Sam Schenck, an 11th-grader at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, defeated Langley High School 11th-grader Isaac Chiu in a dramatic last-round game to win the K-12 competition of the 2019 Arlington Scholastic Open chess competition, held June 8 at Yorktown High School.
Schenk received $1,000 in prize money for the victory, plus $250 as the top Arlington finisher. Chiu shared $250 prizes with Sergey Patsuk and Rick Sun, both students at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon.
The tournament attracted 53 students from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. It was sponsored by Arlington Students Chess, a non-profit organization.
Schenk and Chiu appeared headed to a draw in the final round. “But Isaac has a fighting chess mentality, something that has served him very well in many games,” Schenk noted. “In the end, I had a rook and pawn versus knight, and I was able to [eke] out a victory with just seconds remaining on the clock.”
In the K-8 competition, Youran Wang, a second-grader at Luxmanoor Elementary School in Bethesda, finished first and Braeleigh Crowell, a third-grader at Silverbrook Elementary School in Fairfax Station, finished second.
In the K-3 section, Maximilian Bao, a second-grader at Lemon Road Elementary School in Fairfax, took home first place. Tying for second were Ashlyn Crowell, a third-grader at Silverbrook Elementary, and William Wu, a third-grader at Colvin Run Elementary School in Vienna.
Among other top finishes from students in the Sun Gazette coverage area:
• Neel Bhaskar, a third-grader from Oakton Elementary School, finished in sixth place in the K-12 section, “playing up” two age-group sections.
• Lang Xiong, a fifth-grader at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, tied for sixth in the K-12 section with a 2-2 record.
• Jason Xu, a fourth-grader at Haycock Elementary School in McLean, tied for third in the K-8 section with a 2.5-1.5 record, while Justin Yuan, a fourth-grader at Churchill Road Elementary in McLean, and Ethan Stroud, a fourth-grader at McKinley Elementary in Arlington, also placed in that division with 2-2 records.
• Josh DeLong, a third-grader at McKinley Elementary, placed in the K-3 competition with a 2-2 record.
For information about the competition, see the Website at www.arlingtonstudentschess.org.