Brunswick School Takes Early Lead in NECA Grand Prix
Brunswick School’s eight players took first place in The National Educational Chess Association’s 2016 season opener February 7th in Stamford, narrowly edging out South School’s 16 players. The tournament was the first tournament in a year-long series to determine the strongest school, as well as highlighting individual prowess. It also featured the annual Stamford Scholastic Chess Championships, with the highest Stamford finisher in each division earning recognition.
Artemis Shung of Greenwich’s Eastern Middle School took first in the Middle School Division with a perfect four matches. Jack Klein of Greenwich’s Whitby School earned first in the Elementary Open Division with a perfect four points. Luke G Van Dussen of New Canaan’s South School took first in the Elementary Novice Division with four points. Miles Wil Gillott of Brunswick School of Greenwich topped the Primary Open Division with a perfect four. Gabriel Haron of Bi-Cultural Day School of Stamford won first in the Primary Novice Division with four points, winning on tiebreaks over Charlie Jones of Riverfield School in Fairfield who also brought in four wins. Harrison Hantman of Ox Ridge Elementary in Darien took first in the First Grade Division with four wins. Yuna Wanai Ho of South School in New Canaan won the Kindergarten Division with a perfect score.
After Brunswick and South School the five players from Ox Ridge took third, 14 players from Riverfield School came in fourth, four players from All Saints Catholic School of Norwalk took fifth, Whitby School’s nine players took sixth, The Children’s School in Stamford fielded seven players and appropriately took seventh place, Hindley Elementary’s seven players from Darien took eighth, Stamford’s Westover Elementary and its three players took ninth, and St. Augustine School of Bridgeport brought four players taking tenth. Also Peter Liu from Stamford became winner of elementary open section, among Stamford players.
Other schools fielding teams included St. Cecilia in Stamford, The Long Ridge School in Stamford, King’s Highway Elementary in Westport, Royle Elementary in Darien, West School in New Canaan, Pine Point School in Stonington, Tokeneke Elementary in Darien, KT Murphy in Stamford, and Middlesex Middle School in Darien.
The competition was held at the Italian Center in Stamford. Players are staying tuned for the announcement of the next tournament in the series, most likely to be played in April at the King school in Stamford, where Brunswick will attempt to hold onto the lead in the Grand Prix, South School and Ox Ridge will attempt to show they’re meant for the top, Whitby will work up a challenge, and others will pile on.