Friday, March 24, 2017

Madison City Students Emerge Like Kings in State Chess Tournament

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City chess students were honored by the Board of Education for their stellar performance in the 2017 Scholastic Chess Championship, hosted by Bob Jones High School earlier this month.

Madison City BOE member Ranae Bartlett, executive director of the Madison City Chess League and coach for Rainbow Elementary's teams. led the recognitions of players and coaches.

For the roster of winners, click here

chess winners pictured at the BOE meeting


Congratulations to teams and individuals for the fine performance. and to coaches, sponsors and parents for their support and encouragement.
Ms. Bartlett attributed the outcome to the students hard work and preparation for the tournament.

“It was a record-setting event for Madison chess students and their coaches,” Ms. Bartlett said in a story published in the Madison Record. “Madison welcomed the state’s top chess students to compete for individual and team awards.”
“Once again, Madison chess teams demonstrated how hard work pays off as they swept all school team awards in both Primary and Elementary sections. Madison teams retained their Junior High School championship and even added Junior High and Open K-12 Club team championships on behalf of Madison City Chess League.”
In the Primary section, Alabama Chess Federation awards three team trophies. For the second consecutive year, Rainbow boasted the top two Primary teams.
Rainbow Red, first-place team with 4 team points, included Ethan Van, Caroline Wang, Karsten Wallace and Xavier Bruni. The second-place team was Rainbow Blue with 2.5 points with Artem Starenki, Landon Drummond, Arnav Maskey and Andrew Nguyen.
In third place, Horizon Elementary School scored with 2.5 points with Cole Spanier, Nirvana Rajbhandari and Mark Allison.
“Dominance of the Madison Primary teams can be seen in who followed the award winners,” Ms. Bartlett said. “Tied for 4th-7th places with two team points were Mill Creek Elementary School, Rainbow Yellow team, Columbia Elementary School Ruby team and West Madison Elementary School.”
Members of these Madison teams also participate in MCCL All Star Chess program.
In Elementary (K-6) division, Rainbow Gold Team of Victor Lundy, Constance Wang, Geon Park and Zachary Calinsky placed first, also with a perfect score. Heritage Elementary School’s team earned second place. Taking third-place honors was Columbia Elementary School’s Diamond team.

Elementary Individual awards went to Constance Wang (tied for 1st - co-champion), Geon Park (3rd) and Victor Lundy (5th.




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