13-year-old Advait Patel wins his 5th Challengers’ chess tournament!

03/13/2016
Press Release
By Tommy W. Hay
The Challengers Chess Club
RE: 13-year-old Patel wins his 5th Challengers’ chess tournament

13-year-old National Chess Master, Midwest City resident, and Carl Albert High School 9th grade student, Advait Patel, won the Challengers’ March 12, 2016 Open chess tournament that was held on Saturday at the Kentucky Avenue Baptist Church with a perfect 4.0 points. This is the 5th time Patel has won a Challengers’ tournament. He won his 1st one in July of 2014; 2nd one in Sept. of 2014; 3rd one in Jan. of 2015; and his 4th one in May of 2015.
Jamal El Chamieh won 2nd Place and previous winner Alex Zapata won 3rd Place. Chamieh, Zapata, and Matt Dalthorp all had 3.0 points but the computer generated tie-break system placed Chamieh 2nd and Zapata 3rd.

Hank Vergi from Tulsa won 1st Place in the U1600 section with a perfect score of 4.0 points. New tournament player Kevin McInroe placed 2nd in the U1600 with 3.5 points, and another newcomer, Garrett Foster, an OU student from Richardson, Texas, won 3rd Place in a tie-break determination with fellow OU student Francis Irenge – both had 3.0 points.

Maxwell Xie an 8-year-old from Edmond won 1st Place in the U1200 section. Praneel D’souza won 2nd Place U1200 and Anna Boevers won 3rd Place in U1200 – both had 3.0 points but the computer generated tie-break determined that D’souza would get 2nd.
Up and coming female chess player 12-year-old Jennifer Huang won 1st Place in the U900 section with a perfect 4.0 points. Paden Little won 2nd Place U900 and Mark Clayborn, Jr. won 3rd place U900. Little, Clayborn, and Josie Little (Paden’s sister) all had 3.0 points but the computer determined that Paden was 2nd and Mark was 3rd.

Another rising female chess player, 13-year-old, Catheryne Martin from Ponca City won 1st Place in the U500 section. Sebastian Martinez and his sister Aura Martinez and Zion Wright all had 3.0 points, but the computer determined that Sebastian won 2nd Place and that Aura won 3rd Place.
The next Challengers tournament will be held at the Oklahoma University Student Union on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

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