Lower school chess champs Omya and Vyom Vidyarthi (grade 2 and 5, respectively) have done it again! At the 2017 CalChess Grade Level Championship last weekend, Vyom won all six rounds in the fifth grade section to take first place. Meanwhile, Omya placed third in the second grade section.
Vyom had success in November as well, tying for third place at the 2017 California Class Warfare Championship, held Nov. 24-25, where he competed against grand master, international master and national master players. He was also one of 17 top young chess players invited to the US Chess School in Glendale.
Omya and Vyom were also members of a team that included Harker students Anika Rajaram, grade 4, and Rohan Rajaram, grade 1, which won the elementary competition and placed fourth overall in the combined K-12 and K-8 section at the bi-annual Northern California Scholastic Team Championship, held Nov. 11-12.
As a result of his recent performances, Vyom has been named one of the top 10-year-old chess players in the country, and will compete as a representative of the United States next year in Spain at the World Cadets Chess Championships.