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CCSD Chess Tournament draws 200 students

Students of all ages in the district gather to compete in a chess tournament in the lunchroom at overland high school. More than 200 students, from kindergarteners to seniors in high school, demonstrated their chess prowess at the 2016 Cherry Creek School District Chess Tournament, held March 5 at Overland High School. The students came from 35 schools across the district.

"The kids were enthusiastic and spent hours concentrating on their games,” said Todd Bardwick, Cherry Creek Schools Chess Coordinator.  

Bird's eye view of the cherry creek school district chess tournament Bardwick is a National Chess Master, five-time Denver Chess Champion and past president of the Colorado Chess Association. He says chess is a positive activity for children.

“Chess is a great game where the kids can be creative and enhance their logical-thinking and problem-solving skills,” Bardwick said.

The Cherry Creek School District Chess Tournament is an unrated, entry-level tournament that is the second-largest scholastic tournament in the state. For more than 20 years, it has attracted young chess players from kindergarten through high school.

Congratulations to the CCSD Chess Tournament Champions!

1st- Shreyas Gadepalli
2nd - Arihaut Gupta
3rd - Violet Hawk
1st Grade
1st - Arjan Ahluwalia
2nd - Paxton Dabasinskas
3rd - Cruz DeLeon
4th - Anna Florman
5th - Preethi Gurumurthi
2nd Grade
1st - Karl Krull
2nd - Carson Simon
3rd - Pravinh Jaine
4th - Ani Gadepalli
5th - Ritvik Goyal
3rd Grade
1st - Ethan Lou
2nd- Adeeb Moktader
3rd - Richard Guo
4th - Austin Zhang
5th - Shourya Hooda
4th Grade
1st - Vedanth Sampath
2nd - Evan Pacic
3rd - Rithvik Ijju
4th - John Thompson
5th - Abigail Douglas
5th Grade
1st - Eshaan Palanati
2nd - Mohan Gopal
3rd - Aditya Krishna
4th - Benjamin Chin
5th - Quinn Bailey
6th-8th Grade
1st - Siddarth Ijju
2nd - Alyssa Chin
3rd - Dhruv Shrivastava
4th - Mukund Gurumurthi
5th - Angelo Pan
9-12th Grade
1st - Lennon Gashwazra
2nd - Nicholas Woodman
3rd - Mitch Watkins
4th - Rhett Fruitman
5th - Andrew Starr

For complete results from the tournament and more information about chess leagues and tournaments, visit   

Posted 3/8/2016 3:38 PM
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