Monday, May 15, 2017

Another One Bites the Dust!

The Sunset Knights are bussing it back to Brooklyn today having completed the team's 6th trip to the National Chess Championship. Our team clung tenaciously to 10th place until a 7th round upset knocked the team down to 19th! Over 74 school teams competed in this section and awards were given to the top 25 schools. We also played a small team in the K-5 U1200 comprised of Omar, Genesis, Luis, and Eric that finished 16th Place. Caleb Garcia was awarded a special trophy for his exemplary performance within his age grouping.

It's incredible how much our kids learn about chess, sportsmanship, and teamwork during this intense competition. Since this team is comprised entirely of 4th and 3rd graders, most will be returning next year and it will exciting to see their growth.

SuperNational 2017 was quite a star studded event. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov was in attendance to give signings of his new book. GM Maurice Ashley, GM Irina Krush (Former US Champ), and GM Nazi Pakidze (also Former US Champ) give simultaneous exhibitions and talked to players. It's incredible how much our kids learn about chess in this environment, not to mention, sportsmanship, and teamwork during this intense competition. Since this team is comprised entirely of 4th and 3rd graders, most will be returning next year and it will exciting to see their growth.

Lastly, this amazing trip wouldn't have been possible without the tireless work of P.S.503 staff members and parent chaperones who 24/7 tended to every physical and emotional need of these 22 chess players! Thank you Yesen, Steven, Jade, Mauro, Frank, Elsa, Janet, Nelson, and Noel. Thank you again, again, and again.

I would also like to thank our CIS coach Jeff Kelleher for giving so much of himself to our team and making each player feel so special and loved.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Here We Go Again! SuperNational's 2017!!

The Sunset Knights are in Nashville, Tennessee after a 15 hour bus ride. That may seem long but it was broken up with good conversation, a legendary feast at The Golden Corral, and finally some sleep. We arrived in Nashville at 10am Thursday and after breakfast we took the kids to Dragon Park for some fresh air and an epic wiffle ball game.

In the evening our team played in the Blitz Championship. This tournament is a warm-up for the National Championship on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In contrast to the slow games our team will be playing this weekend, in Blitz games each player has only 5 min to make all of their moves. Our team won a trophy for finishing 10th Place out of 50 schools.,

SuperNationals is a special event held every four years combining the Elementary, Junior High, and High School Championships. This one is the largest ever boasting 6000 participants. It's nice to see so many PS 503 alumni continuing to play with their junior high and high school teams!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

No Sleep Till...zzzzzzzzzz

Our players were tuckered out from an action-packed tournament this Saturday at MS 390x in the Bronx. They won 2nd Place in all of the three sections they competed in. Congratulations to all individual trophy and medal winner: Steven Leon, Sophia Ye, Jordan Tenezaca, Eric Zhang, Nelson Li, Kimberly Ramos, Zenjin Zou, Andy Leung, and Micheal Cheung.

Friday, May 6, 2016

National's 2016: DC to Nashville to Rounds One and Two!

The Sunset Knight stopped off in DC before heading to the National Championship. The kids had a great time visiting the Natural History Museum and around. They also survived the dessert section of the Golden Corral. We all slept as the bus drove through the night bring us into Nashville at about 6am. After breakfast, we had a great morning touring the local sites. The kids loved free-time at Dragon Park and the guided tour of the Parthenon.

After settling into the convention center, our kids played in the National Blitz Championship. The Knight's K-3 team ended with winning 2nd Place thanks to top scorers Omar Saquisili, Li Weng Wen, Genesis Lucero, and Leo Ye.

On Friday afternoon the National Championship began with our first two rounds. Our K-6 team crushed the first round but struggled the second. Our K-3 team struggled round one but did well in round two. So results are mixed. Congrats to Omar Saquisili, Genesis Lucero, Li Wen Weng, and Novia Zhang for winning both rounds! At the end of the day, they reflected on their play by writing and sharing out "glows" and "grows",i.e., proud moments and next steps. Tomorrow is their most challenging day with three rounds of slow chess!