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Chess Team Soars At Nationals!

Rainbow Chess Team Soars at Nationals!

Largest team from Alabama

Rainbow Elementary had the largest team from Alabama and one of the largest teams in the country competing at the 2019 National Elementary Chess Championship. Our coach Will Stevenson and chess team sponsors Nancy Brandon and Jennifer Smith traveled with the team and supported them throughout the tournament. Our kids practiced weekly and competed in numerous tournaments to prepare them for Nationals. Rainbow students received Numerous individual and team awards featured below.

1ST PLACE - K-5 UNDER 1200!

K-5 U1200
Team members: Landon Drummond, Marek Fries, Karsten Wallace, Artem Starenki, Arnav Maskey, and Holland Lang. This team dominated their section and only needed one team point in the final round to maintain their lead. They ended up adding three points and won their section convincingly. Each member over-performed and encouraged each other along the way while still competing for individual awards. These members of the Advanced Chess Team at Rainbow solved hundreds of puzzles leading up to Nationals. Marek Fries tied for 1st place with 6.5 points and individually solved thousands of chess puzzles preparing for this event. Marek has been the Rainbow Elementary Chess Puzzle King for three years in a row. Marek, Karsten, Artem and Arnav are 5th graders and will move to Discovery Middle School next year.


K-1 Under 500
Team members: Jackson Campbell, Emory Howell, Isaac Kreusser, Annabelle Hsu, Jacob Kuang, Brantley Davis, Olivia Smith, and Eamon Jemison. Last year our K-1 Under 500 team placed 5th, and this year the team moved up to 3rd! The majority of the team was comprised of Kindergarteners, so the future looks bright.


K-3 U700
Team members: Cooper Meyer, Caden Jordan, Tyce Crosswy, Emma Kuang, Connor Jemison, and Jack Meyer.


K-5 U900
Team members: Christine Wang, Ethan Van, Ally Kuang (not pictured Caroline Wang).