This past weekend, the NEST+m chess team competed in the NY State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs. We were the most successful team overall, including the following results in championship sections:
K-12: Clear 1st Place - High School State Champions! Team members, with the top 4 scorers listed in bold
Isaac Barayev (2nd place NY State High School)
Mubassar Uddin (10th place overall)
Going into the last round, we were in 3rd place, behind Edward R. Murrow, the defending champions, and a top team from Rochester. All four scorers delivered key wins, including Isaac beating James Black, Murrow's top player and former national champion. This is the best result in the history of our high school program, ahead of the 9th and 10th Grade National Championships.
K-9: Third Place! Team members, with the top 4 scorers listed in bold
7th Grader Maury Ahram, the youngest member of the team, led the way with an undefeated 4.5/6 MVP performance, gaining some 50 rating points in the process.
K-6: Second Place! Team members, with the top 4 scorers listed in bold
Kayla Leung (tied with Mario)
Mario Tutuncu-Macias (tied with Kayla)
Aidan Ahram and Eric Chan both delivered an outstanding 5/6 score to lead the team.
K-3: Clear 1st Place - Primary State Champions! Team members, with the top 4 scorers listed in bold
Charles, Jordan, and Davis all scored 5/6 to finish in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place overall. The top of the individual standings make this section look like a local NEST+m event. We won by 3 full points, a huge margin of victory for a major tournament.
K-1: 5th Place. Team members, with the top 4 scorers listed in bold
Victor Dotov (tied with Kyler)
Kyler Chiu (tied with Victor)
Dylan Ma led the way with an outstanding 5/6 score. This team worked very hard and was in first place, but slipped after a tough last round.
Chess Teacher K-12