The Berkeley Chess School has a long list of top finishers at the states and that list got a little bit longer. Berkeley Chess School students took home not one, but two championships, along with six other top ten finishes! Joshua Cao, a Berkeley Chess School alumni, took home first place in the 9-12 Champ section, which is the top section for high schoolers. This is a great accomplishment for Joshua, seeing as how he is in 8th grade and decided to play up a division! Quite a remarkable feat! Congratulations Joshua!
Another extremely bright BCS student, who already has a list of accomplishment larger than him, is Ben Rood (1733). Ben also finished first in his section and also played up. At a mere eight years old, Ben played against the best fourth and fifth graders in the state and took home first place! Here is a game from his second round. In this game, Ben Rood is white vs. Garruk Su is black (1259):
Joshua Cao and Ben Rood werenot the only ones who had a great finishes at the end of the day. In total, Berkeley Chess School students had eight top ten finishes! Sophia Li took 8th place in 6-8 Champ. Zolboo Lkhagvasuren took 3rd in 6-8 JV. Coby Sphilberg took 2nd, Robert "Bobby" Reyes took 3rd and Kevin Z Yan took 10th in K-3 varsity. Finally, Julie Ganzorig took 5th in K-3 booster.