Panthers Chess Championships

Panthers Chess Championships

The Royal Panthers just wrapped up competing in the 2018 NYC Chess Championship.  This is possibly the most difficult tournament for our team – the majority of the kids played five games in a single day. Those who competed did our school proud, upheld our high team standards, and displayed the famed Royal Panthers fighting spirit!

Cameron Anderson
Isaac Cohen
Max Cohen
Noah Holmes
Jaco Leven
Levi Leven
Aaron Oyefeso
Theo Popa
Orfeu Lukban
Arhan Sengupta
Liam Snypes
Miyo Underwoood
Toshi Underwood (Team Captain)
Jake Van de Kieft
This was our first major tournament of the academic year, and there were a lot of high points.  First, congratulations to Aaron and Noah, who played in their first NYC Championship.
Our K-1 U400 team turned in a truly inspired performance, taking a team trophy for fifth place.  As you can see from the tournament results, posted here,, our four littlest Panthers more than held their own against some schools with double our team size.
Several Panthers earned individual honors this weekend as well.  These players are:
Jaco Leven (7th Place, K-1 U400)
Levi Leven (Tied for 8th Place, Primary U600)
Jake Van de Kieft (10th Place, Primary U1000)
Theo Popa (13th Place, Primary U1000)

Team captain Toshi Underwood competed in his sixth NYC Championship this weekend.  Participating in the Elementary Championship section, Toshi played six games this weekend, and took time between his games to advise and mentor our younger players on what to expect.
The students and parents would like to thank Coach Tica, for his hard work, leadership and guidance.

Go Panthers! 

If you want in on all this excitement the 282 Royal Panthers Chess Team’s next meet is the New York State Chess Championships.  The 51st Annual New York State Scholastic Championships will be held from March 10-11, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  This competition features six games per player, spread out over the weekend, and has high-quality teams and players from all over the state, as well as from neighboring states.  The Royal Panthers play in this tournament every year and have traditionally done very well there, often taking home both team and individual trophies for excellent performances.  Many of our current team have played in this tournament in the past, and have fond memories of Saratoga Springs.