Posts Tagged ‘OJAS ARUN’

Mission San Jose Elementary Takes Chess to a New Level

May 10, 2011

Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California has, for decades, fielded the most successful chess teams the Golden State has ever produced. Year after year, the relatively small public school’s chess club trains hundreds of students in the art of aggressive chess play. Those who excel at the club are invited to participate in the more exclusive Monday night team meetings. There, as he has done since the 1980’s, Head Coach Joe Lonsdale uses his demo board to show practical examples of masterful chess games played by the great masters of the 19’th century as well as recent gems played by the young Mission San Jose Elementary chess players.  After the lesson, students are paired into a stepladder tournament and compete using clocks while notating their moves. Every week, almost every game played gets analysed by Joe Lonsdale, Richard Shorman, Chris Torres or a graduate of the chess team. Joe’s labor of love has created a chess team that has an unrivaled success rate at major chess tournaments and a team jersey that can barely fit all the state chess titles the school has won.

    Mission San Jose Elementary School has also fares well at the national level despite the fact that the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships are rarely held on the west coast. In 2009, Mission San Jose Elementary School became the first school from California to ever win the National Elementary Chess Champion Title. The following year, the Mission San Jose Elementary School team placed second in the K-1 Championship Section, tied for fourth place in the K-3 Championship Section, finished third in the K-5 Championship Section and placed 9th in the K-6 Championship section.  In 2011, we even did better! Mission San Jose Elementary School placed second in the k-6 Championship Section, fourth in the k-5 Championship Section, fourth in the k-3 Championship Section  and third in the k-1 Championship section. According to a long bearded USCF representative I road back to the airport with, this is the best overall achievement of any school in the history of the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships.

   Of course, as hard as us coaches work, it is the players who deserve the credit and recognition. Sixth grader Arman Kalyanpur was our team leader scoring an impressive 5.5/7. Fifth Grader Alvin Kong achieved a score of 4.5/7. Sixth Grader Erik Wong also scored well with 4/7. Our fourth member of the k-6 Championship Section was Alex Yin who completed the tournament with 3.5/7.

   Our k-5 team was led by fourth grader Amit Sant with a score of 5/7. Fifth graders Steven Li and Shalin Shah who both finished with an impressive 4.5/7. Another fifth grader, Eric Zhu, managed to score 4/7.  Fifth Grader Sayan Das scored 3.5/7.   

   Our k-3 team was led by second grader John Andrew Chan who finished with 5/7. Next came second grader Mihir Bhuptani and third grader Ojas Arun who both scored 4/7.  Second grader Alvin Zhang  had a strong showing with 3.5/7. Second Grader Luke Zhao, who had the flu, finished with 3/7.  Edward Liu, who attended his first Nationals,  finished with 2.5/7.

   The MSJE k-1 team’s top scorer was kindergartener Rishith Susarla with and impressive 5/7. Next came first graders Chenyi Zhao and Soorya Kuppam with a score of 4.5/7. First Grader Jeffrey Liu managed to score 4/7. The quickly improving Kindergartener Amulya Harish finished with 2.5/7.

  And to the MSJE Chess Team…

 It was a real pleasure to watch all of you achieve such great success in the most prestigious tournament of the year. As your chess coach, I am very grateful to have shared so many memorable moments with you during the 2010-2011 school years. Congratulations!

