With twenty-one students participating in this year’s tournament, ICA students decimated the field, with first place finishes by Samuel Berretini in Section 3 (Championship) and Ariel Shusterman in Section 4 (Future Masters). Second place honors went to Reid Slott in Section 1 (K-1) and Clement Shao in Section 2 (Elementary). We are very proud of you!!
Section 1 saw an increase in Reid Slott’s rating of 174 points, and Yaroslav Sakharov posted a 41 point increase. In their first tournament appearances, players Joshua Lerman (383) and Alexander Modlin (214) posted strong performances and established strong ratings and showed us that they are going to be formidable opponents in upcoming tournaments!
Section 3 winner Samuel Berrettini with a perfect score (4/4) saw a whopping 199 point increase in his rating, and players Vishaal Ekhalikar (+133) and Haik Der Manuelian (+125) also posted strong performances.
Ariel Shustermanwas at the “top of the class” in Section 4 with a perfect score of 3.0/3.0, and Sebastian Spitz(+19), Gilad Drillich(+11) and Christopher Shao (+2) also saw gains in their ratings against a strong field of competitors.
Congratulations go out to Sebastian Spitz for winning the Dean of Chess Grand Prix by accumulating the most points in Dean of Chess Academy tournaments during the year, which garnered him accolades and an impressive trophy. Keep racking up those points Sebastian, and thanks for being such a great representative for the ICA!!!!
The staff and players of the InternationalChessAcademy salute you all for your hard work and great performances, and we look forward to seeing you all at the top of your sections in the next tournament.