Twelve chess players from the Lower Lab team represented the school at the National Scholastic Grade K-12 Chess Championship this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. Overall, 1726 players representing 622 teams from 39 states, participated, with teams from each grade competing against others in that grade. Pitted against a very tough field with top players from around the nation, as well as those from powerhouse programs at other NYC schools, our Kindergarten through Third Grade players held their own and more.
Incredibly, with just four players on their grade team, and in only our second journey to this prestigious tournament, our First Grade team took home first place and a national championship trophy! Our Kindergarten, Second, and Third Grade teams finished strongly as well, with the Third Graders taking seventh place overall. These unbelievable results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players and their coaches from Chess NYC.
Up next for the team is the NYC Scholastic Championship early next year, followed by the NY State Championship at the end of February, the All-girls National Championship in April, and the National K-6 Team Championship in May. With strong participation at travel and local tournaments (29 Lower Lab players recently played in a NEST+m contest), this is shaping up to be a banner year for Lower Lab chess.