Checkmate: Canterbury's Chess Tournament a Success
Checkmate: Canterbury's Chess Tournament a Success
Taylor Feighner, Digital Marketing/Communications Specialist

On Saturday, Nov. 10, more than 100 students from across Indiana gathered at Canterbury High School's Summers Auditorium for the 2018 Indiana State K-12 Chess Championships. Students competed in 13 grade-level divisions, Kindergarten through Grade 12, for division titles.

Coach Jim Dean, a FIDE Master and four-time Indiana State Chess Champion, lead Canterbury students to four first-place division titles. Results for Canterbury students, by grade level, are as follows:

Kindergarten (Place: Name)

  • 2: Betsy Bolt
  • 3: Andrew Hardin
  • 4: Victor Runyan

Grade 1 (Place: Name)

  • 4: Elina Surendran
  • 5: Brody Bauer
  • 6: Cameron Fulhart
  • 8: Luke Hoffman
  • 10: Alexander Clute

Grade 2 (Place: Name)

  • 3: Henry Liu
  • 7: Benjamin Joseph
  • 9: Daniyar Adilov
  • 10: Jacob Maurice
  • 11: Justin Starodub
  • 12: Andrew DeMarchis
  • 14: Evan Clute
  • 15: Charlie Bolt
  • 16: Lucian Runyan

Grade 3 (Place: Name)

  • 1: Mazie Hoffman
  • 6: Arha Kureti
  • 9: Collin Bauer
  • 11: Jackson Monnier
  • 15: Melissa Tan
  • 17: Benjamin Hardin

Grade 4 (Place: Name)

  • 6: Gavin Lass
  • 7: Nicholas Collins
  • 9: Roshan Raman
  • 10: Vivek Apuri

Grade 5 (Place: Name)

  • 6: Jason Starodub

Grave 6 (Place: Name)

  • 1: Sam Liu
  • 6: Makaio Surendran
  • 9: Avinash Singh
  • 11: Gavin Norris

Grade 7 (Place: Name)

  • 2: Arjun Yarram

Grade 8 (Place: Name)

  • 1: Benjamin Finkel

Grade 9 (Place: Name)

  • 2: Kevin Murphy

Grade 10 (Place: Name)

  • 4: Christopher Diwis

Grade 11 (Place: Name)

  • 1: Teddy Tsai
  • 2: Mate Mayer
  • 3: Peishanika Arnold
In addition to traditional performing and visual arts opportunities, Canterbury School's Fine Arts Department includes chess. This strategic game is taught in the Lower School (Kindergarten through Grade 4), and it's offered as an elective class in the Middle School (Grades 5 – 8). Canterbury's Chess Club, lead by Coach Dean, is offered during after-school hours throughout the year for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Participating students can compete in statewide and national tournaments.