournament dates could not really get any worse. :-(
(Added 4/17 at 1pm: all K-12 entries sorted by rating)
(Added 4/20 at 11pm: all K-8 entries sorted by rating)
CalChess Top 20 Juniors (April rating list with present or past students in bold)
- IM Sam Shankland 2477 -- not playing due to US Championship!
- FM Daniel Naroditsky 2341 -- not playing due to Young Stars (Russia)!
- NM Steven Zierk 2311 -- signed up K-12
- NM Gregory Young 2249
- NM Rohan Agarwal 2215 -- signed up K-12
- NM Nicholas Nip 2211
- Adarsh Konda 2124
- Michael Zhong 2092
- Yian Liou 2082 -- signed up K-12
- Hayk Manvelyan 2066
- Evan Sandberg 2044 -- signed up K-12
- Micah Cohen 2036
- Alan Naroditsky 2035 -- signed up K-12
- Jeff Young 2013 -- signed up K-12
- Michael Lin 2001
- Samuel Sevian 2001
- Kyle Shin 1969 -- signed up K-12
- Louiza Livschitz 1956
- Nicholas Karas 1911
- Daniel Zheng 1905 -- signed up K-6