The DeSinco National Under-12 Rapid Championship closed last Saturday with Alexander Zhang winning the Open Category and Kristin Xavier winning in the Girls category.
A total of 45 participants (16 girls and 29 boys) under the age of 12 came out and played with skill and competitive spirit.
Hosted online on the Tornelo.com platform, the championship consisted of seven rounds of play in the Swiss format with a 15-minute time control with an increase of two seconds on each move – overseen by FIDE arbiter John Lee.
Alexander Zhang took first place with six points after winning five of his matches and drawing against Nicholas Zhang and Arysh Raghunath, who drew the most spectators of the entire tournament.
This game of principle in round six took place between the two experienced players, with the opening theory rehearsed from both. A solid play sprinkled with tactics gave Raghunath a big advantage against Zhang.
With precision, Raghunath led the match to the end where unfortunately his time ran out. The players agreed to a draw that left Zhang running out of pieces for an outright win, and Raghunath didn’t make it in time.
Nicholas Zhang finished second with 5½ points, but lost only to Mayas Khan, who secured third place with five points.
In the Under-10 Open category, six-year-old Landon Mohabir upset the field with his five-point finish, securing him the number one position in this category.
In his Round Seven match against Mahir Rajkumar, Landon Mohabir took a clean win against his veteran opponent. The game exploded from the start with tactics and chances for both sides, but ended after 19 moves with Mohabir’s win.
Adam Rahaman and Alek Ubaldo-Singh were second and third respectively.
In the Under-8 category, Vir Narine took first and Javier Davenand took second.
The Girls tournament winner Kristen Xavier played a wonderful match against Anaya Lall. Despite attacks of brutal appearance by Lall, Xavier persevered.
The double-edged position quickly turned in Xavier’s favor, ending her opponent’s tactical nightmare. Kristin confirmed her status as the first-ever fast champion under 12 girls by beating all her opponents.
Anaya Lall was a close second with six wins, only losing to the overall winner. Eight-year-old Kataleya Sam came in third with five points and had to concede two games to Kristin Xavier and Anaya Lall.
The young Anaya Lall and the even younger Kataleya Sam battled it out in intense round three.
The advantage shifted hands back and forth in what could only be a sign of equal skill. Sam’s fierce aggression was matched by Lall’s “experience.”
The advantage fell to Lall when the tactical midgame ended, who quickly capped it off by checkingmate her opponent in what could only be the most impressive game of the girls tournament.
For women under 10, Skyler Gurchuran took first place. In second place was Nemisha Jagmohan and third place was Saudia Deo. The winner for women under 8 was Isabella Shariff.
Notable games from the highly contested Open category came from Jacob Frank Mcdonald, Mahir Rajkumar, Arysh Raghunauth, Julian Mohabir, Tejasvarun Kandavel, Omar Shariff, Ethen Pompey and Vivek Persaud.
And in the girls tournament came impressive demonstrations from Alayna Ally, Faraa Gaskin, Ariana Munroe, Davya Jagmohan, Aditi Joshi, Athena Gilkes, Mira Kivik and Neeharika Shetty. (GCF)