The Baltimore Kids Chess League had a strong showing at the 2018 Maryland Scholastic Chess Championships held over the past two weekends. BKCL teams won two divisions at States as Highlandtown EMS #237 took top honors in the Middle School u600 section while the Green School of Baltimore #332 took first in the Elementary u600 section. Teams from Roland Park EMS #233, Mount Washington EMS #221 and Baltimore City College #480 all took second place trophies in their respective sections. Kevin Zimmer a fifth grader at Roland Park was the Maryland State Elementary School Champion taking first place in the Elementary Championship section. Some of these schools will soon be sending players to USCF National Championships to be held in April.
The Baltimore Kids Chess League sent 3 teams to the USCF National K-9 Chess Championships in Atlanta. All 3 of these teams are returning to Baltimore with hard earned team trophies. Roland Park EMS took 6th place in the u1000 section of 36 teams while Baltimore Montessori Public Charter tied for 9th in the u750 section of 44 teams and Mt. Washington EMS finished 18th in the u750 section of 44 teams. Two BKCL players earned individual trophies - Adam Pennington, a 7th grader at Baltimore Montessori, tied for 4th place in a section of 286 players while Alan Guchemand, an 8th grader at Mount Washington, tied for 10th place out of 230 players. Once again the Baltimore Kids Chess League had the best results of any program from Maryland at Nationals.
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