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SA’s Remote Chess Champions

Recently, the SA Chess program held our annual end-of-the-year tournament and for the first time in SA history, the tournament was virtual. We had 512 scholars from 32 schools competing at a very high level. That breaks down to 4,732 chess games completed and 245,131 chess moves played! During a time when so much is uncertain in the world, it is certain our scholars love chess and we are continuing to provide the high-quality chess programming that our scholars deserve. We’re extremely proud of the entire team and grateful to Manager of Scholar Talent Matthew Morales, Chess Director Jerald Times, and all SA chess coaches for creating this extraordinary event!

Drum roll, please:

Middle School/High School Team Standings, among 8 teams:

  • 1st place –  SA Hudson Yards Middle School
  • 2nd place – SA Harlem East  Middle School
  • 3rd Place – SA Midtown West  Middle School 


Middle School/High School Individual Standings, among 148 players:

  • 1st place – Aston Roberts, SA Hudson Yards Middle School
  •  2nd place –  Nathaniel Mullodzhanov, SA Hudson Yards Middle School
  • 3rd place (tie) – Nathan Booncharoen, SA Hudson Yards Middle School
  • 3rd place (tie) – Adian Bailey, SA Harlem East Middle School  


Elementary School Team Standings, among 24 teams:

  • 1st place – SA Bensonhurst 
  • 2nd place – SA Washington Heights 
  • 3rd place – SA Union Square 


Elementary School Individual Standings, among 364 Players:

  • 1st place – Joshua Liberman, SA Bensonhurst
  • 2nd Place – Aditeya Das, SA Union Square
  • 3rd Place – Anjyu Fujita, SA Washington Heights



SA Bensonhurst, first among 24 elementary school teams (from left to right): Jake Lee (1st grade), Kaiden Au (3rd grade), and Bradley Lam (2nd grade).

chesscollagePortraits of avid chess players from across the network who participated in lessons throughout remote learning.

Written by Success Academy June 18, 2020

Subjects: Chess

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