NGIT 2015 National Scholastic Tournaments

Barber, Denker, NGIT 2015 National Scholastic Tournaments

IMG-20150804-WA0019 Joshua, Veronica, Adviat at awards presentation

Oklahoma student chess players excelled in Phoenix at the 2015 Barber, Denker, NGIT Scholastic National Tournaments as 12-year-old Advait Patel achieved historical back to back championship wins in the 2015 Barber K-8 Championship.

Oklahoma’s youngest chess champion 12-year-old Advait Patel has added to his growing chess legacy again! Patel scored 5.5 points (5-wins & 1-draw) to a clear cut victory at the 2015 Barber Invitational K-8 Chess Tournament of state Champions that was held in Phoenix, Arizona this past weekend from August 1st thru August 4th .

Advait is now the first Oklahoma student ever to win the Barber K-8 and is the first player nationally to win more than one Barber K-8 tournament with back to back wins. Patel won last year’s 2014 Barber K-8 that was held in Orlando, Florida.

Home-schooled 15-year-old 10th grade student Joshua Alexander from Jones, OK, scored a total of 3points (3-wins & 3-losses) against a tough field in the 2015 Denker tournament. Joshua said his hobbies also include “playing hockey, playing online games,” and of course “online chess” too.

Westmoore High School 15-year-old 10th grade student Veronika Zilajeva scored 5 points (4-wins & 2-draws) in a 4-way tie for 1st and ultimately took 3rd Place in the 2015 National Girls Invitational Tournament ( NGIT) after the tiebreak system weighed in. Interestingly Veronika aspires to become “a meteorologist” one day.

The Barber K-8 grades, the Denker (9th thru12 grades), and the NGIT all three are national invitational scholastic level tournaments that only invite the best of the best in each state. All three tournaments were held simultaneously this past weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

Advait will be turning 13 on August 31st and will be attending Carl Albert High School as a 9th grade freshman. Advait aspires to “be a professional chess player,” and he enjoys “playing cricket and swimming.”

When he is in town and not traveling to or from a chess tournament you can often catch him playing chess on Friday nights at Kamps 1910 Café with the other Challengers chess club members.

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