Twenty chess players from Princeton Day School competed in the New Jersey Grade Championship on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.
PDS players Winston Ni, a fifth grader, and Eric Wu, a fourth grader, each won championship trophies. The PDS teams took first place in the first grade, second place in fourth grade, first place in fifth grade, second place in sixth grade, and first place in seventh grade.
Ni won the national championship, the NJ championship, and the New York City Championship last year. He was recently invited to compete at the World Youth Championship in Greece, the highest level of international competition among players his age.
Winston placed first in the fifth grade section, leading the team of Jai Kasera and Arjun Kumar.
The first grade team of Aiden George, Christian Lopez-Watt, Dhruv Nair, Eric Jiang and Isaac Kusminsky competed as a team at their first big tournament.
Competing in third grade were Clara Shin, Sonia Lackey and Claire Takeuchi.
In fourth grade, with only two players, first place winner Eric Wu and Aadi Shankar won the trophy for second place school team.
The sixth graders, primed to go to the National Grade Championship early in December, won second place. Albert Ming placed fifth and Dodge Martinson sixth.
Seventh grade girls Delia MaCarthy and Katie Jain won the second place team trophy.
Nick Jain played in the tough 11th grade section.