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More than 120 students from over 20 Dallas and Fort Worth independent and public schools participated in the second annual “Fit For a King” chess tournament at The Episcopal School of Dallas.

More than 120 students from over 20 Dallas and Fort Worth independent and public schools participated in the second annual “Fit For a King” chess tournament at The Episcopal School of Dallas. Greenhill, with more than 20 participants, won the overall tournament with 45 points, ESD finished in second with 43 points, while St. Mark’s, Lakehill Preparatory, Trinity Christian Academy, Wesley Prep, and Parish Episcopal rounded out the top team standings.

At the tournament, each player competed in four or more rounds with a maximum of 30 minutes for each player to complete their moves. At the peak of the event, 56 tables featured games. Members from the University of Texas at Dallas Chess Program orchestrated the competition.

In addition to the team challenge, the tournament featured divisions for students in grade Kindergarten through twelfth, with the top four finishers in each category receiving a trophy. Individual winners were:

Grades 9 – 12:

  • First Place: Arya Nallanthighall – Greenhill
  • Second Place: Roger Wong – ESD
  • Third Place: Ben Tuttle – ESD
  • Fourth Place: Jensen Clardy – ESD

Grades 6 – 8:

  • First Place: Joseph Pfister – Hunt Middle School
  • Second Place: Tarun Viswanathan Mittal – ESD
  • Third Place: Arjun Kantamsetty – Parish Episcopal
  • Fourth Place: Jackson Barringer – Providence Christian School of Texas

Grades 4 – 5:

  • First Place: Paco Gomez-Quinonez – ESD
  • Second Place:  Ross Cunningham – St. Mark’s
  • Third Place: Abhinav Reddy Padala – Greenhill
  • Fourth Place: Gil Garza – Saint Monica

Grades 2 – 3:

  • First Place: Fernando Gomez-Quinonez – ESD
  • Second Place: Elizabeth Moore – Trinity Christian Academy
  • Third Place: Daniel Knipp – Lakehill Preparatory
  • Fourth Place: Judah Frankel – St. Mark’s

Kindergarten – First Grade:

  • First Place: Grant Bomersbach – Greenhill
  • Second Place: Truitt Backer – ESD
  • Third Place: Graham Ross – Greenhill
  • Fourth Place: Beau Blank – Saint Monica
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