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Last weekend, 136 scholars representing 16 Success Academy schools travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, for the United States Chess Federation’s Chess SuperNationals VI.  For many scholars, this was their first visit to Tennessee, and for some, it was their first time on a plane.

The USCF typically hosts separate national competitions for elementary, middle, and high school students, but every four years, SuperNationals brings together K-12 chess competitors to compete in various divisions. Our scholars challenged top chess players from around the country, and several teams saw big successes on the national stage!

Our scholars challenged top chess players from around the country, and several teams saw big successes on the national stage!

Success Academy’s results from this year’s USCF Chess SuperNationals:

  • The K-5 U900 division hosted 74 teams — and SA Hell’s Kitchen tied for first place! In the same section, SA Bed Stuy 1 and SA Williamsburg tied for seventh place.
  • Out of 46 teams in the K-6 U1000 division, SA Union Square tied for third place.
  • SA Union Square finished in seventh place in the highly competitive K-3 Open section, which featured 28 top teams.
  • In the K-6 U1400 division, SA dominated the top ten rankings: SA Midtown West Middle School placed second, SA Bed Stuy Middle School placed third, SA Hell’s Kitchen placed fifth, and SA Bronx 1 Middle School placed eighth.
  • Out of 29 highly competitive teams in the K-5 Open section, SA Union Square finished sixth and SA Cobble Hill finished eighth.
  • In the K-6 Open, featuring top-ranked players, SA Midtown West Middle School finished sixth out of 19 teams.
  • Success Academy teams were at the top of the rankings in the K-5 U1200 section — with SA Union Square taking fifth place and SA Cobble Hill and SA Williamsburg tying for eighth place.
  • In the K-9 U1250, SA High School of the Liberal Arts and SA Harlem East tied for fifth place.
  • Out of 44 teams in the K-8 U1000, SA Bronx 1 Middle School finished tenth.


Be sure to take a look at the photos in the slideshow below for an inside look at SA’s time in Nashville.

Congratulations to all of our teams (listed below) who competed! And of course, we thank all of our parents and coaches for continuing to cultivate our scholars’ love for chess!

SA Midtown West MS: Weston White, Aarush Sharma, Rachel Bochman, Ethan Lee, Aidan Kuo , Maximo Young Kim, Jason Maldonaldo, Gavin Nelson, Kristian Garcia, Lucas Brown. Coach: Erick Balck

SA Harlem East MS: Samuel Eyre, Shadman Khan, Christian Chin, Edward Morales, Damon Chin, Adam Senhaji, Andrew Breton, Shaharia Khan, Litsi Auquilla, Elizabeth Morales, Najma Gure, Jayllyz Vasquez. Coach: Fritz Gaspard

SA Bronx 1 MS: William Perez, Dionald Suazo, Bally Sissoko, Max Crespo, Darren Palmer, Abdoulaye Amadou, Isis Diaz, Jorden Julien, Quinlan Alday, Alex Martinez, Alhassana Diallo, Ethan Alexander. Coach: Alejandro Montalvo.

SA Harlem North West MS: Ethan Moses, Elliot Deutou, Jason Zabre, Xavier Carey, Fatou Mbaye, Joseph Gomez. Coach: Tae Kim

SA High School of the Liberal Arts: Alex Ordonez, Philipos Mekonen, Ka-Nefer Petersen, Kadidia Sylla, Reanna Phillips, Joshua Abbey, Matthewos Mekonen, Alexander Ordonez. Coach: Charu Robinson

SA Harlem West MS: Che Dixon (competed as individual). Coach: Charu Robinson

SA Bed-Stuy 1 and SA Bed-Stuy MS: Mouhamadou Tall, Ivan Morris, Christopher Ortiz, Jean Carlos Alomia, Tabia Davis, Isaiah Brewster, Jessica Hyatt, Geordany Solomon, Makhi Williams, Amare Purifoy, Natalia Riley, Micah Scobie, Geah Jean Baptiste, Godwin Wilson-Livingston. Coaches: Gregory Rudensky and Tyrell Harriott

