2nd Place Trophy

2nd Place Trophy

On Saturday, I won the 2nd place trophy in the Under 2000 section of the 2nd Annual ChessHelps chess tournament. I had two wins and two draws. One of the draws was with the winner of the section, Manu Reddy, who had three wins and only one draw. The other draw was against Zak Cancio who won the third place trophy. There were 23 players in this section.

The tournament was divided into five sections based on chess rating. Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, played in the Open section of 24 players and finished with two draws and two losses. The Open section attracted six titled chess players. About 140 chess players from around the state of Arizona competed in this tournament.

ChessHelps is an organization dedicated to help raise funds for the BASIS Chandler school and KIVA, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Prateek Pinisetti, a sophomore at BASIS Chandler, with support from his family, was responsible for developing this chess tournament.

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