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MSJE Wins the Yes2Chess International School Team Championship in London!

June 25, 2015

The kids from Mission San Jose Elementary School are headed home from London with a huge trophy for winning a prestigious international school team championship. This truly global chess tournament was organized by the UK based Yes2Chess and sponsored by Barclays. In order to represent the United States, Team MSJE first had to defeat the other top chess programs from the United States in the Yes2Chess National Championship. Once MSJE won there, our players were awarded with an all expenses paid trip to London for the International stage of the event.

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Team USA from MSJE: (left to right) Annapoorni Meiyappan, Leo Jiang, Kevin Pan, David Pan, and Rishith Susarla

In London, the kids from MSJE made quick work of the top schools from Sweden, Spain and Norway. Next, the small school from Fremont, California was paired against the Portuguese champions in the Grand Final. MSJE did the USA proud by winning the Grand Final with a score of 4.5 – 1.5

Results from the 2015 Yes2Chess International Challenge Grand Finals

Results from the 2015 Yes2Chess International Challenge Grand Finals

Many chess enthusiasts are likely unaware that the USA wouldn’t have been victorious if not for the amazing efforts of  one Chess Mom, Hui Wang. I first met Hui at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp in 2011 and she has continually impressed me since then with her devotion to her children and chess. Behind every great chess team I have ever coached for is a parent or two who really are the unsung heroes. Parents like Hui and are a huge factor in Mission San Jose Elementary School’s and the United State’s chess success. At MSJE, this parent tradition extends back decades all the way to when Head Coach and Founder Joe Lonsdale started the group.

Finalists from eight different countries enjoying London together.

Yes2Chess finalists from eight different countries enjoying London together.

Of course it was the kids themselves who won the event. Team USA from MSJE was comprised of David Pan, Rishith Susarla, Kevin Pan, Annapoorni Meiyappan and Leo Jiang. Each of these children are chess stars in their own right and together they proved to be an unconquerable force with an overall record in the international stage of 16.5 wins out of a possible 20!

Kevin Pan hanging out with Grandmaster David Howell after Kevin defeated the GM in a simul!

Kevin Pan hanging out with Grandmaster David Howell after Kevin defeated the GM in a simul!

The MSJE Fremont Summer Chess Camp starts on Monday June 29th. For more details and to sign up for the camp, please visit: http://chessandmusic.com/aboutus/

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Calchess Grade Level State Championship 2014

January 13, 2014
Allyson Lu proudly conquers her opponent while wearing a blue MSJE team shirt.

Allyson Wong proudly conquers her opponent while wearing a blue MSJE team shirt.

On January 11-12, several hundred of the most talented young chess players in Norther California attended the Calchess Grade Level State Championship at the SFO Airport Hyatt Regency. Students from the Torres Chess and Music Academy‘s school program at Mission San Jose Elementary School once again dominated every grade they fielded a team in. The only disappointment for head coach Joe Lonsadale was the fact that MSJE sixth graders had another commitment which made it impossible for Mission San Jose Elementary School to have a clean sweep of all the elementary grade levels. Still, it’s hard to be too disappointed when your team wins first place in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade! Mission San Jose Elementary School also had  had individual first places in grade 5 (David Pan), grade 2 (Kevin Pan), and grade 1 (Arnav Lingannagari.) All the credit that does not go to the players themselves must be given to head coach Joe Lonsdale, who despite being obviously under the weather, analyzed his kids games for two straight days.

(Editors note: Because there was not a Calchess Grade Level State Championship tournament held during the 2013 calendar year, the previous event was the 2012 Calchess Grade Level State Championship detailed here.)


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