March 2014

Alabama Scholastic Chess Championships – March 2014

ChessKidsNation Chess Players had an Amazing and Outstanding performance at Alabama Scholastic Chess Championships at University of Montevallo on Saturday (March 15, 2014) and Sunday (March 16, 2014). 34 players from ChessKidsNation played in this tournament. Congratulations to all our players and special thanks to all the parents who made this event a GREAT SUCCESS. Our Players really worked very hard for the past several months and in particular last two weeks attending their daily practice sessions.

Our Special Congratulations to Samson Sands for winning the Co-Championship in Junior High (K-8) Section in Individual Championship. Also Our Special Congratulations to Junior High (K-9) Team Champions (Sijing Wu, Vikhram Balagee, Samson Sands, Colin Bamford) who set the record in Alabama Chess Federation history by winning all 16 games they played.


  • K – 3 Primary Section
    • Fifth Place – Rochelle Wu with 4 out of 5 points

K – 6 Elementary Section

  • Third Place – Rahul Boddupalli with 4 out of 5 points
  • Fourth Place – Labdhi Mehta with 4 out of 5 points
  • Fifth Place – Sijing Wu with 4 out of 5 points

K -8 (Junior High)

  • Co-Champion Samson Sands 3.5 out of 4 points
  • Fourth Place – Cesar Juarez 3.0 out of 4 points

K-12 (Open)

  • Fourth Place – Vikhram Balagee 2.5 out of 4 points


  • K – 3 Primary Section – ChessKidsNation Club Team – Second Place (Rochelle Wu, Harshil Mehta, Eshika Kudaravalli, and Maxwell Wainwright)
  • K – 9 Junior High Section – ChessKidsNation Club Team – First Place (Sijing Wu, Vikhram Balagee, Samson Sands, and Colin Bamford)
  • K – 9 Junior High Section – School Team Bumpus Middle School – First Place (Cesar Juarez, Prateek Yash Mishra, Joseph Jun, and Ravikiran Nataraj)

2014 North Calorina K-12 Chess Championship – March 2014

Savitra Kulkarni our online student from North Carolina won 2nd place in “K-8 U1400 Individual” Championship. We are very proud of Savitra’s achievement. His rating points increased 241 points to 1269. Congratulations to Savitra and his proud parents Sandeep-Jyoti Kulkarni…. Please read below a note from them…

The City of Raleigh hosted the 2014 NC K-12 Chess Championship March 1-2. This was the 40th anniversary event and was held at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601-2114, right in the heart of our capital city. They had over 640 players registered.

Savitra Kulkarni from Metrolina Regional Scholars’ Academy finished as the 2nd runner up in “K-8 U1400 Individual” category. He scored 5.5 points out of 7.