11-Year-Old Triumphs at All-Girls Nationals in Chicago

Chicago, IL, April 26, 2012 — The 2012 KCF All-Girls Nationals Chess Championships was one of the most successful tournaments in the competition’s 9 year history. Last weekend, more than 238 players representing 150 schools from 28 states, District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada converged in Chicago, IL for the weekend long event. Following are the winners:

CHAMPIONS

18 & Younger
Individual – ANUPAMA RAJENDRA, IQ Academy, WI
Team – Homer Hanna H.S., Brownsville, TX

16 & Younger
Individual – LILIA POTEAT, Hunter College Campus, New York, NY
Team – I.S. 318, New York, NY

14 & Younger
Individual – JOIE WANG, Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, VA
APURVA VIRKUD, Baker Middle School, Troy, MI
Team – I.S. 318, New York, NY

12 & Younger
Individual – ASHRITHA ESWARAN, Silver Oak, San Jose, CA
Team – Hunter College Campus, New York, NY

10 & Younger
Individual – RAMITHA RAVISHANKAR, John Marshall Elementary, Edison, NJ
JENNIFER YU, Newton-Lee Elementary, Ashburn, VA
Team – Bull Run Elementary, Centreville, VA

8 & Younger
Individual – MAGGIE NI, Homeschooled, TX
Team – Greenwich Academy, Greenwich, CT

CHICAGO PARTICIPANTS

18 & YOUNGER SECTION
Chicago Academy for the Arts – CAMIAH MC NEAL
De La Salle – SAMANTHA TOBIAS, SANDRA TOBIAS, MELODY CHANG

16 & YOUNGER SECTION
Walter Payton College Prep CAELEY HARIHARA – 4th Place

12 & YOUNGER SECTION
Thorp – GEORGIA WOLF
Roque’ de Duprey – ANASTASIA GREEN, SAMANTHA MENDOZA, ISALY JIMENEZ
Wells Prep – MARTINA HARRIS

10 & YOUNGER SECTION
Gallistel – VERONICA RODRIGUEZ
Roque’ de Duprey – ALEXIS MENDOZA

8 & YOUNGER SECTION
Decatur – ARIA HOESLEY, SAMANTHA MOYER
Edison – MINH-AN THOMAS
Peirce – MEGAN WONG
Lenart – MELINDA BURGIN

About Kasparov Chess Foundation

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children throughout the United States by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org/

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