Sunday, May 3, 2015

PS 503 wins the 2015 Mayor's Cup: Best in the City!

Yesterday our team won the 2015 Mayor's Cup Chess Championship: Best in the City! Congratulations to top Jonathan Mendez, Jomin Zhang, Jack Guitarerro, and Jeremy Zheng who finished in the top four.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Another Great Tournament!

The Sunset Knights swept the Open Section at today's Chess in the School's tournament at PS 503 in Brooklyn. The kids won 1st Place team and top player Jomin Zhang won 1st Place as an individual!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Big Wins in the Bronx!

The Sunset Knights won 1st Place Team in the Open Section at the CIS tournament at PS 390x in the South Bronx. Congratulations our individual 1st Place winners to Jomin Zhang (Open), Giovanni Cortez (Novice). Devyn Jimenez (JH Novice), and Eddy Mendez (NRB).

These photos show two of our team's rising stars: Angela Chen(1st Grade) and Elias Mendez (2nd Grade) Both won medals at yesterday's event. Here is a snappy, sacrificial game by 4th Grader Zheng Zhou. Zheng lures his opponent in a tricky Max Lange Attack, pulls the king toward the center, and hunts him until checkmate!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Say WHAT?!

Amazingly, the Sunset Knights won in EVERY rated section this Saturday at PS 150 Queens. We won 1st Place Rookie Section, 1st Place Novice Section, 2nd Place Reserve Section, and, for the first time ever, 1st PLACE OPEN SECTION! Special congratulations to trophy winners Tia Zheng and Jalen Corley who's perfect scores led the Rookie team. Also notable was Jeremy Zheng's upset in the Open Section by beating two players rated over 1700. Here is Kevin Li's tasty win against Harlem Success Academy.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

South Bronx, South South Bronx!

Many big wins at this weekend's tournament at IS 390 in the Bronx! Luis Hernandez, a smaller version of 5th grader Miguel Hernandez, won all of his games and tied for 1st place in the NRB section. Joshua Valle (Rookie) and Kevin Li (Novice) both won 1st Place on their section. Joey Zhang trailed Joshua winning 2nd Place Rookie section.
As a team we tied for 1st in Rookie and won 1st outright in Novice. Last, but definitely not least, our strongest team won 2nd Place in the Open Section just behind chess juggernauts IS 318. These players have been on the team since 1st or 2nd Grade and its amazing to see their growth and to see them compete on such a high level.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunset Knights Crush Queens!

Our team won First Place Reserve section this Saturday at PS 150q in Long Island City. Three of our players finished with perfect 4-0 scores. Jeremy Zhang tied for First Place in the Reserve Section, David Zhang won First Place (for the second time in a row) in the Novice Section, and 2nd grader Elias Mendez tied for 1st Place in the NRB section. Our NRB (Non-Rated Beginners) won First Place as a team demonstrating that all the hard work of our newest and youngest members is beginning to pay off. Last but not least, our Rookie and Novice teams both won Second Place. Here Miguel Hernandez demonstrates a perfect "Fried Liver Attack". This attacking strategy comes quick and is over before you can finish your bag of skittles!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Sunset Knights at Temple Emanu-El

Six of our Knights played at the 2nd Annual Emanu-El tournament hosted at Temple Emanu-El off Central Park East. This tournament was only open to players rated over 1100 and featured a slower version of the normal weekend tournament game. Our kids played hard in the relaxed and quiet playing hall and enjoyed the free lunch and plentiful snacks generously provided by the temple's community. Congrats to medal winners Jeremy Zhang and Jomin Zhang.