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Calchess State Grade Level Championship: Round 1

December 4, 2010

Early results from round 1 of the Calchess Grade Level Championship are arriving. Most of my students were paired with lower rated opponents and had an easy time of it. Below are two nice wins from my students:

[Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”]
[Site “Stockton”]
[Date “2010.12.04“]
[Round “1”]
[White “Matthew, Kate”]
[Black “Liu, Edward”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bd3 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. Nc3 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. Nxd5 Qxd5
8. Bb5 Bd7 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Ng5 Qxg2# 0-1

[Event “Calchess State Grade Level Championship”]
[Site “Stockton”]
[Date “2010.12.04“]
[Round “1”]
[White “Fargher, Arthur”]
[Black “Arun, Ojas”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 dxe4 4. Nxe5 Bc5 5. Nc3 Qd4 6. Qe2 Qxe5 7. Bg2 Nf6 8.
Nxe4 Nxe4 9. Bxe4 Nd7 10. d3 O-O 11. Bf4 Qxb2 12. Qd1 Qd4 13. Be3 Bb4+ 14. Ke2 Qf6 15. Rb1 Nb6 16. Rxb4 Bg4+ 17. Bf3 Bxf3+ 18. Kd2 Bxd1 19.
Rxd1 Nd5 20. Rb3 Nxe3 21. fxe3 Qf2+ 22. Kc1 Qxe3+ 23. Rd2 Qd4 24.
c3 Qc5 25. d4 Qc4 26. Rxb7 Rfe8 27. Rd1 Rab8 28. Rxb8 Qxc3+ 29. Kb1 Rxb8# 0-1

Fremont Summer Chess Camp 2010: Day One

June 29, 2010

Forty children signed up for the first week of our annual chess camp in Fremont. Participants were attracted by the affordable price, world-class chess instruction and comfortable location. Ojas Arun had a particularly good first day at the Mission San Jose Elementary Chess Camp. Ojas managed to beat his coach (Chris Torres) while Chris was eating lunch. After lunch Ojas went on to win round one of our rated tournament in style. Below is his game:  

[Event “Fremont Summer Chess Camp”]
[Site “Fremont (MSJE), CA”]
[Date “2010.06.28”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Arun, Ojas”]
[Black “Gharpuri, Akshay”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C55”]
[Opening “Two Knights”]
[Variation “Perreux Variation”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 Ng4! {A more conservative
approach involves playing d5 here.} 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Ng5+ Kg8! {This is
actually best! Black can now refute white’s attack but will be
uncomfortable for a long time.} 8. Qf3?! {I discovered this years ago with
a mouse-slip in an online blitz game. The move is considered dubious but
wins quite often.} Ncxe5?? {Black needs to play Bc5+ creating a square for
his king to escape. Ngxe5 is equally as bad!} 9. Qd5+! {Crime and
punishment. A question mark move followed by an exclamation mark move.} Nf7
10. Qxf7# 1-0

Chess Quads for Children

February 8, 2010

A children’s chess quad run by the Torres Chess and Music Academy is the ideal way for new chess players to begin playing in tournaments. Children are separated into groups of four based on rating and age so that each quad tournament represents the closest chess experience grouping possible. This structure assures that all three chess games a child in are winnable and instructive. All Torres Chess and Music Academy tournaments have a group of outstanding master chess teachers on hand to review the child’s game as soon as he/she finishes it. At Torres Chess and Music Academy tournaments a loss is never just a loss. Instead a loss is a unique opportunity to grow as a chess player under the supervision of the very best chess coaches.
Today the Torres Chess and Music Academy ran a children’s chess quad tournament in Sunnyvale, California. Our tournament was hosted at the beautiful South Peninsula Hebrew Day School site. On hand were scores of enthusiastic young chess players as well as TCAMA coaches Chris Torres, Tans Hylkema, Kenneth Kirkland and Saurabh Gupta. Plenty of children left with trophies while even more left with consolation prize medals. All children who attended left with a better understanding of chess than they arrived with. Below are the cross tables from todays event. I will provide some games and photographs in a future post.

