We had a great couple of days at the Calgary School Chess Championships this weekend. We finished first in both Divisions 1 and 2 categories and a close-second in Division 3.
Our Div 1 team won easily with the top performer Ben tied for second overall in the individual standings. There was quite a bit of drama in the Div 2 competition as we had a bad start and were only ranked 5th after two rounds. By round 4 we were tied for second and only 1 point behind the top ranked Brentwood. In the last round Anant won his game against a tough opponent, inspiring Corbin and Aiden to win as well. It was then up to Chris, who was in a completely losing position, but managed to turn things around and earn us the first place!
In the Div 3 competition, there was also a lot of drama leading into the last round, but this time it didn’t go our way. In the decisive game Daniel needed to salvage a draw from the reigning Alberta champion Ian Zhao. Despite his best efforts Daniel couldn’t hold on and we finished second by only a half point margin behind Louis Riel. In Division 3 Jeff Wang finished 1st overall in individual standings.
This year we did not field a Div 4 team as most of our Div 4 players were in Reach for the Top.
Below are the participants, with the top 4 in each division making up the team score.
Div 1 top 4: Ben, Nolan, Ishaan K. and Zavier. Also participated: Aydin H., Atley, Ishan M., Hazoor, Deven, Millan, Patrick, Luke, Georgia, Scott, Sam, and Aariz.
Div 2 top 4: Anant, Corbin, Aidan J. and Chris. Also participated: Eesha.
Div 3 top 4: Jeff Wang, Aashish, Aadesh, and Daniel. Also participated: Arjun C., and Alex K.