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A Recap of the 2023 NJ State Championship Individual Qualifiers

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On May 21, 2023, South Jersey Innovation Center (SJIC) hosted the 2023 New Jersey State Championship Individual Qualifiers. This is a chess tournament that will ultimately determine the New Jersey representatives for various tournaments around the country–including the Barber Tournament of Champions and the Haring Tournament of Champions. Unsurprisingly, SJIC was jam packed with young chess enthusiasts. 

Exclusive to kindergarten through twelfth graders, players would only play those in their grade, while female players could play in an all girls section. All of the sections were organized into a four round swiss. The time control gave each player 60 minutes to move along with a five second delay between each move made. 

Some, as anticipated, did finish their games early. That is why SIJC set up a puzzle battle available for players waiting for the next round to begin. Many also used this free time as an opportunity to analyze their games. 

Once all the rounds were over and the results were in, SJIC held an award ceremony. Trophies were given to the top eight in each section (reference the lists below).

*note: names that are bolded are chess students at SJIC*

Grades K-5 Top Eight: 

  1. Aayansh Pramanik
  2. Leon Luo
  3. Isaac Mengyuan Wu
  4. Rishik Bhattacharyya
  5. Yegna Sairam Jandhyala
  6. Brian Miao
  7. Rachitha Sai Chandar
  8. Brian Qu

Grades 6-8 Top Eight:

  1. Narayan Venkatesh
  2. Michael Kang
  3. Will Luo
  4. Shyla Rana
  5. Carter Waterhouse
  6. Siddharth Tripathy
  7. Sihan Ding
  8. Nurmukhammad Abdurasulov

Grades 9-12 Top Eight:

  1. William Cige
  2. Jonah Kutikov
  3. George Chen
  4. Eitan Koppelman
  5. Bryce Bibelheimer
  6. David Yuan
  7. Jinshang Li
  8. Jerry Gu

Girls Grades K-12 Top 8:

  1. Olivia Laido
  2. Saadhanaa Ashok
  3. Aarika Sharma
  4. Myra Bhandari
  5. Aadhya Pallikonda
  6. Jasmine Declet
  7. Ridhima Koya
  8. Anvee Das

A leading center for STEM instruction (including math, computing, and robotics), SJIC offers superb instructional chess programs for both children and adults. SJIC hosts official rated chess tournaments periodically and rated rapid tournaments every Wednesday night.