Knights of Columbia Finish Strong for their Moms

By Sophia Rohde, Grammar School Chess teacher 

CGPS fielded another powerful team in the 2019 National Elementary Chess Championship, which was held May 9-13 in Nashville, Tennessee. This academic year, the Knights of Columbia had a wonderful season, winning accolades in the NYC Championship, NYS Championship, CGPS-hosted NYS Girls Championship, All-Girls National Championship, National Junior High School Championship and now the National Elementary School Championship.

In the National Primary School Championship section (grades K-3), our surge on Mother’s Day carried us to 4th place in the nation! Chris W. ’29 led the way with 4.5 points (out of 7); Nicholas H. ’28 scored 4, Max M. ’28 and Colby L. ’28 finished with 3.5, and Sammy G. ’29 posted 3.

Three of our players played individually in their own championship sections: Daniel M. ’25 scored 4.5/7 in the K-6 Championship, Grant C. ’26 scored 4/7 in the K-5 Championship and Alexander H. ’30 scored 4.5/7 in the K-1 Championship.

In the K-3 U1000 section for players rated below 1000, our balanced performance led to us finishing in 3rd place. Dhiren C. ’29 scored 4.5/7 while Jack M. ’28, Jake M. ’29 and Wyatt S. ’28 each scored 4/7.

In the K-3 U700 section, Nico R. ’29 scored 5/7 and tied for 30th place, David M. ’29 scored 4 and Hanson W. ’29 scored 3. The team finished in 24th place. 

In the K-1 U500 section, Mark R. ’31 scored 5/7 and  individually finished in 14th place.

Plus, on May 9 in the K-3 Championship Blitz, Chris individually placed 3rd with 9.5/12. Nicholas scored 8/12 and Alexander garnered 6/12. The team finished a terrific 4th place with three players. 

Great support from the School and families enabled our players to perform so wonderfully. The Knights’ coaches were John MacArthur, Harold Scott, Danny Rohde, Joel Benjamin, Danny Vulis and me.