2011 Elementary Nationals Begin in Dallas
By Shaun Smith + Matan Prilleltensky   
May 7, 2011
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Jeffrey Xiong
The 2011 edition of the K-6 Elementary Nationals kicked off on Thursday with every kid'sfavorite chess variants---Blitz and Bughouse. Clocks flapped like hummingbirds as players raced offtheir moves a mile a minute. Alex Bian from the super strong and K-6 team favorite Daiel Wright JHStook the K-6 title with a perfect 12 out of 12, besting a field of 110 players. Greenbriar West took topteam honors in the K-6 section with 35 points. Aravind Kumar of Village Elementary took the K-3 titlewith 10.5 points, topping a field of 83 players, while Aspen Elementary from New Mexico won the teamaward with 30 points. The bughouse tournament was won by the team of M. Chandler and C. Dutton.

So far the main event has had few surprises, with the top seeds mostly holding on in the first two roundsin all four championship sections (K-6, K-5, K-3, and the unpredictable K-1 section).

NM Jeffrey Xiong along with a large group of experts including Tommy He, Christopher Wu, and KesavViswanadha are all 2-0 in the K-6 championship section. With a large group of “A” players chasing themdown, including last year’s K-5 winner Allan Beilin, the tournament’s final five rounds promise someexciting action in the tournament’s top section. In the team standings Daeil Wright JHS from Illinois isthe team to beat with four strong 1800-1900 players on their roster.

In the K-5 championship section, USCF experts Cameron Wheeler, Roland Feng, and VigneshPanchanatham lead the way. They will also have a tough road ahead of them with a strong group of topplayers tied with them going into the tournament’s second day. The K-5 section also has a clear favoritein the team standings. With three strong “B” players, Laurel Mountain Elementary from Texas should bearound the top of the standings as the tournament winds down.

K-3 championship section Aravind Kumar and Rayan Taghizadeh are the rating favorites, while Rayan has started 2-0, Aravind was nicked for a half a point against Stefan Jelenkovic.

For a detailed examination of the ever improving K-1 championship section, read Kele Perkins’ K-1preview article.

Check back for a final report as the last pawn is pushed on Sunday evening, which will include photos and some exciting games. Stay posted on pairings and results at  uschess.org/tournaments/2011/elem/.