Updated: Mar 31
On March 26th the Endgame Chess Academy hosted the St. Patrick’s Day Dual event. 41 players competed across two sections in five rounds of swiss system play that featured two first-time champions, and several first-time visitors to the academy.
The Under 1200 section featured 12 players. Asher Austin took clear first in the advanced section with an undefeated score of 4.5/5 in only his second tournament since advancing sections. For his efforts, he gained an incredible +284 rating points and has broken the 900 barrier for the first time.
Second place was earned by Joseph Daniel Toth with a score of 3.5/5. According to his mother, Joseph came to the event from Jacksonville because he wanted to compete against the best. He did not disappoint in his first outing and broke the 900 rating barrier for the first time. Ryder Davenport earned his first trophy in the advanced section taking third, followed by Wyatt Justice and Benjamin McLellan to round out the top five with scores of 3/5.
In the Under 600 section, 29 players competed with one player emerging as the champion. Milan Agarwal, in only his second event at the Endgame Chess Academy, went an undefeated 4.5/5 to take sole first place and gained +150 rating points in the process. With a new rating of 694, Milan earned a promotion to the next section up for tournaments moving forward.
There was a 3-way tie for second featuring players from three different schools for the first time including James Du, Colin Moore, and Rhett West followed by Owen McLaughlin finishing out the top 5.
In addition to the leaders, Preston Bien, Aedan Moffat, Selena Sahba, and Audrey Parrott made their USCF competition debuts and all scored at least a half point in their first event. I great start for some potential future chess champions!