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part of the chess team. Tusing says pre- vious awards won by Oak Hall students help motivate current students to win. “They see what the other kids have


done,” Tusing said. “That’s a good confi- dence builder.” Parents play a major role, too. “We just have a nice family network


that sticks together and helps support me and support chess,” Tusing said.


At tournaments such as the K-12


Championships, Tusing says, he has stu- dents ask themselves a series of basic questions before every move. “There is a list of ‘idiot’ questions that


they ask,” Tusing said. “Like, ‘Can he take my queen?’ ‘Can he checkmate me?’ ‘Can I checkmate them?’” Evidently, asking the “idiot questions” has its rewards.


. 2011 National Scholastic (K-12) Championship At A Glance


Date: November 18-20, 2011 Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas Chief Tournament Director: Jonathan David Shacter Top Finishers: 12th grade—1st, 6: Matthew Dahl, 2nd-4th, 51 ⁄2


⁄2 skiy; 9th grade—1st, 61 : Bryan Hu; 2nd, 6: Tyler Rhodes; 8th grade—1st, 61


61 : Christopher Heung, 2nd, 6: Kevin Chandra; 10th grade—1st, 61 ⁄2


: Sam Schmakel, 2nd-3rd, 51 ⁄2


⁄2 chanatham; 5th grade—1st, 7: Christopher Chen, 2nd, 6: Rishi Rajendran; 4th grade—1st, 61 : Rayan Taghizadeh, 2nd-3rd, 6:


Malhotra; 7th grade—1st, 7: Christopher Wu, 2nd, 6: Andrew Liu; 6th grade—1st-2nd, 61 : William Graif, Vignesh Pan- ⁄2


: Mika Brattain, 2nd-3rd, 51 ⁄2


Praveen Balakrishnan, Dante Peterson; 3rd grade—1st, 7: Marcus Miyasaka, 2nd-5th, 6: Akshita Gorti, Maanav Ganthapodi, Akash Vijay, Anirudh Ganesh; 2nd grade—1st-6th, 6: Christopher Shen, Daniel Levkov, Rohan Suryawanshi, Constantine Oskiper, Corwin Cheung, Luke Robitaille; 1st grade—1st, 7: Aryaman Bansal, 2nd-4th, 6: Rishith Susarla, James Cooper, Milind Maiti; Kindergarten—1st-2nd, 6: Chinguun Bayaraa, Maurya Palusa. 12th grade team—1st-2nd, 14: Solomon Schechter Westchester, University High; 11th grade team—1st, 151 ⁄2


⁄2


School, 2nd, 13: Trinity Prepatory School; 8th grade team—1st, 14: I.S. 318, 2nd, 10: Canyon Ridge Middle School; 7th grade team—1st, 131


1st, 141 : Westwood, 2nd-3rd, 121 ⁄2


⁄2


2nd, Quail Valley Middle School; 5th grade team—1st-2nd, 131 : Scicore Academy, Dalton; 4th grade team—1st-3rd, 121 ⁄2


ton, Aspen Elementary, Skaggs Elementary; 3rd grade team—1st, 17: Universal Academy, 2nd, 151 : Dalton; 2nd grade team—1st-2nd, 141 ⁄2


team—1st, 101 : Oak Hall, 2nd, 10: Dalton. ⁄2 ⁄2 : Plano East High School, 2nd, 15: Horace Mann; 10th grade team— : St. John’s School, Hanna High School; 9th grade team—1st, 15: Catalina Foothills High


: Hunter College Campus School, 2nd, 2nd, 13: I.S. 318; 6th grade team—1st, 14: Canyon Vista Middle School, ⁄2


: Dal- : Scicore Academy, Columbia Grammar; 1st grade team—1st, 13: Oak Hall, 2nd, 12: Dalton; Kindergarten : Andy Shao, Akshay


: Ben Gershenov, Jason Altschuler, Zhou Fang; 11th grade—1st, ⁄2


: Derek Chang, Eve Zhurbin- ⁄2


The USCF was deeply saddened to learn of the death of K-12 participant 17-year- old Quinton Smith from Lubbock, Texas. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. For information, including a link to a memorial fund, please see main.uschess.org/content/view/11492/3 19/. For scholarship information, please see main.uschess.org/content/view/ 8164/131.


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