SJIC is sending a contingent of 27 chess students to the National K-12 Grade Championships being held just outside Washington DC from Dec. 9-11, 2022 (you can read more about the Nationals here: https://incntr.com/chess/sjic-is-going-to-the-nationals/). This is the third of a series of profiles highlighting four SJIC participants.

  • Player: Liam Jesunas
  • Age: 7
  • USCF rating: 961
  • School: Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown, NJ
  • Grade: 1
  • Playing style: Tactical
  • Favorite openings: Jobava London as white; Dragon as black
  • Favorite chess player: Daniel Naroditzky (also known as Danya)
  • Best past result: Undefeated at New Jersey State K-12 Championship (Nov. 2022)
  • Goals for this year’s Nationals: Have fun and enjoy all the activities the Gaylord Hotel will have
  • How he got into chess: Liam’s father taught him how to play at the age of three
  • Random facts: likes to play football and lacrosse. His favorite color is navy blue.