Benjamin Moon facing Justus Williams. Both scored 6/7 with two others, but Williams would go on to winon tiebreaks. Photo by Shaun Smith.
Atlanta hosted the Burt Lerner National Elementary Championships featuring players from kindergarten through 6th grade. There was only a couple of certainties… the tournament would draw thousands of players and among these would be a sizeable New York contingent. The New York contingent came saw and conquered as I.S. 318 dominated the proceedings.
Justus Williams (2068) and James Black, Jr. (2070) were the stars of the tournament with Williams winning the K-6 Individual Championship (6/7) and 4th overall in the Blitz Championship (10/12); Black won the K-6 Blitz Championship (10.5/12) and took 7th overall in the National Championship (5.5/7). There were 189 participants in the K-6 Section.
Scholastic All-American Josh Colas (2090) of White Plains, NY took 3rd in the Blitz and 16th in the Individuals. Colas was in the running, but lost to local favorite Benjamin Moon in the 6th round to fall out of contention.
There were more than 2000 participants coming from around the country.