SA Union Square: Alexander Kempe, Aarush Naveen, Maya Mukherji, Silas Smith, Jayden Shum, Madison Shum, George Best, Seth Fenton, Rachel Prizant, Daniel Prizant, Krish Patni, Emily Booncharoen, Nathan Booncharoen, Ann Goldey, Andrew Buchanan, Pari Patni, Vukasin Usina. Coach: Nicholas Norman

SA Hell’s Kitchen: Renzo Lau, Aston Roberts, Brielle Roberts, Boris McCoy, Hongxiang Zhang, Daniel Henk, Iris Ye, Noah Lee, Beckett Byrne, Jiayi Ye, Taise Martinez, Benjamin Volovik, Micah Parra-Orellana. Coach: Robert Lazorchak

SA Upper West: Hudson Kreymerman, Eli Nelson, Carter Kuo, Ava Trujillo, Hannah Lee, Florian Islamaj. Coach: Jacob Stein

SA Harlem 1: Gabriel Espinal, Tyquan Haskins, Jaden Brown, Jamal Fields, Tejas Perna, Shawn Dean, Kimberly Guzman. Coach: Asandoh Jones

SA Cobble Hill: Vincenzo Montanti, Aaron Kudryavsky, Thomas Bray-Vargas, Charles Phillips, Arielle Belobrovka, Nura Baalla, Margaret Stacey, Miles Hardingwood. Coach: Boris Izrayelit

SA Williamsburg: Ian Young Chen, Kyle Chen, Jaden Diaz, Sage Sewell, Dylan Eisenberg, Annika Parsia, Evan Eisenberg, Gabryela Caban, Julio Zhindon, Sasha Zhindon, Harry McSween. Coach: Greg Kenner

SA Bronx 3: Joel Granados, Adaai Adorno, Tyler Barclay, Roosevelt Moses, Marcella Reyes Rivera, Madison Williams. Coach: Dakim Vanterpool

SA Harlem 4: Brewington Hardaway, Noni Hardaway, Jeremy Taylor, Duany Pena, Mickai Young, Matthew Otoo. Coach: Christopher Johnson

  • No free time was wasted on the road to Nashville! Here, SA Bronx 1 Middle School coach Alejandro Montalvo plays against sixth grader Max Crespo Ruiz at the Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • Touch down in Nashville! SA Senior Chess Manager Sean O’Hanlon (standing, right) and his team of coaches and staff ensured that the logistics of taking 136 scholars to Tennessee went off without a hitch. Thank you, Sean and team! Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • SA Harlem 1 coach Asandoh Jones gets his scholars pumped up before a round. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • SA Hell’s Kitchen coach Robert Lazorchak walks scholars through a game review in between rounds. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • SA Harlem West coach Charu Robinson reviews a game with ninth grader Alexander Ordonez. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • SA Union Square fourth-grade scholars and their coach, Nicholas Norman, pose with the team’s sixth place trophy in the K-5 Open division. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • SA Bed Stuy Middle School chess players and their coach, Tyrell Harriot, pose with a third place trophy from the K-6 U1400 division. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • SA Bronx 1 Middle School scholars who competed in the K-6 U1400 division. The team tied for eighth place in the division. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

  • Success Academy Hell’s Kitchen scholars, with the first-place trophy they earned in the K-5 U900 division. Coach Rob Lazorchak (left) and his team were joined by Jay Stallings, an author, chess educator, and member of the United State Chess Federation Scholastic Council. Photo credit Thomas Perna.

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It’s safe to say my family loves the game of chess. Whether my son Aston is challenging an adult chess player at Washington Square Park, or my daughter is asking me to review her opening moves after a tournament game, chess is often the focus of our free time. My kids are learning so much through SA’s chess program — and so am I!

 

Last week, something magical happened at Success Academy Crown Heights: when Ms. Sarnelli’s kindergarten class came back from science, they found their classroom had been transformed into a world-class farm-to-table restaurant.

 
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