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CIS Victorious at USCF 2015 Nationals Championships!

CIS is thrilled to confirm success at each of the USCF National Championships

 “The success our students have achieved at such a high level is incredibly thrilling and exemplifies the work they have put in throughout the years to hone their skills,” said CIS President, Marley Kaplan. “The organization and our instructors are proud of all the students, and we are all excited for what their future holds.” 

USCF 2015 National High School Championship
Javier Bernal of Aviation High School Named Champion of his Division


Javier Bernal with USCF Official, Franc Guadalupe

Several CIS students won trophies with high honors at the 2015 National High School Championship, including Javier Bernal, who won the national championship in the K-12 Under 1600 ranking division with a perfect record – seven wins and zero losses – throughout the tournament! The competition, which was held in Columbus, Ohio in April, featured approximately 1,500 of the top student chess players from across the United States.

In addition, the chess team from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York, which included many CIS students, ended the tournament ranked number one in New York State and top five in the country. The team was anchored by senior Shawn Swindell, who has been a part of the CIS program since the third grade at PS 31K in Brooklyn, New York.

Also, Jessica Lauv from Midwood High School in Brooklyn, New York placed 29th in the Under 1200 division and the team from Robert F. Wager, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology in Queens, New York, which featured 14 students, finished the competition in 23rd place in the Under 1200 division and 16th place in the Under 1600 division.


USCF 2015 National Junior High School Championship in Louisville, KY

Nearly 62 CIS Students from the Schools Program and TTI Competed This Year


MS 126 from Brooklyn at the award ceremony

Students from MS 279X, 390X, 131M and 126K competed at this year’s Junior High National Championship.  In addition, students from Mott Hall Community School (TTI Program) also attended for the second year in a row.

Also, IS 318K won the K-9 Championship Section.  Many of their players come from our program at PS 503K in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  Of the top scorers for the winning team - Nancy Wang and Gabriel Rivera who each scored 5 out 7 got their start at PS 503K.

Following are the top individual and team results, as the students took away their trophies for their hard work!

From the K-9 Championship Section: 13th Place Team - MS 279X and in the K-9 Under 1250 Section, Philip Liu from 131M - 15th Place Individual; 17th Place Team - MS 390X; 22nd Place Team - MS 131M.  In the K-9 Unrated Section:

Darron Zhou from 131M received 3rd Place Individual, Jian Jin Chen from 131M received 4th Place Individual and Jon Baez from 390X received10th Place Individual. As for team standings in this section: 3rd Place Team - MS 131M, 5th Place Team - MS 126K, 6th Place Team - MS 390X, 9th Place Team - Mott Hall Community School.

In the K-8 Championship Section, CIS had a 23rd Place Team - MS 390X and in the K-8 Under 1000 Section, we had Michael Torres from MS 279X who won 20th Place Individual, Allen Lin from MS 131M, who Tied for 20th Place Individual and team finishes as follows: 9th Place Team - MS 279X, 12th Place Team - MS 126K, and 24th Place Team - MS 131M.  For the K-8 Under 750 Section, Jason Lin from 131M won 17th Place Individual, with team finishes as follows: 7th Place Team - MS 126K, 15th Place Team - Mott Hall Community School, and 16th Place Team - MS 390X.


USCF 2015 National Elementary Championship in Nashville, TN

Victory Highlights an Exciting Foundation for the Future


PS 160K gets ready to go on stage to receive their first place team award

CIS is thrilled that three of its elementary school chess teams – PS 160 in Brooklyn, New York; PS 131 in Brooklyn, New York; and PS 335 in Brooklyn, New York – finished in first, second and third place respectively at the United States Chess Federation (USCF) 2015 National Elementary Championship in the under 900 section. The competition gathered more than 2,000 of the best student chess players in kindergarten through sixth grade throughout the United States of America. This year’s championship competition featured the most participants in a USCF National Elementary Championship since 2003.

PS 160, PS 131 and PS 335 finished in first, second and third place respectively out of 62 teams that also competed in the under 900 section. The championship students from PS 160 featured Chess in the Schools students Hao Yu Ding, Kyle Yang, Johnson Wang and James Li. The team from PS 131, which finished in second place, consisted of Chess in the Schools students Brian Hoang, Dey Nilay, Anthony Wang, Tarun Fleming, Arno Zheng and Steven Shi. The third-place PS 335 team included Chess in the Schools students Amia Russell, Levineda K. Pope, Kasai Walker and Amy Chen.

More than 120 students from Chess in the Schools competed in the USCF 2015 National Elementary Championship and several were also awarded trophies for their achievements during the event. Additional highlights from the championship competition included, the chess team from PS 503K in Brooklyn, New York placing fourth in the K-5 championship section and second in the K-6 under 1000 division. Also, the chess team from PS 180M in Manhattan, New York tied for second place in the K-6 unrated division.


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