2013 Knights of Northern Kentucky Scholastic Chess Tournament

2013 Knights of Northern Kentucky Scholastic Chess Tournament was held at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, KY. About 220 players participated in this tournament. This is the biggest local scholastic chess tournament in Cincinnati metro area. Thirty players represented Dragon Chess Center. Eight of them came from Columbus area. Twenty nine Dragon players won individual trophies.

Individual Trophies Winners: (only top 20% players are listed)

K-5 Rated Section (total 22 players):
    Duke Wang - 2nd place, 4.0 pts.

K-3 Rated Section (total 22 players):
    Jason Wang -
1st place, 5.0 pts.

K-1 Non-rated Section (total 21 players):
    Kellan Ren -
1st place, 5.0 pts.
    Justin Hardie - 2nd place, 4.0 pts.
    Jason Xu - 3rd place, 4.0 pts.
    Jason Zhao - 4th place, 4.0 pts.
    Katie Richardson - 5th place, 4.0 pts.

K-3 Non-rated Section (total 56 players):
    Pranav Kannan -
1st place, 5.0 pts.
    Ryan Zhang - 2nd place, 5.0 pts.
    Udbhav Raghukanth - 3rd place, 5.0 pts.
    Dinesh Bojja - 4th place, 4.5 pts.
    Akash Manoj - 5th place, 4.0 pts.
    Athin Shetty - 6th place, 4.0 pts.
    Ethan Fang - 7th place, 4.0 pts.
    Kushal Kothapalli - 8th place, 4.0 pts.
    Karthik Kallam - 10th place, 4.0 pts.
    Saketh Kalikiri - 11th place, 3.5 pts.

K-5 Non-rated Section (total 47 players):
    Kevin Ren -
1st place, 5.0 pts.
    Evan Zhu - 2nd place, 5.0 pts.
    Krishna Suresh - 3rd place, 5.0 pts.
    Lohith Savardekar - 5th place, 4.0 pts.
    Akshar Aiyer - 6th place, 4.0 pts.
    Aadit Murherjee - 7th place, 4.0 pts.

K-12 Non-rated Section (total 42 players):
    Rithu Rajagopala - 5th place, 4.0 pts.

Team Trophies:

    K-3 Rated Section - team champion
    K-1 Non-rated Section -
team champion
    K-3 Non-rated Section -
team champion
    K-5 Non-rated Section -
team champion

Comments:

1. The trophy award in this tournament is pretty generous. Over 35% of players in Non-rated sections and over 30% of players in rated section received individual trophies. The percentage of individual trophy winners of Dragon players is about 97%! This is a historical high.

2. Almost all our six grade or higher students didn't participate in this tournament. The individual trophies in K-12 and UK-12 sections were wide open for grabbing.

3. Ryan Zhang (first grader) and Ethan Fang (kindergartener) participated in K-3 Non-rated section which is primarily for 2nd and 3rd graders. Ryan finished at second and Ethan finished at seventh.

4. Jason Wang, a first grader, played in K-3 rated section. He got a perfect score of 5.0 in a group of older kids and top players in this age group. A first time rating could be significantly higher or lower than a player's actual strength at chess, but this is a magnificent performance by any measure.

5. Significant Rating Changes:

    Jason Wang: NR -> 1462
    Duke Wang: 763 -> 853  
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