Like clockwork, the virtual Chess in the Schools (CIS) summer camp materialized in front of my eyes at precisely 8:50am every morning. Hearing Shaun’s clarion voice welcoming the students as they poured into the zoom…
2018 USCF Junior High School Nationals – Atlanta, GA
Chess in the Schools has six schools and nearly 100 students attending this year’s JH Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. Students are currently playing in the 3rd round of the 7 round event that is happening over three days this weekend. We have the following schools attending: 503K, 126K, 150Q, 390X, 226X, 279X and a group of alumni from some of the schools attending. There are also hundreds of other NYC schools/students in attendance that frequent CIS tournaments. Overall NYC has a huge group here in Atlanta.
CIS has several elementary schools that decided to attend the JH Nationals so students wouldn’t miss school and the quick flight down to Atlanta also helped! The playing area is wonderful with many close places to visit within walking distance, including the Cocoa Cola Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (highly recommended for school group visits).
Going into the 3rd round CIS has many undefeated students and team doing well. Saturday has three rounds and is a very long day so students need to pace themselves in between the rounds and make sure to rest as much as possible.
Here is a position from Nicole Yang’s round 2 victory to move her to 2-0. See if you can find the winning two-move combination for checkmate! Nicole was under tremendous pressure with her own King but found the winning shot.
A final report will published on Sunday night. Chess in the Schools thanks all of our friends and supporters.
Here is CIS friend IM Farai Mandizha playing blitz with students from our 226X program. Farai gave odds in the games and the kids had so much fun playing against such a strong player!