In Columbus, Ryba Wins Blitz, Low and Uesgui Take Bug
By Shaun Smith   
April 16, 2010
The top three in the K-12 blitz: Nicholas Ryba, James Canty III and Michael Bowersock
On Thursday, April 15, The 2010 High school Nationals kicked off with the Bughouse and Blitz tournaments.  71 teams participated in the bughouse tournament.  NM Scott Low and FM Shinsaku Uesugi took clear first with a perfect 10-0 score.  Later in the day 270 players took part in the K-12 Blitz tournament.  There was a three way tie for first between Nicholas Ryba, James Canty III, and Michael Bowersock with 11/12.  Ryba took the first place trophy on tiebreaks.  Ryba's performance helped his team, Stuyvesant HS, take top team honors.

Bughouse Winning Team
NM Scott Low - FM Shinaku Uesugi 10-0

Scott Low and Shinsaku Uesugi

K-12 Blitz Individual Winners
1st Place - Nicholas Ryba, Stuyvesant HS (New York), 11/12
2nd Place - James Canty III, Mumford HS (Michigan), 11/12
3rd Place - Michael Bowersock, Chippewa Valley HS (Michigan), 11/12 

K-12 Blitz Winning Teams
1st Place - Stuyvesant HS
2nd Place - Thomas Jefferson HS
3rd Place - IS 318k 

See the bughouse and look for the blitz standings on the Results & Pairings page.

On Friday the tournament's first round starts at 1pm.  According to the advance registration list the tournament will have over 1300 players in attendance.  With the number of strong players in the K-12 Championship section, the first day promises some exciting games.   

Friday afternoon also marks the start of the All-Girls Nationals Tournament, which is being held at the same time.  Approximately 200 girls are participating in the event. 

Visit CLO tomorrow, as I will provide a detailed report of the day 1 action including games and photos.

The Chess-in-the-Schools College Bound program

Shaun Smith is at the event coaching for Chess-in-the-Schools' College Bound Program. Bookmark the High School Nationals and All-Girls Nationals pages to stay posted this weekend.