Elementary, middle and high school students vie in Queen’s Quest

MADISON – Students of varying ages claimed their moves on the boards recently in Madison’s largest chess competition, Queen’s Quest Scholastic Chess Tournament.

Students in grades K-12 entered the tournament’s online venue for 2021 on Feb. 13. Queen’s Quest is rated by the United States Chess Federation or USCF. Madison City Chess League sponsored the contest.

For team awards in the High School section at Queen’s Quest, Bob Jones High School claimed first place. Second-place honors went to James Clemens High School.

Earning individual awards among high school players were Shreya Sunil, first place; Madhu Balaji, second; Josh Lin, third; Edward Calinsky, fourth; Will Bao, fifth; Kennedy Gore, sixth; Rachael Ehrman, seventh; Andrew Park, eighth; and Pranaav Satheesh, ninth.

For the K-3 section in Queen’s Quest, Horizon Elementary School ranked with the first-place team. Rainbow Elementary School followed in second place. Mill Creek Elementary School took third place and Columbia Elementary School was in fourth.

Winners of individual awards for K-3 section were Esteban Jerez, first; Kylie Zou, second; Alice Zou, third; Esinam Tettey, fourth; Dennis Lenski, fifth; Remy Delmotte, sixth; Emerson Phillips, seventh; Jimmy McHugh, eighth; Cora Newberry, ninth; Isaac Doyle, tenth; and Margaret Lin, Top Female.

Rainbow earned the team award in the K-5 section. Mill Creek’s team took second place with Heritage Elementary School at third and Horizon in fourth.

Jethro Jones in first place led individual awards for the K-5 section. Other standouts were Noah Hsu, second; Sophia Jerez, third; Anna Ai, fourth; Holland Lang, fifth; Caden Jordan, sixth; Laya Gowder, seventh; Aurelia Delmotte, eighth; Prahaas Avula, ninth; Kate Meyer, tenth; and Christina Yang, Top Female.

Discovery Middle School finished in first place for teams in the Junior High section. Liberty Middle School earned second place.

In individual awards for Junior High, Xavier Bruni rated in first place, followed by Nirvana Rajbhandari, second; Caleb Chen, third; Steven Pan, fourth; Eddie Xiao, fifth; Sai Mudium, sixth; Aadi Saxena, seventh; Andrew Yang, eighth; Oviya Gowder, ninth; Artem Starenki, tenth; and Top Female, Isabelle Park.

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