Madison claims first-place wins in All-Girls State Chess Championship

MADISON – Madison City Chess League or MCCL members gained first-place honors in numerous categories at the 2024 Alabama All-Girls State Chess Championship.

“Fifty-two talented girls played in the state chess championship on Feb. 10 at the Alabama School for Cyber Technology and Engineering in Huntsville,” MCCL Executive Director Todd Guthrie said. “The venue was fantastic, and there was a lot of great chess. We really appreciate our hosts at ASCTE.”

“Thank you to our sponsors: State Sen. Arthur Orr and the Madison County Delegation,” Guthrie said.

In awards for the K-12 Section, Sarah Peter finished in first place for the second consecutive year. Nirvana Rajbhandari and Nora Farris tied for second place. Kylie Zou finished fourth, while Rachael Ehrman and Isabelle Park tied for fifth place.

The K-12 Champion will represent Alabama at the twelfth annual Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions. Officials will conduct this meet in Norfolk, Va. on July 27-30.

Top teams for K-12 were Bob Jones High School in first place; Discovery Middle School, second; and James Clemens High School, third.

In the K-6 Section, Abigail Barbre captured first-place honors. Avyaktha Subramania and Alice Zou tied for second place. In another tie, Moranu Adedoyin and Esinam Tettey claimed fourth place.

Top teams in the K-6 Section were Discovery, taking first place; Mill Creek Elementary School in second place; and Horizon Elementary School grabbing the third-place position.

In the K-3 Section, the first-place contender was Alandra Jackson. Second-place honors went to Rishika Baipu, while Medha Prashanth finished in third place. A tie resulted in fourth place between Emilyne Jocson and Udara Sarathchandra.

Midtown Elementary School succeeded in taking first place as the Top Team in the K-3 Section.

In other activities, MCCL will accept a volunteer to serve as the league’s new Girls Chess Coordinator. “Because CeCe Syarif is now MCCL Vice President (please congratulate her when you see her), we’re looking for a new Girls Chess Coordinator,” MCCL Marketing Manager Nicole Wall said.

“Both CeCe and Rosi Rajbhandari are past Girls Chess Coordinators, so feel free to ask them what the position involves,” Wall said. Primary responsibilities involve scheduling fun activities for MCCL girls to enjoy.

For more information, email mccl.director@gmail.com, or visit madisonchess.com.

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