Q# FIRST NAME LAST NAME SCHOOL USCF ID RATING PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3 PLAYER 4 TOTAL
Q1 SERGEY GASPARYAN LWS 13708417 1292 1 1 1 3
TRUMAN LEUNG 13520267 1210 0 1 1 2
ALBERT SUI CHADBOURNE 13590730 754 0 0 1 1
OJAS ARUN MSJES 14192020 683 0 0 0 0
Q2 SOORYA KUPPAM MSJES 14267883 689 0 0 0 0
SABRINA LEUNG 13545068 898 1 1 0 2
KEVIN MAO HIRSCH 14137754 534 1 0 1 2
LUKE ZHAO MSJES 14282042 500 1 1 0 2
Q3 DANIEL HU ALMOND 14137733 455 1 1 1 3
SEAN CROFUT COLLINS 14135537 424 0 1 0 1
RHYS GIROUARD JOHN MUIR SB 14207710 390 0 0 0 0
ALBERT QIU COLLINS 14137775 388 0 1 1 2
Q4 MARSHAL HATFIELD PARKMONT 14212354 283 1 1 1 3
VIVEK POKALA COLLINS 14137905 204 0 0.5 1 1.5
ADITYA MENON COLLINS 14176302 112 0 0.5 0.5 1
RAVI VARMA MUIR 14176240 114 0 0 0.5 0.5
Q5 RUSHABH SHAH COLLINS 14204003 105 1 1 0 2
SHREYASH GUPTA GARDEN GATE NEW 0 0 1 0 1
ANOOP BHAT COLLINS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
JAMIN CHEN MONTESSORI 14298006 0 1 1 1 3
Q6 WILLIAM QIU COLLINS NEW 0 0.5 0 0 0.5
RIO VAZQUEZ ST. NICHOLAS NEW 0 0.5 0 0 0.5
ANEESH BHAT COLLINS NEW 0 1 1 X 2
PRATIK MULPURY LOYOLA NEW 0 1 1 F 2
Q7 ALVIN CAI DELPHI NEW 0 1 1 1 3
FAVEO HOEROLD COLLINS 14346836 0 0 0 1 1
DANILA KARABELNIKAU MUIR 14349967 0 0 1 0 1
ASHWIN NATHAN MUIR NEW 0 0 0 1 1
Q8 RYAN SU LACS NEW 0 0.5 1 1 2.5
NIVEN JAYANTHI JOHN MUIR SB NEW 0 0.5 1 0.5 2
JOSEPH YOON LACS NEW 0 0 0 1 1
KEITH ANDREWS CRESTMOOR 14339447 0 0 0.5 0 0.5
Q9 HARRISON CHEN STOCKLMEIR NEW 0 0 1 1 2
ZACHARY CHEN LOYOLA NEW 0 1 1 1 3
MORIAH ELDAR SPHDS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
VICTOR LEE DELPHI NEW 0 0 0 1 1
Q10 ANISH SUNDAR COLLINS NEW 0 1 1 1 3
AMRITA MENON COLLINS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
BEN FERREL ST. NICHOLAS NEW 0 0 1 X 1
DERRON MENDEL SPHDS NEW 0 0 1 F 1
Q11 ORI SHANI 14298012 0 0.5 1 1 2.5
JESSE CHEN MONTESSORI NEW 0 0.5 1 1 2.5
PHILIP CULBERTSON LACS NEW 0 0 0 0.5 0.5
GABRIEL GELLER SPHDS NEW 0 0 0 0.5 0.5
Q12 ANTHONY LIU DELPHI NEW 0 1 1 1 3
CHEZKY FELSEN NEW 0 0 0 1 1
RONIT PATTANAYAK DELPHI NEW 0 0 1 1 2
COLE RINENBACH LACS NEW 0 0 0 0 0
Standings. SPHDS QUAD 13 FEB 10: QUAD 13 Name ID Rtng Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot
1 MOSHE FELSEN unr. SPHDS W2 W3 W5 3
2 SHARV UTPAT unr. DELPHI L1 W5 W4 2
3 MORGAN STOLPMAN unr. LACS W4 L1 B— 2
4 SHION TAKIGUCHI unr. MUIRC L3 B— L2 1
5 RAI MADHAV unr. B— L2 L1 1

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