Success Academy scholars turned out in full force at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships this weekend! The Championship brought together some of the most competitive players in the state, who descended upon City Center in Saratoga Springs to test each other’s best moves. SA scholars competed in more than a dozen sections! We are very excited to share some notable results:
Middle School K-8 Championship
SA Hudson Yards Middle School finished tied with first place in the Middle School Championship and are officially New York State Co-Champions. The top scorers on their championship team were Aaron Kudryavsky and Aditeya Das, who both scored an impressive 5 out of 6 points. Aaron finished 5th place on tie breaks overall as an individual and Aditeya Das finished 7th place overall as an individual in the event.
SA Midtown West finished in 1st place in the K-8 Under 1600 Section, a full point and a half ahead of the 2nd place finishers IS 318. The top scorer on the team was Nathan Bolkhovitnov, who scored a nearly perfect 5 out of 6. East Flatbush also scored well in this section, finishing in clear 3rd place. The top scorer on that team was Daniel Engi who finished with 3.5 out of 6 points. Another notable individual result in this section was Milan Green from SA Bed-Stuy Middle School who finished with 4.5 out of 6 points.
SA Springfield Gardens Middle School finished in clear 1st place in the K-8 Under 900 section, with notable individual results from Kristinia Pyfrom and Chase Ravix who both scored 4 out of 6. Another notable result that carried the team to victory was Justin Williams, who finished with a plus score of 3.5 out of 6 on his birthday! SA East Flatbush also scored well in this section, finishing in clear 3rd place. The top scorer on that team was Princeton Wilson-Livingstone who finished with a remarkable 5 out of 6 points.
In between competing, scholars took time to celebrate other types of wins! Pictured above: Justin Williams being serenaded with the birthday song by his teammates.
K-12 Under 1800
SA HSLA-Manhattan finished in 4th place in the K-12 Under 1800, half a point ahead of SA Hudson Yards Middle School who finished in 5th place in that section. The top scorer for HSLA-Manhattan was Cameron Baez, who scored 4.5 out of 6.
Pictured above: Cameron Baez at the board.
Elementary Championship K-6
SA Midtown West finished in clear 3rd place in the Elementary School Championship Section. The top scorer on the team was Austin Zhao, who finished with a near-perfect 5 out of 6 points — a truly remarkable result in a championship section.
SA Bronx 1 clinched clear 2nd place in the K-5 Under 600 section, with an astounding 3 players achieving 5 out of 6 points. Dylan Juarez, Carlos Galeana and Jason Eshun all scored near-perfect results to earn the 2nd place spot for their team.
SA Bensonhurst finished in clear 3rd place in the Primary Championship section, a remarkable result for a young team in a championship event. The three top scorers on the team were Rico He, Zack Alexander Aronov, and Timothy Tran who scored 3.5 out of 6 each to help their team secure the 3rd place spot.
Congratulations to all our scholars and their teachers!
To view a full list of results, please visit the organizer’s website here.