Over this weekend, I took some of my chess students in Thousand Oaks Chinese School to the 2013 SCCF Super States Chess Championships which is the official state youth chess championships.
On the first day, I had some higher grade elementary kids competing in the K-6 Booster. Owen and Justin were "veterans" who have attended one rated tournament before - the American Open Scholastic Tournament. In this Super States Championships, both of them did much better than last time. I expected them to gain hundreds of rating points after this event. Crystal and Meena were two girls I added to the team. Both girls fought hard with a positive attitude from the beginning until the end. I remember the smile on their faces after each round, win or lose. With 11 points total, our team came quite close of winning a team place in the section.
My top finisher for the team was 4th grader Owen Shi. He won all his games in the tournament and earned the first place in the section. Due to the sheer size of the section, there were actually 3 players finished with perfect scores and Owen won the tie-break of the 3, making him the best of the best in the section. Congratulations to Owen and to our team.
On the second day, I have the littler ones attending the K-3 Booster and K-1 Booster. All my players were new USCF members. Brian and Daniel were players with more training and had attended the unrated sections of the American Open Scholastic Tournament last November. They did quite solid in the Super States against tough opponents. Evan and Maya were new to chess tournaments. After getting over the initial "shock", both of them showed good fighting spirit and finished well in later rounds. In round 4, Evan played a very long game which out-lasted the rest of the section by 20 extra minutes. He won at last by checkmating. Amazing! Just like the other two girls Crystal and Meena on my team, Maya is a joyful cutie and a smarty. She held well in this tournament. Overall, my young members of the team managed to break even against the more experienced players from other regions of the state.
Oh, I did not forget this - I have another student Andy competing in the K-12 Junior Varsity section. He got to enjoy 12 rated games with regular time control in 2 days. Andy finished the 2nd place and gained more than 200 points in American Open Scholastic Tournament last year. In this tournament, he score 7 points out of the 12 against players rated 50 to 100 points higher. He earned a nice trophy for his good play.
In summary, I am satisfied with the performance of my students, especially with the little training I was able to give them in a short period of time.
Our Teacher Assistant of the class, my brother Stan, attended the Middle School Championship section of the Super States and earned 4th Place with 4 points out of 6 games. This was one of his better tournaments.