The Berkeley Chess School's own master class teacher, FM Robin Cunningham, along with teammates and fellow Berkeley Chess Club members Steve Gaffagan, Julian Chan and Todd Rumph took home the 1st place trophy, finishing at 5.5/6, a full point ahead of 2nd place in a pool of 40 teams. The playoffs for the national winning team from North, South and East and West will be played online on March 24.
Berkeley Chess School students, Josiah Stearman, Alexander Magganas, Michael J Wang and Sophia Li also competed as a team and scored over 50%. Alexander Magganas rated 1636 played Andy Applebaum rated 2161 and after 5.5 hours emerged victorious. Well done Alex!
Berkeley Chess School Alumni, Fide Master Andy Lee, David Taylor and Damon Mosk-Aoyama also formed a team scoring 5.0/6. Five players tied for 3rd place with a score or 5/6 among them Andy and David. This is a remarkable result given that it is the only tournament in which David – a PhD student in math at UCLA - ever plays.
Congratulations to all the contestants!