After last year’s total dominance at the Ohio Grade Levels, I was ready for a slight let down this year. Wrong! You almost never let me down finishing with what may be an even greater show of chess power than last year. There were so many strong performances at the Grade Levels that it is impossible to report them all. With the exception of one player (who scored 4-1) all of the CCL players were in grades 2 -9. In those grades we won every grade level championship and when there were co-champions, every co-champion was a CCL player. How clearly you have separated yourself from the rest of the state. For the sake of modesty, I am only going to list the CCL grade level champions.
Grade 2 Champion = Ethan Fang
Grade 3 Champion = Jason Wang
Grade 4 Champion = Karthik Kallan (he just graduated from Pre-CCL a week before the tournament!)
Grade 5 Co-Champions = Yutong ‘Elton’ Cao, Evan Huang, Dominic Mayhew, Ethan Ferkins
Grade 6 Champion = Vincent Baker
Grade 7 Champion = Luke Xie
Grade 8 Champion = Anagh Kulkarni
Grade 9 Co-Champions = Jasen Lai, Kian Souayvixay, Viktor Lim, Akul Rajan
Complete tournament results are posted at http://www.ohioscholasticchess.org/2014gradelevelresults.html
My favorite pictures from the tournament are of our 2nd grade participants. The first one shows 2nd grade level champion Ethan Fang, shining like a bright light overrun by a mass of older and larger humanity. Ethan is showing me that he has 4 points after the 4th round. In the 2nd picture, clear 2nd place finisher Joseph Winkler tries to figure out a way to hold both his individual and team trophies.
Below are the pictures for the grade levels: