Pastor and Moolky Top U1600 at Chess-Ed's Kumbaya 100


Chess-Ed ran its 100th Kumbaya tournament March 5 at Niles North High School in Skokie.

114 competed in four rated sections with additional players participating in non-rated games.

Jonathan Phillips and Avi Kaplan were the elite duo in the 1600-plus field, playing head to head, with Phillips winning all three matches.

16 entrants faced off in the Under 1600 section with Adam Pastor and Ankush Moolky both posting perfect three-for-three tallies in Game/40; 5-second delay competition. Seven finished tied for third with 2.0/3 scores.

In the 40-player Under 1200 section, Sunny Patel and Likith Kancharlapelli both posted perfect 4.0/4 scores with Game/25; 5-second delay time controls. Dimitrios Deligiannis finished a half-point back with an opening round bye and three wins.

Six players tied for fourth place with 3.0/4's.

56 players faced off in the Under 700 section with G/25; d5 time controls.

Nuri Jang, Elan Hao and Sion Choi all finished 4.0/4, with 14 players composing 3.0/4 scores.

The ICA congratulates Chess-Ed for its contributions to chess education and chess competition in Illinois.