Ninety-eight NSCF chess players were undeterred by the tornado warnings and touched down in Dallas for the 2014 USCF National Elementary Championship intent on taking home some metal. Held May 9-11, participating teams included Greenwich Country Day School, Brunswick School, Columbus Elementary, Bronxville Elementary, The Speyer Legacy School and Hunter College Campus Schools.

With over 600 teams competing, our group had several top 10 performances. Brunswick scored 10th out of 36 teams in the K-3 Championship. Hunter earned 3rd place in the K-1 Championship and 6th in the K-3 Championship while Bronxville took 9th in the K-6 Championship and 9th (out of 65 teams) in the K-5 Under 900 contest. The biggest Mother's Day presents this year went to moms from Speyer whose team took 5th in the K-1 Championship, 7th in the K-3 Championship and first place in the K-5 Championship. The largest championship section, Speyer beat out 51 other teams to take home gold while Akira Wood Nakada proved his mettle by tying for 2nd place individually.

Several NSCF Grand Prix winners competed for their school teams. Kindergarten winner Arjun Arora fought for the K-1 team from GCDS, 2nd grader Luke Homan for the Brunswick team, and 5th grader Calvin Golimbu for Bronxville, while 4th grade champion was the lone competitor from Wampus Elemenentary.

Congratulations to all of our champions!

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