The National Educational Chess Association announced today its 2015 Scholastic Chess Player of the Year, Vikram Sarkar of Saint Cecilia School in Stamford, Connecticut.

Vikram is a second grader at Saint Cecilia and started his scholastic chess career in May of this year earning an initial rating of 649 at the 24th NECA Tournament. He played nine tournaments over the course of 2015 earning first place in the primary division of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation tournament at Greenwich Academy on November 15th, first place in the primary open division of the 27th NECA tournament at King School on December 6th, and first place again in the primary division at the Ward Scholastic December 12th.

Vikram finished the year with a rating of 948 with 24 wins, nine losses and three draws after 36 games at nine tournaments.

“Vikram has had a tremendous start to his tournament experience, and we congratulate him and his family for being recognized as NECA Scholastic Player of the Year for 2015,” said NECA President Alex Eydelman. “We wish him the best of luck in 2016 and we look forward to seeing him at our next event.”

The NECA Scholastic Player of the Year recognition distinguishes a player who has enjoyed a successful season within their experience and age level, and who in the judgement of NECA shows exceptional promise for the future of their chess development.