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Contestants in the Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament enjoyed the spacious rooms of Midtown Elementary School. Players shared a fist bump to start the tournament. CONTRIBUTED

Midtown elementary hosts 130 students in Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament

MADISON – Midtown Elementary School served as the venue for the year’s first team and individual over-the-board tournament on Nov. 15.

“Our newest school in the Madison system was designed for events just like this, offering plenty of room for players and families to spread out and enjoy the day. It was fabulous,” Ranae Bartlett said. Bartlett is Executive Director of Madison City Chess League.

“Thank you, Midtown, for being an excellent host, and thank you Nadia Sosonkina for taking awards ceremony photos,” Bartlett said.

Outside the cafeteria in the playground, tournament sponsor Lockheed Martin set up a cornhole game. Lockheed Martin held a silent auction of five unique chess sets in three-dimensional format as a fundraiser for MCCL.

“We lost a few players after registration due to illness or quarantine but ended up having 130 students in grades K-12 playing,” Bartlett said.

The following lists show top players and teams by section, starting with first place and descending:

* K-3 Under 300 Section – Largest section with many unrated players in first rated tournament. Numerous players achieved a rating or provisional rating above 300. Elliott Poole, first, Isaac Doyle, Avyaktha Subramania, Alex Cai, John Park, Theodore Piper, Cora Newberry, Lewis Washburn, Owen Suckow, Alex Lee. 10th-place tie for medals with Cohen Phillips, Yuito Oda, Grason Riddle, Sarvesh Satheesh, C.J. Conley and Daniel Lee. Top female (with placing in other rankings) Saisha Iyer.

Top elementary teams were Rainbow, first, Horizon, Columbia, Mill Creek and Heritage.

* K-3 Championship – Esteban Jerez, Kylie Zou, Alice Zou, Annabelle Hsu, Asher Allison, Asher Allison, Emory Howell, Jimmy McHugh, Dennis Lenski and Jacob Bluestone.

Team winners for K-3 Championship were Horizon and Rainbow.

* K-5 Championship — Jethro Jones, Sophia Jerez, Andrew Tkach, Genji Niinomi, Jaxton Salisbury, Noah Hsu, Emerson Phillips, Issa Kreusser, Vedanth Siva and Margaret Lin. Tie for 10th-place medals with Shravan Balaji, Xander Yem, Rhyan Quansah and Mason Park. Top female Lauren Cory.

Rainbow’s team secured first place, followed by Mill Creek, Heritage, Columbia and Horizon.

* K-8 Championship – Aadi Saxena, Andrew Yang, Artem Starenki, Caden Jordan, Nirvana Rajbhandari, Daniel Hu, Joseph Park, Edward Xiao, Tristan McCluney and Rimes Kent. Tie for 10th-place medals with Cooper Meyer, Arush Sharma, Samuel Billions, Aaron Chen and John Chen. Top female Isabelle Park.

Discovery claimed first place. Tupelo Christian School from Tupelo, Miss. took second place.

* K-12 Open — Top 5 received trophies: Victor Lundy, Caleb Chen, William Billions, Jackson Martin and Zachary Calinsky. Tie for fifth-place medals with Jason Park and Oviya Gowder. Top female Constance Wang.

Intercity rival Bob Jones High School aced first place, while James Clemens High School secured second.

For more information, visit madisonchess.com.

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